Publications

Honey traps, deepfakes, AI: Why India’s RAW needs to prepare for threats beyond terrorism

In the context of India, honey-trappers usually try to extract information or spread fake news. There is still evidence of the adversary breaking into the top-level. That, however, is no reason...

All Things Policy: Libra Raj?

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...

All Things Policy: India’s Podcasting Adventures

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...

Eye on China: Delhi-Beijing Frictions – Net Rules & Inspections – Af-Pak Trilateral – Merkel’s Visit – Xi’s Reform Meeting – Trade Thaw with US

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...

Not Enough Reasons for Cryptocurrency Ban

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...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 20: China-India Faceoff: Pangong Tso; Military Big Data (军事大数据); US Targets Companies with Chinese Military Ties; Dawn of Expeditionary Force; China-Pakistan Air Exercises

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...

An Ecosystem of Smart Payments for Mobility

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...

The Compound Eye – ART, Gay Gene and Science Fraud: It is All Controversial

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...

All Things Policy: Speedy Redressal

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...

All Things Policy: An Indian Trade Dilemma

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...

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 15

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...

All Things Policy: Space Incorporated

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...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 19: India-China: PLA across Land and Sea; PLA J-20 Stealth Fighters and “theft”; Progress Report; NBR Report

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...

All Things Policy: The Future of Humanity

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...

China’s headache: Taiwan and not Tibet or Xinjiang

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...

All Things Policy: On Nukes and Bystanders

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...

All Things Policy: No Smoking

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...

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 14

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?...

The Compound Eye – Smoke, Drugs and Diet

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...

All Things Policy: Political Resilience and the Chalukyas

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:...

Wider debate needed on major changes in data protection law

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...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 18: China’s National Day Parade, SCS & FOIP, Pak COAS & Kashmir, Routine Rotation, Progress Report

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...

Eye on China: Xi’s Economic Vision – AI & Social Credit – Pharma Opportunity – Beijing’s HK Stance

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 Evolution of Synthetic Thought

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...

All Things Policy: On Nations and Power

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...

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 13

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...

Facebook can’t be taken down, but Zuckerberg can be taken down a notch

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...

All Things Policy: How China Wins Without Fighting

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...

All Things Policy: Distance From Delhi

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...

Neither is Russia a reliable friend nor is US a fickle one. Nation-states have semi-permanent interests.

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...
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