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Takshashila Discussion Document – COVID-19 Testing Strategy for India

Executive Summary This document proposes “calibrated reopenings” as a means of restoring economic activities in India under the shadow of a Covid-19 outbreak. We suggest continuous ongoing testing in order to gauge the extent of an outbreak in a district. This can then be used to dynamically classify districts into...

Takshashila Discussion Document – An Indian Approach to Navigate China’s Rise

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Executive Summary The rise of China as an emerging global power has significant implications for India’s pursuit of its core interests. While old sources of friction between the two countries persist, shifting global power dynamics and technological advancements present new challenges and opportunities. In...

Takshashila Discussion Document: 5G, Huawei & Geopolitics – An Indian Roadmap

Download the report in PDF This report argues that the Indian government must consider the strategic implications of allowing Huawei to have a role in building and operating India’s 5G network infrastructure. While there exists an economic rationale for providing Chinese telecom vendors access to the Indian market, these benefits...

Takshashila Discussion Document – Reimagining India’s Public Health Governance System

Download the Discussion Document in PDF India needs a new public health system, housed within the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to streamline functions, improve transparency in operations, and ensure better health outcomes. This document proposes a governance architecture structured around essential public health functions to ensure there is...

Takshashila Working Paper: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Public Health Expenditure in India

By Pavan Srinath, Pranay Kotasthane, Devika Kher, Aashish Chhajer Download the paper in PDF [2 MB] Executive Summary Health policy is an essential pillar of human welfare. Given the high degree of externality, the State has to play a significant role in health and healthcare provision. Unfortunately, evidence shows that...

Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc – Technological Interventions for COVID-19 Management: An Analysis

By Prateek Waghre, Sapni GK, Utkarsh Narain Download this slidedoc as a PDF. Executive Summary: This assessment evaluates common technological intervention use-cases in response to COVID-19 through the framework of population penetration, privacy and effectiveness to arrive at a composite ‘Viability Rating‘. We conclude that: Recovery/stimulus package(s) should address the...

Takshashila Discussion Document: Attracting Large Investments in the Post COVID-19 World

By Shankar Khasnis, Sarthak Pradhan Download the Discussion Document in PDF India must be prepared with a post-pandemic economic reconstruction plan to revive the different sectors of the economy. It is here that attracting large investments becomes important. To do that, India must address the traditional hurdles (low credibility as...

Amid COVID-19 Crisis, How Can Telemedicine Be Harnessed in India?

The Medical Council of India, in partnership with NITI Aayog, recently released guidelines for practice of telemedicine. Considering the current COVID-19 outbreak, the guidelines could not have been released at a more apt time. Using telemedicine is a safe way of screening and treating patients in times of infectious outbreaks....

Takshashila Discussion Document: Assessing Measures for India to Tackle Biowarfare Threats

By Shambhavi Naik Download the Discussion Document in PDF Gene editing, synthetic biology, and improved delivery systems have reinvigorated the attention to biological weapons. Furthermore, the Biological Weapons Convention has repeatedly failed to agree to a verification mechanism, giving rise to suspicions that state actors may still be experimenting with...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – Covid-19: Towards a National Reopening Strategy for India

Download the Policy Advisory as a PDF. Executive Summary This document proposes “calibrated reopenings” as a means of restoring economic activities in India under the shadow of a Covid-19 outbreak. We suggest continuous ongoing testing in order to gauge the extent of an outbreak in a district. This can then...
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