January 18, 2021

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Anticipating the Unintended #100: Intoxicating Ear drops

PolicyWTF: Prohibition and Morality This section looks at egregious public policies. Policies that make you go: WTF, Did that really happen? — Pranay Kotasthane If one were to write a book chronicling bans on victimless crimes in India, the index entry for Morarji...

Eye on China: Trade Adjustment – Indo-Pacific – Rule of Law – Cyber Rules – Trump’s Parting Shots

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties As has been the case since May 2020, let’s begin with the situation in Ladakh, or...

Weaning away foreign investment from China

Over the past few years, there has been much discussion about India attracting firms that might be seeking to exit China. Initially, these conversations were driven by changes in the Chinese economy, such as rising labour costs, shifting focus towards...

Hand Me the Paper #3

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 +...

#9 Emergency declared – India & Japan sign MoU – Diplomatic documents declassified – South Korean court’s ruling

#9 Emergency declared – India & Japan sign MoU – Diplomatic documents declassified – South Korean court’s ruling By Divya Suresh HIGHLIGHTS: 1st Jan – 15th Jan. Suga declares a month-long emergency in Tokyo and some other prefectures to contain...

Nitin Pai quoted in The Diplomat on the US strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific

Following the declassification of the US strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific, The Diplomat published an article that argued that the framework document revealed that the US sees New Delhi primarily as a security partner. Nitin was quoted in this matter...

Will Indian Scientific Temper Survive 2021?

(This article was first published in The Wire) 2020 was a disaster year for almost everyone – but it was a unique opportunity for Indian science. An oft-neglected enterprise, it received unprecedented attention as scientists tried to innovate in the...

All Things Policy: Jack and the Ant: A Fairytale that’s Ending?

China’s financial sector is making global news. Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, Alipay and Ant Group, has not been heard from recently, while Chinese regulators are reportedly talking about breaking up his fintech empire. Rohan Seth talks to Manoj...