Varun Ramachandra

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Cost of a non-functioning parliament

The impact of a non-functional parliament goes beyond mere attendance or the cost incurred to run the houses of the parliament – Varun Ramachandra(_quale) “An Introduction to Parliament of India” is a document produced by Dr. Yogendra Narain a former...

The reality of political opposition

A politician’s first goal is to stay in power and staying in power requires winning consecutive elections – Varun Ramachandra (_quale) Policy analysis through models and frameworks is useful because it holds the potential to distill complex ideas in a simple...

Second weekend workshop held for the eleventh intake of GCPP

Takshashila hosted the second weekend workshop in Bangalore for students from the eleventh intake of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy course between 31st July and 2nd August 2015. The workshop was conducted in the outskirts of Bangalore, in a resort at the foothills...

Challenges of Defence Economics

There are several operational difficulties that one faces while analysing the economics of defence in the Indian context – Varun Ramachandra(_quale) Keith Hartley in his book “The Economics of Defence Policy” describes defence choices as complex because they have to...

How does the Union Government earn money?

Amidst all the analysis about fiscal deficits, budget etc, the fundamental question about how the Union Government of India earns its revenues gets ignored. This post examines the revenue aspect of the budget. All the revenue that the Union Government...

Liberal Nationalists Series – Memorial event for S.V. Raju

Takshashila Institution in collaboration with the Bangalore International Centreorganised a panel discussion on “SV Raju and Liberal Politics in India”, a memorial event for Mr S V Raju on August 7, 2015.  The panel consisted of Mr. Ajit Ranade and Mr. Vivek Raju...

India as an FDI Destination

The Takshashila Institution in collaboration with US Consulate Chennai hosted a round table with Raymond E. Vickery, Jr. Raymond Vickery is a leading author and advisor on US-India relations and a former US Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Trade Development. Vickery is...

Anand Arni quoted in The Indian Express

Takshashila advisor Anand Arni was quoted in The Indian Express in two separate articles. In an article dated 31st July 2015, on Life after Mullah Omar, Arni was quoted saying “Mullah Omar’s death is going to intensify the factionalism within the Taliban”...

Pavan Srinath in a CNBC-TV18 Panel Discussion

Pavan Srinath, head of policy research at Takshashila Institution, was a part of a panel on CNBC-TV18’s ‘The Big Land Debate’ on the Land Acquisition Act. The discussion was held at NLSIU, Bengaluru, and was part of the TV show ‘The Firm’,...

Discussion Document— The India—Pakistan conflict escalation framework

The India—Pakistan conflict escalation framework Pranay Kotasthane, Pavan Srinath, Nitin Pai and Varun Ramachandra, The Takshashila Institution Download the discussion document in PDF format (339KB) Executive Summary The India—Pakistan conflict has variously been described as an ‘enduring rivalry’ or a...
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