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All Things Policy: Intellectual Property Un-reform

Earlier this month, the Union government passed the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Ordinance to eliminate several appellate bodies, one of which is the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB). The stated reason for the ordinance is to streamline...

Anticipating the Unintended #124: Flailing Again

PolicyWTF: Winging the Pandemic This section looks at egregious public policies. Policies that make you go: WTF, Did that really happen? – RSJ One of the things we often say around here is how difficult it is to craft public policy. The...

Anticipating the Unintended #122: Naya Paisa, Purana Qissa

Global Policy Watch: A Mint With a Role – RSJ The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has been trialling a form of digital Yuan for the past year. Last week the trials entered their second phase. (Umm, they seem to have...

3 National Responses to Chinese 5G companies (Hindi)

 Should India allow Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE in its 5G network infrastructure? In this video, Pranay Kotasthane discusses three different perspectives to answer this question. You can read our discussion document over here – https://takshashila.org.in/takshashila-report-5g-huawei-geopolitics-an-indian-roadmap/

Anticipating the Unintended #120: Narrative Dominance

India Policy Watch: Mandal Again Insights on burning policy issues in India – Pranay Kotasthane A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is set to announce its judgment on the Maratha quota case. Amongst other issues, the court will decide on the question if...

Anticipating the Unintended #118: All Counting is Political

India Policy Watch #2: Census 2021 Insights on burning policy issues in India – Pranay Kotasthane The 16th Indian population census will be conducted later this year. The 2021 Census of India will be the country’s first digital census. Expect another Aarogya...

Comments to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change on Demand for Grants (DFGs) in the Union Budget for FY 2021-22

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change invited comments on the Demand for Grants in Budget 2021-22. The following document presents an analysis of the overall budgetary trends across the concerned ministries and departments...

Making State Finance Commissions work

State Finance Commissions (SFC), constitutional bodies that recommend allocating resources between state and local governments, have had a chequered history in India. In yet another attempt to revive these institutions, the Fifteenth Union Finance Commission (15th UFC) recommended that the...

Minimizing India’s Expenditure on Defence Pensions, we have a Solution!

 India’s burgeoning defence pensions expenditure is unsustainable and begs immediate action. Starting with the Kargil Review Committee, many solutions have been mooted over the last two decades to address this problem but none of them has fructified. Meanwhile, the...

House defence panel must ask 4 key questions — from lower expenditure to pension bill

When the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence meets this week to discuss the Budget allocations made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, we hope to get some clarity on the provisions made towards India’s national security. That’s because on defence, the...
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