From great wall to great iron via Sunzi bingfa by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Because we don’t understand China’s strategic priorities well enough, we often resort to historical antecedents, writings, even quotable quotes (remember Deng Xiaoping’s “lie low”?), to explain China’s strategic behaviour. This reductionist tendency is no longer the preserve of the non-Chinese. Chinese strategists […]
As long as schadenfreude exceeds inconvenience Many of us at Takshashila have been struck by the seemingly paradoxical situation of the Prime Minister enjoying popular support for the Great Currency Swap (‘demonetisation’) even when everyone has been inconvenienced to various extents. In a recent post, I argued that this confirmed my cynical hypothesis of what … Continue reading "How long will the Great Currency Swap be popular?"
On making big bold moves in uncharted territory Over the past few weeks, many people have asked me (just as they’ve asked each other) what I think of the Modi government’s currency reform (popularly known as ‘demonetisation’). To this day, my response has been that PM Modi has taken a very risky bet, and it’s … Continue reading "A conservative criticism of the Great Currency Transfusion"
India needs to increase the accountability of its cities in order to increase their financial independence. In his description of India’s accountability and Governance at London School of Economics publication, Charles Correa, a famous architect and urban planner says: “India has many growth options. It is not dominated by any single primate city, which pre-empts […]
Thinking beyond CPEC By Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) The Dawn editorial (10th December) makes a case against Pakistan’s overreliance on CPEC to solve its economic woes. there are multiple roads to integration, and placing all the emphasis on CPEC alone risks putting too many eggs in one basket. [The Dawn, 10th December 2016] CPEC has been […]
The learning step (from failure) and the reflection step (from success) are the true stepping-stones to fulfilment
To be successful, the push for cashless society must accommodate the anonymity of cash There is no doubt that moving towards a cashless society has immense benefits: from making transactions convenient and highly efficient to bringing most of the economy under accountability. From where India stands at 2016, a concerted push towards reducing the use … Continue reading "The paradox of a cashless society"
How to win followers and influence people There was a pink rhinoceros at the cocktail party. All the guests saw it but no one talked about it. They believed it would be rude to do so, for who knows what reasons the hosts might have had to let it into the room. Maybe it was … Continue reading "The pink rhinoceros at the party"
Takshashila conducted the second weekend workshop for the 15th consecutive batch of the Graduate Certificate of Public Policy (GCPP) from 2 December to...
The cyclic nature of cyber-attack attribution and maintaining anonymity online presents a conundrum to the security industry. A few days ago, the Indian Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account appeared to be hacked, followed by dozens of offensive tweets being posted. Within minutes of the first hack, the Twitterati engaged in a game of ‘whodunit?’ […]
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War has changed. It is no longer about nations, ideologies and ethnicities. It is an endless series of proxy battles fought by man and machine. The above is the opening line of Metal Gear Solid 4, one of the greatest pieces of virtual entertainment. It paints a grim picture of the future of warfare replete […]
The increase in bank balance in Jan Dhan accounts is not extraordinary as they are being used as much as regular bank accounts, following demonetisation
Confirmation bias is a logical fallacy where people interpret news and opinions in a way that fits their prior beliefs
Imposition of withdrawal limits means a lion’s share of deposits is still within the banking system
Eternal nervousness might well be the price of democracy Rohit Pradhan usually has interesting things to say and minces no words. Especially on Friday evenings. As he inaugurated last weekend, he decided to take liberals to the cleaners. “But of course democracy is awesome till it elects people I don’t like. Then I want to … Continue reading "Should liberals relax when populists are democratically elected?"
By Dr. M Govinda Rao Download the essay in PDF [121 KB] The ruling party has hailed the Prime Minister's announcement of ₹500...