Ep. 87: Where Are the Jobs?

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India has entered a massive jobs crisis, with more than a million people coming into the workforce every month -- and not enough jobs. Will our Demographic Dividend be a Demographic Disaster? Yazad Jal of the 20 Million Jobs project joins Amit Varma in episode 87 of The Seen and the Unseen to give insight on the scale of the problem.

Also check out:
The Jobscape -- Yazad Jal
20 Million Jobs: Episode 48 of The Pragati Podcast
The Coming Jobs Crisis: Episode 20 of The Seen and the Unseen
Namita Bhandare's series on IndiaSpend
Why India has a Jobs Crisis -- Vivek Kaul
The Agricultural Crisis is a Jobs Crisis -- Nitin Pai
But What About the Jobs Crisis? -- Anupam Manur

Ep. 86: The State of Our Farmers

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India's agricultural crisis has been caused by the state. Farmer leader Gunvant Patil of the Shetkari Sanghatana joins Amit Varma in episode 86 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the many ways in which Big Government has created our agricultural crisis.

Also see:

'We Must Save Our Farmers' -- Amit Varma
'Free the Farmers' -- Barun Mitra
'The Crisis in Indian Agriculture' -- Brainstorm discussion on Pragati
'Entry and Exit in Agriculture' -- Episode 1 of The Seen and the Unseen
'The Farmer Rolls the Dice' -- Episode 12 of The Seen and the Unseen
'The Unseen Effects of Farm Loan Waivers' -- Episode 25 of The Seen and the Unseen
Down to Earth -- The collected writings of Sharad Joshi

Ep. 85: DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State

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Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen is about Demonetisation -- and a lot else. First, host Amit Varma launches into an angry monologue about how economic benefits can never justify moral costs. Then he is joined by economist Shruti Rajagopalan, who elaborates on all the things wrong with DeMon. They discuss the predatory Indian state, how Indians are forced into jugaad to cope with it, and that this jugaad might seem to be a good thing, but represents the enormous cost that all of us pay.

**Also see**:

1. Most of Amit Varma's writing on DeMon, collected in one Twitter thread
2. 'Narendra Modi Takes a Great Leap Backwards' -- Amit Varma
3.'The Landscape of Freedom in India' -- Amit Varma
4.'The Humanitarian Cost Trumps Any Economic Argument' -- Amit Varma
5. 'What the RBI data on demonetization tells us' -- Shruti Rajagopalan
6. 'Demonetisation and Welfare' -- Shruti Rajagopalan and Larry White
7. 'Formalization of the economy is a form of coercion' -- Shruti Rajagopalan
8. Episode 2 of The Seen and the Unseen, on Demonetisation, with Suyash Rai
9. Episode 18 of The Seen and the Unseen, on restaurant regulations, with Madhu Menon
 

Ep. 84: Being Gay in India

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What is it like to grow up gay in a deeply homophobic country? Writer and stand-up comedian Navin Noronha joins Amit Varma in ep 84 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about his experience of growing up gay in Bhayandar, and his insights from his podcast, Keeping it Queer.

Also check out
Keeping it Queer -- Navin Noronha's podcast
How I Met My Daddy -- Navin Noronha
The Matunga Racket -- Amit Varma

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Ep. 83: Young India

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India is a young country, and young Indians today are entitled and angry. Snigdha Poonam joins Amit Varma in episode 83 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the turmoil in small-town India.

Also read:
Snigdha's book, Dreamers: How Indians are Changing the World

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Ep. 82: Swachh Bharat

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The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is short-sighted, and does not achieve its purpose. Why? What can we do? Economist Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 82 of The Seen and the Unseen to break it all down.

Also read
India needs sewage systems, not free toilets -- Shruti Rajagopalan
That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen -- Frédéric Bastiat
The Use of Knowledge in Society -- Friedrich Hayek
Public Choice: Politics Without Romance -- James Buchanan
Where India Goes -- Diane Coffey and Dean Spears
Why Are Our Cities So Messed Up -- ep 31 of The Seen and the Unseen
How We Messed Up Our Caste Problem -- ep 52 of The Seen and the Unseen

Ep. 81: Chinese Foreign Policy

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How does China see its place in the world? What are its foreign policy objectives? Should India be worried? China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins Amit Varma in episode 81 of The Seen and the Unseen.

Also check out:
Eye on China : Manoj Kewalramani's weekly column in Pragati.
Inside Xi's China : Takshashila's online course, conducted by Manoj.
Understanding Foreign Policy : Episode 63 of The Seen and the Unseen.

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Ep. 80: India in the Nuclear Age

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India as a nuclear power is a different force from what it was before we went nuclear. Lt Gen Prakash Menon joins Amit Varma in episode 80 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe how War and Statecraft have been redefined by nuclear weapons.

Also read: 
Lt Gen Menon's book, The Strategy Trap: India and Pakistan Under the Nuclear Shadow

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Ep. 79: Democracy in Pakistan

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Is there really democracy in Pakistan? What were these elections all about? Pranay Kotasthane and Hamsini Hariharan join Amit Varma in episode 79 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the two Pakistans, and what lies ahead.


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Ep. 78: Crowd Violence in India

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More and more, across this country, violent crowds are taking the law into their own hands. What's going on? Legal experts Madhav Chandavarkar and Alok Prasanna Kumar share their insights with Amit Varma in episode 78 of The Seen and the Unseen.
We Don't Need Another Law -- Amit Varma

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Ep. 76: Claiming Your Space

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Misogyny is ubiquitous. Women begin life with the odds stacked against them. Aditi Mittal joins Amit Varma in episode 76 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss how hard it was for her to claim her space.
Guest appearance: Swati Bakshi.

Also read: 
Misogyny is the Oldest Indian Tradition-Amit Varma (http://indiauncut.com/iublog/article/misogyny-is-the-oldest-indian-tradition/)

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Ep. 75: Stand-Up Comedy in India

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"Comedy is tragedy plus time." Aditi Mittal joins Amit Varma to elaborate on this in Episode 75 of The Seen and the Unseen. Abbas Momin sits in as well, as the conversation spins from the evolution of stand-up in India to the challenges it faces.

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Ep. 74: The Bad and Complex Tax

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GST was supposed to be a Good and Simple Tax, but has ended up as just the opposite. This is hurting the poor the most. Economist Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 74 of The Seen and the Unseen to suggest a way out.

Also check out:
-Simple Rules for a Complex World  - Shruti Rajagopalan

-GST -- Episode 3 of The Seen and the Unseen with Devangshu Datta

-GST Revisited 

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Ep. 73: Trade Deficits (and Trumpism)

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The US has a trade deficit with China. Trump is worried. Trump is nuts. Vivek Kaul explains why to Amit Varma in episode 73 of The Seen and the Unseen.

You can listen to the episode on 'Protectionism with Anupam Manur here: https://bit.ly/2JEXu1J

You can listen to the 'Easy Money' episode with Vivek Kaul here: https://bit.ly/2yfeS7X

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Ep. 72: The GDPR

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has just been passed in Europe. What are its Unseen Effects? What can India learn from it? Legal expert Manasa Venkataraman joins Amit Varma in episode 72 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify this subject.

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Ep. 71: Data and the Government

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The Indian government has a disturbing tendency to cherry-pick data. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 71 of The Seen and the Unseen to catch them with their pants down.

Also read:

'How to cherry-pick data, Arvind Panagariya-style' - Vivek Kaul

'How to Manage Jobs Data, Modi Govt Style' - Vivek Kaul

'If Tax Collections Have Improved, why is Govt Trying to Tax Free Services of Banks?' - Vivek Kaul

'Budget 2018: India's unpaid subsidies time-bomb just keeps ticking away' - VIvek Kaul

Beware of the Useful Idiots(https://www.thinkpragati.com/editorial/1971/beware-useful-idiots/) - Amit Varma

You can buy Vivek Kaul's Easy Money trilogy here 

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Ep. 70: Online Conversations

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The internet was supposed to bring us all together -- but instead, is it driving us apart? Reddit moderator Nikhil,X joins Amit Varma in episode 70 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the changing shape of online conversations -- and society.

Also check out:

You’re From The Mutton Lobby - Amit Varma

What We Talk About When We Talk About Politics - Amit Varma

The Future of the Internet  - Episode 65 of The Seen and the Unseen

The Regulators Are Coming  - Episode 68 of The Seen and the Unseen

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Ep. 69: Immigration and Outsourcing

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Donald Trump had two simple answers to everyone who complained about jobs in America. One: Immigrants are taking your jobs. Two: Your jobs are being shipped overseas. Trump was bullshitting. Gaurav Sabnis joins Amit Varma in episode 69 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why.

Also check out:

Facts Don't Matter. Stories do  -- Amit Varma
Ep.4 of The Seen and the Unseen: Immigration
Ep 59 of The Seen and the Unseen: The 8 Myths of Protectionism 

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Ep. 68: Online Content Regulation

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The government of India recently broached the possibility of regulating online content -- even more than it already does. What does this mean for our freedoms. Nikhil Pahwa joins Amit Varma in episode 68 of The Seen and the Unseen.

Check out the previous episodes where Amit had Nikhil Pahwa as a guest:

Ep. 61: Aadhaar
Ep. 65: The Future of the Internet 

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