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Catalyst | Internet as a public good: A case for net neutrality

The internet is almost a public good, and competition is not enough to keep the network healthy and growing. Knowledge is the currency of power today. Land, capital and unskilled labour will not matter as much as knowledge as ‘factors of production’ beyond a point in achieving growth and prosperity. The internet is both the manifestation of the […]

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RQ | How 2ab explains net neutrality

So Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set off this little storm on Twitter by talking about the relationship between India and Canada being similar to the “ term” in the expansion of . India and Canada are like that “2ab” that comes from the formula of (a+b)square: PM #ModiinCanada pic.twitter.com/1IpCJ0aQK8 — ANI (@ANI_news) April 16, […]

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Acorn | On net neutrality and the national interest

Net neutrality might be an optimum compromise in the absence of full liberalisation of the telecom industry This is a comment I wrote for the Hindi newspaper Naidunia (Indore). Given that Takshashila might submit an official response to the TRAI public consultation on the subject, it is important to state that this is my personal […]

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Acorn | On net neutrality and the national interest

Net neutrality might be an optimum compromise in the absence of full liberalisation of the telecom industry This is a comment I wrote for the Hindi newspaper Naidunia (Indore). Given that Takshashila might submit an official response to the TRAI public consultation on the subject, it is important to state that this is my personal […]

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The Filter Coffee | A chip in every militant

Pakistan’s novel idea for dealing with terrorism. In an interview with BBC Urdu, the Interior Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province Col (r) Shuja Khanzada offered the following when questioned on what was being done to counter the terrorist groups active in his province: The government has increased its monitoring of those militant and sectarian groups [...]

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Sumpolites | Starring Equality

The fight for gender equality in India has moved beyond issue based protests to changing policies and laws that perpetuate discrimination. See the documentary, but understand that the documentary is not a reflection of the movement for greater equality India’s Daughter, by Leslee Udwin is a documentary on rape and gender equality in India, centered […]

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Acorn | The Pakistan stop of the SAARC yatra

Dispute management, not resolution This is the gist of the points I made in a brief interview on Channel NewsAsia at 6:40pm IST yesterday. This was in the context of Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s visit to Pakistan as part of his SAARC Yaatra. Q. Amid an aggressive growth agenda, how much of a priority is […]

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The Broad Mind | Shivaji Asaa Hota — This is who Shivaji was…

A review of the Marathi book ‘Shivaji KoN Hota’ which says that instead of a hollow invocation of Shivaji, it would bode well if we understood his life, his achievements and his struggles. by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Possibly because they can no longer speak for themselves, historically important individuals are susceptible to massive distortions of their […]

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Catalyst | Reading between the Budget lines

Five broad ideas to read the budget commentary better. The first full budget of the NDA union government was presented in the parliament yesterday by Arun Jaitley, and today’s newspapers and news sites are replete with analysis of the budget and various sections therein. You will be reading more of them in the coming days and weeks, with praises […]

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The Broad Mind | Deciphering the signals behind Asad Durrani’s utterances

The former ISI chief’s successive appearances on television last week are possibly aimed at building pressure on the US to fulfil their side of the ‘deal’ by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Lt. General (retd) Asad Durrani, a former Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) appeared on the Al-Jazeera Network and BBC HARDtalk last week, and opened up […]

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Catalyst | In The Hindu: Medicines in India, For India

I write in The Hindu on what it takes to get a drug from the lab to the market. Here is the full piece along with hyperlinked references. January marked an important breakthrough in the fight against tropical diseases. Researchers at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in Delhi found a drug candidate that […]

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Catalyst | In Mint: Let India’s urban poor pay for good water

I write in Mint this week on how thinking along the lines of micro finance principles can change how we approach water pricing. Instead of an ideological stand on keeping water free, it’s better to ask how we can make clean water cheaper and more affordable for urban India’s most deprived. In microfinance, people also acknowledge that it costs more to […]

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Acorn | Osama bin Laden, the ISI and the USA

The ISI might have known about bin Laden. What did the United States know? For the first time, a person close enough to the Pakistani military establishment—and often its unofficial mouthpiece—has suggested that the ISI might have known about Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts, and might have traded him in for US concessions in Afghanistan. Asad […]