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The Acorn
Estd 2003
Recent posts:

Create a Nitipath for the civil service
A path towards a semi-structural reform of India's administrative machinery. | 29th Aug 2022

To shape the future we must stop obsessing about the past
We must free our minds to be able to imagine the future | 12th Aug 2022

The security of the Indo-Pacific lies in delaying China’s promised military aggression
The inevitable can be made evitable by delaying it as long as possible | 8th Aug 2022

Liberal democracies must protect their citizens’ minds from being hacked
The case for cognitive autonomy and protecting the freedom to think | 1st Aug 2022

The Moscow Maratha
An accurate history of one of my favourite cocktails | 22nd Jul 2022

The operating system of liberal democracy needs a major upgrade
Unless it embraces the open and the digital, democracy itself is in danger. | 18th Jul 2022

Social harmony is a matter of national interest
India's growth and prosperity requires tolerance, pluralism and fraternity. | 4th Jul 2022

Now that Agnipath is here, it must be made to work
Agnipath may have been prompted by fiscal concerns but it should serve as a trigger to carry out long due reforms in the structure and management of the armed forces | 19th Jun 2022

How fiscal federalism has kept the Indian republic united
Indian states must up their game to take advantage of the new era of fiscal federalism | 6th Jun 2022

Rebalance the Rajya Sabha in tandem with Lok Sabha delimitation
The anxieties over delimitation can take a dark turn unless the federal structure is strengthened in parallel | 23rd May 2022

Linguistic pluralism has led India to do better than all its neighbours
Forcing languages on people has failed every one of India's neighbours | 9th May 2022

Seven Tenets of Indian Nationalism
My attempt to distill the essence of Indian Nationalism from its earliest times to the present date. | 29th Apr 2022

The right to ownership of smartphones and personal computing devices must be protected
Hardware subscriptions are a bad idea for human society. The business model must be challenged and subject to public and parliamentary debate. | 25th Apr 2022

We need global leadership on rejecting the first use of nuclear weapons
Russia’s nuclear threats calls upon us to review how we reduce the risk of destroying ourselves | 17th Apr 2022

India’s geoeconomic interests are with the West and the rest
India must deepen its engagement with its important trading partners and avoid aligning with China and Russia | 11th Apr 2022

The Ukraine war and the global surge in human stupidity
Societies, governments, corporations and individuals are harming their own interests in their response to the war | 28th Mar 2022

The end of globalisation, 1989-2022
Western sanctions on Russia have killed globalisation | 27th Mar 2022

No ideology, just anti-West
The Chinese-Russian model might be more attractive to the world's regimes because they have no ideological baggage. | 27th Mar 2022

Arms control for economic WMDs
The train has left the station, but Raghuram Rajan's suggestions can help mitigate the damage to the global economy. | 27th Mar 2022

Misgivings about hardware subscriptions
Hardware-as-a-service can disconnect individuals from means of economic production and concentrate market power into the hands of tech giants. | 27th Mar 2022

Russia buries 20th century nuclear behavioural norms
Whatever the result of the Ukraine war, Russia has upturned the fifty-year-old norm of nuclear deterrence. | 26th Mar 2022

The closing of McDonald’s in Moscow is bad news for the global economy.
By taking sides in the Ukraine war, Western multinationals have undermined the logic of globalisation | 14th Mar 2022

Who is responsible for the Ukraine war, and who is its winner?
Regardless of the military outcome, alas, no one wins this war. Everyone loses. The only difference might be who loses more and relative to whom. | 13th Mar 2022

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