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Will India experience the fallout of Trump vs Twitter?

This is an extract from the full article which appeared in Deccan Herald. …. But before resorting to isomorphic mimicry, it is important to understand what the executive order proposes....

Tech This Week | #BanTikTok Solves Nothing

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Earlier this month, there was a huge push on Twitter to #BanTikTok. While Twitter is always enraged about most things, there are...

Eye on China: LAC Tensions – HK NatSec Law – Two Sessions End – 5G for D10 – Sino-US Frictions – Meng Wanzhou & Huawei

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. HK NatSec Law This has perhaps been the...

Anticipating the Unintended #37: Kerala vs Gujarat Models: History Matters

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...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 55: India-China Border Standoff; China’s Defence Budget; NPC & PLA; Hong Kong & PLA; Memory: A Chinese Soldier from 1962 War; PLA Daily Attacks the US

I. The Big Story: India-China Border Standoff Tensions along the disputed Sino-Indian border remain high. Last week’s newsletter covered a detailed timeline of the events at the border and speculated a few possible reasons...

Not vultures but watchdogs

The Supreme Court of India finally took up the issue of the plight of migrant workers and their families. It took up this issue suo moto. Meaning it was not...

The Compound Eye – The National and Public Health Bills, Dubious funding in Science and HCQ

National Health Bill 2009; Public Health Bill, 2017 In the current pandemic climate, we often hear of the archaic Epidemics Act of 1897 as a vehicle for the policy response....

China has definitely crossed India’s Lakshman rekha but it won’t lead to 1962 again

Is this going to be another 1962?’ asked my neighbour, an 80-year-old naval veteran. ‘Not at all,’ was my instinctive reply, not because I had any special insight into the ongoing military situation in...

On Trump’s Offer to Mediate Between India and China

The Print’s daily roundtable TalkPoint posed a question connected to the US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and China over the “raging border dispute”: Does Trump help or harm India’s...

All Things Policy: Managing Civil-Military Relations?

With the establishment of the position of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) there also came the new Department of Military Affairs (DMA). In this episode, Pranay Kotasthane talks to Lt...

All Things Policy: Lift Off: Space policy reforms and the private sector in India

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently announced that the Union government will provide a predictable space policy and regulatory environment for private players. But are the measures announced enough to build...

Why the “Atma Nirbhar” package seems insufficient to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak ?

The Atma Nirbhar Package announced by the Union Government might be insufficient to deal with the economic impacts of the COVID19 pandemic. The package does little to create a demand...

Recent Political Developments in Afghanistan – An Assessment

The Unending Saga of US-Taliban ‘Peace’ Deal On May 23 2020, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire with effect from May 24, the day when Afghanistan celebrates Eid ul Fitr...

India Can’t Be Self-Reliant & Prosperous With Price Caps, Quotas

A lot of people around the world will retweet you if you blame the coronavirus pandemic on ‘neoliberal capitalism’. In an excellent article in Boston Review, Alyssa Battistoni outlines the...

Flashpoints on the Periphery: Understanding China’s Neighborhood Opportunism

How is China taking advantage of the pandemic to pursue its foreign policy goals? Tensions in China’s periphery have increased dramatically over the past few months as Beijing stepped up...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: A Pathway for Post-Pandemic Economic Reconstruction

By Nitin Pai, Anupam Manur, Sarthak Pradhan, Anirudh Kanisetti Download this slidedoc as a PDF. Executive Summary: The economic response to the pandemic should consist of immediate disaster relief, a...

Going Private: The Crew Dragon launch and lessons for India

Activities in space never sleep. Satellites continue to orbit the Earth; telescopes gaze at distant heavenly bodies and astronauts carry on with their experiments in the International Space Station. In...

China’s post-COVID economic recovery plan

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang outlined the government’s roadmap for a post-COVID economic recovery in his annual policy address before the National People’s Congress on Friday. There are three highlights from...

All Things Policy: Call of Duty: Short-term service in armed forces

The Union government recently announced a new recruitment plan called “Tour of Duty” to recruit young soldiers and officers for a term of three years. Will this help reduce the...

All Things Policy: Intervention Using Tech

Technology touches almost every aspect of our daily life. But what’s the use of it during a pandemic? In this episode, Rohan Seth talks to Prateek Waghre, Sapni G Krishna...

How India can end Chinese transgressions: Take conflict to a place Beijing is worried about

How should India respond to another surge in Chinese transgressions at several places along our Himalayan frontiers? Over the past 15 years or so, strategic analysts have recommended two diametrically opposite approaches....

MisDisMal-Information #5 – This Week In Information Disorder Letter

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com Of Bots, Moral Panics, Plandemics, Content Moderation and more What is this?This newsletter aims to track information disorder largely from an Indian perspective. It will...

What 300 Days of Internet Winter in Kashmir Tell Us About Erecting a Digital Wall

This is an extract from the full article published on The Wire ….. What is the cost of this protracted disruption? There is no shortage of real-life stories about the...

All Things Policy: Krishnadevaraya: The Man and the Myth

Krishnadevaraya, emperor of Vijayanagara, was a remarkable man, a transition between an ancient Indian king and a recognisably “modern” political leader. Awestruck travellers wrote of the might and wealth of...

All Things Policy: Krishnadevaraya: The Man and the Myth

Krishnadevaraya, emperor of Vijayanagara, was a remarkable man, a transition between an ancient Indian king and a recognisably “modern” political leader. Awestruck travellers wrote of the might and wealth of...

Tech This Week | Advertising a tax on the poor, pandemic going to exacerbate it

Supply of endless addictive content is a feature and a bug of the attention economy. However, much like its traditional counterpart, the attention economy is harsher on the poor than...

Anticipating the Unintended #36: Price Ceilings Have the Floor

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...

Lockdown Is Choking The Economy

When the national lockdown was imposed, with four hours notice, the country had less than 200 positive cases and a two percent fatality rate. The world marvelled at India’s determination...

India should prepare itself for realpolitik over a covid vaccine

The first country to have full immunity to the coronavirus will enjoy a tremendous economic and geopolitical advantage, a once-in-a-century window of opportunity till other countries catch up. As much...

Will We Really Find Out Where the Novel Coronavirus Came From?

This article first appeared in Science The Wire. The origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains mired in controversy. The virus was initially thought to have originated in a wet market...
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