Publications

Eye on China: LAC Inflection Point – Africa Summit – Covid hits BRI – HK Law Details – Xinjiang Act

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. An Inflection Point So much has happened through...

Separating economic and border issues

As we exit the lockdown and resume economic activity, we will have to observe certain protocols. Like social distancing. Or using hand sanitisers in office, public places or even at...

It’s all about the Sino-Indian Dispute: The Incident, Face-off, Diplomacy, Politics, CMC-Theatre Command- Military Districts and more

The Big Story: The Sino-Indian Border: The Incident, Face-off, Diplomacy, Politics and more Too many things have happened this week on the Sino-Indian border. For simplification, I will follow a question-answer...

Anticipating the Unintended #43 The China Question + Dispelling The Many Myths Of Our Readers Part #2

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...

The Laskhar-e-Taiba in Afghanistan

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has become more visible after a hiatus – this time in Afghanistan both in support of the Taliban and in a takeover of the Islamic State of...

Indian unpredictability could make China rethink its game

The South China Sea is thousands of miles away from the Indian heartland. Very few people in our country pay attention to developments in that part of the world, and...

Time for Modi to take political stand on China. Military talks won’t deter the bully

n an earlier article on how China has crossed the Lakshman Rekha, I had noted that ‘diplomatic virtuosity is insufficient to resolve the issue unless it is accompanied by political sagacity and boldness’. Two weeks...

Price controls are a terrible idea to tackle private-public healthcare gap in India

Even before the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, sticker shock with respect to private hospital charges was commonplace in India. The perception and fear of being overcharged by private hospitals,...

Anticipating the Unintended #42: Baithe Baithe Kya Karein?

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: Boundary Issues – HK Protest – Covid In Beijing – EU Dialogue – CCP A Political Zombie

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 there are a...

Tech This Week | Now is the time for misinformation reform

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. One of the most evident changes brought about by the pandemic has been the accelerated shifting our interactions online....

The PLA Insight: Partial Disengagement on the Sino-Indian Border; Tensions Around the Taiwan Strait; South China Sea; PLA Officer’s Arrest; Border Power Grid, and more

I. The Big Story: Partial Disengagement on the Sino-Indian Border The past week has been hectic for both China and India as the two sides held talks between the senior military commanders for easing...

Let us not dilute law on cheque bouncing

The Indian court system is notoriously clogged. There are more than three crore cases pending at various levels and stages. Justice delayed is justice denied. What do we do? Experts...

COVID-19 AND INTER-SERVICE COOPERATION

The COVID-19’s relentless journey has already covered 213 countries and territories. In Indian official circles, there is growing acceptance of the reality, that we will have to learn to live...

MisDisMal-Information #7 – 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 Compound Eye – Belling the Cat, Asymptomatic Transmission and Continuing HCQ debate

Who Will Bell the Cat?  The World Health Assembly recently adopted a resolution to probe the zoonotic origins of Sars-CoV-2. China, which was earlier reluctant, eventually agreed to the WHO-led probe. A...

India is being forced to unlock during pandemic. But it’s no green zone yet

Unlike many other countries, India is gradually lifting the lockdown before the coronavirus curve has flattened. Covid-19 positive cases are now doubling every 17 days, a little slower than a week ago. With...

Removing Chinese apps from your phone is the opposite of self-reliance

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. The most important takeaway from Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman’s insights from ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ is that the human brain has two...

Some out-of-the-box ideas for a fiscal stimulus

The pandemic and lockdown have deeply hurt the economy. This year the world’s economy will shrink by 3 percent, something that we have not witnessed in our lifetimes. India too...

Anticipating the Unintended #40: From China But Not to Chandni Chowk

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...

The role that compassion could play in India’s economic revival

To rebuild the economy, we must focus on rebuilding social capital. To rebuild social capital, we need greater compassion across society. So many of the humanitarian tragedies that unfolded over...

Eye on China: LAC Talks – Propaganda Offensive – Covid White Paper – Merkel’s Balance – HK & Economy

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 Let’s Talk: Two sets of talks this...

India-China Stand-off; New WTC Army Commander-Details; SCS; Military Recruitment; China in IOR; PLA & COVID-19; Unmanned Helicopters and more

I. The Big Story: India-China Standoff There is a little more clarity now on what’s happening at the Sino-Indian border. From what we know, Pangong Tso, Galwan valley region and Hot Springs...

What are China’s weak points?

What is common to PayTM, Ola, BigBasket, Swiggy and OYO? Yes, they are all made in India startup success stories. Some of them have achieved global success too. Did you...

Anticipating the Unintended #39: Dispelling The Many Myths of Our (Mythical) Readers Part #1

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...

Xi’s Strategic Folly: Why a New National Security Law Highlights China’s Insecurities

This article was first published in The Diplomat. Xi Jinping’s move reflects Beijing’s insecurities over Hong Kong Last week was among the most critical in Hong Kong’s history since the...

MisDisMal-Information #6 – This Week In Information Disorder Letter

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com Of George Floyd Protests, Saving Men from Extinction, Banning PaatalLok and the Twitter Trump Tussle. What is this?This newsletter aims to track information disorder largely...

Human Capital for the Department of Military Affairs

The creation of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) in the Ministry of Defence portends better civil-military cooperation. That India’s civil-military cooperation was in need of structural reform was never...

Joint/Theatre Commands

The dawn of 2020 heralded, three simultaneous, path breaking and long- awaited steps in India’s defence reforms – the institution of the posts of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)...

Role of Political Guidance for Self-Reliance in Defence

During his address to the nation on May 12, the Prime Minister called for a ‘Self-Reliant India’ as the pathway to be adopted as India confronts the COVID-19 pandemic. For...
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