Ep. 647: Creating An Epidemic Intelligence Agency

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need to develop the ability to assess biological threats. India has mechanisms in place to monitor some health-related trends and biological events, but there exist several lacunae. A Takshashila Institution discussion document proposes the creation of an Indian National Epidemic Intelligence Service. Ruturaj Gowaikar and Shambhavi Naik discuss the role of such an organisation and how it would work.

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10 Years Later: The 26/11 Attacks

On 26/11/2008, ten terrorists killed over 174 people in Mumbai, and committed the one of the worst acts of terror on Indian soil. Dheeraj PC joins the hosts to analyse the events of 26/11, the strategy of the terrorists, and the Indian response.