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  • Uttam Kumar Sinha

    Research Fellow
    Email: 
    uksinha2001@gmail.com
    Phone: 
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Uttam Kumar Sinha is a leading scholar and commentator on transboundary rivers, climate change and the Arctic. After a brief stint in the print media and a doctoral degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, he joined the MP-IDSA in 2001, where he heads the Non-Traditional Security Centre and is the Managing Editor of Strategic Analysis published by Routledge, the institute’s flagship journal.

    He is a recipient of many fellowships and leadership programmes including senior fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (2018-2020); US-South Asia Leader Engagement Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School (2015); Chevening ‘Gurukul’ leadership at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2008) and a visiting fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (2006).

    His recently published work is Indus Basin Interrupted: A History of Territory and Politics from Alexander to Nehru (Penguin, 2021). His other works include the Riverine Neighbourhood: Hydro-politics in South Asia (Pentagon Press, 2016) and Climate Change Narratives: Reading the Arctic (2014). His edited and co-edited volumes include The Modi Doctrine: New Paradigms in India’s Foreign Policy (Wisdom Tree, 2016); Non-Traditional Security Challenges in Asia: Approaches and Responses (Routledge, 2015); Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy (Routledge, 2015) and Emerging Strategic Trends in Asia (Pentagon Press, 2015).

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    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Uttam Kumar Sinha’s Oped ‘Stockholm 2022: Charting a new future’ has been published in Hindustan Times on 05 June 2022.

      There can be no trade-offs, as the world attempts to transition to a cleaner, sustainable and resilient future, says Dr Sinha.

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      June 05, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Uttam Kumar Sinha’s essay ‘Nordic Summit: Everyone wants to be friend with India’ has been published in the latest issue of The Nationalist.

      What hitherto remained an unchartered territory; the Nordic-India cooperation is poised to chart a new political and economic path. The Nordic states together have an economy of USD 1.6 trillion. India is now the third largest global economy and the fastest growing major economy. It makes eminent sense to build on what has been achieved and determine solidly the future outcomes, says Dr Sinha.

      May 23, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Uttam Kumar Sinha’s article ‘South Asian Nations Must Collaborate on Climate’ co-written by Sanjay Gupta, has been published in Hindustan Times on 17 May 2022.

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      May 17, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Uttam Kumar Sinha’s chapter ‘EU-India Partnership: Water a Great Enabler’ has been published in the India-EU Special Report on Climate Cooperation. The report was recently launched by the European-India Business Council in Brussels.

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      April 25, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Uttam K. Sinha’s article ‘BR Ambedkar’s pioneering role in water management’ has been published in ‘Hindustan Times’, on 17 April 2022.

      Ambedkar who had once been denied access to water in school due to untouchability, eventually became the principal architect of India’s multi-purpose approach to water resources and water policy, says Dr Sinha.

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      April 17, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha's research article on 60 Years of the Indus Waters Treaty has been published in the latest issue of Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, Jan-Mar 2021.

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      April 07, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha's co-authored opinion piece

      ‘Development has become a core issue in Indian politics’ has been published in Hindustan Times on 22 March 2022.

      The article analyses the general desire for change towards a people-responsive government and improved provision of services, as reflected in recent electoral verdicts.

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      March 22, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr Uttam Sinha’s Opinion Piece ‘What India’s Arctic policy aims to do’ has been published in Hindustan Times on 21 March 2022.

      The 27-page policy, a product of inter-ministerial and inter-disciplinary thinking, reflects, at one level, that developments in the Arctic need to be seen through diverse perspectives. At another, it marks a culmination of India’s polar legacy, says Dr Sinha.

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      March 21, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Uttam Sinha's opinion piece on India’s improving relations with Central Asia has been published in Hindi daily ‘Prabhat Khabar’, on December 22, 2021.

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      December 22, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Uttam Sinha’s opinion piece on ‘25-years of Ganga Treaty’ was published in Hindustan Times, on December 12, 2021.

      Twenty-five years ago, in New Delhi, Prime Ministers (PMs) HD Deve Gowda and Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh signed a treaty on the sharing of the Ganga waters at Farraka. The governments viewed the treaty, valid for 30 years, as an outcome that would bolster future cooperation, says Dr. Sinha.

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      December 12, 2021
      IDSA News
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