Publications

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...

How Covid-19 Changes the Geopolitics of Semiconductor Supply Chains

On May 15, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) — a semiconductor manufacturing behemoth which makes Apple’s A-series chips — announced its plans to build a $12 billion plant in the state of...

When should Indian schools physically reopen? The best answer is: not yet

The winding down of the national lockdown in India and the devolution of coronavirus pandemic management to the states will change daily life as we have known it for the past few months....

Anticipating the Unintended #38: ‘No Train Lost Its Way’

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...

REIMAGINING THE MOUNTAIN STRIKE CORPS

The Ladakh crisis has triggered calls for resurrection of the Mountain Strike Corps (MSC), whose raising had been put on hold in 2018, due to lack of finances. Freezing the...

Will India experience the fallout of Trump vs Twitter?

This is an extract from the full article which appeared in Deccan Herald. …. But before resorting to isomorphic mimicry, it is important to understand what the executive order proposes....

Tech This Week | #BanTikTok Solves Nothing

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Earlier this month, there was a huge push on Twitter to #BanTikTok. While Twitter is always enraged about most things, there are...

Eye on China: LAC Tensions – HK NatSec Law – Two Sessions End – 5G for D10 – Sino-US Frictions – Meng Wanzhou & Huawei

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. HK NatSec Law This has perhaps been the...

Anticipating the Unintended #37: Kerala vs Gujarat Models: History Matters

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 PLA Insight: Issue no 55: India-China Border Standoff; China’s Defence Budget; NPC & PLA; Hong Kong & PLA; Memory: A Chinese Soldier from 1962 War; PLA Daily Attacks the US

I. The Big Story: India-China Border Standoff Tensions along the disputed Sino-Indian border remain high. Last week’s newsletter covered a detailed timeline of the events at the border and speculated a few possible reasons...

Not vultures but watchdogs

The Supreme Court of India finally took up the issue of the plight of migrant workers and their families. It took up this issue suo moto. Meaning it was not...

The Compound Eye – The National and Public Health Bills, Dubious funding in Science and HCQ

National Health Bill 2009; Public Health Bill, 2017 In the current pandemic climate, we often hear of the archaic Epidemics Act of 1897 as a vehicle for the policy response....

China has definitely crossed India’s Lakshman rekha but it won’t lead to 1962 again

Is this going to be another 1962?’ asked my neighbour, an 80-year-old naval veteran. ‘Not at all,’ was my instinctive reply, not because I had any special insight into the ongoing military situation in...

On Trump’s Offer to Mediate Between India and China

The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to the US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and China over the “raging border dispute”: Does Trump help or harm India’s...

India Can’t Be Self-Reliant & Prosperous With Price Caps, Quotas

A lot of people around the world will retweet you if you blame the coronavirus pandemic on ‘neoliberal capitalism’. In an excellent article in Boston Review, Alyssa Battistoni outlines the...

Flashpoints on the Periphery: Understanding China’s Neighborhood Opportunism

How is China taking advantage of the pandemic to pursue its foreign policy goals? Tensions in China’s periphery have increased dramatically over the past few months as Beijing stepped up...

How India can end Chinese transgressions: Take conflict to a place Beijing is worried about

How should India respond to another surge in Chinese transgressions at several places along our Himalayan frontiers? Over the past 15 years or so, strategic analysts have recommended two diametrically opposite approaches....

MisDisMal-Information #5 – This Week In Information Disorder Letter

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com Of Bots, Moral Panics, Plandemics, Content Moderation and more What is this?This newsletter aims to track information disorder largely from an Indian perspective. It will...
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