Ep. 67: No, China Isn't Taking Over the World

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Does China really have a grand strategy to take over the world? Is Chinese media nothing more than a mouthpiece of the Chinese government? And has China side-stepped an overpopulation problem with good public policy?

China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins host Pavan Srinath again in Episode 67 to dispel more myths about China. Manoj is an Adjunct Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution, and has spent over 11 years as a journalist in China and India. Manoj also pens a weekly newsletter Eye on China available at www.thinkpragati.com

Which of these myths are actually true?
Myth #5: The Chinese media is a mouthpiece of the Chinese government.
Myth #6: The Chinese copy very well but do not innovate.
Myth #7: China successfully controlled its overpopulation problem and achieved more as a country because of it.
Myth #8: China has a grand strategy to take over the world.

In case you missed it, check out episode 66 of the Pragati Podcast where Manoj busts four other myths about China.

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Ep. 66: Myths about China

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Most Indians know more about USA and Europe than our northern neighbour China. This two-part series on The Pragati Podcast will bust myths about China and the Chinese government.

China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins host Pavan Srinath in Episode 66 to dispel commonly held beliefs about the People's Republic of China. Manoj is an Adjunct Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution, and has spent over 11 years as a journalist in China and India. Manoj also pens a weekly newsletter Eye on China available at www.thinkpragati.com. Do you know of people who believe in any of these myths about China?

Myth #1: China is a country of One people, One language and One party.
Myth #2: China has a Communist government.
Myth #3: The government owns everything in China.
Myth #4: China has a strong, efficient & meritocratic government that moves in unison to reach goals they set out for themselves.

Listen to Manoj bust 4 more myths about China in the next Episode of The Pragati Podcast, including: Does China have a grand strategy to take over the world?

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Ep. 60: The Indian Rupee in a Turkish Bath

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How do actions by President Erdoğan in Turkey affect the Indian rupee? What is the emerging market crisis that business channels keep talking about? How does changing geopolitics in the Middle East affect everyone from Brazil to China to Pakistan?

Narayan Ramachandran returns to the Pragati Podcast on episode 60 to explain the great game of dominoes that is macroeconomics. Narayan is co-founder and Fellow at the Takshashila Institution, a social entrepreneur and an emerging market investor. He writes a regular column in Mint called A Visible Hand.

Have any questions for Narayan, or hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath? Write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.

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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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