Publications

All Things Policy: China’s Blueprint for Data Security

China recently launched the Global Data Security Initiative, laying out eight important principles. One of these principles talks about the need to use judicial processes to provide law enforcement access...

Breathe new life into public health. Far too many Indians rely on Baba Ramdev, Akshay Kumar

Media headlines and public discourse might not reflect it, but one of the most important policy priorities for India now and over the next decade is health. The immediate task,...

All Things Policy: The Trials and Tribulations of ASHAs

Why did India’s auxiliary health workers, the ASHAs, go on strike? Sunila Dixit talks to Anirudh Kanisetti about the challenges ASHAs have faced – the increased burden from the COVID-19...

Design and Construction of Submarines

Some Cutting Edge Features, Technology and Tactics that have their origin in the Cold War and WWII. The following commentary is an effort to connect some dots and put into...

China’s new data security initiative has implications for India

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. Recently, the Chinese government announced the launch of a new Data Security Initiative. Outlining its components, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said...

All Things Policy: Taiwan’s China Threat

Tensions between China and Taiwan are on the rise due to repeated Chinese military drills and activities in the Taiwan Strait. In this episode, Manoj and Suyash talk to Sunila...

India’s local governments must do far better in raising revenues

Driving into Bengaluru’s city centre a couple of weeks ago after several months of working from home, I was pleasantly surprised to see well-demarcated parking spaces, electronic signs and payment...

Eye on China: LAC – Quad Meets – Taiwan – Human Rights, Golden Week – Pew Survey – BRI & Yang in SL

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 An interesting week with new warnings...

Covid hospital, not coastal road

Mumbai is the richest municipality in India with a budget whose size dwarfs many state government budgets. For instance it is 50 per cent larger than the state budget of Goa....

The PLA Insight: The Sino-Indian Stand-off; Nuclear Escalation; China’s India Dilemma; Increased China Taiwan Tensions; Ream Naval Base; US Elections and the PLA

I. The Big Story: The Sino-Indian Border Stand-off The 7th round Corp Commander-level meeting between China and India will most likely be held on October 12 after the two sides agreed to continue...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 22

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com An excerpt from Edition 22 is reproduced below. Of Q-A-Gone, Laughter, Models and Roles Q-A-gone This is one of the few occasions I won’t be...

All Things Policy: How Can States Help Themselves?

The stalemate between the Union and the states with regards to GST compensation continues. Even if it is resolved, it is going to be a temporary fix. States will need...

All Things Policy: Does Facebook Risk Antitrust Action?

Facebook reportedly aims to integrate Messenger and Instagram Direct. While this may have been in the works all along, it’s now stirring murmurs about US antitrust action. Aditya Ramanathan joins...

All Things Policy: Ethics in Clinical Trials

ICMR’s 2017 ethical guidelines need a revision, with more focus on fundamental principles that govern the moral decisions and on ethical dilemmas that arise while conducting clinical trials/biomedical and health...

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...

All Things Policy: How Should We Disagree Online?

Interventions against problematic discourse online can result in amplifying it due a combination of group dynamics and algorithmic reward. For example, retweeting something controversial to debunk it might end up...

Takshashila Working Paper — Constraining the Pakistani Military-Jihadi Complex In a Post-COVID World

by Pranay Kotasthane This is a draft of a paper published in Scholar Warrior (ISSN: 2319-7331, Autumn 2020), a Centre for Land and Warfare Studies Publication. Download the paper This...

Health or money? Why can’t Indians have both?

Since the pandemic started, there have been news about Indians having to pay bills for COVID-19 treatment anywhere in the range from 1 lakh to 20 lakhs. One can only...

All Things Policy: Choppy Waters in the South China Sea

As China asserts itself once again in the South China Sea, the United States outlines a new position, and regional actors react cautiously, Suyash Desai discusses the latest development and...

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...

Space Matters #1

The Great Game for Space: China loses access to strategically important Satellite Tracking Stations in Sweden and Australia, diminishing their capability for remote sensing in the Pacific and North Sea....

Takshashila Discussion Document – Ethical Guidelines for Clinical Trials and Research in India

Download the Discussion Document in PDF This discussion document proposes a modified set of 8 ethical principles and a guidance questionnaire that researchers and ethics committees can refer to, to...

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...

All Things Policy: How China’s Belt and Road Initiative is Adapting to COVID

Even as the world is buffeted by a global pandemic and massive economic slowdowns, China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is quietly adapting to the new realities. In a...

All Things Policy: Celebrities and Vaccines, From the 19th Century to the Present

Can celebrities help build trust in a new vaccine? Shambhavi Naik and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Aditya Ramanathan about the historical role celebrities have played in facilitating vaccinations in India...

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...
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