Publications

Privacy Is Not Dead, It Is Terminally Ill

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Earlier last week, The Verge ran a story about how health apps had permissions to change their terms of service without the user’s...

All Things Policy: A European Nuclear Force?

French President Emmanuel Macron wants European Union countries to discuss the possibility of giving France’s nuclear forces a broader role in European security. Is this a feasible idea? What is...

Intermediary guidelines might infringe on privacy

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. If you try to keep up to date with the tech policy debates in India, intermediary liability is one of those few...

The PLA Insight: CMC Decrees; Cyber Security Rules; PLA & Virus; Karachi-bound Ship with Missiles; Modernisation Impacted; Defence Statistics, & more

I. The Big Story: CMC Decrees and Measures Tightening Security: China has tightened the confidentiality rules for overseas cooperation and arms fairs as the PLA steps up exchanges with foreign counterparts....

All Things Policy: Is a Multipolar World Good for India?

Even as India receives US President Donald Trump with fanfare it remains committed to a multipolar world order. But is such an order really conducive to India’s rise? Manoj Kewalramani,...

India’s Troops in Afghanistan: An Old Request in a New Context

Boots on the ground are secondary; India’s key objective in Afghanistan should be to help the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan claim a monopoly over the legitimate use of physical force....

All Things Policy: Fighting the Coronavirus Pt3

A new speech by Xi Jinping shows that the Chinese leadership was aware of the outbreak well before strict measures were taken. Is this an admission of systemic failure or...

The Compound Eye – Gene Editing, Eugenics and Bird Watching

Genome Edited Organisms: Regulatory Framework and Guidelines for Risk Assessment The Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM) has released draft guidelines on genome edited organisms: regulatory framework for risk assessment. Public consultation...

What India really needs: A mass uprising to ensure inclusive economic growth

The focus on the country’s middle class ignores the problems of the millions in the informal sector. In 2001, Jim O’Neill, a British economist working with Goldman Sachs, first coined...

On US President Trump’s India Visit

The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to the US President’s upcoming India visit: Will the spectacle of Trump visit without a trade deal boost India-US ties? The US-India relationship over...

All Things Policy: India’s Fiscal Future

The 15th Finance Commission has come out with a slew of recommendations. Which states stand to gain and which ones stand to lose? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane examine some...

NRC website imbroglio highlights need for govt accountability

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Last week, multiple news outlets reported that the website housing NRC data had gone offline. Reportedly, this happened because a cloud services...

All Things Policy: Reading the Economist 24

In this week’s Reading the Economist, Aditya Ramanathan is joined by Anirudh Kanisetti and Suyash Desai to discuss the failure of UN peacemaking, arms sales in the Middle East, and...

The PLA Insight: PLA, Equifax and Espionage; Taiwan-PRC Scrambles; PLA & Virus; India & China; Nuke Forces; Arms Sale; Social Credit System and more

I. The Big Story: PLA, Equifax and Espionage The US’s Department of Justice announced the indictment of four Chinese PLA service members in connection with the 2017 Equifax breach on February 10. The indictment...

All Things Policy: Competition and Reassurance in the Indo-Pacific

Is China now playing nice after years of assertiveness? Does India’s policy of “evasive balancing” make any sense? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Aditya Ramanathan to debate new ideas...

All Things Policy: Fighting the Coronavirus Pt2

As the coronavirus continues to take a lethal toll across the world, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik take stock of recent developments and try to make a better sense of...

Eye on China: Coronavirus Cases Spike – Modi’s Letter – Indo-Pacific Funding – Huawei – CPEC Woes

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective.  I. Coronavirus Update There have been a bunch of...

All Things Policy: Caste Away

After hundreds of years of caste endogamy, one would think that Indian society would be far more open to intercaste marriages than it actually is. Shambhavi Naik and Sarthak Pradhan...

All Things Policy: Dissing Misinformation

Facebook recently stated that a doctored video of U.S. congresswoman Nancy Pelosi did not violate community guidelines. So what constitutes fake news? And what are the big social media companies...

Growing Defence Pensions a Problem. But CDS Rawat’s Retirement Age Proposal not the Solution.

We propose a model to operationalise lateral induction in the Indian armed forces to tackle the burden of growing pensions. Read the full article in The Print here.

Nuclear Reflections #0: An Introduction

Nuclear weapons are in vogue once again. They make headlines every few weeks, if not every other day. Indeed, Russia’s fancy new weapons do echo the days of the Cold...

All Things Policy: Reading the Economist 23

In this week’s Reading the Economist, Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Sarthak Pradhan explore everything from the consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade to Britain’s nuclear deterrent, the economic costs...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 40: PLA’s Fight with Corona virus; US-China Tensions; Type 15 Tanks; S-400; Cambodia’s Naval Base; Type 055 Cruisers; & more

I. The Big Story: PLA’s Fight with the Virus The coronavirus outbreak is far from coming under control, and the PLA has sprung in action to fight it. President Xi Jinping...

Tackling Information Disorder, the malaise of our times

This article was originally published in Deccan Herald. The term ‘fake news’ – popularised by a certain world leader – is today used as a catch-all term for any situation...

Nearing Doomsday?

As we begin our journey into the third decade of the 21st century, the Doomsday Clock strikes 100 seconds to midnight, the closest in history, thus telling us that we...

All Things Policy: India versus the Internet

Nearly six months after the internet shutdown in J&K, the Union government’s decision to partially lift the shutdown has been riddled with controversy. Why is this judgement so controversial? In...

Fact-checking alone won’t be enough in fight against fake news

Google has recently announced a $1 million grant to help fight misinformation in India. This could not have come at a better time. Misinformation has is a reality and bi-product...

The Compound Eye – N95 masks, data mismanagement and science miscommunication

India bans export of PPE As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the world and reaches our shores, India banned the exports of PPE on 31st January. The actual utility of the N95...

The scientific argument for marrying outside your caste

Bengaluru: As India becomes more globalised, there are intense deliberations in orthodox families on the merits of getting married within their own community. The obvious go-to-market strategy is to ask for...

Takshashila Blue Paper: Governing Tech Platforms in India

The Takshashila Institution hosted a roundtable on 24 January 2020 to discuss policy solutions to some of the unique issues in platform marketplaces. Finding the balance between mitigating the harm...
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