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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.

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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What is Libertarianism?

“In a sense there have always been but two political philosophies: liberty and power.” David Boaz. author of The Libertarian Mind, joins Amit Varma in episode 117 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain what libertarian thinking stands for, and to bust some of the misconceptions around it.

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Markets in Space

This is Episode 93 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Space exploration was unthinkable for anyone except the US and the USSR in the early 1960s. Today, students and startups can launch satellites into space. Narayan Prasad joins us on the latest episode of The Pragati Podcast to tell us about this amazing transformation of human activities in space. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly...

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ಬಂತು ಬಂತು, ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಬಂತು! Election Season is here.

This is episode 19 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಅನ್ನೋದು ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಹಬ್ಬಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಕಮ್ಮಿ ಏನೂ ಅಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ ನಗರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮತದಾನ ಮಾಡಲು ಏಕೆ ಅಷ್ಟು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಜನರು ಬರುತ್ತಾರೆ? ಈ ವರ್ಷ ಏನಾದರೂ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ಕಾಣಬಹುದೆ? ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಎಚ್. ಎಸ್. ಈ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಸ್ಪೆಷಲ್ ಎಪಿಸೋಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಗಣೇಶ್ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಜೊತೆ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯ ಹಿಂದೆ...

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India’s Lost Decade

In 2008, India was growing at 8.8% and was described as a miracle economy. It all went downhill in the next 10 years. Puja Mehra, author of The Lost Decade, joins Amit Varma in episode 116 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe the random events, political imperatives and human dramas that collided to bring us to the brink of a crisis.

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Public Choice, Voting and Governance

Is it rational to vote? Is it rational for us to think about government as a benign entity? Amit Varma is back on Episode 92 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about public choice theory and how it can inform our thinking about governments and public decision-making.

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The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva

The ideology of Hindutva dominates our political and cultural landscape today. How did it begin, and what is it precisely? Aakar Patel, author of the forthcoming book 'Our Hindu Rashtra', joins Amit Varma in episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on three important Hindutva thinkers.

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Meet an Astronaut

This is Episode 91 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. Do astronauts grow up dreaming of going to space? What makes human spaceflight special? Listen to astronaut and former head of NASA Charlie Bolden on Episode 91 of The Pragati Podcast. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Major General Charles Frank...

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ಪ್ರಜಾತಂತ್ರ, ದೇಣಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಹೂಡಿಕೆ. Philanthropy, Impact Investing & More.

This is episode 17 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. ಎಂ.ಪಿ. ಮತ್ತು ಎಂ.ಎಲ್.ಎ.ಗಳು  ಶಾಸಕಾಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ದಕ್ಷವಾಗಿ ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಲು ಏನು ಮಾಡಬೇಕು? ದೇಣಿಗೆ ನೀಡುವ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಪರಿಣಾಮಗಳನ್ನು ತರಲು ಹೊರಟಿರುವ ಹೂಡಿಕೆ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು ಹೇಗೆ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಯನ್ನು ತರಬಹುದು? ಬನ್ನಿ ಕೇಳಿ! ಸಿ. ವಿ. ಮಧುಕರ್ ರವರು ಒಮಿಡ್ಯಾರ್ ನೆಟ್ವರ್ಕ್ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾರ್ಯ...

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Crime in Indian Politics

Why is crime ubiquitous in Indian politics? Why is your neta also a dada? Political scientist Milan Vaishnav joins Amit Varma in episode 114 of The Seen and the Unseen to speak about the incentives in play that have brought us to this place.

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The Geopolitics of the Bangladesh War

The formation of Bangladesh was neither inevitable nor a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 113 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe the geopolitical forces that shaped those events of 1971.

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The Story of Our Ancestors

Who were the first Indians? Where did the Harappans go? Who were the Aryans? Whose descendants are we? Tony Joseph joins Amit Varma in episode 112 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe how massive scientific advances in the last few years have given us answers to these questions.

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Understanding the India-Pakistan Conflict

What are the hidden dynamics of the India-Pakistan conflict? What are the possible ways of resolving it? Historian and foreign policy analyst Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 111 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the game theory and geopolitics of this messy situation.

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