Publications

Why the Bihar polls are too close to call

The problem with the Bihar elections is that with a massive redrawing of battle lines, previous elections are all but unusable

How I discovered the genius of Jhumpa Lahiri

A single-sitting reading of The Lowland made me realise how Lahiri's work is extremely layered and much deeper than just the words on the page.

Case Study — Metronet PPP in the UK: Implications for India

A Case Study of Metronet PPP in the UK: Implications for India Shahana Sheikh, Mukul G. Asher and V. Ramakrishnan Read the full case study here[504 KB] Abstract This paper...

Harnessing the strengths of each State

An integrated common market in India can boost inter-state trade based on comparative advantage

Harnessing the strengths of each State

An integrated common market in India can boost inter-state trade based on comparative advantage

Time to abolish the MRP

The fixed maximum retail price is an archaic and dysfunctional mechanism that hurts both retailers and the consumers it seeks to protect.

Time to abolish the MRP

The fixed maximum retail price is an archaic and dysfunctional mechanism that hurts both retailers and the consumers it seeks to protect

Maximising the post office

Instead of hamstringing public sector banks with social schemes, it is time to transfer many of these financial tasks to India Post.

Maximising the post office

Instead of hamstringing public sector banks with social schemes, it is time to transfer many of these financial tasks to India Post

The curious case of the policy rate cut

Flexible inflation targeting will bring in transparency, accountability and predictability. The surprise policy rate cut is none of the three

The curious case of the policy rate cut

Flexible inflation targeting will bring in transparency, accountability and predictability.The surprise policy rate cut is none of the three

Discussion Document — The looming United States pivot towards containing China’s influence

The looming United States pivot towards containing China’s influence V. Anantha Nageswaran and Pranay Kotasthane, The Takshashila Institution Download the discussion document in PDF format (315KB) Executive Summary The United...

On Writing Well

A conversation with journalist and author Samanth Subramanian, on writing as a craft, and on narrative non-fiction writing.

Maximising the post office

Instead of hamstringing public sector banks with social schemes, it is time to transfer many of these financial tasks to India Post

The curious case of the policy rate cut

Flexible inflation targeting will bring in transparency, accountability and predictability. The surprise policy rate cut is none of the three

The curious case of the policy rate cut

Flexible inflation targeting will bring in transparency, accountability and predictability.The surprise policy rate cut is none of the three

Harnessing the strengths of each State

An integrated common market in India can boost inter-state trade based on comparative advantage

Harnessing the strengths of each State

An integrated common market in India can boost inter-state trade based on comparative advantage

पारम्परिक सुरक्षा नीति को नेटवर्क—समाजों की पुरज़ोर चुनौती

कहानी पारम्परिक श्रेणीबद्ध सरकार और एक नेटवर्क-समाज के बीच के संघर्ष की by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) गत १ अगस्त को ट्विटर पर कोलकाता में दंगे की तेज़—तर्रार अफवाहों ने पुलिस...

I know what you did last August feat. Military—Jihadi complex

Senator Mushahidullah Khan’s interview gives a sneak peek into the rumblings inside the Pakistani Military—Jihadi complex by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) This year’s August 14th was a day of mixed feelings for...

Three thoughts on Independence Day

On freedom, constitutional balance & the dangers of majoritarianism For quiet contemplation on Independence Day — A good time to read and reflect on Tagore’s verse Where the mind is...

Discussion Document – Economic Reasoning and Social Policy

Economic Reasoning and Social Policy Mukul Asher, Councillor at the Takshashila Institution Based on a keynote address to 12th East Asian Social Policy (EASP) Conference, 
 “Social Policy and Governance in East...

Foreign investments in India: the need for a new narrative

Make it easy for the others to help you  by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) This week, I attended a lively talk at the Bangalore International Centre on “Geopolitics and Financial Markets”...

Midnight’s Furies: a small step towards closure

Nisid Hajari's book has a limited purpose and it serves it well

The necessary art of ignoring Pakistan

Pakistan does not matter much to India's growth. A bigger, stronger and more open Indian economy will transform our ties with that country

Using Bayes’ Theorem to understand extreme opinions

The basic principle of Bayes’ Theorem is to take a set of ‘prior beliefs’ and see how they change in the face of given evidence

How have RBI’s new rules on ATM usage affected banking?

A look at the result of the curbs on minimum number of free non-home-bank ATM transactions per month

Understanding exponential growth

Fast growth is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition for growth to be called exponential. For that to happen, it should follow a specific pattern

India’s best and worst telecom firms

A Mint-instaVaani survey shows that Aircel is India’s best telecom company, while the worst are Reliance Communications, MTNL and Idea

The probability of foul play in Vyapam deaths

Analysis of deaths over the past 5 years shows the number of recent deaths linked to the case is highly unusual
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