Publications

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...

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: 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...

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...

All Things Policy: Preparing for the Second Wave

With India easing restrictions on the movement of people, is it possible that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over? Unfortunately, no. There’s a long way to go before...

All Things Policy: Improving India’s Testing Capacity

With barely 300 tests per million people, India, the world’s most populous country, has a long way to go before it has a clear picture of the way COVID-19 is...

All Things Policy: Why India Needs Arms Imports

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat recently said the armed forces should not push for large arms imports and be realistic about their requirements. Why does Indian remain a...

All Things Policy: India’s Post-COVID Opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a lasting impact on the global order. While Sino-US competition is expected to accelerate, middle powers like India could enjoy greater bargaining capabilities...

All Things Policy: Going Conventional

The death of nuclear arms control seems imminent. But what about conventional arms? In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav RS talk to Dr. Ulrich Kühn about the history of...

All Things Policy: Facebook’s Supreme Court

Facebook has announced a 20-member content oversight board that many are calling a “Supreme Court”. Are 20 members really enough to moderate all the content on Facebook? What does this...

All Things Policy: Command of the Officer

A recent attack in northern Kashmir killed the Commanding Officer (CO) and three other soldiers of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles. But why was the CO in battle? What’s his role?...

All Things Policy: WhatsApp with Jio-Facebook?

Facebook – which owns WhatsApp – has recently acquired a stake in Reliance Jio. This might have profound implications for the future of Indian e-commerce and telecommunications. Rohan Seth and...

All Things Policy: India: The World’s Factory?

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the risks of depending on China for global manufacturing. Is this a call for India to manufacture for the world instead? What will it actually...

All Things Policy: The Virus Ravages West Asia

COVID-19 is taking a terrible human toll in West Asia even as it re-wires the region’s geopolitics in surprising ways. Prateek Waghre talks to Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan about...

All Things Policy: How MAD Was the Cold War?

Many accounts of the Cold War accept the theory of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). But did leaders and policymakers actually believe in MAD? And if they did, why did they...

All Things Policy: When Will We Get A Vaccine

What are the challenges in developing a vaccine for Covid-19? How soon can we have one? And what if there is none? Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit join Aditya Ramanathan...

All Things Policy: Containing the Misinformation Virus

The spread of misinformation has complicated the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, the misinformation ecosystem has thrived on both the novelty of the virus and pre-existing social biases....

All Things Policy: COVID-19: Crisis or Opportunity?

“Every crisis is also an opportunity,” the old saying goes. Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane have some ideas on when that actually happens – and what opportunities India has during...

All Things Policy: The PLA and Covid-19

China claims its military has been unscathed by the novel coronavirus pandemic despite being part of the containment effort. Could this claim be true? Aditya Ramanathan talks to Manoj Kewalramani...

All Things Policy: Content Moderation During COVID Times

Less than a year ago, the social media giants claimed that moderating content online was an arduous task. Yet, under the shadow of Covid-19, these companies are successfully removing misinformation...

All Things Policy: India’s FDI Dilemmas

Foreign investment will be critical to reviving the Indian economy as the threat from Covid-19 retreats. At the same time, there’s concern about foreign entities picking up undervalued Indian assets....

All Things Policy: A National Reopening Strategy for India

As India prepares to ease lockdown restrictions and restore economic activity, most epidemiological models expect there to be fresh waves of infection over the coming months. A national strategy is...

All Things Policy: Learning From History

The Bengal Famine was one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern Indian history. What caused the famine and can it tell us how to handle a pandemic today? In...

All Things Policy: Spending More in the Face of COVID-19

The end of the nation-wide lockdown will inevitably force the union government to spend more money on healthcare and economic recovery. But is there money to spend? In this episode,...

All Things Policy: The Other Strategic Reserve

The COVID outbreak has resulted in shortages of key PPE and medical equipment. Building a strategic reserve of these could help encourage indigenous manufacturing, lower prices, and prepare India for...

All Things Policy: Price Controls in a Pandemic

Indian authorities have imposed price caps on face masks and sanitisers. Private labs have been told to conduct Covid-19 tests for free. While these measures may be well-meaning, they don’t...

All Things Policy: The Shape of India’s Nuclear Arsenal

While India has a transparent nuclear doctrine, its nuclear arsenal is almost a black box to outsiders. Are India’s existing nuclear weapons sufficient to deter China? And does India need...

All Things Policy: The Hashtag Pandemic

Who is to blame for Covid-19? It depends on who you ask, and it might depend on which country’s information operations they have been exposed to on social media. As...

All Things Policy: Have the Hong Kong Protests Failed?

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a pause in the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The movement, however, continues to command public support and friction is likely to continue in...

All Things Policy: Is There a Doctor on the Phone?

The Medical Council of India has announced guidelines for the practice of telemedicine by registered doctors. Can telemedicine help shield frontline healthcare workers during a viral outbreak? Can it, over...
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