Published 12/06/23
Tune into All Things Policy for an eye-opening episode on AI Governance. We're dissecting our most recent Takshashila Discussion Document - delving into AI's transformative role in society, the nuances of attempting to govern it, and the complexities of AI supply chains. Join Satya S Sahu, Rijesh Panicker, and Bharath Reddy, as they explore the values guiding AI from democracy to global stability, and the challenges in creating a competitive AI industry.
Published 12/06/23
The past few years have witnessed the rapid growth of the India-Australia relationship. The agenda for bilateral partnership has expanded significantly from trade and security to emerging technologies and human capital development. In this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani speaks to Philip Green, the new Australian High Commissioner to India, on the priorities for the two sides going forward.
Published 12/05/23
India has one of the strictest gun control regimes where obtaining a gun license is difficult for ordinary civilians. Gun violence and death numbers are also relatively low. However, India has a vast underground market of illegal firearms operated by criminal gangs, epitomised by the ‘katta’ or the countrymade handgun. In this episode of Police Chowki, Javeed Ahmad (ex-IPS and DGP of Uttar Pradesh) and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya discuss the gun culture in India, especially Uttar Pradesh, the...
Published 12/04/23
Australia's recently released cyber security strategy, aims to enhance cyber protection for individuals and businesses. Jade Donney, Counsellor at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi highlighted the key aspects of this comprehensive approach.
Published 12/01/23
In continuation of yesterday’s episode of All Things Policy, Shrikrishna Upadhyaya speaks to Anupam Manur, Professor of Economics at Takshashila Institution, on the economic benefits of migration, the constrained economic freedom in India, and challenges with economic integration of Indian states. Anupam explains how demands for reservation are intrinsically related to unemployment and economic growth. Reading: Reservation For Locals: Whither jobs, economic freedoms, and economic unity?
Published 11/30/23
The State of Haryana passed the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020 which provided 75% reservation to local candidates in all private sector jobs in the state which paid less than Rs. 30,000 per month. Last week, the Punjab & Haryana High Court struck down the law as unconstitutional for violating the fundamental rights to movement, settlement and trade, occupation and business. In this episode, Saurabh Todi and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya dissect the issue of local...
Published 11/29/23
Rahul Matthan joins Rijesh Panicker and Bharath Reddy for a chat about his new book, "The Third Way." Together, they unravel  India's unique approach to data governance, embedded within its digital public infrastructure. Buy the book here on Amazon.
Published 11/28/23
The Indian state has long witnessed separatism, often backed by militancy, in various regions across the country. We have had periods of militancy in Punjab, the North Eastern states, and Jammu Kashmir as well as Naxalite movements in Central India. In this episode of Police Chowki, Javeed Ahmad (ex-IPS and DGP of the State of Uttar Pradesh) speaks to Shrikrishna Upadhyaya regarding the unique challenges of policing in conflict zones, tactics employed by police forces, civilian...
Published 11/27/23
Kingshuk Saha and Manoj Kewalramani discuss the evolution of the Canada-India crisis and discuss how it has not only impacted the bilateral relations between both countries but also has cast a shadow on Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.
Published 11/24/23
In February 2023, the Tom Tom traffic index found Bengaluru to be the world’s second-most traffic congested city. In September, the city experienced massive traffic congestion with lakhs of commuters stranded for hours. October saw the Namma Metro's Purple Line fully operational to help ease traffic. But will the metro really suffice as the solution for Bengaluru's long-term traffic needs? Or are there other factors at play? In this episode, Ananya Desai and Rohan Pai discuss Namma Metro's...
Published 11/23/23
In this episode, Kingshuk and Dr. Nithyanandam delve deeply into the most recent events in the Doklam region, as reported in the most recent news article from Takshashila Geospatial Bulletin. Join them as they unravel the complexities surrounding the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and their strategic moves in this critical border area.
Published 11/22/23
India's Electric Vehicle ecosystem has grown remarkably in the last few years. However, questions arise about the sustainability of this growth and potential challenges. In this All Things Policy episode, Sarthak Pradhan engages in conversation with Manish Bhandari and Ashwin Kak, both current students of Takshashila's 48 week Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy, where they share their insights on the state of affairs in India's Electric Vehicle sector.
Published 11/21/23
In this episode of All Things Policy, Amit Kumar and Bharat Sharma speak to Anushka Saxena about the recent Indo-US 2+2  ministerial dialogue. They discuss deepening defence and security cooperation between India and the US, what it means for the Quad, and how it affects its agenda. Finally, they also discuss the China factor in the relationship, and what role China plays in the context of deepening technology cooperation between the two countries.  Edited
Published 11/20/23
A recent report suggested that Indian men outrank women as organ recipients. Meanwhile, women are far more likely to donate their organs to male counterparts within their families. Further, the proportion of organ donations from deceased persons is minuscule as opposed to living donors. In this episode, Saurabh Todi and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya discuss the reasons behind the gender disparities in organ transplants in India and certain solutions to solve the demand and supply mismatch in the...
Published 11/17/23
Many scientists and policymakers around the world are standing up and highlighting the potential harm that AI can do but Sridhar Krishna and Rijesh Panicker bring a different perspective and suggest AI can actually support the growth of liberal democracy. Readings: AI and its potential impact on liberal democracy, FRANCIS FUKUYAMA interview New UN Advisory Body aims to harness AI for the common good How Generative AI can help boost democracy HBR - 10 ways AI will change democracy ...
Published 11/16/23
Rapid urbanization presents a pressing challenge for solid waste management as burgeoning cities generate increasing amounts of waste, necessitating innovative and sustainable solutions to handle the growing volume of solid waste. Effective solid waste management practices are crucial to maintaining urban hygiene, reducing environmental pollution, and ensuring urban populations' well-being in the face of urban expansion. Mubeena Mubarak and Malathi Renati speak about solid waste management's...
Published 11/15/23
The journey of education is a combination of many experiences put together. What goes into the nuts & bolts of the Australian education system? Josiah Neal is in conversation with Sowmya Prabhakar to give us a fair idea about it from a student’s perspective.
Published 11/13/23
In this episode of All Things Policy, Anushka Saxena discusses with Manoj Kewalramani and Amit Kumar tensions in US-China relations, and whether the upcoming Xi-Biden meeting at the APEC Summit signals a thaw in relations. Manoj and Amit also highlight the significance of the high-level diplomatic dialogue that has taken place between the two sides in the past few months, and its role in creating stability and guardrails in a largely tenuous relationship.
Published 11/10/23
Hours after the horrific terror strike on Israel by Hamas on October 7, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced unequivocal support to Israel in its hour of grief. Within days, India reiterated its stand on the two-state solution, and clearly differentiated between Hamas and the Palestinian people. On October 19, Modi spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Takshashila's Sachin Kalbag and Yusuf Unjhawala break down the unique position that India is in, and how it could use...
Published 11/09/23
According to a 2021 census, 710,380 Indian-born people were living in Australia, effectively making them the second-largest migrant group in the country after those born in England. The Department of Home Affairs (Australia) granted 382,000 student visas between July 2022 and February 2023. This is a 41.3 percent increase compared to the same period of 2019-2020. Should immigration continue to be encouraged in Australia? What draws Indian students to Australia, as opposed to the US and the...
Published 11/08/23
Energy access can greatly impact healthcare, education, and quality of life. What seen or unseen policy issues exist at the interplay between energy and development? Join Akansha Saklani and Satya Sahu as they discuss the critical role energy access plays in fostering the development of rural and underserved communities worldwide.
Published 11/07/23
As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 3.42 lakh people are still missing and untraced in India as of 2021. A vast majority of missing persons are women. In this episode of Police Chowki, Javeed Ahmad (ex-IPS and DGP of Uttar Pradesh) speaks to Shrikrishna Upadhyaya on the various reasons behind missing persons, kidnapping and abduction, human trafficking, enforced disappearances, and the urban-rural divide in terms of people going missing. Readings: Where do most people go...
Published 11/06/23
In this episode, Amit Kumar talks to Anushka Saxena about some elements of India's cybersecurity policy and priorities, including the nature of the threat the country faces, its domestic policy imperatives, and its engagement with the multilateral fora on the issue of responsible cyber behaviour.
Published 11/03/23
In the episode of All Things Policy, Shambhavi Naik and Saurabh Todi discuss the recent news from China where scientists have successfully restored hearing in kids born deaf. They discuss the consequences of this achievement and the ethics of gene therapies.
Published 11/02/23