Publications

India should deploy naval power to acquire leverage over China

My argument in these pages over the past month has been that India cannot deter Chinese expansionism in the Himalayas unless we show credible capacity to hurt China’s interests elsewhere...

Tech This Week | The Personal Data Protection Bill in the context of the Twitter hack

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. In case you have not been following the news, earlier this week, Twitter was the subject of a very...

The US’s “Change of Policy” in the South China Sea; The Sino-Indian Border; Japan’s Military Revival; Taiwan’s Han Kuang 韩匡; NDU’s Def Forum, more

I. The Big Stories 1) The US’s “New Approach” to the South China Sea? The United States’ Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, in his latest speech, unveiled the country’s “new...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 10

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...

India’s struggle to impose a ‘Google Tax’

India introduced a tax on e-commerce companies in the February Union Budget. What’s unusual about it? Don’t all companies have to pay a tax on their profits? Yes, but this...

Understanding Implications of Hong Kong’s Tech Ecosystem Changes for India

This article was first published in Deccan Herald. Views are personal. While the pandemic rages on, the Chinese leadership in Beijing has tightened its control over Hong Kong. Earlier in...

Blurring the Heimdall’s Vision: Imposing Shutter Control on Remote Sensing Satellite

Rahul Verma is a former student of the GCPP (Tech and Policy) Programme. Views are personal. The full article can be accessed at The Tilak Chronicle. “International Surveillance Agency for...

All Things Policy: A COVID-19 Vaccine Made in India?

The ICMR recently stoked controversy by asking hospitals to participate in clinical trials for developing a COVID-19 vaccine by August 15. Is this a realistic deadline? What does it tell...

All Things Policy: How China Sees India

How do China’s public policy thinkers and strategic community view India’s rise? How did social media in China react to the Galwan clash? Delhi Policy Group’s Antara Ghosal Singh joins...

Takshashila Discussion Document: The Doklam Imbroglio (July 2020 Update)

Executive Summary In 2017, the Doklam plateau became a flashpoint for the Asian powers, India and China. China’s tactics in Doklam are clear examples of its general “salami-slicing” strategy, a...

Anticipating the Unintended #51: Unka Ek Sawaal, Hamare Do-Do Jawaab

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...

All Things Policy: Should Companies Boycott Social Media?

Social media platforms, especially Facebook, have been facing an ad boycott from companies such as Unilever and Starbucks that are demanding they address concerns misinformation and hate speech online. Prateek...

Radio, Buddies & More: Alternatives For Students Without Internet

With the COVID-19 pandemic’s requirement for social distancing, it will be difficult to physically reopen schools. When schools in Israel reopened, clusters of COVID-19 cases were reported from them and...

All Things Policy: A Mountain Strike Corps to Deter China?

As India considers its options to deter China along the LAC, some are pushing for a revival of the Mountain Strike Corps idea. But what is a Mountain Strike Corps?...

Capacity is not what’s hindering India’s testing rate, government price caps are

India cannot control the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic unless the governmental authorities stay in mission mode and get better at the ‘test, trace and isolate’ strategy, as I wrote in my column a couple...

All Things Policy: State of India’s Judiciary

How has India’s judiciary functioned in India’s changing social conditions and political milieu? Are there differences in the way the Supreme Court, high courts, and district courts respond to these...

Anticipating the Unintended #50: Sunday Double Bill: Ab Tak Chappal & Close Encounters of The Third Kind

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: LAC Disengagement – Rectification & Political Security – HK Banks, Raid & Tech – Xinjiang Sanctions – Tibet’s Sinicization – Pak Drones

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 Much has happened through the week...

Tech This Week | Data is not national wealth, must not be regulated in same manner

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. Over the last few years in tech policy, one thing has been clear. There is a strong tendency within...

The Sino-Indian Border Problems: Disengagement and De-escaltion; South China Sea; New START; Taiwan Arms Sale; System Overload; Arms Sale in Europe

I. The Big Story: Disengagement Now and De-escalation Hopefully Soon? This week witnessed limited disengagement between the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at multiple points along the...

The final-year exam fiasco

The University Grants Commission is the top boss governing policies of all universities in India. It oversees about 800 universities encompassing about 40,000 colleges. Of these, 49 are central universities,...

All Things Policy: Talking Turkey in India

Are there parallels between Turkish and Indian politics? Why has Turkey been drawn into the Middle East’s wars? And how do Turkey and India see each other? Journalist Madhuvanthi Srinivasan...

Takshashila Discussion Document – COVID-19 Testing Strategy for India

By Shambhavi Naik Download this discussion document in PDF Executive Summary The rapidly spreading COVID-19 can be contained only with rapid, accurate testing and isolation of infected individuals. Various types...

All Things Policy: Crafting India’s Strategy for China

Should India balance against China by drawing closer to the United States? Or should it adopt a more subtle strategy that allows it to keep its options open? Historian and...

All Things Policy: China Tightens it Noose Around Hong Kong

China is tightening its grip on Hong Kong through a new national security law. The law’s sweeping provisions give Beijing powers to crack down on political opposition both offline and...

All Things Policy: Oil Prices and the Hidden Game of Governments

Why are consumers paying more for their petrol and diesel when crude oil prices are low? What do the Union and state governments do to control prices at the pump?...

ICMR should fast track coronavirus vaccine, not for 15 August but for science

There is absolutely no doubt that the world needs a vaccine for the novel coronavirus or SARS-nCOV-2 fast and the country that acquires one first will not only secure health...

Takshashila Survey – Comparative Study of COVID-19’s Effects on Teenagers in India and The United States of America

Download the Survey in PDF This report, commissioned by the Takshashila Institution, paints a vivid picture of how 2 countries – India and the United States – are dealing with...

All Things Policy: COVID and Coronil

Ayurvedic formulations touting to cure COVID-19 have raised questions both about their claims and the scientific rigour of their clinical trials. Prateek Waghre talks to Sunila Dixit and Shambhavi Naik...

Anticipating the Unintended #48: “You Are Strictly Advised To Read This. Non-compliance Will Be Viewed Seriously”

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...
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