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?