Ep. 94: Rajesh Jain and Dhan Vapasi

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Rajesh Jain was one of the architects of Narendra Modi's win in 2014 -- and then got buyer's remorse and turned against the BJP. Now, he has launched Dhan Vapasi, an insanely ambitious and innovative attempt at disrupting Indian politics. He joins Amit Varma in episode 94 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain where he's coming from.
Note: The first half of the show is about Jain's political journey before this: supporting Modi, changing his mind etc. The conversation about Dhan Vapasi starts at 1:03:25.

Also check out:
The Dhan Vapasi website
The Dhan Vapasi Manifesto
The Dhan Vapasi Bill
Rajesh Jain's website
DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State-- Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen (on Demonetisation)
Why Are Our Cities So Messed Up?-- Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (on Urban Governance)
The State of Our Farmers -- Episode 86 of The Seen and the Unseen (on Agriculture)
Reclaim the Sky -- Episode 11 of The Seen and the Unseen (on FSI)
Shruti Rajagopalan's talk on the many changes to our constitution

Ep. 93: America in South Asia

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For over 200 years, America has been interested in South Asia across three separate axes: power, ideology and culture. Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 93 of The Seen and the Unseen to provide a guided tour of this fascinating history.

Also read: 
The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia.

Ep. 92: An Economist Looks at #MeToo

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Will the #MeToo movement change behaviour by changing incentives? Economist Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 92 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about Criminal Economics in the context of crimes on women in India.

Also check out:
Changing the Costs for the Rational Sexual Predator: Shruti Rajagopalan in Mint
Men Must Step Up Now: Amit Varma's ediotrial in Pragati
The Importance of #MeToo: Episode 90 of The Seen and the Unseen
Metrics of Empowerment: Episode 88 of The Seen and the Unseen
Fixing Our Judicial System: Episode 62 of The Seen and the Unseen

Ep. 91: IL&FS and the Indian Financial System

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The crisis at IL&FS reveals just how rotten India's financial system is. Vivek Kaul and Ashutosh Datar join Amit Varma in episode 91 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify the problem.
Also check out:
DeMon, Morality & the Predatory Indian State -- Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen
The DNA of the NPA -- Episode 32 of The Seen and the Unseen
It's Time to Stop Buying LIC Policies -- Vivek Kaul
LIC Should Not Rescue IL&FS -- Vivek Kaul
Slay This Indian Hydra -- Andy Mukherjee
How IL&FS Was Enriching Itself at Public Cost -- Sucheta Dalal
IL&FS: The debt pyramid -- Samar Srivastava

Ep. 90: The #MeToo Movement

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#MeToo is the most important cultural moment of our lifetimes. Supriya Nair and Nikita Saxena join Amit Varma in episode 90 of The Seen and the Unseen to share their insights.

Also check out:

Hostile Climate: Nikita Saxena (Feature on RK Pachauri)
#MeToo is anarchic, and that’s a good thing: Supriya Nair
Metrics of Empowerment: Episode 88 of The Seen and the Unseen
Claiming Your Space: Episode 76 of The Seen and the Unseen
One Bad Law Goes, but Women Remain Second Class Citizens: Amit Varma
I am a Feminist. You should be too: Amit Varma

Ep. 89: The State of the Media 2

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Are journalists redundant in a world where no one cares about facts any more? Are we to cater to people's imagined realities? And when money and power come together, how are Independent journalists to resist? Sidharth Bhatia of The Wire and Peter Griffin of The Hindu join Amit Varma in episode 89 of The Seen and the Unseen.

Also check out:
The State of the Media: Episode 46 of The Seen and the Unseen, with Prem Panicker
The Facts Do Not Matter -- Amit Varma

Ep. 88: Metrics of Empowerment

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The lives of women in India must be gradually getting better, right? How do we measure this? Devika Kher, Nidhi Gupta and Hamsini Hariharan join Amit Varma in episode 88 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss a range of possible metrics.
Also check out:
Where Are the Jobs? -- Episode 87 of The Seen and the Unseen, with Yazad Jal
Claiming Your Space -- Episode 76 of The Seen and the Unseen, with Aditi Mittal & Swati Bakshi
Take Cities to the Women -- Devika Kher
Frailty, Thy Name is Public Policy -- Devika Kher
We Should Celebrate Rising Divorce Rates -- Amit Varma
Misogyny is the Oldest Indian Tradition -- Amit Varma
Namita Bhandare’s series on IndiaSpend

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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