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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 Policy is all you'll need to understand the world (and appreciate your breakfast) better.

311 Episodes
As gene-editing technology advances, the social contexts within which it will unfold need to be understood and integrated into policy planning. Shambhavi Naik and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss the dark history of eugenics, its recent resurgence, and what India needs to do to ensure gene editing is used responsibly.Follow Shambhavi Naik on twitter: @TheNaikMicFollow Anirudh Kanisetti on twitter: @AKanisetti
French President Emmanuel Macron wants European Union countries to discuss the possibility of giving France's nuclear forces a broader role in European security. Is this a feasible idea? What is Macron's game plan? Aditya Ramanathan, Nischitha Suresh and Pranav RS try to unpack Macron's motivations and whether they make any sense for Europe.Follow Aditya on Twitter: @adityascriptsFollow Pranay on Twitter: @pranaykotasFollow Nischitha on Twitter: @Nischitha4
Even as India receives US President Donald Trump with fanfare it remains committed to a multipolar world order. But is such an order really conducive to India's rise? Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan consider the question and a lively debate ensues.Follow Aditya on Twitter: @adityascriptsFollow Anirudh on Twitter: @AKanisettiFollow Manoj Kewalramani on Twitter @theChinaDude
A new speech by Xi Jinping shows that the Chinese leadership was aware of the outbreak well before strict measures were taken. Is this an admission of systemic failure or signalling of strength? Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik take stock of all the developments related to the outbreak.Follow Manoj Kewalramani on Twitter @theChinaDude Follow Shambhavi Naik on Twitter @TheNaikMic
US President Donald Trump is set to land in Ahmedabad on February 24 on his first trip to India. But will his visit amount to anything more than hype? Manoj Kewalramani and Pranay Kotasthane join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss the future of the India-US relationship.Follow Manoj Kewalramani on Twitter @theChinaDudeFollow Pranay Kotasthane on Twitter: @pranaykotasFollow Aditya Ramanathan on Twitter: @adityascripts
The 15th Finance Commission has come out with a slew of recommendations. Which states stand to gain and which ones stand to lose? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane examine some of the implications of the commission's interim report.Follow:Anupam on Twitter: @anupammanurPranay Kotasthane on Twitter: @pranaykotas
In this week’s Reading the Economist, Aditya Ramanathan is joined by Anirudh Kanisetti and Suyash Desai to discuss the failure of UN peacemaking, arms sales in the Middle East, and the politics of Ireland, the Phillippines, and Kazakhstan.Follow Aditya on Twitter: @adityascriptsFollow Anirudh on Twitter: @AKanisettiFollow Suyash Desai: @Suyash_Desai
Is China now playing nice after years of assertiveness? Does India's policy of "evasive balancing" make any sense? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Aditya Ramanathan to debate new ideas about the politics of the Indo-Pacific.
As the coronavirus continues to take a lethal toll across the world, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik take stock of recent developments and try to make a better sense of China's response.Follow:Manoj Kewalramani @theChinaDudeShambhavi Naik @TheNaikMic
Ep. 261: Caste Away

Ep. 261: Caste Away


After hundreds of years of caste endogamy, one would think that Indian society would be far more open to intercaste marriages than it actually is. Shambhavi Naik and Sarthak Pradhan unpack the science and political economy of intercaste marriage with Anirudh Kanisetti, busting myths, discussing history, and pointing out the very real ramifications for public health today.Read Shambhavi’s article here: Shambhavi: @TheNaikMicFollow Anirudh: @AKanisettiFollow Sarthak: @PSarthak19
Facebook recently stated that a doctored video of U.S. congresswoman Nancy Pelosi did not violate community guidelines. So what constitutes fake news? And what are the big social media companies doing about it? Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth about today's information disorder.Follow Prateek on Twitter: @prateekwaghreFollow Anirudh on Twitter: @AKanisettiFollow Rohan on Twitter: @thesethist
In this week’s Reading the Economist, Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Sarthak Pradhan explore everything from the consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade to Britain’s nuclear deterrent, the economic costs of the Wuhan coronavirus, and the challenge of financial inclusion in India.Follow Aditya on Twitter: @adityascriptsFollow Anirudh on Twitter: @AKanisettiFollow Sarthak on Twitter: @PSarthak19
Nearly six months after the internet shutdown in J&K, the Union government's decision to partially lift the shutdown has been riddled with controversy. Why is this judgement so controversial? In this special episode, Rohan Seth first talks to Apar Gupta, the director of Indian Freedom Foundation, and Prateek Waghre about the Anuradha Bhasin case judgement about the implications of Kashmir internet white list.Prateek’s twitter thread: Prateek: @prateekwaghreFollow Apar: @apar1984
The coronavirus continues to spread across China and beyond. The WHO has declared a global health emergency, and governments across the world are rushing to contain it. But it’s a challenge that the world is well-equipped to tackle. Anirudh Kanisetti, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik take stock of recent developments and unpack the myths about the virus.
India's Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat announced that the armed forces would transition to theatre commands in the next three years. Why does India need theatre commands and what should they look like? Lt General Prakash Menon joins Aditya Ramanathan and Suyash Desai to talk about the difficulties and opportunities ahead as India restructures its military.
Union Budgets are an annual ritual marked by pageantry and breathless commentary. But how important are they? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane discuss how the budget really impacts the economy and our daily lives.
How big a threat is a nuclear terrorism? How did the AQ Khan network really work? And is arms control dead? In this special episode, Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School, joins Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav RS to discuss the challenges of our nuclear age.
China's has an ambitious plan to use artificial intelligence to transform its armed forces. But how would such changes affect nuclear stability? Lora Saalman, a leading expert on the subject joins Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav RS and Aditya Ramanathan to discuss the emerging challenges from Asia's AI arms race.
Medieval India is far more complicated than we give it credit for - it’s full of wily merchants, pragmatic rulers, and complex interactions. Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan dive into 13th century Gujarat, discussing a fascinating inscription from Somnath and what it might tell us about how Hindus and Muslims saw each other at the time.
Ep 251: The Final Frontier

Ep 251: The Final Frontier


Takshashila's policy proposal, 'The New Space Policy 2020' proposes a clear governance structure that paves the way for the growth of the nascent private space sector in India. The proposal seeks to decouple the policy, regulatory and service delivery roles of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Utkarsh Narain joins Pranay Kotasthane and Pranav RS to discuss why the new structure is needed, and what it should look like.Read the full proposal here:-
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