Podcast The Seen and the Unseen

What Does China Want?

The geopolitics of the West is reasonably well-understood -- but China remains a mystery to many. What drives China? How does it look at India? China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins Amit Varma in episode 143 of The Seen and the Unseen to provide historical context and strategic perspective.

Podcast States of Anarchy

A Tale of Two Kingdoms

This is Episode 32 of States of Anarchy hosted by Hamsini Hariharan. Deep Pal joins Hamsini Hariharan on episode 32 of States of Anarchy to discuss India’s foreign policy towards Bhutan and Sikkim. For questions or comments, reach out to the host @HamsiniH or on Instagram @statesofanarchy...

Podcast The Seen and the Unseen

Ponzi Schemes

We are surrounded by frauds, and are dying to believe them. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 142 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss ponzi schemes, both in India and outside, both by private actors and the government. Also discussed: chit funds and kitty parties, and why we are wired to be...


All Things Cyber

This is Episode 31 of States of Anarchy hosted by Hamsini Hariharan. Munish Sharma joins Hamsini Hariharan to break down concepts in cyber security and the challenges that India faces in the cyber domain. For questions or comments, reach out to the host @HamsiniH or on Instagram @statesofanarchy  Read More:  India’s Strategic Options in a Changing Cyberspace by Cherian Samuel and Munish Sharma Ep...

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Being Gay, Loving Books

Vivek Tejuja, known for his writing on books, has just released his memoir of growing up gay in India. He joins Amit Varma in episode 141 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss how he -- and those around him -- came to terms with his sexuality. In the second half of the episode, Vivek and Amit discuss writers they like, and read out their favourite poetry.

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झूठी खबरों का असली सच

This is Episode 47 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. Fake news, disinformation, misinformation, and social media manipulation — these are elements of perhaps the most significant global story of these times. And yet, this phenomenon remains underexplored. We do not fully understand what causes people to generate, share, and believe in fake...

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The First Economic Blueprint

This is Episode 30 of States of Anarchy hosted by Hamsini Hariharan. Sanjaya Baru joins Hamsini Hariharan on episode 30 to discuss the Bombay Plan and its relevance to how we looks at questions surrounding the Indian economy today. Read More:  Essays by KN Raj Money Income Prices in 19th Century India by Brahmananda P. R. Development Experience in the Indian Economy: Inter-state...

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India’s Agriculture Crisis

What exactly is wrong with Indian agriculture? How can we help our farmers? Barun Mitra and Kumar Anand join Amit Varma in episode 140 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the root causes and remedies of this decades-long problem.

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Around The World in 30 Minutes

On the last Tuesday of every month, host Hamsini Hariharan rounds up important international news that you should know. In September, attacks on oil fields, Howdy Modi, the economy and Israeli elections dominated the headlines.

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