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It’s Not Just About 50 Tweets and One Platform

This article originally appeared in TheWire. An excerpt is reproduced here. Transparency and a voluntary act This latest attempt came to light because Twitter disclosed this action in the Lumen Database, a project that houses voluntary submissions. And while Twitter is being criticised for complying, reports suggest that the company wasn’t the...

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...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 96

China India Ties; Taiwan; SCS; PLA History Education; National Cyber Security and Informatisation Working Conference; Djibouti; Cyberattacks on JAXA I. The Big Story: China-India Ties Both India’s Ambassador to China and China’s Ambassador to India spoke at the 7th Indian Council of World Affairs – Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs Dialogue...

UK outlines global-focused defense strategy

Britain seeks to remain relevant in a world where it sees threats proliferating, while its finances are shrinking The United Kingdom has outlined a vision for its defense and foreign-engagement priorities in its latest Integrated Review and Defense Command Paper. The paradigm of defense reviews in the UK goes back...

MisDisMal-Information 37: Of Madness of the feeds, Har(dly)vard(th) Fact-checking

This is an excerpt from Edition 35 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Madness of the feeds, Har(dly)vard(th) Fact-checking – MisDisMal-Information Newsletter (substack.com) Cooperation of the crowds, madness of the feeds, and we-flip Over the last few days, scrolling on Twitter has literally been ‘doomscrolling’ as timelines are flooded...

Time to depoliticise Indian police. It can be Modi’s Sudarshan Chakra

The tragic loss of 22 policemen in a Naxalite ambush in the jungles of Chhattisgarh on 4 April invoked memories of earlier such incidents with the worst being the loss of 76 lives in Dantewada in 2010. As part of an old pattern, political and institutional homilies followed promises of revenge. One can be fairly certain...

In West Asia, where US and China’s interests intersect

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s recent six-nation tour of West Asia has sparked discussions about Beijing’s taking a more active approach in the region. In part, this is driven by China’s expanding interests; in part, it is a product of the China-United States (US) competition and geopolitical churn underway after...

Do you have the right to be forgotten?

This article was first published in Deccan Herald. Views are personal. At the risk of sounding ignorant about Bollywood, I think Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is one of the finest films the industry has ever produced. A story of three friends and their journeys of personal growth playing out in Spain; I...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue No 95

China-India Brief; Cyber Nuclear C3; Security Forces and AI Research; Annual Intelligence Report; National Security Day; Germany-Japan Security Talks I. The Big Story: China-India Brief Last week, the 11th round of Corps Commanders-level meetings yielded no results. China’s Western Theatre Command’s (WTC) spokesperson issued a statement after the meeting, “It is hoped that the...

Dear Govt of India, Here’s Why a Cess Needs Impact Analysis Report

During the 2021-22 Union Budget speech, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced yet another cess — an Agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess of Rs 2.5/litre on petrol and Rs 4/litre on diesel. At first glance, this just means that your commute got dearer. But scratch beneath the surface and you’ll...
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