Policy Research

At Takshashila, we connect good ideas to good people to good networks. The policy research team generates these good ideas in the areas of geostrategy, technology governance, and public economics. The Takshashila way of research involves arguments based on explicit reasoning and empirical evidence, views that are confident yet tentative, and outputs that are interesting and engaging. Freedom, pluralism, realism, and citizenship are the values that our research upholds.
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A National Security Doctrine For India
June 3, 2019
Takshashila Discussion Document: Assessing Measures for India to Tackle Biowarfare Threats
May 3, 2019
The Kra Canal: What Does It Mean For India?
April 9, 2019
Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc – A Framework to Counter Mobilised Violence
March 19, 2019
Takshashila Discussion Document: India’s External Intelligence Agency: Managing the Human Resources Challenge
January 17, 2019
Takshashila Working Paper: The Regressive Nature of Central Transfers for Health
December 19, 2018
Takshashila Discussion Document: A Framework for Countering Mobilised Violence
December 4, 2018
Takshashila Policy Advisory: Comments to the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill
October 12, 2018
Takshashila Working Paper: China’s Quest For AI Leadership: Prospects and Challenges
October 1, 2018
Takshashila Discussion Document: The Doklam Imbroglio
September 18, 2018
Takshashila Blue Paper: Justice Srikrishna Committee Documents on Data Protection
August 29, 2018
Takshashila Review Paper: Regulating Multi-Sided Platforms – Challenges in the Indian Context
August 1, 2018
Takshashila Working Paper: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Public Health Expenditure in India
July 25, 2018
Takshashila Discussion Document: Deriving India’s Strategies for a New World Order
July 9, 2018
Takshashila Strategic Assessment: Impact of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement on Pakistan’s Political Landscape
June 20, 2018
Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc: Gene Drives in Infectious Diseases – A Risk Assessment
May 22, 2018
Takshashila Strategic Assessment: India-Bhutan Relationships – Fostering the Friendship
May 7, 2018
Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc: India’s China Reset – An Assessment
April 27, 2018
Takshashila Strategic Assessment: Political Developments in Sri Lanka
April 10, 2018
Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: Assessing China’s Engagement in the Indian Subcontinent
March 10, 2018
India’s Strategies for a New World Order
January 12, 2018
Takshashila Working Paper: Differentiating Unintended Consequences from Unanticipated – A Policy Framework
December 19, 2017
Takshashila Policy Advisory: Privacy, Security and Ownership of Data in the Telecom Sector
October 18, 2017
Assessment: The hostage handover in Pakistan
October 17, 2017
Discussion Document: A Framework for Governing Gene Editing
October 13, 2017
Takshashila Blue Paper: Charting a New Framework for Data Protection in India
October 11, 2017
Policy Proposal: Governing Gene Editing — An Analytical Framework
September 23, 2017
Book Chapter — The other Pakistan: understanding the military-jihadi complex
September 11, 2017
Discussion Document – Beyond Consent: A New Paradigm for Data Protection
July 20, 2017
Analysis: Resolving the India-China Standoff at Doka La
July 7, 2017
Working Paper: A Framework to Model the India—Pakistan Conflict Escalation
June 14, 2017
Kaveri Dynamic Water Management & Livelihood Protection System
June 12, 2017
Individual Liberty vs Public Security in a Radically Networked Society
June 6, 2017
An Analytical Framework of Climate Change and National Security
February 8, 2017
Macroeconomic Environment in India: The Role of Fiscal and Monetary Policies
December 20, 2016
Demonetisation: Is the Pain Commensurate with the Gain?
December 4, 2016
Analysing India Post-Uri Through a Conflict Escalation Framework
December 1, 2016
Analysis: An Account of Unaccounted Money
November 30, 2016
Blue Paper: The Role of Airpower in India’s National Security
November 29, 2016
Discussion Document – Defamation Reforms: Going Beyond Decriminalisation
November 23, 2016
Discussion Document — India’s Currency Reform 2016
November 23, 2016
A New Institutional Mechanism for Fiscal Management in India
November 2, 2016
Takshashila Blue Paper on India’s Coastal Security Architecture
October 7, 2016
Research Publication: Karnataka’s Changing Fiscal Landscape after FFC
August 17, 2016
Research Publication: Sketching Out India’s Role in the Asia-Pacific
August 12, 2016
Policy Brief: Capacity Analysis for Evacuation of Indian Diaspora
August 10, 2016
Privatising Film Certification: Towards a Modern Film Rating Regime
June 9, 2016
Discussion Document — India’s Policy towards Myanmar: Interests, determinants and risk factors
February 18, 2016
Policy Brief: Implementing Pune’s Parking Policy
February 2, 2016
Discussion Document — Sustained Dialogue Process as India’s Pakistan Policy: An assessment
January 9, 2016
Policy Advisory — Quality of Service Based Differential Pricing for Data Services
January 8, 2016
Book: Distance from Delhi—Essays on Geopolitics, Economics and Public Policy
December 15, 2015
A Global Climate Change Relocation Insurance Framework
December 10, 2015
Case Study – Private Finance Initiative in UK – Insights for India
November 29, 2015
Research Publication: Impact of Fourteenth Finance Commission on Karnataka Budget, 2015–16
November 23, 2015
Case Study — Metronet PPP in the UK: Implications for India
August 26, 2015
Discussion Document — The looming United States pivot towards containing China’s influence
August 24, 2015
Discussion Document – Economic Reasoning and Social Policy
August 13, 2015
Discussion Document: The India—Pakistan conflict escalation framework
July 26, 2015
Policy Brief — Mapping India’s response to Iran’s changing global status and regional influence
July 13, 2015
Book Chapter: The Eightfold Path to India’s Nuclear Fuel Supply Security
June 19, 2015
Conference Paper: ICT Governance Agenda For BRICS — An Eightfold Path
May 31, 2015
Discussion Document — The Eightfold Path to Nuclear Fuel Supply Security
May 20, 2015
Book Chapter: Politics of Radically Networked Societies
April 20, 2015
Policy Brief: Reforming Public Procurement Legislation in India
April 17, 2015
Book Chapter: Promoting human rights in the Indo-Pacific
April 9, 2015
Book: The Economics of Derivatives
March 3, 2015
Discussion Document – A Survey of India’s Energy Prospects 
in the Middle East Region
November 20, 2014
Takshashila Strategic Assessment – Risks to India’s national security from tensions along the Iran-Pakistan border
November 13, 2014
Policy Brief – Reforming ONGC Videsh for India’s Energy Security
October 29, 2014
Discussion Document – China’s Economic Outlook in 2015
October 27, 2014
Research Publication: India-Pakistan Intelligence Cooperation to Counter Terrorism
October 13, 2014
Policy Advisory — Helping Karnataka’s industries reach new heights
July 29, 2014
Discussion Document – Fiscal Consolidation is the Key to Economic Growth
July 7, 2014
Policy Advisory – Bringing IT Act 2000 in Alignment with the Constitution
July 3, 2014
Invited Paper – Indian Journal of Industrial Relations
July 2, 2014
Discussion Document – Resolving the Indo-Bangladesh Maritime Dispute
June 29, 2014
Policy Brief – Making India’s Labour Market More Flexible
March 12, 2014
Book Chapter: India and International Norms
August 27, 2013
Book Chapter: India and UN Peacekeeping
August 26, 2013
Research Report – On Labour Law Reforms in India
August 1, 2013
Discussion Document – India’s Central Monitoring System
July 10, 2013
Issue Brief – Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh
May 26, 2013
Issue Brief – Pakistan’s elections – An Indian perspective
May 18, 2013
Issue Brief – Chinese incursions in the Ladakh region
May 2, 2013
Case – A beheading along the Line of Control
April 26, 2013
Reforming the financial sector
April 16, 2013
Making publicly funded research accessible
March 12, 2013
Policy Advisory – The need for an Indian Crime Survey
January 1, 2013
Policy Research Publications (2011-12)
December 31, 2012
Book Chapter: Non-state threats to India’s Maritime Security
November 27, 2012

Foreign affairs, defence and security

Takshashila Discussion Document: Nuclear First Use – A Critique
June 21, 2019
Takshashila Discussion Document: 5G, Huawei & Geopolitics – An Indian Roadmap
June 20, 2019
A National Security Doctrine For India
June 3, 2019
The Kra Canal: What Does It Mean For India?
April 9, 2019
Takshashila Discussion Document: India’s External Intelligence Agency: Managing the Human Resources Challenge
January 17, 2019
Takshashila Working Paper: China’s Quest For AI Leadership: Prospects and Challenges
October 1, 2018
Takshashila Discussion Document: The Doklam Imbroglio
September 18, 2018
Takshashila Discussion Document: Deriving India’s Strategies for a New World Order
July 9, 2018
Takshashila Strategic Assessment: Impact of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement on Pakistan’s Political Landscape
June 20, 2018
Takshashila Strategic Assessment: India-Bhutan Relationships – Fostering the Friendship
May 7, 2018
Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc: India’s China Reset – An Assessment
April 27, 2018
Takshashila Strategic Assessment: Political Developments in Sri Lanka
April 10, 2018
Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: Assessing China’s Engagement in the Indian Subcontinent
March 10, 2018
India’s Strategies for a New World Order
January 12, 2018
Assessment: The hostage handover in Pakistan
October 17, 2017
Book Chapter — The other Pakistan: understanding the military-jihadi complex
September 11, 2017
Analysis: Resolving the India-China Standoff at Doka La
July 7, 2017
Working Paper: A Framework to Model the India—Pakistan Conflict Escalation
June 14, 2017
Analysing India Post-Uri Through a Conflict Escalation Framework
December 1, 2016
Blue Paper: The Role of Airpower in India’s National Security
November 29, 2016
Takshashila Blue Paper on India’s Coastal Security Architecture
October 7, 2016
Research Publication: Sketching Out India’s Role in the Asia-Pacific
August 12, 2016
Policy Brief: Capacity Analysis for Evacuation of Indian Diaspora
August 10, 2016
Discussion Document — India’s Policy towards Myanmar: Interests, determinants and risk factors
February 18, 2016
Discussion Document — Sustained Dialogue Process as India’s Pakistan Policy: An assessment
January 9, 2016
Book: Distance from Delhi—Essays on Geopolitics, Economics and Public Policy
December 15, 2015
A Global Climate Change Relocation Insurance Framework
December 10, 2015
Discussion Document — The looming United States pivot towards containing China’s influence
August 24, 2015
Discussion Document: The India—Pakistan conflict escalation framework
July 26, 2015
Policy Brief — Mapping India’s response to Iran’s changing global status and regional influence
July 13, 2015
Book Chapter: The Eightfold Path to India’s Nuclear Fuel Supply Security
June 19, 2015
Conference Paper: ICT Governance Agenda For BRICS — An Eightfold Path
May 31, 2015
Discussion Document — The Eightfold Path to Nuclear Fuel Supply Security
May 20, 2015
Book Chapter: Promoting human rights in the Indo-Pacific
April 9, 2015
Discussion Document – A Survey of India’s Energy Prospects 
in the Middle East Region
November 20, 2014
Takshashila Strategic Assessment – Risks to India’s national security from tensions along the Iran-Pakistan border
November 13, 2014
Policy Brief – Reforming ONGC Videsh for India’s Energy Security
October 29, 2014
Discussion Document – China’s Economic Outlook in 2015
October 27, 2014
Research Publication: India-Pakistan Intelligence Cooperation to Counter Terrorism
October 13, 2014
Discussion Document – Resolving the Indo-Bangladesh Maritime Dispute
June 29, 2014
Book Chapter: India and International Norms
August 27, 2013
Book Chapter: India and UN Peacekeeping
August 26, 2013
Issue Brief – Pakistan’s elections – An Indian perspective
May 18, 2013
Issue Brief – Chinese incursions in the Ladakh region
May 2, 2013
Case – A beheading along the Line of Control
April 26, 2013
Policy Research Publications (2011-12)
December 31, 2012
Book Chapter: Non-state threats to India’s Maritime Security
November 27, 2012

Public affairs and governance

Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc – A Framework to Counter Mobilised Violence
March 19, 2019
Takshashila Working Paper: The Regressive Nature of Central Transfers for Health
December 19, 2018
Takshashila Discussion Document: A Framework for Countering Mobilised Violence
December 4, 2018
Takshashila Working Paper: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Public Health Expenditure in India
July 25, 2018
Takshashila Working Paper: Differentiating Unintended Consequences from Unanticipated – A Policy Framework
December 19, 2017
Kaveri Dynamic Water Management & Livelihood Protection System
June 12, 2017
Individual Liberty vs Public Security in a Radically Networked Society
June 6, 2017
An Analytical Framework of Climate Change and National Security
February 8, 2017
Macroeconomic Environment in India: The Role of Fiscal and Monetary Policies
December 20, 2016
Demonetisation: Is the Pain Commensurate with the Gain?
December 4, 2016
Analysis: An Account of Unaccounted Money
November 30, 2016
Discussion Document – Defamation Reforms: Going Beyond Decriminalisation
November 23, 2016
Discussion Document — India’s Currency Reform 2016
November 23, 2016
A New Institutional Mechanism for Fiscal Management in India
November 2, 2016
Research Publication: Karnataka’s Changing Fiscal Landscape after FFC
August 17, 2016
Privatising Film Certification: Towards a Modern Film Rating Regime
June 9, 2016
Policy Brief: Implementing Pune’s Parking Policy
February 2, 2016
Book: Distance from Delhi—Essays on Geopolitics, Economics and Public Policy
December 15, 2015
Book: A Visible Hand
December 15, 2015
Case Study – Private Finance Initiative in UK – Insights for India
November 29, 2015
Research Publication: Impact of Fourteenth Finance Commission on Karnataka Budget, 2015–16
November 23, 2015
Case Study — Metronet PPP in the UK: Implications for India
August 26, 2015
Discussion Document – Economic Reasoning and Social Policy
August 13, 2015
Book Chapter: Politics of Radically Networked Societies
April 20, 2015
Policy Brief: Reforming Public Procurement Legislation in India
April 17, 2015
Book: The Economics of Derivatives
March 3, 2015
Policy Advisory — Helping Karnataka’s industries reach new heights
July 29, 2014
Discussion Document – Fiscal Consolidation is the Key to Economic Growth
July 7, 2014
Invited Paper – Indian Journal of Industrial Relations
July 2, 2014
Policy Brief – Making India’s Labour Market More Flexible
March 12, 2014
Research Report – On Labour Law Reforms in India
August 1, 2013
Discussion Document – India’s Central Monitoring System
July 10, 2013
Issue Brief – Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh
May 26, 2013
Reforming the financial sector
April 16, 2013
Making publicly funded research accessible
March 12, 2013
Policy Advisory – The need for an Indian Crime Survey
January 1, 2013

Science, technology and policy

Takshashila Discussion Document: Assessing Measures for India to Tackle Biowarfare Threats
May 3, 2019
Takshashila Policy Advisory: A Data Protection Framework for India
December 31, 2018
Takshashila Policy Advisory: Comments to the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill
October 12, 2018
Takshashila Blue Paper: Justice Srikrishna Committee Documents on Data Protection
August 29, 2018
Takshashila Review Paper: Regulating Multi-Sided Platforms – Challenges in the Indian Context
August 1, 2018
Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc: Gene Drives in Infectious Diseases – A Risk Assessment
May 22, 2018
Takshashila Policy Advisory: A Data Protection Framework for India
February 21, 2018
Takshashila Blue Paper: A Framework for Governing Human Gene Editing in India
January 5, 2018
Takshashila Policy Advisory: Privacy, Security and Ownership of Data in the Telecom Sector
October 18, 2017
Takshashila Policy Advisory: Privacy, Security and Ownership of Data in the Telecom Sector
October 18, 2017
Discussion Document: A Framework for Governing Gene Editing
October 13, 2017
Takshashila Blue Paper: Charting a New Framework for Data Protection in India
October 11, 2017
Takshashila Blue Paper: Charting a New Framework for Data Protection in India
October 11, 2017
Policy Proposal: Governing Gene Editing — An Analytical Framework
September 23, 2017
Discussion Document – Beyond Consent: A New Paradigm for Data Protection
July 20, 2017
Policy Advisory — Quality of Service Based Differential Pricing for Data Services
January 8, 2016
Policy Advisory – Bringing IT Act 2000 in Alignment with the Constitution
July 3, 2014