Publications

India’s Upcoming Digital Tax: How Will Big Tech Cope?

Taxation and regulation is slowly catching up with technology: India is now preparing a framework to tax Big Tech companies. India’s desire to do so is part of a global pattern. Earlier...

All Things Policy: India’s Economic Slump

Various indicators strongly suggest India’s economy is in trouble. Pranay Kotasthane and Anupam Manur talk about India’s economic challenges and some possible solutions. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on:...

All Things Policy: A Medieval Trade War

The 21st century isn’t the first time China has been embroiled in a trade war. 1000 years ago, the Chola dynasty of South India attacked Southeast Asia because of the...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 16: Hong Kong Saga, Taiwan and Median Line, Liaoning Aircraft, PLA to Miss Deadlines, China’s New Warfare: Biotech + AI

The Big Story: Hong Kong Saga Continues, Will China intervene? The Hong Kong protests have entered its tenth week. The protesters started swarming the international airport last week, demanding greater democracy in Hong Kong....

Kashmir Decision Could be Distracting India From Its National Security Priorities

The recent Indian political manoeuvre involved deeper integration of Jammu and Kashmir by watering down Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution as also the strengthening of the control...

The Compound Eye – Vaccine’s Day Out

Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products!  The Department of Biotechnology invites comments on ‘Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products in India” from all the...

Why Xi won’t be sending the PLA to quell Hong Kong protests

The eleven-week-long protest movement in Hong Kong has reached a critical phase. Earlier this week, thousands of protesters converged on the city’s airport, paralysing operations and disrupting nearly 1,000 flights....

Eye on China: Jaishankar’s Visit – HK Chaos – Tech Gains – Economy Weakens – Ideological Education

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we focus on the Indian foreign minister’s...

Threatening to use nukes never works. Here’s why…

If you have nuclear missiles to deter your enemy, you’d better be ready to launch them first. Weapons like that must be a great way to get what you want...

All Things Policy: The Future of Jammu & Kashmir

What does the dramatic transformation of Jammu and Kashmir’s status last week mean for India? Nitin Pai, General Prakash Menon and Anand Arni debate the problems, opportunities, and prospects. Takshashila’s...

Takshashila Discussion Document – Jammu & Kashmir: The Way Forward

By the Takshashila Geostrategy Programme Download the Slidedoc in PDF ​Post Article 370 scenario: A worsened security situation in Jammu and Kashmir abetted by Pakistan, exacerbated by the absence of...

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 12

A brewing Sino-US currency war, the challenge of space debris and Brexit’s impact on consumers. Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more from this...

Finance Commission’s New Problem: A Separate Defence Fund

The original terms of references for the FFC themselves were contentious. Based on the wrong assumption that the last Finance Commission was overly generous towards the states, the terms were...

Where will big data take platforms like Netflix?

Streaming services are cataloguing the entire world’s audiovisual content onto their platforms. If you had told someone ten years ago that most of the world’s movies and TV shows would...

Article 370 and the rough ride ahead

The analogy of a hornet’s nest fits here. A nest in our backyard is a nuisance and an occasional sting is a minor inconvenience compared to what could be in...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 15: China’s Hypersonic Boost Glide Missiles, PLA and Hong Kong, SCS Cyber Dimension, Type 001A, PLA’s Electronic and Cyber War

China has started mass production of Yun Feng Zhongcheng, a hypersonic surface to surface cruise missile. The missile has a range of 1500-2000 km. Chinese Academy of Science ‘Qingtian Project Room’...

Eye on China: J&K Response – RCEP Dragging – 5G Warning – Beidaihe Meeting – HK Crisis – Bank Woes

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover: China’s reaction to the scrapping of Article 370; India gets...

All Things Policy: Bartering Privacy?

Privacy is dying. But can we use data as a bargaining chip with the tech behemoths? Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth debate the options. Rohan’s op-ed: theprint.in/opinion/privacy-is-…aining-chip/267743/ Subscribe and...

All Things Policy: Decoding The Chinese Art of Strategy

From Confucius and Sun Tzu to Han Fei Zi, China has been home to many great strategists. In this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Dr Chao...

India needs to urgently address its investment problem 

Things are looking bleak for the Indian economy. GDP growth in the latest quarter was a subdued 5.8 per cent, unemployment levels are at record highs, the fiscal deficit numbers...

All Things Policy: The Clash of the Titans

In this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Dr Chao Xie about the US-China trade war, its implications for India, and how China perceives it. Subscribe and...

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 11

The burning Arctic, how China pursues diplomatic victory with chairs, the promise of making electricity from moisture, and the bloody history of the mosquito. Manoj Kewalramani, Shambhavi Naik, and Aditya...

All Things Policy: The Wealth of Nations

What does the evolution of China’s political economy have in common with European dominance of sea-based trade in the 18th-19th centuries? They challenge our notion of what is modern, and...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 14: PLA Warns Hong Kong Protesters, Taiwan: The Boiling Plate, Research Paper: China’s Nuclear Force, S-400 Training, Type 001A

The Big Story: PLA Warns Hong Kong Protesters As the political crisis in Hong Kong intensifies, the People’s Liberation Army released a video showing footage of anti-riots exercise. The video,...

All Things Policy: The Twilight of Arms Control

The Cold War-era INF Treaty died this week. In its wake, we might see a new arms race fuelled by international tensions and technology. Pranav R.S. and Aditya Ramanathan talk...

The Compound Eye – All Things Policy

A fortnightly newsletter keeping an eye on science policy and news from around the world. Gene Therapies – Finally!  After nearly two years of holding a discussion on guidelines for...

Explaining the Takshashila National Security Doctrine

Download the doctrine here. In the 21st century, India faces challenges of unprecedented scale and complexity that necessitate new ways of thinking about national security. We propose that yogakshema, an...

All Things Policy: Politics of Afghanistan

In this episode on Politics of Afghanistan, Anand Arni and Pranay Kotasthane discuss the latest developments in the ongoing talks between the US and Taliban. Subscribe and listen to the...

All Things Policy: Witnessing China’s Transformation

On this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to N. Jayaram, a veteran journalist who’s reported on China for decades. They talk about China’s transformation since the 1980s,...

Privacy is dead. So, it’s time to turn data into a bargaining chip.

Tech firms offer services in exchange, but the government will argue it needs your data for national security. Why not trade it then. This year, Google bought Nest. Why was...
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