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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 Read More: Smash and Grab: Annexation of Sikkim by Sunanda K. Datta-Ray Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan...

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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 deceived.

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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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The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism

The recent victories of political Hindutva were enabled by a century-long cultural movement spearheaded by a publishing house based in Gorakhpur. Akshaya Mukul, author of Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India, joins Amit Varma in episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen. Themes discussed include the relationship between society and the state, Marwari history, cow, temple, gender, caste, Muslims...

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रॉकेट रॉकेट

This is Episode 46 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. The events surrounding Chandrayaan-2’s landing attempt captured India’s imagination earlier this month. This also gave us a reason to talk about Space on Puliyabaazi again. In our previous episode on space, we discussed the story of ISRO. In this episode, we explore the world of rocketry —...

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Twelve Dream Reforms

Times are bad -- but pessimists can dream! Tired of only talking about problems, Shruti Rajagopalan, Rajeswari Sengupta and Vivek Kaul join Amit Varma in episode 138 of The Seen and the Unseen, to propose solutions! Three each. Many bad jokes and Bollywood songs are thrown in.

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Indian Society: The Last 30 Years

The India of 2019 is a different country from the India of 1989. Social commentator Santosh Desai joins Amit Varma in episode 137 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the many ways in which we have been transformed in this time -- not always for the better.

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पूर्वोत्तर भारत – अंदर कौन और बाहर कौन?

This is Episode 45 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. The National Registry of Citizens (NRC) has been in the national news recently. So in this episode, we take a step back to understand the causes and dynamics of insider-outsider tensions in North-East India. Joining us is author and journalist Samrat, who has co-edited a book with Preeti Gill...

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India’s Mental Health Challenge

This is Episode 111 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Mental health is not a first world concern, but very much an Indian challenge. Social taboos have prevented Indians from confronting mental illnesses head on and now it’s estimated that there are over a 100 million people in India who need medical interventions on mental health. Listen to Dr Sabina Rao and Pavitra Jayaraman...

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South Asia Now

Devirupa Mitra, the Deputy Editor and Diplomatic Correspondent of The Wire joins Hamsini Hariharan to discuss what's happening in South Asia.

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Data Journalism and Indian Politics

Data journalism in India is fast coming of age, shedding light on our society and politics. Roshan Kishore joins Amit Varma in episode 136 of The Seen and the Unseen to speak about his profession (data journalism), his passion (political economy) and his dark, mysterious past as a student leader in JNU.

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Putting Stock in the Market

This is Episode 110 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. What is happening in India’s stock markets right now? How do the stock markets interact with the real Indian economy? Deepak Shenoy joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 110 of The Pragati Podcast to help us make sense of what is happening in India right now. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and...

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Around The World In About 30 Minutes

On the last Tuesday of every month, host Hamsini Hariharan rounds up important international news that you should know. In August, Kashmir, nuclear missiles, the Order of Zayed, a fire in the Amazon dominated the headlines.

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