From: 2016

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Mythicising China’s strategic behaviour

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 […]

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How long will the Great Currency Swap be popular?

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?"

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A conservative criticism of the Great Currency Transfusion

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"

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Need for accountable Indian cities

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 […]

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Pakistan’s economic challenge

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 […]

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Attributing Cyber-attacks: The cyclic nature of it

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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Should liberals relax when populists are democratically elected?

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?"