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Working part-time or full-time, Takshashila fellows, scholars and interns conduct research into emerging issues.

  • RQ | Comparing Airline Pricing across countries

    The WSJ reports, based on a survey, that airline prices are cheapest in India (HT: Nitin Pai). They evaluate the cost of flying in terms of cost per 100 km. The usual ridiculous comparisons that go with any such article are present in full here – they compare the per kilometer cost of flying to train […]

  • RQ | Charging for parking can solve a lot of problems

    Bangalore city has this bizarre policy in that the city doesn’t charge for public parking (barring one or two roads). The ostensible reason was to cut the wings of the so-called “parking mafia”, which had taken over the concessions for operating parking lots through the city. However, not charging for parking means giving away parking […]

  • RQ | Ban bathrooms

    My grandmother passed away last Sunday. While she was fairly old (late eighties) and her faculties were declining, the immediate cause of her death was a fall in the bathroom. She fell about a month back following which she underwent a hip replacement surgery (at her ripe age). While she responded well to the surgery […]

  • RQ | Marginal and effective tax rates

    In a recent blog post, corporate finance and valuation guru Aswath Damodaran (of New York University) has put out data of marginal and effective tax rates in different countries. The point of the post is about the “insanity of the US tax system” and the reason Damodaran presents this data is to show that the […]

  • The Broad Mind | A review of the political situation in Pakistan

    By Pranay Kotasthane The following points are meant to portray the picture emerging out of the political protests taking place in Pakistan. One, it is amply clear from Imran Khan’s bizarre demand of temporary resignation of the Prime Minister (for the purpose of judicial enquiry) that he is being played up by the Army in […]

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Prof Mukul Asher - Councillor

Takshashila contributes to substantially improving the quality and breadth of public policy debates in India.

Greater proficiency in economic reasoning is critical for rising India to improve governance and enlarge its geo-strategic imprint. Accessible public policy education and high quality research are primary instruments for the emergence of competent community of public policy professionals in India.

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