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Blue Paper: The Role of Airpower in India’s National Security

Download the Blue Paper in PDF[526kB] This Blue Paper on the contemporary role of airpower was prepared as a result of discussions with AVM Arjun Subramaniam. The discussions were held as part of Takshashila’s Bangalore Fellows Programme. The Blue Paper addresses the following questions: How does India go towards a...

Takshashila Blue Paper on India’s Coastal Security Architecture

The Takshashila Institution and the US Consulate, Chennai, hosted a roundtable conference on reviewing India’s coastal security architecture at The Hyatt MG Road, on 23 September 2016. The roundtable discussion brought together experts who brainstormed ideas to secure India’s coastline, effectively and efficiently. The following slides provide an overview of...

Research Publication: Sketching Out India’s Role in the Asia-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific region has witnessed a huge surge in economic interaction, demographics and transnational security in recent years. The 2016 Australian Defence White Paper affirms that this is Australia’s region however, this is a vast maritime zone engaging the interests of various nations. These include India, Japan, China, the United...

Nitin Pai debates the Food Security Bill on Al Jazeera Stream

Takshashila's Nitin Pai appeared in a debate on India's Food Security Bill on Al Jazeera's The Stream on 9 Oct 2013. Pai argued that the programme delivers entitlements to a lot more people than the truly needy, that the poverty line is being abused as an entitlement line and that...

Issue Brief – Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh

The ambush of a convoy of Congress party leaders in Chhattisgarh on May 25th, 2013, was one of the most ambitious attacks by the Maoists. It was a well-planned attack and shows a complete security and intelligence failure. The most pressing challenge for the state government is to ensure the...

Issue Brief – Pakistan’s elections – An Indian perspective

This issue brief discusses the implications of elections to 272 directly elected seats of Pakistan’s National Assembly earlier this month. The elections resulted in a huge vote of confidence in Nawaz Sharif’s leadership.

Issue Brief – Chinese incursions in the Ladakh region

The Chinese People's Liberation Army's incursions into the Depsang plains in eastern Ladakh in April have brought the boundary issue back into focus in India's relations with China. This brief summarises what is happening, analyse why and suggest what India could do about it.

Case – A beheading along the Line of Control

On Sunday, January 6th, 2013, Pakistani troops attacked an Indian patrol near Churunda along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, killing two soldiers and mutilating their bodies. In this case study, Nitin Gokhale, security & strategic affairs editor of NDTV, presents the events as they unfolded in the...

Making publicly funded research accessible

A preliminary policy brief A vast number of students, teachers, researchers and members of the public are unable to access research papers and data due to prohibitive terms imposed by publishers of international journals. We are in an unconscionable situation today where Indian taxpayer-funded research is unavailable to the Indian...

Policy Advisory – The need for an Indian Crime Survey

The following is Takshashila’s submission to the Justice J S Verma Committee on amendments to criminal law relating to safety and security of women: Information underpins all planning. At present, the only source of information about crimes in the country are the statistics collated by the National Crime Records Bureau...
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