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Ever wondered how automation will change the world? Maybe you puzzle over what India could do to ease traffic congestion, or how China's aircraft carriers will transform Indian Ocean geopolitics? All Things Policy, a daily podcast brought to you by the Takshashila Institution, brings you all the answers. Every weekday, our researchers break down complex economic and geopolitical ideas through the lens of current events. For everyone from the busy executive to the curious student, All Things ...
 
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The rise in international tensions and the decline in economic globalisation are often touted as opportunities for India to become a critical part of global supply chains as businesses exit China. But how many enterprises are actually leaving China? Are they looking to India? And what can India do to become a more attractive destination for such bu…
 
How will Joe Biden's administration approach relations with India? Should Delhi be worried? Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the prospects for India-US ties in the post-Trump era. You can follow Manoj on twitter: @theChinaDude (https://twitter.com/theChinaDude) You can follow Aditya on twitter: @adityascripts (https://twitter.com/adi…
 
Modern tech monopolies are being subject to antitrust investigations in the US and in India. There are lessons they can learn from Microsoft in the 1990s. Rohan Seth talks to Mihir Mahajan on Microsoft’s antitrust troubles and what they tell us about the present. Mihir Mahajan is an expert in intellectual property matters and has previously worked …
 
The year 2020 was critical for the Chinese armed forces. Its goal of achieving mechanisation was delayed, as were recruitment reforms. Meanwhile, assertion with regard to territorial disputes intensified. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani talks to Suyash Desai about all the developments related to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2020 and w…
 
2020 was one of the most turbulent years in recent history. What's 2021 going to look like? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane speak to Anirudh Kanisetti about their big economic and geopolitical predictions for the next year. We'll revisit this in 2022 to see if they managed to get anything right! Join Takshashila's PublicGyaan prediction market i…
 
India's approval of two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use has received mixed responses. Shambhavi Naik, Anirudh Kanisetti and Sunila Dixit discuss the approval process, the possible consequences of speeding things up and the potential impact on public confidence. You can follow Shambhavi on twitter: @TheNaikMic (https://twitter.com/TheNaikMic) Yo…
 
2020 has been a strange year. One thing that remained constant at Takshashila was our love for reading. Manoj Kewalramani joins Nitin Pai and Rohan Seth to talk about their reading lists and learnings from tech, policy, fiction, and beyond. Link to the latest edition of Rohan’s newsletter: https://pdfchomper.substack.com/p/hand-me-the-paper-2?r=5df…
 
The Royal Navy has been one of the most formidable forces ever to put to sea in history. Through modern times, the Royal Navy has been served by a well-oiled intelligence machine made of many cogs. Aditya Pareek talks to Aditya Ramanathan about Andrew Boyd's recent book, British Naval Intelligence Through the Twentieth Century, and what it tells us…
 
The availability and quality of face masks and hand sanitisers have improved many times over since the pandemic began. How did this happen? Sarthak Pradhan joins Saurabh Modi to discuss how markets solved the problem of scarcity with urgency and innovation. You can follow Sarthak on twitter: @PSarthak19 (https://twitter.com/PSarthak19) You can list…
 
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, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan take a step back to see what the origins of cities, religions, and kingshi…
 
The semiconductor value chain is one of the most diverse supply chains in the tech world. No one country has been successful in having a completely domestic supply chain. Could collaborations within international groupings such as the Quad improve supply chain resilience?. Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Pranay Kotasthane and Rohan Seth about how such a…
 
While Indians lavish attention on general and state elections, democracy at the municipal tends to be ignored or hijacked by extraneous issues. In this episode, Suman Joshi, programme manager for Takshashila's Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, makes the case for 'active citizenship' as a possible way of engaging in city-level issues and fixing…
 
A recent notification from the Ministry of AYUSH says post-graduate AYUSH doctors will be trained to perform 39 types of surgeries. The notification has caused discontent among modern medicine doctors and led them to go on strike. Anirudh Kanisetti talks with Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit about the decision and what it means for the practice of m…
 
Even as incoming US President Joe Biden vows to craft a "coherent strategy" on China, the European Union is trying to clinch a trade deal with Beijing. How do Europeans view the rise of China? And how can Europe balance its American alliance with its desire for strategic autonomy. Manoj Kewalramani unpacks the dynamics of the US-Europe-China triang…
 
China's Change 5 mission returned to Earth after a 23-day mission to the moon during which it collected two kilograms of lunar samples. What does this mission tell us about China's lunar program? And how does India's own moon exploration program stack up? Pradeep Mohandas talks to Aditya Ramanathan. You can follow Aditya Ramanathan on Instagram: - …
 
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the findings of the first phase of the National Family Health Survey 5. While indicators on family planning and vaccination have improved, the trends of nutrition are concerning. Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Sunila Dixit and Shambhavi Naik about the possible reasons behind the increase in undernutrit…
 
The US Federal Trade Commission is suing Facebook for its acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram. Is Facebook monopolising the personal social networking marketplace? Anupam Manur and Rohan Seth weigh the evidence and debate whether the FTC action is fair. You can follow Rohan Seth on Instagram: @sethrohan617 (https://instagram.com/sethrohan617?igs…
 
Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said this week that the relationship with China had been “significantly damaged” this year. In fact, as winter sets in, multiple rounds of talks at the Corps Commander level have failed to result in disengagement and de-escalation in eastern Ladakh. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani talks to Lt. General Prakas…
 
Russia is planning to lease a naval base in Sudan for at least 25 years. Aditya Pareek talks to Aditya Ramanathan about Moscow's underlying ambitions, the geopolitics driving this move, and the state of Russia's fleet, especially its flagship Admiral Kuznetsov. Samuel Ramani analyses Russia's Sudan plans: https://rusi.org/commentary/russia-port-sud…
 
Vaccines are being approved for emergency use in countries like the UK and Canada. Can India do the same? Sunila Dixit talks to Shambhavi Naik about the status of various vaccine candidates, a planned app to ease tracking of vaccine deployment, and other developments on the COVID-19 vaccine front. You can follow Sunila on twitter: @SunilaDixit (htt…
 
As threats from disease outbreaks and ecological disasters grow, should intelligence agencies be tasked with tracking them? What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of such a move? Takshashila's director Nitin Pai joins distinguished fellow and former Special Secretary in the Research & Analysis Wing, Anand Arni, to debate these matters in a co…
 
An internal working group set up by RBI recommended allowing corporate houses to own and operate banks. Sarthak Pradhan joins Saurabh Modi to discuss the reasoning behind the move and the new challenges it could create. You can follow Sarthak on twitter: @PSarthak19 (https://twitter.com/PSarthak19) You can listen to this show and other awesome show…
 
The killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has dimmed prospects for a renewed nuclear deal with Iran. Will US President-elect Joe Biden be able to resume talks? And how will the killing affect India's relationship with Iran? Manoj Kewalramani talks to Dr. Hina Pandey, Associate Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies. Dr. Hina P…
 
Recently, on the Constitution Day, the Prime Minister called for replacing current election cycles with simultaneous elections. While this is not a new idea, does it solve the challenges of holding several elections? And are there better solutions? Prasanna Naidu and Pranay Kotasthane discuss the "one election" idea and some possible alternatives t…
 
A new WHO report, State of the World's Sanitation, reveals what progress has been made and what remains to be done. What are the social factors affecting the utilization of sanitation facilities? Is India actually 100% open-defecation free? Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit discuss these questions and more. You can follow Shambhavi on twitter: @TheNa…
 
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued new Motor Vehicle Aggregators guidelines. These have some serious implications for companies like Uber and Ola. Rohan Seth talks to Anupam Manur about what the fine print really means for both riders and drivers. Link to the guidelines: https://morth.nic.in/sites/default/files/notifications_docum…
 
For a larger regional and global presence, India needs to be pro-active in joining free trade agreements. Dropping out of RCEP is an opportunity lost to push the Indian industry towards greater competitiveness. Anupam Manur and Manoj Kewalramani examine what this means for India's trade strategy and why Delhi must change its protectionist stance. Y…
 
Both the US and Europe have attempted to regulate 'Big Tech' effectively. Soon, it will be India's turn to work out new ground rules for these novel technologies and business practices. Atish Padhy and Saurabh Modi join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss what India should learn from the Western experience, and how can it approach the regulation of "Big T…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened inequalities in India's education sector. While many schools and colleges have resorted to online classes, millions of students struggle to get access to the required technology. Should India consider declaring 2020 a zero year, requiring all students to repeat this academic year in 2021-22? Saurabh Modi and Atish…
 
How is vaccine effectiveness calculated? Should ministers be part of vaccine clinical trials? Sunila Dixit is joined by Ameya Paleja and Shambhavi Naik to discuss the latest developments in vaccines to combat COVID-19. Ask us your questions about COVID-19 vaccines by emailing us at research@takshashila.org or tweet to us @TakshashilaInst You can fo…
 
The Kerala State government has backed down from amending its Police Act to include imprisonment for social media posts considered "offensive" or "defamatory". But different efforts to tackle disinformation across the country throughout 2020 indicate that we risk short-term responses without considering the long-term fall out. In this episode, Roha…
 
While the pandemic rages on without end, the 73rd World Health Assembly has passed important resolutions relating to vaccination, food security, and other diseases. Manoj Kewalramani and Sunila Dixit talk about the recent resolutions as well as the controversial resolution passed in May calling for an investigation into WHO handling of the crisis. …
 
The Takshashila Institution has launched a new book, India's Marathon: Reshaping the Post-Pandemic World Order, a collection of essays by public intellectuals about our changing world and what India needs to do to thrive. In this episode, lawyer and accountant Surya Prakash BS joins Pranay Kotasthane to talk about how India's byzantine revenue syst…
 
The Takshashila Institution has launched a new book, India's Marathon: Reshaping the Post-Pandemic World Order, a collection of essays by public intellectuals about our changing world and what India needs to do to thrive. In this episode, author Kunal Singh, a Ph.D. candidate at MIT, joins Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan to talk about how I…
 
The Takshashila Institution has launched a new book, India's Marathon: Reshaping the Post-Pandemic World Order, a collection of essays by public intellectuals about our changing world and what India needs to do to thrive. In this episode, economist Shruti Rajagopalan joins Anupam Manur to talk about how India's population is one of its biggest asse…
 
The Takshashila Institution has launched a new book, India's Marathon: Reshaping the Post-Pandemic World Order, a collection of essays by public intellectuals about our changing world and what India needs to do to thrive. In this episode, author Raja Karthikeya, a UN diplomat, joins Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan to talk about how internat…
 
The Takshashila Institution has launched a new book, India's Marathon: Reshaping the Post-Pandemic World Order, a collection of essays by public intellectuals about our changing world and what India needs to do to thrive. In this episode, author Ameya Ashok Naik joins Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan to talk about the rules-based internation…
 
The Takshashila Institution has launched a new book, India's Marathon: Reshaping the Post-Pandemic World Order, a collection of essays by public intellectuals about our changing world and what India needs to do to thrive. In this episode, author Alok Prasanna Kumar joins Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan to talk about the issues that India's …
 
What does Pfizer’s announcement about its COVID-19 vaccine mean? Why did Brazil halt China’s SinoVac vaccine trial? When will Serum Institute’s vaccine be ready? Manoj Kewalramani is joined by Ameya Paleja and Sunila Dixit to talk about progress being made towards workable vaccines for COVID-19. You can follow Manoj on twitter: @theChinaDude (https…
 
Information disorder took center-stage in the 2020 US elections, with mass-media and social media platforms both amplifying and containing narratives. What lessons can the information ecosystem in India learn from them? Prateek Waghre is joined by Devika Khandelwal from 'Logically' and Himanshi Dahiya from 'The Quint' to talk about this. Relevant L…
 
Will a Biden administration get tougher on Beijing? Will it ease the pressure? Or will it be more of the same? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what the coming years might hold for US-China relations. You can follow Manoj on twitter: @theChinaDude (https://twitter.com/theChinaDude) You can follow Suyash on twitte…
 
Cleopatra, the last active ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt is closer to our time than the Great Pyramid of Giza was to her time. How did ancient Egypt last so long? And how did it combine dynamism with endurance? Anirudh Kanisetti joins Aditya Ramanathan to discuss the origins, ascent, and eventual decline of this astonishing civilization and why it matte…
 
The cutting edge features in naval submarines today are the legacy of Cold War-era technologies that were, in turn, derived from both Axis and Allied efforts from the 1930s. Suyash Desai and Aditya Pareek discuss the fascinating history of how today's submarines came to be. You can read Aditya Pareek's blog post on the subject here: https://takshas…
 
China held the fifth plenary session of the 19th Communist Party Central Committee last week. The primary task was to assess the results of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) and consider the draft proposal for the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025). What were the major takeaways from the plenary session? What are the significant economic, military, …
 
Social mobility refers to a change in one's social status relative to one's current social location. What are the factors impacting social mobility? What is the extent of social mobility in India? What are its impact on society, politics, and the economy? In this episode, Apurva Kumar and Sarthak Pradhan analyse some recent academic literature that…
 
The US Senate questioned the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google on whether Section 230- which shields them from liability for the actions of online users - enables their own 'bad behaviour'. What's driving this new bout of scrutiny? And how will this affect the policy landscape in India? Manoj Kewalramani speaks to Rohan Seth and Prateek Waghre.…
 
Stubble burning in the states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh contributes to air pollution in North India during the wintertime. Sowmya Nandan talks to Sunila Dixit about the causes behind the stubble burning and the policy actions taken by the state governments to curb it. You can follow Sowmya on twitter: @sowmyanandan (https://twitter.com/…
 
In a historic development, Australia will join the Malabar naval exercise in November along with India, the US and Japan. High Commissioner Barry O'Farell joins Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane to talk about the exercise, bilateral ties with India, and the future of the Indo-Pacific. You can follow Barry O’Farrell on twitter: @AusHCIndia (https://tw…
 
The United States, the Afghan government, and the Taliban are vying for advantage in the ongoing talks. In a conversation with Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan, Takshashila's distinguished fellow, Anand Arni dissects the strategies of various players and what they mean for India. You can follow Anand on twitter: @anand_arni (https://twitter.…
 
Reforms are long overdue in India's power sector. Does the recent draft Electricity Amendment Bill offer viable solutions? Anupam Manur and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the challenges India's power sector faces and analyze whether the draft bill provisions can address them. You can follow Anupam on twitter: @anupammanur (https://twitter.com/anupammanur)…
 
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