I am a Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore with a joint appointment at the South Asian Studies Programme.
My current research focuses on India’s technology policy, specifically the regulation of issues like data protection, cyber-security, internet freedom and artificial intelligence. I am also mapping and explaining India’s positions on global rules covering these technology issues. Broadly, my policy research covers how and where technology issues like 5G and cyber-security fit in with the ‘Indo-Pacific’ strategy that manifests through different dyads, minilateral and regional frameworks.
My book Does India Negotiate? has been published by Oxford University Press. The book revises existing views on India’s multilateral behaviour that scholars generally claim is prickly, obstructionist and defensive. By empirically unpacking how India negotiated four particular international rules – Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Framework Convention on Climate Change, Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Uruguay Round Trade Agreement, the book shows that India’s multilateral record since the early 1990s is more nuanced than understood.
I am an alumnus of the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance (2013) and regularly write on global governance issues and rising powers for publications including The Hindu, The LiveMint, The Print and Open Canada.
I received my PhD in South Asian Studies from King’s College, University of London. I also hold a B.A in Public Policy and Politics from the University of Toronto. Previously, I worked for the Global Issues Team at UNDP China in Beijing and the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore.
I am the Founding Editor of Lekh: An Online Review of Books on South Asia.