Publications

All Things Policy: The Promise of BIMSTEC

With BIMSTEC leaders attending the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, General Prakash Menon and Suyash Desai join Shambhavi Naik to talk about how the organisation could help rewire the...

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 3

In this week’s episode, Anupam Manur, Yazad Jal and Gayatri Ganpule discuss the booming job market in rich countries, disruption of the interlinkages in the tech industry and welfare-motivated sin...

Every White House needs a Sarah Sanders, even India’s

The mouthpiece for a country’s premier statesman is occasionally bound to be dumbfounded by the public’s queries. But that can’t be a reason not to have one in a modern...

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...

All Things Policy: The Case For Defence Reforms

What should be on the agenda for the new government as it sets about reforming defence? General Prakash Menon and Nitin Pai join Yazad Jal to discuss. Subscribe and listen...

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...

All Things Policy: Will RuNet Ruin The Net?

Will Russia’s new internet regulations end the global internet as we know it? Does China have its own internet? Should states rule over the internet? Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth...

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...

All Things Policy: Quotas – Are They Hurting The Prospects of Social Equity?

Nidhi Gupta, Pranay Kotasthane and Ananya Iyer join Shambhavi Naik to discuss the recent news coverage surrounding the cut-off and quota measures in Karnataka Pre-University colleges. Can quotas be replaced...

All Things Policy: Butcher and Bolt

Surgical strikes are back in the news. But what are these surgical strikes really? Do they help reduce terrorism? Are they being exploited for political purposes? General Prakash Menon discusses...

All Things Policy: Huawei To Hell

Is the US-China trade war entering its final phases? Huawei will not be able to purchase components from American suppliers – and will be excluded from future versions of Google’s...

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...

All Things Policy: Examining The Economist 2

Yazad Jal and Manoj Kewalramani join Nitin Pai discuss the nuances of the articles in the latest edition of The Economist (May 18th). Tune in for insights on the US-China...

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,...

All Things Policy: Politicising The Military

Has politicisation affected the Indian military? Should our senior officers have a “cooling off” period before they’re allowed to join a political party? Gen. Prakash Menon joins Pranay Kotasthane and...

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...

All Things Policy: Teaching Soldiers

How have India and China tried to educate their military personnel? Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan join Yazad Jal to talk about two different studies on the subject. Check out...

Skywalks From Hell

Guest post by Ananya Iyer Quickly having transformed from a sleepy town idealized for retirement to a fast-paced megalopolis, Bangalore faces the issues of a city that grew up too...

All Things Policy: Examining The Economist

Yazad Jal and Anupam Manur join Nitin Pai to dive into the latest edition of The Economist and discuss the nuances of the articles that they found the most intriguing....

All Things Policy: Cab Apps and Congestion

With Uber and Ola having gamechanging effects on urban mobility, how can urban planning authorities account for the sharp hike in road congestion with a view to make transport as...

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...

All Things Policy: Need Jobs? Build Cities.

Can relocating state capitals create jobs and give the economy a boost? Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane join Yazad Jal to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes...

How urban infrastructure affects women’s safety

When I first saw the invitation for Uber’s discussion on women’s safety, I was prepared for an event dealing with the incorporation of the gender aspect in Uber rides. However,...

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...

All Things Policy: Mainstreaming Counterculture

How does Che Guevara’s face end up on mass-manufactured t-shirts? How did superheroes go from comic books to blockbuster film franchises? How do counterculture movements end up as part of...
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