This is Nitin Pai's cyberspace.
I have started writing occassional columns for Sakal, a leading Marathi newspaper.
▸ What I’m up to now.
This is a partial list. I’ll add the rest over the next few weeks. I recommend you check these out before looking at the stream of blog posts below ↓
▸ And the blog posts follow:
This is where The Acorn blog now resides.
The co-evolution of genes and culture is revolutionizing policy
January 17, 2022 // Remembering Edward O. Wilson -- and how insights from evolutionary biology can explain how we got here and what we must do to be better
Geopolitics of the Information Age
January 2, 2022 // It will be the objective of this column to discuss with you, dear reader, the geopolitics of the Information Age, and to chart the best course for India during this yuganta.
Insurgencies can be defeated by strengthening democratic and federal politics
December 20, 2021 // AFSPA is a red herring. Restructuring the Rajya Sabha will better address states' grievances
The contest to create the web’s third generation has intensified
December 6, 2021 // The internet is being reshaped by market rivalry, state control, geopolitics and a social backlash
We should support a global ban on destructive anti-satellite tests
November 22, 2021 // Reckless behaviour by as responsible a space power as Russia calls for action to preserve humanity's access to space
Cautious re-globalisation through bubbles of trust
November 12, 2021 // The Quad must take a strategic approach to economic interdependence and take a middle path between the extremes of technological sovereignty and laissez-faire globalisation
Amid the new US-China missile rivalry
October 25, 2021 // India must propose a Global No First Use Treaty to reduce risks while investing in space situational awareness & technological capabilities to secure itself
The coming regulation of social media is an opportunity for India
October 11, 2021 // India's competitive advantage in the tech economy has always been high quality human capital at scale. The challenge now is to create millions of people who can exercise good judgement in addition to writing great code.
On strategic autonomy
October 5, 2021 // Strategic autonomy is not about refusing to take sides in itself; but rather avoiding getting into situations where taking sides means losing the capacity for independent action.
Towards an Indian strategy for the Information Age
October 4, 2021 // Key points from the chapter in "India's Path to Power: Strategy in a World Adrift"
A strategy for India in a world adrift
September 28, 2021 // An analysis of India’s strategic path amidst tectonic external and domestic shifts by an independent group of leading policymakers, analysts and thinkers
India must invest in more sophisticated cyber weapons
September 27, 2021 // Without offensive cyber capabilities it is impossible to defend the nation's information sphere.
Early thoughts on AUKUS and India
September 16, 2021 // AUKUS is a military pact within a military pact. Non-inclusion has opportunity costs for India; but also offers other opportunities for partnership.
Exploiting the projects that China builds
September 1, 2021 // Instead of handwringing on Beijing's growing geopolitical footprint, New Delhi should exploit both the asset and liability side of such projects.
Extracting value from underutilised public assets is good public policy
August 30, 2021 // The National Monetization Pipeline (NMP) is a desirable shift in thinking especially if state and municipal governments can use the model to extract revenues from their unutilised assets
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