Publications

How Can India Get Better Data Processing Laws?

India has the sovereign right to use its data for the welfare of its people and the idea of free trade doesn’t necessarily justify the idea of a free flow...

India and Brexit: How New Delhi Can Position Itself to Maximize Benefit

The United Kingdom’s planned exit from the European Union, Brexit, keeps getting messier by the month. It led Theresa May to resign, just like David Cameron before her. It may end...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue No 7: Artificial Intelligence and PLA, Chinese military superiority over US, Type 055 Destroyer, China-Philippines tension, Indo-Pacific Strategy and India

The Big Story: Artificial intelligence and PLA In 2017, China announced its plans to become the world leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) by 2030. As US and China compete to...

How the world is dealing with China’s military modernisation drive

China’s military modernisation is advancing rapidly, requiring stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region to adapt with the changing realities. China’s Defence minister Wei Fenghe made a speech on June 2 at...

The gene of prejudice in gender determination

From impeding track stars like Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand to laws restricting bathroom access and a proposal in the US for genetic determination of sex, the issue of gender...

Opinion | Three changes that can be introduced in the performance review process in R&AW

There is an acute staff shortage in India’s RAW with about 40 per cent of the posts at the level of joint secretaries, directors and deputy secretaries lying vacant. And then, it became worse nearly six...

Delhi must wake up and smell the opportunity

Deepening competition between the US and China over trade and technology is bringing forth a new set of economic and strategic challenges for India. Navigating these successfully requires New Delhi...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue No 6

Big Story: Do you believe in UFOs? Chinese social media was flooded on June 2, Sunday, with messages of people claiming to have spotted a UFO with a long white...

The Compound Eye – 10th Edition Recap!

A fortnightly newsletter keeping an eye on science policy and news from around the world. DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 (Edition 1): The DNA Bill 2018 aimed...

India’s Focus Shift From SAARC to BIMSTEC Is Strategic, but Underused

While India has tactfully used the platform to diplomatically isolate Pakistan, it must also tap into BIMSTEC’s immense potential for development, connectivity and trade in the region. Leaders of the...

Biological Weapons: The Impact of New Technologies

In June 2018, German police arrested a Tunisian man in Cologne for trying to build a biological weapon using the deadly toxin, ricin.1   In October 2018, researchers flagged a US...

Do we really want to weaken digital encryption?

Indian technology policy is entering into a decisive age with the coming of the new government. Regardless of who comes into power, BJP, Congress, or a coalition, their policies need...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue 5

The Big Story: Trade war & Chinese military The escalating trade war has taken a toll on China’s military modernisation, says a recent report in the South China Morning Post. The report is...

Eye on China: Wang’s Pak Visit – Wuhan 2.0 – China’s Rare Earths Warning – The Russian Connection

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover Wang Qishan’s Pakistan visit; Xi and Modi prepare for Wuhan...

Time India Lay’s eyes on Pepsi potato case

A multinational giant using all its might to crush four small farmers for an alleged patent infringement: this is how PepsiCo’s decision to sue a group of Gujarat farmers for...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue 4

The Big Story: Xi’s Jiangxi Tour President Xi Jinping toured east China’s Jiangxi province this week. This was his first domestic tour since the escalation of trade war with the...

Misguided Talks With the Taliban Won’t Bring Peace to Afghanistan

This article first appeared in The Wire Dark, bizarre, surreal: we are short of adjectives to accurately capture the current political situation in Afghanistan. On May 8, even as they...

Eye on China: Trump’s Cards – Xi’s Long March – Sino-Indian Bonhomie – Surveillance in Sri Lanka

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the Sino-US tussle over Huawei; Xi’s letter to Modi; Sri...

The Compound Eye – US is investigating scientists of Chinese descent, a new kilogram and a 5000 year old beer!

A fortnightly newsletter keeping an eye on science policy and news from around the world. The Biological Diversity Act, 2002:  The Biological Diversity Act was enacted to meet India’s international obligations under the...

Demoting India’s engagement with Pakistan from PM level to foreign secretary-level will be a good start

A response to The Print’s TalkPoint question for 20th May: With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties? Pakistan is not one geopolitical entity, but...

Equity sans reservations: Imagining alternate ways for affirmative action

Affirmative action aimed at ending discrimination has a long and complex history in India. A new chapter was added to this story on May 10 when the Supreme Court upheld...

The Takshashila PLA Insight Newsletter: Issue 3

The Big Story: South Asia and PLA A China Daily editorial on May 13th called for joint action by South Asian countries to deal with rising terrorism threats in the...

Can our water, power woes hit data localisation plans?

One of the key challenges the new government will have to face after the Lok Sabha elections, be it a BJP or a Congress-led alliance or a federal front coalition,...

Eye On China: The Geopolitics Of Xi’s Asian Civilisations Dialogue

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover Xi’s Asian Civilisations Dialogue speech; escalation in the Sino-US trade...

Kra and caution: Business Standard

This article appeared in Business Standard Five years ago, Wang Jing, a tycoon with close links to the Chinese government and Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s president announced a $50 billion plan...

Eye on China: Trade War Flux – India’s BRI Tryst – Xi’s Policing Vision – Pompeo Talks Tough

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the unraveling of the Sino-US trade talks, shifts in Indian...

The Compound Eye – Food Special

PPFVR Act, 2001:  The Protection Of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPVFR) Act came into effect in 2001. It has been in recent news as under the aegis of the...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue 2

The Big Story of the week Decoding China’s Military Power  The Department of Defense of the United States submitted an annual report to the Congress on the ‘Military and Security Developments...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue 1

The Big Story: The 70th PLA Naval Anniversary The People’s Republic of China, in the last week, celebrated the 70th founding anniversary of the PLA Navy. The PLA Navy was formed...

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By Pranay Kotasthane and Hemant Chandak EVM का मुद्दा फिर से गरमाया हुआ है | भारत के हर बड़े राजनीतिक दल ने चुनावी नुकसान के लिए ईवीएम को दोषी ठहराया है...
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