Ep. 45: The Magic Number to Elections

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What is the answer to the ultimate question of politics, elections and voting? Karthik Shashidhar joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss election polling, what works and what doesn't. Karthik Shashidhar is a management consultant, the author of the book, Between the Buyer and the Seller and the Mint column, 'Election Metrics.'

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Ep. 44: The Art of the Deal

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Walmart buys Flipkart. Trump backs out of the Iran Nuke deal. Trump bats for a North Korea Nuke Deal.

Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath round up the news from India and around the world. 

You can read the Iran nuclear deal withdrawal article by Rohan Joshi (@filter_c)  here : https://www.thinkpragati.com/world/4490/rocking-the-qasbah/ 

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Ep. 43: The Rockets' Red Glare

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What connects the American national anthem with battles fought in Mysore? Did Mysore have a secret weapon on its side against the British? What was military innovation like in South India on the eve of the Industrial revolution?

Ram Ganesh Kamatham joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to talk about innovation, ingenuity and wars in Mysore. Ram is a playwright, an independent consultant and a Research Fellow at The Takshashila Institution.

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Ep. 42: Sovereignty: From the Cholas to Wakanda

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What does it mean when India is considered a Sovereign Republic? How do refugee crises like the Rohingya crisis affect sovereignty? And what can Wakanda and Black Panther teach us about it?

International affairs and law expert Ameya Naik joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan in episode 42 of the Pragati podcast.

You can buy Robert H. Bates' book mentioned on the episode here: https://amzn.to/2w5qc5v

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Ep. 41: India-US Bhai Bhai

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Have we finally arrived on the global stage? How should the United States change the way it approaches India? What are the gaps in the Indo-US relationship?

In Episode 41, Alyssa Ayres joins Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to talk about how to move the relationship further. Alyssa Ayres has written a book called Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World. She was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia between 2010 and 2013. She is currently a senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the Council of Foreign Relations.

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Ep. 40: A Six-Trillion-Dollar Goal

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What does the Indian economy look like, in 2018? Does India have the institutions to manage a $6 Trillion economy in a few years? How have we done on continuing to reform governance in the country?

In Episode 40 of the Pragati podcast, banker and policy expert Narayan Ramachandran talks to host Pavan Srinath and shares a magisterial overview of India's economy.

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Ep. 39: Of Jesters and Stand-Up Comics

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Are comedians doing the job of journalists? Can the wrong joke land you in jail in India? And can the right joke change the nation's politics?

In Episode 39 of the Pragati podcast, the very funny Rohan Joshi and Joel Pereira of comedy group AIB join host Pavan Srinath to talk about life in political comedy.

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Ep. 38: A Hundred Billion Dollar Hole

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Why are Indian banks in so much trouble? Why have so many of their loans gone bad? How can the Government of India plug a $100B hole in the banking sector?

In Episode 38 of the Pragati podcast, hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan are joined by Narayan Ramachandran to unpack India's banking crisis.

Narayan is the Chairman of RBL Bank, a former country head of Morgan Stanley, as well as a co-founder and fellow at the Takshashila Institution. He writes a regular column on Mint called A Visible Hand (https://www.livemint.com/Search/Link/Author/A%20Visible%20Hand%7C%20Narayan%20Ramachandran).

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Ep. 37: Why is Talk Radio missing in India?

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Is it illegal to do the Pragati podcast on radio? Why do large Indian cities have so few FM stations, and why do they all sound the same?

In Episode 37 of the Pragati Podcast, Amit Doshi  joins host Pavan Srinath to talk about talk radio and podcasts. Amit is the founder of the IVM Podcast Network, and a co-host of Shunya One, a podcast on tech and entrepreneurship.

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Ep. 36: The Kangaroo-Dragon Affair

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Ties between Australia and China are coming under strain because of worries about political funding, Chinese students, and ample amounts of rhetoric. In Episode 36 of The Pragati Podcast, Dr Richard Rigby joins Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to talk about what's beneath the surface of the tension. Dr Richard Rigby is a former Australian diplomat, historian and currently the Executive Director of the Australian National University China Institute.

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Ep. 35: Biohackers and Protesting Farmers

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Why were farmers marching on Mumbai? Can China become the hub of medical tourism for the next generation of treatments? Are there new dangers to democracy in the Indian subcontinent?

In Episode 35 of The Pragati Podcast, Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath catch up on news over the last few months in India and abroad.

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Ep. 34: Liberty and a Free Society

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In this episode, we'll be doing something a little different. We'll be talking about ideas, values and labels. The word Liberal has become a slur in India, but it stands for something more. What does it mean when we say that the Pragati magazine is founded on the values of a free society?

Amit Varma joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss exactly that. Amit is the editor of Pragati, the host of the Seen & the Unseen podcast and a writer at the India uncut blog. He's also a two time winner of the Bastiat Prize, for his writings that have helped explain, promote and defend the principles of the a society.

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Ep. 33: No More Big Brother

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Should India always put its neighbourhood first? Was Nehru’s foreign policy idealist or realist? How should we think of external powers acting in the the Indian subcontinent?

In Episode 33 of The Pragati Podcast, Constantino Xavier joins Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss how India should tackle its neighbours.
Constantino Xavier is a fellow at Carnegie India, based in New Delhi. His research focus is on India’s foreign policy, with emphasis on relations with its neighboring countries and South Asian regional security.

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Ep. 32: Should We Pay for the Kaveri?

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Is Bangalore going to run out of water in a couple of years? How should Tamil Nadu and Karnatake share the Kaveri? Should we start paying for water? In episode 32 of the Pragati Podcast, Nitin Pai joins Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss water, Bangalore and Kaveri. Nitin Pai is the co-founder and director of The Takshashila Institution.

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Ep. 31: The Shades of Social Credit

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Is Black Mirror unfolding in real life? What is this social credit system? Is an Orwellian dystopia unfolding in China? In episode 31 of the Pragati Podcast, Manoj Kewalramani joins Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss how the social credit system is unfolding in China, and how it affects the way the rest of the world approaches social credit.

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Ep. 30: Power plays in the Indo-Pacific

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We’ve heard of hard power, soft power and smart power, but what is this new sharp power? What are the major changes in the global order that we should watch out for? How can middle powers that are neither here nor there cope?

Rory Medcalf of Australian National University talks to host Hamsini Hariharan in episode 30 of The Pragati Podcast. Medcalf heads the National Security College at ANU, and is a former diplomat, intelligence analyst and journalist. His work covers a wide spectrum of strategic and geopolitical issues in Indo-Pacific Asia.

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Ep. 29: Firing On The Line Of Control

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How serious are ceasefire violations? Why do they happen? How can India end this cycle of violence?

Ceasefire violations have become part and parcel of the Indo-Pacific relationship. In January 2018 alone, there were more than 100 ceasefire violations. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan are joined by Pranay Kotasthane and Lt Gen Prakash Menon to decode the events at the border.

Lt Gen Menon (ret) has spent 40 years in the Indian army, and has extended operational experience on the Siachen glacier, the Line of Control and counterinsurgency operations in Kashmir. He is now the Director of the Strategic Studies programme at the Takshashila Institution. Pranay Kotasthane is Head, Research Programmes, the Takshashila Institution.

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Ep. 28: Looking East on Republic Day

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Why do we have ten guests of honour for the Republic Day Parade instead of one? How do domestic policy and politics affect India's foreign policy? How should India improve relations with countries in South-East Asia?

On episode 28 of the Pragati Podcast, hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath are joined by Sinderpal Singh at the Raisina Dialogues to answer some of these questions. Sinderpal Singh is a Senior Fellow in the South Asia Programme at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
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Ep. 27: The Supreme Court in Crisis

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Why did four senior judges of the Supreme Court hold a press conference? Why are they complaining about the Chief Justice of India? Can we expect judicial reforms in 2018?

Harish Narsappa of Daksh  and Alok Prasanna Kumar of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy talk to hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan about the current judicial crisis.

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Ep. 26: The Cholas: Conquerors of Oceans

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Is it true that the Indian civilisation never attempted to conquer anything beyond the subcontinent? Did Indian and the Chinese courts establish diplomatic relations as early as the 10th century? How did trade transform coastal cities in Medieval India?

The 26th episode of The Pragati Podcast goes back to one of the richest and easily overlooked dynasties in India; the Cholas. The hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan are joined by Devi Yesodharan, author of the historical fiction novel, Empire 

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