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When will the coronavirus pandemic come to an ‘end’? February 2021

When will the coronavirus pandemic come to an end? The question is on everyone’s mind, and while astrologers and politicians have answers, few scientists want to be drawn into hazarding...

Eye on China: Disengagement Stalled – J&K & CPEC – Maldives Loan – US Outreach – Digital Currency – New IC Policy – Trade Recovers – Stimulus Data

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties Another week and the standoff at...

Tech This Week | India needs to be more mindful in regulating non-personal data

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. In September 2019, the Indian Government formed a committee chaired by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan to look at the...

Building temples of modern India

The Bhakra Dam in Himachal Pradesh, on the River Sutlej, is one of the largest gravity dams in the world. The reservoir it creates, spread over 168 square kilometres, is...

The Sino-Indian Border: Roadblock; SCS; Ballistic Missiles; Launch-on-warning Nuclear Posture; SEU: PLASSF; COVID from the PLA Labs; Taiwan Tensions

I. Sino-Indian Border Dispute: Military Talks Hit Roadblock The fifth round of Corp Commander-level talks between India and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which began this Sunday, ended in...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 13

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com. The following is an excerpt from Edition 13. Go here for the complete edition Of Muddied Water, Explosions, The Big QAn(o)on(A) and New Twiplomacy...

Congratulations on your new parent!

Bhavitha B is a student at Takshashila’s GCPP (Tech and Policy) Programme. Views are personal. Toddlers, however dependent they seem, most often do not surrender to terms of their parents,...

Why Amazon, Apple, FB and Google are in the dock. It’s not just about economy

There was quite a bit of symbolism when the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google appeared before the anti-trust committee of the House of Representatives of the US Congress last week. Here were...

NEP 2020: A Lot to Look Forward to in the Indian Education Sector

After several consultations on the draft National Education Policy 2019 with stakeholders in the education sector, the Government of India announced the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 on Wednesday, 29...

Anticipating the Unintended #56: The Emotional Atyaachaar of Aatmanirbharta

This newsletter is really a weekly 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...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 12

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com What is this?This newsletter aims to track information disorder largely from an Indian perspective. It will also look at some global campaigns and research What...

Tech This Week | What we learned from the US antitrust inquiry

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. This week gave us one of the most significant developments in antitrust that we have had in a long...

A national vaccination campaign ought to be run like an election

Sometime over the next 12 months, a vaccine against COVID-19 is likely to be available. The task of administering it to few hundred million people—perhaps even over a billion—so that...

Eye on China: LAC Talks – Wang Yi’s Quad – CPEC Terror – ‘Dual Circulation’ – PLA Anniversary – XPCC Sanctions – Cold War – HK Divide – AIIB Speech

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties As I write, Indian and Chinese...

The People’s Liberation Army is strong. But it has four weaknesses

It hasn’t fought since 1979; it has been corrupt; it lacks skilled personnel; and it has financial issues The People’s Republic of China (PRC) will be celebrating the 93rd founding...

The PLA @ 93; Sino-Indian Tension: No Further Disengagement; SCS: Regional States Balancing, but not Australia; PLA’s Overseas Operations, more

I. The Big Story: The PLA @ 93 The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is turning 93 years old today (August 1, 2020). But the celebrations, unlike the past, are without much...

That magic potion called education

Take one swig of this magic potion called education, and you will become invincible, like the Gauls of the Asterix comics. It is the secret to a better quality of...

Are we seeing the beginnings of an ‘Indian internet’?

Almost a month ago, the Ministry of Information Technology took the unprecedented step of banning 59 apps/services on the purported grounds that these services were prejudicial to the sovereignty and...

iPhone 11 is now ‘Made in India’, but Modi govt must see it doesn’t get too taxing for Apple

If you purchased an iPhone 11 recently, chances are that you have in your hands a smartphone assembled in India. After over a year of speculation on whether or not...

Anticipating the Unintended #54: Missing the Ocean for the Water Purifier

This newsletter is really a weekly 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...

What is driving China’s aggression?

There has been growing debate in recent times in India and other countries about China’s aggression. What’s driving Beijing to engage in contests on multiple fronts, be it Hong Kong,...

Eye on China: Disengagement Progressing – Bhutan Dispute – Patriotic Entrepreneurs – Xi’s UAVs – US Espionage – Ren Sacked – Houston-Chengdu

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties Indian and Chinese military commanders are...

Tech This Week | Apple’s Anti-trust Hearing May Be an Exercise in Cross Talking

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. In an event that is set to send sparks flying throughout the global tech ecosystem, the CEOs of Apple,...

The PLA Insight: The Sino-Indian Border: No Further Disengagement; it’s a Long-haul; South China Sea; Visa Fraud; Amphibious Vessels; Low-Intensity Conflict: Taiwan

I. The Big Story: The Sino-Indian Border Dispute: No Further Disengagement; it’s a Long-haul Multiple reports have now indicated that there has been no further disengagement between China and India since...

The environment and economy can be friends

Are economic development and environment preservation antithetical to one another? The clear answer is no. It is possible to have clean air and water, less pollution and still be a...

Avoid that sink(ing) feeling before you do the dishes. Dishwasher is the new washing machine

After booming sales over the past couple of months, dishwashers are in short supply in many Indian cities. The waiting period for some of the reputed brands is as long as two months....

Anticipating the Unintended #52: Trade Surplus, Truth Deficit

This newsletter is really a weekly 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...

Eye on China: Slow Disengagement – Wobbly Revival – South China Sea – HK Act – CPEC Boost – SMIC IPO – Floods in China – Huawei’s Woes – CCP Sanctions

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. The Slow Disengagement Ground Situation: Another week and another...

India should deploy naval power to acquire leverage over China

My argument in these pages over the past month has been that India cannot deter Chinese expansionism in the Himalayas unless we show credible capacity to hurt China’s interests elsewhere...

Tech This Week | The Personal Data Protection Bill in the context of the Twitter hack

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. In case you have not been following the news, earlier this week, Twitter was the subject of a very...
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