Ep. 95: Working with Government

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Bangalore has at least a 20 year legacy of private citizens working with city and state governments in a variety of ways. V Ravichandar symbolises that, as over the last 19 years he has worked with the government, driven change while being completely outside government, and has opposed government policies as well.

V Ravichandar joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 95 of The Pragati Podcast to share his experience of working with governments, and sheds light on the challenges and constraints faced by government agencies, bureaucrats and politicians.
Ravichandar is Chairman, Feedback Consulting. He was a key member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF) during 2000-04. He also help make a case for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JN-NURM). Since 2006, he has been evangelizing the idea of City Connect (now in 5 cities) involving business, civil society and government. As a part of the Bangalore City Connect, Ravi helped conceive the Tender S.U.R.E initiative, which reimagined how roads were designed in Bangalore. Ravi was also part of the 3-member Government Expert Committee tasked with reimaging governance and administration for Bengaluru.

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Ep. 69: (Rebroadcast): Why do We Elect Criminals?

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This is a rebroadcast of Episode 69 of The Pragati Podcast with Pavan Srinath.

Milan Vaishnav joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 69 of The Pragati Podcast to explain elections, money and crime in India.

Milan is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics. The book recently won the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book of 2017

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Ep. 24: (Rebroadcast) 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 (https://twitter.com/shams1085) and Madhav Chandavarkar (https://twitter.com/MadChaP88) 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 (http://takshashila.org.in/takshashila-policy-research/discussion-document-framework-governing-gene-editing/). Do check it out.

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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.

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Ep. 47: My Rupee, My Pride

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The Rupee tumbles to 68 against the US dollar. Will the dollar breach the 70-rupee mark this year? Does a weak rupee mean a weak economy?

In this episode of the Pragati Podcast, Economist Anupam Manur joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to talk about exchange rates and all things rupee.

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Ep. 46: You're Scaring the Nipah Out of Me!

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What is the story behind the Nipah virus that has claimed 16 lives in Kerala? Where did it come from? How can we prevent it? Dr Shambhavi Naik joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss the nitty-gritties of this new disease.

If you have questions for the hosts or Shambhavi, write into podcast@thinkpragati.com. If you want to know more about how epidemics affect India's public health, join The Takshashila Institution's Cogitatum on Tackling Epidemics.in India at http://takshashila.org.in/cogitatum-series/

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Ep. 32: Rebroadcast : Should We Pay for the Kaveri?

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Is Bangalore going to run out of water in a couple of years? How should Tamil Nadu and Karnatake share the Kaveri? Should we start paying for water? In episode 32 of the Pragati Podcast, Nitin Pai joins Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss water, Bangalore and Kaveri. Nitin Pai is the co-founder and director of The Takshashila Institution. Write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com for any questions or comments. New episodes will resume from next Thursday.

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Ep. 45: The Magic Number to Elections

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What is the answer to the ultimate question of politics, elections and voting? 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.'

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Ep. 44: The Art of the Deal

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Walmart buys Flipkart. Trump backs out of the Iran Nuke deal. Trump bats for a North Korea Nuke Deal.

Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath round up the news from India and around the world. 

You can read the Iran nuclear deal withdrawal article by Rohan Joshi (@filter_c)  here : https://www.thinkpragati.com/world/4490/rocking-the-qasbah/ 

Send in your comments, questions and brickbats to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Don't forget to check out Pragati Express (http://express.thinkpragati.com), a new group blog featuring the hosts.

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Ep. 43: The Rockets' Red Glare

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What connects the American national anthem with battles fought in Mysore? Did Mysore have a secret weapon on its side against the British? What was military innovation like in South India on the eve of the Industrial revolution?

Ram Ganesh Kamatham joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to talk about innovation, ingenuity and wars in Mysore. Ram is a playwright, an independent consultant and a Research Fellow at The Takshashila Institution.

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Ep. 42: Sovereignty: From the Cholas to Wakanda

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What does it mean when India is considered a Sovereign Republic? How do refugee crises like the Rohingya crisis affect sovereignty? And what can Wakanda and Black Panther teach us about it?

International affairs and law expert Ameya Naik joins hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan in episode 42 of the Pragati podcast.

You can buy Robert H. Bates' book mentioned on the episode here: https://amzn.to/2w5qc5v

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Ep. 41: India-US Bhai Bhai

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Have we finally arrived on the global stage? How should the United States change the way it approaches India? What are the gaps in the Indo-US relationship?

In Episode 41, Alyssa Ayres joins Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to talk about how to move the relationship further. Alyssa Ayres has written a book called Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World. She was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia between 2010 and 2013. She is currently a senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the Council of Foreign Relations.

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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. 37: Why is Talk Radio missing in India?

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Is it illegal to do the Pragati podcast on radio? Why do large Indian cities have so few FM stations, and why do they all sound the same?

In Episode 37 of the Pragati Podcast, Amit Doshi  joins host Pavan Srinath to talk about talk radio and podcasts. Amit is the founder of the IVM Podcast Network, and a co-host of Shunya One, a podcast on tech and entrepreneurship.

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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.

Send your questions, comments and brickbats by writing to podcast@thinkpragati.com or reach out the hosts on twitter where their handles are @HamsiniH and @Zeusisdead
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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. 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. 32: Should We Pay for the Kaveri?

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Is Bangalore going to run out of water in a couple of years? How should Tamil Nadu and Karnatake share the Kaveri? Should we start paying for water? In episode 32 of the Pragati Podcast, Nitin Pai joins Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss water, Bangalore and Kaveri. Nitin Pai is the co-founder and director of The Takshashila Institution.

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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. 30: Power plays in the Indo-Pacific

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We’ve heard of hard power, soft power and smart power, but what is this new sharp power? What are the major changes in the global order that we should watch out for? How can middle powers that are neither here nor there cope?

Rory Medcalf of Australian National University talks to host Hamsini Hariharan in episode 30 of The Pragati Podcast. Medcalf heads the National Security College at ANU, and is a former diplomat, intelligence analyst and journalist. His work covers a wide spectrum of strategic and geopolitical issues in Indo-Pacific Asia.

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