Publications

All
Research
Comment
Blog
Books
Podcasts & Videos
  • Sep 16, 2019
    , and
    How much power does the newly announced digital currency Libra give Facebook? What will be the geopolitical implications? To understand the fallout, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Rohan Seth and unpack the case. Rohan’s Op-ed: www.ozy.com/opinion/lack-of-con…y-no-to-libra/96542 Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 13, 2019
    and
    What is it like to be a podcaster in India? Our own podcasters – Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan – sit down with Amit Doshi and Kavita Rajwade, co-founders of IVM Podcasts, to find out. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 13, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover the frictions in the Sino-Indian relationship ahead of the second informal summit; German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Beijing; the Afghanistan-China-Pakistan trilateral meeting; the issuance of new Internet rules in […]
  • Sep 13, 2019
    An inter-ministerial committee led by Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg has proposed that holding cryptocurrency in India be made illegal. Directly or indirectly investing, trading, or exchanging foreign cryptocurrencies could lead to a prison sentence for up to 10 years or a fine up to ₹25 crores. The committee’s argument is that banning cryptocurrencies […]
  • Sep 13, 2019
    The Big Story: China-India Faceoff: Pangong Tso   Border tensions between China and India flared-up once again. A face-off between the Indian and Chinese soldiers began on the northern bank of the 134-km long Pangong Tso. The lake extends from Tibet to Ladakh with China controlling two-thirds of it. The Indian army troops were patrolling on the northern bank of […]
  • Sep 13, 2019
    The Nandan Nilekani-led committee on digital payments made its recommendations to the government recently. The report talks about a multitude of issues, including international expansion of RuPay cards, increasing digital payment acceptance at scale, and a revised outlook towards KYCs. One of the most fundamental things the report talks about is the need for an […]
  • Sep 13, 2019
    Assisted Reproductive Technologies News of a 74 year old woman giving birth to twins has elicited mixed responses. A few years ago, a couple in their 70s also resorted to ART to conceive and obtain a child. The debate has brought into discussion the applications of assisted reproductive technologies and its use in geriatric persons. With the background […]
  • Sep 12, 2019
    , and
    How would a smart policymaker tackle the problems of pollution and traffic law violations? Rohan Seth, Pranay Kotasthane and Anupam Manur discuss in the context of the recently announced amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 11, 2019
    , and
    Negotiations for the massive Asia-Pacific trade deal, RCEP, are in their final phase. Rohan Seth, Anupam Manur, and Manoj Kewalramani debate the pros and cons of the potential agreement for India. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 10, 2019
    , and
    Why does Bashar al-Asad’s regime have a new lease of life? How will militaries use artificial intelligence? And what is the legacy of Robert Mugabe? Manoj Kewalramani, Sankalp Gurjar and Rohan Seth talk about all this and more on this week’s edition of Reading The Economist. Sankalp’s article in Marathi: tiny.cc/sankalp-on-mugabe Subscribe and listen to the […]
  • Sep 9, 2019
    Indian regulations actively discourage private space companies. In this special episode Dr Ranjana Kaul, an expert on space law and policy, and Narayan Prasad, an entrepreneur, tell us what the country needs to do take its space capabilities into higher orbits. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any […]
  • Sep 6, 2019
    The Big Story: India-China: PLA across Land and Sea PLA in Arunachal Pradesh PTI reports that the Chinese Army has intruded in Arunachal Pradesh. These claims were based on the statements of Tapir Gao, BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh. Mr Gao claimed that the PLA had made incursions into Indian territory last month and built a bridge over […]
  • Sep 6, 2019
    , and
    For the first time in history, humanity can take shortcuts to the many destinations of natural evolution. On this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Ganesh Chakravarthi about Transhumanism and the future of humanity. Read the essay here: https://takshashila.org.in/the-evolution-of-synthetic-thought/ Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Sep 5, 2019
    China’s defence white paper 2019 reiterates the importance of Xinjiang, Tibet and Taiwan for China. The white paper highlights China’s concerns on Taiwan. But it implies a certain lessening of its worries on Xinjiang and Tibet compared to the past. Read more…
  • Sep 5, 2019
    , and
    How does China coerce without nuclear weapons? Will emerging technologies weaken existing security guarantees? And why do bystanders help strangers in trouble? Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 4, 2019
    , and
    The government has a draft ordinance proposing a ban on electronic cigarettes. Anupam Manur tells Rohan Seth and Aditya Ramanathan why that’s a terrible idea. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Sep 3, 2019
    , and
    What explains the spurt in national airlines in Africa? How is the EU attempting to jump-start its tech ecosystem? How will competition between Japan and South Korea impact East Asia? Anirudh Kanisetti., Pranav R.S. and Shibani Mehta discuss all this and more from this week’s edition of The Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast […]
  • Aug 30, 2019
    e-cigarettes: To ban or not ban?  Last week US health officials reported what could be the country’s first death linked to vaping. The officials said that an adult patient in Illinois, who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping, had died and that they considered it the first death in the US linked to e-cigarettes. The debate […]
  • Aug 30, 2019
    and
    How and why do some polities endure, while others shatter? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan explore the medieval Deccan in search of answers. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 30, 2019
    With the developments in Kashmir and the economy dominating so much of the national discussion, it can be hard to keep track of what is happening about tech policy. One thing that might slip through the cracks are the changes in the Data Protection Bill. According to a recent report by Medianama, the ministry of […]
  • Aug 30, 2019
    China announced that it will hold a grand celebration followed by a military parade and mass pageantry on its National Day, October 1 at Tiananmen Square, Beijing. This is to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The South China Morning Post reports that China is planning to make its strategic nuclear missiles […]
  • Aug 30, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover changes in China’s economic policies, the World AI Conference in Shanghai, the visits of Rodrigo Duterte, Javad Zarif and Abdulla Aripov, the trade war and much more… I. In China […]
  • Aug 29, 2019
    Download the Essay in PDF The world has never been enough. At least for us, humans. The endeavour to become more than what we are lies at the heart of human civilisation. We have overcome challenges of nature, obstacles of time, physical and mental impediments. Perhaps nothing reflects the culmination of this collective zeal to […]
  • Aug 29, 2019
    , and
    Does Iran’s space programme have a military purpose? Has CPEC brought Pakistan’s provinces together? And how do countries demonstrate military power in peacetime? Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav RS and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 28, 2019
    , and
    What is the role of private corporations in society? Why is there a spike in British universities’ student intake? And what makes leopard seals so interesting? Manoj Kewalramani, Rohan Seth and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more on this week’s edition of Reading the Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes […]
  • Aug 27, 2019
    It is hard to associate Facebook and most of Big Tech with anything positive right now. Privacy breaches and the Cambridge Analytica scandal led the American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to fine Facebook $5bn. The fine was a joke. FTC’s decision was seen to be so weak that Facebook’s stock actually rose in the wake of the levy. […]
  • Aug 26, 2019
    , and
    China’s “whole of nation” approach to statecraft gives it a variety of economic and political tools with which it can further its diplomatic and military objectives. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Aditya Ramanathan. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 23, 2019
    and
    What’s it like for policy wonks to work in Bengaluru instead of Delhi? In this fun episode, Aditya Ramanathan talks to Prachi Misra, Rohan Seth and Utkarsh Narain about their good, bad, and plain unexpected experiences of moving. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 23, 2019
    The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to the Indian PM’s France visit: Modi-Macron embrace: Does India have permanent friends or is every alliance strategic? My response: There are no friends, let alone permanent friends when it comes to international relations. Anthropomorphism in international conduct can lead us to incorrect assumptions and solutions. So, Russia is […]
  • Aug 23, 2019
    The Big Story: South China Sea Showdown The China-Vietnam showdown in the South China Sea has now escalated. It started in the first week of July when Haiyang Dizhi 8, a Chinese survey vessel began surveying sea beds in the north-eastern part of the Vanguard Bank, which falls within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Chinese coastguards and maritime […]
  • Aug 23, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover the UNSC meeting on Kashmir, tensions between China and Vietnam, the protests in Hong Kong, developments in the Sino-US trade war and much more… I. Kashmir at UNSC Closed door […]
  • Aug 22, 2019
    Taxation and regulation is slowly catching up with technology: India is now preparing a framework to tax Big Tech companies. India’s desire to do so is part of a global pattern. Earlier this year, France came up with a proposition to tax Google, Facebook, and Amazon. India following suit will lead to broader international consequences with a combination […]
  • Aug 21, 2019
    , and
    On Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would soon have a chief of defence staff. General Prakash Menon and Nitin Pai join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss why the new appointment is critical and what more needs to be done. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Aug 20, 2019
    ThePrint’s daily roundtable Talkpoint posed a question related to PM Modi’s conversation with US President Trump on the latter’s offer to mediate on the Kashmir issue. The question was: Is PM Modi allowing Trump to play policeman in India-Pakistan tensions over Kashmir? My response: Policeman is an incorrect metaphor to use. The act of policing involves ensuring compliance with an […]
  • Aug 20, 2019
    The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to PM Modi’s conversation with US President Donald Trump on the Kashmir issue since the abrogation of Article 370 visit: Is PM Modi allowing Trump to play policeman in India-Pakistan tensions over Kashmir? My response: Policeman is an incorrect metaphor to use. The act of policing involves ensuring compliance with an underlying rule of law. […]
  • Aug 19, 2019
    and
    Various indicators strongly suggest India’s economy is in trouble. Pranay Kotasthane and Anupam Manur talk about India’s economic challenges and some possible solutions. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 16, 2019
    and
    The 21st century isn’t the first time China has been embroiled in a trade war. 1000 years ago, the Chola dynasty of South India attacked Southeast Asia because of the Chinese economy. How? Why? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Aug 16, 2019
    The Big Story: Hong Kong Saga Continues, Will China intervene? The Hong Kong protests have entered its tenth week. The protesters started swarming the international airport last week, demanding greater democracy in Hong Kong. It soon turned ugly as hundreds of protesters turned on an “undercover police officer” and a reporter from the Global Times. This prompted the Hong Kong police […]
  • Aug 16, 2019
    Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products!  The Department of Biotechnology invites comments on ‘Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products in India” from all the stakeholders- government agencies, institutions, industry/researchers engaged in research & development in Nanobiotechnology. It is requested that comments/observations pertaining to the same may be conveyed positively […]
  • Aug 16, 2019
    The eleven-week-long protest movement in Hong Kong has reached a critical phase. Earlier this week, thousands of protesters converged on the city’s airport, paralysing operations and disrupting nearly 1,000 flights. The airport was finally cleared on Thursday after clashes between riot police and the protesters. The scenes of chaos played out as the top leadership […]
  • Aug 16, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we focus on the Indian foreign minister’s visit to Beijing, the resilience of China’s tech giants, signs of economic weakness in China while Xi strengthens political education and the new moves that […]
  • Aug 15, 2019
    If you have nuclear missiles to deter your enemy, you’d better be ready to launch them first. Weapons like that must be a great way to get what you want in international relations, right? Wrong. We think conventional nuclear wisdom should be turned on its head. The only sensible strategic choice with nukes is what […]
  • Aug 14, 2019
    , and
    What does the dramatic transformation of Jammu and Kashmir’s status last week mean for India? Nitin Pai, General Prakash Menon and Anand Arni debate the problems, opportunities, and prospects. Takshashila’s discussion document: takshashila.org.in/takshashila-dis…he-way-forward/ Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 14, 2019
    By the Takshashila Geostrategy Programme Download the Slidedoc in PDF ​Post Article 370 scenario: A worsened security situation in Jammu and Kashmir abetted by Pakistan, exacerbated by the absence of legitimate political channels, a weak economic infrastructure, and an inadequate administrative capacity. Further, this situation is unlikely to change for the better over the next two […]
  • Aug 13, 2019
    , and
    A brewing Sino-US currency war, the challenge of space debris and Brexit’s impact on consumers. Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more from this week’s edition of “Reading The Economist”. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 13, 2019
    The original terms of references for the FFC themselves were contentious. Based on the wrong assumption that the last Finance Commission was overly generous towards the states, the terms were designed to nudge the FFC towards reducing the tax devolution to the states in order to meet the requirements of central schemes of the Union […]
  • Aug 12, 2019
    Streaming services are cataloguing the entire world’s audiovisual content onto their platforms. If you had told someone ten years ago that most of the world’s movies and TV shows would be available on demand in their pocket they would have given you a patronising look of disbelief. If at present of the streaming industry is […]
  • Aug 9, 2019
    China has started mass production of Yun Feng Zhongcheng, a hypersonic surface to surface cruise missile. The missile has a range of 1500-2000 km. Chinese Academy of Science ‘Qingtian Project Room’ (青田项目室) is responsible for the research and development, and mass production of this missile. The Yun Feng medium-range missile is different from the typical ballistic […]
  • Aug 9, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover: China’s reaction to the scrapping of Article 370; India gets a warning on Huawei; Xi heads to Beidaihe; an escalation in Hong Kong’s protests and much more. I. The Kashmir Reaction It took a while, […]
  • Aug 9, 2019
    , and
    Privacy is dying. But can we use data as a bargaining chip with the tech behemoths? Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth debate the options. Rohan’s op-ed: theprint.in/opinion/privacy-is-…aining-chip/267743/ Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 8, 2019
    and
    From Confucius and Sun Tzu to Han Fei Zi, China has been home to many great strategists. In this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Dr Chao Xie about China’s strategic culture and how it impacts present-day foreign policy. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Aug 7, 2019
    Things are looking bleak for the Indian economy. GDP growth in the latest quarter was a subdued 5.8 per cent, unemployment levels are at record highs, the fiscal deficit numbers projected in the Budget are suspect and presumed to be larger, export growth hit a 41-month low in June this year, and growth in the […]
  • Aug 7, 2019
    and
    In this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Dr Chao Xie about the US-China trade war, its implications for India, and how China perceives it. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Aug 6, 2019
    , and
    The burning Arctic, how China pursues diplomatic victory with chairs, the promise of making electricity from moisture, and the bloody history of the mosquito. Manoj Kewalramani, Shambhavi Naik, and Aditya Ramanathan discuss all these and more in this week’s edition of Reading the Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts […]
  • Aug 5, 2019
    and
    What does the evolution of China’s political economy have in common with European dominance of sea-based trade in the 18th-19th centuries? They challenge our notion of what is modern, and what the future might look like. Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Aug 2, 2019
    The Big Story: PLA Warns Hong Kong Protesters As the political crisis in Hong Kong intensifies, the People’s Liberation Army released a video showing footage of anti-riots exercise. The video, posted on social media, begins by a PLA soldier shouting, “All consequences are at your own risk.” Chen Daoxing, Major General, PLA Hong Kong Garrison, […]
  • Aug 2, 2019
    , and
    The Cold War-era INF Treaty died this week. In its wake, we might see a new arms race fuelled by international tensions and technology. Pranav R.S. and Aditya Ramanathan talk to Anirudh Kanisetti about what the future holds and we can do about it. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts […]
  • Aug 2, 2019
    A fortnightly newsletter keeping an eye on science policy and news from around the world. Gene Therapies – Finally!  After nearly two years of holding a discussion on guidelines for gene editing for human interventions, ICMR has released a 100 page draft guideline for gene therapies. The document was open for public consultation for about one week […]
  • Aug 1, 2019
    Download the doctrine here. In the 21st century, India faces challenges of unprecedented scale and complexity that necessitate new ways of thinking about national security. We propose that yogakshema, an idea pioneered in the Arthashastra , should be the guiding light of India’s national security doctrine. Simply put, the State must provide security, kshema, and […]
  • Aug 1, 2019
    and
    In this episode on Politics of Afghanistan, Anand Arni and Pranay Kotasthane discuss the latest developments in the ongoing talks between the US and Taliban. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    and
    On this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to N. Jayaram, a veteran journalist who’s reported on China for decades. They talk about China’s transformation since the 1980s, the future of Taiwan and the fate of Hong Kong. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Jul 30, 2019
    Tech firms offer services in exchange, but the government will argue it needs your data for national security. Why not trade it then. This year, Google bought Nest. Why was the world’s biggest search engine acquiring a thermostat company? Because through Nest, Google will get to know what temperature you prefer in your home, or […]
  • Jul 30, 2019
    , and
    BoJo’s plans to make Britain Great, Trump devaluing the dollar and the worry about zombie trees. Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more from this week’s edition of The Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 29, 2019
    , and
    Andhra is seeking to reserve jobs for locals, while the Modi government is proposing modest labour reforms.India is still a long way from freeing up its labour markets. To understand the opportunity costs, Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane talk to Manoj Kewalramani. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Jul 28, 2019
    American officials are making noises about carrying out a freedom of navigation operation in the Russian-controlled Northern Sea Route. Any such action will only serve to provoke Russia and backfire against America. From the dark of orbital space, satellites are sending back images of massive smoke clouds rising from the Arctic region. The smoke – […]
  • Jul 26, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the new defense white paper; new Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong’s agenda; Xi’s reform meeting; Li Peng dies; Bank of Jinzhou’s financial woes; US-China talks in Shanghai and much more… I. India-China Relations – Sun Takes Charge: China’s […]
  • Jul 26, 2019
    China on Wednesday published its first defence white paper in four years, outlining the strategic military guideline for what it terms as a new era. The document offers an insight into Beijing’s view of the changes in the international security situation. It discusses China’s defence policy objectives, along with the reform, missions and tasks that […]
  • Jul 26, 2019
    By Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon An edited version of this essay appeared first in the India Foundation Journal Vol. VII Issue No. 4, July-August, 2019 Download the Essay in PDF Unity in diversity provides utmost strength for India’s national developmental process. But diversity also begets divergent perspectives that shelter narrow interests and are naturally […]
  • Jul 26, 2019
    , and
    Artificial intelligence poses a mortal threat to the privacy of our data, but there may be some ways to ameliorate the problem. Rohan Seth, Manoj Kewalramani, and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 25, 2019
    In recent years, there has been a great buzz around the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what that might mean for the Indian economy. On the government’s side, Niti Aayog has come up with a national strategy on AI; the Ministry of Commerce has set up an AI task force. A ‘National Centre of […]
  • Jul 25, 2019
    and
    If one were to chart the arc of geopolitical competition over the past 100 years, one can identify four primary sources of contention – land, people, natural resources, and now, the commanding heights of new technologies. At the heart of the current competition lies data – the fuel that will power future innovation. We generate […]
  • Jul 25, 2019
    The Big Story: China’s Defence White Paper China released its first defence white paper since 2015 on Wednesday. The State Council Information Office conducted a press conference to release the document. The paper, titled ‘China’s National Defense in the New Era,’ is the first such document since the PLA reforms began under President Xi in […]
  • Jul 25, 2019
    , and
    China has released its first Defense White Paper after four years, the first since its latest military reform. Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Suyash Desai unpack everything that’s been said in the new document. (The Defense White Paper was released on Wednesday, 24 July.) Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts […]
  • Jul 24, 2019
    At least 12 farmers have been booked in Maharashtra for planting banned genetically modified (GM) cotton and brinjal seeds.Undeterred by this, farmers have been protesting the blockade of new technologies that could aid farming. This movement has elicited mixed responses from farmer groups — some support the idea; others oppose the introduction of GM technologies […]
  • Jul 24, 2019
    , and
    With India’s ambitious plans to catalogue human genomes set to get underway, Shambhavi Naik and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to unpack the opportunities and perils involved. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 23, 2019
    , and
    Does Imran Khan’s meeting with Donald Trump on Monday herald an upswing in US-Pakistan ties? General Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane join Aditya Ramanathan to make sense of Khan’s visit and what it means for India and Afghanistan. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 22, 2019
    , and
    China has reportedly struck a secret deal to set up a naval base in Ream, Cambodia. Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what that means for India and the region. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 22, 2019
    The US Department of Defense (DOD) released its first ever Indo-Pacific Strategy Report (IPSR) in the first week of June. The report outlines Washington’s approach in dealing with various stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region. It identifies China as one of the most important challenges to the US, noting that great-power competition has returned and threatens […]
  • Jul 21, 2019
    Bottom line is that it would now be misleading to say that the Indian government does not have a vision in tech policy. It is one step forward from our late 2017 vision. Up until 2018, one would have been hard-pressed to identify whether India had any coherent intent regarding its technology policy. There were […]
  • Jul 19, 2019
    , and
    As DNA testing becomes cheaper, more countries and societies are starting to use it to tackle congenital disorders – the latest being Nigeria. How might such policies work in India? Anirudh Kanisetti and Shambhavi Naik join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Jul 19, 2019
    The Arthashastra is possibly the most important texts on strategy and statecraft ever written in the Indian subcontinent. But almost every study of it today tends to fit it into Realism, a school of international experience grounded in Western historical and philosophical experiences. I review Deepshikha Shahi’s Kautilya and non-Western IR Theory and find some interesting insights on how […]
  • Jul 19, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover developments along the LAC, the possibility of a Xi-Modi summit in Varanasi, China’s warning on the Dalai Lama, the trade war, how BRI is stumbling in South Asia and much more… I. Talks & Transgressions The […]
  • Jul 19, 2019
    The Big Story: China, US and Taiwan China conducted military drills along its southeast coast on Sunday. This was after the US State Department approved the sale of arms worth US$ 2.2 billion to Taiwan last week. The PLA announced that the military exercises were conducted of China’s “southeast coast” (the Taiwan Strait) and involved […]
  • Jul 18, 2019
    , and
    Is France’s recently announced the GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon)tax a viable model for taxing the tech giants? Is it something that India could implement? Anirudh Kanisetti, Anupam Manur and Rohan Seth delve into this issue on this episode. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast […]
  • Jul 17, 2019
    , and
    India can manage its chronic water crisis. But doing so will require it to out a price on water. Anupam Manur, Nitin Pai talk to Aditya Ramanathan about this issue. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 17, 2019
    The stakes concerning jurisdiction over data have never been higher. There is a global discourse today on the future of data that was recently brought into the news cycle by the U.S. government. The Trump administration was mulling over capping H-1B visas to deter India’s rules on data centers. There is a sense perhaps that data […]
  • Jul 16, 2019
    , and
    Do travelers in Antarctica annoy penguins? Is there a global recession coming? And does happiness make you vote better? Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more in this week’s reading of The Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast […]
  • Jul 16, 2019
    The United Kingdom has offered to “facilitate” the return of an Iranian supertanker that its marines intercepted on July 4 near Gibraltar. Royal Marines had seized the ship on suspicion that it was shipping 2.1 million barrels of crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria, whose government remains under EU sanctions. The UK says […]
  • Jul 16, 2019
    The Union budget speech invites a lot of attention in India. However, it is far more useful to look at the budget statements that get released on the day the speech is read out in the Parliament. Comparing the vision articulated in the budget speech with the promised allocations in these statements separate the wheat […]
  • Jul 16, 2019
    My remarks at the Towards an Assertive Policy on India’s External Democracy Support roundtable organised jointly by ORF and Takshashila in Bengaluru on 12th July 2019 The question posed to me was: what do you think/perceive of India’s record in strengthening and promoting democracy in its region and across other parts of the world? Do you see […]
  • Jul 16, 2019
    There are other major deficiencies in the competition law when it comes to understanding internet companies, Manur said. “Without establishing that a company is dominant, the CCI cannot take any action. But we haven’t clearly defined what the relevant markets are for internet companies. Are Ola and Uber the two largest cab companies? Or are […]
  • Jul 15, 2019
    and
    A political storm is brewing in Sri Lanka over military agreements with the United States like SOFA and ASCA. Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Aditya Ramanathan examine the causes of the controversy and its ramifications. for the region. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 14, 2019
    I. Numbers, Lethargy & Libra Chinese president Xi Jinping convened a high-level meeting on Tuesday to discuss Party-building in central Party and state institutions. If you’d forgotten who is boss in the Party-state system, Xi had a not-so-subtle reminder. He said state “institutions should actively respond to what the CPC Central Committee advocates, implement what it decides, […]
  • Jul 12, 2019
    The US State Department has proposed potential arms sale worth US$ 2.2 billion to Taiwan. The first package of arms would include 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, M2 Chrysler Mount machine guns, M240 machine guns, M88A2 HERCULES vehicles and M1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporters. This package is reportedly valued at an estimated US$ 2 billion. The second package would include 250 […]
  • Jul 11, 2019
    , and
    The Lok Sabha is deliberating the DNA Technology Regulation Bill – a legislation that, though ostensibly meant to lay down guidelines for the usage of DNA in judicial procedures, also raises serious privacy and implementation concerns. Dr Shambhavi Naik joins Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti to explore the nuances of the Bill. Subscribe and listen […]
  • Jul 9, 2019
    , and
    How could the world address the water crises? How is Brexit going and who are the key players in Libya today? Anupam Manur, Gayatri Ganpule and Manoj Kewalramani discuss this week’s edition of The Economist. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 8, 2019
    , and
    On this special episode of All Things Policy, Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti and Manoj Kewalramani have a fascinating conversation with Times of India’s diplomatic editor Indrani Bagchi on how India’s diplomacy really works. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 5, 2019
    The Big Story: China’s Missile Test in South China Sea The NBC reports that China has fired at least one anti-ship ballistic missile this week in the South China Sea. The missile was launched from the areas around contested Spratly Island. The report attributed this information to two anonymous US military officials with knowledge of […]
  • Jul 5, 2019
    Twenty years on, can the Kargil war offer us lessons for more recent India-Pakistan crises? Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S. and Samir Kumar critique three new articles on Kargil and the Pulwama crisis. Links to the Papers: twq.elliott.gwu.edu/files/2019/06/BellMcdonald.pdf twq.elliott.gwu.edu/files/2019/06/Pegahi.pdf twq.elliott.gwu.edu/files/2019/06/Rej.pdf Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast […]
  • Jul 5, 2019
    Over the last two weeks, Georgians have been out on the streets in possibly the largest wave of protests in the country’s recent history. And, like with so many former Soviet Republics, these protests are directed at Russia. In this week’s Third Rome, I aim to understand the history of this region and its troubled relationship with […]
  • Jul 5, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly newsletter offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover US-China trade war talks; India’s deliberations on Huawei and 5G; Xi’s meetings with world leaders; Li Keqiang’s pledge for reform and opening up and much more. I. India-China Relations RIC in Osaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was […]
  • Jul 4, 2019
    , and
    Did America’s policy of engagement with China really fail? How does military technology affect domestic politics? And can publicity really help stop lynchings? Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan talk about studies that have intrigued them. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 3, 2019
    and
    Trump’s offer to Modi, South Asia’s social divisions, and a Swatchh Russia initiative. All of this and more discussed by Gayatri Ganpule, Manoj Kewalramani and Samir Kumar on this episode. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jul 2, 2019
    and
    In a surprise move, Donald Trump became the first sitting American president to enter North Korea. What does the future hold for Kim Jong-un and his nuclear weapons? Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Samir Kumar discuss this and the long-term implications. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify […]
  • Jul 1, 2019
    and
    How did Trump and Xi negotiate a trade war ceasefire at the G20 summit? Can Turkey purchase S400s without sanctions imposed on them? To help us navigate through all the outcomes of the G20, Manoj Kewalramani, Samir Kumar and Shambhavi Naik break it down on this episode. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes […]
  • Jun 29, 2019
    , and
    Seven of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons maintain a first-use posture. But is first-use a viable option? Is it even credible? Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S., Shambhavi Naik and Shibani Mehta tear apart the first-use argument in this episode. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Jun 29, 2019
    Cross-border flow is the basic life-blood of data. When information is isolated, it loses its potential to become knowledge and becomes increasingly vulnerable to breaches. Moreover, India might currently not even have the infrastructure to store its own data.More often than not, data is jeopardised by inadequate supporting infrastructure rather than malevolent threats. A key […]
  • Jun 28, 2019
    The Big Story: Security Review Commission’s Hearing on China’s Military The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission conducted a hearing on ‘Assessing China’s Global Military Ambitions,’ on June 20th, 2019. Serving officers, researchers and scholars working on the PLA, were deputed as a panel before the commission. The purpose of the hearing was to assess […]
  • Jun 27, 2019
    and
    The Indian government announced that it will set up the Defence Space Agency (DSA) and the Defence Space Research Organization (DSRO), kick-starting its military space program. What should be our next step and how do we conceptualize space warfare to begin with? Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S. and Nitin Pai dwell on these sky-high issues on […]
  • Jun 26, 2019
    , and
    Can Mike Pompeo’s visit to India help manage rising differences between the two countries? And are domestic constituencies in both countries adding to the troubles? Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani, Pranay Kotasthane and Samir Kumar delve into all these topics in today’s episode. pragati.nationalinterest.in/wp-content/…unityed.pdf Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify […]
  • Jun 25, 2019
    , and
    Huawei has announced it would be willing to provide India telecom equipment without “back doors”. Is this a feasible idea? How should India treat the data of its citizens? Anirudh Kanisetti, Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth weigh in. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jun 24, 2019
    , and
    Have human and societies become less violent? Are digital wallets ever good for the economy? Have we been measuring national power the wrong way for centuries? Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti and Pranay Kotasthane have rather strong opinions about these difficult questions in this episode of All Things Policy. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: […]
  • Jun 24, 2019
    After winning re-election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) for his first multilateral engagement. India has used the 2019 Bishkek summit to balance its approach between conflicting interests of the US and China. It stands to gain from the SCO’s peace process in Afghanistan, the decision to use local currencies […]
  • Jun 21, 2019
    and
    What does the history of the Indian subcontinent teach us about maritime power and the behavior of sea-states? For that matter, why and what is a sea-state? Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti have a grand time geeking out over naval history and theory to answer these questions. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes […]
  • Jun 21, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly newsletter offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the SCO and CICA meetings, India’s approach to Huawei, discussions around the RCEP deal, the World Bank’s new report on BRI, the US-China trade war and much more. I. SCO & CICA Over the weekend, SCO […]
  • Jun 21, 2019
    , and
    Download the Discussion Document in PDF Six out of the eight nuclear weapons states have not ruled out first use of nuclear weapons. This document examines why states choose first use policies and the challenges involved in maintaining such a position. States can be motivated to acquire nuclear weapons for both existential reasons and the […]
  • Jun 21, 2019
    The Big Story: China-Pakistan Military Relations General Han Weiguo, the Commander of the PLA Ground Forces, was in Pakistan this week. General Han, during his visit, met Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa. He visited Pakistan’s Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi. During his visit, Han lauded Pakistan army’s achievements […]
  • Jun 20, 2019
    , , and
    Iran has shot down an American UAV just days after the US blamed it for attacks on the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. What do deteriorating US-Iran relations mean for India? Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane, Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts […]
  • Jun 20, 2019
    and
    Download the report in PDF This report argues that the Indian government must consider the strategic implications of allowing Huawei to have a role in building and operating India’s 5G network infrastructure. While there exists an economic rationale for providing Chinese telecom vendors access to the Indian market, these benefits need to be weighed against […]
  • Jun 19, 2019
    , and
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the Maldives is the latest move in a contest for power in the Indian Ocean region. How can India win? Manoj Kewalramani and Shibani Mehta join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jun 18, 2019
    , and
    Anupam Manur and Gayatri Ganpule join Shambhavi Naik in discussing proposed policies of the prime ministerial candidates in the UK, Saudi Arabia’s Soverign-Wealth fund, the latest development by Michelin and General Motors, how shocks to the brain may improve creativity and much more topics that were featured in ‘The Economist’. Subscribe and listen to the […]
  • Jun 18, 2019
    In our monthly column on India’s foreign policy in Rajasthan Patrika, we write that India’s “neighbourhood first” policy first requires a reimagination of the neighbourhood. We propose that India should go beyond South Asia and visualise itself as part of multiple neighbourhoods. The article explores the tools India has to imagine itself as a part of multiple […]
  • Jun 17, 2019
    India has the sovereign right to use its data for the welfare of its people and the idea of free trade doesn’t necessarily justify the idea of a free flow of data, commerce and industry ministry Piyush Goyal argued in his speech last week at the G-20 trade ministers’ meeting in Japan. The minister was channelling a […]
  • Jun 17, 2019
    , and
    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit seemed to herald new thinking on Sino-Indian relations. But will it amount to anything? Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jun 14, 2019
    , and
    Despite India’s ban on genetically modified crops, hundreds of farmers in Akola are planting them anyway. Why are GMOs banned in the first place? Will India roll back the ban? Anirudh Kanisetti and Shambhavi Naik join Yazad Jal to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Jun 14, 2019
    The Syrian civil war is coming to a close, and it looks like Russia – er, Assad – has won. According to the Military Balance 2019, Since 2015, 500 senior Russian officers have cycled through Syria, and nearly 39,000 flight missions have been carried out. Russia’s army has secured combat experience in informationised conditions, and […]
  • Jun 14, 2019
    The Economist has an excellent take on the Trech War between the US and China. For one it highlights the not-so-apparent fragility of the semiconductor industry. As a complex network with nodes spread all across the world the supply chain works seamlessly at most times hiding the underlying absence of redundancy. William Shih of HBS has a beautiful analogy to describe […]
  • Jun 14, 2019
    The United Kingdom’s planned exit from the European Union, Brexit, keeps getting messier by the month. It led Theresa May to resign, just like David Cameron before her. It may end up making Boris Johnson the U.K.’s next prime minister, or be the cause of him facing judicial consequences. Brexit also led to the creation of […]
  • Jun 14, 2019
    The Big Story: Artificial intelligence and PLA In 2017, China announced its plans to become the world leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) by 2030. As US and China compete to innovate in this domain, the relative trajectories of their advances will have an impact on future military balance. Currently, US is the a world leader […]
  • Jun 13, 2019
    , and
    The mass protests against Hong Kong’s new extradition law turned violent on Wednesday. As tensions boiled over, Hong Kong police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowds, injuring over 70 people. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai joined Shambhavi Naik on Wednesday to discuss the controversy surrounding the new law and the […]
  • Jun 13, 2019
    China’s military modernisation is advancing rapidly, requiring stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region to adapt with the changing realities. China’s Defence minister Wei Fenghe made a speech on June 2 at the Shangri-La Dialogue forum in Singapore. Shangri-La Dialogue is one of the biggest track-one diplomacy security fora of Asia. Mr. Fenghe’s speech was monitored closely […]
  • Jun 12, 2019
    From impeding track stars like Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand to laws restricting bathroom access and a proposal in the US for genetic determination of sex, the issue of gender identity remains mired in controversy. Can there be a sensible and humane resolution to this debate? Or does this debate represent an unwarranted imposition of […]
  • Jun 12, 2019
    , , and
    Shambhavi Naik, Pranay Kotasthane and Gayatri Ganpule join Yazad Jal to discuss the latest section of the Economist. Today’s podcast includes the economics behind plant activity, the legality of certain drugs, Mohammed Salah’s contribution to dispelling Islamophobia in the UK, and more. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or […]
  • Jun 12, 2019
    There is an acute staff shortage in India’s RAW with about 40 per cent of the posts at the level of joint secretaries, directors and deputy secretaries lying vacant. And then, it became worse nearly six months ago when more than 70 senior and mid-level RAW officials were marked for compulsory retirement by the Narendra Modi government. Of these, four were holding the joint […]
  • Jun 11, 2019
    , and
    A recent paper by former Chief Economic Advisor of India, Arvind Subramanian made a shocking claim that India’s GDP growth between 2011-12 and 2016-17 was 4.5 per cent per year, substantially lower than the oft-quoted figure of 7 per cent. This finding serves as a reminder that not all’s well in the economic engine and […]
  • Jun 11, 2019
    and
    Deepening competition between the US and China over trade and technology is bringing forth a new set of economic and strategic challenges for India. Navigating these successfully requires New Delhi to mitigate and manage the threats, while leveraging the opportunities that arise. Doing so, however, requires the Indian government to undertake key reforms and adopt a […]
  • Jun 10, 2019
    and
    In this special episode, Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande talks about how maritime power has shaped our world, from ancient Greece to the 21st century Indo-Pacific. In conversation with Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jun 8, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly newsletter offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover Xi’s visit to Russia, the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the US’ new Indo-Pacific Strategy, India’s growing trade ties with China and much more. I. A New Era Partnership Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled […]
  • Jun 7, 2019
    Big Story: Do you believe in UFOs? Chinese social media was flooded on June 2, Sunday, with messages of people claiming to have spotted a UFO with a long white tail of smoke. However, the PLA Rocket Force on June 4, Tuesday, posted a photo of a missile on a mobile launcher on Weibo. The […]
  • Jun 7, 2019
    , , and
    With the recent wave of anti-abortion laws in the US, the right of a woman to bodily autonomy is being attacked. Shambhavi Naik is joined by Nidhi Gupta, Anirudh Kanisetti and Yazad Jal to discuss the effects of abortion laws. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other […]
  • Jun 7, 2019
    A fortnightly newsletter keeping an eye on science policy and news from around the world. DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 (Edition 1): The DNA Bill 2018 aimed to regulate laboratories using  DNA fingerprinting technology and creation of a DNA sequence databank to expedite justice in select judicial matters. Update: The Bill lapsed with […]
  • Jun 6, 2019
    , and
    The US has a new Indo-Pacific strategy. What does it mean for the region? What’s China’s response it? And how does it impact India? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Yazad Jal to discuss this topic. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Jun 5, 2019
    , and
    Shambhavi Naik and Gayatri Ganpule join Yazad Jal to explore the latest section of the Economist and discuss the nuances of its most intriguing articles. Listen in to hear about how intestinal bacteria can reduce the symptoms of autism, the extrajudicial role of Iraqi sheikhs, female genital mutilation in the United States, the latest developments […]
  • Jun 4, 2019
    While India has tactfully used the platform to diplomatically isolate Pakistan, it must also tap into BIMSTEC’s immense potential for development, connectivity and trade in the region. Leaders of the BIMSTEC countries attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony last Thursday. This is an opportunity for India to leverage the grouping for better regional economic integration, rather […]
  • Jun 4, 2019
    , and
    The Tiananmen Square massacre is still an extremely controversial topic in China 30 years on. What led to the mass protests at the time? How does the Chinese Government still censor it? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Yazad Jal to discuss the history of the event and the current ramifications. Subscribe and listen to […]
  • Jun 3, 2019
    In June 2018, German police arrested a Tunisian man in Cologne for trying to build a biological weapon using the deadly toxin, ricin.1   In October 2018, researchers flagged a US agricultural program funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) as a potential mask for a bioweapons project.2 At the same time, Russia also claimed that […]
  • Jun 3, 2019
    Download the doctrine here Yogakshema बलं शक्ति: | सुखं सिद्धि:| Strength is power. And well-being is the goal. (Arthashastra, 6:2-31,32) To create and defend a conducive environment for yogakshema (well-being, prosperity, and happiness) of all Indians. At this stage of India’s development, national security is primarily focused on protecting and promoting India’s economic development. a. As […]
  • Jun 3, 2019
    , and
    The Takshashila Institution released a National Security Doctrine for India on 3rd June 2019. In this episode, Lt Gen Prakash Menon, Nitin Pai, and Pranay Kotasthane discuss what this doctrine encompasses. Listen in to find out: – Difference between a doctrine document and a strategy document – What should be the goal of an Indian […]
  • May 31, 2019
    Indian technology policy is entering into a decisive age with the coming of the new government. Regardless of who comes into power, BJP, Congress, or a coalition, their policies need to take enabling stances on artificial intelligence, big data, automation, 5G, digital taxation and so on. Draft policies for emerging technologies have already been put […]
  • May 31, 2019
    and
    Brands are becoming increasingly outspoken about their political values and so are consumers. Are we in an era of ethical consumerism? What does this mean for manufacturers and workers? Ananya Iyer and Anirudh Kanisetti join Yazad Jal to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast […]
  • May 31, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover Wang Qishan’s Pakistan visit; Xi and Modi prepare for Wuhan 2.0; Sin0-US frictions deepen; and much more… I. Wang Nishan-e-Pakistan Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan was in Pakistan for a three-day visit this week. CPEC and […]
  • May 30, 2019
    , and
    In today’s Thoughtful Thursday episode, General Prakash Menon and Suyash Desai join Manoj Kewalramani to discuss China’s international political machinations and its military strategy through the lens of two new books, Julia Lovell’s Maoism: A Global History and M. Taylor Fravel’s Active Defense. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify […]
  • May 29, 2019
    , and
    With BIMSTEC leaders attending the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, General Prakash Menon and Suyash Desai join Shambhavi Naik to talk about how the organisation could help rewire the geopolitics of India’s neighbourhood. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • May 28, 2019
    , and
    In this week’s episode, Anupam Manur, Yazad Jal and Gayatri Ganpule discuss the booming job market in rich countries, disruption of the interlinkages in the tech industry and welfare-motivated sin tax on sugary drinks. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • May 28, 2019
    The mouthpiece for a country’s premier statesman is occasionally bound to be dumbfounded by the public’s queries. But that can’t be a reason not to have one in a modern democracy. Much of our national discourse revolves around politics and not policy. The issue of where and when the Ram Mandir will be built appears […]
  • May 27, 2019
    A multinational giant using all its might to crush four small farmers for an alleged patent infringement: this is how PepsiCo’s decision to sue a group of Gujarat farmers for Rs 1 crore each played out in the media early this month. The US-based snack and beverage maker was accused of coercion for taking the […]
  • May 27, 2019
    , and
    What should be on the agenda for the new government as it sets about reforming defence? General Prakash Menon and Nitin Pai join Yazad Jal to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • May 24, 2019
    The Big Story: Xi’s Jiangxi Tour President Xi Jinping toured east China’s Jiangxi province this week. This was his first domestic tour since the escalation of trade war with the United States. Jiangxi is where China’s Red Army started its Long March in 1934. President Xi’s choice of destination, as per the South China Morning […]
  • May 24, 2019
    , and
    Will Russia’s new internet regulations end the global internet as we know it? Does China have its own internet? Should states rule over the internet? Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • May 24, 2019
    and
    This article first appeared in The Wire Dark, bizarre, surreal: we are short of adjectives to accurately capture the current political situation in Afghanistan. On May 8, even as they were in talks with the US, the Taliban attacked the Kabul office of a US aid NGO, killing nine. On May 5, the Taliban mounted attacks on armed forces […]
  • May 24, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the Sino-US tussle over Huawei; Xi’s letter to Modi; Sri Lanka’s purchase of surveillance equipment and much more I. Trump’s Cards Over the weekend, report after report told us that a new tech Cold War is upon […]
  • May 24, 2019
    A fortnightly newsletter keeping an eye on science policy and news from around the world. The Biological Diversity Act, 2002:  The Biological Diversity Act was enacted to meet India’s international obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Act’s has two main purposes:  to regulate access to India’s biodiversity and to ensure appropriate benefit sharing if the biodiversity […]
  • May 23, 2019
    , and
    Nidhi Gupta, Pranay Kotasthane and Ananya Iyer join Shambhavi Naik to discuss the recent news coverage surrounding the cut-off and quota measures in Karnataka Pre-University colleges. Can quotas be replaced by other measures to achieve social equity? Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • May 22, 2019
    , and
    Surgical strikes are back in the news. But what are these surgical strikes really? Do they help reduce terrorism? Are they being exploited for political purposes? General Prakash Menon discusses with Yazad Jal and Aditya Ramanathan. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • May 21, 2019
    , and
    Is the US-China trade war entering its final phases? Huawei will not be able to purchase components from American suppliers – and will be excluded from future versions of Google’s Android OS. But this costs the US $11 billion in lost business. Will the costs finally be enough to bring both sides to the table? […]
  • May 21, 2019
    A response to The Print’s TalkPoint question for 20th May: With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties? Pakistan is not one geopolitical entity, but two. The first is a putative state; represented by civilian governments and a civilian de-facto head of state. The competing entity is a dynamic syndicate […]
  • May 20, 2019
    and
    Affirmative action aimed at ending discrimination has a long and complex history in India. A new chapter was added to this story on May 10 when the Supreme Court upheld a Karnataka law, saying quotas for promotion of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe candidates in public employment was constitutional and did not require demonstrating ‘backwardness’ […]
  • May 20, 2019
    , and
    Yazad Jal and Manoj Kewalramani join Nitin Pai discuss the nuances of the articles in the latest edition of The Economist (May 18th). Tune in for insights on the US-China new “cold war”, comedic happenings in politics, the intolerance of intolerance, sleep technology and more. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google […]
  • May 17, 2019
    The Big Story: South Asia and PLA A China Daily editorial on May 13th called for joint action by South Asian countries to deal with rising terrorism threats in the region. The article comes at the back of a terrorist attack on a five star hotel, Zaver Pearl Continental near the port city of Gwadar, […]
  • May 17, 2019
    , and
    Has politicisation affected the Indian military? Should our senior officers have a “cooling off” period before they’re allowed to join a political party? Gen. Prakash Menon joins Pranay Kotasthane and Yazad Jal to discuss these issues. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • May 17, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover Xi’s Asian Civilisations Dialogue speech; escalation in the Sino-US trade war and much more. I. Analysis of Xi’s CDAC Speech Late last month, Kiron Skinner, Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department, cast […]
  • May 16, 2019
    How have India and China tried to educate their military personnel? Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan join Yazad Jal to talk about two different studies on the subject. Check out the studies mentioned here: “Defense Education in Chinese Universities: Drilling Elite Youth” www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080…rnalCode=cjcc20 “Educating the Professional Military: Civil–Military Relations and Professional Military Education in India” […]
  • May 15, 2019
    Guest post by Ananya Iyer Quickly having transformed from a sleepy town idealized for retirement to a fast-paced megalopolis, Bangalore faces the issues of a city that grew up too fast. Issues related to major planning discrepancies are commonplace, and the rapid pace of development yields a resistance to correct the prevailing concerns. According to […]
  • May 15, 2019
    , and
    Yazad Jal and Anupam Manur join Nitin Pai to dive into the latest edition of The Economist and discuss the nuances of the articles that they found the most intriguing. Tune in for insights on US-China trade war, the veracity of Indian GDP numbers, the decline of racial bias in the United States and more. […]
  • May 14, 2019
    , and
    With Uber and Ola having gamechanging effects on urban mobility, how can urban planning authorities account for the sharp hike in road congestion with a view to make transport as efficient as possible? Pranay Kotasthane and Anupam Manur join Shambhavi Naik to discuss the various aspects of the same. Subscribe and listen to the podcast […]
  • May 14, 2019
    This article appeared in Business Standard Five years ago, Wang Jing, a tycoon with close links to the Chinese government and Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s president announced a $50 billion plan to cut a 278-km long canal in the Central American isthmus. Despite the scale of environmental damage it would cause, Ortega’s government quickly cleared the […]
  • May 13, 2019
    , and
    Can relocating state capitals create jobs and give the economy a boost? Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane join Yazad Jal to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • May 12, 2019
    When I first saw the invitation for Uber’s discussion on women’s safety, I was prepared for an event dealing with the incorporation of the gender aspect in Uber rides. However, as the event’s conversation progressed, the multifaceted and nuanced nature of this issue unfolded and made me realise how much more there is to it. […]
  • May 10, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the unraveling of the Sino-US trade talks, shifts in Indian thinking on BRI, Xi’s new vision for the country’s police and much more. Inside China A quick look at the key stories that dominated the […]
  • May 10, 2019
    PPFVR Act, 2001:  The Protection Of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPVFR) Act came into effect in 2001. It has been in recent news as under the aegis of the this Act, PepsiCo filed a case against potato farmers in Gujarat for allegedly infringing their patent for its FC 5 potato. While PepsiCo subsequently has […]
  • May 10, 2019
    , , and
    How does Che Guevara’s face end up on mass-manufactured t-shirts? How did superheroes go from comic books to blockbuster film franchises? How do counterculture movements end up as part of the mainstream? Asawari Ghatage, Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti geek out with Shambhavi Naik. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts […]
  • May 10, 2019
    The Big Story of the week Decoding China’s Military Power  The Department of Defense of the United States submitted an annual report to the Congress on the ‘Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China 2019.’ This is an annual exercise, which has started 18 years ago since 2001. Over the years, the China […]
  • May 9, 2019
    Guest post by Ananya Iyer There are a few industries that conspicuously follow the counterintuitive path of experiencing growth during an economic recession- discount retailers, casinos, repair, handymen. Among these is an unlikely contender- the cosmetics industry. In times of economic downturn, there has been a consistent observation in the rise in sales of the […]
  • May 9, 2019
    , , and
    Does the notion of a “clash of civilisations” really explain the competition between major powers today? Shambhavi Naik talks to Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • May 8, 2019
    Pakistan’s Nasr rocket was supposed to “pour cold water” over the Indian Army’s Cold Start doctrine. But Aditya Ramanathan and Kunaal Kini drop a truth bomb over Pakistan’s overheated claims. Check out their article here: bit.ly/2H8RwDD Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • May 7, 2019
    and
    The Supreme Court’s in-house probe panel has given a clean chit to CJI Ranjan Gogoi after allegations of sexual harassment against him. But the probe ignored the well-established Vishakha guidelines for dealing with such allegations. Surya Prakash BS joins Yazad Jal and Suyash Desai to discuss the implications for the credibility of India’s judiciary. Subscribe […]
  • May 6, 2019
    , and
    Why did China finally allow Masood Azhar to be sanctioned by the UN? What do these sanctions actually achieve? What are China’s motivations behind doing this now? And how will it affect the India-China dynamic? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Yazad Jal to discuss these issues and more. Subscribe and listen to the podcast […]
  • May 4, 2019
    This week I’d like to talk about Russia and its favourite neighbour, Ukraine. To say that the two have a shared history is an understatement. Over the last thousand years, states based in the areas covered by the modern states of the Russian Federation and Ukraine have been intertwined in a spectacular odyssey of war, […]
  • May 3, 2019
    and
    Why did pre-modern Indian states patronise poetry? How did poets balance their commitments to kings with their ideas of social justice? Are there lessons that modern India can learn from our historical attitude towards the arts? Author and ancient literature expert Samhita Arni joins Anirudh Kanisetti and Yazad Jal to search for answers. Subscribe and […]
  • May 3, 2019
    The Big Story: The 70th PLA Naval Anniversary The People’s Republic of China, in the last week, celebrated the 70th founding anniversary of the PLA Navy. The PLA Navy was formed on April 23rd, 1949 as a leading organ of the navy under East China Military Area Command. Seven decades after founding, PLAN has developed among the largest […]
  • May 3, 2019
    Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover all the details from the second Belt and Road Forum; the listing of Masood Azhar by the UNSC Sanctions Committee 1267; updates on the Sino-US trade war; a new report on surveillance in Xinjiang; the 100th […]
  • May 3, 2019
    By Shambhavi Naik Download the Discussion Document in PDF Gene editing, synthetic biology, and improved delivery systems have reinvigorated the attention to biological weapons. Furthermore, the Biological Weapons Convention has repeatedly failed to agree to a verification mechanism, giving rise to suspicions that state actors may still be experimenting with biological weapons. Further, non-state actors […]
  • May 2, 2019
    , , and
    The Marvel Cinematic Universe offers rich and often surprising insights into the most pressing matters of ethics, policy, international politics. Manoj Kewalramani, Shibani Mehta, Ajay Patri, and Aditya Ramanathan delve into some of their favourite moments in the MCU saga. Warning: This podcast contains major spoilers right up to Avengers: Infinity War. Subscribe and listen […]
  • May 1, 2019
    , and
    All is not well with India’s external intelligence agency. In this fascinating episode, Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane, and Shibani Mehta talk about how India’s spies were recruited in the past, what’s wrong with the way they’re recruited today, and how India can hire better intelligence officers in the future. You can check out Shibani’s column […]
  • Apr 30, 2019
    Over the Horizon: Time, Uncertainty, and the Rise of Great Powers David M. Edelstein Cornell University Press (2017) In 2001 political scientist John Mearsheimer unleashed a scholarly fusillade on the optimistic complacency that characterized American strategic thinking in the years after the Cold War. Mearsheimer’s tome, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics¸ warned that while […]
  • Apr 30, 2019
    , and
    How do prediction markets work? Do they offer advantages over traditional methods? And why did they go wrong in predicting Trump’s election or Brexit? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane talk to Yazad Jal. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast app.
  • Apr 30, 2019
    By Pranay Kotasthane and Hemant Chandak EVM का मुद्दा फिर से गरमाया हुआ है | भारत के हर बड़े राजनीतिक दल ने चुनावी नुकसान के लिए ईवीएम को दोषी ठहराया है | हम लिखते है कि EVM स्वतंत्र, निष्पक्ष चुनाव करवाने के लिए ज़रूरी है | अब समय आ गया है कि हम ईवीएम को कमज़ोर […]
  • Apr 29, 2019
    , and
    China’s navy marked its 70th anniversary with a four-day-long celebration last week. The festivities included a parade, which showcased the Liaoning aircraft carrier and the navy’s newest destroyer, the Nanchang. In this episode of All Things Policy, Shambhavi Naik talks to Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai on the rapid modernisation of the PLA-Navy and its […]
  • Apr 26, 2019
    Nanopharmaceuticals to the Rescue:  The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India in collaboration with Indian Society of Nanomedicine have released draft guidelines for evaluation of nanopharmaceuticals in India. The formation of the guidelines has involved members from AIIMS, CDSCO, THSTI, CDRI, DBT, DST, ICMR and many other organisations.  These guidelines provide the first set of rules intended […]
  • Apr 26, 2019
    , and
    A revolutionary new gene therapy hijacks the human immunodeficiency (HIV) virus to cure inherited immune disorders such as SCID – also known as Bubble Boy Disease. Is this the start of a bold new age in healthcare? Shambhavi Naik and Yazad Jal join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes […]

  • Aug 14, 2019
    By the Takshashila Geostrategy Programme Download the Slidedoc in PDF ​Post Article 370 scenario: A worsened security situation in Jammu and Kashmir abetted by Pakistan, exacerbated by the absence of legitimate political channels, a weak economic infrastructure, and an inadequate administrative capacity. Further, this situation is unlikely to change for the better over the next two […]
  • Aug 1, 2019
    Download the doctrine here. In the 21st century, India faces challenges of unprecedented scale and complexity that necessitate new ways of thinking about national security. We propose that yogakshema, an idea pioneered in the Arthashastra , should be the guiding light of India’s national security doctrine. Simply put, the State must provide security, kshema, and […]
  • Jul 26, 2019
    By Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon An edited version of this essay appeared first in the India Foundation Journal Vol. VII Issue No. 4, July-August, 2019 Download the Essay in PDF Unity in diversity provides utmost strength for India’s national developmental process. But diversity also begets divergent perspectives that shelter narrow interests and are naturally […]
  • Jun 21, 2019
    , and
    Download the Discussion Document in PDF Six out of the eight nuclear weapons states have not ruled out first use of nuclear weapons. This document examines why states choose first use policies and the challenges involved in maintaining such a position. States can be motivated to acquire nuclear weapons for both existential reasons and the […]
  • Jun 20, 2019
    and
    Download the report in PDF This report argues that the Indian government must consider the strategic implications of allowing Huawei to have a role in building and operating India’s 5G network infrastructure. While there exists an economic rationale for providing Chinese telecom vendors access to the Indian market, these benefits need to be weighed against […]
  • Jun 3, 2019
    Download the doctrine here Yogakshema बलं शक्ति: | सुखं सिद्धि:| Strength is power. And well-being is the goal. (Arthashastra, 6:2-31,32) To create and defend a conducive environment for yogakshema (well-being, prosperity, and happiness) of all Indians. At this stage of India’s development, national security is primarily focused on protecting and promoting India’s economic development. a. As […]
  • May 3, 2019
    By Shambhavi Naik Download the Discussion Document in PDF Gene editing, synthetic biology, and improved delivery systems have reinvigorated the attention to biological weapons. Furthermore, the Biological Weapons Convention has repeatedly failed to agree to a verification mechanism, giving rise to suspicions that state actors may still be experimenting with biological weapons. Further, non-state actors […]
  • Apr 9, 2019
    and
    By Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Kunaal Kini Download the study in PDF A canal along the Isthmus of Kra could alter the strategic calculus for states across Southeast Asia, with China expected to benefit the most. In light of recent discussions around building the canal with the help of Chinese investors, this study examines […]
  • Mar 19, 2019
    ​Madhav Chandavarkar, Ajay Patri, and Divij Joshi Mobilised violence is detrimental to the democratic fabric of India. It prevents individuals from enjoying their right to speak, move and conduct business freely. It can also cause injuries and loss of life to bystanders, in addition to significant economic costs from a cessation of economic activity and damage to […]
  • Jan 17, 2019
    , and
    Executive Summary In India, reform advocacy for the Intelligence community has largely been focused around parliamentary scrutiny over the intelligence agencies and removal of defunct ones. These suggested reforms, however, tend to overlook what is at the core of intelligence – people.  The success of intelligence operation is defined by the capability of officers conducting […]
  • Dec 31, 2018
    The Justice Srikrishna Committee (formally called the Committee of Experts under the Chairmanship of Justice B N Srikrishna) is tasked with framing a robust data protection law for India. In November, 2017, the Committee released the White Paper – exploring the contours of data protection legislation across the world, and called upon stakeholders to comment […]
  • Dec 19, 2018
    , and
    By Pranay Kotasthane, Devika Kher, Pavan Srinath, and Aashish Chajjer Download the paper in PDF Financing public health in India is a vital challenge. As a response, the Union government transfers funds to the lower tiers of government, specifically meant to improve the public health services. The stated goal of specific transfers is to ensure […]
  • Dec 4, 2018
    and
    Mobilised violence is detrimental to the democratic fabric of India. It prevents individuals from enjoying their right to speak, move and conduct business freely. It can also cause injuries and loss of life to bystanders, in addition to significant economic costs from a cessation of economic activity and damage to property. In this report, ‘mobilised violence’ is defined as an act or series of acts of violence committed by a group with the intent of furthering a political purpose.
  • Oct 12, 2018
    and
    By Ajay Patri and Manasa Venkataraman Executive Summary This document contains recommendations and comments in response to the draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 (Bill) released by the Committee of Experts under the Chairmanship of Justice B. N. Srikrishna (Justice Srikrishna Committee) in July 2018. At the outset, we welcome the release of the Bill […]
  • Oct 1, 2018
    By Manoj Kewalramani Download the paper in PDF Executive Summary In 2017, the Chinese government unveiled a plan to develop the country into the world’s primary innovation centre for artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030. In doing so, it identified AI as a strategic industry, crucial for enhancing economic development, national security and governance. This report […]
  • Sep 18, 2018
    and
    Executive Summary In 2017, the Doklam plateau became a flashpoint for the Asian powers, India and China. China’s tactics in Doklam are clear examples of its general “salami-slicing” strategy, a policy of gradual encroachment onto disputed territory where other claimants are forced to accede to a new status quo tilted in China’s favour. This Discussion […]
  • Aug 29, 2018
    and
    By Manasa Venkataraman and Ajay Patri The Takshashila Institution convened a Roundtable on 10 August 2018 to discuss issues arising from the documents released by the Justice Srikrishna Committee on 27 July 2018. These documents included the report titled A Free and Fair Digital Economy: Protecting Privacy, Empowering Indians and the draft Personal Data Protection Bill, […]
  • Aug 1, 2018
    By Anupam Manur Download the paper in PDF [620 KB] Executive Summary Multi-sided platforms possess unique characteristics that differentiate them from a normal market structure. The presence of direct and indirect network effects, high switching costs, price parity clauses, vertical integration, and differentiated pricing structures between the two sides of the platform are unique to […]
  • Jul 25, 2018
    , and
    By Pavan Srinath, Pranay Kotasthane, Devika Kher, Aashish Chhajer Download the paper in PDF [2 MB] Executive Summary Health policy is an essential pillar of human welfare. Given the high degree of externality, the State has to play a significant role in health and healthcare provision. Unfortunately, evidence shows that public spending on healthcare in […]
  • Jul 9, 2018
    , and
    By Anirudh Kanisetti, Anupam Manur, and Pranay Kotasthane Download the Discussion Document in PDF [1.8 MB] Executive Summary “The New World Order” is a phrase often used but rarely understood. This discussion document proposes an analytical framework to decode what a New World Order means for India. The document presents a flexible action portfolio to […]
  • Jun 20, 2018
    , and
    By Dr. Sudha Ramachandran, Hamsini Hariharan, and Shibani Mehta Download the Assessment in PDF [1 MB] The Pasthun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), a powerful civil and human rights movement, has rattled Pakistan’s political and military establishment by drawing huge crowds. The merger of the provinces of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) can […]
  • May 22, 2018
    By Shambhavi Naik Download the Slidedoc in PDF [1.5 MB] Gene drives are being explored for alleviating vector-borne infectious diseases however, the risks of employing them need to be understood. This Slidedoc assesses the potential use of gene drives in India by performing a stage-wise risk assessment of deploying gene drive. Gene drive mosquitoes are […]
  • May 7, 2018
    , and
    By Sudha Ramachandran, Hamsini Hariharan, and Shibani Mehta Download the Assessment in PDF [2.5 MB] Executive Summary The Doklam crisis is evidence that the regional security dynamic in the neighbourhood is being challenged. As Bhutan readies for its third National Assembly elections later this year, India must act to address Bhutanese concerns that are weakening the […]
  • Apr 27, 2018
    By Manoj Kewalramani Download the Assessment in PDF [1.1 MB] Executive Summary Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Wuhan for a two-day informal meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 27 and 28, 2018. The two leaders are expected to discuss “issues of overarching, long-term and strategic importance” along with changes in the […]
  • Apr 10, 2018
    , and
    By Sudha Ramachandran, Hamsini Hariharan, and Shibani Mehta Download the Assessment in PDF [700 KB] Executive Summary The victory of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the local bodies’ elections in Sri Lanka in February reflects public dissatisfaction with the ruling coalition’s performance. It also indicates that Rajapaksa continues to […]
  • Mar 10, 2018
    , and
    By Anirudh Kanisetti, Hamsini Hariharan, and Manoj Kewalramani Download the Discussion Slidedoc in PDF [1.4 MB] This Slidedoc presents a strategic framework that provides insights into China’s behaviour and highlights various alternative policies that China may consider for engagement in the Indian Subcontinent. An underlying assumption is that China is modeled as a rational actor […]
  • Feb 21, 2018
    , and
    By Rahul Matthan, Manasa Venkataraman, and Ajay Patri Download the Policy Advisory in PDF [650 KB] The Justice Srikrishna Committee (formally called the Committee of Experts under the Chairmanship of Justice B N Srikrishna) is tasked with framing a robust data protection law for India. In November, 2017, the Committee released the White Paper – […]
  • Jan 12, 2018
    , and
    By Anirudh Kanisetti, Anupam Manur, Pranay Kotasthane, and Akshay Alladi Download the Discussion Document in PDF [5 MB] Over the next quarter century, the international order is likely to change considerably. A new geopolitical and macroeconomic context will necessitate a flexible strategy to maximise India’s national interest. In this Discussion Document, an analytical framework is […]
  • Jan 5, 2018
    , , and
    Download the Blue Paper in PDF [430 KB] This Blue Paper was prepared as a result of a roundtable discussion organised by the Takshashila Institution on 15 December 2017, based on the Discussion Document: A Framework for Governing Gene Editing. The discussion document developed an analytical framework to differentiate gene editing technologies into three broad […]
  • Dec 19, 2017
    and
    By Pranay Kotasthane and Vinay Kumar Singh Download the Working Paper in PDF [640 KB] Abstract The views of de Zwart (2015) related to the conflation of terms, “unintended consequences” and “unanticipated consequences”, the necessity to maintain their distinction and the need to take into account the “unintended but anticipated” consequences as a separate category […]
  • Oct 18, 2017
    , and
    By Rahul Matthan, Manasa Venkataraman, and Ajay Patri Download the policy advisory in PDF [418 KB] This policy advisory is a curated set of responses to the discussion paper issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, seeking comments and suggestions on the creation of data protection laws. Executive Summary There is an urgent need […]
  • Oct 18, 2017
    This policy advisory is a curated set of responses to the discussion paper issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, seeking comments and suggestions on the creation of data protection laws. Executive Summary There is an urgent need to bring forth effective data protection norms in India. However, these norms must be introduced and […]
  • Oct 17, 2017
    By Anand Arni Download the assessment here [0.3MB PDF] This assessment takes a closer look at the events leading to the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan. Key judgments from the assessment are: it is likely that this release is an offering presented by Pakistan before the Mattis/Tillerson visit to Pakistan. A clearer indication […]
  • Oct 13, 2017
    , , and
    By Madhav Chandavarkar, Anirudh Kanisetti, Shambhavi Naik, and Ajay Patri Download the Discussion Document in PDF [1.2 MB] Executive Summary Gene editing offers many benefits. They range from basic research that can enhance the scientific understanding of gene functions to practical applications like improved healthcare and agricultural production. At the same time, like other developing […]
  • Oct 11, 2017
    and
    Download the Blue Paper in PDF [480 KB[ This Blue Paper was prepared as a result of a roundtable discussion organised by the Takshashila Institution on 4 September 2017, based on the Discussion Document, Beyond Consent: A New Paradigm for Data Protection. The discussion document brings forth a rights-based model (Rights Model) to help secure […]
  • Oct 11, 2017
    This Blue Paper was prepared as a result of a roundtable discussion organised by the Takshashila Institution on 4 September 2017, based on the Discussion Document, Beyond Consent: A New Paradigm for Data Protection. The discussion document brings forth a rights-based model (Rights Model) to help secure the interests of a data subject sharing his […]
  • Sep 23, 2017
    , , and
    By Madhav Chandavarkar, Anirudh Kanisetti, Ajay Patri, and Shambhavi Naik Download the Slides in PDF [460 KB] Gene editing, the idea of modifying genes, has long been the stuff of science fiction. But recent advancements in genetic editing has brought the discourse surrounding genetic editing to the forefront. Much of the discourse on gene editing, […]
  • Sep 11, 2017
    , and
    By Pranay Kotasthane, Guru Aiyar, and Nitin Pai This is a draft of a chapter submitted to Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Pakistan, August 2017, Edited by Aparna Pande, ISBN: 9781138903715 Download the book chapter [PDF] Pakistan is not one geopolitical entity, but two: the putative state (represented currently by a civilian government), and the military—jihadi […]
  • Jul 20, 2017
    By Rahul Matthan Download the Discussion Document in PDF [800 KB] EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Data protection is confined by consent (Consent Model). Once a data subject’s consent is obtained, a data controller is free to collect, process and use such data for the specified purpose and will not be liable for any consequences that might result […]
  • Jul 7, 2017
    and
    By The Takshashila Geostrategy Team The situation in the India-China border looks tense as the region is experiencing one of the longest impasse between Indian and Chinese troops. If the situation escalates into a potential conflict, the costs for both India and China are significantly high. This graphical representation provides an analysis of how India […]
  • Jul 7, 2017
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Data protection is confined by consent (Consent Model). Once a data subject’s consent is obtained, a data controller is free to collect, process and use such data for the specified purpose and will not be liable for any consequences that might result from its actions. This places the onus on an individual to […]
  • Jun 14, 2017
    By Pranay Kotasthane Download the paper in PDF [2.3 MB] The India-Pakistan conflict has variously been described as an ‘enduring rivalry’ or a ‘protracted conflict’ — characterised by its long duration, recurrence of armed exchanges, and the involvement of state and non-state actors. This entrenched conflict began with the birth of the two states in […]
  • Jun 12, 2017
    Download the slides as PDF [455 KB] The sharing of waters between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu of the Kaveri river has been the source of a serious political conflict between the states. The current river water management system system relies on court-administered water quotas, which is broken and dysfunctional. These slides propose to replace it […]
  • Jun 6, 2017
    and
    By Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane Download the book chapter in PDF [214 KB] The debate of liberty versus security gains special significance in India with the emergence of Radically Networked Societies (RNSs). A Radically Networked Society is defined as a web of hyper connected individuals, possessing an identity (imagined or real), and motivated by […]
  • Feb 8, 2017
    By Nitin Pai Download the slides as PDF [680 KB] Climate change has emerged as an important threat multiplier across the world. The instability brought forth by climate change has resulted in natural disasters, droughts and resource shortages in several regions, sometimes resulting in drastic migration of populace. In the Indian context, the rising river […]
  • Dec 20, 2016
    By Dr. M Govinda Rao Download the essay in PDF [379 KB] India’s growth story remains highly attractive at a time of fragile global economic recovery, uneven growth and tremendous uncertainty around the global financial and commodity markets. However, taking the economy to a higher growth trajectory over the medium and long term requires considerable […]
  • Dec 4, 2016
    By Dr. M Govinda Rao Download the essay in PDF [121 KB] The ruling party has hailed the Prime Minister’s announcement of ₹500 and ₹1000 notes becoming invalid as an historic and unprecedented attack on black economy. Conversely, the opposition has called the move a ‘monumental blunder’ and an ‘organised loot.’ For the most part, […]
  • Dec 1, 2016
    by Pranay Kotasthane, The Takshashila Institution Download the Analysis in PDF [0.8MB] These slides interpret the “surgical strikes” conducted after the Uri terrorist attacks, using the India—Pakistan Conflict Escalation Framework. Based on this framework, the document proposes factors that can help make an Operational Conventional Retaliation work. This paper was presented at  the Takshashila Roundtable on […]
  • Nov 30, 2016
    and
    By Anupam Manur and Manasa Venkataraman Download the discussion document in PDF An Account of Unaccounted Income is a discussion document that takes an in-depth look at India’s unaccounted economy. It is important to distinguish between different categories of unaccounted economy, each of which has different method of functioning and different implications for the economy. […]
  • Nov 29, 2016
    Download the Blue Paper in PDF[526kB] This Blue Paper on the contemporary role of airpower was prepared as a result of discussions with AVM Arjun Subramaniam. The discussions were held as part of Takshashila’s Bangalore Fellows Programme. The Blue Paper addresses the following questions: How does India go towards a mixed force structure of manned […]
  • Nov 23, 2016
    and
    By Madhav Chandavarkar and Manasa Venkataraman Download the Discussion Document in PDF (248 KB) Executive Summary The law for defamation in India impedes free speech more than it protects reputations. While it is vital to protect an individual’s right to reputation, this must not come at the cost of the right to criticise as the […]
  • Nov 23, 2016
    and
    By Nitin Pai and Anupam Manur Download India’s Currency Reform 2016 in PD (455 KB) The recent withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination notes as legal tender has evoked various responses. On one hand the government’s stance is that this will reduce a large portion of unaccounted money (also popularly known as black […]
  • Nov 2, 2016
    By Dr. M Govinda Rao Download the essay in PDF [442 KB] Given the political inclination to indulge in fiscal profligacy, it is important to ensure calibration of rule based fiscal policy to provide space to conduct monetary policies. Although there has been considerable progress in the conduct of rule based fiscal policy and ensuring […]
  • Oct 7, 2016
    The Takshashila Institution and the US Consulate, Chennai, hosted a roundtable conference on reviewing India’s coastal security architecture at The Hyatt MG Road, on 23 September 2016. The roundtable discussion brought together experts who brainstormed ideas to secure India’s coastline, effectively and efficiently. The following slides provide an overview of the event, the key challenges […]
  • Aug 17, 2016
    and
    Pranay Kotasthane and Varun Ramachandra Analyse the State’s Finances after the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC). Download the Full Publication in PDF (114KB) Analysing the second Karnataka budget since the Fourteenth Finance Commission award, it is noted that, as assured, more fiscal space is made available to the state government. With greater untied funds, the state […]
  • Aug 12, 2016
    The Indo-Pacific region has witnessed a huge surge in economic interaction, demographics and transnational security in recent years. The 2016 Australian Defence White Paper affirms that this is Australia’s region however, this is a vast maritime zone engaging the interests of various nations. These include India, Japan, China, the United States in addition to Indonesia, […]
  • Aug 10, 2016
    Capacity Analysis for Evacuation of Indian Diaspora By Guru Aiyar, Takshashila Fellow Download the brief in PDF format (889KB) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Since 1991, India has been involved in six major evacuations from West Asia alone. Mass evacuations have become a recurrent feature and it is very likely that the Indian government will be called upon for […]
  • Jun 9, 2016
    , , , , and
    Privatising Film Certification: Towards a Modern Film Rating Regime Madhav Chandavarkar, Adhip Amin, Shikha Pathak, Siddarth Gore, Devika Kher and Guru Aiyar, The Takshashila Institution Download the policy advisory in PDF format (508KB) Executive Summary The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is in charge of the regulation of the exhibition of films in India under […]
  • Feb 18, 2016
    and
    India’s Policy towards Myanmar: Interests, determinants and risk factors Guru Aiyar and Priya Ravichandran, The Takshashila Institution Download the discussion document in PDF format (160KB) Executive Summary Myanmar’s elections in November 2015 have given a resounding verdict in the favour of National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi. As a […]
  • Feb 2, 2016
    Implementation of Pune’s City Parking Policy In response to the draft public parking policy of Pune Municipal Corporation Siddarth Gore, Scholar Centre for Smart City Governance, The Takshashila Institution Read the full Policy Brief [350KB PDF] Executive Summary The draft parking policy of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is based on progressive economic and well as […]
  • Jan 9, 2016
    Sustained Dialogue Process as India’s Pakistan Policy: An assessment Rohan Joshi and Pranay Kotasthane, The Takshashila Institution Download the discussion document in PDF format (160KB) Executive Summary A prevalent view in India is that a sustained dialogue at the highest levels is the only realistic chance for peace with Pakistan. In this paper, we systematically […]
  • Jan 8, 2016
    , and
    Quality of Service Based Differential Pricing for Data Services In response to comments sought by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Differential Pricing for Data Services Sudeep Divakaran, Pranay Kotasthane and Pavan Srinath, The Takshashila Institution Takshashila Policy Advisory 2016-01 This document is the authors’ formal submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). […]
  • Dec 15, 2015
    , , , , and
    Distance from Delhi: Essays on Geopolitics, Economics and Public Policy by Anupam Manur, Devika Kher, Karthik Shashidhar, Madhav Chandavarkar, Pavan Srinath, Pranay Kotasthane, Priya Ravichandran, Sarah Farooqui, Rohan Joshi, Varun Ramachandra and Saurabh Chandra Edited by Sarah Farooqui Takshashila Institution Press 2015 ISBN: 978-8193197646 Rs. 295 About the book: India is not New Delhi and New Delhi is not India, though sometimes this gets […]
  • Dec 15, 2015
    and
    A Visible Hand by Narayan Ramachandran Edited by Anupam Manur Takshashila Institution Press 2015 ISBN: 978-8193197608 Rs. 295 About the book: A Visible Hand is a collection of essays from Narayan Ramachandran on the intersection of Economics, Politics, and Society. They offer a fresh perspective and original take on many aspects of emerging India – from the political […]
  • Dec 10, 2015
    , and
    A Global Relocation Insurance to address the Challenge of International Migration from Climate Change Pavan Srinath, Pranay Kotasthane, Varun Ramachandra and Sarah Farooqui Takshashila Policy Brief 2015-03. Read the Policy Brief [177KB PDF] Executive Summary India has the opportunity to take the lead in setting a new agenda for international climate change discussions. India should propose a ‘Global […]
  • Nov 29, 2015
    and
    Case Study of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in the UK: Insights for India Shahana Sheikh and Mukul G. Asher Read the full case study in PDF [479KB] Abstract This paper has two main objectives. The first is to analyse United Kingdom’s experience of of more than two decades of PPP method or procurement in […]
  • Nov 23, 2015
    and
    Impact of Fourteenth Finance Commission, Karnataka Budget, 2015–16 Pranay Kotasthane and Varun K Ramachandra, The Takshashila Institution Commentary in Economic & Political Weekly, Vol – L No. 46-47, November 21, 2015 Download the full publication in PDF (146KB) Executive Summary This article identifies the Karnataka government’s responses and adjustments to the Fourteenth Finance Commission as a result […]
  • Aug 26, 2015
    and
    A Case Study of Metronet PPP in the UK: Implications for India Shahana Sheikh, Mukul G. Asher and V. Ramakrishnan Read the full case study here[504 KB] Abstract This paper analyses the challenges faced by the policy makers in the U.K. in designing, managing, and winding up of a Metronet Public-Private-Partnership (Project), with a value […]
  • Aug 24, 2015
    and
    The looming United States pivot towards containing China’s influence V. Anantha Nageswaran and Pranay Kotasthane, The Takshashila Institution Download the discussion document in PDF format (315KB) Executive Summary The United States has played a big role in the economic and political transformation of China since the Sino-Soviet clashes in 1969. This long run seems to […]
  • Aug 13, 2015
    and
    Economic Reasoning and Social Policy Mukul Asher, Councillor at the Takshashila Institution Based on a keynote address to 12th East Asian Social Policy (EASP) Conference, 
 “Social Policy and Governance in East Asia” in Singapore, July 30-31, 2015. Download the discussion document in PDF Format (507KB) ABSTRACT There is growing consensus that in the 21st century, broad based […]
  • Jul 26, 2015
    , , and
    The India—Pakistan conflict escalation framework Pranay Kotasthane, Pavan Srinath, Nitin Pai and Varun Ramachandra, The Takshashila Institution Download the discussion document in PDF format (339KB) Executive Summary The India—Pakistan conflict has variously been described as an ‘enduring rivalry’ or a ‘protracted conflict’ — characterised by its long duration, recurrence of armed exchanges, and the involvement […]
  • Jul 13, 2015
    Mapping India’s response to Iran’s changing global status and regional influence Sumitha Narayanan Kutty, Scholar at the Takshashila Institution (2014—2015) Download the Policy Brief in PDF Format (1MB) Executive Summary The time is now apt to calculate how Iran’s international standing and its regional influence play out in the medium-to-long term and to prepare New […]
  • Jun 19, 2015
    and
    The Eightfold Path to India’s Nuclear Fuel Supply Security Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane Book chapter in  Energy Security Challenges: Non Traditional Security Planning in India by Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi. Read the ebook in PDF [704KB] Summary This chapter presents eight principles to help India secure its nuclear energy infrastructure. The eightfold path […]
  • May 31, 2015
    and
    Conference Paper: ICT Governance Agenda For BRICS — An Eightfold Path by Pranay Kotasthane & Nitin Pai as part of VII BRICS Academic Forum, organised by the NCI BRICS under the chairmanship of the Russian Federation in the BRICS, held in central Moscow hotel Four Seasons Hotel Moscow 22-23 May 2015 An Eightfold path to […]
  • May 20, 2015
    and
    The Eightfold Path to Nuclear Fuel Supply Security Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane, The Takshashila Institution Download the Discussion Document in PDF format (1.0MB) Executive Summary This document presents eight principles to help India secure its nuclear energy infrastructure. The eightfold path outlined below will allow India to exploit the nuclear option to achieve its […]
  • Apr 20, 2015
    and
    Networked Societies and Hierarchical States: The Emerging Challenge to Political Order Nitin Pai and Sneha Shankar Conference paper in Promoting Democracy for Creating a Better and Peaceful World: Regional, National and Local Perspectives Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Read the full paper in PDF [364 KB] Introduction The structure of the modern nation-state was forged […]
  • Apr 17, 2015
    and
    Public Procurement Legislation Essential for Improving Public Financial Management in India Mukul G. Asher, Tarun Sharma and Shahana Sheikh In response to input sought by the Ministry of Finance on the 2012 Public Procurement Bill. Read the full Policy Brief [179 KB] Executive Summary The new Indian government elected in May 2014 has commendably decided […]
  • Apr 9, 2015
    and
    Book Chapter: Promoting human rights in the Indo-Pacific: Prospects, drivers and constraints by Nitin Pai and Sushant K Singh in Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: India Amnesty International Netherlands Abstract India can be a partner to governments and organisations seeking to promote human rights in the Indo-Pacific region. Unlike most other powers in this region, […]
  • Mar 3, 2015
    and
    The Economics of Derivatives by TV Somanathan and V Anantha Nageswaran Cambridge University Press 2015 ISBN: 9781107091504 Rs. 590 | $85.50 About the book: While most books on derivatives discuss how they work, this book looks at the contributions of derivatives to overall economic well-being. It examines both the beneficial and adverse effects of derivatives trading […]
  • Nov 20, 2014
    A Survey of India’s Energy Prospects in the Middle East Region Kabir Taneja, Scholar at the Takshashila Institution Download the Discussion Document in PDF format (1.0MB) Executive Summary Oil and natural gas are expected to remain India’s main source of energy in the coming two to three decades, and India needs to steadily increase and […]
  • Nov 13, 2014
    and
    Risks to India’s national security from tensions along the Iran-Pakistan border Sumitha Narayanan Kutty and Pranay Kotasthane, The Takshashila Institution Download the Takshashila Strategic Assessment in PDF format (0.3MB) Key Judgements Border confrontations between Iran and Pakistan have risen sharply since February 2014, when five Iranian border guards were abducted by the Jaish ul-Adl Sunni militant group […]
  • Oct 29, 2014
    Reforming ONGC Videsh for India’s Energy Security Ameya Naik, Scholar at the Takshashila Institution Download the Policy Brief in PDF format (1.0MB) Executive Summary ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) is the overseas arm of ONGC, India’s primary nationalised oil company. OVL can and must play a critical role in ensuring India’s energy security, which must involve […]
  • Oct 27, 2014
    China’s Economic Outlook in 2015: The Trump Card of a Yuan Devaluation V Anantha Nageswaran, Co-Founder and Fellow for Geoeconomics, the Takshashila Institution. Abstract China’s real economy grew at an average rate of 9.8% annually for the last thirty-four years, up to 2013. In October 2014, the International Monetary Fund declared China to be the world’s largest […]
  • Oct 13, 2014
    and
    Download the full paper in PDF [53 KB] Terrorism is a major security concern in India and Pakistan. Both nations have been victims of vicious acts of terror and have continually blamed each other. As new threats are emerging in this field it is time to look at implementing remedial measures. The India-Pakistan Intelligence Cooperation […]
  • Jul 29, 2014
    , and
    Helping Karnataka’s industries reach new heights: Industrial policy recommendations for 2014 Pavan Srinath, Nitin Pai, Narayan Ramachandran and Varsha Ramachandran Read the policy advisory [170KB] Abstract: This policy advisory constitutes the recommendations of the Takshashila Institution for Karnataka’s draft Industrial Policy 2014-2019, as well as a few questions for the drafting committee. The advisory recommends the […]
  • Jul 7, 2014
    This Discussion Document provides directions for the 2014 and future budgets focussing on the budget-making processes, subsidies, fiscal dominance of monetary policy, inflation expectations, bank ownership and fiscal consolidation.
  • Jul 3, 2014
    Bringing IT Act 2000 in Alignment with the Constitution In response to input sought by the Law Commission of India on media and privacy Rohan Joshi and Ranjeet Rane, The Takshashila Institution Takshashila Policy Advisory 2014-01 This document is the authors’ formal submission to the Law Commission of India. The commission floated a Consultation Paper […]
  • Jul 2, 2014
    Transition to Labor Law Reform: State-Level Initiatives &Informal Sector Labor Relations Hemal Shah, Scholar at the Takshashila Institution The Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 50, No. 1, July 2014 Abstract The 1991 economic reforms in India quadrupled growth, but kept good quality jobs stagnant. About 93 percent of the workforce is employed in the […]
  • Jun 29, 2014
    and
    Resolving the Indo-Bangladesh Maritime Dispute Piyush Singh and Pranay Kotasthane, the Takshashila Institution This discussion document investigates the Indo-Bangladesh maritime dispute and presents policy options for the Indian government. Indo-Bangladesh relations have been consistently hit by several contentious issues. One of these challenges is the longstanding maritime dispute over territorial waters and exclusive economic zones […]
  • Mar 12, 2014
    Making India’s Labour Market More Flexible Hemal Shah, Scholar at the Takshashila Institution This policy brief presents a workable approach to labour reforms, to break six decades of deadlock. These are reforms that can result in marginal progress that can ease the transition to bigger reforms in the future. Small tweaks to social security coverage […]
  • Aug 27, 2013
    Book Chapter: India and International Norms: R2P, Genocide Prevention, Human Rights, and Democracy Nitin Pai, Co-Founder and Director of the Takshashila Institution in Shaping the Emerging World: India and the Multilateral Order W.P.S. Sidhu, Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Bruce Jones Brookings Institution Press, 358 pages. (2013) Buy the book on Amazon. Introduction The doctrine of […]
  • Aug 26, 2013
    and
    Book Chapter: India and International Norms: R2P, Genocide Prevention, Human Rights, and Democracy Richard Gowan and Sushant K. Singh. Sushant is a fellow for national security at the Takshashila Institution. in Shaping the Emerging World: India and the Multilateral Order W.P.S. Sidhu, Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Bruce Jones Brookings Institution Press, 358 pages. (2013) Buy […]
  • Aug 1, 2013
    Towards greater labour market flexibility: Issues and Options Hemal Shah, Scholar at the Takshashila Institution This report proposes how we could think about a workable approach to labour market reform, different from the polarised debates we have seen so far. It recommends that such an approach could be started by making small tweaks to social […]
  • Jul 10, 2013
    By Rohan Joshi, Fellow at the Takshashila Insitution Executive Summary As part of the 2011-­2012 annual report of the Department of Telecommunications, the Government of India formally announced its decision to implement a Centralised Monitoring System (CMS) for the “lawful interception and monitoring” of electronic communication channels in the country. The rapid acceptance of mobile […]
  • May 26, 2013
    The ambush of a convoy of Congress party leaders in Chhattisgarh on May 25th, 2013, was one of the most ambitious attacks by the Maoists. It was a well-planned attack and shows a complete security and intelligence failure. The most pressing challenge for the state government is to ensure the sanctity of the electoral process for the forthcoming assembly elections.
  • May 18, 2013
    This issue brief discusses the implications of elections to 272 directly elected seats of Pakistan’s National Assembly earlier this month. The elections resulted in a huge vote of confidence in Nawaz Sharif’s leadership.
  • May 2, 2013
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army's incursions into the Depsang plains in eastern Ladakh in April have brought the boundary issue back into focus in India's relations with China. This brief summarises what is happening, analyse why and suggest what India could do about it.
  • Apr 26, 2013
    On Sunday, January 6th, 2013, Pakistani troops attacked an Indian patrol near Churunda along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, killing two soldiers and mutilating their bodies. In this case study, Nitin Gokhale, security & strategic affairs editor of NDTV, presents the events as they unfolded in the first two weeks of January 2013.
  • Apr 16, 2013
    Appointed by the Government of India in 2011, the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) submitted its report in March. Had this Commission completed its work before 2008, it might have stood a better chance of being taken seriously for its assumptions were valid in a world dominated by finance and before the crisis seriously undermined them. The pro-cyclical nature of financial markets and credit creation necessitates tight regulation of the sector.
  • Mar 12, 2013
    A preliminary policy brief A vast number of students, teachers, researchers and members of the public are unable to access research papers and data due to prohibitive terms imposed by publishers of international journals. We are in an unconscionable situation today where Indian taxpayer-funded research is unavailable to the Indian public because it is published […]