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Ep. 791: Political Ads on Facebook in India

A 4-part investigative series by the Reporter’s Collective, ad.watch and Al Jazeera pointed to the existence of surrogate advertisers and differential ad pricing for political ads on Facebook. Prateek Waghre and Sapni GK join Rohan Seth to discuss the implications of this investigation, the knowledge gaps it highlights and potential areas for follow-up investigations. Read the series here...

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Ep. 621: How Social Media is Reshaping Politics

Over the last 10 years, the optimism surrounding social media platforms has given way to skepticism and concerns about their impact on democracy. In this episode, Nitansha Bansal and Prateek Waghre discuss some of the defining characteristics of social media and digital communication networks, and how they can affect strong or weak, liberal or authoritarian regimes. Further readings:...

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ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ vs ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ. Freedom or Expression?

Deepika Kinhal and Alok Prasanna Kumar talk to host Pavan Srinath about how Indians like Disha Ravi are being arrested for speaking out. [iframe src=’; width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಅನೇಕ ಜನರನ್ನು ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ್ರೋಹದ ಆರೋಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂಧಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇವುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲವಾರು ಪ್ರಕರಣಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನ್ಯಾಯಯುತ...

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ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜಕೀಯದ ಇತಿಹಾಸ. Karnataka’s Political History

Dr. A Narayana dives into the first half of independent Karnataka’s political history, from 1947 to 1984, on Episode 73 of the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast. [iframe src=’; width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ಅನೇಕರಿಗೆ ಕೆಲವು ಘಟನೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಗತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಮೀರಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ ನಂತರದ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ...

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Nuclear War, Deterrence and Peace

This is Episode 124 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”; 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 Pavan Srinath on...

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Pakistan in 2019

This is Episode 120 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”; 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 of Pakistani politics, geopolitics and skulduggery...

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Security in the Kashmir Valley

This is Episode 118 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”; 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 have been many discussions on...

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ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಮುಂದಿನ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ. Karnataka: The Path Ahead.

This is episode 42 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. [iframe src=”; height=”90″ width=”640] ಈ ವರ್ಷ ನವೇಂಬರಲ್ಲಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ 63 ವರ್ಷ ತುಂಬಿದೆ. ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ವರ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಎಷ್ಟು ಮುಂದು ಬಂದಿದೆ, ಮತ್ತು ಮುಂದೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಯಾವ ಗುರಿಯನ್ನು ಅನುಸಾರಿಸಿಬೇಕು? ಸೂರ್ಯ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ಬಿ. ಎಸ್. ಮತ್ತು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಅವರು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ...

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ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಎಂದರೆ ಯಾರು? The Public in Public Policy.

This is episode 28 of Thalé-Haraté, a weekly Kannada podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath, Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi. [iframe src=”; height=”90″ width=”640] ಜನಸಾಮಾನ್ಯರು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ನೀತಿ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಹೇಗೆ ತೊಡಗಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದು? ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಹಿತಾಸಕ್ತಿ ಎಂದರೆ ಏನು? ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಅವರ ಮುಂದಿರುವ ನೀತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅಶ್ವಿನ್ ಮಹೇಶ್ ರವರು ತಮ್ಮ 15 ವರ್ಷದ ಸುದೀರ್ಘ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ...

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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=”; 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...

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Questioning Nationalism

This is Episode 99 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath. [iframe src=”; 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 like Indian nationalism and Tamil...

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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=”; 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...

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The Emergency and the Indian State

The Emergency of 1975 was not an aberration, but was written into the DNA of the Indian state. Historian Gyan Prakash joins Amit Varma in episode 103 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on why the framers of the constitution gave such draconian powers to the state -- and why we may not have become so free in 1947 after all.

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The Paradox of Narendra Modi

Shashi Tharoor, author of The Paradoxical Prime Minister, joins Amit Varma in episode 102 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the many faces of Narendra Modi, as well as the nature of politics, the idea of India and his own journey as a politician.

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Politics Without Ethics

Democracy is healthiest when political principles follow from ethical ones. Those who believe in individual rather than community rights, or in a smaller state that respects economic freedom, do so not because these will lead to economic growth, but because of deeply held ethical convictions.

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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?

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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.

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