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

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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Should We Pay for the Kaveri?

This is a rebroadcast of Episode 32 of the Pragati Podcast, where Nitin Pai joins Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss water, Bangalore and the Kaveri. Nitin Pai is the co-founder and director of The Takshashila Institution.

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युवा भारत क्या चाहता है?

पुलियाबाज़ी के इस एपिसोड में सौरभ और प्रणय ने बात की पत्रकार और लेखक स्निग्धा पूनम से - जिनकी नयी किताब “Dreamers: How Young Indians are Changing the World” भारत के कुछ महत्वाकांक्षी युवक-युवतियों की ज़िन्दगी पर प्रकाश डालती है |

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Our Eternal September

The internet was supposed to bring us all together -- but instead, is it driving us apart? Reddit moderator Nikhil X joins Amit Varma in episode 70 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the changing shape of online conversations -- and society.

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The Magic Number to Elections

What is the answer to the ultimate question of politics, elections and voting? Karthik Shashidhar joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss election polling, what works and what doesn't.

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Immigration. Outsourcing. Trump

Donald Trump had two simple answers to everyone who complained about jobs in America. One: Immigrants are taking your jobs. Two: Your jobs are being shipped overseas. Trump was wrong. Gaurav Sabnis joins Amit Varma in episode 69 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why.

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भारत और अफ़ग़ानिस्तान: काबुलीवाला से तालिबान तक

क्या एक R&AW अफसर की जिंदगी "टाइगर" के सलमान जैसी होती है? तालिबान की बर्बरतापूर्ण सरकार को अफ़ग़ानिस्तान से हटाने में भारत का क्या योगदान था? पाकिस्तान तालिबान को किस तरह समर्थन देता है?

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The Art of the Deal

Walmart buys Flipkart. Trump backs out of the Iran Nuke deal. Trump bats for a North Korea Nuke Deal. Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath round up the news from India and around the world.

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The Regulators Are Coming

The government of India recently broached the possibility of regulating online content -- even more than it already does. What does this mean for our freedoms. Nikhil Pahwa joins Amit Varma in episode 68 of The Seen and the Unseen.

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The Rockets’ Red Glare

What connects the American national anthem with battles fought in Mysore? What was military innovation like in South India on the eve of the Industrial revolution? Ram Ganesh Kamatham joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to talk about innovation, ingenuity and wars in Mysore.

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सभी का ख़ून है शामिल यहाँ की मिट्टी में

राहत इंदौरी के शब्दों में - 'सभी का ख़ून है शामिल यहाँ की मिट्टी में, किसी के बाप का हिन्दोस्तान थोड़ी है'| पिछले ७-८ सालों में आयी जेनेटिक क्रांति राहत इंदौरी के इस कथन का प्रमाण दे रही है | और इसलिए हमने पुलियाबाज़ी के इस अंक में डेविड राइख की किताब 'Who We Are and How We Got Here' के भारत पर आधारित अध्याय पर चर्चा की | इस एपिसोड में जानिये क्यूँ हर भारतीय का ९००० साल पहले ईरान से आये हुए लोगों से...

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Sovereignty: From the Cholas to Wakanda

What does it mean when India is considered a Sovereign Republic? How do refugee crises like the Rohingya crisis affect sovereignty? What can Wakanda and Black Panther teach us about it? International affairs and law expert Ameya Naik joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan in episode 42 of The Pragati Podcast.

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What’s up With the Economy?

What does our economy look like today? Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 66 of The Seen and the Unseen, as they talk about Air India, cash shortages, the jobs crisis and other such miscellanea.

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India-US Bhai Bhai

Have we finally arrived on the global stage? How should the United States change the way it approaches India? In Episode 41, Alyssa Ayres joins Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to talk about how to move the relationship further.

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The Future of the Internet

The internet has empowered us all beyond belief -- but is there a flip side to this? Does it need to be regulated? Nikhil Pahwa and Amit Doshi have a lively conversation with Amit Varma in episode 65 of The Seen and the Unseen.

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A Six-Trillion-Dollar Goal

What does the Indian economy look like, in 2018? Does India have the institutions to manage a $6 Trillion economy in a few years? How have we done on continuing to reform governance in the country?

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What Does It Mean to Be Libertarian?

What does it mean to be free? What is the basis of individual rights? Episode 64 of The Seen and the Unseen is a rerun of an old episode of The Pragati Podcast, as Amit Varma tells Pavan Srinath what it means to be a libertarian, and why it all boils down to one word: Consent.

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Understanding Foreign Policy

We all have our own guidelines for how individuals should treat each other. But how should nations behave with other nations? Foreign Policy Realist Nitin Pai joins Libertarian Amit Varma to explain the evolution of foreign policy through the ages, and its imperatives today.

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भारत को इनोवेटिव कैसे बनाये

पुलियाबाज़ी के इस अंक में हमने बात की वरुण अग्रवाल से, जिन्होंने उनकी नयी किताब "Leading Science and Technology: India Next?" में भारत के रिसर्च इकोसिस्टम का विश्लेषण किया है |

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Here’s Why Aadhaar is a Big Deal

According to media commentator Nikhil Pahwa, Aadhaar is a subject on which "what we do will impact generations." Nikhil joins host Amit Varma on episode 61 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain how Aadhaar threatens our freedoms, and why we need to take it seriously.

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बिटकॉइन – एक क्रांतिकारी सोच

ऐसा क्या है बिटकॉइन में कि इस व्यवस्था ने सब सरकारों को चौकन्ना रहने पर मजबूर कर दिया है ? जानिये पुलियाबाज़ी के इस अंक में नीलेश त्रिवेदी से, जो इंडियम नामक ब्लॉकचेन डेवलपर कम्युनिटी से जुडे हुए है |

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India’s Water Crisis

We take water for granted, but India might be entering a full-blown water crisis. Water evangelist Vishwanath S joins Amit Varma in episode 60 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on this.

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The 8 Myths of Protectionism

Protectionism is on the rise across the world, which is bewildering, given how harmful it is. Economist Anupam Manur joins Amit Varma in episode 59 of The Seen and the Unseen to bust eight common myths about protectionism.

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