Dealing with COVID-19

Takshashila is working with Union & State governments on pandemic control, economic revival & national security policies arising from COVID-19.
This section features some of our published analysis, opinions, and recommendations.

Takshashila Discussion Document – BRI in the Post-COVID World: Risks and Responses

Download the Discussion Document in PDF This document provides an assessment of China’s changing approach towards the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic’s impact on...

Takshashila Discussion Document – Migrant Workers in Indian Cities

Download the Discussion Document in PDF By Ananya Rao This discussion document examines the assimilation of inter-state migrants in India into their host societies and the factors that facilitate and...

Takshashila Discussion Document – States, Migrant Workers, and the Pandemic

Download the Discussion Document in PDF By Ananya Rao This discussion document examines the assimilation of inter-state migrants in India into their host societies and the factors that facilitate and...

COVID-19 vaccine deployment in India: Lessons we need to learn from the past

It appears that a vaccine(s) is the only way to stop COVID-19 and return the world to some semblance of normalcy. As the race inches to a close, everybody is...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc – A COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Strategy for India

Download the Discussion SlideDoc in PDF by Shambhavi Naik, Ameya Paleja, Mihir Mahajan, Narayan Ramachandran, Sunila Dixit, Rahul Matthan, Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane India should aim to vaccinate 80%...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – Supplementing State Policing Capacity for COVID-19 Duties

Download the advisory in PDF by PM Heblikar, Aditya Ramanathan, Pranay Kotasthane Proposal Supplement existing police manpower resources by inducting state government employees who are involved in preventive, regulative, investigative,...

Avoid that sink(ing) feeling before you do the dishes. Dishwasher is the new washing machine

After booming sales over the past couple of months, dishwashers are in short supply in many Indian cities. The waiting period for some of the reputed brands is as long as two months....

Radio, Buddies & More: Alternatives For Students Without Internet

With the COVID-19 pandemic’s requirement for social distancing, it will be difficult to physically reopen schools. When schools in Israel reopened, clusters of COVID-19 cases were reported from them and...

Capacity is not what’s hindering India’s testing rate, government price caps are

India cannot control the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic unless the governmental authorities stay in mission mode and get better at the ‘test, trace and isolate’ strategy, as I wrote in my column a couple...

Takshashila Discussion Document – COVID-19 Testing Strategy for India

By Shambhavi Naik Download this discussion document in PDF Executive Summary The rapidly spreading COVID-19 can be contained only with rapid, accurate testing and isolation of infected individuals. Various types...

ICMR should fast track coronavirus vaccine, not for 15 August but for science

There is absolutely no doubt that the world needs a vaccine for the novel coronavirus or SARS-nCOV-2 fast and the country that acquires one first will not only secure health...

Re-purposing vaccines for COVID-19: Need for context

The Sars-CoV-2 virus has befuddled scientists on two counts. First it is a novel virus, whose genetic structure was deduced only 6 months ago. Since then, a hunt for a...

India could afford to overlook economic inequality until now. Covid has changed that

Had we not been so engrossed by the covid-19 pandemic and Chinese transgressions in the Himalayas, the Narendra Modi government’s deregulation of the space sector would have stood out as...

How Ramdev’s Coronil makes social media’s fight against misinformation more difficult

This article was first published in The Print. Even as scientists around the world struggle to come up with a vaccine for the coronavirus, Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda announced this week...

रामदेव की कोरोनिल ने सोशल मीडिया की भ्रामक सूचनाओं के खिलाफ जंग में कैसे मुश्किलें बढ़ाईं

एक तरफ जहां दुनियाभर के वैज्ञानिक अभी कोरोनावायरस की वैक्सीन खोजने के लिए खासी मशक्कत कर रहे हैं, रामदेव की पतंजलि आयुर्वेद ने इसी हफ्ते घोषणा कर दी कि उसने...

Takshashila Discussion Document- Analysing Digital Platforms’ Responses to COVID-19 Information Disorder

By Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth Download the Discussion Document in PDF. Executive Summary This Discussion Document analyses the responses of digital platforms to the information disorders around COVID-19: During...

Public lockdown discipline fast eroding, India risks becoming lax in Covid fight

India is in a crucial and especially dangerous phase of the coronavirus pandemic. With the relaxation of the national lockdown, public attention, media focus and the priorities of political leaders have...

Tech This Week | Encouraging small sellers to get online must be a policy priority

The article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. At least 20% of Indian retailers were likely to wind up their business in the coming months. Because of...

Takshashila Discussion Document – COVID-19: Lessons from the US in the Second World War

By Sarthak Pradhan, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Pranav R. Satyanath Download the Discussion Document in PDF This document studies the rapid expansion of industrial capacity in the US during the Second...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc – National Security Preparedness & Planning for COVID-19

Download the Discussion SlideDoc in PDF There are four major risks in the ongoing pandemic: the spread of infection, police and armed forces being stretched thin, opportunistic actions by insurgents,...

Price controls are a terrible idea to tackle private-public healthcare gap in India

Even before the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, sticker shock with respect to private hospital charges was commonplace in India. The perception and fear of being overcharged by private hospitals,...

Where is the transparency in India’s health governance?

The management of COVID-19 outbreak in India has raised many governance questions. Frequently revised guidelines, unclear instructions and inadequate policy briefings have impacted the delivery of healthcare and containment of...

All Things Policy: SARS-CoV-2 and the Biological Weapons Convention

Most scientists have rubbished the idea that the novel coronavirus is a biological weapon. Their position could be bolstered by having the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) to investigate the virus....

A need to reassess the traveller testing strategy

The Government of Karnataka has advised travellers coming into the state to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival. Private labs are being pressed into action to supplement the existing COVID-19...

All Things Policy: When Should India Reopen Its Schools?

As lockdown restrictions are lifted across India, some states have announced plans to reopen schools. India’s children need to continue their education, and their parents need to go back to...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – A Policy Guide to Pooled Testing

By Shambhavi Naik Download the Policy Advisory in PDF Executive Summary: Pooled testing is a valuable tool in the routine surveillance of diseases. However, it is not a substitute for...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – COVID-19: Reopening Schools in India

By Shambhavi Naik and Nitin Pai Executive Summary: As part of the response to COVID-19 in India, various state governments had closed all schools by mid-March. Maintaining social distancing and...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment: India, COVID-19, and West Asia

Download the Strategic Assessment as a PDF. Executive Summary The novel coronavirus has introduced new and highly unpredictable social and political dynamics into West Asia. We argue that: India’s key...

India is being forced to unlock during pandemic. But it’s no green zone yet

Unlike many other countries, India is gradually lifting the lockdown before the coronavirus curve has flattened. Covid-19 positive cases are now doubling every 17 days, a little slower than a week ago. With...

Some out-of-the-box ideas for a fiscal stimulus

The pandemic and lockdown have deeply hurt the economy. This year the world’s economy will shrink by 3 percent, something that we have not witnessed in our lifetimes. India too...
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