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All Things Policy: The Forgotten Heritage of the Deccan

From the 14th to the 17th centuries, the Sultanates of the Deccan embarked on a remarkable experiment in globalisation and regionalisation. This is reflected in their art, politics, and culture, but especially in their language. Independent researcher and journalist Karthik Malli joins Anirudh Kanisetti for a wide-ranging conversation in the...

All Things Policy: Does History Shape Foreign Policy?

Public discourse often attempts to explain the actions of nation-states through “civilisational worldviews”. China, for example, is believed to have a “Middle Kingdom” approach to foreign policy, while some claim that India’s foreign policy follows in the footsteps of Kautilya’s Arthashastra. But is that really the case? Do nation-states develop...

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: Restructuring India’s Public Health Sector

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare suffers from a lack of clear division of responsibilities, a platform for inter-sectoral coordination and conflicts of interest. These weaknesses have become more apparent in the light of the pandemic, as the public health response has been anchored in the ICMR, which is...

All Things Policy: How Big Tech Sees the World

Geographies and domestic politics have a profound impact on how big tech operates. This is evident when we examine the stance tech companies have taken on racial justice issues in the US, compared to protests in Hong Kong or intermediary liability in Pakistan. Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Prateek Waghre and...

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...

The Galwan Crisis: Lessons for India from Doklam

 The 2017 India-China standoff in Doklam, at a crucial trijunction between India, China, and Bhutan, was widely hailed as a victory for India. But China has not respected the status quo in areas contiguous to the face-off site. What really happened in 2017, and what has happened since then?...

All Things Policy: Gender and the Indian City

Are Indian cities equal spaces for everyone? Do social expectations determine how accepting an urban space is to people of different genders? What do gender relations in our homes have to do with the way we live in cities? Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to Roshni Kannan of CEPT Ahmedabad to find...

All Things Policy: Is India Prepared for Gene Edited Humans?

The technology to modify the human genome is here, potentially signaling a transformation of societies and economies. In the light of WHO’s draft framework on governing human gene editing, Anirudh and Shambhavi discuss the ethical dilemmas, scientific challenges, and opportunities in store, and what India needs to do about them.

All Things Policy: Did India Win in Doklam?

The 2017 India-China standoff in Doklam, at a crucial trijunction between India, China, and Bhutan, was widely hailed as a victory for India. But was it? In the light of new satellite imagery, Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to Lt General Prakash Menon about India and China’s takeaways from the standoff, and...
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