Ep. 66: Myths about China

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Most Indians know more about USA and Europe than our northern neighbour China. This two-part series on The Pragati Podcast will bust myths about China and the Chinese government.

China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins host Pavan Srinath in Episode 66 to dispel commonly held beliefs about the People's Republic of China. Manoj is an Adjunct Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution, and has spent over 11 years as a journalist in China and India. Manoj also pens a weekly newsletter Eye on China available at www.thinkpragati.com. Do you know of people who believe in any of these myths about China?

Myth #1: China is a country of One people, One language and One party.
Myth #2: China has a Communist government.
Myth #3: The government owns everything in China.
Myth #4: China has a strong, efficient & meritocratic government that moves in unison to reach goals they set out for themselves.

Listen to Manoj bust 4 more myths about China in the next Episode of The Pragati Podcast, including: Does China have a grand strategy to take over the world?

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Ep. 65: Journalism, South India Style

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How do you do good journalism online? How do you keep opinion and reportage separate? How do you report live on active humanitarian disasters like the Kerala Floods of 2018?

Dhanya Rajendran, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The News Minute, joins host Pavan Srinath in episode 65 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about how they built a great digital news platform.

If you have any questions for the guests or the hosts, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Don't forget to visit thinkpragati.com for your daily dose of brain fodder.

Do also check out this week's The Seen and the Unseen with Amit Varma, where Sidharth Bhatia of The Wire and Peter Griffin of The Hindu talk about the Crisis in the Media. 

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Ep. 64: The Aadhaar Judgements Explained

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Rahul Matthan and Manasa Venkataraman unpack the Supreme Court's judgments on Aadhaar.

In Episode 64, The Pragati Podcast delves deep into the 1,448-page, 6.5-lakh-word set of judgments.

The episode includes discussions on the constitutionality of how the Aadhaar Act was passed in 2016, how and whether Aadhaar can be used by for government subsidies, taxes, and more -- and whether it can be used by the private sector at all. Listen in to learn more about what to expect from the government and the courts in the coming years, and what questions have been left unanswered.

If you have any questions for the guests or the hosts, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Don't forget to visit thinkpragati.com for your daily dose of brain fodder.

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Ep. 63: Modern Cuisine meets 19th Century Governance

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There are restaurants at every corner in a city like Bangalore, but they are never easy to run. Governments make the lives of restaurateurs more difficult in a million ways. Banning 'dance bars', regulating signboards or controlling liquor licenses make dining out more expensive for customers, create uncertainty for businesses and put jobs at risk.
Chef extraordinaire Manu Chandra and Pragati's own Madhu Menon join host Pavan Srinath on episode 63 of The Pragati Podcast. Manu also heads the Bangalore Chapter of the National Restaurant Association of India The episode focuses on Bangalore and its unique challenges and opportunities, but the story is not too different in other states and cities.

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Ep. 62: Syria and the Ugliness of Modern Warfare

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The Syrian Civil War has been raging since 2011. Now the war is entering a new and perhaps final phase. How did a peaceful protest turn into a multi-sided war that has killed half a million people and displaced more than 10 million Syrians?
Lawyer and policy analyst Ameya Naik returns to the Pragati Podcast to talk to hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan. The show discusses how Syria got here, the price that Syrians have paid, and how such a conflict can happen anywhere in the world.

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Ep. 61: The Many Indian Genomes

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It is time to talk about the many Indian Genomes, and the great genetic diversity of Indians, 28 years after the Human Genome Project was launched.

Dr Kumarasamy Thangaraj joins Pavan Srinath and guest host Dr Shambhavi Naik on Episode 61 of the Pragati Podcast to talk about all things India, genes, history and health challenges.

Dr Thangaraj is a renowned scientist working at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, CCMB, Hyderabad. He has published extensively on the origin of humans, on genetics and disease and how they affect the lives of Indians.

If you have any questions or comments on the episode, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. You can also ask the hosts anything on twitter at twitter.com/zeusisdead and twitter.com/HamsiniH.

Ep. 60: The Indian Rupee in a Turkish Bath

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How do actions by President Erdoğan in Turkey affect the Indian rupee? What is the emerging market crisis that business channels keep talking about? How does changing geopolitics in the Middle East affect everyone from Brazil to China to Pakistan?

Narayan Ramachandran returns to the Pragati Podcast on episode 60 to explain the great game of dominoes that is macroeconomics. Narayan is co-founder and Fellow at the Takshashila Institution, a social entrepreneur and an emerging market investor. He writes a regular column in Mint called A Visible Hand.

Have any questions for Narayan, or hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath? Write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.

You can buy a compilation of Narayan's best essays on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.in/Visible-Hand-Intersection-Economics-Politics/dp/8193197607

Ep. 59: Trump's New Washington DC

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It's been almost two years since Donald Trump was elected the President of the United States of America. What has happened to the Washington DC ecosystem since then?

In Episode 59, Soren Dayton joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss what the Republicans, Democrats, businesses and think tanks have been up to since Trump. Soren has spent over a decade working in Washington DC in various roles, including two years on Capitol Hill. His views expressed on the Pragati Podcast are entirely personal.

Learn more about Soren at https://sorendayton.com and his current work with Protect Democracy at https://protectdemocracy.org

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@zeusisdead and @HamsiniH. You can also send your comments and questions to podcast@thinkpragati.com

Ep. 58: A Thin Svaraj

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If Swaraj is your birthright, do you have it? What does Swaraj even mean? Do we have different concepts of self-rule? And how do we even spell the word -- sva or swa?

Aakash Singh Rathore joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss his conception of 'Thin Svaraj' on Episode 58 of The Pragati Podcast.

Aakash is the Director of the International Research Network for Religion and Democracy, and was formerly a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has four upcoming books on Indian political theory, Indian jurisprudence, feminism and other topics that will be released later this year.
If you have found answers to the above questions, you can tweet your answers to the hosts @zeusisdead and @HamsiniH. You can also send your comments and questions to podcast@thinkpragati.com

Ep. 57: Let My Nation Awake

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What does nationalism mean? How far has India come since 1947? What about the Indian nation gives you hope and despair?

On this Independence Day Special of The Pragati Podcast, Nitin Pai and Aakash Singh Rathore join hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to talk about the state of the Indian nation.
Nitin Pai is the Director of the Takshashila Institution. Aakash Singh Rathore is the Director of the International Research Network for Religion and Democracy, and was formerly a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

If you have found satisfactory answers to the above questions, you can tweet your answers to the hosts @zeusisdead and @HamsiniH. You can also send your comments and questions to podcast@thinkpragati.com

Ep. 56: A Brave New World Order

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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?

In Episode 56 of The Pragati Podcast, Pranay Kotasthane and Anirudh Kanisetti join hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss India's Strategies for a New World Order.

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Ep. 55: I'm not a Data Subject, but a Data Principal!

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The Government of India is trying to create the first ever law to protect your personal data and information. The Justice Srikrishna Committee has come out with a draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018.
So what's it the data protection bill all about? Will it safeguard our privacy or create a monstrous government apparatus?
Manasa Venkataraman and Ajay Patri, researchers at the Takshashila Institution, offer a first look at the new draft bill, and share their initial analysis.
Episode 55 follows from the last two episodes with Rahul Matthan, on the evolution of privacy, and policy developments in modern India.
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Ep. 54: Privacy for 21st Century India

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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.
Your personal data has never been more valuable, and has never been at more risk. The Supreme Court upheld the Right to Privacy in 2017, and the Justice Srikrishna Committee has submitted its report and shared a draft law on data protection for India, in July 2018.
In this episode, Rahul talks to hosts Hamsini and Pavan about his personal involvement in drafting a data protection law, and shares stories from the legal and legislative history of privacy in India.
In the previous episode, Rahul talked about how privacy is evolving, from hunter-gatherer societies to the age of paparazzis to the age of artificial intelligence.
You can check out Rahul's new book Privacy 3.0 on Amazon India. Privacy 3.0: Unlocking Our Data-Driven Future https://www.amazon.in/dp/9352779886/
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Ep. 53: Privacy 1.0 to 3.0

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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.
Your personal data has never been more valuable, and has never been at more risk. The Supreme Court upheld the Right to Privacy in 2017, and the Justice Srikrishna Committee has submitted its report and shared a draft law on data protection for India, in July 2018.
In this episode, Rahul walks hosts Hamsini and Pavan through the long history of privacy, from the age of hunter-gatherers, to paparazzis, to artificial intelligence.
In the next episode, also releasing on the same day, Rahul discusses independent India's tryst with privacy.
You can check out Rahul's new book Privacy 3.0 on Amazon India. Privacy 3.0: Unlocking Our Data-Driven Future https://www.amazon.in/dp/9352779886/
If you have questions or comments about the episode, send them into podcast@thinkpragati.com

Ep. 52: A Tale of Two Nukes: North Korea (Part 2)

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If Donald Trump wants to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, how come he met with '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 is happening with negotiations between North Korea and America and the current debates on proliferation.

If you have questions or comments about the episode, send them into podcast@thinkpragati.com

Ep. 51: A Tale of Two Nukes: Iran (Part 1)

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Why did Trump sign a nuclear deal with North Korea, while bailing out of a deal with Iran? Is it just Trump being Trump? Or is there more to the story?
In Episode 51 of the Pragati Podcast, lawyer and analyst Ameya Naik joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss the nuts and bolts of nuclear sanctions and deals. Ameya talks about Iran in this episode, and will talk about North Korea and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in next week's episode.

Send in your questions for Ameya and the hosts to podcast@thinkpragati.com and get them answered on a future episode.

Ep. 50: Eminence Before Institution

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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.

This is the 50th episode of the Pragati Podcast! Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath sit down to talk about the long, strange trip it has been, and also round up some recent news.

Please take out five minutes to share your feedback on the Pragati Podcast, and help the hosts improve it. There are 3 Amazon gift vouchers worth Rs 1,000/- each ($15) for listeners who complete the survey.

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Ep. 49: The Rightness of Rights

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Is a negative right a positive idea? Why is a Right to Education problematic, but a Right to Information perfectly alright? In Episode 49 of the Pragati Podcast, Yazad Jal joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss negative and positive rights. Yazad Jal is a libertarian, and a Fellow for Economic Policy at the Takshashila Institution.

Please excuse the subpar quality of sound in the introductory part of this episode, once Yazad's interview begins the quality is fine.

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Ep. 24: (Rebroadcast) Editing Our Genes

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What does it mean to edit someone's genes? Is Malaria in its last days? What is CRISPR, if not a startup that makes chips?

Shambhavi Naik (https://twitter.com/shams1085) and Madhav Chandavarkar (https://twitter.com/MadChaP88) are guests on Episode 24 of the Pragati podcast to they explain the recent revolution in gene editing. Cures for blood cancers, hornless cattle & impotent mosquitoes - new technologies are promising a lot of things, while the fear of Eugenics and designer babies is never far away. Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath talk to them about how gene editing tech can be governed, and what it would take to do great work in India.

Shambhavi, Madhav and their colleagues have also published a framework to govern gene editing in India (http://takshashila.org.in/takshashila-policy-research/discussion-document-framework-governing-gene-editing/). Do check it out.

As always, send in your questions, comments and suggestions to podcast@thinkpragati.com, and get them featured in a future episode.

Ep. 48: 20 Million Jobs

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Does India really need to create 20 million jobs a year? How well are we doing now?

In Episode 48 of The Pragati Podcast, 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.

If you have questions, comments or brickbats for Anupam or the hosts, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Don't forget to visit www.thinkpragati.com for more brain fodder.

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