Ep. 33: No More Big Brother

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Should India always put its neighbourhood first? Was Nehru’s foreign policy idealist or realist? How should we think of external powers acting in the the Indian subcontinent?

In Episode 33 of The Pragati Podcast, Constantino Xavier joins Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss how India should tackle its neighbours.
Constantino Xavier is a fellow at Carnegie India, based in New Delhi. His research focus is on India’s foreign policy, with emphasis on relations with its neighboring countries and South Asian regional security.

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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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Ep. 29: Firing On The Line Of Control

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How serious are ceasefire violations? Why do they happen? How can India end this cycle of violence?

Ceasefire violations have become part and parcel of the Indo-Pacific relationship. In January 2018 alone, there were more than 100 ceasefire violations. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan are joined by Pranay Kotasthane and Lt Gen Prakash Menon to decode the events at the border.

Lt Gen Menon (ret) has spent 40 years in the Indian army, and has extended operational experience on the Siachen glacier, the Line of Control and counterinsurgency operations in Kashmir. He is now the Director of the Strategic Studies programme at the Takshashila Institution. Pranay Kotasthane is Head, Research Programmes, the Takshashila Institution.

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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.23: What's Happened to Al Qaeda?

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What has Al Qaeda been up to since Osama? What happens in India and the subcontinent after the Islamic State falls? What does Bollywood director Vishal Bharadwaj have to do with all this?

In Episode 23 of the Pragati Podcast, Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath sit down with Adrian Levy, a journalist with the Guardian, and one of the authors of The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight, to discuss what happened to the feared terrorist group after the fall of Osama Bin Laden and where it could go from here.

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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.

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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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Ep. 12: Kautilya's Legacy

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How can cities protect their heritage when growing rapidly? Why is India deporting 40,000 refugees? How should we think of the trajectory of India's foreign policy? All of this in the twelveth episode of the Pragati Podcast where Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan sit down for a fortnightly catch up. In the second half, Hamsini and Aparna Pande, a scholar at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, look at the roots of India's foreign policy.

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Ep. 07: Ms. Robot, I Have a Doubt

Not sure which TV show to pick up next? In the 7th episode of the Pragati Podcast, Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath discuss a number of shows that break down American and British politics. In the second half they are joined by Amit Varma and Ramez Naam in a discussion on how our education systems can be improved through the integration of artificial intelligence.

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Ep. 04: Right wing, left wing or wrong wing?

Left or right? Liberal or conservative? Paper or plastic? Political identities and political labels are becoming popular these days, when someone is describing themselves or labeling someone else. Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan discuss what these labels are, and whether they are relevant for India. In the second half of the podcast, they are joined by Amit Varma and award-winning author Ramez Naam to discuss the future of energy in India and the world. Visit thinkpragati.com to read more about coronary stents , artificial intelligence and the future of the Indian republic this fortnight.

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Ep. 03: Budgets at Home and Military Ops Abroad

The first full Pragati Podcast covers everything from swimming pools in Udupi to Indian military adventures in West Africa. As the budget season comes to a close, Pavan Srinath, Hamsini Hariharan and Amit Varma discuss the importance of state government budgets. In the second half, Pavan Srinath talks to army officer-turned-journalist Sushant Singh, on his new book, Mission Overseas: Daring Operations by the Indian Military (http://www.amazon.in/Mission-Overseas-Daring-Operations-Military/dp/9386228173)

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