Ep. 92: Public Choice, Voting and Governance

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Is it rational to vote? Is it rational for us to think about government as a benign entity? Amit Varma is back on Episode 92 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about public choice theory and how it can inform our thinking about governments and public decision-making.

The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.

Amit Varma hosts The Seen and the Unseen podcast and was at the helm of Pragati for the last two years.

Suggested readings:

Amit Varma's BloombergQuint column that uses public choice theory: https://www.bloombergquint.com/author/473427/amit-varma

Public Choice: A Primer, by Eamonn Butler. Full text: https://iea.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/IEA%20Public%20Choice%20web%20complete%2029.1.12.pdf

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Ep. 90: Not Just A Civil Servant

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We hear about the all-powerful District Collector or Deputy Commissioner in every district in India, but what do they really do? How was the Government of India's first successful health insurance scheme launched? What is the relationship between civil servants and politicians? Anil Swarup talks about his stellar career as an IAS Officer on Episode 90 of The Pragati Podcast.

The Pragati Podcast is a weekly show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.

Mr. Anil Swarup is a former Secretary, Government of India, a retired IAS officer and the author of Not Just a Civil Servant, where he chronicles his 38 years working for Governments of India and Uttar Pradesh.

In his career, Mr. Swarup has handled India's Coal auctions in the aftermath of the Coal Scam. He has served as Secretary, School Education, and while working in the Labour Ministry, helped conceive and launch the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, a government-funded health insurance scheme for poor workers and their families.

Not Just a Civil Servant is available in hardcover and on Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.in/JUST-CIVIL-SERVANT-Anil-Swarup/dp/8178064790

New Podcast Alert! Hamsini Hariharan, long-time co-host of The Pragati Podcast has now started a new foreign policy podcast called States of Anarchy on the IVM Podcast Network. Available on all your favourite podcast apps. Listen to the podcast here: http://ivmpodcasts.com/states-of-anarchy

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Ep. 45: (Rebroadcast) The Magic Number to Elections

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It's election season in India again, and everybody wants to know who will win! Listen to this rebroadcast of Episode 45 of the Pragati Podcast to learn about how opinion polls work, and why they often fail. This will help you parse all the news that will come your way between now and December on elections taking place in Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana.

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.

Karthik's book is available here.

You can read Karthik's election analysis and more here.

If you are interested in public policy or international relations, check out courses by the Takshashila Institution at takshashila.org.in/education. Several courses are starting in January 2019.

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Ep. 48: 20 Million Jobs

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Does India really need to create 20 million jobs a year? How well are we doing now?

In Episode 48 of The Pragati Podcast, economist Anupam Manur joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to help size up the most pressing challenge in India: job creation at an unprecedented scale.

If you have questions, comments or brickbats for Anupam or the hosts, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Don't forget to visit www.thinkpragati.com for more brain fodder.

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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. 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. 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.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. 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. 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. 06: Till Divorce do Us Part

In the sixth episode of The Pragati Podcast, Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan talk about where the jobs have gone, the crackdown on conjunctions at World Bank, civil- military relations and Shuajiao Baba. In the second half, Pavan sits down with the Takshashila lawyer, Madhav Chandavarkar to discuss the current controversy surrounding triple talaq.

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