January 4, 2021

Day

Hand Me the Paper #2

I do a fair bit of reading. I read 52 books last year and am doing it again this year. Starting this year, I also plan on reading more academic papers, mostly around tech and policy. Recording my readings and (sometimes, observations +...

Having survived 2020 is in itself a cause for celebration

The welcome to the new year was wishfully cheerful, riding more on hope than on evidence. The economic data that is coming out is still mixed, yet hopeful. But to have survived 2020 is itself a cause for celebration. Disease,...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment: China, India and Doklam in 2020

Download the Strategic Assessment as a PDF. India’s conciliatory stance towards China in the aftermath of the 2017 Doklam crisis has led to a deterioration of the strategic situation at the India-Bhutan-China trijunction. Our analysis uses satellite imagery to show...

Space Matters #7

At a glance: In an eventful fortnight, the US has released a new planetary protection strategy and a space nuclear power strategy, besides rechristening its Space Force personnel as “Guardians”. The Russian Military wrapped up the year 2020 with 21...

Shambhavi Naik quoted in Business Insider on the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines

Shambhavi Naik was quoted in Business Insider on the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines. She was quoted as saying, The vaccine approval process has been expedited but does not mean the vaccines themselves are rushed. The approval itself is...

All Things Policy: The Curious Case of Markets, Masks and Hand Sanitisers

The availability and quality of face masks and hand sanitisers have improved many times over since the pandemic began. How did this happen? Sarthak Pradhan joins Saurabh Modi to discuss how markets solved the problem of scarcity with urgency and...