Ep. 656: What makes democracies tick?

In recent times, there have been apprehensions about the future of democracy. In this episode, Apurva and Sarthak talk about the factors and circumstances that might breed support for democracies.

Click here to read the paper referred in the podcast

Suggested readings:

Aisi Taisi Democracy

Pew Research Centre report – Many Across the Globe Are Dissatisfied With How Democracy Is Working

Freedom House report – Freedom in the World 2020 finds established democracies are in decline

Ep. 612: The Constitution & India’s Democracy

How does the Constitution of India codify democratic principles? Why does it see an overarching role for a centralized state? How does it address the issue of representation? In this episode, Apurva Kumar and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the motivations and intentions of the framers of India’s constitution.
This episode is based on the book – India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy by Madhav Khosla (https://www.amazon.in/Indias-Founding-Moment-Constitution-Surprising/dp/0674247981)

ರಾಜ್ಯ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ. The Science of Politics.

This is episode 33 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/10881045/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] ರಾಜ್ಯಶಾಸ್ತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆ ಮಾಡುವಾಗ ಜನ ಏನನ್ನು ಹುಡುಕುತ್ತಾರೆ? ನಮ್ಮ ಈ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ವರುಣ್ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಅವರ ಜೊತೆಗೆ, ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಮತ್ತು ಅವರ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ಅನುಭವಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ವರುಣ್ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಅವರು ರೋಚೆಸ್ಟರ್ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾನಿಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜ್ಯಶಾಸ್ತ್ರದ ಅಧ್ಯಯನ …

ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯತೆ ಮತ್ತು ಭಾಷೆ. Nationalism and language.

This is episode 27 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/10311503/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] ಭಾಷೆ ಮತ್ತು ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯತೆಯ ನಡುವಿನ ಸಂಬಂಧವೇನು? ಯೂರೋಪಿನ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯತೆ ಭಾರತೀಯ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯತೆಗಿಂತ ಹೇಗೆ ಭಿನ್ನವಾಗಿದೆ? ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪಾಡ್ಕಾಸ್ಟಿನ 27ನೇ ಕಂತಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಡಾ| ಎ.ಪಿ. ಅಶ್ವಿನ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅವರು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಅವರ ಜೊತೆ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯತೆ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅಶ್ವಿನ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ …

Questioning Nationalism

This is Episode 99 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/10132873/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 world today is broadly organised into sovereign nation states, and we all believe that the Indian Nation exists and is thriving. But what is nationalism, at its core? How did nationalism really evolve in Europe, and are ideas …

2019 ಚುನಾವಣೆ: ಏನು? ಏಕೆ? ಹೇಗೆ? 2019 Elections Unpacked.

This is episode 24 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/10057658/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] ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿಯವರ ನಾಯಕತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಏನ್.ಡಿ.ಎ. ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮತ್ತೆ ಆಡಳಿತಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆ ಹರಟೆ ಪೋಡ್ಕಾಸ್ಟಿನ ೨೪ ನೇ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಲೋಕ್ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅವರು ಮತ್ತು ಸರಯೂ ನಟರಾಜನ್ ಅವರು ನಮ್ಮೊಡನೆ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯ ಫಲಿತಾಂಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಚರ್ಚೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. …

ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳು ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದ ಯಶಸ್ಸು. Gram Sabhas & Democracy.

This is episode 23 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/9955211/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] ನಗರ, ರಾಜ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ದೇಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಚರ್ಚೆಗಳು ಕೇಳಸಿಗುತ್ತವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳ  ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬರಗಾಲ ಬಂದಾಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ನಮ್ಮ ಗಮನ ಹರಿಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿನ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳ ಆಡಳಿತ ಹೇಗೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿವೆ? ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವ ನಮ್ಮ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಎಷ್ಟರಮಟ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ಆಚರಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ? ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆಹರಟೆ ಪೋಡ್ಕಾಸ್ಟಿನ 23ನೆ …

ಬಂತು ಬಂತು, ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಬಂತು! Election Season is here.

This is episode 19 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. [iframe src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/9371084/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] ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಅನ್ನೋದು ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಹಬ್ಬಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಕಮ್ಮಿ ಏನೂ ಅಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ ನಗರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮತದಾನ ಮಾಡಲು ಏಕೆ ಅಷ್ಟು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಜನರು ಬರುತ್ತಾರೆ? ಈ ವರ್ಷ ಏನಾದರೂ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ಕಾಣಬಹುದೆ? ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಎಚ್. ಎಸ್. ಈ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಸ್ಪೆಷಲ್ ಎಪಿಸೋಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ …

The Two Pakistans

Is there really democracy in Pakistan? What were these elections all about? Pranay Kotasthane and Hamsini Hariharan join Amit Varma in episode 79 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the two Pakistans, and what lies ahead.

The Sovereignty of the People

This is Chapter 4 of Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic book, ‘Democracy in America’, first published in 1835. Here’s a question: how much have things changed since then?


In his new book, Cass Sunstein argues that the perfect filtering that platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide is a serious challenge to democratic deliberation and free expression.

Confused, Not Conservative

I would argue that India’s young are not conservative, they’re confused — and their attitudes reflect to a great extent what they are told they ought to believe.

Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom

Are we, the elites, ready to overcome our pet peeves and narcissism of small differences? Are we ready to trust our people to make choices, commit mistakes and improve the common good out of enlightened self interest, just as they participate in the market for their own benefit and facilitate collective gain?

My Reasons for Hope and Despair

If we cannot educate ourselves out of the spreading illiberalism, then what can be done? While I am deeply cynical about reforming political institutions, I have the greatest conviction in the ingenuity of the human mind.

Our Task is to Build the Foundations

We might actually be in a better position today than our counterparts a hundred years ago. We might not feel that way, but compared to the task of persuading society that every human being is equal regardless of caste, religion or gender, our challenges are relatively easier.

The Nationalism of an Idea

The whole point of Indian pluralism is you can be many things and one thing: you can be a good Muslim, a good Keralite and a good Indian all at once. The Indian idea is the opposite of what Freudians call “the narcissism of minor differences”; in India, we celebrate the commonality of major differences.

Democracy vs The Republic

Indians have embraced democracy to such an extent that they have left its excesses unchecked. Ambedkar warned that “the purpose of a Constitution is not merely to create the organs of the state but to limit their authority.”