Ep. 14: Kabuliwaala, Trump and the GDP

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Is the Indian economy doing alright? Is it suffering from something worse than the painful effects of demonetization? Is 2017 the beginning of a new chapter between India and Afghanistan? Did Trump actually say something good for a change? You'll find all this and more on the fourteenth episode of the Pragati podcast. Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath sit down with their colleagues Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane from the Takshashila Institution. Starting with a roundup of where the Indian economy today, they also discuss what Trump's latest Afghanistan policy might mean for India in the region.

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Ep. 13: Floods, Pyjama-Laadi and Mandarin Classes

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How do we stop urban flooding year after year? What is this mysteriously named pyjama-laadi scheme? Why should more Indians learn Mandarin? You'll find all this and more in episode 13 of the Pragati Podcast, where Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan sit down for a fortnightly catch-up. The episode also features a new segment called Cheat Sheet, which looks at innovative attempts to squander public money. In the second half, Hamsini talks to Dr Alka Acharya, one of the foremost Indian experts on China, and Pranay Kotasthane, the Head of Geostrategy at The Takshashila Institution, on why we need an overhaul in our approach towards China.

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Ep. 12: Kautilya's Legacy

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How can cities protect their heritage when growing rapidly? Why is India deporting 40,000 refugees? How should we think of the trajectory of India's foreign policy? All of this in the twelveth episode of the Pragati Podcast where Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan sit down for a fortnightly catch up. In the second half, Hamsini and Aparna Pande, a scholar at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, look at the roots of India's foreign policy.

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Ep. 11: The sky is falling! IT is imploding!

How do the recent job losses in the IT industry impact the economy? Did Nawaz Sharif really lose prime ministership over a font? What's with the inflation targeting mechanisms? In the first half of the 11th episode, Hamsini Hariharan and Anupam Manur catch up on fortnightly happenings. In the second half, Saurabh Chandra comes on board to talk about the future of information technology in the country.

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Ep. 10: Terms and Conditions Apply

Do you own your data? What do you give up every time you sign up for something new on the interweb? In the 10th episode of the Pragati Podcast, Hamsini Hariharan discusses what a new law on data protection could look like with Rahul Matthan and Manasa Venkatraman. In the second half, Nitin Pai comes onboard to talk about the almost month long border standoff between India and China.

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Ep. 09: Of Tax Reforms and Secularism

Have the photos of food on your timeline been replaced by photos of bills? In the ninth episode of The Pragati Podcast, Hamsini Hariharan sits down with Anupam Manur, Research Fellow at the Takshashila Institution to break down the Goods and Services Tax (GST). In the second half of the podcast, Pavan Srinath and Madhav Chandavarkar discuss the church, the state and how we draw the line between the two.

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Ep. 08: ISRO, Indian Ocean and Infrastructure

Will ISRO be relevant in ten years? Will Britain give up its last colony in the Indian Ocean? How should India think China's infrastructure projects? In the eighth episode of the The Pragati Podcast, Hamsni Hariharan and Pavan Srinath swap news from June that may matter more than you know. In the second half, Hamsini sits down with contributing editor, Pranay Kotasthane and one of India's foremost experts on China, Dr. Alka Acharya, to contemplate how India approaches China.

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Ep. 07: Ms. Robot, I Have a Doubt

Not sure which TV show to pick up next? In the 7th episode of the Pragati Podcast, Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath discuss a number of shows that break down American and British politics. In the second half they are joined by Amit Varma and Ramez Naam in a discussion on how our education systems can be improved through the integration of artificial intelligence.

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Ep. 06: Till Divorce do Us Part

In the sixth episode of The Pragati Podcast, Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan talk about where the jobs have gone, the crackdown on conjunctions at World Bank, civil- military relations and Shuajiao Baba. In the second half, Pavan sits down with the Takshashila lawyer, Madhav Chandavarkar to discuss the current controversy surrounding triple talaq.

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Ep. 05: The Illicit Episode

Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan catch up on some reading while the hullaballoo of the GST and the One Belt, One Road Project reverberates in the background. Then, Devanghsu Datta joins them to talk about when why they can't host the podcast smoking ganja and drinking alcohol in Gujarat while betting on the IPL. It's the week of victimless crimes at Pragati (https://www.thinkpragati.com/) and you can read Devangshu's three-part series here (https://www.thinkpragati.com/opinion/1416/gamble-make-legal/).

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Ep. 04: Right wing, left wing or wrong wing?

Left or right? Liberal or conservative? Paper or plastic? Political identities and political labels are becoming popular these days, when someone is describing themselves or labeling someone else. Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan discuss what these labels are, and whether they are relevant for India. In the second half of the podcast, they are joined by Amit Varma and award-winning author Ramez Naam to discuss the future of energy in India and the world. Visit thinkpragati.com to read more about coronary stents , artificial intelligence and the future of the Indian republic this fortnight.

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Ep. 03: Budgets at Home and Military Ops Abroad

The first full Pragati Podcast covers everything from swimming pools in Udupi to Indian military adventures in West Africa. As the budget season comes to a close, Pavan Srinath, Hamsini Hariharan and Amit Varma discuss the importance of state government budgets. In the second half, Pavan Srinath talks to army officer-turned-journalist Sushant Singh, on his new book, Mission Overseas: Daring Operations by the Indian Military (http://www.amazon.in/Mission-Overseas-Daring-Operations-Military/dp/9386228173)

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Ep. 02: The Answer is Tourism

The American economist Alex Tabarrok, who is in Mumbai these days, feels that tourism could be "India's leading export sector." In his piece in Pragati, 'Let the World In' (https://www.thinkpragati.com/opinion/937/let-the-world-in/), he discusses some of the reforms India needs to carry out to make this happen. Alex discusses those reforms with Pragati editor Amit Varma. Snake charmers and sim cards also feature in this episode!

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Ep. 01: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

Welcome to the first episode of The Pragati Podcast. As Pragati relaunches, editor Amit Varma gets together with founder Nitin Pai and frequent contributor Pavan Srinath to discuss the changes in the political landscape in the last 10 years. How has the political discourse changed? What are the challenges that lie ahead of us?

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