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To say that COVID-19 has changed the world is merely stating the obvious at this point. Deep-seated trends have been accelerated by the pandemic. As the US’s star-spangled banner fades, China’s red-gold stars once seemed to be dawning over Asia – a hegemony now questioned by many. An unprecedented global reorganisation of capital, labour, and supply chains is in the making. And India needs to be ready.
What is our transformed world going to look like? How can India resolve the difficult societal and economic challenges it faces at home while negotiating an ever-changing international order? After the Pandemic brings together policy researchers and leading intellectuals from The Takshashila Institution’s book, India’s Marathon, to come up with answers.
Shambhavi Naik, Raja Karthikeya, and Ameya Naik in conversation with Pranay Kotasthane
Shambhavi Naik is Head, Research at the Takshashila Institution. Shambhavi has a PhD in Cancer Biology from University of Leicester, UK and over 3 years of experience as a PostDoctoral Fellow at NCBS and InStem, Bangalore. She has a PGP in Public Policy from the Takshashila Institution. Shambhavi’s research covers India’s policies in areas of emerging technologies, with a focus on life sciences and healthcare.
Raja Karthikeya currently serves as a Program Manager in the United Nations Secretariat in New York where he works on Middle-East peace issues and is part of UN reform efforts. He has served in UN political missions in Afghanistan and Iraq where his work has included mediation in inter-ethnic and inter-tribal land and water disputes, coalition government formation efforts, and transitional justice mechanisms. In a bid to raise awareness about climate change adaptation in India, in 2017-2018, he crossed the Arctic and Antarctic circles in under a year. In 2005, he was named one of the Indians of the year by a leading newsmagazine for his rescue work in the Andaman and Nicobar islands following the Asian tsunami.
Ameya Ashok Naik
Ameya Ashok Naik is an Associate Fellow (non-resident) at the Takshashila Institution, where he writes on international relations and international law, and teaches public policy. An alumnus of Takshashila’s GCPP program, Ameya was a research scholar at Takshashila in 2013-14, when he published research on energy security in Indian foreign policy.
Ameya holds a BA in Psychology & an LLB from Mumbai University, and a PG Diploma in International Humanitarian Law from NALSAR University of Law. He graduated with a dual Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy and Master of Laws in International Law from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he was also a Summer Fellow of the Harvard Program on Negotiation, a Martel Scholar of the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, a Research Associate of the World Peace Foundation, and a Fellow of the Tufts Initiative on Mass Atrocities and Genocide (IMAGe). Ameya’s writings have been published in Pragati, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, IPI Global Observatory, Mint, and Deccan Herald.
Pranay Kotasthane is Deputy Director of the Takshashila Institution and co-editor of India’s Marathon. His research interests are high tech geopolitics and public economics. He also co-hosts Puliyabaazi – a Hindi podcast on policy, technology, and society.