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Takshashila Blue Paper: A Framework for Governing Human Gene Editing in India

Download the Blue Paper in PDF [430 KB] This Blue Paper was prepared as a result of a roundtable discussion organised by the Takshashila Institution on 15 December 2017, based on the Discussion Document: A Framework for Governing Gene Editing. The discussion document developed an analytical framework to differentiate gene...

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 into some of their favourite moments in the MCU saga. Warning: This podcast contains major spoilers right up to Avengers:...

Conversations at Takshashila: Dream Manifestos | Judicial Reforms

In this episode of our series on dream manifestos, Surya Prakash and Ajay Patri discuss the reforms that Union and State governments can introduce to make the functioning of the Indian judiciary more robust. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes Castbox Google Podcasts Spotify or any other podcast...

Conversations at Takshashila: Is All Charity Good?

Human history is full of examples of money acquired by unscrupulous means being poured into all sorts of charitable undertakings. The 21st century is no exception. Is it morally acceptable to accept money from questionable sources in the name of the greater good? Ajay Patri joins Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss.

Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc – A Framework to Counter Mobilised Violence

​Madhav Chandavarkar, Ajay Patri, and Divij Joshi Mobilised violence is detrimental to the democratic fabric of India. It prevents individuals from enjoying their right to speak, move and conduct business freely. It can also cause injuries and loss of life to bystanders, in addition to significant economic costs from a cessation of...

Religious Beliefs and the Law

I read the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah’s first Reith Lecture on the subject of Creed recently. And what he has to say about religious beliefs makes for an interesting read, particularly in the context of the Supreme Court judgment upholding the right of women to enter the Sabarimala temple. Appiah...

Safeguarding Liberty Against Mobilised Violence

The Bulandshahr incident of December 2018 bears all the hallmarks of mobilised violence: an undisguised political purpose, backing from well-organised groups, and a disregard for the lives of civilians and police personnel alike. In addition to the loss of life and property, such violence undermines the state of liberty in the country....

Understanding Witch Hunts

One of the signs of good literature is the ability to stay relevant with the passage of time. Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, written in the 1950s, uses the Salem witch trials as an allegory for the paranoia surrounding Communism in the US after the end of the Second World War....

Token Security or Tokenized Security

There is a need to protect the data belonging to individuals in these situations, providing the government with two possible policy options: it can choose to either overhaul the Aadhaar architecture completely, or it can build in additional security measures to ensure that individual data is not compromised. Uninventing Aadhaar...

The Unique Challenge of a Data Protection Law

We started this Brainstorm still reeling from the sweet rush of the Supreme Court decision declaring privacy as a fundamental right in India. This was followed by the encouraging news of an Expert Committee working on a new data protection law. Things seemed to be moving in the right direction:...
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