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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.

रॉकेट रॉकेट

This is Episode 46 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. The events surrounding Chandrayaan-2’s landing attempt captured India’s imagination earlier this month. This also gave us a reason to talk about Space on Puliyabaazi again. In our previous episode on space, we discussed the story of ISRO. In this episode, we explore the world of rocketry —...

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Twelve Dream Reforms

Times are bad -- but pessimists can dream! Tired of only talking about problems, Shruti Rajagopalan, Rajeswari Sengupta and Vivek Kaul join Amit Varma in episode 138 of The Seen and the Unseen, to propose solutions! Three each. Many bad jokes and Bollywood songs are thrown in.

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Indian Society: The Last 30 Years

The India of 2019 is a different country from the India of 1989. Social commentator Santosh Desai joins Amit Varma in episode 137 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the many ways in which we have been transformed in this time -- not always for the better.

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पूर्वोत्तर भारत – अंदर कौन और बाहर कौन?

This is Episode 45 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. The National Registry of Citizens (NRC) has been in the national news recently. So in this episode, we take a step back to understand the causes and dynamics of insider-outsider tensions in North-East India. Joining us is author and journalist Samrat, who has co-edited a book with Preeti Gill...

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India’s Mental Health Challenge

This is Episode 111 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Mental health is not a first world concern, but very much an Indian challenge. Social taboos have prevented Indians from confronting mental illnesses head on and now it’s estimated that there are over a 100 million people in India who need medical interventions on mental health. Listen to Dr Sabina Rao and Pavitra Jayaraman...

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South Asia Now

Devirupa Mitra, the Deputy Editor and Diplomatic Correspondent of The Wire joins Hamsini Hariharan to discuss what's happening in South Asia.

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Data Journalism and Indian Politics

Data journalism in India is fast coming of age, shedding light on our society and politics. Roshan Kishore joins Amit Varma in episode 136 of The Seen and the Unseen to speak about his profession (data journalism), his passion (political economy) and his dark, mysterious past as a student leader in JNU.

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Putting Stock in the Market

This is Episode 110 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. What is happening in India’s stock markets right now? How do the stock markets interact with the real Indian economy? Deepak Shenoy joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 110 of The Pragati Podcast to help us make sense of what is happening in India right now. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and...

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Around The World In About 30 Minutes

On the last Tuesday of every month, host Hamsini Hariharan rounds up important international news that you should know. In August, Kashmir, nuclear missiles, the Order of Zayed, a fire in the Amazon dominated the headlines.

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Two Economic Crises (2008 & 2019)

Mohit Satyanand saw the 2008 crisis coming and put his money where his mouth was. Now he says we're in the middle of another crisis. He joins Amit Varma in episode 135 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain what exactly went wrong in 2008, and what's gone wrong now.

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दास्ताँ-ए-बलोचिस्तान

This is Episode 44 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. बलोचिस्तान आजकल भारत में एक बहुचर्चित विषय हो गया है | प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने तीन साल पहले अपने स्वतंत्रता दिवस भाषण में इसका उल्लेख किया | इससे पहले पाकिस्तान ने भारत के एक नागरिक कुलभूषण जाधव को ईरान से कब्ज़े में ले लिया और आरोप लगाया कि भारत की ख़ुफ़िया एजेंसी R&AW बलोचिस्तान में आतंकवादी...

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ಸಮಾಜ-ಸಂಶೋಧನೆ. Society, Research & Truth.

This is episode 34 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಮೈಸೂರು ಸಂಸ್ಥಾನದ ಆಡಳಿತ ಗಾರರ ಮತ್ತು ದೊರೆಗಳ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯ ಕಲ್ಪನೆ ಏನಿತ್ತು? ಭಾರತದ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯದ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅನುವಾದಗಳ ಪಾತ್ರವೇನು? ಪಬ್ಲಿಕ್ ಇಂಟಲೆಕ್ಚು ಯಲ್ ಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಅವಕಾಶ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸ ಬೇಕು? ಡಾ. ಚಂದನ್ ಗೌಡ ರವರು ಸೂರ್ಯ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ಬಿ.ಎಸ್. ಮತ್ತು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ರವರ ಜೊತೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಚಂದನ್ ರವರು ಅಜೀಂ...

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Cybersecurity: From Company to Country

This is Episode 109 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Companies around the world have been learning how to manage the safety and security of their digital assets. Can the cybersecurity logic of a private corporation be expanded to that of a nation-state? Sandesh Anand joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 109 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about how India can think about cybersecurity. The...

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Kashmir and Article 370

Kashmir is in lockdown, and Article 370 is history. What does this mean for Kashmir -- and for India? Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 134 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the historical, geopolitical, ideological and moral questions at the heart of the Kashmir problem.

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ರಾಜ್ಯ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ. The Science of Politics.

This is episode 33 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ರಾಜ್ಯಶಾಸ್ತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆ ಮಾಡುವಾಗ ಜನ ಏನನ್ನು ಹುಡುಕುತ್ತಾರೆ? ನಮ್ಮ ಈ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ವರುಣ್ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಅವರ ಜೊತೆಗೆ, ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಮತ್ತು ಅವರ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ಅನುಭವಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ವರುಣ್ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಅವರು ರೋಚೆಸ್ಟರ್ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾನಿಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜ್ಯಶಾಸ್ತ್ರದ ಅಧ್ಯಯನ...

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Unlocking Medical Education in India

This is Episode 108 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. India has fraction of the doctors and medical professionals it needs, even as healthcare is increasingly becoming a politically important issue. In this context, the Government of India recently passed the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act 2019, which wants to usher in a new regulatory apparatus for medical education in the...

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Fighting Fake News

We live in a world besieged by falsehood -- but there is a growing resistance movement. Pratik Sinha of Alt News joins Amit Varma in episode 133 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about disinformation, misinformation and why the truth will prevail.

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बौद्धिक सम्पदा: पेटेंट, कॉपीराइट, और ट्रेड सीक्रेट की कहानी

One of the issues in the ongoing US-China trade conflict is rampant intellectual property theft by China. This term — intellectual property rights — is one of those which we often hear about but know very little about. Why are such rights important? How do citizens benefit from a sound intellectual property regime? Are anti-trust laws and patent regulations antagonistic to each other? We discuss...

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ಊರು ಕೇರಿ ಮರ. A City and Its Trees.

This is episode 32 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರ ಉದ್ಯಾನಗಳ ನಗರಿ (ಗಾರ್ಡನ್ ಸಿಟಿ) ಅಂತ ಕರೀತಾರೆ. ಆದರೆ ಒಂದು ಉದ್ಯಾನ ಅಂದರೆ ಏನು? ಮನೆಯೊಳಗಿನ ಗಿಡಗಳೆ, ವಿಶಾಲವಾದ ತೋಟವೆ, ಅಥವಾ ದಟ್ಟವಾದಂತಹ ಮರಗಳ ಸಂಗ್ರಹವೇ? ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಡಿದು ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿರುವಂತಹ ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಮರಗಳಿದ್ದರು, ಇವೆಲ್ಲರ ಜೊತೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರದ ಪರಸ್ಪರ ಸಂಭಂದವಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಈ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಡಾ||...

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Regulating DNA Tech

This is Episode 107 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. DNA samples can today be used for creating a unique fingerprint or ID, for diagnosing cancer and heritable diseases, for telling you your ancestry or even paternity. The cost of sequencing the full genome of any human cost over a $100 million dollars at the start of the 21st century, and today costs just a few hundred dollars. In...

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Women at Work

There is a crisis in India today. There are not enough women taking up paying jobs -- and their unpaid labour at home continues to be taken for granted. Journalist Namita Bhandare joins Amit Varma in episode 132 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the state of women in India today.

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ದಖನಿ ಕಹಾವತೇ.The Dakhini Language.

This is episode 31 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ದಖನಿ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿನ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಭಾಷೆ. ನಮಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲವರಿಗೆ ಇದರ ಪರಿಚಯವಿದ್ದರೂ ಇದರ ಹೆಸರು ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತೆಯ ಅರಿವಿಲ್ಲ. ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ, ಆಂಧ್ರ ಪ್ರದೇಶ, ತೆಲಂಗಾಣ, ತಮಿಳು ನಾಡು ಮತ್ತು ಮಹಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಚಲಿತವಿರುವ ಉರ್ದು ಭಾಷೆಯ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಭೇದ. ದಖನಿಗೆ 600 ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಗಿಂತಲೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಇತಿಹಾಸವಿದ್ದು...

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The State of Higher Education

This is Episode 106 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Can India’s higher education system thrive when the teaching profession has lost most of its status in society? What is necessary for India to educate millions of its citizens who turn college-going age every year? Pushkar joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 106 of The Pragati Podcast to share his thoughts. The Pragati Podcast...

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July: A month of escalation

On the last Tuesday of every month, host Hamsini Hariharan rounds up important international news that you should know. In July, the case of Kulbhushan Jadav, relations between Iran and the US and, the protests in Hong Kong dominated the headlines.

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Political Ideology in India

The usual spectrum of left and right does not apply to Indian politics. But does that mean that our politics is based on identity and patronage, and not ideology? Not quite, says political scientist Rahul Verma, as he joins Amit Varma in episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the two ideological cleavages that divide India.

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सरकारी काम इतना रुलाते है, सब बेच डालें क्या?

This is Episode 42 of PuliyaBaazi, a fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane and Saurabh Chandra. The debate on governmental reform often takes one of these three turns: privatisation, nationalisation, or devolution. But none of the three narratives provides a comprehensive framework for reforming government organisations. For example, privatisation might not always be possible nor...

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The Anti-Defection Law

This is Episode 105 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. How has India’s anti-defection law undermined democracy in the country? How do we tackle endless horse-trading of elected representatives in India? The Anti-Defection Law stifles intra-party democracy and dissent, and is also undermining the stability of elected governments. How do we fix a solution that has grown bigger...

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ಕಥಾ ನಿರೂಪಣೆ. The Power of a Narrative.

This is episode 30 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ರಾಮಾಯಣ, ಮಹಾಭಾರತ, ಹ್ಯಾರಿ ಪಾಟರ್, ಒಂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಕಥೆ ಜೀವನ ಪರ್ಯಂತ ನಮ್ಮೊಂದಿಗೆ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಕಥೆಗಳು ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಕೋನವನ್ನೇ ಬದಲಾಯಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಈ ಕಥೆಗಳು, ನಿರೂಪಣೆಗಳು, ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಮತ್ತು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವ  ಪ್ರಭಾವ ಬೀರುತ್ತೆ? ಈ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ರವರು ಗಣೇಶ್ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ರವರ ಜೊತೆ...

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Demystifying GDP

In recent times, the GDP has become less of an economic measure and more of a political tool. Economist Rajeswari Sengupta joins Amit Varma in episode 130 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain what the GDP is, what it is good for, what it is not good for and what the fuss over this figure in India is all about. This episode has immeasurable value.

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Addictive Dollar Bonds

This is Episode 104 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. The Government of India has announced that it will start issuing Overseas Sovereign Bonds, thereby allowing the government to borrow in dollars from foreign lenders. With falling savings rates in India and the little money available to the private sector to borrow locally, is this a solution that can help kickstart the economy...

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ಬ್ಯುಖಾನನ್ ರವರ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಪಯಣ. Buchanan’s Journey.

This is episode 29 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಇನ್ನೂರು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿನ ಜೀವನ, ಸಮಾಜ ಮತ್ತು ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಹೇಗಿತ್ತು? ಬ್ರಿಟೀಷರ ಆಳ್ವಿಕೆಗಿಂತ ಮುಂಚೆ ರಾಜ್ಯಭಾರ ಹೇಗೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿತ್ತು? ಟಿಪ್ಪು ಸುಲ್ತಾನಿನ ಸೋಲಿನ ನಂತರ ಈಸ್ಟ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ ಕಂಪನಿಯ ಕೋರಿಕೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಫ್ರಾನ್ಸಿಸ್ ಬ್ಯುಖಾನನ್ ರವರು ಮೈಸೂರು ದೇಶವನ್ನು ಸಂಚಾರ ಮಾಡಿದರು. ಸುಮಾರು 4,000...

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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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