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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.

Students for Life

Studying international relations is a lifelong journey. Shibani Mehta joins Hamsini Hariharan to talk about studying and researching international relations.

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Budget. Bollywood. Badmaashi

Like cricket and cinema, the annual budget brought out by the central government has become a national obsession. Vivek Kaul. the Shah Rukh Khan of Economics, joins Amit Varma, the Govinda of Podcasting, in episode 129 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify the budget. Much fun is had. Blockbuster guaranteed.

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The United Nations Explained

This is Episode 103 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. India was one of the founding members of the United Nations, but as a colony of the British Empire. Almost 75 years later, the UN has shaped international relations as we know it. The UN has played pivotal roles in completing decolonisation across the world, shaping the legal use of seas and oceans by all nations, and much more...

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सेमीकंडक्टर दंगल: अमरीका, चीन और सिकिया पहलवान भारत

This is Episode 41 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. The semiconductor microchip is perhaps the greatest modern-day innovation breakthrough. It made radios, TVs, computers, and phones happen. Today, a processor microchip has billions of components and is created using a complex supply chain involving thousands of specialised companies cutting...

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Of Stories and Histories

Indian histories are vast and contentious. Manu Pillai joins Hamsini Hariharan to discuss questions of power and legitimacy, communal relations and the intersection of the foreign and the domestic in Indian history.

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India = Migration

India is a nation on the move, and migration is in our DNA. Economic historian Chinmay Tumbe joins Amit Varma in episode 128 of The Seen and the Unseen to present the rich history of migrations into, out of and within India.

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ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಎಂದರೆ ಯಾರು? The Public in Public Policy.

This is episode 28 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಜನಸಾಮಾನ್ಯರು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ನೀತಿ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಹೇಗೆ ತೊಡಗಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದು? ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಹಿತಾಸಕ್ತಿ ಎಂದರೆ ಏನು? ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಅವರ ಮುಂದಿರುವ ನೀತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅಶ್ವಿನ್ ಮಹೇಶ್ ರವರು ತಮ್ಮ 15 ವರ್ಷದ ಸುದೀರ್ಘ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಬದುಕಿನಿಂದ ಆಯ್ದ ಕಲಿಕೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಸ್ವಾರಸ್ಯಕರ ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶಗಳನ್ನು ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ...

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Fiscal Federalism in India

This is Episode 102 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. India is a Union of States, and Indian Republic’s federal nature has been hardcoded into the Constitution. While political federalism is important, control over the purse strings often makes or breaks federalism. Pranay Kotasthane returns to The Pragati Podcast to help us understand how fiscal federalism works in India. The...

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Our Colorful Past

Indian history is wild fun. Historian Manu Pillai joins Amit Varma in episode 127 of The Seen and the Unseen to regale him with stories from his latest book. The subjects discussed include caste, gender, narrative manipulation, mad elephants and men blown out of cannons.

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टिकट ख़रीदा रिज़र्व बैंक ने पर क्या लॉटरी लगेगी सरकार की?

This is Episode 40 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. The tussle between the Reserve Bank of India and the Union government has only intensified over the last two years. Governor Urjit Patel resigned in December 2018 and Deputy Governor Viral Acharya resigned earlier this week. Though both of them cited personal reasons there are speculations...

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ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯತೆ ಮತ್ತು ಭಾಷೆ. Nationalism and language.

This is episode 27 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಭಾಷೆ ಮತ್ತು ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯತೆಯ ನಡುವಿನ ಸಂಬಂಧವೇನು? ಯೂರೋಪಿನ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯತೆ ಭಾರತೀಯ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯತೆಗಿಂತ ಹೇಗೆ ಭಿನ್ನವಾಗಿದೆ? ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪಾಡ್ಕಾಸ್ಟಿನ 27ನೇ ಕಂತಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಡಾ| ಎ.ಪಿ. ಅಶ್ವಿನ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅವರು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಅವರ ಜೊತೆ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯತೆ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅಶ್ವಿನ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅವರು ಅಹ್ಮದಾಬಾದ್...

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Protecting the Commons

This is Episode 101 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Air pollution in our cities, vanishing groundwater, disappearing lakes and global climate change. What is common to all of them is that they suffer from the tragedy of the commons. Lingaraj Jayaprakash joins us on the Pragati Podcast to help us think about the commons better. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public...

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Building Sports Ecosystems

Can India ever be a sporting nation? What will it take to get there? Joy Bhattacharjya, who started up Kolkata Knight Riders, brought the u-17 Football World Cup to India and is CEO of the Pro Volleyball League, sure thinks so. He joins Amit Varma in episode 126 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his passion and vision for Indian sport.

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A Long Strange Trip in Public Policy

This is Episode 100 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. On the 100th episode of The Pragati Podcast, the tables have been turned. Host Pavan Srinath occupies the guest seat today, with Winona Laisram talking to him about his last decade of working in public policy, and recording one hundred episodes of The Pragati Podcast. Winona Laisram is a Visual Designer and Communicator, who has...

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ಕವಡೆ ಆಟವಯ್ಯ. Board Games of India.

This is episode 26 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಚೌಕಾಬಾರ, ಅಲುಗುಳಿಮನೆ, ಪಗಡೆ, ಇಂತಹ ಹಲವಾರು ಆಟಗಳು ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿ ಬೆಳೆದಿವೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಈಚೀನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಆಟಗಳ ಮಧ್ಯೆ ಇವೆಲ್ಲ ಮರೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಹಲವು ತಲೆಮಾರುಗಳಿಂದ ಬಂದ ಈ ಆಟಗಳಿಗೆ ಪುನರ್ಜನ್ಮ ನೀಡಿರುವವರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬರು ಶ್ರೀರಂಜಿನಿ ಅವರು. ಶ್ರೀರಂಜಿನಿ ಅವರು ‘ಕವಡೆ’ ಎಂಬ ಒಂದು...

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The Importance of Finance

People often talk of the world of Finance as a giant casino, where sociopathic bankers gamble with the livelihoods of real people. Economist Ajay Shah joins Amit Varma in episode 125 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why this is a misconception, and why Finance is at the heart of our progress.

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Questioning Nationalism

This is Episode 99 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. The world today is broadly organised into sovereign nation states, and we all believe that the Indian Nation exists and is thriving. But what is nationalism, at its core? How did nationalism really evolve in Europe, and are ideas like Indian nationalism and Tamil nationalism quite the same? Dr AP Ashwin Kumar joins us on Episode...

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क्या राष्ट्रवाद भी लिबरल हो सकता है?

This is Episode 39 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. भारतीय राष्ट्रवाद की ख़ासियत यह है कि वह शुरुआत से ही उदारवादी रहा है | लेकिन आज के ध्रुवीकृत वातावरण में इन दोनों शब्दों को विरोधाभासी समझा जाने लगा है | कुछ राष्ट्र के स्वनियुक्त रक्षक लिबरल विचारधारा को ज़हरीला मानते है तो खुद को लिबरल मानने वाले राष्ट्रवाद नाम से ही कतरा जाते है | तो हमने...

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ಈ ಜಿ.ಡಿ.ಪಿ. ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಏನು? What is the GDP?

This is episode 25 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಜಿ.ಡಿ.ಪಿ. (ಒಟ್ಟು ದೇಶೀಯ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ) ಬಹುಶಃ ದೇಶದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಗತಿ ಯನ್ನು ವಿವರಿಸುವ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಮೌಲ್ಯಯುತ ಅಳತೆಗೋಲು. ಭಾರತದ ಜಿ.ಡಿ.ಪಿ.ಯನ್ನು ಅಳೆಯುವ ವಿಧಾನವು ಸಂಶಯ ಮತ್ತು ವಿವಾದಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಲುಕಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವಹಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ನಾವು ಮೊದಲು ಜಿ.ಡಿ.ಪಿ. ಎಂದರೆ ಏನು ಮತ್ತು ಅದರ ಮಹತ್ತ್ವವನ್ನು ಅರಿಯಬೇಕು. ಅನುಪಮ್ ಮನೂರ್ ರವರು...

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I Seoul You

Urbanist Yang Seunghee joins Hamsini Hariharan to talk about how city of Seoul has evolved and what lessons it bears for cities in developing countries.

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Where is the Brexit?

This is Episode 98 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. 51.9 per cent of the people of Great Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016. A country divided, Brexit is still in the works three years later and it has cost them two Prime Ministers. Anupam Manur talks to Pavan Srinath on Episode 98 of The Pragati Podcast on everything we need to know about Brexit. The Pragati Podcast...

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2019 ಚುನಾವಣೆ: ಏನು? ಏಕೆ? ಹೇಗೆ? 2019 Elections Unpacked.

This is episode 24 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿಯವರ ನಾಯಕತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಏನ್.ಡಿ.ಎ. ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮತ್ತೆ ಆಡಳಿತಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆ ಹರಟೆ ಪೋಡ್ಕಾಸ್ಟಿನ ೨೪ ನೇ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಲೋಕ್ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅವರು ಮತ್ತು ಸರಯೂ ನಟರಾಜನ್ ಅವರು ನಮ್ಮೊಡನೆ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯ ಫಲಿತಾಂಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಚರ್ಚೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಡಾ| ಸರಯೂ ನಟರಾಜನ್ ಅವರು ರಾಜಕೀಯ...

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India’s Supreme Court

As the recent sexual harassment case indicates, all is not well with the Supreme Court of India. Constitutional economist Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 123 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why the Supreme Court has gone wrong on both ends of the tradeoff between Independence and Accountability.

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रन-नीति : क्रिकेट में डेटा क्रांति

This is Episode 38 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. क्रिकेट एक ऐसा विषय है जिसमे हम सभी ज्ञानी है | लेकिन क्या आपको पता था कि डेटा साइंस के प्रयोग से क्रिकेट के स्तर में निरंतर सुधार आ रहा है ? डेटा एनालिसिस टीमों का एक अभिन्न अंग बन चुका है यहाँ तक कि इंग्लैंड क्रिकेट बोर्ड ने तो अब एक चीफ डेटा अफसर भी नियुक्त किया है | तो इस एपिसोड में हमने...

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The Agenda for NDA 3.0

This is Episode 97 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. The Narendra Modi-led NDA has won an unprecedented mandate for a second term in office. With a new cabinet being sworn in and 100 day plans being drawn up, what should be the top priorities of the new Government of India? Narayan Ramachandran returns to The Pragati Podcast to discuss what should be on top of the agenda for NDA 3.0...

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ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳು ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದ ಯಶಸ್ಸು. Gram Sabhas & Democracy.

This is episode 23 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ನಗರ, ರಾಜ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ದೇಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಚರ್ಚೆಗಳು ಕೇಳಸಿಗುತ್ತವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳ  ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬರಗಾಲ ಬಂದಾಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ನಮ್ಮ ಗಮನ ಹರಿಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿನ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳ ಆಡಳಿತ ಹೇಗೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿವೆ? ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವ ನಮ್ಮ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಎಷ್ಟರಮಟ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ಆಚರಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ? ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆಹರಟೆ ಪೋಡ್ಕಾಸ್ಟಿನ 23ನೆ ಎಪಿಸೋಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ...

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The 2019 Elections

Elections in India are madly complex, and defy simple explanations. Sadanand Dhume joins Amit Varma in episode 122 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the Age of Modi, and what these elections mean for India, the BJP and the Congress party.

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All Hail Public Choice Theory!

Governments consist of people, and people respond to incentives. For this reason, there is no better way to understand government than through the tools of economics. Episode 121 of The Seen and the Unseen is a rerun of an old episode of The Pragati Podcast, in which Amit Varma introduces Pavan Srinath to the mindblowing insights of Public Choice Theory.

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Afghanistan: A Republic in Peril

This is Episode 96 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Afghanistan was all set to go to elections this summer, but Afghanistan, its State and its people are all in peril. The Taliban are now on the negotiating table with global powers, often without the presence of the legitimate government of Afghanistan. Anand Arni and Pranay Kotasthane share how Afghanistan has been faring over the...

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ಹೇಮಂತ ತಂದ ಚಿತ್ರ ಚೈತ್ರ. Modern Kannada Cinema.

This is episode 22 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರಗಳಿಲ್ಲದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನವನ್ನು ಕಲ್ಪಿಸುಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದೇ ಕಷ್ಟ. ಆದರೆ ಒಂದು ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸುವುದು ಅದಕ್ಕಿಂತಲೂ ಕಠಿಣ. ಸಿನಿಮಾವೊಂದನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸುವದರಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವ ತೊಡಕುಗಳು, ಸವಾಲುಗಳು ಬರುತ್ತವೆ? ಈ ವಾರದ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಮಂತ್ ರಾವ್ ಅವರು ನಮ್ಮೊಡನೆ ಅವರ ಪ್ರಖ್ಯಾತವಾದ ಎರಡು ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರಗಳು, ಗೋದಿ ಬಣ್ಣ ಸಾಧಾರಣ...

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Resisting State Injustice

Conventional wisdom holds that there are three ways to respond to injustice by the state: we may leave, complain, or comply. Philosopher Jason Brennan joins Amit Varma in episode 120 of The Seen and the Unseen to argue that there is a fourth option: to resist. 

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Working with Government

This is Episode 95 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Bangalore has at least a 20 year legacy of private citizens working with city and state governments in a variety of ways. V Ravichandar symbolises that, as over the last 19 years, he has worked with governments, has driven change while being completely outside government, and has opposed government policies effectively as well. V...

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ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಪ್ರಾಧ್ಯಾಪಕನ ಬದುಕು-ಬವಣೆ.The Life of an Ecology Professor.

This is episode 21 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಾಧ್ಯಾಪಕರ ಜೇವನ ಹೇಗಿರುತ್ತೆ? ಅದೂ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಪ್ರಖ್ಯಾತವಾದಂತಹ ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ? ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದ ಪ್ರಗತಿಗೆ ಅನೇಕ ರೆಟಿಯ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದೆ ಆದರೆ ಇದನ್ನು ಸಾಧಿಸಲು ಬೇಕಾದಂತಹ ನಾಡಿನ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ, ಮತ್ತು ಪಾಂಡಿತ್ಯದ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಗಳು ಏನು? ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ ಪಾಡ್ಕಾಸ್ತಿನ 21ನೆ ಎಪಿಸೋಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಶ್ವೇಶ...

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Modi’s Lost Opportunity

Despite being a Congress spokesperson, economist Salman Soz was hopeful in 2014 that the Modi government would be good for India. As the title of his new book indicates, that turned out to be quite The Great Disappointment. Soz joins Amit Varma in episode 119 of The Seen and the Unseen to elaborate on the many economic failures of the Modi government. He also tackles tough questions on the...

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A Global Vox Populi

Jacob Poushter joins host Hamsini Hariharan to discuss international public opinion and how people around the world think about the United States, China and world politics.

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Zombie Firms and Creative Destruction

The Indian economy has the seeds of a horror film, with zombies stalking the landscape. Air India is one. Jet could have been another had it been rescued. Economist Ajay Shah joins Amit Varma in episode 118 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the importance of creative destruction, and why failing firms should be allowed to die. Also discussed: price controls and market failure.

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ನಮ್ಮ ಮಕ್ಕಳು. The Children of India.

This is episode 20 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಆಹಾರ, ಪೌಷ್ಟಿಕತೆ, ಮತ್ತು ವಿದ್ಯಾಭ್ಯಾಸದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಂದು ಸಮಗ್ರತಾ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಗೆ ನೋಡಬಹುದು? ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ ಪೋಡ್ಕಾಸ್ಟಿನ 20ನೆ ಎಪಿಸೋಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಲಲಿತ ಪುಲವರ್ತಿಯವರು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಅವರ ಜೊತೆ, 47ಕೋಟಿಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಲಲಿತ ಪುಲವರ್ತಿ ಅವರು ಸೋಷಿಯೋಲೋಜಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪಿ.ಎಚ್.ಡಿ...

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Freedom on the Internet

This is Episode 94 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Internet access is an essential part of many of our lives. And in 2019, there are more than 500 million broadband internet connections in the country. While celebrating this success, we also need to ask how our rights and freedoms must be protected on the internet. Net neutrality, internet shutdowns, website blocks, online...

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Surat vs the British Empire

Mir Moin joins Hamsini Hariharan to tell the story of how a prince from Surat raised a private's member's bill in the British Parliament in 1856 and changed the course of Indian history.

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