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Takshashila Policy Advisory – Covid-19: Towards a National Reopening Strategy for India

Download the Policy Advisory as a PDF. Executive Summary This document proposes “calibrated reopenings” as a means of restoring economic activities in India under the shadow of a Covid-19 outbreak. We suggest continuous ongoing testing in order to gauge the extent of an outbreak in a district. This can then be used to dynamically classify […]

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To open or not to open India up: a dilemma that need not be one

As India decides what next after the 21-day national lockdown ends on 14 April, opinions are divided among those who want a phased lifting and those who want to extend it. This reflects underlying differences between those who believe it is worth taking calculated risks to forestall widespread suffering on account of lost livelihoods, and […]

Joint/Theatre Commands

The dawn of 2020 heralded, three simultaneous, path breaking and long- awaited steps in India’s defence reforms – the institution of the posts of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (PC-COSC) and the concurrent creation of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) in the MoD with the CDS […]

How Covid-19 Changes the Geopolitics of Semiconductor Supply Chains

On May 15, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) — a semiconductor manufacturing behemoth which makes Apple’s A-series chips — announced its plans to build a $12 billion plant in the state of Arizona. On the same day, it was reported that TSMC has stopped taking new orders from Huawei to fully comply with the latest export control […]

All Things Policy: Spying on your Neighbour

Governments are advocating for social pressure to ensure compliance with lockdowns. Is this wise? And should social media play a role? Prateek Waghre talks to Mira Swaminathan and Shubhika Saluja from The Center for Internet and Society about their work on ‘Lateral Surveillance’ and its consequences. Watching Corona or Neighbours? – Introducing ‘Lateral Surveillance’ during […]

Anticipating the Unintended #38: ‘No Train Lost Its Way’

This newsletter is really a weekly public policy thought-letter. While excellent newsletters on specific themes within public policy already exist, this thought-letter is about frameworks, mental models, and key ideas that will hopefully help you think about any public policy problem in imaginative ways. It seeks to answer just one question: how do I think about a […]

All Things Policy: Cheap Internet

India has one of the cheapest internet rates in the world. One gigabyte of data can cost as little as ₹18, while in other countries it may run into hundreds of rupees. How is this possible? Anupam Manur talks to two students of Takshashila’s Post-Graduate Programme, Kaushal Oza and Shruthi Badri, to discuss the role […]

Will India experience the fallout of Trump vs Twitter?

This is an extract from the full article which appeared in Deccan Herald. …. But before resorting to isomorphic mimicry, it is important to understand what the executive order proposes. A reading suggests that it seeks to narrow the definition of ‘good faith’ under which a platform can carry out ‘Good Samaritan’ blocking. Kate Klonick, […]

Eye on China: LAC Tensions – HK NatSec Law – Two Sessions End – 5G for D10 – Sino-US Frictions – Meng Wanzhou & Huawei

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. HK NatSec Law This has perhaps been the most critical week in the history of Hong Kong since the 1997 handover. The UN Security Council reportedly informally discussed the developments in the city in a […]

Anticipating the Unintended #37: Kerala vs Gujarat Models: History Matters

This newsletter is really a public policy thought-letter. While excellent newsletters on specific themes within public policy already exist, this thought-letter is about frameworks, mental models, and key ideas that will hopefully help you think about any public policy problem in imaginative ways. It seeks to answer just one question: how do I think about a particular […]