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All Things Policy: Why Sri Lanka?

 Is the attack in Sri Lanka a product of third-party terrorism? Can a local terror outfit carry out an orchestrated attack of this scale without outside help? What is the nature of the allegiance of the local terror group...

All Things Policy: Tik for Tok

Should India ban TikTok? Does the ban violate the principle of freedom of expression, or tackle the problem of illegal and dangerous content? Does it help achieve broader geopolitical objectives? Yes and no, say Nitin Pai and Manoj Kewalramani in...

All Things Policy: Where No Tourist Has Gone Before

 India’s tourism industry is not in the best of shapes – Times Square in New York alone gets more than the entire country. Some places get way too much traffic and strain their infrastructure to breaking point. Others get...

All Things Policy: Affairs of the Heart

 In Israel last week, a team of scientists created the first functioning 3D-printed artificial heart made of biological materials. This is potentially a huge leap forward for synthetic biology – and perhaps even a step towards the ever-elusive quest...

All Things Policy: On Terrorists, Nukes, and Linguistic States

 We at the Takshashila Institution change our minds when presented with better arguments. In today’s episode Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan talk to host Shambhavi Naik about papers and books that made them reconsider old assumptions. In a freewheeling...

All Things Policy: Coming Home

 Why do migrants return home? What makes people make the arduous shift back after settling in a new place? Three migrants who returned home to India: Nidhi Gupta, Yazad Jal and Shambhavi Naik discuss these issues in light of...

All Things Policy: Breaking The Ice In The Arctic

 Last week’s Arctic conference saw the unveiling of an ambitious Russian plan to expand its military presence in the region, including a larger fleet of nuclear icebreakers. Why are countries expressing so much interest in the Arctic and what...

Advanced gene editing may mutate into WMDs

Last June, German police arrested a man planning a terror attack by releasing large quantities of the biological toxin ricin, said to be 6,000 times more poisonous than cyanide. The raids on a block of flats in Cologne blew the...

The Compound Eye – Delineating Boundaries in Sciences

Moratoria in Science: Banning areas of research is very counterintuitive to the very premise of fundamental research. Yet research interests can easily transgress the moral compass of society. An unforgettable example of such experimentation is the genetic studies performed by...

All Things Policy: To Gene Or Not To Gene

 Shambhavi Naik, Yazad Jal and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss the contentious issue of germline gene editing. Eminent scientists have called for a five year moratorium on clinical applications of germline (concerning reproductive cells) gene editing. Such a move will reduce...
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