Publications

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...

Eye on China: Border Tensions – FPI Review – WHA Meeting – Li’s SOTU – HK NatSec Law – US Strategy

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties Border Tensions: Tensions along the disputed Sino-Indian...

The PLA Insight: Issue 54: De-cluttering the recent Sino-Indian Border Scuffles: What happened & Why; Nuclear Warheads; Ambiguous Missile Strategy

I. The Big Story: De-cluttering the recent Sino-Indian Border Scuffles Multiple events have happened over the last three weeks along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), leading to the current tensions...

Anticipating the Unintended #35: Market: How much – How Little – is Within its Power

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...

Cities, both paradise and hell for migrants

Till the end of March, the world was marvelling at the success of Singapore for having controlled the spread of the pandemic. Its lockdown was not as severe as India,...

Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc – Technological Interventions for COVID-19 Management: An Analysis

By Prateek Waghre, Sapni GK, Utkarsh Narain Download this slidedoc as a PDF. Executive Summary: This assessment evaluates common technological intervention use-cases in response to COVID-19 through the framework of...

All Things Policy: Economic Stimulus for Post-COVID India

Rupees twenty lakh crore. That’s the size of the stimulus package promised by the government. But how will it work? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Sarthak Pradhan do a...

Recommended Draft Space Activities (Regulation) Bill, 2020

Download the recommended draft bill in PDF. Takshashila’s ‘The New Space Policy 2020‘ proposes a clear policy and regulatory structure that paves the way for growth of the nascent private...

All Things Policy: Putin’s Pandemics

Today, Vladimir Putin’s Russia faces its most serious threat since its annexation of Crimea in 2014. COVID-19 has spread rapidly, placing enormous strains on its public health system. Russia’s economy...

How will maternal and child health be affected by COVID-19?

In times of COVID-19, other health issues have been put on a back-burner. The lockdown has affected many essential health services, maternal and child health (MCH) services being one of...
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