Ruturaj Gowaikar

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All Things Policy: Effect of the Pandemic on Pediatric Obesity

Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have evoked major lifestyle changes among adults and children. Closure of schools and stay-at-home orders has threatened the health and well-being of children, causing an increase in obesity cases. In today’s episode, Aarthi Ratnam and...

All Things Policy: First Step Towards a Global Pandemic Response Treaty

 The World Health Assembly held a Special Session to kickstart a process to draft a global treaty geared towards pandemic management. Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida and Ruturaj Gowaikar discuss the need, scope, and history of such international instruments. Listen to...

Placing Biodiversity At The Centre Of Economic Decision Making

The Biodiversity Act (BDA) of 2002 was a product of India signing the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD). Many industrial and a few research entities have been facing problems related to compliance issues of the access and benefit sharing (ABS) aspect...

Takshashila Issue Paper – Tackling New COVID-19 Variants

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Executive Summary New variants of SARS-CoV-2 are being routinely identified and evaluated. For example, a new variant named AY.4.2 was detected in a few Indian samples in early November. The clinical manifestation of the...

All Things Policy: Mental Health and India’s Police

 Indian police personnel are overworked, under-trained, and under-equipped. Yet they are at the forefront of jobs from traffic duty to pandemic management. This has lead to mental health problems in the force. Ruturaj Gowaikar and Aarthi Ratnam discuss the...

Takshashila Discussion Document – Vaccine Diplomacy Framework for India

Executive Summary This document provides a framework to broaden the scope of India’s vaccine diplomacy during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has highlighted the inequality of vaccine distribution around the world, giving India the opportunity to step into...

All Things Policy: The EU’s Arctic Strategy and India

 Last month, the European Union (EU) came out with a publication detailing its strategy for the Arctic. The focal points of the strategy are the implications of melting permafrost on geopolitical developments, biosecurity, digital connectivity, and a push for...

All Things Policy: Digital Activism in China

 How does digital activism work in China when the Internet is so heavily regulated? Netizens in China get creative when they have something to say online. Recent viral trends like “Lying Flat” and projects like “996ICU” are part of...

The Geopolitics of the Arctic: What it Means for the EU, Russia and India

Read the full article on Hindustan Times Cooperation on researching the melting permafrost in the Arctic region can bring together the EU, Russia and India Read the full article on Hindustan Times

COVID-19 outbreak underlines need for India to develop its own epidemic intelligence service

Recently both WHO and the US have announced the establishment of centres to monitor the emergence and spread of new diseases. WHO’s new Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Germany, and the US’ Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics under the CDC...
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