Publications

I know what you did last August feat. Military—Jihadi complex

Senator Mushahidullah Khan’s interview gives a sneak peek into the rumblings inside the Pakistani Military—Jihadi complex by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) This year’s August 14th was a day of mixed feelings for...

Three thoughts on Independence Day

On freedom, constitutional balance & the dangers of majoritarianism For quiet contemplation on Independence Day — A good time to read and reflect on Tagore’s verse Where the mind is...

Foreign investments in India: the need for a new narrative

Make it easy for the others to help you  by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) This week, I attended a lively talk at the Bangalore International Centre on “Geopolitics and Financial Markets”...

Confronting Pakistan’s drone challenge

The need to invest in improving anti-drone technologies  by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) ISPR’s press release on Monday featured a few photographs of Indian border posts, reportedly taken from the drone shot down by Pakistani troops on...

When should the government subsidise training filmmakers?

There is no case for government to subsidise FTII (and, for that matter, IITs and IIMs too) One of the numerous controversies surrounding the Modi government’s appointments in the education...

Playing the Mullah Omar card

How is Mullah Omar’s reappearance (or the absence of it) likely to affect India? by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) After the conclusion of the first official round of talks between the...

Pakistans and talks

The problem with talking to Pakistan is that there are two of them It’s happened again to yet another Indian prime minister. He’s decided to resume talks with the Pakistani...

Three parameters for evaluating global governments

What are the parameters that can help us judge the effectiveness of supra-national political unions? by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) For about a decade now, geopolitical analysts have been discussing about the...

A democratic death knell for individual liberty

A referendum is a bad idea Caught in a political tussle with the Union government that has administrative and “superuser rights”, Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government has thrown up the...

India & the One Belt One Road paradigm

On how OBOR is likely to interact with India’s foreign policy by Hemant Chandak (@HemantChandak) One Belt One Road (OBOR) is an initiative the Chinese envisioned in 2013 and are...

Where there is no party line

Almost five years since the first stamp paper was stamped at a registrar's office in Chennai, it might be a good time to share some thoughts and experiences to deter...

The welfare state: an alibi or a mafia lord?

The welfare function of modern states has a disproportionate effect on the way citizens perceive the state. by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Economist Bryan Caplan in his latest EconLog post explains how the welfare function of a...

“नोतुन प्रजन्मो — नई दिशा” : भारतीय विदेश नीति के बदलते समीकरण

बांग्लादेश दौरे से कुछ ऐसे समीकरण सामने आ रहे हैं जो भारतीय विदेश नीति के प्रभाव का परिचायक बनेंगे by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) and Pradip Bhandari जून ७ को भारत...

व्यवहाराची किंमत

Guest post by Ashlesha Gore मागील भागात आपण गमावलेल्या संधीची किंमत म्हणजे काय हे पाहिले.आता एका अशा किंमतीबद्दल आपण जाणून घेऊया जिच्याशी आपला रोजचा संबंध येऊनही आपण तिकडे दुर्लक्ष करतो....

One year of NDA government’s foreign policy: What changed and what didn’t?

By Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) These are the comments that Pranay wrote for Emerging Kerala, a Malayalam monthly magazine on Kerala’s business, economy and society in the backdrop of the first anniversary of...

The changing contours of India—Israel relations

We can deftly steer the technical co-operation between the two countries into a substantial partnership By Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) This is the gist of the points made by Pranay in...

Why can’t India attract research talent?

A few Takshashila alumni and friends Kunal Singh, Varun Goel & Aravind Ilamaran have started a new opinion-analysis portal called Policy Wonks. I write about how there’s an oversupply of PhDs and...

फायदा अठन्नी का और खर्चा एक रुपये का

कहानी विनिमय लागत (transaction cost) की  — प्रखर मिश्रा (@prakharmisra) और प्रणय कोटस्थाने (@pranaykotas) इस श्रृंखला के पिछले अध्याय में हमने अवसर लागत की संकल्पना को समझा । इस पोस्ट में...

The devil is not in the detail

From an Indian standpoint, what matters is the big picture that emerges from the Seymour Hersh report controversy by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) A report by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has...

Of third order enclaves and second class citizens

A Constitutional Amendment settling the land border issues between India and Bangladesh will allow the two nation-states to focus on more substantive issues. by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) On 6th May 2015, the...

Perspective – India’s nuclear doctrine

It is irresponsible to speculate that India’s nuclear doctrine will be completely overhauled by a political party if it comes to power. It is sensationalist to suggest that India’s no-first-use...

Perspective – The Politics of Free Speech

The suppression of free speech is an exercise of political power through competitive intolerance.

Perspective – Defence Modernisation

The Ministry of Defence must adopt capital budgeting practices to ensure that India’s defence does not become hostage to fiscal contingencies. The broader issue is of evolving principles of allocation...
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