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.

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...

The role that compassion could play in India’s economic revival

To rebuild the economy, we must focus on rebuilding social capital. To rebuild social capital, we need greater compassion across society. So many of the humanitarian tragedies that unfolded over...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: China’s Maritime Coercion Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Download the Discussion SlideDoc in PDF Executive Summary This document assesses the recent escalation of coercive activities by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the South China Sea (SCS)...

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...

When should Indian schools physically reopen? The best answer is: not yet

The winding down of the national lockdown in India and the devolution of coronavirus pandemic management to the states will change daily life as we have known it for the past few months....

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...

Not vultures but watchdogs

The Supreme Court of India finally took up the issue of the plight of migrant workers and their families. It took up this issue suo moto. Meaning it was not...

Why the “Atma Nirbhar” package seems insufficient to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak ?

The Atma Nirbhar Package announced by the Union Government might be insufficient to deal with the economic impacts of the COVID19 pandemic. The package does little to create a demand...

Flashpoints on the Periphery: Understanding China’s Neighborhood Opportunism

How is China taking advantage of the pandemic to pursue its foreign policy goals? Tensions in China’s periphery have increased dramatically over the past few months as Beijing stepped up...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: A Pathway for Post-Pandemic Economic Reconstruction

By Nitin Pai, Anupam Manur, Sarthak Pradhan, Anirudh Kanisetti Download this slidedoc as a PDF. Executive Summary: The economic response to the pandemic should consist of immediate disaster relief, a...

All Things Policy: Intervention Using Tech

Technology touches almost every aspect of our daily life. But what’s the use of it during a pandemic? In this episode, Rohan Seth talks to Prateek Waghre, Sapni G Krishna...

Tech This Week | Advertising a tax on the poor, pandemic going to exacerbate it

Supply of endless addictive content is a feature and a bug of the attention economy. However, much like its traditional counterpart, the attention economy is harsher on the poor than...

Lockdown Is Choking The Economy

When the national lockdown was imposed, with four hours notice, the country had less than 200 positive cases and a two percent fatality rate. The world marvelled at India’s determination...

India should prepare itself for realpolitik over a covid vaccine

The first country to have full immunity to the coronavirus will enjoy a tremendous economic and geopolitical advantage, a once-in-a-century window of opportunity till other countries catch up. As much...
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