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Algorithmic audits are necessary to protect India’s gig workers

In the past few weeks, anonymous Twitter accounts such as Swiggy DE and DeliveryBhoy have made allegations regarding issues faced by delivery partners of food delivery apps. These include low payouts, opaque payout calculations and alleged cheating, unexplained differences in...

Why e-cigarette ban in India will do more harm than good

In September 2019, the government announced a complete ban on e-cigarettes under the guise of preventing potential health risks to India’s youth. In what can now be termed as typical, this ruling was passed as an ordinance, without debate or...

All Things Policy: Economic Stimulus for Post-COVID India

Rupees twenty lakh crore. That’s the size of the stimulus package promised by the government. But how will it work? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Sarthak Pradhan do a deep dive into the government’s plan and look at whether...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc — India in the Post COVID-19 World Order

By Pranay Kotasthane, Akshay Alladi, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Anupam Manur Executive Summary COVID-19 is likely to accelerate the competition and confrontation between the US and China, and simultaneously reduce the global authority of both by eroding their absolute power and...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment — India and the Saudi-Russia Oil Price War

Download the full Strategic Assessment as a PDF. Executive Summary Global oil prices have fallen by about half since early March 2020. On one hand, the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping across the world, and on the other, the world is...

All Things Policy: Sandalwood, A Sad Story

 What happens when the government takes away your property rights? Why does the state government own all sandalwood trees in Karnataka? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane discuss the fascinating story of sandalwood regulations and its regressive...

Takshashila Discussion Document — An Indian Approach Towards Strategic Petroleum Reserves

By Anupam Manur, Rohan Seth, and Narayan Ramachandran Download the Discussion Document in PDF Energy security is a strategic imperative for India, given its strong growth aspirations. As the country does not have self-sustaining oil production, it is almost entirely...

All Things Policy: India’s Fiscal Future

The 15th Finance Commission has come out with a slew of recommendations. Which states stand to gain and which ones stand to lose? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane examine some of the implications of the commission’s interim report. Follow: Anupam...

Takshashila Blue Paper — Governing Tech Platforms in India

The Takshashila Institution hosted a roundtable on 24 January 2020 to discuss policy solutions to some of the unique issues in platform marketplaces. Finding the balance between mitigating the harm caused by platforms while ensuring that these businesses continue to...

All Things Policy: The Stubborn Challenge of PSU Reform

 What kind of products should a state-run PSU produce? Do PSUs make a profit? In this episode, Anupam Manur, Pranay Kotasthane, and Sarthak Pradhan talk about the persistent role of state PSUs in India’s economy and what can be...
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