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Nandan Sharalaya

Editor at Decent Neta

Nandan Sharalaya is a German Chancellor Fellow and is currently working on a research project seeking to institutionalise in India, best practices in smart city development from Germany and Europe at large. His study titled ‘ Get Smart or Get Lost- Institutionalising German Cooperation in Smart City Development in India’ is based at the Institute for Industrial Economics at the Otto-Beisheim School of Management, WHU in Vallendar.

Till recently, he headed the Congress Party’s Parliamentary Research Unit under Prof. Rajeev Gowda (RS MP) and was responsible for managing legislative research for a 110 Members of parliament from both the houses. He was previously a L.A.M.P Fellow (Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament) with PRS Legislative Research in New Delhi. He has also been a Fred J Hansen Fellow at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Nandan is a visiting faculty in several media and policy schools in India. He has taught courses in legislative public policy , politics and political communication at the MIT School of Government in Pune, the University of Minnesota’s India International Development Program, Jindal University, Christ University etc.
He is also Founding Editor of, an opinion portal on politics and policy in India and contributes a fortnightly blog for the Huffington Post. In the past, his writings have appeared in several national magazines and portals including Tehelka, Gateway House, Swarajya etc.

Nandan has a Masters degree in International Studies and Diplomacy with a specialisation in International Economics and Energy Policy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, where his research was focussed on the oil resource curse in West Africa. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.

He tweets @sharalayanandan
A Lok Sabha Of Homophobic

A Lok Sabha Of Homophobic MPs

After the huge disappointment of having his Private Member's Bill to amend 377 slapped down even before it could be introduced, Shashi Tharoor went on to start a campaign calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality, receiving 65k+ signatures in a few days. After all that support, you would think MPs would have changed their mind? At least, Tharoor seemed optimistic. But in Indian politics, lessons are seldom learnt. The MPs went on to defeat the introduction of Tharoor's Bill once again.
15/03/2016 8:07 AM IST
Smriti Irani Vs. Pallam Raju: A Tale Of Two HRD

Smriti Irani Vs. Pallam Raju: A Tale Of Two HRD Ministers

I have spent a number of years in the legislative research domain and Pallam Raju was the first politician to tell me that political arguments didn't matter, that it was the numbers that were required. Watching Smriti Irani's fiery speech in Parliament the other day, I was reminded of my interaction with him. Would the current crises have been handled any better if Pallam Raju and Shashi Tharoor were running the HRD Ministry?
27/02/2016 8:14 AM IST
5 Unhealthy Trends That Marred The Winter Session Of

5 Unhealthy Trends That Marred The Winter Session Of Parliament

A stormy Winter Session of Parliament concluded on 23 December. While it saw the passage of several vital legislations, we unfortunately witnessed five trends that plagued the Parliament's functioning. These trends strike at the heart of a deliberative democracy and its legislative machinery, warranting a close look and some thought.
01/01/2016 9:19 AM IST
Why Paris Must Not Repeat Kyoto's

Why Paris Must Not Repeat Kyoto's Mistakes

The Kyoto Protocol has been largely unable to achieve the reduction in emission targets it set out for developed economies. With the US withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol in 2003 and an increase in Canada, Australia and Japan's emissions by more than 23.4%, 22% and 8.1% respectively from 1990 levels, the Kyoto Protocol has essentially been a failure. The lesson is loud and clear: international law can sometimes end up being a very poor mechanism for allocating emissions permits.
12/12/2015 9:16 AM IST
The Shameful Reality Of The Elections In

The Shameful Reality Of The Elections In Bihar

In the mid 90s, Bihar was famously gripped by a parallel mafia government that controlled dealings relating to land, mining, sand, liquor, excise, forest etc. Twenty years later, little seems to have changed. While the mafias may have been neutralised to a certain degree, the influence of money and muscle power in elections has increased disproportionately.
05/11/2015 8:31 AM IST
The Comprehensive Guide To Being An Insensitive Indian

The Comprehensive Guide To Being An Insensitive Indian Politician

I won't deny that all this insensitivity business can get a little overwhelming and might not be particularly easy for those who have the disadvantage of an education background hanging around their neck like an albatross (six-day degrees included) or come from decent families. I have only one piece of advice for you. Shed your inhibitions or perish.
28/10/2015 8:27 AM IST
Germany's On Board, But Smart City Project Needs Government To Think Harder

Germany's On Board, But Smart City Project Needs Government To Think Harder Too

The year 2015 has been a rather eventful one for Indo-German cooperation. In January, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and the visiting German Minister Barbara Hendricks signed an agreement, with Germany deciding to partner with India in developing three smart cities... However, amidst the hullabaloo over the smart city mission, the million-dollar question on every Indian's mind continues to be, what exactly is a smart city?
09/10/2015 8:17 AM IST