Nandan Sharalaya is a German Chancellor Fellow (Bundeskanzler Stipendiat der Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung) and is currently working on a cluster project that is seeking to institutionalise in India, best practices in city development and municipal urban strategy from Germany and Europe at large.

He is also Visiting Scholar at the WHU School of Management in Vallendar, Germany’s premier school for management education. His study titled ‘Get Smart or Get Lost- Institutionalising German Cooperation in the Development of Intelligent Cities in India’ is sponsored and hosted by the WHU’s Institute for Industrial Organisation.

Till recently, he headed the Congress Party’s Parliamentary Research and Strategy Unit under Prof. Rajeev Gowda and was responsible for managing legislative research for 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 in Leadership and International Cooperation 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 and workshops in legislative public policy, international development, political science, political communication and advocacy at the MIT School of Government in Pune, University of Minnesota’s I.D Program, Jindal University, Christ University etc.

He is Editor of Decent Neta, an opinion portal on politics and policy in India. In the past, his writings have appeared in several national and international magazines and portals including The Conversation, Huffington Post, U.S News, The Diplomat, Scroll, The Wire Tehelka, Gateway House, Focus, Swarajya.

Nandan holds a Masters degree in International Studies and Diplomacy, majoring in International Economics and Climate Policy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Symbiosis International University, India.

He tweets @sharalayanandan

This blog is a repository of some of Nandan’s recent columns/blogs. If you’d like to get in touch with regards to syndication or other media queries, he can be reached at

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