The Pragati Podcast

Weekly podcast hosted by Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath. Out every Thursday.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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