Publications

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 10

BoJo’s plans to make Britain Great, Trump devaluing the dollar and the worry about zombie trees. Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more from...

All Things Policy: Shaking Up the Labour Market

Andhra is seeking to reserve jobs for locals, while the Modi government is proposing modest labour reforms.India is still a long way from freeing up its labour markets. To understand...

America’s Arctic Adventure

American officials are making noises about carrying out a freedom of navigation operation in the Russian-controlled Northern Sea Route. Any such action will only serve to provoke Russia and backfire...

Eye on China: Sun’s Message – Space Competition – Defense Paper – Reforms & Defaults – Innovation Gain

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover the new defense white paper; new Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong’s...

What does China’s new defence strategy mean?

China on Wednesday published its first defence white paper in four years, outlining the strategic military guideline for what it terms as a new era. The document offers an insight...

Takshashila Research Publication: Shaping the Military Instrument

By Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon An edited version of this essay appeared first in the India Foundation Journal Vol. VII Issue No. 4, July-August, 2019 Download the Essay in...

All Things Policy: The Death of Privacy

Artificial intelligence poses a mortal threat to the privacy of our data, but there may be some ways to ameliorate the problem. Rohan Seth, Manoj Kewalramani, and Aditya Ramanathan discuss....

Does the arrival of AI mean the end of data privacy?

In recent years, there has been a great buzz around the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what that might mean for the Indian economy. On the government’s side, Niti...

Why India needs to leverage and not localise data

If one were to chart the arc of geopolitical competition over the past 100 years, one can identify four primary sources of contention – land, people, natural resources, and now,...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Special Issue: China’s Defence White Paper

The Big Story: China’s Defence White Paper China released its first defence white paper since 2015 on Wednesday. The State Council Information Office conducted a press conference to release the...

All Things Policy: China’s Military Ambitions

China has released its first Defense White Paper after four years, the first since its latest military reform. Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Suyash Desai unpack everything that’s been said...

GMO: let’s take a balanced view

At least 12 farmers have been booked in Maharashtra for planting banned genetically modified (GM) cotton and brinjal seeds.Undeterred by this, farmers have been protesting the blockade of new technologies...

All Things Policy: DNA Dilemmas

With India’s ambitious plans to catalogue human genomes set to get underway, Shambhavi Naik and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to unpack the opportunities and perils involved. Subscribe and listen...

All Things Policy: Ending an Estrangement?

Does Imran Khan’s meeting with Donald Trump on Monday herald an upswing in US-Pakistan ties? General Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane join Aditya Ramanathan to make sense of Khan’s visit...

All Things Policy: Pacific Ream

China has reportedly struck a secret deal to set up a naval base in Ream, Cambodia. Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what that means for...

Approaches to Indo-Pacific: India and US

The US Department of Defense (DOD) released its first ever Indo-Pacific Strategy Report (IPSR) in the first week of June. The report outlines Washington’s approach in dealing with various stakeholders...

Reading into India’s draft e-commerce policy

Bottom line is that it would now be misleading to say that the Indian government does not have a vision in tech policy. It is one step forward from our...

All Things Policy: Do These Genes Fit?

As DNA testing becomes cheaper, more countries and societies are starting to use it to tackle congenital disorders – the latest being Nigeria. How might such policies work in India?...

Book Review: Kautilya and Non-Western IR Theory

The Arthashastra is possibly the most important texts on strategy and statecraft ever written in the Indian subcontinent. But almost every study of it today tends to fit it into Realism, a...

Eye on China: LAC & Varanasi – Tibet Ultimatum – BRI Slows in S. Asia – GDP Weakens – Social Credit

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover developments along the LAC, the possibility of a Xi-Modi summit...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 12: China, US and Taiwan; PLAN’s Amphibious Assault Fleet, PLA’s Humanitarian Assistance, Securitising Xinjiang, Russia Holds Key to China’s Nuclear Carrier

The Big Story: China, US and Taiwan China conducted military drills along its southeast coast on Sunday. This was after the US State Department approved the sale of arms worth...

India must make Intelligence Bureau responsible for countering terrorism, not RAW

India’s counter-terrorism efforts have improved significantly since 2008, but the dynamic nature of the threat requires streamlining of intelligence and law enforcement operations. As the lead internal intelligence agency, the IB...

Need to Protect Soldiers from False FIRs

At the heart of the matter is the urgent necessity of protecting the soldiers from harassment to which they are subjected from the prolonged investigative procedures that ensue. The investigative...

All Things Policy: The French Digital Tax

Is France’s recently announced the GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon)tax a viable model for taxing the tech giants? Is it something that India could implement? Anirudh Kanisetti, Anupam Manur and...

All Things Policy: Parched Nation

India can manage its chronic water crisis. But doing so will require it to out a price on water. Anupam Manur, Nitin Pai talk to Aditya Ramanathan about this issue....

High Tech Geopolitics: How Can India Combine Data and Regional Power?

The stakes concerning jurisdiction over data have never been higher. There is a global discourse today on the future of data that was recently brought into the news cycle by the...

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 9

Do travelers in Antarctica annoy penguins? Is there a global recession coming? And does happiness make you vote better? Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this...

Iran’s Options in the Strait of Hormuz

The United Kingdom has offered to “facilitate” the return of an Iranian supertanker that its marines intercepted on July 4 near Gibraltar. Royal Marines had seized the ship on suspicion...

Budgetary allocations reveal real priorities of NDA 3

The Union budget speech invites a lot of attention in India. However, it is far more useful to look at the budget statements that get released on the day the...

An Indian Stance on External Democracy Support

My remarks at the Towards an Assertive Policy on India’s External Democracy Support roundtable organised jointly by ORF and Takshashila in Bengaluru on 12th July 2019 The question posed to me was:...
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