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All Things Policy: Civilisation: What Ancient Mesopotamia Tells Us about India

The Indian Subcontinent had some of the oldest cities in the world – but we know almost nothing about the urban culture of the Indus Valley, especially compared to its contemporaries in ancient Mesopotamia. In our last episode of 2020,...

All Things Policy: How the Portuguese Influenced India’s Culture

From a transformation of cuisines to vanishing creole languages to loan words we use every day, the influence of Portugal on the fabric of life in the subcontinent is endlessly fascinating. Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan join author Karthik Malli...

All Things Policy: Whose History is it Anyway?

Do statues, monuments and buildings represent history? Or just the preoccupations of those that erected them? Should statues of problematic figures be taken down? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan join Manoj Kewalramani to debate the vexed questions around the commemoration...

All Things Policy: Does History Shape Foreign Policy?

Public discourse often attempts to explain the actions of nation-states through “civilisational worldviews”. China, for example, is believed to have a “Middle Kingdom” approach to foreign policy, while some claim that India’s foreign policy follows in the footsteps of Kautilya’s...

All Things Policy: The Secrets of Bengaluru’s Past

The recorded history of Bengaluru, one of India’s most dynamic cities, goes back well over a thousand years. However, it’s a past that offers us only the most tantalising glimpses – through hero stones, inscriptions, and elegant temples. Anirudh Kanisetti...

What Ails Foreign Policy as a Study Discipline?

Amb Shivshankar Menon’s keynote speech on what’s wrong with IR studies in India has sparked a healthy discussion online. His main arguments: Indian students are well versed with abstract IR theory but they find it difficult to apply these concepts to...

Takshashila Hosts Devi Yesodharan

Takshashila hosted Devi Yesodharan, author of the popular historical fiction, Empire, at their offices on 21 November 2017. In her talk, Devi Yesodharan spoke extensively about the Chola empire, their trading links in the Southeast Asian region and how she...

Takshashila hosts Professor Rajan Gurukkal

Acclaimed scientist, historian and writer, Professor Rajan Gurukkal interacted with Takshashila scholars and staff on 15th April, 2015. Professor Gurukkal is a Sundararajan visiting Professor at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The discussion was focussed on...

#GCPPprimetime 6 on the Indian Constitution

Sidin Vadukut and Pavan Srinath discussed the Indian Constitution and the idea of a Republic in the 6th GCPP Prime Time show. Sidin Vadukut is the author of The Sceptical Patriot and Dork, Editor of Mint On Sunday, and a columnist. Sidin has also...