Ep. 75: True Financial Inclusion

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How is India doing on increasing access to finance for all its citizens? When we talk about microfinance, are we actually talking about only loans?

Malavika Raghavan has a wide-ranging conversation on financial inclusion with host Pavan Srinath and guest co-host Manasa Venkataraman on Episode 75 of the Pragati Podcast.

Malavika is a lawyer by training and heads the Future of Finance initiative at Dvara Research. She is also a 2018 Chevening Financial Services Fellow, and has written and researched extensively on policy and regulation at the intersection of technology, finance, and inclusion.

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Kannada barutta? Check out the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast, co-hosted by Pavan Srinath. This week on Episode 3, they talk about hacking and cybersecurity with guest Sandesh Anand. ಬನ್ನಿ ಹರಟೆ ಹೊಡಿಯೋಣ! 

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Ep. 74: Why Should Indians Care About Distant ISIS?

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The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, is rapidly losing territory and seems to be collapsing. Can this collapsing Islamic State pose new challenges to India and its neighbourhood?

Foreign policy scholar Kabir Taneja  talks to host Pavan Srinath  on ISIS and terrorism in the age of social media on Episode 74 of the Pragati Podcast. He makes a persuasive case for more attention and scholarship on ISIS.

Kabir Taneja is an Associate Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and works on India's relations with West Asia. He recently published a monograph on The ISIS Phenomenon: South Asia and Beyond.

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This week, host Pavan Srinath has also launched the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast with Surya Prakash BS and Ganesh Chakravarthi on the IVM Podcast Network. Kannada barutta? Then check out this new weekly podcast that bridges the worlds of Kannada and English, and Karnataka and the world. ಬನ್ನಿ ಹರಟೆ ಹೊಡಿಯೋಣ!

The first two episodes available here: [http://ivmpodcasts.com/thaleharate-episode-list]
You can follow the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast at @Haratepod on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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Ep. 73: Can the Courts Protect India's Environment?

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How well have Public Interest Litigations and the National Green Tribunal served the cause of upholding environmental concerns in India? Is it really Environment versus Development, as most debates frame it?

Supreme Court Lawyer Ninad Laud joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 73 of the Pragati Podcast to talk about PILs, the NGT and overall environmental governance in India.

Ninad Laud is a lawyer practicing at the Supreme Court. His core areas of practice are mining, environment and economic offences, apart from general commercial litigation. He has had his share of public interest litigation, and was the lawyer for Shreya Singhal in the celebrated case where the Supreme Court struck down Sec. 66A of the Information Technology Act.

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Ep. 63: Modern Cuisine meets 19th Century Governance

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There are restaurants at every corner in a city like Bangalore, but they are never easy to run. Governments make the lives of restaurateurs more difficult in a million ways. Banning 'dance bars', regulating signboards or controlling liquor licenses make dining out more expensive for customers, create uncertainty for businesses and put jobs at risk.
Chef extraordinaire Manu Chandra and Pragati's own Madhu Menon join host Pavan Srinath on episode 63 of The Pragati Podcast. Manu also heads the Bangalore Chapter of the National Restaurant Association of India The episode focuses on Bangalore and its unique challenges and opportunities, but the story is not too different in other states and cities.

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Ep. 59: Trump's New Washington DC

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It's been almost two years since Donald Trump was elected the President of the United States of America. What has happened to the Washington DC ecosystem since then?

In Episode 59, Soren Dayton joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss what the Republicans, Democrats, businesses and think tanks have been up to since Trump. Soren has spent over a decade working in Washington DC in various roles, including two years on Capitol Hill. His views expressed on the Pragati Podcast are entirely personal.

Learn more about Soren at https://sorendayton.com and his current work with Protect Democracy at https://protectdemocracy.org

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Ep. 55: I'm not a Data Subject, but a Data Principal!

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The Government of India is trying to create the first ever law to protect your personal data and information. The Justice Srikrishna Committee has come out with a draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018.
So what's it the data protection bill all about? Will it safeguard our privacy or create a monstrous government apparatus?
Manasa Venkataraman and Ajay Patri, researchers at the Takshashila Institution, offer a first look at the new draft bill, and share their initial analysis.
Episode 55 follows from the last two episodes with Rahul Matthan, on the evolution of privacy, and policy developments in modern India.
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Ep. 54: Privacy for 21st Century India

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Did Pakistan get a privacy law before India? What's a data protection law, and how is that different from a privacy law?
Rahul Matthan, author of Privacy 3.0, is a guest in this two-episode special on privacy and data protection on the Pragati podcast.
Your personal data has never been more valuable, and has never been at more risk. The Supreme Court upheld the Right to Privacy in 2017, and the Justice Srikrishna Committee has submitted its report and shared a draft law on data protection for India, in July 2018.
In this episode, Rahul talks to hosts Hamsini and Pavan about his personal involvement in drafting a data protection law, and shares stories from the legal and legislative history of privacy in India.
In the previous episode, Rahul talked about how privacy is evolving, from hunter-gatherer societies to the age of paparazzis to the age of artificial intelligence.
You can check out Rahul's new book Privacy 3.0 on Amazon India. Privacy 3.0: Unlocking Our Data-Driven Future https://www.amazon.in/dp/9352779886/
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Ep. 53: Privacy 1.0 to 3.0

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Did walls create privacy, and is the internet going to destroy it? Is Privacy a western idea, being imported to India?
Rahul Matthan , author of Privacy 3.0, is a guest in this two-episode special on privacy and data protection on the Pragati podcast.
Your personal data has never been more valuable, and has never been at more risk. The Supreme Court upheld the Right to Privacy in 2017, and the Justice Srikrishna Committee has submitted its report and shared a draft law on data protection for India, in July 2018.
In this episode, Rahul walks hosts Hamsini and Pavan through the long history of privacy, from the age of hunter-gatherers, to paparazzis, to artificial intelligence.
In the next episode, also releasing on the same day, Rahul discusses independent India's tryst with privacy.
You can check out Rahul's new book Privacy 3.0 on Amazon India. Privacy 3.0: Unlocking Our Data-Driven Future https://www.amazon.in/dp/9352779886/
If you have questions or comments about the episode, send them into podcast@thinkpragati.com