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The Naval Institute is a private, not-for-profit educational institution whose mission is to provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security. Every week on the Proceedings Podcast, the Naval Institute's Director of Outreach, Ward Carroll, and the Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings, Bill Hamblet, talk about what's happening in the Sea Servi ...
 
Remembering the Battle of Midway is a four-part series spanning from the Doolittle Raid, to the significance of the Battle of Coral Sea and ending with the Battle of Midway. In each segment of this four-part series, you will hear from the historical and pivotal participants from this time period, such as Gen. James Doolittle and other memorable figures, we will also speak with present-day historians who will examine the significance of these three events in naval, army and air force history. ...
 
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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Historical fiction can be a powerful tool to explore the individual people who have shaped our pasts. But why has it not caught on in India? What comprises good historical fiction, and what does it teach us about history and how we see it? Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to journalist and author Rajat Ubhaykar, author of Truck De India!: A Hitchhiker's Gu…
 
Nearly 60% of the price you pay for petrol goes to the Union and State Governments as taxes. As petrol prices hover around Rs. 100 per litre in many cities, there is a call for bringing petrol under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane discuss the potential benefits of this and how it can be achie…
 
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference was held earlier this month and had some interesting implications for both privacy and how the company is going to operate globally. Manoj Kewalramani talks to Rohan Seth to consider what this might mean for crucial markets like India and China. Links mentioned in the podcast: https://www.amazon.in/Hatching-T…
 
The number of influence operations being discovered on social media platforms continues to rise sharply. As attention turns to the Indian subcontinent, Manoj Kewalramani and Prateek Waghre discuss how their effectiveness is measured and how platforms respond. Links: https://techpolicy.substack.com/p/of-the-many-influences-of-influence https://carne…
 
India's states have often followed very different trajectories. In this episode, Suman Joshi and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the performance of some states, their capacity for governance, and the challenges they face. This episode is based on the book "Despite the State: Why India Lets Its People Down and how They Cope" by M. Rajshekhar - https://www.a…
 
Retired U.S. Navy senior chief and former From the Deckplates columnist Jim Murphy takes time with Paul to discuss how enlisted involvement in the USNI forum has expanded, the struggles to build awareness of the reach of writing in the CPO Mess, and broader enlisted force, and his assessment of the forum today.Listeners can subscribe to the To the …
 
What makes a continent? Is it the tectonics of plates? Is it geographical boundaries? Is it population? Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to educator and history communicator Arjunan Ullas about the fascinating politics of the naming of continents, from the fictional lost continent of Kumari Kandam in the Indian Ocean to Russian claims that Europe is a subc…
 
As competition with a rival great power increases, the Navy finds itself on the verge of having no small patrol craft. If the Mk VI was gone before we even knew her, LCDR Jordan Bradford talks about how it is time to ponder what a Mk VII design should entail.More here: https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2021/may/mk-vi-dead-long-live-mk-vii…
 
As the world continues its vaccination drive, countries like India and South Africa have been calling for an intellectual property waiver to make vaccine manufacturing easier. This has led to a heated discussion on the purpose of intellectual property rights and whether they serve as an incentive or roadblock in such times. Rohan Seth talks about t…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic in India has savagely illustrated the need to develop institutional wherewithal to prepare for future health crises. Lt Gen Prakash Menon discusses with Ameera Rao. Check out Lt Gen Prakash Menon’s article in Deccan Herald - https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/comment/preparing-for-the-waves-992843.html Follow Gen Prakash Men…
 
Antitrust investigations and lawsuits against Google continue to gather steam around the world. In this episode, Rohan Seth and Prateek Waghre join Anupam Manur to discuss recent developments in France, Germany, and the US and Google’s dominance in online advertising markets. Follow Rohan Seth on Twitter - https://twitter.com/thesethist?s=11 Follow…
 
SWIFT is the primary electronic fund transfer mechanism for the international banking system. Some in IR academia circles see the prospects of Russia being cut off from SWIFT as a new proverbial financial iron curtain descending upon the world. Aditya Pareek joins Anupam Manur to discuss. Follow Anupam Manur on Twitter : https://twitter.com/anupamm…
 
The roots of the present tensions between India and China can be traced back to the years soon after the two emerged as modern nation-states. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani speaks to AS Bhasin about his new book Nehru, Tibet and China to understand the challenges, limitations and failures of Indian diplomacy that led to the 1962 war. Follow Man…
 
The Indian government has reconstituted an Empowered Group on vaccination and vaccine procurement. Ameera Rao and Shambhavi Naik examine the key decisions the EG needs to take in the race to vaccinate Indians. Follow Ameera on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/AmeeraRao) Follow Shambhavi on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/TheNaikMic) You can listen to th…
 
In the years after independence, a handful of extraordinary visionaries laid the foundations for Indian science in fields ranging from space exploration to chemistry and biology. Journalist Hari Pulakkat talks to Aditya Ramanathan and Aditya Pareek about his new book, Space. Life. Matter., which chronicles the work of India's space pioneers. Follow…
 
Whatsapp and Facebook have filed a petition against the Union Government challenging the traceability requirements in the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code notified on February 25, 2021. Suchir Kalra and Atish Padhy join Prateek Waghre to discuss the possible outcomes and their consequences on the market. Link to the document: (…
 
The Communist Party of China is preparing to mark its centenary on July 1. Leading up to this, there have been a number of campaigns to shape the Party’s narrative on history, politics and ideology. Manoj Kewalramani tells Aditya Pareek what these tell us about the state of Chinese politics and Xi Jinping’s grip on power. Links mentioned in the epi…
 
As Israelis and Palestinians clash violently, are there lessons for India dealing with its own challenges? Is there a viable ‘Israeli Model’ of national security that India can adopt?. In a conversation with Ameera Rao, Pranay Kotasthane argues that Israel's experience has little to offer India and that seeking to emulate Israel's approach to strat…
 
Local legends from across Southern India reveal a great deal about the complex and syncretic histories of the region. These range from Catholic goddesses who are considered the siblings of the Tamil heroine Kannagi, to legends of the Deccan god Mallanna visiting Mecca. Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to independent researcher Vivek Joseph to unravel this …
 
The US and the UK have a long tradition of security cooperation against common adversaries. During the Cold War, the UK was a junior partner under the US security umbrella. However, with Brexit, Russian actions, and the rise of China, the two traditional allies are finding that some of their interests diverge. How will they manage their differences…
 
Since its inception, the Facebook Oversight Board has been swamped with controversy, with some believing that the board is a useful mechanism for holding Facebook’s content moderation accountable, while others claiming that it is a PR tool for legitimizing Facebook’s arbitrary decisions. In its short life cycle so far, the board has made some remar…
 
Since independence, there has been a healthy distance maintained between the armed forces and civilian institutions. But the civil-military relationship in India is slowly changing. Can the armed forces maintain their independence? Lt General Menon talks to Ameera Rao. Read Lt Gen Prakash Menon’s recent article here: https://theprint.in/opinion/ind…
 
Around the turn of the first millennium CE, intrepid sailors made one of the most important discoveries in human history: the Southwest Monsoon, which could take them across the Indian Ocean. Within a century, trade across the Indian Ocean world, and especially from the Roman Empire to Southern India, exploded, and the vast landmass of Afro-Eurasia…
 
As calls for a thorough investigation into the origins of SARS-CoV-2 re-emerge, Shambhavi Naik and Aditya Ramanathan discuss how novel viruses emerge, the trade-offs of an investigation and the next steps India should take. You can follow Shambhavi on Twitter: @TheNaikMic (https://twitter.com/TheNaikMic) You can follow Aditya on twitter: @adityascr…
 
In October 2017, Xi Jinping declared that China had entered a new era. Since then, there has been much talk about China coming up with a "new development concept" and a "new development pattern." But what does this mean in practical terms? Listen to this conversation between Suyash Desai and Manoj Kewalramani as they unpack the jargon to discuss Ch…
 
Northern Ireland has been a deeply divided place with sectarian conflict, political strife and bloodshed. Now the British government and the Unionist may be at loggerheads again due to the Irish Sea Border and Northern Ireland Protocol following Brexit. Ameera Rao joins Aditya Pareek to discuss. Resources Mentioned in the Episode: Aaron Edward’s Bo…
 
The People’s Republic of China disclosed its latest population figures after it conducted the once-in-a-decade census in 2020. The census indicates a fall in China’s birth rate for a fourth consecutive year as well as its shrinking working population. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai discuss what these trends mean for China's society, its economy…
 
India’s armed forces have provided an ideal example of a military staying away from the corridor of politics. While the armed forces must absolutely stay away from civilian affairs, Lt. General Prakash Menon argues it is perhaps time for India to have a defence minister with a military background. Ameera Rao joins Lt Gen Prakash Menon and Ruturaj G…
 
Truckers are the unsung heroes of the Indian economy, working gruelling hours and spending weeks at a time travelling the country's vast highways. And yet most of us know very little about their lives and stories. Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to journalist and author Rajat Ubhaykar, author of Truck De India!: A Hitchhiker's guide to Hindustan, about hi…
 
Finland has come out with its first ever public military intelligence review. The document comes after Finland put in place legislation that provides civilian oversight over military intelligence activity. The review identifies Finland’s primary concern as Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea but acknowledges its interests are global. Aditya Pareek j…
 
China has reinvigorated its Health Silk Road (HSR) during the ongoing pandemic, with the country’s leadership promoting it as essential to building a “global community of common destiny”. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai discuss the drivers of China’s HSR and the implications it will have on the geopolitics of the subcontinent. Link to Manoj's ne…
 
Liberty is dependent on two components: the state and society. But neither can ensure liberty by itself. In this episode, Apurva Kumar and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the book "The Narrow Corridor", which examines the specific state-society dynamics needed for liberty to flourish. Link to the book - https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/555400/the-n…
 
An undiplomatic tweet by the foreign minister of the Philippines brought to light the regular forays of Chinese vessels into contested waters in the South China Sea. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Ruturaj Gowaikar to examine the events leading up to the minister’s outburst and place it in the context of the rise of China’s Maritime Militia…
 
Public health-related events can have local origins but if not contained can have global implications. There are a small handful of organizations that monitor such events around the world. Shambhavi Naik and Ruturaj Gowaikar discuss the origins of these organizations, how they function, and why they were not enough to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.…
 
Russia’s relations with Western states receive a great deal of attention but its eastern frontiers are as consequential. Professor Artyom Lukin of Vladivostok's Far Eastern Federal University joins Aditya Pareek and Aditya Ramanathan to discuss Russia’s geopolitical ambitions in this sparsely populated region and how they could impact both East Asi…
 
How does France view its relationship with the world’s oceans? And how does that shape maritime cooperation with India? In this episode, Dr Virginie Saliou, Research Professor at France’s naval school, discusses her country’s unique approach to maritime affairs, its enduring presence in the Indian Ocean, and shared goals with India. This episode is…
 
Joe Biden’s victory in the US Presidential election in November 2020 led to much debate about the future of American engagement in the Indo-Pacific. However, the first 100 days of his administration indicate strategic continuity with some key adjustments. Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan talk to Suyash Desai about Biden's approach to the Ind…
 
The recent deadly ambush of CRPF personnel by Naxals in Chhattisgarh came even as a former DGP alleged corruption by a senior member of the Maharashtra government. Do the challenges faced by India’s police and paramilitary forces have their roots in politicisation? If so, how can this problem be tackled? Ameera Rao discusses with Lt. Gen Prakash Me…
 
There are laws to govern almost every aspect of our lives but finding out what they are can be a challenge. One solution would be to create a single source for laws. In this episode, P R Sandhya of DAKSH talks to Takshashila's Sarthak Pradhan about the idea of “a single source for laws” and how it can be designed. P R Sandhya is a Senior Research F…
 
The recent military build-up on the Russia-Ukraine border has reignited the debate on Russian active measures and subversion. It is no secret that the US and NATO also engage in subversion tactics and measures short of war, to achieve their geopolitical goals. Ruturaj Gowaikar joins Aditya Pareek for a discussion on Russian and Western Active Measu…
 
A voluntary disclosure by Twitter revealed that it had been directed to restrict/remove posts critical of India's COVID-19 response. The Union government later confirmed that it had also directed Facebook and Instagram to take action on content that "spread fake or misleading information". How social media platforms respond in India has been termed…
 
In September 2020, a multi-disciplinary team at Takshashila came out with a policy proposal to vaccinate 80% of India's population by December 2021. Seven months down the line, co-authors Shambhavi Naik, Mihir Mahajan, and Pranay Kotasthane reflect on the government's vaccine deployment strategy and compare it with Takshashila's recommendations. Th…
 
Experiencing heart palpitations and chest pains, Captain Rob Francis convinced himself they were the result of medications he was taking or something he ate—until he was in full cardiac arrest. His message: Take care of yourself.More here: https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2021/march/warrior-spirit-fickle-heart…
 
The PLA Navy is now the world's largest in terms of pure numbers. While some of China's rivals enjoy advantages in terms of technology, overseas bases and expeditionary capabilities, this edge may not last for long. Aditya Pareek joins Suyash Desai and Aditya Ramanathan to discuss. If these policy conversations interest you, consider applying for T…
 
As urgent requests for convalescent plasma, Remdesivir and Tocilizumab increase, Ruturaj Gowaikar and Shambhavi Naik discuss the application of these therapeutics and the unnecessary shortage caused by poor public engagement over their utility. If these policy conversations interest you, consider applying for Takshashila's Graduate Certificate in P…
 
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