PuliyaBaazi

Fortnightly podcast hosted by Pranay Kotasthane & Saurabh Chandra. Out every alternate Tuesday.

Ep. 79: माहौल की महिमा। Why Narratives Matter?

Narratives are all around us. Whether it’s policy, politics, or the economy, the stories we tell and listen matter. In this Puliyabaazi, we discuss why narratives have the power to make the unreal real with economic historian and assistant professor at IIM Bangalore, Prateek Raj (@PrateekRaj_). आजकल “नैरेटिव” का बोलबाला है. हर कोई नए तरीकों से कहानियाँ बुन रहा है – भले ही उसका तथ्य से...

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Ep. 78: नए कृषि कानून: आज़ादी या बोझ?

What do the recent changes in agricultural laws mean for farmers? Will these changes unshackle the agricultural sector or do the problems lie elsewhere? We discuss these questions and more with Gunwant Patil, leader of the Shetkari Sangathana Movement and a farmer himself. आजकल चल रहे कृषि आंदोलन के क्या कारण है? क्या यह कानून कृषि क्षेत्र में समृद्धि लाने में सक्षम है? इसी विषय पर ये पुलियाबाज़ी...

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Ep. 77: भारत में बैंकिंग: राजे-रजवाड़ों से उदारीकरण तक

In this second and final episode on India’s banking system, we pick up some more interesting strands of India’s monetary history. We are joined again by Amol Agrawal (@mostlyeconomics), Assistant Professor at Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University. In episode #75, Amol began with the Hundi system in India and ended at the nationalisation phase of 1969. In this episode, we find out...

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Ep. 76: सरकार और बाज़ार: कभी नीम नीम कभी शहद शहद

In this episode, political scientist and economic historian Rohit Chandra (@rohitreads) gives an account of business-state relations in India over the last two decades. In this wide-ranging conversation, we discuss trends of market concentration since 2014, the state of public sector units, small businesses, and the state of banking among other things. Rohit, together with Rahul Verma...

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Ep. 75: भारत में बैंकिंग: हुंडी से सरकारीकरण तक

What’s the history of banking in India? Do bank deposits lead to bank loans or is it the other way around? Why did coastal Karnataka spring up so many private banks? In this episode, Amol Agrawal (@mostlyeconomics), Assistant Professor at Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University, gives us a tour de force of the history of banking in India. Amol also runs Mostly Economics, one of...

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Ep. 74: भारतीय सेनाएँ ताल से ताल कैसे मिलाएँ?

 Even today, India’s armed forces largely conduct their operations in silos. It is for this reason that the Chief of Defence Staff position was created and specifically mandated to create integrated theatre commands that would allow systematic cooperation of all three forces in large numbers during war. So in this Puliyabaazi, we are joined by Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon to discuss jointness in...

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Ep. 73: 1857 की लड़ाई का आँखों देखा हाल

  It’s rare to find a narration of earthshaking political events by a commoner of those times. That’s precisely why Vishnu Bhat Godse Varsaikar’s Maazaa Pravaas is special. This book provides an eyewitness account of the 1857 mutiny. In this puliyabaazi, we discuss a few counter-intuitive and lesser-known facts from that era based on Varsaikar’s account. १८५७ की लड़ाई से हर भारतीय कुछ हद तक...

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#72: आपातकाल की नीति

Indian governments run hundreds of policies in the name of social protection. Given the adverse economic impact of COVID-19, the focus is back on these policies to provide some relief to the worst-affected. So this episode is all about understanding social protection policies better. Joining us is Saksham Khosla (@khoslasaksham), Associate Consultant at Dalberg. सामाजिक सुरक्षा क्या है? भारत की...

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#71: हिंदी-उर्दू: इतिहास और राजनीतिकरण

This Puliyabaazi is a deep dive on the Hindi language – the origins, relationship with Urdu and Sanskrit, and about concerns over its imposition. We are joined by Abhishek Avtans (@avtansa), a linguist and lecturer of Hindi at Leiden University. Abhishek also gives a fascinating account of the politics of language in India. यह है पुलियाबासी पुलियाबाज़ी की जुबां पर | अभिषेक अवतंस (@avtansa)...

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#70: भारतीय विदेश नीति: आधारस्तम्भ और प्रभावस्त्रोत

Why is India’s foreign policy the way it is? What are the principles and interests underlying India’s relationship with the world? What influence has the colonial rule had over India’s foreign policy conduct? Listen in to this puliyabaazi on foreign policy with Dr Aparna Pande (@Aparna_Pande) to find out. Aparna is Director, Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia, at the Hudson...

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#69: गांधी टैगोर की पुलियाबाज़ी

Between 1915 and 1941, Gandhi and Tagore wrote many letters to each other freely expressing viewpoints and often disagreeing with each other on core issues such as nationalism, charkha, reason, and swaraj. Eight decades later, these discussions are still relevant in understanding India better. Not only are the debates engaging, they are also a lesson in expressing disagreements in a civil...

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#68: ताईवान: चीन की दुखती रग

Chinese Taipei. The Republic of China. Taiwan. All refer to the same country that has stood up to the People’s Republic of China’s arrogance in recent years. So in this episode, we discuss all things Taiwan with Sana Hashmi (@sanahashmi1), Taiwan Fellow at the National Chengchi University and a scholar of Chinese Foreign Policy. In this conversation, we discuss: What are the similarities and...

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#67: चीन से कैसे निपटे?

षि जिनपिंग-संचालित चीन के अहंकार को तोड़ने के लिए भारत के पास क्या विकल्प है? चीनी कम्पनी के ऐप्प बैन करने के कदम के क्या फ़ायदे-नुक़सान है? आर्थिक क्षेत्र में चीन से लड़ाई में कितनी समझदारी है? इन्हीं सवालों पर सुनिए पुलियाबाज़ी सौरभ और प्रणय के साथ| What are India’s options against the People’s Republic of China’s arrogance? What are the costs and benefits of banning apps of Chinese companies? Can...

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#66 मानसिक आरोग्य और हम

In this episode, we spoke to Manoj Chandran (@manoj1chandran), CEO of White Swan Foundation — a not-for-profit organisation that offers knowledge services in the area of mental health. Manoj busts many myths about mental health, and illness. Going beyond the clinical aspects, Manoj talks about the role of individuals, society, and the state, in improving mental health. मानसिक आरोग्य और शारीरिक...

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#65 भारतीय अर्थव्यवस्था में जान कैसे फूंके?

In this episode, we discuss India’s economic trajectory before, during, and after COVID-19 with Ajit Ranade, Senior Fellow at the Takshashila Institution. Ajit talks about the factors that derailed the Indian economy and suggests concrete actions that Indian governments can take to bounce back from the economic crisis. Listen in! इस एपिसोड में चर्चा भारतीय अर्थव्यवस्था पर जाने-माने अर्थशास्त्री...

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#64 पाताल की होड: कोविड-19 और नई विश्व व्यवस्था

In this episode, we discuss how COVID-19 is likely to affect geopolitical and geoeconomic trends. Pranay and Saurabh discuss how the world might change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how this new world order will affect India, the domestic policy reforms needed to prosper in this world, and India’s foreign policy outlook for a changed world. कोविड-19 की वजह से विश्व व्यवस्था में कई बड़े बदलाव आ रहे...

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#63 राजनैतिक दल, सोशल मीडिया, और टेक्नोलॉजी

How and why do Indian political parties use digital platforms such as Twitter even though only a small percentage of the Indian population is on this platform? Is a techno-savvy image a bane or a boon for a politician in India? Are different social media platforms suited for different kinds of political uses? Listen to this Puliyabaazi with Joyojeet Pal (@joyopal) who researches the use of social...

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#62 टेस्टिंग, वैक्सीन, और इम्युनिटी: कोविड१९ इन्फेक्शन को ख़त्म कैसे करें?

Pavan Srinath (@zeusisdead) returns as a guest to discuss three key elements for overcoming Covid-19: testing strategies, vaccination development, and societal immunity. यह एपिसोड है कोविड-१९ का ख़ात्मा करने के लिए ज़रूरी तीन चीज़ों पर: टेस्टिंग, टीकाकरण, और इम्युनिटी| पवन श्रीनाथ (@zeusisdead) के साथ इस चर्चा में आपको मिलेगा उत्तर इन सवालों का: 1. कितने प्रकार के टेस्ट है कोविड-१९ की जाँच करने के...

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#61 सरकारी तंत्र की काबिलियत के मायने

How is it that Indian governments are good at conducting elections and organising Kumbh Melas but are terrible at maintaining public infrastructure? Why does the Indian State seem to be omnipresent and inadequate at the same time? These are some questions that ‘State Capacity’ literature deals with. So in this episode, we discuss insights on Indian state capacity with Prakhar Misra...

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फिलॉसफी का फ़लसफ़ा

Karl Popper once said “We are all philosophers; we all accept certain philosophical theories, if only unconsciously.” But what does the formal academic discipline of philosophy entail? How does a philosophical inquiry help us resolve some fundamental dilemmas in our minds? This is the focus of this puliyabaazi with Sushruth Ravish, research scholar at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay...

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