Publications

The Compound Eye – Mice in Space, Turtles in Rehab and Bedbugs in Walmart: 2020 is here!

Advertising and Claims Regulations, FSSAI  Earlier this week, the Maharashtra FDA seized food products worth INR 69 lakhs in lieu of misleading claims made by the manufacturers. In raids carried...

Eye on China: Taiwan Polls – Pak Drills – US Deal – Xi’s Mission – Defaults & Revenue – Wuhan Flu

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. This week Xi Jinping concludes the “staying true to...

All Things Policy: Favorite Books from 2019

What books did people at Takshashila read in 2019? What is the significance of these books? In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani, Nitin Pai and Rohan Seth list their favourite books...

The PLA Insight: PLA & Tibet; The SCS Standoff; Military Sci-tech; JL-3; Djibouti Base; Smart Weapons Conf; China-Pakistan Naval Exercises, and more

I. The Big Story: PLA and Tibet The PLA has begun its major military exercises in the high-altitude Tibetan plateau bordering India. The Type 15 light battle tanks and the new type 155-MM...

All Things Policy: The Year that Changed the World

A strange revolution, a catastrophic invasion, a dramatic terrorist attack, and an economic transformation. Few years in modern history have been as consequential as 1979. Four decades on, Mano Kewalramani...

डीएनए हो सकती है भारत के स्वास्थ्य की चाबी

‘जीन कुंडली खोलेगी ज़िंदगी के राज’ – जनसत्ता में प्रकाशित इस लेख में दावा किया गया है की डीएनए संरचना विधेयक के कानून बनते ही देश में जीन कुंडली बनाने...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment: PRC’s Influence on Taiwan’s Polity: Instruments & Efficacy

Download the Strategic Assessment in PDF Executive Summary Chinese President Xi Jinping has termed the “reunification” of Taiwan with the PRC as “a historic task” that is vital to the...

All Things Policy: The Death of Soleimani

The killing of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds expeditionary force, is a pivotal moment in the history of modern West Asia. Aditya Ramanathan and Manoj Kewalramani join...

All Things Policy: Reading the Economist 22

Anirudh Kanisetti and Utkarsh Narain join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss the most interesting stories of the week: China and the US are undergoing a divorce in hi-tech industries, Brazil’s Bolsanaro...

Will India follow Russian example on domestic internet?

After Russia tested RuNet, what are the chances that India will try its hand at NayaBharatNet? In the final weeks of the last year, there were reports that Russia successfully...

All Things Policy: SSF – China’s War-Winning Tool

Four years after its inception, China’s Strategic Support Force (SSF), which is responsible for cyber, space and electronic warfare, has become central to the PLA’s military capabilities. How has the...

Chief of Defence Staff holds key to modernisation of forces

India has carried out a major structural reform of its defence services with the appointment of Gen Bipin Rawat as the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff. The move finally...

Disney Should Buy Spotify

You may think that winning the streaming race depends on having the best content, but things have already begun to change. As of now, the company with the better bundle...

All Things Policy: The World of Public Policy

How does someone who wants to influence policy actually do so outside of government? How does a policy career help transform the country, and for that matter, how do you...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Hong Kong Warnings; Xi signs CMC Orders; China’s Fleet not Combat-ready yet; PLA JLSF; 14th five year plan; Smart Weapons, and more

I. The Big Story: PLA’s Hong Kong Warnings The PLA’s Hong Kong garrison held joint air and sea drills in the city’s harbour last week. The drills are seen as its latest attempt...

All Things Policy: Ep. 231: The Many Colours of Krishna Menon

V. K. Krishna Menon is probably India’s most famous defence minister – especially for his role in the 1962 Sino-Indian War. But it turns out there’s a lot more to...

Your Fitbit is Going to Replace Clinics near You

First it was payments and now it’s healthcare. Big Tech in the US and China is revolutionizing the health sector, with hundreds of billions of dollars of market share at...

Can Modi govt know who you text? Should FB be liable for your posts? We’ll know in Jan 2020

Apart from deciding on end-to-end encryption for chats, the amended IT Rules will also decide on what content belongs on the internet. Should Facebook be liable for the content you...

PLA SSF: Why China will be ahead of everyone in future cyber, space or information warfare

People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force contingent made its debut appearance at China’s military day parade, earlier this year. Formed on this day in 2015, it is mandated to create synergies...

All Things Policy: Algorithms at War

What do dolphins, artificial intelligence, and brain-machine interfaces have to tell us about the future of war? Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Aditya Ramanathan debate and criticise the ideas presented...

The Compound Eye – Decluttering the oceans, Miss America and Bhoot Vidya: 2020 has a lot to look forward to!

Research Ethics  With the recent slew of articles being retracted by Indian authors amid accusations of scientific fraud and plagiarism, it is no surprise that governmental agencies are keen to...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Year-end Review

The Big Story: PLA in 2019 The year 2019 has been an interesting year for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. It started with President’s Xi Jinping’s speech demanding the PLA to...

India’s price control policy has destroyed drug manufacturers. This is how they can be saved

By Sarthak Pradhan India has one of the lowest drug prices in the world, yet many Indians are deprived of life-saving drugs. Price controls haven’t been enough to bridge this...

CDS was needed. But Modi govt also creating Department of Military Affairs is a big bonus

The Cabinet Committee on Security headed by PM Narendra Modi formally approved the post of Chief of Defence Staff Tuesday, and in the process, carried out a long-pending and major defence reform by creating an...

Book Review: Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy since 1949

M. Taylor Fravel, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 2019, 396 pp., US $35.00 (hardcover), ISBN 9780691152134 “Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy since 1949.” Strategic Analysis, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print), pp. 1–2 Read here…

Reflections from Bottle of Lies

Katherine Eban’s book Bottle of Lies focusses on major issues in generic drug manufacturing, using the Ranbaxy scandal as an example of unethical practices in the field. The book is...

All Things Policy: Cyber Insecurity

The Union government is asking for inputs on a cybersecurity strategy for a new India. Takshashila’s Tech Team, Prateek Waghre, Utkarsh Narain, and Rohan Seth talk about the shortcomings of...

All Things Policy: 2019 in Review: India and the World

How did India’s foreign policy hold up in 2019? From the ASAT test to Howdy Modi, Manoj Kewalramani, Pranay Kotasthane, Sankalp Gurjar and Suyash Desai discuss and debate the hits...

India’s National Cybersecurity Policy Must Acknowledge Modern Realities

Earlier this year, it was discovered that India was the target of two cyberattacks in the same month. The malware attacks at the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant and the Indian...

All Things Policy: 2019 in Review: Tech in India

What did 2019 mean for the Indian tech space? Rohan Seth talks to Utkarsh Narain and Prateek Waghre about how the debate has progressed in policy circles around data protection,...
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