Publications

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Eye on China: Sun’s Message – Space Competition – Defense Paper – Reforms & Defaults – Innovation Gain

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the new defense white paper; new Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong’s...

What does China’s new defence strategy mean?

China on Wednesday published its first defence white paper in four years, outlining the strategic military guideline for what it terms as a new era. The document offers an insight...

Does the arrival of AI mean the end of data privacy?

In recent years, there has been a great buzz around the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what that might mean for the Indian economy. On the government’s side, Niti...

Why India needs to leverage and not localise data

If one were to chart the arc of geopolitical competition over the past 100 years, one can identify four primary sources of contention – land, people, natural resources, and now,...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Special Issue: China’s Defence White Paper

The Big Story: China’s Defence White Paper China released its first defence white paper since 2015 on Wednesday. The State Council Information Office conducted a press conference to release the...

GMO: let’s take a balanced view

At least 12 farmers have been booked in Maharashtra for planting banned genetically modified (GM) cotton and brinjal seeds.Undeterred by this, farmers have been protesting the blockade of new technologies...

Approaches to Indo-Pacific: India and US

The US Department of Defense (DOD) released its first ever Indo-Pacific Strategy Report (IPSR) in the first week of June. The report outlines Washington’s approach in dealing with various stakeholders...

Reading into India’s draft e-commerce policy

Bottom line is that it would now be misleading to say that the Indian government does not have a vision in tech policy. It is one step forward from our...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 12: China, US and Taiwan; PLAN’s Amphibious Assault Fleet, PLA’s Humanitarian Assistance, Securitising Xinjiang, Russia Holds Key to China’s Nuclear Carrier

The Big Story: China, US and Taiwan China conducted military drills along its southeast coast on Sunday. This was after the US State Department approved the sale of arms worth...

India must make Intelligence Bureau responsible for countering terrorism, not RAW

India’s counter-terrorism efforts have improved significantly since 2008, but the dynamic nature of the threat requires streamlining of intelligence and law enforcement operations. As the lead internal intelligence agency, the IB...

Need to Protect Soldiers from False FIRs

At the heart of the matter is the urgent necessity of protecting the soldiers from harassment to which they are subjected from the prolonged investigative procedures that ensue. The investigative...

High Tech Geopolitics: How Can India Combine Data and Regional Power?

The stakes concerning jurisdiction over data have never been higher. There is a global discourse today on the future of data that was recently brought into the news cycle by the...

Budgetary allocations reveal real priorities of NDA 3

The Union budget speech invites a lot of attention in India. However, it is far more useful to look at the budget statements that get released on the day the...

Need to Update Competition Law

There are other major deficiencies in the competition law when it comes to understanding internet companies, Manur said. “Without establishing that a company is dominant, the CCI cannot take any...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 11: Arms Sale to Taiwan, China’s Military Modernisation, Tiananmen Papers, PLA and Hong Kong Garrison, Home-grown Aircraft Carrier-Type 001A Delayed

The US State Department has proposed potential arms sale worth US$ 2.2 billion to Taiwan. The first package of arms would include 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks, M2 Chrysler Mount machine guns, M240 machine guns,...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue No 10: China’s Missile Test, Cambodia: China’s New Military Outpost, PLA Transfers, AI and PLA, Z-20 Helicopters

The Big Story: China’s Missile Test in South China Sea The NBC reports that China has fired at least one anti-ship ballistic missile this week in the South China Sea....
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