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

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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Privacy 1.0 to 3.0

Did walls create privacy, and is the internet going to destroy it? Is Privacy a western idea, being imported to India? 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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The Two Pakistans

Is there really democracy in Pakistan? What were these elections all about? Pranay Kotasthane and Hamsini Hariharan join Amit Varma in episode 79 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the two Pakistans, and what lies ahead.

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A Tale of Two Nukes: North Korea (Part 2)

If Donald Trump wants to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, how come he met with the 'Little Rocket Man' in June? Why does it seem like the world has forgotten the nuclear non-proliferation treaty? In the second of a two-part series, Ameya Naik joins Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss what’s happening with negotiations between North Korea and America and the current debates on...

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The Violence of Crowds

More and more, across this country, violent crowds are taking the law into their own hands. What's going on? Legal experts Madhav Chandavarkar and Alok Prasanna Kumar share their insights with Amit Varma in episode 78 of The Seen and the Unseen.

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तारीख़ पे तारीख़

हमारे न्यायतंत्र की ढ़िलाई से शायद हर इंसान वाक़िफ़ है | तो पुलियाबाज़ी के इस अंक में हमने ग़ोता लगाया इस ढ़िलाई के कारणों को समझने में, सूर्य प्रकाश के साथ|

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The Fraud of Indian Education

According to education scholar and activist Amit Chandra, education in India is a fraud committed on the people of this country by the state. He joins Amit Varma in episode 77 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why.

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Eminence Before Institution

Jio Institute. Eminence tags for only IITs Bombay and Delhi, not Chennai and Kanpur. Elections in Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif failed to become the first ever Prime Minister to have served a full term in office.

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Claiming Your Space

Misogyny is ubiquitous. Women begin life with the odds stacked against them. Aditi Mittal joins Amit Varma in episode 76 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss how hard it was for her to claim her space.

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जो मेरा है, क्या वो सच में मेरा है?

Property Rights का भारत में एक पेचीदा इतिहास है | यह एक ऐसा अधिकार है जिसके बिना बाकी सारे संवैधानिक अधिकार बेअसर हो जाते है | इसके बावजूद हमने बार-बार प्रॉपर्टी पर अधिकार को बलि पर चढ़ाया है, जिसका खामियाज़ा हम आज तक भुगत रहे है | तो इस बार की पुलियाबाज़ी प्रॉपर्टी के अधिकार पर | इस विषय को सुलझाने के लिए हमने बात की श्रुति राजगोपालन से, जो स्टेट यूनिवर्सिटी न्यूयॉर्क में अर्थशास्त्र पढ़ाती है और...

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The Rightness of Rights

Is a negative right a positive idea? Why is a Right to Education problematic, but a Right to Information perfectly alright? Yazad Jal joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss negative and positive rights.

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These Funny Times

"Comedy is tragedy plus time." Aditi Mittal joins Amit Varma to elaborate on this in Episode 75 of The Seen and the Unseen. Abbas Momin sits in as well, as the conversation spins from the evolution of stand-up in India to the challenges it faces.

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The Bad and Complex Tax

GST was supposed to be a Good and Simple Tax, but has ended up as just the opposite. This is hurting the poor the most. Economist Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 74 of The Seen and the Unseen to suggest a way out.

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चीन, एक खोज – भाग 2

कहने के लिए तो चीन हमारा पडोसी देश है पर वास्तव में हम चीन के बारे में बहुत कम जानते है | इस जानकारी के अभाव के कारण लोग या तो चीन की तरक्की से मंत्रमुग्ध हो जाते है या फिर उसे एक जानी दुश्मन का दर्जा दे देते है | यह दोनों दृष्टिकोण हमें चीन की असलियत से और दूर ले जाते है | तो चीन को कुछ गहराई से समझने के लिए हमने बात की मनोज केवलरमानी से |

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20 Million Jobs

Does India really need to create 20 million jobs a year? How well are we doing now? Economist Anupam Manur joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to help size up the most pressing challenge in India: job creation at an unprecedented scale. 

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चीन, एक खोज – भाग 1

चीन को कुछ गहराई से समझने के लिए हमने बात की मनोज केवलरमानी से, जो तक्षशिला इंस्टीटूशन में भारत-चीन संबंधों पर काम करते है |

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My Rupee, My Pride

Does a weak rupee mean a weak economy? In this episode of the Pragati Podcast, economist Anupam Manur joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to talk about exchange rates and all things rupee.

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GDPR Ahoy!

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has just been passed in Europe. What are its Unseen Effects? What can India learn from it? Legal expert Manasa Venkataraman joins Amit Varma in episode 72 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify this subject.

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You’re Scaring the Nipah Out of Me!

What is the story behind the Nipah virus that has claimed 16 lives in Kerala? Where did it come from? How can we prevent it? Dr Shambhavi Naik joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss the nitty-gritties of this new disease. 

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Torture the Data

The Indian government has a disturbing tendency to cherry-pick data. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 71 of The Seen and the Unseen to catch them with their pants down.

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