Pranay Kotasthane

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All Things Policy: To DARPA, or not to DARPA

 US’ Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) is the progenitor of many technologies which are synonymous to modern life today. Several countries including India strive to duplicate DARPA and its success in their own respective defence R&D ecosystem. None have...

All Things Policy: The Mirage of High-Tech Self-Sufficiency

China’s growing technology prowess has led many countries to rollout old-style industrial policies of their own. What is the likelihood these measures will succeed? Is there a way beyond subsidies? And does the notion of indigenizing high-tech supply chains even...

How to beat China in the high-tech race

The near-daily cadence of reports highlighting China’s growing technology prowess has set the cat among the pigeons in many democracies. In response, these countries are now offering higher subsidies and fatter incentives to increase the competitiveness of their own technology...

All Things Policy: Bring Petrol under GST

 Nearly 60% of the price you pay for petrol goes to the Union and State Governments as taxes. As petrol prices hover around Rs. 100 per litre in many cities, there is a call for bringing petrol under the...

Takshashila Policy Advisory — Managed Reopening After Lockdown: Recommendations for State Governments

Download the Policy Advisory Executive Summary To prudently resume social and economic activity in accordance with outbreak risks, healthcare capacity, and vaccination progress, we recommend that State governments: Designate Gram Panchayats/Wards or groups of Gram Panchayats/Wards as Public Health Management...

#131 Learn From Others. It’s Free

PolicyWTF (revisited): China’s demographic flip-flops This section looks at egregious public policies. Policies that make you go: WTF, Did that really happen? — Pranay Kotasthane On May 31st, the Politburo of the Communist Party of China decreed that parents can...

All Things Policy: India and the ‘Israeli Model’

 As Israelis and Palestinians clash violently, are there lessons for India dealing with its own challenges? Is there a viable ‘Israeli Model’ of national security that India can adopt?. In a conversation with Ameera Rao, Pranay Kotasthane argues that...

8 things to unlearn before learning public policy

 Are you interested in public policy? If yes, then this video is for you. But before learning about public policy, you need to unlearn certain things. In this video Pranay Kotasthane, a Takshashila faculty, explains 8 things to unlearn...

Blaming the government’s pandemic response? Do it for the right reasons

The Union government has received a lot of flak over its management of the pandemic response, and deservedly so. But I want to look at three incorrect — or at least problematic — frames being used to blame the government’s...

Anticipating the Unintended #127: What Makes an Ideology?

India Policy Watch: Radically Networked Succour Insights on burning policy issues in India — Pranay Kotasthane When the going gets tough, we become desperate for signs of hope. Unfortunately, the union government has inspired no such thing. It has instead...
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