Publications

All Things Policy: Pandemic Winners

While the Covid-19 pandemic has cast a gloom over the global economy, there are some sectors and companies that continue to thrive. Rohan Seth and Nischitha Suresh join Manoj Kewalramani...

All Things Policy: Tech in the Times of Corona

A number of states have leveraged technology solutions to combat the Covid-19 outbreak. What have they done? What can India learn from their experiences? And what are the long-term implications...

All Things Policy: Viral World Order

We are probably still in the early days of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. What human and financial toll will it take? And what sort of a world will we inherit...

All Things Policy: The Two Ns Meet

 Could we be experiencing the last global pandemic? Will revolutions in computing and synthetic biology transform the way we deal with contagious diseases? In this episode, Takshashila’s founders, Nitin...

All Things Policy: Narratives of COVID-19

As Covid-19 cases spread around the world, China says it has ‘turned the tide’ to contain the outbreak. Anirudh Kanisetti and Manoj Kewalramani discuss how Chinese officials and media are...

All Things Policy: Ruling the World’s Islands

President Vladimir Putin is consolidating his power both internally and along Russia’s peripheries. Is there a method that underlies Moscow’s behaviour? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan dive into the world...

All Things Policy: Stocking up on Oil

India is one of the most oil-dependent countries in the world. But what can it do when hydrocarbon supplies are disrupted? Anupam Manur and Narayan Ramachandran talk about their new...

All Things Policy: Making Sense of China’s Military Modernization

The military reforms initiated by President Xi Jinping have brought sweeping changes to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). But are these measures making China more secure? In this episode, Manoj...

All Things Policy: Yes, Banks Fail

The Yes Bank crisis has spurned the government to send State Bank of India (SBI) to its rescue. This has led to a further consolidation of public sector banks in...

All Things Policy: The Two Ns Meet

From the COVID-19 outbreak to the Yes Bank crisis, the Indian and the world economy are being buffeted by relentless waves of crises. Anupam Manur talks to Takshashila’s founders, the...

All Things Policy: The Coronavirus Update

Is the global Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic? What must India do to contain its fallout? Nitin Pai and Shambhavi Naik join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss this unprecedented health crisis and...

All Things Policy: VP Menon’s Legacy

VP Menon rose from nothing to become a critical figure in both the transfer of power from the British and the integration of India’s states. In this episode, historian Narayani...

All Things Policy: The Contest for Undersea Supremacy

In the murky depths below Asia’s oceans, competition is brewing between major powers as they seek to protect and expand their fleets of ballistic missile submarines. What’s driving this competition?...

All Things Policy: Bertil Lintnar on India-China Rivalry

From Wuhan to Chennai, both China and India have reiterated that they must not let differences turn into disputes. But strategic competition in the Indian Ocean Region appears unavoidable, given...

All Things Policy: The Problem of Depressed Potatoes

The humble potato emerged from the mountains of Peru to become a staple food around the world. Today, the potato suffers from inbreeding or ‘depression’ that’s reducing its nutrition and...

All Things Policy: Getting More Women in the Workforce

India continues to have too few women at work even in white-collar jobs. What can be done to increase their numbers? Anupam Manur asks Sowmya Nandan and Shambhavi Naik why...

All Things Policy: Sense and Censorship

The decision by the streaming service Hotstar to withhold the show Last Week Tonight has stirred controversy. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani, Prateek Waghre and Utkarsh Narain discuss the repercussions...

All Things Policy: What’s Next in Afghanistan?

America’s deal with the Taliban is being celebrated by some as a step towards peace. Are they right? Anand Arni and Pranay Kotasthane join Aditya Ramanathan to dissect the deal...

All Things Policy: Indian Troops in Afghanistan?

With the U.S. looking for a quick exit from Afghanistan, should India consider putting boots on the ground? Pranay Kotasthane is joined by Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan as he...

All Things Policy: Fighting the Coronavirus Pt 4

While the number of new coronavirus cases are falling in China, Xi says the situation remains “grim and complex.” What’s worse, there are new hotspots emerging internationally. Manoj Kewalramani and...

All Things Policy: The Perils of Eugenics

As gene-editing technology advances, the social contexts within which it will unfold need to be understood and integrated into policy planning. Shambhavi Naik and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss the dark history...

All Things Policy: A European Nuclear Force?

French President Emmanuel Macron wants European Union countries to discuss the possibility of giving France’s nuclear forces a broader role in European security. Is this a feasible idea? What is...

All Things Policy: Is a Multipolar World Good for India?

Even as India receives US President Donald Trump with fanfare it remains committed to a multipolar world order. But is such an order really conducive to India’s rise? Manoj Kewalramani,...

All Things Policy: Fighting the Coronavirus Pt3

A new speech by Xi Jinping shows that the Chinese leadership was aware of the outbreak well before strict measures were taken. Is this an admission of systemic failure or...

All Things Policy: India’s Fiscal Future

The 15th Finance Commission has come out with a slew of recommendations. Which states stand to gain and which ones stand to lose? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane examine some...

All Things Policy: Reading the Economist 24

In this week’s Reading the Economist, Aditya Ramanathan is joined by Anirudh Kanisetti and Suyash Desai to discuss the failure of UN peacemaking, arms sales in the Middle East, and...

The PLA Insight: PLA, Equifax and Espionage; Taiwan-PRC Scrambles; PLA & Virus; India & China; Nuke Forces; Arms Sale; Social Credit System and more

I. The Big Story: PLA, Equifax and Espionage The US’s Department of Justice announced the indictment of four Chinese PLA service members in connection with the 2017 Equifax breach on February 10. The indictment...

All Things Policy: Competition and Reassurance in the Indo-Pacific

Is China now playing nice after years of assertiveness? Does India’s policy of “evasive balancing” make any sense? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Aditya Ramanathan to debate new ideas...

All Things Policy: Fighting the Coronavirus Pt2

As the coronavirus continues to take a lethal toll across the world, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik take stock of recent developments and try to make a better sense of...

All Things Policy: Caste Away

After hundreds of years of caste endogamy, one would think that Indian society would be far more open to intercaste marriages than it actually is. Shambhavi Naik and Sarthak Pradhan...
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