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The Filter Coffee | Urdunama: RAWalpindi

So what else is new?  Pakistan claims India’s intelligence agency R&AW is involved in terrorism in Pakistan.  Pakistan’s news media outlets — described often as “vibrant” and “independent” — have very dutifully carried stories of R&AW’s alleged involvement, without asking...

Catalyst | The eight-fold path to good public engagement

I was asked to speak at a panel titled “Engaging Policymakers, Journalists and the Public” last week at a conference of think tanks in New Delhi. I primarily spoke about how Takshashila engages the public, especially via blogs, op-eds and social media....

Catalyst | Arranging a market for lemons

My fellow blogger Karthik Shashidhar (and his wife Priyanka Bharadwaj) started an interesting conversation on his personal blog on the grand old market in India: arranged marriage. They assert that the arranged marriage market has become increasingly illiquid, and hence unattractive. Both Priyanka and Karthik...

Terra Nullius | A State that counts

Pakistan needs tangible numbers that prove the existence of its citizens. The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has recently approved a timeline to hold the population and housing census in Pakistan, in March 2016. The preliminary data will be completed by June 2016,...

Terra Nullius | The Amendment to the JJ Act

There is still a long way to go for holistic reforms within the Juvenile Justice setup. The Cabinet recently cleared the Amendment to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children) Act 2000. This Act is the primary act for all cases...

The Broad Mind | Geopolitics, economic reforms and the citizen

By Nitin Pai for Loksatta Whistle. Let us be clear: the world is interested in India because our economy is growing. If the growth process stalls, the world will stop seeing India as a potential solution to its problems. It...

Catalyst | Internet as a public good: A case for net neutrality

The internet is almost a public good, and competition is not enough to keep the network healthy and growing. Knowledge is the currency of power today. Land, capital and unskilled labour will not matter as much as knowledge as ‘factors of production’...

RQ | How 2ab explains net neutrality

So Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set off this little storm on Twitter by talking about the relationship between India and Canada being similar to the “ term” in the expansion of . India and Canada are like that “2ab”...

Acorn | On net neutrality and the national interest

Net neutrality might be an optimum compromise in the absence of full liberalisation of the telecom industry This is a comment I wrote for the Hindi newspaper Naidunia (Indore). Given that Takshashila might submit an official response to the TRAI...

The Broad Mind | The eightfold path to unlearn public policy paradigms

What are the eight things to unlearn in order to appreciate policymaking better. by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) If one wishes to learn about public policy in the Indian context, there are several great pieces to refer to. For instance, Ajay...
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