Publications

Takshashila Discussion Document – A Military Resource Allocation Framework

Download the Discussion Document in PDF This discussion document proposes a Military Resource Allocation Framework 1.0 (M-RAF 1.0) for the Indian Military. The M-RAF (1.0) is a derivative of the...

Takshashila Discussion Document: The Doklam Imbroglio (July 2020 Update)

Executive Summary In 2017, the Doklam plateau became a flashpoint for the Asian powers, India and China. China’s tactics in Doklam are clear examples of its general “salami-slicing” strategy, a...

Takshashila Discussion Document – COVID-19 Testing Strategy for India

By Shambhavi Naik Download this discussion document in PDF Executive Summary The rapidly spreading COVID-19 can be contained only with rapid, accurate testing and isolation of infected individuals. Various types...

Takshashila Discussion Document- Analysing Digital Platforms’ Responses to COVID-19 Information Disorder

By Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth Download the Discussion Document in PDF. Executive Summary This Discussion Document analyses the responses of digital platforms to the information disorders around COVID-19: During...

Responding to the Standoff on the LAC in Ladakh

By The Takshashila Geostrategy Team This graphical representation looks at India’s options for responding its standoff with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with the People’s Republic of...

Takshashila Discussion Document – COVID-19: Lessons from the US in the Second World War

By Sarthak Pradhan, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Pranav R. Satyanath Download the Discussion Document in PDF This document studies the rapid expansion of industrial capacity in the US during the Second...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc – National Security Preparedness & Planning for COVID-19

Download the Discussion SlideDoc in PDF There are four major risks in the ongoing pandemic: the spread of infection, police and armed forces being stretched thin, opportunistic actions by insurgents,...

Takshashila Discussion Document – India’s Theatre Command System: A Proposal

Download the Discussion Document in PDF This discussion document proposes the structural framework for India’s Theatre Command system with terrain and strategic threats being prime factors. Larger theatre structures facilitate...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – A Policy Guide to Pooled Testing

By Shambhavi Naik Download the Policy Advisory in PDF Executive Summary: Pooled testing is a valuable tool in the routine surveillance of diseases. However, it is not a substitute for...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – COVID-19: Reopening Schools in India

By Shambhavi Naik and Nitin Pai Executive Summary: As part of the response to COVID-19 in India, various state governments had closed all schools by mid-March. Maintaining social distancing and...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment: India, COVID-19, and West Asia

Download the Strategic Assessment as a PDF. Executive Summary The novel coronavirus has introduced new and highly unpredictable social and political dynamics into West Asia. We argue that: India’s key...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: China’s Maritime Coercion Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Download the Discussion SlideDoc in PDF Executive Summary This document assesses the recent escalation of coercive activities by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the South China Sea (SCS)...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: A Pathway for Post-Pandemic Economic Reconstruction

By Nitin Pai, Anupam Manur, Sarthak Pradhan, Anirudh Kanisetti Download this slidedoc as a PDF. Executive Summary: The economic response to the pandemic should consist of immediate disaster relief, a...

Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc – Technological Interventions for COVID-19 Management: An Analysis

By Prateek Waghre, Sapni GK, Utkarsh Narain Download this slidedoc as a PDF. Executive Summary: This assessment evaluates common technological intervention use-cases in response to COVID-19 through the framework of...

Recommended Draft Space Activities (Regulation) Bill, 2020

Download the recommended draft bill in PDF. Takshashila’s ‘The New Space Policy 2020‘ proposes a clear policy and regulatory structure that paves the way for growth of the nascent private...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – COVID-19: Healthcare Measures to Tackle a Second Wave in India

Executive Summary Countries worldwide are bracing for a second wave of COVID-19 infections in the coming months. A second wave is a resurgence in infections after the existing cases appear...

Takshashila Discussion Document: Attracting Large Investments in the Post COVID-19 World

By Shankar Khasnis, Sarthak Pradhan Download the Discussion Document in PDF India must be prepared with a post-pandemic economic reconstruction plan to revive the different sectors of the economy. It...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: Increasing COVID-19 Testing Capacity in India

By Shambhavi Naik Executive Summary: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic rests on the ability to test for infected patients quickly and at scale. Exhaustive testing underpins effective containment strategies,...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: India in the Post COVID-19 World Order

By Pranay Kotasthane, Akshay Alladi, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Anupam Manur Executive Summary COVID-19 is likely to accelerate the competition and confrontation between the US and China, and simultaneously reduce the...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment: Impact of COVID-19 on the Chinese Armed Forces

Download the Strategic Assessment document as a pdf Executive Summary This assessment examines the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). We argue that: Claims of...

Takshashila Discussion Document – China’s Foreign Policy in the Post-Covid World Order: An Assessment

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Key Ideas: Regime survival and stability are likely to remain as primary objectives of China’s international engagement. Prolonged economic slowdown, the threat of increased...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – Covid-19: Towards a National Reopening Strategy for India

Download the Policy Advisory as a PDF. Executive Summary This document proposes “calibrated reopenings” as a means of restoring economic activities in India under the shadow of a Covid-19 outbreak....

Takshashila Discussion Document: Networked Protests & State Responses: The Case of Hong Kong 2019-20

Download the Discussion Document in PDF. Executive Summary Digital technologies and Internet connectivity are enabling rapid mobilisation of large groups of individuals around a common cause. The defining feature of...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment: India and the Saudi-Russia Oil Price War

Download the full Strategic Assessment as a PDF. Executive Summary Global oil prices have fallen by about half since early March 2020. On one hand, the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping...

Modi govt needs to open the JAM for public contributions. PM Care alone can’t deliver

If containing the coronavirus outbreak is the primary national policy prerogative at this time, a close second is the task of providing relief to those who have been hardest hit...

Takshashila Strategic Assessment: The Economics and Politics of Pakistan’s COVID-19 Response

By Sarthak Pradhan, Sakshi Arora, and Pranay Kotasthane Download the full Strategic Assessment in PDF Executive Summary As of March 27th, Pakistan had the largest number of COVID-19 cases in...

Takshashila Discussion Document: A Framework for Enabling Predictive Genomics to Improve Public Health in India

By Shambhavi Naik and Pavan Srinath Download the Discussion Document in PDF. Heritable genetic diseases, particularly rare diseases, contribute to a significant disease burden in India. In India’s urban areas,...

Takshashila Discussion Document: An Indian Approach Towards Strategic Petroleum Reserves

By Anupam Manur, Rohan Seth, and Narayan Ramachandran Download the Discussion Document in PDF Energy security is a strategic imperative for India, given its strong growth aspirations. As the country...

Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc– Securing China: An Assessment of Xi’s Military Reforms

Download the Discussion Slidedoc in PDF Executive Summary China’s President Xi Jinping announced landmark military reforms in late 2015. The reforms aim to convert the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into...

Takshashila Blue Paper: Governing Tech Platforms in India

The Takshashila Institution hosted a roundtable on 24 January 2020 to discuss policy solutions to some of the unique issues in platform marketplaces. Finding the balance between mitigating the harm...
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