Many of the terrible policies followed by our government over the decades have one common unseen effect: a lack of jobs. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 20 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss why it has come about and what we can do to stop the slide.
The Right to Education Act sounds noble, but has caused devastation in schooling across the country. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in Episode 19 of The Seen and the Unseen.
Pavan and Hamsini catch up on some reading while the hullaballoo of the GST and the One Belt, One Road Project reverberates in the background. Then, Devanghsu Datta joins them to talk about when why they can’t host the podcast, smoking ganja and drinking alcohol in Gujarat while betting on the IPL.
If you want to see the many ways in which the government resembles a hafta-extorting mafia, look no further than restaurant regulations. Madhu Menon joins Amit Varma in episode 18 of The Seen and the Unseen.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna. All these are centrally sponsored government schemes with good intentions at their heart. But are good intentions enough? Pranay Kotasthane joins Amit Varma in Episode 17 of The Seen and the Unseen.
Left or right? Liberal or conservative? Paper or plastic? Political identities and political labels are becoming popular these days, whether someone is describing themselves or labeling someone else. Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan discuss what these labels are, and whether they are relevant for India.
Like all technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will make humanity better off in the long run. But in the short run, it will cause much disruption. Futurist Ramez Naam and policy wonk Pavan Srinath join Amit Varma in Episode 16 of The Seen and the Unseen.
For decades, there has been a stricture in Karnataka that non-Kannada films cannot be dubbed into Kannada. The idea behind this was to protect the local film industry — but were the unintended consequences just the opposite? Pavan Srinath joins Amit Varma in Episode 15 of The Seen and the Unseen..
The first full Pragati Podcast covers everything from swimming pools in Udupi to Indian military adventures in West Africa. In the second half, Pavan Srinath discusses overseas Indian military operations with Sushant Singh.
Rent control is a classic example of a regulation meant to help the poor that ends up hurting everyone. Alex Tabarrok joins Amit Varma on Episode 14 of The Seen and the Unseen.
The Anti-Defection Law was passed in 1985 to prevent horse-trading. But did it end up doing more harm than good to democracy? Barun Mitra joins Amit Varma in Episode 13 of The Seen and the Unseen.
For decades now, India has either banned or heavily regulated futures markets in agriculture. The conventional wisdom is that futures markets can turn farmers into gamblers. But what if the Unseen Effect of such regulation is exactly the opposite? Karthik Shashidhar joins Amit Varma in Episode 12 of The Seen and the Unseen.
In Episode 2 of The Pragati Podcast, Alex Tabarrok tells Amit Varma why he feels that tourism could be “India’s leading export sector,” and what the Indian government needs to do to make it happen.
Mumbai is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and one of the reasons is that there is too little land and too much sky. Alex Tabarrok joins Amit Varma in Episode 11 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss Mumbai’s insanely low Floor Space Index (FSI), a key reason why real estate here is at such a premium.
Big Brother is watching you, and you have no protection. There has been much hype about how ‘Digital India’ will transform our lives, but there are unseen elements to it that should make you worry. Devangshu Datta joins Amit Varma in Episode 10 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss why it is so alarming that there are no laws in India to protect privacy and defend against data theft.
As Pragati relaunches, editor Amit Varma gets together with founder Nitin Pai and frequent contributor Pavan Srinath in Episode 1 of The Pragati Podcast. They discuss the changes in the political landscape in the last 10 years. How has the political discourse changed? What are the challenges that lie ahead of us?