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Sunil Sharan
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Sunil Sharan's opinion articles on geopolitics and clean energy have appeared in leading publications, including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Statesman of India, and Dawn of Pakistan. His work has been cited in The New York Times.

Sharan runs Sierra Consulting, an energy and policy advisory firm. He was formerly with GE, where he established and led the company's Smart-Grid initiative as its director in 2008-09. In 2000, he conceptualized and founded Echelon Corporation's burgeoning Smart-Grid business, growing it from zero to around $100 million in annual revenue over the following six years. In the process, he helped lay the foundation of the modern Smart-Grid industry.

He can be reached at sunil_sharan@yahoo.com .

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4 Currents Shaping the Middle East

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Who would have foreseen, even a couple of years ago, that the Arab world led by Saudi Arabia would have abandoned their Sunni ally, Hamas, in favor of siding with Israel. This development is only one of four that have come to the fore in recent times in the Middle...

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Back Channel or Front

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:30 PM



Reestablishment of a diplomatic back channel is an outcome of the recent parlays between Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi and Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. A back channel has existed almost uninterruptedly for the last decade, through the regimes of former Pakistani presidents, Pervez Musharraf and Asif Zardari, and former...

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Reconciling South Asia's Hindus and Muslims

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 8:03 AM

A new government has taken office in India a couple of months ago, a government that was voted in to majority on the backs of a coalescence of Hindu support, the first ever instance in the country's history. The prime minister has the reputation of being right-wing, which in India...

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Bringing Life to Renewable Energy

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:38 AM

Renewable energy has struggled to take off in the country. Fed up of federal inaction, 30 states and the District of Columbia have instituted a renewable portfolio standard (RPS). That, of course, leaves 20 states that have not done so.

An RPS makes it incumbent upon a state, or even...

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A Way Forward for the Muslim World

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Islam is roughly 1,400 years old, and Christianity about 600 more. About 500 years ago, Christianity begot another sect, Protestantism, which fought a bloody battle with the Catholic mainstream for hundreds of years. Their feud goes on, even if it is no longer bloodstained.

Islam had its rupture right after...

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Why South Asia Is the Next Tinderbox

(8) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 10:49 AM

The Middle East is mired in sectarian strife, but with the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan next year, a bigger tinderbox awaits in South Asia.

The dispute there is not as much an inter-sect divide as an inter-religious one between mostly-Hindu India and overwhelmingly-Muslim Pakistan. While...

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An Army Adrift

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 6:14 PM

The Indian army, once hailed for its professionalism, is fast losing its sheen. Previous chiefs must be turning in their graves at how the recent lot are turning upon one another.

The chief is venerated within the army. He is supposed to be a paragon of virtue. Military children grow...

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To Stabilize Afghanistan, Retain Pakistan's Army Chief

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 6:14 PM

The end game in Afghanistan becomes increasingly tortuous, so the world waits with bated breath on who is going to be Pakistan's next army chief. Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has to decide, but his past appointments as army chiefs did not work out for him.

Sharif insists that he...

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Why India's Next Prime Minister Will Be a Woman

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:09 PM

In Indira Gandhi, India last had a woman prime minister three decades ago. India's fragmented polity of today places one of two women, J. Jayalalithaa or Mayawati (who goes by a single name), in pole position to become premier after next year's federal elections.

Much attention is currently on Narendra...

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The Sound of Horse Hoofs

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 5:03 AM

In the famous Bollywood movie Sholay, the dacoit Gabbar Singh warns that if a child in his area so much as squeaks during the night, his mother forces him into quietude out of the fear of Gabbar Singh.

The sound of horse hoofs. Wild men from rugged countries up north...

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One Step at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 11:10 AM

It was the summer of 1991. Narasimha Rao had just become India's prime minister. He inherited not just a bankrupt economy, but also a country without friends. Rao put his energies into reviving the country's economy. He established diplomatic relations with Israel, and mended fences with the US. In five...

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Can Jerry Brown Go Brown?

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:02 PM

California's governor, Jerry Brown, rode into office two years ago promising to create a half a million green jobs. But he is now veering towards the economic potential of his state's Monterey Shale, which contains roughly two-thirds of the country's shale oil reserves, as estimated by the U.S. Energy Information...

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A New Way for America

(8) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 2:21 PM

Two bruising wars have left America bankrupt and its military enervated. The U.S. military is still deployed in more than 150 countries. While our footprint might intoxicate Washington's elite and the military brass, our recent failures call into question whether America has over-extended itself.

China's military power has stealthily risen...

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Bite the Bullet or Wait for Godot

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 11:48 AM

Pakistan is faced with an epic energy crisis that has led to chaos and misery in the country.

Here are some solutions.

Measures with effect in the next two to three years:

Ramp up coal generation. Coal contributes less than one percent of Pakistan's total generation....

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Arundhati Roy, India's Conscience?

(6) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Where art thou, Arundhati Roy? The silence of India's only winner of the Booker Prize is deafening after the country's Maoists, whom she strongly supports, massacred a number of senior politicians recently.

Arundhati also pitches strongly for the rights of Kashmir's Muslims. India's chatterati despises her as the shrill bitch,...

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In Defense of Manmohan Singh

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 10:12 AM

India has become disillusioned with its robotic prime minister, Manmohan Singh. Sure, he walks and talks like R2-D2, but with nine years under his belt, he is now the country's third-longest serving premier, behind only the iconic Nehru and his daughter, Indira.

In the rough and tumble of Indian politics,...

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Barracked Obama

(7) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 5:16 AM

Just six months into his second term, the president seems confined to the barracks, so to speak. He is unable to get any significant legislation through Congress. Forget about working with him, Mitch McConnell disdains even sharing a drink.

Here is the most powerful man in the world, the supposed...

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To Be or Not to Be Pakistani

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 1:48 AM

In an op-ed in the New York Times the day after the Boston bombings, Haider Javed Warraich expressed his fears about life as a Pakistani in America. He wondered if it would be safer to call himself Indian or Bangladeshi.

Until 9/11, it was only restaurants that suffered...

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Rajiv Gandhi and 1984

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 10:06 AM

The grainy footage on state-run television revealed mourners filing by the bier of assassinated Indian prime minister, Indira Gandhi. Occasionally cries of "we will avenge blood with blood" rent the air. Indira's son, Rajiv, would emerge from time to time to pacify the crowd.

1984 was the year of death...

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Beehive Janata Party

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Indian Congress party vice president, Rahul Gandhi, recently called his country a "beehive," provoking the ire of Narendra Modi, coming man of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In his intemperance, Modi appears to have overlooked how his own party had become a beehive.

At any given moment, the BJP...

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