Publications

India’s Covid data like counting potholes under streetlights. There are far more in the dark

There are two ways to deal with the uncertainties arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The first is to take them as they come, and as I wrote in an earlier...

Tech This Week | Facebook services integration comes with trade-offs

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. In case you are interested in technology policy, you might have heard rumours about Facebook trying to merge its...

Anticipating the Unintended #74: (Internet+Politics) & India’s Transition To An Industrial Society

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...

Police reforms still a distant dream

The Rashomon effect is named after a 1950 movie made by Akira Kurosawa. In the movie, a murder is described by four witnesses in contradictory ways. Their description reflects their...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 21

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com An excerpt from Edition 21 is reproduced below. Of Humour, Framing, Tin-foil pyramids and Bot-ching Democracy Conspiracies, Rumour and Humour Just a joke, or not...

Watch on Japan #2 | Suga becomes New PM of Japan & way forward with ‘Suganomics’

Suga becomes New PM of Japan & way forward with ‘Suganomics’ By Divya Suresh HIGHLIGHTS: 15th, Sep -30th, Sep. · Yoshihide Suga becomes the PM of Japan, winning a landslide...

WHO’s COVAX Vaccine Access Initiative Won’t Succeed Without India’s Help

by Ruturaj Gowaikar and Shambhavi Naik Despite multiple lockdowns, forms of treatment and therapies, and intermittently aggressive contact-tracing, countries around the world have failed to arrest the spread of the...

Tech This Week | The need for anti-trust reform

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. Earlier this month, the Competition Commission of India dismissed an anti-trust case against Amazon. Here is some context. The...

Needed: Price Assurance

One silver lining to the 24 per cent fall in quarterly GDP between April and June was that growth in the agriculture sector was positive at 3.4 per cent. This...

Modi govt mustn’t hesitate to make Covid vaccine free for Indians. It only costs Rs 80,000 cr

Adar Poonawalla’s recent tweet prompted some discussion on India’s vaccination strategy. The CEO of the Serum Institute of India, one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers, asked if “the government of India will have 80,000 crore...

Anticipating the Unintended #72: Should Courts Make Social Policies?

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...

Heed Napoleon’s words as China fancies its odds of taking Taiwan

The ongoing confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops along the Himalayan frontiers is serious, but pales in comparison with the situation across the Taiwan Strait. Over the weekend of 18-19...

Eye on China: LAC Talks – Xinjiang & Tibet – Xi at UN – Nepal Border – Tech Plan – Uneven Recovery

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. Xi’s UN Speeches There were two speeches related...

Don’t ask the SC for loan waiver

If you have borrowed money as a home or business loan, you are bound by contract to repay that loan. Repayment is over a period of time, so you also pay...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 20

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com An excerpt from Edition 20 is reproduced below. Of Farmers, CBI, Love and other drugs Farmers and CBI Unfolding Note: This section contains a lot...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 71: The Sino-Indian Border Meeting; Taiwan and the PLA; Chinese Nuclear Missile Guidance Systems; 6th Military Intelligent Technology and Equipment Expo

I. The Big Story: The Sino-Indian Border Meeting The top military and diplomatic officers met on Monday this week, almost two weeks after the two foreign ministers reached an agreement in Moscow to...

Why we need to rethink how we disagree online

This article originally appeared in the Deccan Herald. An excerpt is reproduced here. Intentions as well as consequences are important in the information ecosystem. In July, an anonymous Twitter handle...

GST compensation delay put onus on states to mobilise funds from their own sources better. Here’s what they can do

At the end of a recently held Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting, the finance minister signalled the Union government’s inability to pay compensation to the states, describing the revenue...

Anticipating the Unintended #70: Concentrated Costs, Diffused Benefits

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: Nine Dash Line: Deciphering the South China Sea Conundrum

Pooja Bhatt’s latest book Nine Dash Line: Deciphering the South China Sea Conundrum was reviewed by Manoj Kewalramani for the The Book Review Literary Trust. The review can be accessed here.

Eye on China: A Long Winter – Pvt Sector UFD – Wobbly Recovery – Taiwan – EU Summit – Maldives Debt

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 It’s increasingly clear that the India-China...

Tech-tonic | Does Lakshman have a right to know?

This article was first published in Deccan Herald. Views are personal. Earlier this week, I decided to scratch an itch that had been bothering me for a while. I took...

Tech This Week | With ARM in kitty, Nvidia most impressive firm you never heard of

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. Listening to Pivot podcast earlier this week, I came across this quote from Professor Scott Galloway, “Nvidia is the...

The PLA Insight: The Sino-Indian Border Dispute; Congressional Hearings; The South China Sea; China-Taiwan Relations; Aircraft Carriers; UNPKOs

I. The Big Story: The Sino-Indian Border Dispute Multiple things have happened along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between China and India since the newsletter was last published two weeks...

Why farmers are upset about reforms

Three months ago when Parliament was not in session, the Government of India issued three ordinances. Normally ordinances are issued only as an emergency law, and they have to be...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 19

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com An excerpt from Edition 19 is reproduced below. The State of Information Disorder Responses Ok, let’s dive in. I’ve been spending some time trying to...

China is an enemy of freedom of thought. It wants the same from other powerful nations

There is now an abundance of analysis and commentary around the world on how countries should respond to challenges posed by China. East Asian countries are concerned about China’s aggressive...

Burden of Bad Loans

The economy shrank by nearly one-fourth during the first three months of this fiscal year. Much of this was due to the harsh lockdown initiated in March. Roughly three-fourths of...

Eye on China: The 5-Point Plan – New Pak Amb – Covid Victory Lap – Xi on Technology – UN Position Paper – Aussie Journalists’ Saga – Data Security

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. Firing & Five-point Plan It’s been a week...

Anticipating the Unintended #68: A ‘Sin’ Called Consumption

India Policy Watch #1: Consumption And The Fable Of Bees Insights on burning policy issues in India — RSJ ‘The pandemic has shown us what is truly important in our lives.’...
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