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.

As always, send in your questions, comments and suggestions to podcast@thinkpragati.com, and get them featured in a future episode.

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.

Have any questions for Ameya or the hosts? Write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Don't forget to check out Pragati Express (http://express.thinkpragati.com), a new group featuring the hosts.

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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.

Have any questions or follow up on the show? Write in at podcast@thinkpragati.com and your questions will be answered in future episodes.

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Ep. 28: Looking East on Republic Day

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Why do we have ten guests of honour for the Republic Day Parade instead of one? How do domestic policy and politics affect India's foreign policy? How should India improve relations with countries in South-East Asia?

On episode 28 of the Pragati Podcast, hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath are joined by Sinderpal Singh at the Raisina Dialogues to answer some of these questions. Sinderpal Singh is a Senior Fellow in the South Asia Programme at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
If you have any comments or questions, send them to podcast@thinkpragati.comor reach out to the hosts on Twitter as @HamsiniH and @zeusisdead

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Ep. 25: The 2017 Kim Jong Awards

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Ideas are stubborn, and bad ones even more so. In North Korea, the Kim family used bad economic ideas with a heavy role for the government, no rule of law, and no economic freedoms. This kept them in abject poverty and hunger, as they suffered famines, lacked access to basic human needs, and even today have little hope in sight.

You may think that bad economic ideas in India can't push us to North Korean levels of misery -- but they will not help us reach South Korean levels of prosperity either.

The 25th episode of the Pragati Podcast presents the 2017 Kim Jong Awards for Stupid Economic Ideas - terrible economic ideas that refused to die in 2017. Anupam Manur joins Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to nominate the bad, the ugly and the worst in the Indian economy.

Send in your questions, comments and brickbats by writing to podcast@thinkpragati.com, or reach the hosts on twitter as @HamsiniH and @zeusisdead.

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Ep.24: 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 and Madhav Chandavarkar 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 . Do check it out.

As always, send in your questions, comments and suggestions to podcast@thinkpragati.com, and get them featured in a future episode.

The Pragati Podcast is on a break for the last week of December, and is back on January 4, 2018. Happy holidays!

Ep. 19: Catch up! Parking for Pollution & Asian Quadrilaterals

Delhi has introduced high parking fees to combat pollution, but is it really helping?
After a decade, the India-US-Japan-Australia quadrilateral is getting revived. What does that mean for India in Asia?

This week, Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath follow up on issues previously discussed on the Pragati podcast, and take a listener question from @booleanbalaji.

And don't miss the second cheat sheet, which reveals scams around land in Bangalore.

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Ep. 18: All Quiet on the Western Front?

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With the impeachment of Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif and India's preoccupation with the Doklam standoff, little of the national mindspace is being occupied by Pakistan. To weigh in on current relations with our western neighbour, Ambassador TCA Raghavan joins Hamsini Hariharan.
Ambassador Raghavan is the former High Commissioner of India to Singapore and Pakistan.

His second book, The People Next Door is an anecdotal chronicle of India s strange and often obsessive relationship with its neighbour.

Have any follow up questions or comments? Tweet them to us at @HamsiniH or @zeusisdead.

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Ep. 17: Who Moved My Science?

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While India has successfully sent a mission to Mars and has a globally competitive tech sector back home, we still struggle to do great scientific research in the country. In this episode of the Pragati Podcast, Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan discuss how to increase the batting average of science in India with Sunil Laxman from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

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