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The Pragati Podcast releases every Thursday. The Seen and the Unseen releases every  Monday. PuliyaBaazi releases every alternate Tuesday.

The Deccan Before Shivaji

When people think of the Deccan, they think Shivaji vs Mughals. But the history of the Deccan is far richer than that -- and far racier. It's full of lust and laughter, murder and madness, sex and senselessness. Historian Manu S Pillai joins Amit Varma in episode 98 of The Seen and the Unseen to tell that fascinating story.

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India Putting the Jumbo in Shrimp

India is one of the largest producers of frozen shrimp in the world, and may take the top spot from China in 2018 or 2019. Industrialist and shrimp exporter Aditya Dash talks to Pavan Srinath and Anupam Manur on aquaculture, the seafood industry and trade disputes on Episode 72 of The Pragati Podcast.

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The Evolution of Cricket

In his three-decade career covering cricket, Harsha Bhogle has had an inside view on the transformation of the game. He joins Amit Varma in episode 97 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about how cricket has changed – and why it gives him hope.

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धरती के बर्फीले छोरों से कहानी Climate Change की

जलवायु परिवर्तन (climate change) के भीषण प्रभावों पर आंकड़े तो स्पष्ट हैं लेकिन फिर भी हम और हमारी सरकारें इस वैश्विक समस्या को गंभीरता से नहीं ले रहे | सुनिए हमारी पुलियाबाज़ी राजा कार्तिकेय से जिन्होंने एक साल के भीतर ही अंटार्कटिक और आर्कटिक ध्रुवों का दौरा किया |

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10 Years Later: The 26/11 Attacks

On 26/11/2008, ten terrorists killed over 174 people in Mumbai, and committed the one of the worst acts of terror on Indian soil. Dheeraj PC joins the hosts to analyse the events of 26/11, the strategy of the terrorists, and the Indian response.

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The Evolution of Everything

The world evolves in a bottom-up way, despite the top-down beliefs of those who have blind faith in either God or Government. Matt Ridley joins Amit Varma in episode 96 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe the evolution of the universe, life, culture, language, cities, the economy, our minds, our future and more.

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The Indianness of Indian Food

What does it mean when we say that something is 'Indian'? Does origin matter? Food writer Vikram Doctor joins Amit Varma in episode 95 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about how most of what we think of as Indian food originated elsewhere -- and why it doesn't matter.

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Arthashashtra Part 2: Foreign Policy कैसी होनी चाहिए?

Real estate से लेकर business advice तक, कौटिल्य नीति को बिना सिर पैर उपयोग करने की होड़ लगी है आजकल | अर्थशास्त्र को ignore करना तो ग़लत है ही, पर उसे ग़लत समझना और भी हानिकारक है | तो कौटिल्य अर्थशास्त्र से जुड़ी कई ग़लतफ़हमियों को ठीक करने के लिए हमने की पुलियाबाज़ी कजरी कमल से |

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Rajesh Jain’s Journey to Dhan Vapasi

Rajesh Jain was one of the architects of Narendra Modi's win in 2014 -- and then got buyer's remorse and turned against the BJP. Now, he has launched Dhan Vapasi, an insanely ambitious and innovative attempt at disrupting Indian politics. He joins Amit Varma in episode 94 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain where he's coming from. 

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Arthashashtra Part 1: साम, दाम, भेद, दंड से परे

Real estate से लेकर business advice तक, कौटिल्य नीति को बिना सिर पैर उपयोग करने की होड़ लगी है आजकल | अर्थशास्त्र को ignore करना तो ग़लत है ही, पर उसे ग़लत समझना और भी हानिकारक है | तो कौटिल्य अर्थशास्त्र से जुड़ी कई ग़लतफ़हमियों को ठीक करने के लिए हमने की पुलियाबाज़ी कजरी कमल से जो कि ‘अर्थशास्त्र और Indian Strategic Culture’ पर PhD कर रही हैं हैदराबाद केंद्रीय विश्वविद्यालय से |

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Why Do We Elect Criminals?

Why do we vote criminals and corrupt politicians into power? Can politicians really buy the votes of Indians? Does good governance translate into electoral victories? Milan Vaishnav joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 69 of The Pragati Podcast to explain elections, money and crime in India.

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Uncle Sam in South Asia

For over 200 years, America has been interested in South Asia across three separate axes: power, ideology and culture. Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 93 of The Seen and the Unseen to provide a guided tour of this fascinating history.

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An Economist Looks at #MeToo

Will the #MeToo movement change behaviour by changing incentives? Economist Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 92 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about Criminal Economics in the context of crimes on women in India.

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Raid के पीछे, एक टैक्स अफ़सर की ज़ुबानी

मुंशी प्रेमचंद की कहानी ‘नमक का दरोगा’ एक ईमानदार टैक्स इंस्पेक्टर के सामने आने वाली चुनौतियों की अमर दास्ताँ है | तो इस बार हमने पुलियाबाज़ी में हमने समझना चाहा कि एक युवा सरकारी अफ़सर की ज़िन्दगी आख़िर कैसी होती है ? क्यों आज भी कुछ इंजीनियर और डॉक्टर सरकारी अफ़सर बनना पसंद करते है ? 

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The Rot That IL&FS Reveals

The crisis at IL&FS reveals just how rotten India's financial system is. Vivek Kaul and Ashutosh Datar join Amit Varma in episode 91 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify the problem.

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Myths About China

Most Indians know more about USA and Europe than our northern neighbour China. This two-part series on The Pragati Podcast will bust myths about China and the Chinese government.

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The Importance of #MeToo

#MeToo is the most important cultural moment of our lifetimes. Supriya Nair and Nikita Saxena join Amit Varma in episode 90 of The Seen and the Unseen to share their insights.

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परमाणु हथियार: इस ब्रम्हास्त्र से कैसे बचें?

इस साल के शुरू होते ही अमरीकी राष्ट्रपति ट्रम्प ने एक ट्वीट में उत्तर कोरिया को चेताया था कि अमरीका के परमाणु हथियार उत्तर कोरिया के मुक़ाबले कई ज़्यादा प्रभावशाली है | इस एक ट्वीट से ही सारी दुनिया काँप गयी थी |

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The Crisis in the Media

Are journalists redundant in a world where no one cares about facts any more? Are we to cater to people's imagined realities? And when money and power come together, how are Independent journalists to resist? Sidharth Bhatia of The Wire and Peter Griffin of The Hindu join Amit Varma in episode 89 of The Seen and the Unseen.

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Metrics of Empowerment

The lives of women in India must be gradually getting better, right? How do we measure this? Devika Kher, Nidhi Gupta and Hamsini Hariharan join Amit Varma in episode 88 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss a range of possible metrics.

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संसद के अंदर

भारतीय लोकतंत्र में एक सांसद का रोल क्या है? हमारी पार्लिमेंट और राज्य विधान सभाओं को और प्रभावशाली कैसे बनाया जाए? हमें सांसदों के बढ़ते वेतनभत्ते से कितना चिंतित होना चाहिए?

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Where Are the Jobs?

India has entered a massive jobs crisis, with more than a million people coming into the workforce every month -- and not enough jobs. Will our Demographic Dividend be a Demographic Disaster? Yazad Jal of the 20 Million Jobs project joins Amit Varma in episode 87 of The Seen and the Unseen to give insight on the scale of the problem.

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The State of Our Farmers

India's agricultural crisis has been caused by the state. Farmer leader Gunvant Patil of the Shetkari Sanghatana joins Amit Varma in episode 86 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the many ways in which Big Government has created our agricultural crisis.

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The Many Indian Genomes

Dr Kumarasamy Thangaraj joins Pavan Srinath and guest host Dr Shambhavi Naik on Episode 61 of the Pragati Podcast to talk about all things India, genes, history and health challenges.

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DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State

Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen is about Demonetisation -- and a lot else. First, host Amit Varma launches into an angry monologue about how economic benefits can never justify moral costs. Then he is joined by economist Shruti Rajagopalan, who elaborates on all the things wrong with DeMon. They discuss the predatory Indian state, how Indians are forced into jugaad to cope with it, and that...

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Being Gay in India

What is it like to grow up gay in a deeply homophobic country? Writer and stand-up comedian Navin Noronha joins Amit Varma in ep 84 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about his experience growing up gay in Bhayandar, and his insights from his podcast, Keeping it Queer.

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मिलिट्री-जिहादी कॉम्प्लेक्स: पाकिस्तान का दूसरा चेहरा

नवजोत सिंह सिद्धू की झप्पी ने बड़ा बवाल उठा दिया भारत में | तो इस बार की पुलियाबाज़ी पाकिस्तान के मिलिट्री-जिहादी कॉम्प्लेक्स पर | ऐसा क्यों कि भारत-पाकिस्तान के रिश्ते सुधारने की कोई कोशिश के शुरू होते ही आतंकवादी हमले उस प्रक्रिया को विफल कर देते हैं?

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Trump’s New Washington DC

It's been almost two years since Donald Trump was elected the President of the United States of America. What has happened to the Washington DC ecosystem since then? In Episode 59 of The Pragati Podcast, Soren Dayton joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath.

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The Turmoil in Young India

India is a young country, and young Indians today are entitled and angry. Snigdha Poonam joins Amit Varma in episode 83 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the turmoil in small-town India.

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A Thin Svaraj

If Swaraj is your birthright, do you have it? What does Swaraj even mean? Do we have different concepts of self-rule? And how do we even spell the word -- sva or swa?

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आज़ाद भारत का रिपोर्ट कार्ड

पुलियाबाज़ी के इस Independence Day Special अंक में प्रस्तुत है हमारे दृष्टिकोण से आज़ादी का लेखा-जोखा | कौनसी चुनौतियों को हमने हराया है और कौनसी मुश्किलों से हम आज भी जूझ रहे है, इन प्रश्नों पर सुनिए एक चर्चा |

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China and the World

How does China see its place in the world? What are its foreign policy objectives? Should India be worried? China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins Amit Varma in episode 81 of The Seen and the Unseen.

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A Brave New World Order

Everyone from Henry Kissinger and Donald Trump to Solomon Lane in the new Mission Impossible movie cares about the the end of the old world order. What is a world order? How is it changing? Most importantly, what should India be doing about it?

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India in the Nuclear Age

India as a nuclear power is a different force from what it was before we went nuclear. Lt Gen Prakash Menon joins Amit Varma in episode 80 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe how War and Statecraft have been redefined by nuclear weapons.

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एक डॉक्टर और

भारत में हर 1668 लोगों के लिए सिर्फ एक डॉक्टर है । इस अभाव के बावजूद मेडिकल कॉलेजों में सीटें इस साल घटा देने का कारण क्या है? राज्य और केंद्र सरकार क्या कर सकती हैं अच्छे डॉक्टरों की संख्या में इज़ाफ़ा करने के लिए, जानिए इस एपिसोड में।

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Privacy for 21st Century India

Did Pakistan get a privacy law before India? What's a data protection law, and how is that different from a privacy law? Rahul Matthan, author of Privacy 3.0, is a guest in this two-episode special on privacy and data protection on the Pragati podcast.

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