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.

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

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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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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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. 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. 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. 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.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.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.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. 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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