The Pragati Podcast

Weekly podcast on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. New episodes every Wednesday.

IN-SPACe and Space Reforms in India

Space law expert Ranjana Kaul and space entrepreneur Narayan Prasad discuss space reforms and the recent Indian IN-SPACe announcement with host Pavan Srinath on Episode 144 of The Pragati Podcast. On June 24, 2020, the Cabinet of the Govt of India met to approve the setting up of IN-SPACe, the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre. This has been heralded as historic space...

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Bringing Podcast Tech to the 2020s

Why is podcasting technology stuck in the early 2000s, and how can the medium be modernised? Kartik Parija of Adori Labs joins host Pavan Srinath to both tell us and show us how. Episode 143 of The Pragati Podcast is a special, experimental episode that goes beyond regular audio. A request for all listeners: please try listening to the episode on the IVM Podcast App (ivm.today/android), the Adori...

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Land and Reforms in 2020

What land reforms are necessary in 2020 in India? How can we think about property rights, and a complicated legislative history and ground reality in India? Shekhar Shah and Pranab Ranjan Choudhury give host Pavan Srinath a masterclass on land and reform on Episode 142 of The Pragati Podcast. Shekhar Shah and Pranab Ranjan Choudhury give host Pavan Srinath a masterclass on land and reform on...

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Voicing India (Rebroadcast)

As podcasting in India gets into a new gear in 2020, host Pavan Srinath talks to pioneering voice artists Shammi and Dishant Narang share their personal journey and the evolution of India’s voice industry, on The Pragati Podcast. Podcasts are all about voices and conversations, but how did India’s own voice-over industry evolve? This is a rebroadcast of Episode 83 of Pragati Podcast...

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A 21st Century Justice Platform for India

Leah Verghese and Surya Prakash from Daksh India talk to host Pavan Srinath about how a 21st-century justice platform can transform access to justice for Indians, on Episode 141 of The Pragati Podcast. In 2020, it is impossible for migrant workers who have gone back to their home states to go to court over unpaid salaries and wages. It is impractical for a startup to file a civil case to recover...

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The Environment in India’s Law & Courts

Can India’s courts and laws protect the country’s environment? Pavan Srinath on Episode 140 of The Pragati Podcast revisits the topic on World Environment Day 2020 with Supreme Court Lawyer Ninad Laud. Ninad Laud was previously on Episode 73 of The Pragati Podcast to discuss the legal history of environmental challenges in India from the 1990s to 2018. This episode includes sections...

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Palliative care: Treating the Person, Not the Disease

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal of Pallium India talks to host Pavan Srinath about Palliative care, what it means and how we can ease suffering and pain for millions of Indians, on Episode 139 of The Pragati Podcast. Palliative care focuses on quality of life of patients, especially those facing life-threatening illnesses, and involves treating pain, alleviating suffering and managing other challenges...

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Building Online News Media in India

Do we know what truly online, digital-first journalism looks like? What will it take to create an online house of journalism in India in 2020? Prem Panicker joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 138 of The Pragati Podcast to tell us how. India’s news houses are in crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdown, the dwindling circulation of print newspapers, and the loss of advertising revenue...

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Vaccines and Immunity against COVID-19 (BIC Talks)

Award-winning medical scientist, Dr Gagandeep Kang, talks to host Pavan Srinath about the development of vaccines, ongoing efforts on COVID-19, and the challenges of developing immunity and resistance against the virus, on Episode 137 of The Pragati Podcast.  This episode is a rebroadcast of Episode 8 of Bangalore International Centre‘s BIC Talks Podcast, ‘The Quest for...

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The SARS-COV-2 Virus: Mutations & Evolution

How is the SARS-COV-2 virus mutating and evolving? Why is one sub-type, A2a becoming more common across COVID-19 infections across the world? What impact does the defining D614G mutation have on the infection? Distinguished genomics researcher Partha P Majumder joins host Pavan Srinath to explain the science, and share his latest research on Episode 136 of  The Pragati Podcast. The SARS-COV-2...

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What Does it Take for a Mission Mode Health Response to COVID-19 in India?

Can India’s health and healthcare systems ramp up on mission mode to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic? What should we know about India’s messy public and private healthcare systems before we think about a pandemic response? Listen to Yamini Aiyar’s conversation with Pavan Srinath on Episode 135 of The Pragati Podcast.  Yamini Aiyar from the Centre for Policy Research...

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Modeling the Spread of Epidemics

Srini Venkatramanan of the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute explains how the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 can be modeled, and how insightful models can inform public action, on Episode 133 of The Pragati Podcast.  How are infectious diseases and pandemics modeled? How can we model and estimate the spread of Influenza or Coronavirus Disease 2019? And most...

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Managing the COVID-19 Epidemic in India

Health journalist Vidya Krishnan talks about India’s initial response to the global COVID-19 pandemic on Episode 132 of The Pragati Podcast.  Close to 200,000 people across 160 countries have been affected by COVID-19 or Coronavirus Disease 2019, and this has happened in just about three months. As of March 18, 2020, India has confirmed 148 cases of COVID-19 and three people have died so...

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The Supreme Court of India in 2020

Alok Prasanna Kumar returns to Episode 131 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about the dire institutional state of India’s highest court.  Two years ago, four senior judges of the Supreme Court of India held an unprecedented press conference to tell the public that there was an ongoing crisis in the Supreme Court of India. Since then, one of the four judges even went on to become the Chief...

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AI, Learning and Intelligence

Avinash Ambale joins Pavan Srinath to talk about how intelligent and capable of learning the latest of AI talks to Pavan Srinath about the scientific pursuit of economics on Episode 129 of The Pragati Podcast.  What is intelligence? How do we learn what we learn? How are we aware of the world around us and ourselves? It is impossible to think about building an artificial intelligence or getting...

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The Science of Economics

Ajay Shah talks to Pavan Srinath about the scientific pursuit of economics on Episode 129 of The Pragati Podcast.  The science of economics can often be misunderstood. Economics as a discipline is riddled with paradoxes. We often want economics to be able to predict the next crisis, while dismissing sound economic insights that may be a century old. Where is the science in economics? How much of...

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Getting Back to Economic Growth

Anupam Manur talks to Pavan Srinath about India’s falling economic growth and how to get back on track on Episode 128 of The Pragati Podcast.  India’s economic growth dips below 5% per annum again, less than a decade after the previous economic crisis. Is 5% growth for a country like India all but a recession? Anupam Manur returns to The Pragati Podcast in Episode 128 to talk to Pavan...

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US-China Trade Wars: What Next?

Pavan Srinath talks to China analyst Manoj Kewalramani about the US-China Phase-1 Trade Deal and the ongoing war for technology between USA and China on Episode 126 of The Pragati Podcast. On January 15, 2020, the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China and Xi Jinping signed the “Phase One Trade Deal” after more than a year of protracted negotiations. On the...

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Lessons from the Assam NRC

Pavan Srinath talks to journalist Rohini Mohan about the NRC in Assam on Episode 125 of The Pragati Podcast. A nation-wide NRC is an unknown beast of unknown dimensions. Real world examples of the NRC come from Assam, where close to 19 lakh residents of the state were left out of the NRC list brought out in August 2019. How do you prove your citizenship in India, where most people do not have...

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