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  • Uttam Kumar Sinha

    Research Fellow
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    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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    • The Opinion Piece of Dr. Uttam Sinha, Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, titled ‘India must leverage the Indus Water Treaty for progress’ has been published in the Hindustan Times on March 23, 2021.

      March 23, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Hindi Daily 'Prabhat Khabar' published an Op-Ed on India's Climate Action Plan by Dr. Uttam Sinha, Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, on March 18, 2021.

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      March 18, 2021
      IDSA News
    • The opinion piece of Dr. Uttam Sinha, Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, 'China’s hydro hegemony is overstated. But India needs a plan', has been published in Hindustan Times on March 12, 2021.

      Pursuing a more meaningful water dialogue on hydrological data-sharing is essential, but India would require building a lower riparian coalition with Bhutan and Bangladesh on the Brahmaputra, writes Dr.Sinha.

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      March 12, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Uttam Sinha’s opinion piece ‘India's Arctic Approach: Not so far and away anymore’ has been published in ‘The Nationalist’, a bi-monthly journal of the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation.

      India’s Arctic approach needs to be well rounded and comprehensive, considering the convergence of the three geos: the geo-physical, the geo-economic and the geo-strategic, writes Dr. Sinha.

      March 03, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Uttam Sinha's chapter ‘India and China Water Issues’ has been published in Rajiv Narayanan and Qin Yonghui (eds.) ‘India and China Building Strategic Trust’, USI, New Delhi.

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      February 19, 2021
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Uttam Sinha’s book ‘Indus Basin Uninterrupted’ is published by the Penguin Random House, 2021.

      February 11, 2021
      IDSA News
      • Publisher: Random House India
      The Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan marks six decades, but carries the reflection of several thousand years of history. Indus Basin Uninterrupted, with an easy narration and rich archival material, brings alive a meandering journey of peace, conflict and commerce on the Indus basin. The Indus system of rivers, as a powerful symbol of the passage of time, represents not only the interdependence and interpenetration of land and water, but equally the unfolding of political identities, social churning and economic returns. From Alexander's campaign to Qásim crossing the Indus and laying the foundation of Muslim rule in India; from the foreign invaders and their 'loot and scoot' to the Mughal rulers' perspective on hydrology and water use; from the British 'great game' on the Indus basin to the bitter and bloody Partition; and finally, as a historical pause, the signing of the Indus Waters Treaty—this book is a spectrum of spectacular events, turning points and of personalities and characters and their actions that were full of marvel.
      • ISBN: 9780670094486,
      • Price: ₹. 799.00
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Uttam Sinha’s opinion piece ‘Oil Import needs more options’ has been published in Hindi daily ‘Prabhat Khabar’ on December 4, 2020.

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      December 04, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Uttam Sinha’s article ‘Indus Water Treaty at 60: Why there is a need to give it a fresh look’ has been published in ‘The Indian Express’ on September 19, 2020.

      The role of India as a responsible upper riparian abiding by the provisions of the treaty has been remarkable, but the country, of late, is under pressure to rethink the extent to which it can remain committed to the provisions, as its overall political relations with Pakistan becomes intractable, writes Dr. Sinha.

      September 19, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Uttam Sinha’s article ‘The Nehruvian imprint on Indus Waters Treaty’ has been published in ‘The Hindustan Times’ on September 19, 2020. The Indus Waters Treaty may have prevented “another Korea”, as the World Bank had anxiously observed, but it did not fundamentally change Pakistan’s lower riparian angst nor in its perception of the upper riparian dominance of India, writes Dr. Sinha.   

      September 19, 2020
      IDSA News