Publications

On India-Pakistan sparring at the UNGA

The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question: Does India-Pakistan sparring at UNGA bring any diplomatic benefit for either country? India does not gain anything by sparring with Pakistan at the UNGA. In...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 22: China’s Naval Modernisation; National Day Military Parade; China’s Defence-Industrial Base; China’s Trilateral Joint Drill in IOR; Tsentr-2019; Xiangshan Security Forum

Congressional Research Service (CRS) has submitted its latest research report to the US Congress on China Naval Modernisation: Implications for US Navy Capabilities- Background and Issues for Congress. The report claims that China’s...

Eye on China: Sun’s Media Blitz – New White Papers – South Asia Watch – Taliban Talks – Huawei in India – Patriotic Education

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 Chinese ambassador to India Sun...

The Compound Eye – Scientific Social Responsibility, GM mosquitoes and ASEAN

Scientific Social Responsibility The Ministry of Science and Technology has released draft guidelines for the inclusion of Scientific Social responsibility (SSR) on the lines of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocated scientific...

The hot risks of ‘Cold Start’

India’s controversial military doctrine is of limited use in a clash with Pakistan and should stay cold and underplayed. India’s military should privilege development of a military capability that allows...

All Things Policy: Cryptocurrency Explained

We all know what cryptocurrency is and how it can be used. But how does it really work? On this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Utkarsh Narain...

Donald Trump Endorsement: India’s Calculated Move

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s indirect endorsement of President Donald Trump for the White House is a calculated risk. India’s gains from the US in the next few months would determine...

All Things Policy: On Killer Robots and Partisan Bubbles

Will lethal autonomous weapon systems make future crises more dangerous? And how does information gerrymandering help vested interests divide and rule populations? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss. Subscribe and...

On the Howdy Modi event

The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to the Indian PM’s Howdy Modi event in Houston: Is it smart diplomacy for PM Modi to align himself with Donald Trump’s campaign in...

All Things Policy: A Climate Emergency

The UN General Assembly has been debating climate change, but what are the practical measures countries like India can take? Manoj Kewalramani joins Pavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane to assess...

Takshashila Discussion Document – A Human Capital Investment Model for India’s National Security System

Download the Discussion Document in PDF India’s burgeoning defence pensions expenditure is unsustainable and begs immediate action. Starting with the Kargil Review Committee, many solutions have been mooted over the...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – Comments on the National Guidelines for Gene Therapy Product Development and Clinical Trials

Download the Advisory in PDF This policy advisory contains recommendations and comments in response to the draft National Guidelines for Gene Therapy Product Development and Clinical Trials released by the...

Performing well in the sandbox won’t be enough

RBI recently came up with a Draft Enabling Framework for Regulatory Sandbox in financial technology. For context, a sandbox is a framework that allows testing of innovations by private firms...

All Things Policy: Reading the Economist 17

What’s happening in the world with changing climate? Did Iran really attack Saudi Arabia? And what is Netanyahu’s future? Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Utkarsh Narain talk about all this...

All Things Policy: Howdy Prime Minister?

Prime Minister Modi kicked off his week-long visit to the United States with a massive event in Houston. Manoj Kewalramani, Sankalp Gurjar and Suyash Desai discuss the implications of the...

Human Nature and the Geopolitics of Online Worlds

Over the last week, I’ve been absolutely geeking out over massively multiplayer online worlds. In India, our conception of an online world – and what people can do in them...

All Things Policy: An Engine of Growth Sputters

With India’s automobile industry skidding off the growth path, Anupam Manur joins Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what ails the sector and what can be done about it. Subscribe and listen...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 21: China’s National Day Military Parade; Next Step in Building India-China Military to Military Relations; Russian Military Exercises; Countering Drone Attacks

The People’s Republic of China’s 70th foundation anniversary is less than two weeks away. But China has already stepped up the intensive rehearsal for its 70th anniversary’s National Day Parade. The focus of the...

Eye on China: Wuhan 2.0 – Indian Wargames – Economic Weakness – Li In Russia – Drone Sales

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 all the buzz heading into...

All Things Policy: Art of The Deal in Kabul

With US-Taliban talks frozen for now, what will it take to create a lasting peace that secures India’s interests? In this special episode, Sumeer Bhasin, a businessman with deep experience...

The Puzzling Ban of E-Cigarettes in India

The Indian government’s own disastrous experience with bans of various substances and services in the past should categorically advise it against such a move in the future. Yet, it is...

All Things Policy: Setting the Desert on Fire

Last week’s attack on Saudi oil facilities highlights the threat to India’s hydrocarbons supplies. Manoj Kewalramani and Sankalp Gurjar join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what the dramatic attack means for...

All Things Policy: Reading The Economist 16

Has Huawei made a peace offering to the US? Is Silicon Valley on the brink of discovering the secret to immortality? And how does our perception of people affect our...

Honey traps, deepfakes, AI: Why India’s RAW needs to prepare for threats beyond terrorism

In the context of India, honey-trappers usually try to extract information or spread fake news. There is still evidence of the adversary breaking into the top-level. That, however, is no reason...

All Things Policy: Libra Raj?

How much power does the newly announced digital currency Libra give Facebook? What will be the geopolitical implications? To understand the fallout, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Rohan...

Putting India on the road to becoming an AI superpower

The Indian government has made no secret of its interest in harnessing the power of AI. Over recent years, NITI Aayog has come up with a National Strategy for Artificial...

All Things Policy: India’s Podcasting Adventures

What is it like to be a podcaster in India? Our own podcasters – Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan – sit down with Amit Doshi and Kavita Rajwade, co-founders of...

Eye on China: Delhi-Beijing Frictions – Net Rules & Inspections – Af-Pak Trilateral – Merkel’s Visit – Xi’s Reform Meeting – Trade Thaw with US

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 the frictions in the Sino-Indian...

Not Enough Reasons for Cryptocurrency Ban

An inter-ministerial committee led by Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg has proposed that holding cryptocurrency in India be made illegal. Directly or indirectly investing, trading, or exchanging foreign cryptocurrencies...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue no 20: China-India Faceoff: Pangong Tso; Military Big Data (军事大数据); US Targets Companies with Chinese Military Ties; Dawn of Expeditionary Force; China-Pakistan Air Exercises

The Big Story: China-India Faceoff: Pangong Tso   Border tensions between China and India flared-up once again. A face-off between the Indian and Chinese soldiers began on the northern bank of the 134-km long...
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