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Takshashila Issue Brief – Biobanking policies in India

By Sunila Dixit1, Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida1, Manjulika Vaz2 and Shambhavi Naik1 1Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru 2Health & Humanities, St John’s Research Institute, St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru Download this Issue Brief as a PDF Executive Summary Biobanks are set to become the norm as large scale datasets appear...

Book Chapter | Influence and Hedging: China’s Engagement in South Asia

Takshashila’s Manoj Kewalramani and Shibani Mehta of Carnegie India, co-authored a book chapter titled, Influence and Hedging: China’s Engagement in South Asia, in the Routledge Handbook on South Asian Foreign Policy. You can find the abstract of the chapter below: ABSTRACT This chapter argues that China’s deepening engagement in the...

MisDisMal-Information 49: Of ‘Batter’ed by rage, Misinforming misinformation and fact-checking by the crowds

This is an excerpt from Edition 49 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of ‘Batter’ed by rage, Misinforming misinformation and fact-checking by the crowds – by Prateek Waghre – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) In this edition: ‘Batter’ed by disinformation: Cybersocial attacks on corporates, disinformation-for-hire, everyone is a stakeholder in the information ecosystem,...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 111

What and Why of the PLA Promotions: Who got promoted, which positions are due, WTC problem: India or anti-corruption; Hypersonic Missiles; ACE, Bhutan I. The Big Story: What and Why of the PLA Promotions President Xi Jinping promoted five military officers to the rank of General on September 6, 2021. Earlier in July,...

Organic farming should not be an article of faith

Earlier this month, the Rajapaksa government imposed a state of emergency in Sri Lanka after its bungled response to a brewing foreign exchange crisis cascaded into food shortages. An army general has been put in charge of catching both hoarders of food and holders of foreign currency. Like a Greek...

Anticipating the Unintended edition #143 India Policy Watch #1: Pluralism and its Discontents

“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” RSJ’s invocation of Toynbee reminded me of an instance of majoritarianism from the past week that should scare us, once again. A Bengaluru-based ready-to-cook food manufacturer was accused of mixing cow bones in dosa batter, through a targeted disinformation campaign on popular social...

Shaping Narratives Through Selective Use of Numbers: A Covid-19 Case Study

Abstract: In the period between March 2020 and May 2021, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare produced 1,324 press releases, at an average of three per day. At different times, these press releases  provided different numbers relating to the COVID-19 crisis: number of cases, number of recoveries, number of...

The Taliban Government and What it Means for India

Taliban has again done what it does best: make vague promises, extract concessions, and return to their original plan. Meanwhile, the interlocutors continue to extract more promises from the Taliban — hoping that the group has changed — only to return disappointed. This cycle repeats. Afghans suffer. The newly announced Taliban...

Instead of Taliban talks, India must stand up for Afghan resistance despite Panjshir fall

Kabul fell to the Taliban on 15 August 2021. On 18 August, Ahmad Massoud, the son of Ahmed Shah Massoud, appealed to the West for help from Panjshir – “No matter what happens, my mujahideen fighters and I will defend Panjshir as the last bastion of Afghan freedom. Our morale is intact. We know from...

MisDisMal-Information 48: Of moderation: stacked and loaded, ‘all the rage’ and middle(of no)ware

This is an excerpt from Edition 48 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of moderation: stacked and loaded, ‘all the rage’ and middle(of no)ware, – by Prateek Waghre – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) In this edition: Moderation: Stacked and loaded – Recent events of interest from a “content moderation through the stack”...
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