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The Deccan Before Shivaji

When people think of the Deccan, they think Shivaji vs Mughals. But the history of the Deccan is far richer than that -- and far racier. It's full of lust and laughter, murder and madness, sex and senselessness. Historian Manu S Pillai joins Amit Varma in episode 98 of The Seen and the Unseen to tell that fascinating story.

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India Putting the Jumbo in Shrimp

India is one of the largest producers of frozen shrimp in the world, and may take the top spot from China in 2018 or 2019. Industrialist and shrimp exporter Aditya Dash talks to Pavan Srinath and Anupam Manur on aquaculture, the seafood industry and trade disputes on Episode 72 of The Pragati Podcast.

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The Evolution of Cricket

In his three-decade career covering cricket, Harsha Bhogle has had an inside view on the transformation of the game. He joins Amit Varma in episode 97 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about how cricket has changed – and why it gives him hope.

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धरती के बर्फीले छोरों से कहानी Climate Change की

जलवायु परिवर्तन (climate change) के भीषण प्रभावों पर आंकड़े तो स्पष्ट हैं लेकिन फिर भी हम और हमारी सरकारें इस वैश्विक समस्या को गंभीरता से नहीं ले रहे | सुनिए हमारी पुलियाबाज़ी राजा कार्तिकेय से जिन्होंने एक साल के भीतर ही अंटार्कटिक और आर्कटिक ध्रुवों का दौरा किया |

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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.

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The Evolution of Everything

The world evolves in a bottom-up way, despite the top-down beliefs of those who have blind faith in either God or Government. Matt Ridley joins Amit Varma in episode 96 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe the evolution of the universe, life, culture, language, cities, the economy, our minds, our future and more.

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The Indianness of Indian Food

What does it mean when we say that something is 'Indian'? Does origin matter? Food writer Vikram Doctor joins Amit Varma in episode 95 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about how most of what we think of as Indian food originated elsewhere -- and why it doesn't matter.

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Arthashashtra Part 2: Foreign Policy कैसी होनी चाहिए?

Real estate से लेकर business advice तक, कौटिल्य नीति को बिना सिर पैर उपयोग करने की होड़ लगी है आजकल | अर्थशास्त्र को ignore करना तो ग़लत है ही, पर उसे ग़लत समझना और भी हानिकारक है | तो कौटिल्य अर्थशास्त्र से जुड़ी कई ग़लतफ़हमियों को ठीक करने के लिए हमने की पुलियाबाज़ी कजरी कमल से |

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Rajesh Jain’s Journey to Dhan Vapasi

Rajesh Jain was one of the architects of Narendra Modi's win in 2014 -- and then got buyer's remorse and turned against the BJP. Now, he has launched Dhan Vapasi, an insanely ambitious and innovative attempt at disrupting Indian politics. He joins Amit Varma in episode 94 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain where he's coming from. 

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Arthashashtra Part 1: साम, दाम, भेद, दंड से परे

Real estate से लेकर business advice तक, कौटिल्य नीति को बिना सिर पैर उपयोग करने की होड़ लगी है आजकल | अर्थशास्त्र को ignore करना तो ग़लत है ही, पर उसे ग़लत समझना और भी हानिकारक है | तो कौटिल्य अर्थशास्त्र से जुड़ी कई ग़लतफ़हमियों को ठीक करने के लिए हमने की पुलियाबाज़ी कजरी कमल से जो कि ‘अर्थशास्त्र और Indian Strategic Culture’ पर PhD कर रही हैं हैदराबाद केंद्रीय विश्वविद्यालय से |

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Why Do We Elect Criminals?

Why do we vote criminals and corrupt politicians into power? Can politicians really buy the votes of Indians? Does good governance translate into electoral victories? Milan Vaishnav joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 69 of The Pragati Podcast to explain elections, money and crime in India.

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Uncle Sam in South Asia

For over 200 years, America has been interested in South Asia across three separate axes: power, ideology and culture. Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 93 of The Seen and the Unseen to provide a guided tour of this fascinating history.

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An Economist Looks at #MeToo

Will the #MeToo movement change behaviour by changing incentives? Economist Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 92 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about Criminal Economics in the context of crimes on women in India.

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Raid के पीछे, एक टैक्स अफ़सर की ज़ुबानी

मुंशी प्रेमचंद की कहानी ‘नमक का दरोगा’ एक ईमानदार टैक्स इंस्पेक्टर के सामने आने वाली चुनौतियों की अमर दास्ताँ है | तो इस बार हमने पुलियाबाज़ी में हमने समझना चाहा कि एक युवा सरकारी अफ़सर की ज़िन्दगी आख़िर कैसी होती है ? क्यों आज भी कुछ इंजीनियर और डॉक्टर सरकारी अफ़सर बनना पसंद करते है ? 

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The Rot That IL&FS Reveals

The crisis at IL&FS reveals just how rotten India's financial system is. Vivek Kaul and Ashutosh Datar join Amit Varma in episode 91 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify the problem.

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