Publications

What Zoom’s rise tells us about future of work culture

This article was first published in Deccan Herald. The shift to working from home would have happened in an organic manner, but the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the speed of...

SAARC – A Bilateral Blunder

By Tarushi Aswani With Coronavirus engulfing the entire world in its burning flames, it is yet another moment to understand the importance of cooperation between nations. After India’s resolve to...

We must avert an economic disaster due to Covid-19

Indian economy will suffer due to COVID-19, but govt can ease the pain for individuals and firms with decisive and meaningful action now For businesses, the union government should think...

Why WHO Must be Partly ‘Blamed’ For Coronavirus Global Pandemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO), founded to reduce health risks for all, is facing international criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. WHO’s Director-General (DG), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has been...

The PLA Insight: 47: Clinical Trials; Marine Corps; UUVs in IOR; China’s Strategic Assessment of India; SCS; Joint Patrol- Mekong; and more

I. The Big Story: PLA & the Clinical Trials: Fact-Checking The past several issues of your newsletter have focused on the PLA’s fight with the novel coronavirus. It’s tempting to write...

Anticipating the Unintended #20: State Finance Commissions, New World Order & COVID-19, Sunset Rules, Derangement of India’s fuel prices, and more

Anticipating the Unintended 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...

Let Prices Rise

Supermarkets shelves are empty. Groceries are stocked out. Alcohol-based sanitisers have been missing from racks for a few days now. Even medical masks which generally would sell for Rs 6-10...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment: The Economics and Politics of Pakistan’s COVID-19 Response

By Sarthak Pradhan, Sakshi Arora, and Pranay Kotasthane Download the Strategic Assessment in PDF. As of March 27th, Pakistan had the largest number of COVID-19 cases in the subcontinent. This...

Eye on China: Covid Special: China’s Recovery – G20 – Trump-Xi Call – EU’s Anger – S. Asia Focus

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. Recovery & Restrictions There are many strands of the...

Public sharing of home quarantine addresses a bad idea

This article originally appeared in Deccan Herald On March 24, several WhatsApp groups catering to apartment associations started buzzing with excel files containing addresses of those who were placed under...

India, Disease, and Global History

The way that India reacts to any macrohistorical trend often determines the course of global history. And yet, as Covid-19 looms over 1.3 billion people, there seems to be little...

All Things Policy: Tech in the Times of Corona

A number of states have leveraged technology solutions to combat the Covid-19 outbreak. What have they done? What can India learn from their experiences? And what are the long-term implications...

Is the government doing enough to fight Corona on health & economic fronts?

The events of the past few weeks have served as a grave reminder of the challenges of living in a globalised world. The benefits of globalisation and its impact on...

If India has to control coronavirus pandemic, it must contain 4 other contagions as well

The infodemic and the behavioural contagion feed off each other, and higher levels of social anxiety exacerbate the process. Similarly, the psychological and economic contagions reinforce each other, and are...

All Things Policy: Viral World Order

We are probably still in the early days of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. What human and financial toll will it take? And what sort of a world will we inherit...

Saving Our Own: COVID-19 Presents Challenges and Opportunities in Technology

With the pandemic existing at this scale, state capacity alone may not be enough to respond effectively. Struggling in the face of an invisible threat, states have to co-opt technology...

Antitrust is already working. Here’s why.

With the United States Congress taking aim at Google’s Search in anti-trust hearings, anti-trust is in the spotlight again. It is still unclear whether tech platforms privileging their products is...

Wrong to say coronavirus has doomed world economy

The pandemic, like any other economic event, will throw up its own set of winners and losers; best if the debate around the economic impact of coronavirus builds a measure...

All Things Policy: The Two Ns Meet

 Could we be experiencing the last global pandemic? Will revolutions in computing and synthetic biology transform the way we deal with contagious diseases? In this episode, Takshashila’s founders, Nitin...

The PLA Insight: 46: PLA & the Virus; PAP in HK; PLA & US Universities; SCS’s Escalation Ladder; China’s “World-Class” Forces; Space Power, and more

The Big Story: PLA: Xi’s Comrade against the Virus Xi Jinping ordered the Chinese military to join the race for developing the world’s first vaccine for Covid-19. Major General Chen Wei, a top...

Xinjiang in danger of severe Covid-19 outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic this week. That designation implies an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, affecting a large number of people....

Menstrual leave policy: A first-world band-aid to a deeply social wound?

First of all, I want to thank two groups of women – first, the one who have supported an online petition demanding India to adopt a menstrual leave policy. I...

Eye on China: No New Cases – Historic Contraction – Propaganda War – Alvi Meets Xi – Sino-US Clash

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. Tricky Recovery & Narrative Contest Once again, there are...

COVID-19 & China: Crisis to opportunity

Three events last week underscore how the narrative has shifted around China’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. The first of these is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Wuhan, which...

All Things Policy: Narratives of COVID-19

As Covid-19 cases spread around the world, China says it has ‘turned the tide’ to contain the outbreak. Anirudh Kanisetti and Manoj Kewalramani discuss how Chinese officials and media are...

Takshashila Discussion Document: A Framework for Enabling Predictive Genomics to Improve Public Health in India

By Shambhavi Naik and Pavan Srinath Download the Discussion Document in PDF. Heritable genetic diseases, particularly rare diseases, contribute to a significant disease burden in India. In India’s urban areas,...

Climate Change and Global Politics

By Gayathri Rajesh The UN defines sustainable development as the development that takes place through justified use of the earth’s current resources in a way that it “meets the needs...

All Things Policy: Ruling the World’s Islands

President Vladimir Putin is consolidating his power both internally and along Russia’s peripheries. Is there a method that underlies Moscow’s behaviour? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan dive into the world...

All Things Policy: Stocking up on Oil

India is one of the most oil-dependent countries in the world. But what can it do when hydrocarbon supplies are disrupted? Anupam Manur and Narayan Ramachandran talk about their new...

Takshashila Discussion Document: An Indian Approach Towards Strategic Petroleum Reserves

By Anupam Manur, Rohan Seth, and Narayan Ramachandran Download the Discussion Document in PDF Energy security is a strategic imperative for India, given its strong growth aspirations. As the country...
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