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Aug 6 14 tweets 4 min read
Significant developments in the world of semiconductor geopolitics this week. Not just the Taiwan angle, but there's a lot more. A #thread There are calls by a few US Senators to include the Chinese memory maker YMTC on the Entity List. This would be an escalation in the use of export controls.…
Aug 6 9 tweets 3 min read
As a Mandarin language student, I recoil in horror when Chinese names are articulated incorrectly. I think we should know our strategic adversaries well enough to pronounce their leaders' names precisely. #thread So this is a running thread to capture common mistakes. Mandarin has tones that are difficult to capture in Indian languages, so my versions won't be perfect. Neither am I a linguist. So be warned.
Jun 28 31 tweets 4 min read
IMO, the Agnipath debate has three meta-lessons for public policy. #thread Lesson 1: data secrecy is the enemy of public policy. I'll illustrate this with an example.
Mar 16 17 tweets 3 min read
A lot of “see, this is what happens when you have trade and tech interdependence with the West. Imagine if the West were to use the same instruments against India in the future. Shouldn’t we decouple before they do this to us?” My three counter-points on this issue #thread For those who seek economic and technological self-sufficiency for India, this war has come at the right time to bolster their case for everything from data localisation, domestic social media platforms to SWIFT alternatives and de-dollarisation.
Mar 1 17 tweets 4 min read
There are three reasons I've heard in support of the argument "India should tilt towards Russia".

I have objections to all three of them.

#thread Argument 1: A strong relationship with Russia is necessary for India’s strategic autonomy. Without this partnership, the fear is that India will become a mere pawn in the hands of the US.
Feb 28 8 tweets 2 min read
Spot the policyWTF in this image. The yellow circles mark erstwhile legal yet empty advertisement holdings. The red circles mark the illegal, haphazard but thriving advertisement hoardings. Why so?
Feb 26 15 tweets 3 min read
Regarding the news "PM Modi calls upon private firms to enter medical education sector in big way".

Good to understand why this hasn't happened until now. #thread One, unreasonable restrictions for setting up medical colleges.
Sep 22, 2021 18 tweets 4 min read
Hearing a lot of buzz on Quad, semiconductors, and tech collaboration ahead of the first in-person summit later this week. A #thread with 10 key ideas on this theme. Echoes some writings by @HayleyChanner @MartijnRasser @MohanCRaja @jen_jackett & others. Idea #1: Multilateralism is a necessity rather than a choice on high tech collaboration.

Reason: high-tech industries today rely on extensive cross-border movements of intermediate products, talent, & IP. Erstwhile 'national' industries are now global supply chains.