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Kerala and the Ivory Throne

Kerala has a madly interesting history. It was a hub of globalisation centuries ago, an exemplar of tolerance. Almost in contrast, it took casteism to an extreme. It also had a matrilineal system, a tradition of empowered women, and some badass queens. Historian Manu Pillai joins Amit Varma in episode 156 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss all this and more.

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Films, Feminism, Paromita

Immense changes have swept through our lives in the last three decades. Filmmaker and writer Paromita Vohra joins Amit Varma in episode 155 of The Seen and the Unseen, and turns her unique gaze both inwards and outwards.

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Lessons from the Assam NRC

Pavan Srinath talks to journalist Rohini Mohan about the NRC in Assam on Episode 125 of The Pragati Podcast. A nation-wide NRC is an unknown beast of unknown dimensions. Real world examples of the NRC come from Assam, where close to 19 lakh residents of the state were left out of the NRC list brought out in August 2019. How do you prove your citizenship in India, where most people do not have...

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The Art and Science of Economic Policy

Economic policy affects each of us — and yet, India has gotten it wrong for decades. In their groundbreaking new book, Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah write not just how to do policy, but how to think about policy. They join Amit Varma in episode 154 of The Seen and the Unseen to share their learnings, first principles onwards.

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The Indian Economy in 2019

Alongside much social unrest, the Indian economy went to hell in 2019. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 153 of The Seen and the Unseen to survey the damage, and to demystify the rubble.

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ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಂದ ಅಳೆದ ಎವರೆಸ್ಟ್ ಪರ್ವತ. The Great Trigonometrical Survey.

This is episode 49 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಉಪಗ್ರಹಗಳನ್ನು ಬಳಸುವ ಮೊದಲು ಜನರು ಜಗತ್ತನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಅಳೆಯುತ್ತಇದ್ರು? ಎವರೆಸ್ಟ್ ಪರ್ವತದ ಎತ್ತರವನ್ನು ಅಳೆಯುವ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆಯು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭವಾಯಿತೆ? ಉದಯ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಪಿ.ಎಲ್. ಅವರು ‘ದ ಗ್ರೇಟ್ ಟ್ರಿಗ್ನೊಮೆಟ್ರಿಕ್ ಸರ್ವೇ’ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಮತ್ತು ಗಣೇಶ್ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಅವರ ಜೊತೆ ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ...

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Nuclear War, Deterrence and Peace

This is Episode 124 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Nuclear war feels unthinkable, but how much peace does nuclear deterrence guarantee? Do nuclear programmes truly deter or compel adversaries in the real world? And can we imagine a world where 20+ countries have nuclear weapons? Vipin Narang joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 124 of The Pragati Podcast to dive into the world of...

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ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ವೀರಗಲ್ಲುಗಳು. Karnataka’s Veeragallus.

This is episode 48 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪಾಡ್ಕಾಸ್ಟ್ ಗೆ ಇಂದು ಮೊದಲ ವರ್ಷದ ಸಂಭ್ರಮಾಚರಣೆ. ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಸತತವಾಗಿ ಹುರಿದುಂಬಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಕೇಳುಗರಿಗೂ ಮತ್ತು ತಮ್ಮ ಅಮೂಲ್ಯವಾದ ಸಮಯವನ್ನೂ ತಿಳುವಳಿಕೆಯನ್ನೂ ನಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿರುವ ಅತಿಥಿಗಳಿಗೂ ನಾವು ಚಿರ ಋಣಿ ಯಾಗಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಈ 48 ಕಂತಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕಕ್ಕೇ ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟವಾದ ವೀರಗಲ್ಲುಗಳ...

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The Citizenship Battles

Why is India burning over the Citizenship Amendment Bill? Why does the NRC matter? What is happening in Assam? Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 152 of The Seen and the Unseen to give historical perspective on our current ferments.

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Growing Up In Patriarchal India

This is Episode 123 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. The Republic of India is often a Republic of men. While men and women nationally enjoy the same rights, we are yet to solve many of the social failures from decades ago. Child marriage for women remains the norm in many parts of the country, many girls drop out early from education, and women’s participation in the labour...

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Maharashtra Politics Unscrambled

Politics in Maharashtra is deeply complicated. Its themes and fault lines have been formed over decades. Veteran journalist and author Sujata Anandan joins Amit Varma in episode 151 of The Seen and the Unseen to unravel some of the mysteries behind its fascinating dramas.

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ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆ: ಹೇಗೆ? ಏಕೆ? How Does An Economist Solve Problems?

This is episode 47 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ವಿದ್ಯಾಭ್ಯಾಸವು ಜನರ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಉತ್ತಮಗೊಳಿಸುವುದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಸಂಶೋದನೆಗಳಿವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಬರೇ ಒಂದು ವರ್ಷದ ಅವಧಿಯನ್ನು ಶಾಲೆಯಲಿ ಅಥವಾ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಳೆದರೆ ಇಂತಹ ಬಲಾವಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕಾಣಬಹುದು? ದೇಶದ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವ ರೀತಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತನೆಯನ್ನು ಮೂಡಿಸಬಹುದು? ಇಕೊನೊಮಿಸ್ಟ್ಸ್ ಅವರು ಈ ವಿಚಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಸ...

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The Adolescents of India

This is Episode 122 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. India has made strides in improving the health, well-being and lives of infants and expecting mothers over the last several decades. But once children enter school and enter adolescence, they get lost as a public priority till they enter adulthood. Adolescence is a time of great physical, physiological and intellectual...

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The Intolerance of the Intolerant

This is Episode 39 of States of Anarchy hosted by Hamsini Hariharan. Aersh Danish joins host Hamsini Hariharan to discuss how social media affects national security and democracy.  Read More:  The Man Who Built the Retweet General Data Protection Regulation Sri Krishna Committee Report Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 ISIS: State of Terror by Jessica Stern and JM Berger The Syrian Jihad: Al...

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The Business of Books

How has Indian publishing evolved in the last few decades? What does India read, and why? Publisher VK Karthika joins Amit Varma in episode 150 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about what she learnt in her years in Penguin, Harper Collins and (now) Westland.

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इस्लामिक स्टेट की हार

This is Episode 51 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria finally met its demise with the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on October 26th. So in this episode of Puliyabaazi we take a look at ISIS, its recruitment methods, its use of technology, and its bureaucracy. We also discuss cases in the Indian sub-continent...

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Improving India’s State Capacity

This is Episode 121 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. The Indian State has incredible ambition, but often falls very short of meeting grand outcomes. The mismatch is linked to State Capacity, a nebulous concept at the best of times. Prakhar Misra is on Episode 121 of The Pragati Podcast to help us understand what state capacity is, how it could be measured, and how India can improve...

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How to Build a Nation

This is Episode 38 of States of Anarchy hosted by Hamsini Hariharan. Narayani Basu joins Hamsini Hariharan to talk about VP Menon and the process of consolidating 565 princely states into modern India.      Liberty or Death: India’s Journey to Independence and Division – Patrick French      Twilight of the maharajas – Kenneth Samuel Fitze      The Great Divide: Britain–India—Pakistan...

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A Life in Indian Politics

Jayaprakash Narayan was trained as a physician, served in the IAS, and went on to start a political movement. JP joins Amit Varma in episode 149 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his insights on Indian politics, the nature of the state and what we need to do to change India for the better.

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