Publications

‘Axis of evil’ now a pivot of peace?

The implications of the interim deal between Iran and the world's big powers go far beyond the nuclear programme

The Saudis, the Iranians and us

Further deterioration of the US-Saudi relationship will have geo-economic and geopolitical effects

Leave the Net in US hands

The US Constitution, political system, civil society and media are better guardians of online free speech and privacy than some UN outfit

Three-point alert for J&K

The partisan political din in New Delhi and concerns about the economy elsewhere in the country should not divert our attention from the emergent situation in Jammu and Kashmir. All...

China’s war on rumour

The microblogging service Weibo has proliferated to such an extent that it is straining China's vast censorship infrastructure

Book Chapter: India and International Norms

Book Chapter: India and International Norms: R2P, Genocide Prevention, Human Rights, and Democracy Nitin Pai, Co-Founder and Director of the Takshashila Institution in Shaping the Emerging World: India and the...

Book Chapter: India and UN Peacekeeping

Book Chapter: India and International Norms: R2P, Genocide Prevention, Human Rights, and Democracy Richard Gowan and Sushant K. Singh. Sushant is a fellow for national security at the Takshashila Institution....

Research Report – On Labour Law Reforms in India

Towards greater labour market flexibility: Issues and Options Hemal Shah, Scholar at the Takshashila Institution This report proposes how we could think about a workable approach to labour market reform,...

Discussion Document – India’s Central Monitoring System

By Rohan Joshi, Fellow at the Takshashila Insitution Executive Summary As part of the 2011-­2012 annual report of the Department of Telecommunications, the Government of India formally announced its decision...

Issue Brief – Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh

The ambush of a convoy of Congress party leaders in Chhattisgarh on May 25th, 2013, was one of the most ambitious attacks by the Maoists. It was a well-planned attack...

Issue Brief – Pakistan’s elections – An Indian perspective

This issue brief discusses the implications of elections to 272 directly elected seats of Pakistan’s National Assembly earlier this month. The elections resulted in a huge vote of confidence in...

Issue Brief – Chinese incursions in the Ladakh region

The Chinese People's Liberation Army's incursions into the Depsang plains in eastern Ladakh in April have brought the boundary issue back into focus in India's relations with China. This brief...

Case – A beheading along the Line of Control

On Sunday, January 6th, 2013, Pakistani troops attacked an Indian patrol near Churunda along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, killing two soldiers and mutilating their bodies. In...

Reforming the financial sector

Appointed by the Government of India in 2011, the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) submitted its report in March. Had this Commission completed its work before 2008, it might...

Making publicly funded research accessible

A preliminary policy brief A vast number of students, teachers, researchers and members of the public are unable to access research papers and data due to prohibitive terms imposed by...

Policy Advisory – The need for an Indian Crime Survey

The following is Takshashila’s submission to the Justice J S Verma Committee on amendments to criminal law relating to safety and security of women: Information underpins all planning. At present,...

Book Chapter: Non-state threats to India’s Maritime Security

Book Chapter: Sailing deeper into an era of violent peace: Non-state threats to India’s maritime security Nitin Pai, Co-Founder and Director of the Takshashila Institution in The Rise of the Indian...

The Asian Balance: Recognising good neighbours

My new monthly column in Business Standard is called The Asian Balance. It “will devote itself to chronicling and interpreting the unfolding geopolitics of East Asia. It will be a...

Pax Indica: Five neighbourhood paradoxes

Five neighbourhood paradoxes You might have noticed that, relatively speaking, India’s policy towards the United States or Japan is far more coherent than towards, say, Nepal. Over the last few...

Pax Indica: Why India must swing

Strategy in a triangular predicament In today’s Pax Indica column, I argue “that despite an alignment of interests, (India) must not always side with the United States. It must swing.”...

Introducing Pax Indica

Of Vijay Chauhan, Voldemort and the Realist perspective Over at Yahoo! India columns I introduce Pax Indica, my fortnightly column. Excerpts: The underlying point is that countries operate in an...

On Yahoo! India columns, every fortnight

Pax Indica “Nitin Pai,” writes Amit Varma, “known for his sharp analysis of foreign affairs, will set out every alternate Tuesday to demystify international relations for you in a column...

My op-ed in Mint: Why India must pull its troops back from the border

Let’s call Pakistan’s bluff with Operation Markarap In today’s Mint, Sushant and I argue that moving our troops back will compel the Pakistan army to act against the Taliban; and...
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