Publications

All Things Policy: What’s Happening in Space?

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks in matters relating to space, with eight nations signing an agreement on moon exploration and new advances in the reusable craft. Suyash Desai...

All Things Policy: How the Portuguese Influenced India’s Culture

From a transformation of cuisines to vanishing creole languages to loan words we use every day, the influence of Portugal on the fabric of life in the subcontinent is endlessly...

All Things Policy: The Hidden Realities Behind Crime Statistics

What state has the worst crime rates? That’s not easy to tell because crime statistics in India aren’t always accurate reflections of the actual crime situation. In this episode, Sowmya...

All Things Policy: China’s Blueprint for Data Security

China recently launched the Global Data Security Initiative, laying out eight important principles. One of these principles talks about the need to use judicial processes to provide law enforcement access...

All Things Policy: The Trials and Tribulations of ASHAs

Why did India’s auxiliary health workers, the ASHAs, go on strike? Sunila Dixit talks to Anirudh Kanisetti about the challenges ASHAs have faced – the increased burden from the COVID-19...

All Things Policy: Taiwan’s China Threat

Tensions between China and Taiwan are on the rise due to repeated Chinese military drills and activities in the Taiwan Strait. In this episode, Manoj and Suyash talk to Sunila...

All Things Policy: How Can States Help Themselves?

The stalemate between the Union and the states with regards to GST compensation continues. Even if it is resolved, it is going to be a temporary fix. States will need...

All Things Policy: Does Facebook Risk Antitrust Action?

Facebook reportedly aims to integrate Messenger and Instagram Direct. While this may have been in the works all along, it’s now stirring murmurs about US antitrust action. Aditya Ramanathan joins...

All Things Policy: Ethics in Clinical Trials

ICMR’s 2017 ethical guidelines need a revision, with more focus on fundamental principles that govern the moral decisions and on ethical dilemmas that arise while conducting clinical trials/biomedical and health...

All Things Policy: How Should We Disagree Online?

Interventions against problematic discourse online can result in amplifying it due a combination of group dynamics and algorithmic reward. For example, retweeting something controversial to debunk it might end up...

All Things Policy: Choppy Waters in the South China Sea

As China asserts itself once again in the South China Sea, the United States outlines a new position, and regional actors react cautiously, Suyash Desai discusses the latest development and...

All Things Policy: How China’s Belt and Road Initiative is Adapting to COVID

Even as the world is buffeted by a global pandemic and massive economic slowdowns, China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is quietly adapting to the new realities. In a...

All Things Policy: Celebrities and Vaccines, From the 19th Century to the Present

Can celebrities help build trust in a new vaccine? Shambhavi Naik and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Aditya Ramanathan about the historical role celebrities have played in facilitating vaccinations in India...

All Things Policy: Online Fashion Vs Amazon

Why did the Competition Commission of India rule in favour of Amazon in an antitrust case brought by a fashion brand? Rohan Seth and Prateek Waghre discuss this ruling and...

All Things Policy: Why Great Powers Procrastinate

Why did the United States aid and abet China’s rise instead of “strangling the baby in the cradle”? Manoj Kewalramani, Pranay Kotasthane, and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the arguments of political...

All Things Policy: India’s Sea War Against Germany and Japan

From 1939 to 1945, the Royal Indian Navy fought on the high seas in the greatest conflict in human history. In this episode, Commodore Odakkal Johnson, director of the Maritime...

All Things Policy: Reforming the Information Technology Act

The Internet in India is governed by the IT Act. But the powers this law gives the state need to be balanced with due process and adequate safeguards. Rohan Seth...

All Things Policy: Military Revolutions: Past, Present, and Future

Recent Pentagon reports indicate that China is quickly leveling the scales against the US by building up its military. New frontiers in military technology are constantly being pushed, from hypersonic...

All Things Policy: Serosurveys and the True Picture of the Pandemic in India

India’s national and state/city level serosurveys have come up with concerning results. The disparity between the estimated number of cases based on seroprevalence and the actual number of cases reported...

All Things Policy: Inside China’s National Security State

Ever since Xi Jinping assumed power in China in late 2012, concerns about domestic stability, external challenges, and the resilience of Party rule have led to the building of a...

All Things Policy: Whose History is it Anyway?

Do statues, monuments and buildings represent history? Or just the preoccupations of those that erected them? Should statues of problematic figures be taken down? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan join...

All Things Policy: The Wicked Problem of Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour

CIB or Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour is a precise-sounding term that remains imprecise. As the recent Buzzfeed exposé on Facebook highlights, platform action against such activities is often subjective and haphazard....

All Things Policy: Why Neglecting Opportunity Costs Leads to Bad Policy

Opportunity cost is the value of the next best alternative that is foregone when exercising a particular option. Any good public policy needs to take this into account, to avoid...

All Things Policy: How Can We Vaccinate India?

Once a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 is available, who should get inoculated first? And how will India vaccinate at least 800 million of its citizens? Shambhavi Naik and...

All Things Policy: Making Sense of the LAC Standoff

Is the joint statement between India and China on 10th September a sign that the two sides are finding a way to end their standoff on the LAC? Manoj Kewalramani...

Diplomacy in Decline: How India is Navigating China’s Rise

Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai were featured on The National Bureau of Asian Research’s Asia Insight podcast, discussing the India-China relationship and the argument for India to emerge as a...

Pakistan’s Sub-Conventional Warfare and India’s Options

Pranay was on The BridgeProject podcast to talk about Pakistan’s strategy of sub-conventional warfare and India’s likely response options. Listen to the full episode here:

All Things Policy: When Japan Tried to Invade China

The Imjin War of the late sixteenth century changed the fates of Japan, Korea, and China. But what was it all about? And why does it have such a powerful...

All Things Policy: Should the State Set Rules for Content Moderation?

Reports suggest that India is looking to formulate guidelines for consistent content moderation across social media platforms. What triggered this development? Is it better than the status quo? Will uniform...

All Things Policy: How to Increase India’s State Capacity

As India struggles with the COVID19 pandemic, questions about the capacity of the state have come to the forefront. What are the factors which influence state capacity? What can we...
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