Publications

All Things Policy: Huawei To Hell

Is the US-China trade war entering its final phases? Huawei will not be able to purchase components from American suppliers – and will be excluded from future versions of Google’s...

All Things Policy: Examining The Economist 2

Yazad Jal and Manoj Kewalramani join Nitin Pai discuss the nuances of the articles in the latest edition of The Economist (May 18th). Tune in for insights on the US-China...

All Things Policy: Politicising The Military

Has politicisation affected the Indian military? Should our senior officers have a “cooling off” period before they’re allowed to join a political party? Gen. Prakash Menon joins Pranay Kotasthane and...

All Things Policy: Teaching Soldiers

How have India and China tried to educate their military personnel? Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan join Yazad Jal to talk about two different studies on the subject. Check out...

All Things Policy: Examining The Economist

Yazad Jal and Anupam Manur join Nitin Pai to dive into the latest edition of The Economist and discuss the nuances of the articles that they found the most intriguing....

All Things Policy: Cab Apps and Congestion

With Uber and Ola having gamechanging effects on urban mobility, how can urban planning authorities account for the sharp hike in road congestion with a view to make transport as...

All Things Policy: Need Jobs? Build Cities.

Can relocating state capitals create jobs and give the economy a boost? Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane join Yazad Jal to discuss. Subscribe and listen to the podcast on: iTunes...

All Things Policy: Mainstreaming Counterculture

How does Che Guevara’s face end up on mass-manufactured t-shirts? How did superheroes go from comic books to blockbuster film franchises? How do counterculture movements end up as part of...

All Things Policy: A War of Ideas

Does the notion of a “clash of civilisations” really explain the competition between major powers today? Shambhavi Naik talks to Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan. Subscribe and listen...

All Things Policy: Pakistan’s Nuclear Bluff

Pakistan’s Nasr rocket was supposed to “pour cold water” over the Indian Army’s Cold Start doctrine. But Aditya Ramanathan and Kunaal Kini drop a truth bomb over Pakistan’s overheated claims....

All Things Policy: Justice Denied

The Supreme Court’s in-house probe panel has given a clean chit to CJI Ranjan Gogoi after allegations of sexual harassment against him. But the probe ignored the well-established Vishakha guidelines...

All Things Policy: China and Masood Azhar

Why did China finally allow Masood Azhar to be sanctioned by the UN? What do these sanctions actually achieve? What are China’s motivations behind doing this now? And how will...

All Things Policy: Poets and Kings Then and Now

Why did pre-modern Indian states patronise poetry? How did poets balance their commitments to kings with their ideas of social justice? Are there lessons that modern India can learn from...

All Things Policy: Marvel(ous) Geopolitics

The Marvel Cinematic Universe offers rich and often surprising insights into the most pressing matters of ethics, policy, international politics. Manoj Kewalramani, Shibani Mehta, Ajay Patri, and Aditya Ramanathan delve...

All Things Policy: Recruiting Better Spies

All is not well with India’s external intelligence agency. In this fascinating episode, Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane, and Shibani Mehta talk about how India’s spies were recruited in the past,...

All Things Policy: The Paradoxes of Prediction

How do prediction markets work? Do they offer advantages over traditional methods? And why did they go wrong in predicting Trump’s election or Brexit? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane talk...

All Things Policy: China’s Naval Might

China’s navy marked its 70th anniversary with a four-day-long celebration last week. The festivities included a parade, which showcased the Liaoning aircraft carrier and the navy’s newest destroyer, the Nanchang....

All Things Policy: Bubble Boy

A revolutionary new gene therapy hijacks the human immunodeficiency (HIV) virus to cure inherited immune disorders such as SCID – also known as Bubble Boy Disease. Is this the start...

All Things Policy: Belt And Road Forum II

The second summit of the Belt and Road Initiative began on 25th April 2019. Will this summit, attended by more than 37 heads of the countries and several other delegations,...

All Things Policy: Why Sri Lanka?

Is the attack in Sri Lanka a product of third-party terrorism? Can a local terror outfit carry out an orchestrated attack of this scale without outside help? What is the...

All Things Policy: Tik for Tok

Should India ban TikTok? Does the ban violate the principle of freedom of expression, or tackle the problem of illegal and dangerous content? Does it help achieve broader geopolitical objectives?...

All Things Policy: Where No Tourist Has Gone Before

India’s tourism industry is not in the best of shapes – Times Square in New York alone gets more than the entire country. Some places get way too much traffic...

All Things Policy: Affairs of the Heart

In Israel last week, a team of scientists created the first functioning 3D-printed artificial heart made of biological materials. This is potentially a huge leap forward for synthetic biology –...

All Things Policy: On Terrorists, Nukes, and Linguistic States

We at the Takshashila Institution change our minds when presented with better arguments. In today’s episode Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan talk to host Shambhavi Naik about papers and books...

All Things Policy: Coming Home

Why do migrants return home? What makes people make the arduous shift back after settling in a new place? Three migrants who returned home to India: Nidhi Gupta, Yazad Jal...

All Things Policy: Breaking The Ice In The Arctic

Last week’s Arctic conference saw the unveiling of an ambitious Russian plan to expand its military presence in the region, including a larger fleet of nuclear icebreakers. Why are countries...

All Things Policy: The Politics Of National Security

In the first episode of our relaunched podcast, All Things Policy, Lt Gen Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane join host Yazad Jal to discuss how India’s leading political parties deal...

All Things Policy: To Gene Or Not To Gene

Shambhavi Naik, Yazad Jal and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss the contentious issue of germline gene editing. Eminent scientists have called for a five year moratorium on clinical applications of germline (concerning...

All Things Policy: Great Wall of Trade

The recent EU-China summit has resulted in unprecedented concessions from China that could have long-lasting implications for the global economy. What are they? Is this a watershed in relations between...

All Things Policy: Break Up Big Tech?

Calls to regulate big technology firms are increasingly entering political discourse. The latest spark to the debate is US Senator Warren’s proposal to break apart Google, Facebook and Apple. Are...
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