China in the Hood

China has become an influential force in India’s neighbourhood recently. Is this something India should be worried about? Foreign policy expert Pranay Kotasthane joins Amit Varma to allay these fears.

The Gateway To Our Cities

Slums in India have been both demonized and deified. Some say they are an eyesore to the city; others say they are hotbeds of entrepreneurship. Pavan Srinath joins Amit Varma in episode 21 of The Seen and the Unseen.

Till Divorce do Us Part

In the sixth episode of The Pragati Podcast, Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan talk about where the jobs have gone, the crackdown on conjunctions at World Bank, civil-military relations and Shuajiao Baba. And also, Triple Talaq.

The Coming Jobs Crisis

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 Illicit Episode

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.

The Center Should Not Hold

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.

Right Wing, Left Wing or Wrong Wing?

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.

Run! The Robots Are Coming!

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.

Why No Kannada?

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 Farmer Rolls the Dice

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.

The Answer is Tourism

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.

Reclaim the Sky

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.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

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.

What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

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?