Publications

All Things Policy: The Dark Side of The Kashmir White List

Tech researchers Rohini Lakshané and Prateek Waghre join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss the whitelist of 301 sites that have been made accessible in Jammu & Kashmir. Their analysis highlights major...

Takshashila Policy Proposal: The New Space Policy 2020

Download the proposal in PDF. Executive Summary The New Space Policy 2020 proposes a clear policy and regulatory structure that paves the way for growth of the nascent private space...

Analysis of whitelisted URLs in Jammu and Kashmir

This post was originally published on Medianama By Rohini Lakshané and Prateek Waghre The Supreme Court gave a judgement on January 10, 2020 directing the Central government to review the...

All Things Policy: The Rise and Fall of West Asia

West Asia is notorious today for its geopolitical instability – but has that always been the case? What do the premodern states of the region tell us about today’s shifting...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue 39: CMC Outlines; Military Supervision; India’s Indigenisation; DF-26; Cognitive Science; China’s New Killer Robot Ship, and more

I. The Big Story: CMC’s Outlines to Strengthen Primary-level Units China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) released a set of outlines to strengthen the military at the primary level. The outlines, approved by President...

All Things Policy: The Virus from Wuhan

The Wuhan virus is already spreading across the world and taking a deadly toll. But what is the virus anyway and how does it spread? In this episode, Rohan Seth...

Does Amazon do more harm than good?

Amid CEO Jeff Bezos’s visit to India, Amazon’s India website displayed a full-page letter highlighting how Amazon was committed to its small and medium scale business partners. Bezos also announced...

Eye on China: The Virus Spreads – CPEC & FATF – Provincial GDP – Myanmar Visit – Merkel & Macron

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week we cover Beijing’s response to the coronavirus...

The Compound Eye – Rare Diseases, Corona Virus and Women in Science

National Policy for Rare Diseases, 2020 India has an estimated 70-96 million people suffering from rare diseases. A draft national policy on rare diseases  has been released for public comments...

How can society help keep Indian women in science, get young girls interested in the field?

Research institutions around the world on an average have 28.4 percent women employees. Indian research institutions have been unable to make even this poor benchmark. Women make up only 14 percent...

All Things Policy: Dispatches from China

Indian media coverage of China often tends to be dominated by issues like national security and border frictions. There’s little original reportage around social issues, attitudes towards technology and women’s...

All Things Policy: The Stubborn Challenge of PSU Reform

What kind of products should a state-run PSU produce? Do PSUs make a profit? In this episode, Anupam Manur, Pranay Kotasthane and Sarthak Pradhan talk about the persistent role of...

Dealing With Huawei: Think Strategy, Not Just Security

India’s position on the Huawei question should be closer to that of the US and Japan (a ban from 5G critical infrastructure) rather than that of Kenya or the Netherlands...

All Things Policy: Protection from Data Protection

What power does the government have over your data? How should India approach global data sharing agreements? With the Joint Parliamentary Committee due to give its recommendations on the Data...

Dealing with Huawei: Think strategy, not just security

The department of telecom (DoT) initiated the process for deploying 5G in the country on December 31, 2019 by calling for trial proposals. As a part of the process, telecom...

All Things Policy: Ten Risks to Global Health

Though people on average live longer today, there remain serious threats to global health. But do we know what these are? In this episode Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Shambhavi Naik...

All Things Policy: Going Soft on Hard Balancing

With the rise of China and the slow decline of the international system, how should countries think about the balance of power? In this special episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Manoj...

Eye on China: Hotline & Kashmir – Growth & Birth Rates – Myanmar Visit – Wang In Africa – EU & BRI

I. Hotline, Kashmir & Trade Let’s begin with Northern Army Commander Lt. General Ranbir Singh’s five-day visit to China. Beijing, Chengdu, Urumqi and Shanghai. The army says that “during the talks with...

All Things Policy: The State of India’s Media

What is the role of news media in India today and how do we assess its health? In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai sit down with veteran journalist...

The PLA Insight: Sino-Pakistan Naval Exercise; China’s Military Recruitment Policy; Taiwan Contingencies; Doklam & 3 Warfare Strategy; PLARF, & more

I. The Big Story: Sino-Pakistan’s Sea Guardian-2020 Earlier this week, China and Pakistan completed their sixth naval exercise, titled Sea-Guardians-2020 in the northern Arabian Sea. A naval task group from China’s Western...

Eye on China: Special Edition: Decoding The US-China Trade Deal

The US and China have finally signed the long-anticipated Phase 1 trade deal. Ahead of the deal, the US removed China from a list of countries considered currency manipulators. The final agreement...

All Things Policy: The Meaning of Taiwan’s Elections

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen won a second four-year term in an historic election on January 11. Suyash Desai and Manoj Kewalramani join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss the impact of Tsai’s...

All Things Policy: Shooting the Messenger

Should the government be allowed to know whom you’re texting? Should it be able to pressure social media companies to silence voices? With the IT Act due to be amended...

All Things Policy: Reading the Foreign Policy Magazine

Do countries really need a grand strategy? Can volunteers transform journalism? And what’s up with the curious phenomenon of ‘flight shaming’? In this episode, Sarthak Pradhan, Nischitha Suresh and Pranav...

Why we need protection from the Data Protection Bill

The Bill, in its current form, more or less tries to hand the government a blank cheque when it comes to accessing citizens’ data. The Ministry of Electronics and Information...

Shutting down internet to curb opposing views is problematic

States around the world are divided along the lines of how they should view the internet. On one end of the spectrum, there are calls to treat the internet somewhat...

Amazon, Fine Margins, and Ambient Computing

There are some keynotes in the tech world that serve as highlights of the year. There is Apple’s iPhone event and WWDC where Apple traditionally deals with software developments. Then...

Expect China to intensify pressure campaign after Tsai Ing-wen’s victory

Cross-strait ties are likely to get far more frosty, with serious implications for the security dynamic in East Asia, after Tsai Ing-wen’s victory in Taiwan’s presidential election. In many ways,...

Why missed call democracy is a bad idea

The Narendra Modi-led government launched a ‘missed call campaign’ on January 3, 2019 asking people to give a missed call at a number to register their support for the controversial...

All Things Policy: Behaving Badly in the South China Sea

A high profile confrontation at sea between China and Indonesia comes even as countries in the region try to come up with a common code of conduct. Manoj Kewalramani and...
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