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The Seen and the Unseen releases every  Monday. Thalé-Haraté releases every Wednesday. The Pragati Podcast releases every Thursday. PuliyaBaazi releases every alternate Thursday.

The Geopolitics of the Bangladesh War

The formation of Bangladesh was neither inevitable nor a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 113 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe the geopolitical forces that shaped those events of 1971.

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The Story of Our Ancestors

Who were the first Indians? Where did the Harappans go? Who were the Aryans? Whose descendants are we? Tony Joseph joins Amit Varma in episode 112 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe how massive scientific advances in the last few years have given us answers to these questions.

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Understanding the India-Pakistan Conflict

What are the hidden dynamics of the India-Pakistan conflict? What are the possible ways of resolving it? Historian and foreign policy analyst Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 111 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the game theory and geopolitics of this messy situation.

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The Growth of Indian E-Commerce

Akshay Alladi talks about the business and the public policy challenges of e-commerce on Episode 87 of The Pragati Podcast.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly show on public policy, economics and international

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Reporting Venezuela

Venezuela is a country blessed by nature but cursed by politics. Journalist Alexandra Ulmer joins Amit Varma in episode 110 of The Seen and the Unseen to share her insights from her years as a reporter there.

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Plato (or Why Philosophy Matters)

Should we care about philosophy in these modern times? Philosopher Rebecca Goldstein joins Amit Varma in episode 109 of The Seen and the Unseen to argue that we should -- and Plato's Dialogues illustrate why.

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The Importance of Cities

India is rapidly urbanizing – and the Indian state seems to be in denial about it. Reuben Abraham and Pritika Hingorani join Amit Varma in episode 108 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss what India needs to do to prepare for its urban future.

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An Economics Ramble

Host Amit Varma is joined by Vivek Kaul and Kumar Anand in episode 107 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the economic landscape of the day. Subjects discussed include the interim budget, the minimum income guarantee, the jobs crisis and how good politics leads to bad economics.

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The Stubborn Attachments We Must Have

In his latest book, Stubborn Attachments, Tyler Cower lays out a moral vision for the future. He joins Amit Varma in episode 106 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why future lives matter as much as present ones, and why our priorities should be centered around sustainable economic growth constrained by negative rights.

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अम्बेडकर के जातिप्रथा पर विचार: भाग २

पूरे भारत ने अपना सत्तरवाँ गणतंत्र दिवस पिछले हफ़्ते मनाया और अंबेडकर के योगदान को फिर एक बार याद किया |  पर अंबेडकर साहब जैसे बुद्धिजीवी को सम्मान देने का शायद सबसे प्रभावशाली तरीका है उनके विचारों को समझना |

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Being Mahatma

In the second of a two-part series, historian Ramachandra Guha joins Amit Varma in episode 105 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about Mohandas Gandhi's transformation into Mahatma Gandhi -- and how that changed the world. Among the subjects discussed: caste, misogyny and Gandhi's personal obsessions.

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When Gandhi Was Mohandas

Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most fascinating characters in history: complex, misunderstood, deeply impactful. Ramachandra Guha, author of two acclaimed biographies of the man, joins Amit Varma in episode 104 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the first 45 years of Gandhi's life, before he returned to India to catalyse the Indian freedom struggle.

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The Emergency and the Indian State

The Emergency of 1975 was not an aberration, but was written into the DNA of the Indian state. Historian Gyan Prakash joins Amit Varma in episode 103 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on why the framers of the constitution gave such draconian powers to the state -- and why we may not have become so free in 1947 after all.

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एक नई विश्व व्यवस्था के लिए भारत कैसे तैयारी करे?

विश्व व्यवस्था के घटनाक्रम में हाल ही तीव्रता से बदलाव हुए हैं। अमरीका और चीन के बीच में 1971 से शुरू हुआ तालमेल का सिलसिला आज एक शीत युद्ध में तब्दील हो गया है। बदलते समीकरणों के चलते अगले २५ सालों में भारत को क्या कदम उठाने चाहिए, इस विषय पर है हमारी इस हफ़्ते की पुलियाबाज़ी |

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The Paradox of Narendra Modi

Shashi Tharoor, author of The Paradoxical Prime Minister, joins Amit Varma in episode 102 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the many faces of Narendra Modi, as well as the nature of politics, the idea of India and his own journey as a politician.

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The World is Getting Better

We tend to take progress for granted, and are wired to focus on bad news instead of good. Steven Pinker joins Amit Varma in episode 101 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about why the world is getting better, and why Enlightenment values are essential for ensuring that the trend continues.

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भाग रॉकेट भाग: भारत के अंतरिक्ष प्रोग्राम की कहानी

इस बार पुलियाबाज़ी में हमने भारत के अंतरिक्ष प्रोग्राम पर खुलकर चर्चा की पवन श्रीनाथ से, जो इस विषय पर काफ़ी सालों से शोधकार्य कर रहे हैं।

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True Financial Inclusion

Malavika Raghavan has a wide-ranging conversation on financial inclusion with host Pavan Srinath and guest co-host Manasa Venkataraman on Episode 75 of the Pragati Podcast.

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