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Takshashila Discussion Document – The Eightfold Path to Nuclear Fuel Supply Security

The Eightfold Path to Nuclear Fuel Supply Security Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane, The Takshashila Institution Download the Discussion Document in PDF format (1.0MB) Executive Summary This document presents eight principles to help India secure its nuclear energy infrastructure. The eightfold path outlined below will allow India to exploit the...

Why can’t India attract Research Talent?

A few Takshashila alumni and friends Kunal Singh, Varun Goel & Aravind Ilamaran have started a new opinion-analysis portal called Policy Wonks. I write about how there’s an oversupply of PhDs and research talent in the US and elsewhere, but not enough of them have come knocking on India’s doors just yet:...

Unionisation of the IT industry

Unionisation of the IT workforce can potentially cause the Indian IT sector to fall behind other emerging markets – Varun Ramachandra and Gopal Devanahalli In December 2014, Tata Consulting Services, India’s largest Information Technology (IT) services company, laid off 3,000 employees citing poor performance. This has triggered debates about unionisation...

Of Third Order Enclaves and Second Class Citizens

A Constitutional Amendment settling the land border issues between India and Bangladesh will allow the two nation-states to focus on more substantive issues. by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) On 6th May 2015, the Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill, thus rolling out a process that will culminate in giving effect to the...

Hyper Multi-Objective Optimisation: The Bane of Policymaking

Policies fail when they try to optimise for several objectives, ultimately creating a system that fulfils none of them. by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Multi-objective optimisation is that step in any design process which tries to make a system suitable for several objectives at the same time. This concept is applied in several branches...

Book Chapter — Politics of Radically Networked Societies

Networked Societies and Hierarchical States: The Emerging Challenge to Political Order Nitin Pai and Sneha Shankar Conference paper in Promoting Democracy for Creating a Better and Peaceful World: Regional, National and Local Perspectives Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. Read the full paper in PDF [364 KB] Introduction The structure of...

Takshashila Policy Brief – Reforming Public Procurement Legislation in India

Public Procurement Legislation Essential for Improving Public Financial Management in India Mukul G. Asher, Tarun Sharma and Shahana Sheikh In response to input sought by the Ministry of Finance on the 2012 Public Procurement Bill. Read the full Policy Brief [179 KB] Executive Summary The new Indian government elected in...

Book Chapter — Promoting human rights in the Indo-Pacific

Book Chapter: Promoting human rights in the Indo-Pacific: Prospects, drivers and constraints by Nitin Pai and Sushant K Singh in Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: India Amnesty International Netherlands Abstract India can be a partner to governments and organisations seeking to promote human rights in the Indo-Pacific region. Unlike most...

Book — The Economics of Derivatives

The Economics of Derivatives by TV Somanathan and V Anantha Nageswaran Cambridge University Press 2015 ISBN: 9781107091504 Rs. 590 | $85.50 About the book: While most books on derivatives discuss how they work, this book looks at the contributions of derivatives to overall economic well-being. It examines both the beneficial and...

Internet Freedom 2.1

The following report was published by the German Marshall Fund on March 2, 2015. The Executive Summary is copied below, and the full report can be downloaded here.The Internet has become closely associated with freedom of expression and the global economy. Today, it plays a direct or indirect role in almost...
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