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All Things Policy: Making Sense of the LAC Standoff

Is the joint statement between India and China on 10th September a sign that the two sides are finding a way to end their standoff on the LAC? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Aditya Ramanathan to analyse the ground situation, the diplomatic maneuvers, and the prospects for defusing the...

All Things Policy: When Japan Tried to Invade China

The Imjin War of the late sixteenth century changed the fates of Japan, Korea, and China. But what was it all about? And why does it have such a powerful grip on modern imaginations? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Pareek join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what modern scholarship tells us about...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – Supplementing State Policing Capacity for COVID-19 Duties

Download the advisory in PDF by PM Heblikar, Aditya Ramanathan, Pranay Kotasthane Proposal Supplement existing police manpower resources by inducting state government employees who are involved in preventive, regulative, investigative, and implementation work. The objective is to enable the police department to carry out its primary functions effectively and remain...

All Things Policy: Strategic Autonomy: What It Means for India

As India’s relations with China deteriorate, what sort of ties should it seek with the United States? Lt General Prakash Menon talks to Suyash Desai and Aditya Ramanathan about the way ahead.

All Things Policy: An Extraordinary Life in the British Raj

Stuck in the trenches of the Western Front in Europe, a soldier named Mir Mast took a very important decision that sent him on a remarkable journey through the 20th century world. Involving family honour, espionage, and royals from Germany to Afghanistan, his life provides a fascinating insight into colonial...

All Things Policy: Regulating India’s Wet Markets

While a wet market in Wuhan has become notorious for being the likely place of origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, some of India’s own wet markets are plagued by problems like unhygienic conditions and the sale of endangered species. How can they be regulated? Shambhavi Naik and Sarthak Pradhan talk...

All Things Policy: The Secrets of Bengaluru’s Past

The recorded history of Bengaluru, one of India’s most dynamic cities, goes back well over a thousand years. However, it’s a past that offers us only the most tantalising glimpses – through hero stones, inscriptions, and elegant temples. Anirudh Kanisetti joins Aditya Ramanathan to provide us a vivid retelling of...
Polar geopolitics

All Things Policy: India’s Arctic Ambitions

Why should India care about what happens in the polar regions? And why has it sought greater influence in Arctic governance? Aditya Ramanathan talks to Anirudh Kanisetti about India’s fascinating history of polar diplomacy.
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All Things Policy: Why Don’t We Have Underwater Aircraft Carriers?

In the Second World War, Japan tried to develop a whole class of submarines that worked as small aircraft carriers. Why did the idea not catch on after 1945? Why do some military innovations reach a dead-end? Anirudh Kanisettti and Aditya Ramanathan delve into this fascinating case study.

All Things Policy: The Grand Challenge of Weaponising the Economy

Economic interdependence was supposed to bring peace but it also gives states the leverage they can use to coerce each other. Manoj Kewalramani talks to Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan about how economic coercion works and what lessons countries like India can learn.
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