Cogitatum Series Catalogue

C1: Understanding Xi Jinping’s China: An Indian Perspective

China-Course-Long-nourlXi Jinping completed his first term as the President of the People’s Republic China in 2017. As President, Xi’s decisions have been vital to the economic growth of the country and its emergence on the world stage.

In the first of the Cogitatum series offered by the Takshashila Institution, we help you understand the political and military underpinnings of China under the leadership of Xi Jinping. Over four weeks the programme will cover topics including China’s worldview, domestic politics, Chinese foreign policy and concepts of power projection.

Faculty: Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon, Dr Alka Acharya, Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane

The programme was conducted from August 12 until August 27, 2017

Series Schedule

  • Understanding China’s worldview: Saturday, August 12, 9:00 am IST.
  • Changes in China’s domestic politics: Wednesday, August 16, 8:00 pm IST.
  • China’s new approach to foreign relations: Saturday, August 19, 9:00 am IST.
  • China’s concept of power projection: Monday, August 21, 8:00 pm IST.
  • Ask Me Anything (AMA) with the faculty chaired by Mr Anand Arni, a Distinguished Fellow of the Geostrategy Programme, at the Takshashila Institution: Sunday, August 27, 9:00 am IST.

C2: Understanding Rohingya Crisis and India’s Migration Policy

More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since 25 August as the fresh wave of violence sweeps the north-western Rakhine state. Most of them are currently seeking refuge at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. On the other hand, the Government of India has shown concern regarding the 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India and has categorically stated its plans to deport those living illegally. While India hosts a large number of refugees within the subcontinent, there is no specific policy regarding that.

This Cogitatum focused on the humanitarian crisis faced by Rohingyas, India’s existing perspective towards refugee policy, and the future of Rohingyas in the country.

Faculty: Dr D. Suba Chandran, Ambassador U Nyunt Maung Shein, Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, Dr Maung Zarni, Mr Pratap Heblikar, Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon, and Ms Priyadarshini Hariharan

The second Cogitatum was conducted from November 18 until November 28, 2017.

Series Schedule

  • Context of Rohingyas for India- The Story So Far: Saturday, November 18, 9:00 am IST
  • Conflict in the Rakhine State: Wednesday, November 22, 8:00 pm IST
  • India’s Response to the Rakhine Conflict: Saturday, November 25, 9:00 am IST
  • Cogitation amongst Discussants: Wednesday, November 28, 8:00 pm IST

C3: Unpacking India’s Government Budgets

As the central government launches the budget each year, it is high time you equip yourself with the skills to understand the consequences. Every year, keeping in line with Article 112 of the Constitution, the Finance Minster reads the highlights of the budget in the parliament before it is passed. This statement of receipts and expenditure is of immense consequence to the economy and government policies.

Every year, the union government spends 27 per cent of GDP alone which amounts to a huge sum. Last year, the total spending for the year was of a magnitude of Rs 21.47 lakh crore last year. It is not only the size of the total budget but also the way it is allocated by the government that makes the budget a significant annual event. However, it can be a daunting task to sift through figures and analyse the budget’s consequences. This Cogitatum explores what the budget holds and equips you with the tools to read the budget.

Faculty: M Govinda Rao, Ajit Ranade, Rajeev Gowda, Narayan Ramachandran, Pranay Kotasthane, and Pavan Srinath

The programme was conducted from February 3 until February 13, 2018.

Series Schedule

  • Session 1- Understanding the relevance of the budget: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9:00 am IST
  • Session 2- Getting equipped to read the budget: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 8:00 pm IST
  • Session 3- Getting equipped to read the budget: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:00 am IST
  • Session 4 – How can we reform budgeting in India?: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:00 pm IST

C4: Bringing Back India’s Most Wanted

Nirav Modi joins a long list of accused economic offenders who need to be brought to face justice in India. Criminals like Dawood Ibrahim are also currently beyond the reach of Indian law.

Learn what it takes to bring back people who are most highly wanted in India. Take this short online course to study the law & order challenges with bringing back fugitives to face justice in India.

India has extradition treaties with 38 countries, but this is not enough. With a number of fugitives in the United Kingdom, Pakistan and elsewhere, it is more relevant now than ever to revisit the Extradition Act, 1962 and treaties signed with various countries to understand the complexity of our extradition policy.

Join us in this Cogitatum — a short online course, and learn more about India’s extradition policy and understand the challenges faced in the process. The course will involve 3 online lectures over two weeks, and an online discussion forum where participants can brainstorm ideas.

Admissions for the course Bringing Back India’s Most Wanted are open till Tuesday March 13, 2018. The course starts on Wednesday March 14, 2018.

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Faculty: Amb. Latha Reddy, Mr V Balachandran, and Dr Priya Pillai

The Cogitatum will be conducted from March 14 to March 21, 2018

Series Schedule

  • Theme 1- How did India get Abu Salem back? by Amb. Latha Reddy: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:00 pm IST
  • Theme 2- Understanding the legal environment around extradition by Dr Priya Pillai: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:00 am IST
  • Theme 3- Understanding the extradition process by Mr V Balachandran: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 8:00 pm IST

Tackling Epidemics in India

Dengue, malaria and cholera outbreaks continue to ravage India. In addition, the Nipah virus has made a surprise breakout in Kerala, a state it has never touched before. The relatively unknown Kyasanur forest disease has affected 35 people in Goa this year with three casualties.

The obvious questions are: How does the public healthcare system in India manage these recurring and novel outbreaks? How do we improve our healthcare infrastructure to minimise loss of life? And most importantly, how do we prevent the next outbreak?

Takshashila’s latest Cogitatum, on Tackling Epidemics in India, is designed to find answers to these questions in an informed manner. Take this short online course to learn from public health experts about the challenges and opportunities that India’s public health system faces.”

Series Schedule

  • What is Epidemiology? – Saturday, June 16, 9:00 am IST.
  • How much does India spend on Health? – Wednesday, June 20, 8:00 pm IST.
  • How India manages epidemics? – Saturday, June 23, 9:00 am IST.
  • Brainstorm on fixing India’s health infrastructure? – Wednesday, June 27, 8:00 pm IST