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Tech This Week | Data is not national wealth, must not be regulated in same manner

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. Over the last few years in tech policy, one thing has been clear. There is a strong tendency within...

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...

Takshashila Survey – Comparative Study of COVID-19’s Effects on Teenagers in India and The United States of America

Download the Survey in PDF This report, commissioned by the Takshashila Institution, paints a vivid picture of how 2 countries – India and the United States – are dealing with...

Anticipating the Unintended #48: “You Are Strictly Advised To Read This. Non-compliance Will Be Viewed Seriously”

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...

The opening up of India’s space sector is a big bang policy reform

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...

Tech This Week | Banning TikTok is another nail on coffin of internet exceptionalism

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. This has been a busy week for the internet. Earlier this week, India banned TikTok (along with 58 other...

Eye on China: Modi’s Visit – APP Ban – HK Law – Bhutan Dispute – CCP@99 – Economic Boost – Xinjiang

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Tensions Another extremely busy week with both...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 9

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com What is this?This newsletter aims to track information disorder largely from an Indian perspective. It will also look at some global campaigns and research What...

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...

The California caste atrocity

The constitution of the United States does not recognise discrimination based on caste. It bars discrimination based on race, religion, gender, ethnic or national origin and even sexual orientation, but...

Arriving at a new normal in India-China relations

This article was first published in The Hindustan Times. The ongoing stand-off between the Indian and Chinese forces in eastern Ladakh is a fork in the road, fundamentally reshaping the...

Modi govt’s silence on China gave ‘satellite warriors’ a free run. India will rue the damages

The Ladakh stand-off has boosted transparency, for it has given greater visibility to a species of information soldiers who could be described as ‘Satellite Warriors’. These individuals, who are mostly...

The PLA Insight: The Sino-Indian Border Dispute: 5 Important Updates; The Role of Political Commissar in PLAN; Reserve Military Force under CCP’s command; & more

I. The Big Story: Five Important Updates from the Sino-Indian Dispute There are five critical updates this week related to the Sino-Indian border dispute. The round 3 of the Corps Commander-level...

Anticipating the Unintended #47: Hum App Ke Hain Kaun?

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...

Is China’s Western Theatre Command Confident Enough to Challenge India?

In 2013, during the Third Plenum of the18th Central Committee, it was announced by Xi Jinping that China would introduce widespread military reforms. This shift in policy came a year...

After the Indian Ban on 59 Chinese Apps, What Comes Next?

As the clock ticked towards 9 PM on the night of June 29, the talk of Internet in India was the Ministry of Electronics and IT’s press release indicating that...

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...

Sino-Indian Dispute: Escalation or De-escalation; PLA RF and the US Missile Defence; SCS; Taiwan and more

I. The Big Story: Sino-Indian Border Tensions: Escalation or De-escalation? The Sino-Indian border dispute story has got even more cluttered as some Indian media reports indicate the Chinese presence on the...

Anticipating the Unintended #46: ‘Can’t We Make a Ganesha Idol from Clay?’

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...

Eye on China: LAC Standoff – China-EU Meeting – Vaccine Race – Beidou Completed – HK Law Vote – Australia Tensions – US Frictions – CPEC Funds

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. The Standoff Continues Are both sides escalating at the...

The Compound Eye – The Epidemics Act 1987, Patanjali and STI policy 2020

Laws that Govern our Public Health Response to COVID-19  The on-going response to the COVID-19 outbreak in India has used lockdowns, quarantine measures and utilisation of apps for contact tracing....

Tech This Week | Apple v Basecamp: We need to separate gatekeeper from toll collector

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. In his book Super Pumped (a biography of Uber), Mike Isaac argues that App Store and Play Store give Apple and Google, respectively, the...

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...

On Economic Nationalism and its Repercussions [Hindi]

Pranay Kotasthane joins Vandit Jain from Lights, Camera, Azadi podcast to talk about economic nationalism and its unintended consequences. Listen to the episode here.

The unbearable burden of oil tax

On April 20 there was an historic drop in oil prices in Texas. The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dropped all the way, not just to zero, but...

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...

Viewing Contemporary India Through the Kautilyan Lens

Daunting challenges stare at contemporary India. It is time for introspection and course correction that demands the highest quality of statecraft. According to Kautilya, knowledge is the bedrock of statecraft...

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...

India can resist China by acting in concert with its adversaries

At an emergency cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister indicated that the border fighting did not constitute a threat to India. The strategic Chinese threat, he maintained, lies in the rapidly...

The global upheaval caused by China’s premature power games

In a sign of its arrival as a major power, global developments this decade have largely been shaped by China’s acts of commission and omission, and by the world’s response...
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