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One year of NDA government’s foreign policy: What changed and what didn’t?

By Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) These are the comments that Pranay wrote for Emerging Kerala, a Malayalam monthly magazine on Kerala’s business, economy and society in the backdrop of the first anniversary of NDA rule. Q: As Narendra Modi government is completing one year in this May, what do you think the achievements...

The changing contours of India—Israel relations

We can deftly steer the technical co-operation between the two countries into a substantial partnership By Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) This is the gist of the points made by Pranay in a panel discussion on CNBC Awaaz at 6:00pm IST on 5th June. This was in the context of the upcoming visit by Narendra...

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:...

फायदा अठन्नी का और खर्चा एक रुपये का

कहानी विनिमय लागत (transaction cost) की  — प्रखर मिश्रा (@prakharmisra) और प्रणय कोटस्थाने (@pranaykotas) इस श्रृंखला के पिछले अध्याय में हमने अवसर लागत की संकल्पना को समझा । इस पोस्ट में हम एक और ऐसी लागत से परिचय करेंगे, जिससे हमारा पाला तो हर रोज़ पड़ता है पर हम उससे जुड़े...

The devil is not in the detail

From an Indian standpoint, what matters is the big picture that emerges from the Seymour Hersh report controversy by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) A report by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has stirred up the proverbial hornet’s nest. Considering the speculative nature of the report, and the uncomfortable situation that it puts...

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...

Perspective – India’s nuclear doctrine

It is irresponsible to speculate that India’s nuclear doctrine will be completely overhauled by a political party if it comes to power. It is sensationalist to suggest that India’s no-first-use policy will come under reconsideration. Much furore has been created thanks to media speculation over one sentence included in the...

Perspective – The Politics of Free Speech

The suppression of free speech is an exercise of political power through competitive intolerance.

Perspective – Defence Modernisation

The Ministry of Defence must adopt capital budgeting practices to ensure that India’s defence does not become hostage to fiscal contingencies. The broader issue is of evolving principles of allocation of national resources for defence — the current practice of incremental changes around 2 percent of GDP is arbitrary and...
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