All Quiet on the Western Front?

With the impeachment of Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif and India’s preoccupation with the Doklam standoff, little of the national mindspace is being occupied by Pakistan. To weigh in on current relations with our western neighbour, Ambassador TCA Raghavan joins Hamsini Hariharan.

How Money Changed Cricket

Cricket has been transformed in the last four decades, first because of Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket, and then recently by the IPL. Noted cricket writers Gideon Haigh and Prem Panicker join Amit Varma in episode 41 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the enormous impact of this commercialisation.

Who Moved My Science?

While India has successfully sent a mission to Mars and has a globally competitive tech sector back home, we still struggle to do great scientific research in the country. Sunil Laxman comes onboard to discuss how to increase the batting average of science in India.

The State of the Economy

Many of the things wrong with India’s economy today are Unseen Effects of Demonetisation and the botched design of GST. Vivek Kaul join joins Amit Varma in episode 40 of The Seen and the Unseen to take stock.

The Nation That Eats at Home

Why don’t Indians eat out as much as people in other countries do? Karthik Shashidhar joins Amit Varma in episode 39 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain how we landed up in an equilibrium in which our restaurants prefer ‘tasty’ to ‘healthy’.

Sand, Sanitation and Subsidies

Can we use sand in India without having to deal with a sand mafia? Why do Indians have toilets at home, but defecate outside? And does anyone ever use a toilet for health reasons? Thejaswi Udupa and Nidhi Gupta join hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan for episode 15 of the Pragati Podcast.

The Unseen Effects of Obamacare

Obamacare is almost an article of faith for elite American liberals, but it has had devastating Unseen Effects. Economist Sudhanshu Neema, who joins host Amit Varma on episode 37 of The Seen and the Unseen, believes that it was responsible for Trump coming to power. Listen up!

Kabuliwaala, Trump and the GDP

Is the Indian economy doing all right? Is it suffering from something worse than the painful effects of Demonetisation? Is 2017 the beginning of a new chapter between India and Afghanistan? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane are our featured guests in episode 14 of The Pragati Podcast.

The Myth of the SEZs

Special Economic Zones are usually set up with the best intentions: to attract businesses and create employment. But what are their Unseen Effects? Karthik Shashidhar joins host Amit Varma in episode 36 of The Seen and the Unseen.

In Surge of Uber

Isn’t surge pricing exploitative? Shouldn’t it be banned? Karthik Shashidhar joins Amit Varma in episode 34 of The Seen and the Unseen to speak about the Unseen Effects of price caps. He also describes how Uber turned an illiquid market into a liquid one.

Our Inalienable Rights

This is an excerpt from Justice DY Chandrachud’s judgement in the Supreme Court of India’s ruling that The Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right. It locates the Right to Privacy within the context of Natural Rights.

The DNA of the NPA

Indian public sector banks have a notorious problem of non-performing assets, or NPAs. Vivek Kaul and Kumar Anand join Amit Varma to discuss the causes of this problem, and what can be done about it.