Kabuliwaala, Trump and the GDP

Is the Indian economy doing all right? Is it suffering from something worse than the painful effects of Demonetisation? Is 2017 the beginning of a new chapter between India and Afghanistan? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane are our featured guests in episode 14 of The Pragati Podcast.

The Myth of the SEZs

Special Economic Zones are usually set up with the best intentions: to attract businesses and create employment. But what are their Unseen Effects? Karthik Shashidhar joins host Amit Varma in episode 36 of The Seen and the Unseen.

In Surge of Uber

Isn’t surge pricing exploitative? Shouldn’t it be banned? Karthik Shashidhar joins Amit Varma in episode 34 of The Seen and the Unseen to speak about the Unseen Effects of price caps. He also describes how Uber turned an illiquid market into a liquid one.

The DNA of the NPA

Indian public sector banks have a notorious problem of non-performing assets, or NPAs. Vivek Kaul and Kumar Anand join Amit Varma to discuss the causes of this problem, and what can be done about it.

The Price of Medicine

The government of India often fixes the prices of medicine in India so that poor people can afford them. Pavan Srinath joins Amit Varma to discuss the Unseen Effects of this, and how they can be ameliorated.

The Idiot Box

Indian television is appalling, and the reasons for that go beyond culture. Renowned journalist Ashok Malik joins Amit Varma in ep 27 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe how government regulation has played its part.

Of Tax Reforms and Secularism

Have the photos of food on your timeline been replaced by photos of bills? In the ninth episode of The Pragati Podcast, Hamsini Hariharan sits down with Anupam Manur, Research Fellow at the Takshashila Institution to break down the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Imagine No Possessions

The Right to Property is the underpinning of all our rights — and yet, the Indian constitution does not consider it a Fundamental Right, though it once did. Constitutional expert Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma to discuss why this right is important, and the consequences of its being weakened in India.

ISRO, Indian Ocean and Infrastructure

This is Episode 08 of the The Pragati Podcast, hosted by Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan. [iframe src=”http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5488336/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/87A93A/” height=”90″ width=”640″] Will ISRO be relevant in ten years? Will Britain give up its last colony in the Indian Ocean? How should India think China’s infrastructure projects? In the eighth episode of the The Pragati Podcast, Hamsni …