Publications

Equity sans reservations: Imagining alternate ways for affirmative action

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...

All Things Policy: Examining The Economist 2

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...

Can our water, power woes hit data localisation plans?

One of the key challenges the new government will have to face after the Lok Sabha elections, be it a BJP or a Congress-led alliance or a federal front coalition,...

All Things Policy: Politicising The Military

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...

Eye On China: The Geopolitics Of Xi’s Asian Civilisations Dialogue

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...

All Things Policy: Teaching Soldiers

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...

Skywalks From Hell

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...

All Things Policy: Examining The Economist

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....

All Things Policy: Cab Apps and Congestion

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...

Kra and caution: Business Standard

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...

All Things Policy: Need Jobs? Build Cities.

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...

How urban infrastructure affects women’s safety

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,...

Eye on China: Trade War Flux – India’s BRI Tryst – Xi’s Policing Vision – Pompeo Talks Tough

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...

All Things Policy: Mainstreaming Counterculture

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...

All Things Policy: A War of Ideas

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...

All Things Policy: Pakistan’s Nuclear Bluff

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....

All Things Policy: Justice Denied

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...

All Things Policy: China and Masood Azhar

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...

Third Rome: A Very Brief History of Russia and Ukraine

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,...

All Things Policy: Poets and Kings Then and Now

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...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue 1

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...

Eye on China: BRF Outcomes – Masood Azhar’s Listing – Debt-Trap Debate – Trade Deal Endgame – AI Ethics

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;...

Takshashila Discussion Document: Assessing Measures for India to Tackle Biowarfare Threats

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...

All Things Policy: Marvel(ous) Geopolitics

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...

All Things Policy: Recruiting Better Spies

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,...

All Things Policy: The Paradoxes of Prediction

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...

चुनाव प्रक्रिया में सुधार कीजिए, ईवीएम का हौवा दिखाना बंद कीजिए

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...

All Things Policy: China’s Naval Might

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....

All Things Policy: Bubble Boy

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...

BRI Forum – The Big Naval Parade – Foreign Secretary in Beijing – UK’s Huawei Tangle

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we focus on the second Belt and Road Forum; the Chinese Navy’s...
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