Publications

Anticipating the Unintended #30: The Name’s Bond…Corporate Bond

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...

Jio-Facebook’s e-commerce monopoly is not a foregone conclusion

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle, views are personal. Earlier last month when Facebook made a $5.7 billion, (₹43,574 crore) investment to buy 9.99% share in Jio Platforms...

Why Kerala is not the correct comparison for Maharashtra’s COVID response

Maharashtra with 9,318 COVID positive cases as of April 28, has the highest COVID disease burden in the country. The Maharashtra government implemented a number of measures after the first case was...

COVID-19 – Internal Security Challenge

It has been three months since COVID-19 reached the Indian shores. Unlike many countries across the globe it has not so far overwhelmed India’s public health infrastructure though the possibility...

Re: The PLA Insight: Special Issue + Regular Newsletter no 52: Impact of COVID-19 on the Chinese Armed Forces; Expeditionary Operations; AI and the PLA

I. The Takshashila Assessment: Impact of COVID-19 on the Chinese Armed Forces The People’s Liberation Army played a prominent role in the Chinese leadership’s effort to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak....

The Compound Eye – COVID-19: Vaccines

Vaccines for COVID-19 The last week of April marks “World Immunisation Week”. Over the past many weeks, unprecedented efforts have been made to create a vaccine for COVID19. At the...

When the second wave of infections comes, here’s how India can keep supply chains intact

When lockdowns are lifted in India, experts expect a second wave of infections due to the increased human-to-human contact that is sure to follow. This will likely lead to another...

States Must Be Given More Ownership of India’s COVID-19 Containment Strategy

COVID-19 has been instrumental in testing the structural cohesiveness of human systems at the global level. Its shadow over India’s federal system is getting longer by the day and could...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment: Impact of COVID-19 on the Chinese Armed Forces

Download the Strategic Assessment document as a pdf Executive Summary This assessment examines the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). We argue that: Claims of...

Anticipating the Unintended #29: Make in India = Not (Make in China)?

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...

China’s Victim Card Doesn’t Work

By Rahul Sharma Summary: China’s attempts to project itself as a victim at a time when it is being squarely blamed for infecting the world with the deadly coronavirus won’t...

Takshashila Discussion Document – China’s Foreign Policy in the Post-Covid World Order: An Assessment

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Key Ideas: Regime survival and stability are likely to remain as primary objectives of China’s international engagement. Prolonged economic slowdown, the threat of increased...

All Things Policy: COVID-19: Crisis or Opportunity?

“Every crisis is also an opportunity,” the old saying goes. Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane have some ideas on when that actually happens – and what opportunities India has during...

Dear young IRS officers, taxing the rich in Covid times is bad economics

The Narendra Modi government did well to promptly dismiss a proposal put up by a group of young Indian Revenue Service officers that recommended raising a number of taxes to...

All Things Policy: The PLA and Covid-19

China claims its military has been unscathed by the novel coronavirus pandemic despite being part of the containment effort. Could this claim be true? Aditya Ramanathan talks to Manoj Kewalramani...

MisDisMal-Information #2 – This Week In Information Disorder Letter

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...

Get India back at work to secure the economy and employment

As we near the end of an extended national lockdown, our policy discourse must broaden from containing the outbreak to addressing the three ‘R’s for the economy as well: of...

All Things Policy: Content Moderation During COVID Times

Less than a year ago, the social media giants claimed that moderating content online was an arduous task. Yet, under the shadow of Covid-19, these companies are successfully removing misinformation...

Anticipating the Unintended #28: The State Proposes, and the State Disposes

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...

COVID-19: Localise efforts to tackle water shortage

This article is written by Rohan Seth and Rashi Sharma, was first published in Deccan Herald. There have been plenty of debates and discussions around what is being done to...

Eye on China: FDI Scuffle – Xi in Shaanxi – Pompeo Rages – PLA Medics Abroad – Lawsuits – New Tech

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. In China: Epidemic Situation: Much of the focus within...

The PLA Insight: Beijing Pushing the Envelope in the South China Sea; PLA JLSF; ZHANLAN Exercises; PLAN @ 71; PLA’s 6G Tech; PLA’s Big Data Summit…

I. The Big Story:  Beijing Pushing the Envelope in the South China Sea? At the moment, when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is attempting to sell the generosity of its approach...

When Does a Crisis Become a Policy Opportunity?

Barring the ultra-pessimist, many public policy opinion pieces are likely to advance one narrative over the next few months: The economic and humanitarian crisis unleashed by COVID-19 is also an...

All Things Policy: India’s FDI Dilemmas

Foreign investment will be critical to reviving the Indian economy as the threat from Covid-19 retreats. At the same time, there’s concern about foreign entities picking up undervalued Indian assets....

Consumers should get the benefit of falling oil prices [The Print]

At a time when even deficit hawks are clamouring for an expansive fiscal policy to fight the severe economic consequences of Covid-19, it will be tempting for the government to...

Use the oil price crash to boost India’s strategic reserves [Hindustan Times]

One area in which India can definitely use the lower oil prices to its advantage is to stock up on the commodity for future use. Like many other countries, India...

Let’s make the most of dirt cheap oil [Mint]

In a dramatic and unprecedented turn of events on Monday, crude oil began trading in negative territory for the first time since records began. The price on a futures contract for...

Coronavirus economic crisis squeezes China’s plans to expand its navy as it marks 71st anniversary

China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy marks its 71st anniversary today. It comes amid intensified drills in the near seas and Western Pacific, along with deepening tensions in the South China...

All Things Policy: A National Reopening Strategy for India

As India prepares to ease lockdown restrictions and restore economic activity, most epidemiological models expect there to be fresh waves of infection over the coming months. A national strategy is...

All Things Policy: Learning From History

The Bengal Famine was one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern Indian history. What caused the famine and can it tell us how to handle a pandemic today? In...
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