Publications

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue 2

The Big Story of the week Decoding China’s Military Power  The Department of Defense of the United States submitted an annual report to the Congress on the ‘Military and Security Developments...

The Lipstick Effect

Guest post by Ananya Iyer There are a few industries that conspicuously follow the counterintuitive path of experiencing growth during an economic recession- discount retailers, casinos, repair, handymen. Among these...

All Things Policy: A War of Ideas

Does the notion of a “clash of civilisations” really explain the competition between major powers today? Shambhavi Naik talks to Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan. Subscribe and listen...

All Things Policy: Pakistan’s Nuclear Bluff

Pakistan’s Nasr rocket was supposed to “pour cold water” over the Indian Army’s Cold Start doctrine. But Aditya Ramanathan and Kunaal Kini drop a truth bomb over Pakistan’s overheated claims....

All Things Policy: Justice Denied

The Supreme Court’s in-house probe panel has given a clean chit to CJI Ranjan Gogoi after allegations of sexual harassment against him. But the probe ignored the well-established Vishakha guidelines...

All Things Policy: China and Masood Azhar

Why did China finally allow Masood Azhar to be sanctioned by the UN? What do these sanctions actually achieve? What are China’s motivations behind doing this now? And how will...

Third Rome: A Very Brief History of Russia and Ukraine

This week I’d like to talk about Russia and its favourite neighbour, Ukraine. To say that the two have a shared history is an understatement. Over the last thousand years,...

All Things Policy: Poets and Kings Then and Now

Why did pre-modern Indian states patronise poetry? How did poets balance their commitments to kings with their ideas of social justice? Are there lessons that modern India can learn from...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue 1

The Big Story: The 70th PLA Naval Anniversary The People’s Republic of China, in the last week, celebrated the 70th founding anniversary of the PLA Navy. The PLA Navy was formed...

Eye on China: BRF Outcomes – Masood Azhar’s Listing – Debt-Trap Debate – Trade Deal Endgame – AI Ethics

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we cover all the details from the second Belt and Road Forum;...

Takshashila Discussion Document: Assessing Measures for India to Tackle Biowarfare Threats

By Shambhavi Naik Download the Discussion Document in PDF Gene editing, synthetic biology, and improved delivery systems have reinvigorated the attention to biological weapons. Furthermore, the Biological Weapons Convention has...

All Things Policy: Marvel(ous) Geopolitics

The Marvel Cinematic Universe offers rich and often surprising insights into the most pressing matters of ethics, policy, international politics. Manoj Kewalramani, Shibani Mehta, Ajay Patri, and Aditya Ramanathan delve...

All Things Policy: Recruiting Better Spies

All is not well with India’s external intelligence agency. In this fascinating episode, Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane, and Shibani Mehta talk about how India’s spies were recruited in the past,...

Why Great Powers Procrastinate

Over the Horizon: Time, Uncertainty, and the Rise of Great Powers David M. Edelstein Cornell University Press (2017) In 2001 political scientist John Mearsheimer unleashed a scholarly fusillade on the...

All Things Policy: The Paradoxes of Prediction

How do prediction markets work? Do they offer advantages over traditional methods? And why did they go wrong in predicting Trump’s election or Brexit? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane talk...

चुनाव प्रक्रिया में सुधार कीजिए, ईवीएम का हौवा दिखाना बंद कीजिए

By Pranay Kotasthane and Hemant Chandak EVM का मुद्दा फिर से गरमाया हुआ है | भारत के हर बड़े राजनीतिक दल ने चुनावी नुकसान के लिए ईवीएम को दोषी ठहराया है...

All Things Policy: China’s Naval Might

China’s navy marked its 70th anniversary with a four-day-long celebration last week. The festivities included a parade, which showcased the Liaoning aircraft carrier and the navy’s newest destroyer, the Nanchang....

The Compound Eye – May the Force be with Science

Nanopharmaceuticals to the Rescue:  The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India in collaboration with Indian Society of Nanomedicine have released draft guidelines for evaluation of nanopharmaceuticals in India. The formation of the...

All Things Policy: Bubble Boy

A revolutionary new gene therapy hijacks the human immunodeficiency (HIV) virus to cure inherited immune disorders such as SCID – also known as Bubble Boy Disease. Is this the start...

BRI Forum – The Big Naval Parade – Foreign Secretary in Beijing – UK’s Huawei Tangle

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom. This week we focus on the second Belt and Road Forum; the Chinese Navy’s...

All Things Policy: Belt And Road Forum II

The second summit of the Belt and Road Initiative began on 25th April 2019. Will this summit, attended by more than 37 heads of the countries and several other delegations,...

All Things Policy: Why Sri Lanka?

Is the attack in Sri Lanka a product of third-party terrorism? Can a local terror outfit carry out an orchestrated attack of this scale without outside help? What is the...

Opinion | RAW thinks espionage can be taught in 6-month crash course—it clearly needs training reforms

There is no doubt that inadequacies exist within India’s intelligence community, especially in the RAW. Instead of letting them fester and risk national security, the focus should be on reforms that focus on...

All Things Policy: Tik for Tok

Should India ban TikTok? Does the ban violate the principle of freedom of expression, or tackle the problem of illegal and dangerous content? Does it help achieve broader geopolitical objectives?...

Jobscape: demographic dividend, gig economy and election season

Welcome back to the Jobscape, our weekly round-up of news and opinion on the state of employment and job creation in India. This week we discuss India’s demographic dividend, election...

All Things Policy: Where No Tourist Has Gone Before

India’s tourism industry is not in the best of shapes – Times Square in New York alone gets more than the entire country. Some places get way too much traffic...

All Things Policy: Affairs of the Heart

In Israel last week, a team of scientists created the first functioning 3D-printed artificial heart made of biological materials. This is potentially a huge leap forward for synthetic biology –...

All Things Policy: On Terrorists, Nukes, and Linguistic States

We at the Takshashila Institution change our minds when presented with better arguments. In today’s episode Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan talk to host Shambhavi Naik about papers and books...

All Things Policy: Coming Home

Why do migrants return home? What makes people make the arduous shift back after settling in a new place? Three migrants who returned home to India: Nidhi Gupta, Yazad Jal...

All Things Policy: Breaking The Ice In The Arctic

Last week’s Arctic conference saw the unveiling of an ambitious Russian plan to expand its military presence in the region, including a larger fleet of nuclear icebreakers. Why are countries...
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