Ep. 99: Questioning Nationalism

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The world today is broadly organised into sovereign nation states, and we all believe that the Indian Nation exists and is thriving. But what is nationalism, at its core? How did nationalism really evolve in Europe, and are ideas like Indian nationalism and Tamil nationalism quite the same? Dr AP Ashwin Kumar joins us on Episode 99 of The Pragati Podcast to unpack nationalism, language and identity.

The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Starting this week, The Pragati Podcast will be airing every Wednesday instead of every Thursday.

AP Ashwin Kumar is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Learning Futures at Ahmedabad University. Ashwin has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Manipal University, and has 10 years’ experience in teaching and research in Cultural Studies.

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Ep. 71: 10 Years Later: The 26/11 Mumbai Attacks

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It has been 10 years since the 2008 Terrorist Attacks on Mumbai. Ten terrorists from the Lashkar-e-Taiba killed over 174 people in South Mumbai, and committed the one of the worst acts of terror on Indian soil. Dheeraj PC, a doctoral student in Intelligence Studies at the University of Leicester, helps us go deep into the attacks and their aftermath.

Dheeraj analyses the events of 26/11, the strategy of the terrorists and their commanders in Pakistan, and the Indian response to contain and counter the attack. Dheeraj goes beyond simplistic ideas of how India "failed" or how Pakistan "succeeded", and busts many commonly held myths.

This is also the last episode of the Pragati Podcast to be hosted by Hamsini Hariharan. You can continue to follow her work via twitter, where she is reachable at @HamsiniH.

Pavan Srinath will return with The Pragati Podcast next week, with more public policy, economics and international relations.

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Ep. 70: Behind the Scenes of a Hostage Rescue Mission

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What was it like to rescue Indian hostages from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan almost 20 years ago? Retired R&AW officer Anand Arni takes us behind the scenes of the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC814 in 1999.

Anand Arni joins Pranay Kotasthane and host Pavan Srinath on Episode 70 of The Pragati Podcast. Mr Arni is a Distinguished Fellow and Advisor at the Takshashila Institution, and retired as the Special Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat. He served for over 37 years in the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India's external intelligence agency. He was a part of the hostage rescue team during the Flight IC814 hijacking crisis.

In this episode, Anand Arni recounts his journey of being sent to Kandahar along with Ajit Doval, Vivek Katju, CD Sahay and Nehchal Sandhu. He shares absurd and hilarious things that happened, even as hostages were successfully rescued.

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Ep. 69: Why Do We Elect Criminals?

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Why do we vote criminals and corrupt politicians into power? Can politicians really buy the votes of Indians? Does good governance translate into electoral victories?

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

If you have any questions for Milan or the hosts, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com and have it answered in a future episode.

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Ep. 50: Eminence Before Institution

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Jio Institute. Eminence tags for only IITs Bombay and Delhi, not Chennai and Kanpur. Elections in Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif failed to become the first ever Prime Minister to have served a full term in office.

This is the 50th episode of the Pragati Podcast! Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath sit down to talk about the long, strange trip it has been, and also round up some recent news.

Please take out five minutes to share your feedback on the Pragati Podcast, and help the hosts improve it. There are 3 Amazon gift vouchers worth Rs 1,000/- each ($15) for listeners who complete the survey.

As always, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com for anything else. Get onto www.thinkpragati.com(https://www.thinkpragati.com/) for brain fodder every weekday.

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. 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. 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.
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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.21: Kill the hospital, save the patient?

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Doctors protesting across Karnataka. Price controls on private medical care. Kangaroo courts for errant doctors. Missing patient empowerment. All from an eventful November.

Episode 21 of the Pragati podcast dives into the politics and economics of regulating hospitals in Karnataka, and how it matters for all of India. Hosts Hamsini & Pavan are joined by their Takshashila colleagues Anupam Manur, Sowmya Nandan and Pranay Kotasthane.

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Ep.20: The GDP: From World War I to Today

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What is the GDP, and why is the world so obsessed with GDP growth? We associate human wellbeing with growth in the GDP -- but are there better measures? And what do the two World Wars and the rise of Hitler have to do with this?

This episode of the Pragati Podcast dives deep into the origins, the evolution and the future of the Gross Domestic Product, a number that has shaped the modern world as we know it. Joining hosts Hamsini and Pavan on this podcast is Anupam Manur, Fellow & Faculty at the Takshashila Institution, and a macroeconomist by training.

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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.

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Ep. 15: Sand, Sanitation and Subsidies

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Can we use sand in India without having to deal with a sand mafia? Why do Indians have toilets at home, but defecate outside? And does anyone ever use a toilet for health reasons? Thejaswi Udupa and Nidhi Gupta join hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan for episode 15 of the Pragati Podcast. Starting with a look at sanitation in India three years after the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the podcast features how the construction sand market is evolving in Karnataka.

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Ep. 14: Kabuliwaala, Trump and the GDP

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Is the Indian economy doing alright? Is it suffering from something worse than the painful effects of demonetization? Is 2017 the beginning of a new chapter between India and Afghanistan? Did Trump actually say something good for a change? You'll find all this and more on the fourteenth episode of the Pragati podcast. Hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath sit down with their colleagues Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane from the Takshashila Institution. Starting with a roundup of where the Indian economy today, they also discuss what Trump's latest Afghanistan policy might mean for India in the region.

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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. 11: The sky is falling! IT is imploding!

How do the recent job losses in the IT industry impact the economy? Did Nawaz Sharif really lose prime ministership over a font? What's with the inflation targeting mechanisms? In the first half of the 11th episode, Hamsini Hariharan and Anupam Manur catch up on fortnightly happenings. In the second half, Saurabh Chandra comes on board to talk about the future of information technology in the country.

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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. 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. 05: The Illicit Episode

Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan catch up on some reading while the hullaballoo of the GST and the One Belt, One Road Project reverberates in the background. Then, Devanghsu Datta joins them to talk about when why they can't host the podcast smoking ganja and drinking alcohol in Gujarat while betting on the IPL. It's the week of victimless crimes at Pragati (https://www.thinkpragati.com/) and you can read Devangshu's three-part series here (https://www.thinkpragati.com/opinion/1416/gamble-make-legal/).

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