Karan Pradhan

Senior Researcher, Gateway House

Karan_Profile for website Karan Pradhan is a Senior Researcher at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. He has worked as a reporter, sub-editor and features writer at The Asian Age,  covering a variety of beats including the civic and music beats. He has also worked on a number of books on organised crime  in Mumbai including Mafia Queens of Mumbai, Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia and My Name is Abu Salem with the author S.  Hussain Zaidi. He holds a Master of Arts degree  in International Relations from the University of Warwick.

Recent projects

BJP-PDP Courtesy: South Asia Media
26 March 2015 Gateway House

Coalitions of opposites

Representative democracy has resulted in coalition governments, comprising parties with opposing agendas, gradually being formed across the world. The Afghan unity government and the BJP-PDP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir are two such coalitions that share numerous similarities, not least of which is the role of Pakistan.

Modi & Obama Courtesy: MEA Flickr
15 January 2015 Gateway House

What Modi-Obama can achieve together

During President Obama’s visit to India to attend the Republic Day parade, if he and Prime Minister Modi announce specific agreements related to the two most vibrant components of the relationship—defence and technology—it will pave the way for real progress on the September 2014 US-India joint statement.
IS_2 Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
19 December 2014 Gateway House

2014: brutality intensified

This year has seen a disturbing increase in brutal violence by terrorist groups across the world—the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Tehreek-e-Taliban in Pakistan. With non-traditional terror targets like Belgium, Canada and Australia also being attacked this year, 2015 could see a more lethal spread of jihadist terror
Xi_Modi Courtesy: Narendra Modi (wikimedia.org)
27 November 2014 Gateway House

China’s connectivity tips for India

A major theme at the multilateral summits this month was connectivity, with China at the forefront. India is trailing behind due to a shortfall in investment and political will, among other factors. Prime Minister Modi must follow up on his meetings at the SAARC Summit by robustly taking forward India’s connectivity agenda
UN Courtesy: wikimediacommons
31 October 2014

Should India give up on the UNSC?

Despite staking a claim to permanent UN Security Council membership 60 years ago, India is no closer to that goal. While conflict zones remain in Africa and Asia, economic might has shifted eastwards. The West-dominated UNSC is becoming irrelevant. If India becomes a permanent member, can it influence the council’s ethos?

Yal Railway Line Courtesy: flickr.com/presidentrajapaksa
17 October 2014 Gateway House

India’s imperatives in Sri Lanka

India has tried to address the concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils through projects such as the recently-inaugurated railway between Jaffna and Colombo. But their aspirations for autonomy in the North and East remain unfulfilled, and New Delhi faces a dilemma—pushing Colombo on political issues can drive it closer to Beijing
ujal Bhatia Courtesy: Gateway House
11 October 2013 Gateway House

“You cannot divorce economics from politics”

Gateway House speaks to Ujal Bhatia, Member, Appellate Body, World Trade Organisation, on the importance of economic diplomacy; India’s assertiveness during trade negotiations; the role of Indian business in the negotiation processes; the relevance of SAFTA; and on ways to boost intra-SAARC trade.
Gateway House In Media
India-Africa: Beyond Historical Ties
4 August 2013 Fair Observer

India-Africa: Beyond Historical Ties

Fair Observer published Gateway House's Senior Researcher Karan Pradhan's interview with Kapil Kapoor, director of Strategy at the African Development Bank Group, on doing business in Africa and related issues