Publications

Conversations at Takshashila: Should Publicly Funded Research Be Free?

India has recently announced its intent to join Plan S, by which all public-funded research in India would have to be published in open access compliant journals. This move will...

Conversations at Takshashila: The Pakistani Military-Jihadi Complex

In this episode, Nitin Pai, Pranay Kotasthane, and Yazad Jal discuss the meta-structure of political Pakistan. The central argument is that Pakistan is not one geopolitical entity, but two: the...

Conversations at Takshashila: India’s Responses to Sub-conventional Warfare by Pakistan

On 14th February 2019, a CRPF convoy was attacked by a vehicle-bound suicide bomber near Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack. In...

The Pragati Podcast: From Academia to Entrepreneurship

How can great academic research lead to building a great tech company? Listen to Vijay Chandru talk about his life, work and journey as one of India’s first academic entrepreneurs on Episode...

Conversations at Takshashila: Security vs Privacy in a Digital Economy – Social Credit Edition

Social Credit System is the umbrella term to describe the multiple reputation systems being experimented by Chinese companies and local governments. It is being promoted as a means to improve...

Conversations at Takshashila: Key Insights from the ASER 2018 Report

ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) is an annual survey that provides annual estimates of children’s schooling status and basic learning levels for each state and rural district in India....

Thalé-Haraté: ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ 2019 ಬಜೆಟ್

ಮೈತ್ರಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಪ್ರಥಮ ಪೂರ್ಣ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದ ಬಜೆಟ್ಟನ್ನು ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಎಚ್. ಡಿ. ಕುಮಾರಸ್ವಾಮಿಯವರು ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 8ರಂದು  ಮಂಡಿಸಿದರು. ಈ ವರ್ಷ ಸುಮಾರು ರೂ.2.34 ಲಕ್ಷ ಕೋಟಿಗಳ ಖರ್ಚಿನ ಅಂದಾಜು ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ – ಅಂದರೆ ತಲಾ ರೂ. 34,000. ಇದು ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು...

Conversations at Takshashila: How Does an Angel Tax Affect the Indian Economy?

Angel tax, levied on angel investment in startups, has been in news recently for tax notices slapped on a large number of startups. (Economic Times, 9 Feb 2019). In this...

Conversations at Takshashila: Do We Need A Ministry of Culture?

Acclaimed actor and director Amol Palekar was repeatedly interrupted during his speech at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Mumbai when he criticised the Ministry of Culture for...

Conversations at Takshashila: Chinese Apps in India and Regulating Fake News

Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss India’s draft regulations for Chinese social media apps, as well as startup ecosystems, how to think about China’s presence in India’s app market, and some...

Puliyabaazi: लश्कर-ए-तय्यबा: कब, क्यूँ, और कैसे

26 नवंबर 2008, मुंबई की दर्दनाक तस्वीरें आज भी दिल दहला देती हैं | इस हमले को अंजाम दिया था पाकिस्तान सेना के पसंदीदा आतंकवादी गुट – लश्कर-ए-तैयबा ने | इस...

The Pragati Podcast: Voicing India

Podcasts are all about voices and conversations, but how did India’s own voice-over industry evolve? On Episode 83 of Pragati Podcast, Shammi Narang and Dishant Narang share their personal journey from the early days...

Conversations at Takshashila: New ECommerce Regulations and FDI in Retail

Anupam Manur and Yazad Jal discuss the new ecommerce regulations that came into force on February 1 and how it affects major players like Amazon and Flipkart. The new e-commerce...

Thalé-Haraté: ಭಾರತ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ 2019 ಬಜೆಟ್

ಭಾರತ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಮಂಡಿಸಿದ 2019-20 ಸಾಲಿನ ಇಂಟರಿಮ್ ಬಜೆಟ್ಟಿನ ಮೊತ್ತ 27.8 ಲಕ್ಷ ಕೋಟಿ ರೂಪಾಯಿ. ಅಂದರೆ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬ ಭಾರತೀಯರಿಗೂ ಸುಮಾರು ರೂ. ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತು ಸಾವಿರದಷ್ಟು ಖರ್ಚು. ಈ ಅಂಕಗಳನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿ ಕೊಳ್ಳುಲು ಈ ಎಪಿಸೋಡ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಯತ್ನಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಗಣೇಶ್...

Conversations at Takshashila: Defence Budget and the Strategy Bridge

The defence budget for 2019 again brought into focus the unsustainable pension figures. This year, the Indian Army’s pensions and salaries alone amount to Rs 1.82 lakh crores – a...

Conversations at Takshashila: Afghanistan After Withdrawal of US Forces

US President Trump reiterated on 3rd Feb that US forces should withdraw from Afghanistan. He backed the ongoing peace negotiations with the Taliban. In this episode, Nitin Pai, Gen Prakash...

Conversations at Takshashila: The Jobs Crisis in India

The National Sample Survey Office’s data showing that employment in 2017-18 has hit a 45-year low highlights the urgency of the jobs crisis situation in India. So in this episode,...

Conversations at Takshashila: Avoiding a Nuclear Catastrophe

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 presidential hopeful and Senate Armed Services Committee member, offered a bill — “The No First Use Act”...

Puliyabaazi: अम्बेडकर के जातिप्रथा पर विचार: भाग २

पूरे भारत ने अपना सत्तरवाँ गणतंत्र दिवस पिछले हफ़्ते मनाया और अंबेडकर के योगदान को फिर एक बार याद किया |  पर अंबेडकर साहब जैसे बुद्धिजीवी को सम्मान देने का...

The Pragati Podcast: Connectivity Raises All Boats

Why is China investing in belts and roads, building infrastructure from the Balkans to Sri Lanka? Why is India building roads in Afghanistan or wants to build train lines connecting...

Conversations at Takshashila: The Geopolitcs of Technology

After the Canadian government arrested Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei upon an extradition request by the United States, relations between China and Canada have taken a beating. This arrest is...

Thalé-Haraté: ಆಧಾರ್ ಬೆಳೆದು ಬಂದ ದಾರಿ

ಆಧಾರ್ ಪ್ರಾಜೆಕ್ಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ಯು.ಐ.ಡಿ.ಐ.ಎ ಹೇಗೆ ಮೂಡಿ ಬಂತು? ಈ ಸೃಷ್ಣೆಯ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗುವಂತಹ ನ್ಯಾಯ ನೀತಿಗಳೇನು? ಸುಪ್ರೀಂ ಕೋರ್ಟ್, ನಾಗರಿಕರ ಪ್ರೈವಸಿ, ಒಂದು ಮೂಲಭೂತ ಹಕ್ಕು ಎಂಬ ತೀರ್ಪಿಗೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಬಂತು? ತಲೆ ಹರಟೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪೋಡ್ಕಾಸ್ಟಿನ 8ನೆ ಎಪಿಸೋಡ್ಗೆ, ಅಲೋಕ್...

Conversations at Takshashila: Universal Basic Income

In this conversation, we discuss what a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poor means and how it is not a universal basic income transfer. We discuss a few ballpark...

The Pragati Podcast: The Parliament and The Republic

Sixty-nine years ago, Indians established a radical new government that put the individual at the centre of all governance. Republic Day celebrates the Constitution of India, where we not only...

Puliyabaazi: अम्बेडकर के जातिप्रथा पर विचार: भाग १

गणतंत्र दिवस के अवसर पर हम भीमराव अम्बेडकर के योगदान को अक़्सर सलामी देते हैं | पर अम्बेडकर साहब जैसे बुद्धिजीवी को सम्मान देने का शायद सबसे प्रभावशाली तरीका है...
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