Publications

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...

All Things Policy: Dissing Misinformation

Facebook recently stated that a doctored video of U.S. congresswoman Nancy Pelosi did not violate community guidelines. So what constitutes fake news? And what are the big social media companies...

All Things Policy: Reading the Economist 23

In this week’s Reading the Economist, Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Sarthak Pradhan explore everything from the consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade to Britain’s nuclear deterrent, the economic costs...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 40: PLA’s Fight with Corona virus; US-China Tensions; Type 15 Tanks; S-400; Cambodia’s Naval Base; Type 055 Cruisers; & more

I. The Big Story: PLA’s Fight with the Virus The coronavirus outbreak is far from coming under control, and the PLA has sprung in action to fight it. President Xi Jinping...

All Things Policy: India versus the Internet

Nearly six months after the internet shutdown in J&K, the Union government’s decision to partially lift the shutdown has been riddled with controversy. Why is this judgement so controversial? In...

All Things Policy: Fighting the Coronavirus Pt1

The coronavirus continues to spread across China and beyond. The WHO has declared a global health emergency, and governments across the world are rushing to contain it. But it’s a...

All Things Policy: The Challenge of Theatre Commands

India’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat announced that the armed forces would transition to theatre commands in the next three years. Why does India need theatre commands and...

All Things Policy: Does the Budget Matter

Union Budgets are an annual ritual marked by pageantry and breathless commentary. But how important are they? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane discuss how the budget really...

All Things Policy: The Dilemmas of Nuclear Security

How big a threat is a nuclear terrorism? How did the AQ Khan network really work? And is arms control dead? In this special episode, Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice...

All Things Policy: China’s AI Ambitions and Nuclear Weapons

China’s has an ambitious plan to use artificial intelligence to transform its armed forces. But how would such changes affect nuclear stability? Lora Saalman, a leading expert on the subject...

All Things Policy: Religion and Money in Medieval Gujarat

Medieval India is far more complicated than we give it credit for – it’s full of wily merchants, pragmatic rulers, and complex interactions. Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan dive into...

All Things Policy: The Final Frontier

Takshashila’s policy proposal, ‘The New Space Policy 2020’ proposes a clear governance structure that paves the way for the growth of the nascent private space sector in India. The proposal...

All Things Policy: The Dark Side of The Kashmir White List

Tech researchers Rohini Lakshané and Prateek Waghre join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss the whitelist of 301 sites that have been made accessible in Jammu & Kashmir. Their analysis highlights major...

All Things Policy: The Rise and Fall of West Asia

West Asia is notorious today for its geopolitical instability – but has that always been the case? What do the premodern states of the region tell us about today’s shifting...

All Things Policy: The Virus from Wuhan

The Wuhan virus is already spreading across the world and taking a deadly toll. But what is the virus anyway and how does it spread? In this episode, Rohan Seth...

All Things Policy: Dispatches from China

Indian media coverage of China often tends to be dominated by issues like national security and border frictions. There’s little original reportage around social issues, attitudes towards technology and women’s...

All Things Policy: The Stubborn Challenge of PSU Reform

What kind of products should a state-run PSU produce? Do PSUs make a profit? In this episode, Anupam Manur, Pranay Kotasthane and Sarthak Pradhan talk about the persistent role of...

All Things Policy: Protection from Data Protection

What power does the government have over your data? How should India approach global data sharing agreements? With the Joint Parliamentary Committee due to give its recommendations on the Data...

All Things Policy: Ten Risks to Global Health

Though people on average live longer today, there remain serious threats to global health. But do we know what these are? In this episode Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Shambhavi Naik...

All Things Policy: Going Soft on Hard Balancing

With the rise of China and the slow decline of the international system, how should countries think about the balance of power? In this special episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Manoj...

All Things Policy: The State of India’s Media

What is the role of news media in India today and how do we assess its health? In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai sit down with veteran journalist...

All Things Policy: The Meaning of Taiwan’s Elections

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen won a second four-year term in an historic election on January 11. Suyash Desai and Manoj Kewalramani join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss the impact of Tsai’s...

All Things Policy: Shooting the Messenger

Should the government be allowed to know whom you’re texting? Should it be able to pressure social media companies to silence voices? With the IT Act due to be amended...

All Things Policy: Reading the Foreign Policy Magazine

Do countries really need a grand strategy? Can volunteers transform journalism? And what’s up with the curious phenomenon of ‘flight shaming’? In this episode, Sarthak Pradhan, Nischitha Suresh and Pranav...

All Things Policy: Behaving Badly in the South China Sea

A high profile confrontation at sea between China and Indonesia comes even as countries in the region try to come up with a common code of conduct. Manoj Kewalramani and...
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