Publications

Why religion needs to be addressed in times of infectious disease outbreaks?

In times of outbreaks, religion can play a significant role in determining the course of tide. There have been many reports about religious congregations being hotspots for the spread of...

Covid-19: Transnational Cooperation and the Epistemic Community

By Dr Rajesh Basrur Summary: The scientific community is critical to the battle against Covid-19. But to strengthen its efforts, we need to go beyond current institutional limitations. President Trump’s...

Survey Findings: Perceptions of PRC amid Covid-19 pandemic

A significant majority of Indians believe that the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) opacity and mismanagement of the outbreak of Covid-19 is to blame for the global pandemic. Despite that,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Rare Earths: Why, Where, How?

The enigmatic materials known as rare earths allow the manufacture of some of the most economically and strategically valuable materials of the 21st century. In this brief essay, I aim...

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...

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...

डीएनए हो सकती है भारत के स्वास्थ्य की चाबी

‘जीन कुंडली खोलेगी ज़िंदगी के राज’ – जनसत्ता में प्रकाशित इस लेख में दावा किया गया है की डीएनए संरचना विधेयक के कानून बनते ही देश में जीन कुंडली बनाने...

Reflections from Bottle of Lies

Katherine Eban’s book Bottle of Lies focusses on major issues in generic drug manufacturing, using the Ranbaxy scandal as an example of unethical practices in the field. The book is...

Book Review: Do Ideals Matter for Foreign Policymaking?

Values in Foreign Policy: Investing Ideals and Interests Edited by: Krishnan Srinivasan, James Mayall, Sanjay Pulipaka Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pages: 269 What better time to discuss a subject when...

India’s Defence Space Agency: The Way Forward

Soon after conducting the ASAT test in April this year, the Indian government announced that it will set up a new agency called the  Defence Space Agency (DSA) comprising of...

Elections in Afghanistan: Redux of 2014?

Ending months of suspense, Afghanistan held its fourth Presidential elections on 28th September. As the United States was engaged with Taliban in search of finding a political way out of Afghan...

Managing China: What Medieval India Has to Teach Us

In June/July of the year 720 CE a delegation of South Indians from Mahabalipuram visited the imperial court of China bearing gifts of leopard fur and a colourful talking parrot[1]....

China at 70: Successful Model or Insecure State?

On 1st October, People’s Republic of China completed 70 years. To commemorate the occasion, China had organized a grand parade in Beijing. As the whole world was watching, advanced weapons systems...

Human Nature and the Geopolitics of Online Worlds

Over the last week, I’ve been absolutely geeking out over massively multiplayer online worlds. In India, our conception of an online world – and what people can do in them...

America’s Arctic Adventure

American officials are making noises about carrying out a freedom of navigation operation in the Russian-controlled Northern Sea Route. Any such action will only serve to provoke Russia and backfire...

Book Review: Kautilya and Non-Western IR Theory

The Arthashastra is possibly the most important texts on strategy and statecraft ever written in the Indian subcontinent. But almost every study of it today tends to fit it into Realism, a...

Gender responsive budgeting

What is gender budgeting? Gender budgeting means that allocating funds in the budget for women or pro-women activities and looking at the budget allocation through a gender lens. A paper...

Iran’s Options in the Strait of Hormuz

The United Kingdom has offered to “facilitate” the return of an Iranian supertanker that its marines intercepted on July 4 near Gibraltar. Royal Marines had seized the ship on suspicion...

An Indian Stance on External Democracy Support

My remarks at the Towards an Assertive Policy on India’s External Democracy Support roundtable organised jointly by ORF and Takshashila in Bengaluru on 12th July 2019 The question posed to me was:...

Third Rome: A (Very) Brief History of Russia and Georgia

Over the last two weeks, Georgians have been out on the streets in possibly the largest wave of protests in the country’s recent history. And, like with so many former...

Third Rome: Understanding Syria with Graph Theory

The Syrian civil war is coming to a close, and it looks like Russia – er, Assad – has won. According to the Military Balance 2019, Since 2015, 500 senior...

Semiconpolitics

The Economist has an excellent take on the Trech War between the US and China. For one it highlights the not-so-apparent fragility of the semiconductor industry. As a complex network with nodes spread all across the...

Every White House needs a Sarah Sanders, even India’s

The mouthpiece for a country’s premier statesman is occasionally bound to be dumbfounded by the public’s queries. But that can’t be a reason not to have one in a modern...

Skywalks From Hell

Guest post by Ananya Iyer Quickly having transformed from a sleepy town idealized for retirement to a fast-paced megalopolis, Bangalore faces the issues of a city that grew up too...

How urban infrastructure affects women’s safety

When I first saw the invitation for Uber’s discussion on women’s safety, I was prepared for an event dealing with the incorporation of the gender aspect in Uber rides. However,...
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