Net neutrality and click-based campaigns

A survey shows it is clear that many supporters of both the Net neutrality and Free Basics campaigns were not really aware of the issues they were supporting

Why Delhi’s bus service is more expensive than that of Chennai

Not only does Delhi have a higher cost of operations compared with other cities, its utilization is also poorer

Whataboutery and information content

Paris attacks have got more coverage than those in Beirut due to the higher information content of the former

Bihar results: why did the exit polls get it wrong?

Poor estimates of Grand Alliance’s effectiveness and NDA’s inconsistent performance among the major factors

Lessons from Turkish polls on minority representation

In order to gain entry into parliament, HDP has had to broaden its agenda to gain enough non-Kurd acceptance

The importance of data dissemination

Thanks to the efforts of customs dept and an open data enthusiast, we can look at trade at a more granular level

Priors, correlation, information content and protests

A statistical look at how the govt should react to writers returning awards in protest against intolerance

It’s time discoms got their financial act together

That the finances of discoms are in a poor shape shows that a lot is yet to be done on the pricing front

Three thoughts for the Republic

On standing to reason, avoiding more moral panic and guarding against coercive majoritarianism For quiet contemplation on Republic Day: Our Republic is founded on Reason Of course, government and citizens...

On Hollande’s mind

Indeed, a closer relationship with New Delhi is vital to France’s continued standing as an important global power in the twenty-first century. It was far sighted on behalf of the...

Don’t worry about anti-nationals

India is not threatened by people with anti-national ideas This blog is a votary of Indian nationalism—which it contends is essentially of a liberal, plural and non-supremacist nature. As a...

Our bane

An ancient evil returns It always lurked behind the flimsy wall We were trying to build Pretending That it was strong enough To keep it out. An ancient evil returns...

Secular judges, religious matters and liberal values

Analysing policy issues concerning religion and the judiciary in the Indian republic is complicated In today’s lead column in The Hindu I argue that India runs the risk of slipping...

Reform, only left to the judiciary?

Last week, the Supreme Court declared that it would hear a public interest litigation (PIL) on whether women of menstrual age can be denied the right to enter the Ayyappa...

Talks about talks with Pakistan

The Modi government should put grand rapprochement with Pakistan on hold and leave diplomacy to diplomats, by Rohan Joshi and Pranay Kotasthane

Terrorists, veto and the peace process

Terrorists should not be allowed to force us into talks either After a terrorist attack on India in response to an Indian overture to resume dialogue with Pakistan, we often...

Discussion Document — Sustained Dialogue Process as India’s Pakistan Policy: An assessment

Sustained Dialogue Process as India’s Pakistan Policy: An assessment Rohan Joshi and Pranay Kotasthane, The Takshashila Institution Download the discussion document in PDF format (160KB) Executive Summary A prevalent view...

Policy Advisory — Quality of Service Based Differential Pricing for Data Services

Quality of Service Based Differential Pricing for Data Services In response to comments sought by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Differential Pricing for Data Services Sudeep Divakaran, Pranay...

Why Delhi’s bus service is more expensive than that of Chennai

Not only does Delhi have a higher cost of operations compared with other cities, its utilization is also poorer

Why India should not get into the fight against ISIS

The jihadi threat to India comes from Pakistan, not Syria. Upon his return from the United States, defence minister has announced that India is prepared for an operation against ISIS...

Book: Distance from Delhi—Essays on Geopolitics, Economics and Public Policy

Distance from Delhi: Essays on Geopolitics, Economics and Public Policy by Anupam Manur, Devika Kher, Karthik Shashidhar, Madhav Chandavarkar, Pavan Srinath, Pranay Kotasthane, Priya Ravichandran, Sarah Farooqui, Rohan Joshi, Varun Ramachandra and Saurabh Chandra Edited by Sarah...

Book: A Visible Hand

A Visible Hand by Narayan Ramachandran Edited by Anupam Manur Takshashila Institution Press 2015 ISBN: 978-8193197608 Rs. 295 About the book: A Visible Hand is a collection of essays from Narayan Ramachandran on...

A Global Climate Change Relocation Insurance Framework

A Global Relocation Insurance to address the Challenge of International Migration from Climate Change Pavan Srinath, Pranay Kotasthane, Varun Ramachandra and Sarah Farooqui Takshashila Policy Brief 2015-03. Read the Policy Brief [177KB PDF]...

Here we go again

Dialogue with Pakistan should be part of an overall strategy. “What was being done as composite dialogue, and was later called the resumed dialogue, will now be called the comprehensive...

ಐಎಸ್‌ ಬೆದರಿಕೆಯ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶೆ ಹೇಗೆ?

ಉಗ್ರ ಸಂಘಟನೆಯ ವಿಷಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾರತ ಎಚ್ಚರದ ನಡೆ ಇರಿಸಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. By Pranay Kotasthane

Case Study – Private Finance Initiative in UK – Insights for India

Case Study of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in the UK: Insights for India Shahana Sheikh and Mukul G. Asher Read the full case study in PDF [479KB] Abstract This...

On coercive majoritarianism

Why it is not about mere “intolerance” Some of the most important issues in Indian political discourse are confused by wrong language: we either misuse certain terms or just frame...

Research Publication: Impact of Fourteenth Finance Commission on Karnataka Budget, 2015–16

Impact of Fourteenth Finance Commission, Karnataka Budget, 2015–16 Pranay Kotasthane and Varun K Ramachandra, The Takshashila Institution Commentary in Economic & Political Weekly, Vol – L No. 46-47, November 21, 2015 Download...

Love thy nation, watch thine government

By Karthik Subramanian and Pranay Kotasthane At the heart of the debate between right-wingers and liberals in India is the fundamental disagreement on how to define Nationalism.
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