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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...

How should India’s Vaccine Mandate Policy look like?

The recent wave of Covid-19 infections across the United States has been a setback for employers, schools, and universities who were readying to open their offices and campuses. From a “no mask needed for the fully vaccinated” policy 50 days back to vaccines being made compulsory by both state administrations...

It makes sense to extract value from underutilized public assets

This article was first published in The Mint. HLL Biotech, a government-owned company, has a state-of-the-art vaccine manufacturing plant near Chennai. It has been mothballed since 2012. Last week, the Supreme Court heard a petition pleading the court to direct the government to use it to produce Covaxin, amid the...

India’s domestic politics makes China-Pakistan nexus more potent in Taliban era

The establishment of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’ on 19 August was announced through a tweet from the handle of its official spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid. The common wisdom in India is that terrorist threats to India would increase because Afghanistan will be used as a haven, as it happened during the earlier...

The Untenable Promise of Job Quotas for Locals

Recently, the Haryana government announced that the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act 2020 shall come into force effective May 1, 2021. This legislation aspires to address the rising unemployment rate in the state by triggering the parochial “insider-outsider” debate and mandating reservation of new low-paid jobs in private...

It’s time to bid goodbye and good riddance to board examinations

This article was originally published in The Mint Guess where these words are from: Examinations have “grown to extravagant dimensions, and their influence has been allowed to dominate the whole system of education in India, with the result that instruction is confined within the rigid framework of prescribed courses, that...

Technology and Geopolitics: An Indian Perspective on the Past and Future

Introduction What is technology? The question appears so banal as to barely require answering. But the question bears tremendous significance for an understanding of human history and of the turbulent geopolitics of our world. In scope, it extends from the cuneiform scrawls of Bronze Age Sumerian scribes to the complex...

Voting Technology: Time for electoral reforms

The possibility of improving the quality of leadership is the redeeming feature of democracy. Declining standards in political probity, the unrepresentative character of the elected legislatures, corrupt practices like electoral bonds are major concerns and call for reform of the electoral system. According to an analysis of affidavits of winners...

Indians have put their Republic on a pedestal, forgotten to practice it each day

It’s Republic Day. We will celebrate it as usual with a grand military parade in New Delhi, and flag-hoisting functions at government offices, educational institutions, apartment complexes and neighbourhoods. We will sing patriotic songs, honour our soldiers, listen to a speech by a chief guest and enjoy the rest of the holiday....

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc — India’s Opportunity to Displace China in Global Supply Chains

Download the Discussion SlideDoc in PDF This assessment proposes a mix of two approaches that the Indian government should adopt in order to attract investments from companies looking to exit China. The first, a geostrategy-led approach, entails working with like-minded partners, particularly focussing on sectors with national security implications. The...
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