Publications

Tech This Week | Advertising a tax on the poor, pandemic going to exacerbate it

Supply of endless addictive content is a feature and a bug of the attention economy. However, much like its traditional counterpart, the attention economy is harsher on the poor than...

Anticipating the Unintended #36: Price Ceilings Have the Floor

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...

Lockdown Is Choking The Economy

When the national lockdown was imposed, with four hours notice, the country had less than 200 positive cases and a two percent fatality rate. The world marvelled at India’s determination...

Will We Really Find Out Where the Novel Coronavirus Came From?

This article first appeared in Science The Wire. The origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains mired in controversy. The virus was initially thought to have originated in a wet market...

Eye on China: Border Tensions – FPI Review – WHA Meeting – Li’s SOTU – HK NatSec Law – US Strategy

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 Border Tensions: Tensions along the disputed Sino-Indian...

The PLA Insight: Issue 54: De-cluttering the recent Sino-Indian Border Scuffles: What happened & Why; Nuclear Warheads; Ambiguous Missile Strategy

I. The Big Story: De-cluttering the recent Sino-Indian Border Scuffles Multiple events have happened over the last three weeks along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), leading to the current tensions...

Anticipating the Unintended #35: Market: How much – How Little – is Within its Power

This newsletter is really a 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 will...

Cities, both paradise and hell for migrants

Till the end of March, the world was marvelling at the success of Singapore for having controlled the spread of the pandemic. Its lockdown was not as severe as India,...

Direct cash transfer best way to help poor in Covid crisis. If Modi govt can’t do it, let us

During as deep and as unprecedented a crisis as the coronavirus pandemic, the best way to help the largest number of people is to put money in their pockets. In...

MisDisMal-Information #4 – This Week In Information Disorder Letter

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com Of Turfwars, Memes and Book(ing) Cases, The Trenches and lots of Bee-tee-dubs What is this? This newsletter aims to track information disorder largely from an...

Book Review: Pax Sinica: Implications for the Indian Dawn

Samir Saran and Akhil Deo’s latest book Pax Sinica: Implications for the Indian Dawn was reviewed by Manoj Kewalramani for the The Book Review Literary Trust. The review can be accessed...

Anticipating the Unintended #34: East is East, and West is West

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...

Book Review: China’s New Red Guards: The Return of Radicalism and the Rebirth of Mao Zedong

Jude Blanchette’s latest book China’s New Red Guards: The Return of Radicalism and the Rebirth of Mao Zedong was reviewed by Manoj Kewalramani for the China Report journal. The review...

Why India needs to be the centre for content moderation reform

You could put a price tag on what it costs to keep platforms clean of harmful content. $52 million is a good starting point (and an underestimation). But the learnings...

Eye on China: Border Scuffles – Taiwan & WHO – SCO & Quad – Rajapaksa’s Praise – Trump’s Threat

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. Boundary Scuffles It’s a bit of a cliche...

The Compound Eye – The EIA, ICMR and A (non) Free Rider

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020 In March The Ministry of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE proposed a notification to replace the 2006 EIA notification. The notification deals with assessing environmental...

India’s Bargaining Power with China and US will Grow in Post Covid World

Covid-19 is likely to accelerate the competition and confrontation between the US and China, and simultaneously reduce the global authority of both by eroding their absolute power and legitimacy. The...

BRI in the post-Covid world

Earlier this month, a piece by Bee Chun Boo, Martin David and Ben Simpfendorfer discussed the challenges that the post-Covid world is likely to bring for China’s Belt and Road...

Don’t let your dislike of Yogi Adityanath get in the way. Labour reform is a good idea

Unless you belong to the ideological Left — and even if you do — it is impossible to argue that India’s complex web of labour regulations serve the public interest....

Tech This Week | Will Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ make the internet a safer place?

An intended and anticipated consequence of this board is that it will instil more transparency into the process of what stays up and why. By reporting on what the board...

Crowds at booze stores reveal an addled approach to policy

The long queues outside liquor stores last week attracted a lot of attention, commentary and government reaction. Many people were dismayed that among the first things their compatriots did after...

Why govt must address the question of access inequity before making mobile apps mandatory during COVID-19

…. The Issues Several concerns have been raised about the implications on multiple fronts. Privacy, and the risk of its evolution into a vehicle for mass surveillance. Security, and the...

MisDisMal-Information #3 – This Week In Information Disorder Letter

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...

The PLA Insight: The South China Sea; US to Rearm Against the PLA RF; PLA MC; Submarine Tunnels; INDSR Publication; Taiwan’s Missile

I. The Big Story: More on the South China Sea The Liaoning aircraft carrier strike group, after month-long military exercises near Taiwan and in the South China Sea, has finally returned to Qingdao...

Eye on China: Diplomatic Push – Nepal Interference – Normalcy Returning – EU Edited – Origins Fight

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. In China China was holidaying for much of...

Like an MEA to help NRIs in crisis, India needs a system for its internal migrants too

India’s treatment of its migrant population has been a disgrace. We must redeem ourselves by admitting our failures and devising policy approaches that are sensitive, humane and respectful of individual...

Anticipating the Unintended #30: The Name’s Bond…Corporate Bond

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...

Jio-Facebook’s e-commerce monopoly is not a foregone conclusion

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle, views are personal. Earlier last month when Facebook made a $5.7 billion, (₹43,574 crore) investment to buy 9.99% share in Jio Platforms...

Re: The PLA Insight: Special Issue + Regular Newsletter no 52: Impact of COVID-19 on the Chinese Armed Forces; Expeditionary Operations; AI and the PLA

I. The Takshashila Assessment: Impact of COVID-19 on the Chinese Armed Forces The People’s Liberation Army played a prominent role in the Chinese leadership’s effort to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak....

The Compound Eye – COVID-19: Vaccines

Vaccines for COVID-19 The last week of April marks “World Immunisation Week”. Over the past many weeks, unprecedented efforts have been made to create a vaccine for COVID19. At the...
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