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 …

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.  [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IVKtfkEeWgqTTrPc’ width=’100%’ …

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.  [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IZsCZDwXzioB4jJZ’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] How are infectious diseases and pandemics modeled? How can we model and …

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.  [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IisfCF7hF6YrbQO1′ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] 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 …

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.  [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/EttnpuhiI8r4Yzh8′ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] 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 …

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.  [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IyJcjNoPlW68v7aB’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] What is intelligence? How do we learn what we learn? How are we …

The Science of Economics

Ajay Shah talks to Pavan Srinath about the scientific pursuit of economics on Episode 129 of The Pragati Podcast.  [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IV6hVTG1kVOAztnI’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] 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 …

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.  [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IsNGHe7EDHF3LTQA’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] India’s economic growth dips below 5% per annum again, less than a decade after the previous economic crisis. Is 5% growth for a …

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. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IJrfPINlL2LxJIVT’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] On January 15, 2020, the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China and Xi …

Lessons from the Assam NRC

Pavan Srinath talks to journalist Rohini Mohan about the NRC in Assam on Episode 125 of The Pragati Podcast. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12649739/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] 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 …

Nuclear War, Deterrence and Peace

This is Episode 124 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12524249/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] Nuclear war feels unthinkable, but how much peace does nuclear deterrence guarantee? Do nuclear programmes truly deter or compel adversaries in the real world? And can we imagine a world where 20+ countries have nuclear weapons? Vipin Narang joins …

Growing Up In Patriarchal India

This is Episode 123 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12436922/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] The Republic of India is often a Republic of men. While men and women nationally enjoy the same rights, we are yet to solve many of the social failures from decades ago. Child marriage for women remains the norm …

The Adolescents of India

This is Episode 122 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12348032/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] India has made strides in improving the health, well-being and lives of infants and expecting mothers over the last several decades. But once children enter school and enter adolescence, they get lost as a public priority till they enter …

Improving India’s State Capacity

This is Episode 121 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12265223/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] The Indian State has incredible ambition, but often falls very short of meeting grand outcomes. The mismatch is linked to State Capacity, a nebulous concept at the best of times. Prakhar Misra is on Episode 121 of The Pragati …

Pakistan in 2019

This is Episode 120 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12185609/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] What has been happening in Pakistan after Imran Khan became the Prime Minister? Why do some people want General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure as the army chief to come to an end? Dr Christine Fair gives us a tour …

Refugees in the 21st Century

This is Episode 119 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12096929/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] About 1% of the world’s population today are refugees, internally displaced or stateless. They live difficult, dangerous lives, have few protections and often no voice. Meanwhile, globalisation has been lop-sided. Money and goods can move relatively easily across the …

Security in the Kashmir Valley

This is Episode 118 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12002207/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] The State of Jammu & Kashmir as we know it has changed permanently in 2019. With the end of J&K’s special status and the restructuring of the state into two union territories under greater control of New Delhi, there …

The Future of Indian States

This is Episode 117 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/11854670/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] The States Reorganisation Act came into effect 63 years ago to this day, on November 1, 1956. India’s states as we know them started taking their shape then. Many states like Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal and others celebrate this …

The Syrian Civil War

This is an updated rebroadcast of episode 62 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/11789867/height/90/width/640/theme/custom/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/FF8200/” height=”90″ width=”640] The Syrian Civil War has been raging since 2011, and crimes against humanity are being committed even in 2019. How did a peaceful protest turn into a multi-sided war that has killed half a million …