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Evaluating India’s trade policies

What were the features of India’s pre-1991 trade policy? How has it evolved? What are some policy lessons for the current context? Anupam Manur talks to Sarthak Pradhan about changes in India’s trade policy.

Here is the essay referred to in the podcast:

From Protectionism to Global Integration: India’s Trade Policy Before and After 1991 – Anupam Manur

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Decoding Bihar’s unemployment crisis

Bihar is becoming a hotbed for many riots related to delays in exams, new employment schemes, and communal issues. Aarushi Kataria and Sudisha Mishra discuss the reasons why these riots are directly related to unemployment, why Bihar is heavily job-deprived and what this means socio-economically. Suggested readings Political Economy of Poverty in Bihar‘Government job’ is our only hope, say Bihar...

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Why China fears the growing US-Nepal relationship?

On June 12, General Flynn, the commanding general of the United States Army Pacific, concluded his 4-day visit to Nepal. During his visit, General Flynn held meetings with President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Deuba and Army Chief General Sharma, among others. However, with the emergence of the controversy surrounding Nepal’s decision to join the State Partnership Programme with the US...

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A Tech Billionaire’s take on preventing the next pandemic

Even though COVID-19 is still lurking around the corner, we have new threats like Monkeypox waiting to pounce. In this episode, Megha Pardhi and Harshit Kukreja discuss Bill Gates’s plan to prevent the next pandemic, the GERM team and much more.

Additional Readings :

Can data surveillance prevent the next pandemic?Meet the GERM team | Gates Notes

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Will early education help in combating climate change?

Climate change conversations have been happening worldwide for years. However, they have only remained as conversations with very little impact-generating action being taken. Priyal D’almeida talks to Mahek Nankani regarding climate change, who is responsible and how effective conversations to combat climate change should start in schools.

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Unpacking Agnipath: The anatomy of the new recruitment scheme

The Agnipath scheme which aims to reform the way the armed forces recruits new soldiers, has been met with criticism and protests across the country. But what is the problem the policy is trying to solve and why is it so problematic? In this episode, Pranav R Satyanath is joined by Pranay Kotasthane and Lt Gen (ret) Prakash Menon to discuss the fundamental of the Agnipath scheme, the unintended...

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The Great Tech Game

How will technology influence geopolitics and geoeconomics in the Information Age? What might be the key drivers for nation-states to succeed in this technological era? Arjun Gargeyas talks to Anirudh Suri, the author of the book ‘The Great Tech Game’ for his insights on how technology will shape the global order in the coming decades. Suggested reading: The Promise of Power by Maya...

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Democracy in Pakistan: What Went Wrong?

India and Pakistan had striking similarities when they embarked on their different democratic trajectories immediately upon their twin independences. Maya Tudor’s The Promise of Power examines the origins of democracy in India and autocracy in Pakistan. Aarushi Kataria and Shrey Khanna join Atish Padhy to discuss the role of class composition of the independence struggle and how it feeds into the...

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The role of inequality and economic prospects in political violence

Economic inequality has many negative consequences. But could it also motivate individuals and groups to engage in political violence? A recent research paper titled Poor Prospects—Not Inequality—Motivate Political Violence, in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, claims that it is not static inequalities but the deterioration of an individual’s economic prospects that motivates them to engage in...

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GST council – what lies ahead?

Recently the Supreme Court held that the Goods and Services Tax Council’s suggestions are mere recommendations and have only persuasive value. In this episode, Pranay Kotasthane and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the implications of the judgment. How will it impact the relationship between the union and the states? What will be its implications on the GST structure?

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Techno-strategic Doctrine for India

Tune into this episode of All Things Policy to know more about The Takshashila Institution’s “A Techno-Strategic Doctrine for India.” In this episode, Arjun Gargeyas, Pranav R Satyanath, and Megha Pardhi discuss highlights of the doctrine.

Read the document here – “Takshashila’s Doctrine Document – A Techno-Strategic Doctrine for India“

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India needs more institutions, not fewer

A popular way to think about strengthening the Indian republic is to ponder on improving its institutions. Sridhar Krishna speaks to Pranay Kotasthane who goes beyond this to talk about the institutions that don’t exist. India is missing many meta-institutions which could truly strengthen our republic and Pranay has lots to say on this subject. Suggested Readings: The House that Jack built and...

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Talks with the TTP: Peace in Sight for Pakistan Army?

On June 3, the Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced an indefinite ceasefire on its operations in Pakistan. Negotiated by the body of 50 tribal elders from Pakistan and the Haqqani Network, the ceasefire will allow the Pakistan army and the TTP the time to conclude the peace agreement. The fact that the Army agreed to release a substantial number of TTP prisoners and...

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Lancet Commission Report : Financing Primary Health – Part 2

In low-income and lower-middle income countries such as India financing of Primary Health Care (PHC) is dominated by relatively unregulated private expenditure, most of which is out of pocket. In this episode of All Things Policy, Priyal Lyncia D’almeida and Harshit Kukreja talk about ways to finance PHC, fixed payment, incentives for providers, capitation based financing and reducing Out...

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Do Tech Sanctions Actually Work?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine resulted in the concept of technology sanctions especially with regard to the unilateral response of big tech companies to conducting business with Russia. Priyal D’Almeida talks to Arjun Gargeyas on the implications of tech sanctions and whether they can act as deterrence or punitive actions against a robust tech economy like China. Read Arjun’s op-eds on...

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Why aren’t Indians looking for jobs?

The CMIE has estimated in April of 2022 that around 900 million Indians have voluntarily exited the workforce because they do not want to look for jobs. Sudisha Mishra and Aarushi Kataria discuss the reasons why this might be happening, the idea of ‘discouraged workers’, and the steps that can be taken to alleviate this including data collection, employer policies, and skill development. Further...

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Online Fantasy Sports are booming in India. But for how long?

Last week, reports emerged that the Union government has set up an inter-ministerial panel to regulate online gaming. This is a good thing. Online gaming is a popular emerging sector with great economic potential that has thus far been hamstrung by regulatory uncertainty. In this episode, Aarushi Kataria and Atish Padhy talk about one specific sector within the broader online gaming industry:...

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Talking Space Security in the OEWG

The first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on reducing space threats was held between 9th and 23rd May. The group deliberated long-running issues concerning the threats to Outer Space such as anti-satellite weapons, dual-use technologies and space debris. Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav R Satyanath unpack these issues and understand the core tenets of the OEWG discussion.

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Lancet Commission Report: Financing Primary Health – Part 1

1 rupee spent on mother and child health gives 11 rupees worth of health and economic benefit. In this episode, Priyal Lyncia D’almeida and Harshit Kukreja discuss these statistics, primary healthcare, paying for primary healthcare and achieving Universal Health care. Part 1 of a 2 part series. Additional Reading: The Lancet Global Health Commission on financing primary health care: putting...

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The Return To Office Debate

Over two years after the pandemic began and changed the geography of work to one’s home, we are now seeing the rise of Workspace 2.0. Boardrooms are debating what should be the organization’s Return to Office policy, especially in light of what the world, their competitors, customers, and employees want. Aarushi Kataria speaks to Priti Kataria (CHRO, iCORE, Wipro) about the Return to...

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