Publications

On public consultations and online polls

Why democratic governments must consult, but must neither be obliged to nor bound by the results Aparajita Ray, Senior Correspondent (Urban Infrastructure) of Times of India asked me to comment...

Manila on the Chinese bandwagon

The Philippines becomes the first Indo-Pacific country to declare itself for Beijing On the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific, I have long argued that “the small- and medium-sized countries of the...

Time to abandon BRICS

New Delhi must not waste further energy on a forum that lacks any common basis. Russia needs international platforms to show that the West’s attempts to isolate it are not...

Colombia’s Path to Peace

By Swati Sudhakaran The historic collapse of an almost-historic peace accord A mere formality gone wrong? The citizens of Colombia just voted out what could have been an historic peace...

Commercial models for Public Wi-Fi

Can we have a proliferation of broadband access through public Wi-Fi networks? What are the issues and challenges? The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India held a public workshop in Bangalore...

SAARC: A Sunk Cost

Following the Uri Attacks, the 19th SAARC Summit that was due to take place on the 15th and 16th of November has been postponed. India refused to attend the summit,...

Takshashila Blue Paper on India’s Coastal Security Architecture

The Takshashila Institution and the US Consulate, Chennai, hosted a roundtable conference on reviewing India’s coastal security architecture at The Hyatt MG Road, on 23 September 2016. The roundtable discussion...

Thucydides Revisited-Indian Army’s Surgical Strike on September 29

The Indian resolve to strike at Pakistani terror camps as a fitting response to Uri attacks and call Pakistan’s bluff demonstrates clearly why Pakistan must learn from military history The...

ISI’s change of course and other stories

Pakistan’s military-jihadi complex will need more then the prospect of diplomatic isolation to change its policies. Cyril Almeida’s report reads too good to be true. Facing international isolation—read lack of...

Book Review: Not War, Not Peace?

by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) [An edited version of this review first appeared in The Business Standard Newspaper on 4th October 2016] A lucid and comprehensive account of India’s strategic predicament in...

Acts of War and the Right to Self Defence in International Law – What are States bound by?

Conventional definitions of war are insufficient in the face of increasing global terror. These definitions must be revisited to provide states with the appropriate means to protect themselves against such acts...

The reaction from the other side

Post-surgical mattersLast night, militants attacked a Border Security Force-Rashtriya Rifles camp in Baramulla, killing one trooper and injuring another. Coming a few days after India announced that it had carried...

Assertion Of Dominant Castes: Time To Relook At Affirmative Action In India

By Dr. Suma Singh August 2015, the 21-year old Hardik Patel brought the Gujarat government to its knees by leading a massive Patel agitation. Now in September 2016, a young...

Countering the two Pakistans

by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Summary of an interview I gave to Channel News Asia. The Indian Army claimed that it conducted surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir...

What to make of India’s surgical strike?

India’s punitive strike across the Line of Control could set a new norm Whatever might be the consequences, it is clear that the Indian Army’s operation across the Line of...

The Great American Election. Yawn.

Just enjoy the drama, if that’s your cup of tea.Every four years the news-consuming people of India get caught up discussing politics—US politics. They seem to know a lot about...

Urban security and perception of cities

The security in the cities currently is limited in its imagination of city as a series of physical infrastructure. The strongest common link between 9/11 and 26/11 attacks are their...

How Media is Feeding the Jingo Nationalism

By Dr. Suma Singh India @70 – as a nation we are celebrating the various facets of the historic seventy years of life as an independent nation. The story however...

Leave the Indus treaty alone

It is unwise for New Delhi to play up the water threat Last week CNN-IBN called me while I was driving back home, and asked if they could put me...

Coastal Security in India: An Apprisal

Little attention is provided to India’s sea borders which are a huge source of vulnerability. Over the past years, efforts to secure India’s coasts have stepped up but are they...

Foreign policy and social media jingoism

Statesmanship is about rescuing policy from being hostage to mass hysteria My response to a request for comment from the Times of India: The role of social media in spreading...

On Kaveri

Change the ground, er water rules This is my response to Mint’s request for comment: The political and constitution crisis is a direct consequence of the faulty basis on which...

East Asia Summit: An exhibit of Asian institutionalism

The EAS displays few concrete results and this is a problem that is symptomatic of most multilateral institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.  By Hamsini Hariharan (@HamsiniH) The 11th East Asian...

Elite tennis is becoming an old person’s bastion

In 2008, the average age of players in the ATP top 10 list was 24.4 years. In 2015, it had risen to 28.9 years

Look out for MJC’s reaction to India’s changed articulation on Balochistan

India must be prepared for two responses — one from the MJC and one from the putative state of Pakistan by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) For the first time in many years,...

What’s Wrong with the Surrogacy Bill

While the introduction of draft Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, is a welcome step towards plugging the existing regulatory vacuum in the commissioning of surrogacy in India, the provisions spelt out...

Structural Reforms: What are they and how do you go about it?

BY Anupam Manur (@anupammanur) No democratically elected government with a limited term of office would want to risk negative popularity in the short term for potential benefit in the future,...

On how politics play out in dual cities

The increased politicisation of the urban land problems brings out the duality in a city. Solomon Benjamin in his paper, ‘Occupancy Urbanism: Radicalizing Politics and Economy beyond Policy and Programs’...

Don’t Hold Your Breath for the G-20

The G-20 Summit this weekend will see world leaders descend upon Hangzhou. How much will be accomplished considering the G By Hamsini Hariharan (@HamsiniH) Over the last few months, Chinese...

The Lampost Framework: Why India Struggles With the Implementation of (some) Reforms

The ecosystem for implementation of reforms in India is structurally setup to solve acute, visible problems, but not chronic issues that require long-term monitoring. By Akshay Alladi (@akshayalladi) In much...
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