Author Archive for Sarah Watson

Sarah Watson is an associate fellow with the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at CSIS.

Start Up, Stand Up, Stay Up?

By Sarah Watson — India’s government is faced with the task of not just creating new jobs but of upgrading existing jobs: converting them from low-productivity single-man businesses to high-productivity establishments that create exportable goods. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Start…

Testing the “Exception Raj”

By Sarah Watson — On May 26 the Wall Street Journal reported that the Finance Ministry of India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) had decided not to waive the 30 percent local sourcing requirement for single-brand retail in the case…

Is Uttarakhand India’s Best-Run State?

By Sarah Watson — Students of Indian politics love to argue about the relative merits of different “models” of development — the business-friendly “Gujarat model,” for instance, versus the left-wing “Kerala model.” But simply comparing static outcomes across different states…

In India Education is Trade, for Services

By Sarah Watson — The ongoing negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a free trade agreement among countries in the Indo-Pacific, took a belligerent tone recently. Indian trade negotiators expressed their intention to take an aggressive posture on…