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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Ep. 25: The 2017 Kim Jong Awards

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Ideas are stubborn, and bad ones even more so. In North Korea, the Kim family used bad economic ideas with a heavy role for the government, no rule of law, and no economic freedoms. This kept them in abject poverty and hunger, as they suffered famines, lacked access to basic human needs, and even today have little hope in sight.

You may think that bad economic ideas in India can't push us to North Korean levels of misery -- but they will not help us reach South Korean levels of prosperity either.

The 25th episode of the Pragati Podcast presents the 2017 Kim Jong Awards for Stupid Economic Ideas - terrible economic ideas that refused to die in 2017. Anupam Manur joins Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to nominate the bad, the ugly and the worst in the Indian economy.

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Ep.24: 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 and Madhav Chandavarkar 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 . 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.

The Pragati Podcast is on a break for the last week of December, and is back on January 4, 2018. Happy holidays!

Ep.23: What's Happened to Al Qaeda?

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What has Al Qaeda been up to since Osama? What happens in India and the subcontinent after the Islamic State falls? What does Bollywood director Vishal Bharadwaj have to do with all this?

In Episode 23 of the Pragati Podcast, Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath sit down with Adrian Levy, a journalist with the Guardian, and one of the authors of The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight, to discuss what happened to the feared terrorist group after the fall of Osama Bin Laden and where it could go from here.

What do you want us to talk about in the next episode? Send in your questions, comments and brickbats by writing to podcast@thinkpragati.com, or reach the hosts on twitter as @HamsiniH  and @zeusisdead

Ep.22: Death by Taxes

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Is taxation theft? Is the government of India any better than Gabbar Singh? Why do Indian actors pretend to be farmers?

Tune in episode 22 of the Pragati podcast to find out. Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath are joined by Pranay Kotasthane from the Takshashila Institution, a frequent guest on the show. This podcast explores how taxes provide bad incentives, how the purpose and the importance of taxation has changed over time and more.

Have more questions on taxes? Write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com and have your questions answered in later episodes. Visit the episode page on thinkpragati for more readings on taxes.

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Ep.21: Kill the hospital, save the patient?

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Doctors protesting across Karnataka. Price controls on private medical care. Kangaroo courts for errant doctors. Missing patient empowerment. All from an eventful November.

Episode 21 of the Pragati podcast dives into the politics and economics of regulating hospitals in Karnataka, and how it matters for all of India. Hosts Hamsini & Pavan are joined by their Takshashila colleagues Anupam Manur, Sowmya Nandan and Pranay Kotasthane.

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Ep.20: The GDP: From World War I to Today

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What is the GDP, and why is the world so obsessed with GDP growth? We associate human wellbeing with growth in the GDP -- but are there better measures? And what do the two World Wars and the rise of Hitler have to do with this?

This episode of the Pragati Podcast dives deep into the origins, the evolution and the future of the Gross Domestic Product, a number that has shaped the modern world as we know it. Joining hosts Hamsini and Pavan on this podcast is Anupam Manur, Fellow & Faculty at the Takshashila Institution, and a macroeconomist by training.

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Ep. 19: Catch up! Parking for Pollution & Asian Quadrilaterals

Delhi has introduced high parking fees to combat pollution, but is it really helping?
After a decade, the India-US-Japan-Australia quadrilateral is getting revived. What does that mean for India in Asia?

This week, Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath follow up on issues previously discussed on the Pragati podcast, and take a listener question from @booleanbalaji.

And don't miss the second cheat sheet, which reveals scams around land in Bangalore.

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Ep. 18: All Quiet on the Western Front?

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With the impeachment of Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif and India's preoccupation with the Doklam standoff, little of the national mindspace is being occupied by Pakistan. To weigh in on current relations with our western neighbour, Ambassador TCA Raghavan joins Hamsini Hariharan.
Ambassador Raghavan is the former High Commissioner of India to Singapore and Pakistan.

His second book, The People Next Door is an anecdotal chronicle of India s strange and often obsessive relationship with its neighbour.

Have any follow up questions or comments? Tweet them to us at @HamsiniH or @zeusisdead.

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Ep. 17: Who Moved My Science?

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While India has successfully sent a mission to Mars and has a globally competitive tech sector back home, we still struggle to do great scientific research in the country. In this episode of the Pragati Podcast, Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan discuss how to increase the batting average of science in India with Sunil Laxman from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

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Ep. 16: The Perfidy of Parking

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Why should Indian cities consider paid parking as a solution to improve traffic? Should curbside parking be priced? In this episode of of the Pragati Podcast, hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan discuss the practicalities of paid parking in India. Have questions or comments? Share them with us at @HamsiniH and @zeusisdead on twitter.

Also, we have a huge announcement: The Pragati Podcast is now weekly!

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Ep. 15: Sand, Sanitation and Subsidies

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Can we use sand in India without having to deal with a sand mafia? Why do Indians have toilets at home, but defecate outside? And does anyone ever use a toilet for health reasons? Thejaswi Udupa and Nidhi Gupta join hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan for episode 15 of the Pragati Podcast. Starting with a look at sanitation in India three years after the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the podcast features how the construction sand market is evolving in Karnataka.

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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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