Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat

Akhilesh Pillalamarri

The Diplomat

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Akhilesh:

Vietnam’s Battle to Market Its Prized Rice

The case of ST25 drives home how important it is for countries, particularly developing countries, to develop strong intellectual property protection schemes. → Read More

Why India’s Democracy is Not Dying

Reports of the collapse of India’s democracy are often alarmist and misinformed. → Read More

How India Will Chart Its Own Economic Course

The country will not become the next factory floor of the world. But it can still be an economic giant. → Read More

History of Tibet-Ladakh Relations and Their Modern Implications

History casts a long shadow in the Himalayas. → Read More

India’s Cultural and History Geography: The Deccan and Aryavarta

India’s past helps explain its present. → Read More

The Story of India’s Many Scripts

While India’s scripts are ancient, technology and modernity are changing their usage patterns. → Read More

500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever

The legendary Battle of Marj Dabiq. → Read More

India’s Right to Cultural Self-Determination

Hindu revivalism has sparked fear in the West---but it shouldn’t. Here’s why. → Read More

Don’t Fear the Modi: Hinduism Makes India Great

Westerners who don't know what they're talking about should avoid falling prey to simplistic caricatures. → Read More

The Origins of Hindu-Muslim Conflict in South Asia

What are the historical origins of animosities between South Asia’s two largest religions? → Read More

Where Did Indians Come From, Part 3: What Is Caste?

The caste-system is extremely complex and functions differently throughout India. → Read More

Unraveled: Where Indians Come From, Part 1

Population genetics sheds light on the origins of modern South Asians. → Read More

Why Trump is right about withdrawing from Syria

Withdrawal from Syria will prevent mission creep in the Middle East, without our needing to worry about fighting ISIS in Kansas. → Read More

The Problem With India’s Major Political Parties

Do ”big tent” politics hinder the efficacy of national political parties in India? → Read More

Understanding India’s Political Evolution

Recent assembly election results speak to the enduring strength of India’s democracy. → Read More

How the British Ascended in India 200 Years Ago

The British didn't come to South Asia and immediately become the predominant power. → Read More

Why Europe Should Defend Itself

French President Emmanuel Macron suggested earlier this month that his continent needed a “true, European army,” adding that “we have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even... → Read More

Twitter, Indian Liberalism, and the Truth About Caste

Twitter's CEO inadvertently kicked off a major controversy in India. → Read More

Is the new US drone base in Niger worth the cost?

While the militants of northern and western Africa are undoubtedly dangerous, they are not a direct threat to the United States. → Read More

Will We Ever Leave Afghanistan?

Achieving total victory in Afghanistan would take hundreds of thousands of troops, several years, incalculable expense, and would result in far too many deaths. → Read More