Ep. 95: Working with Government

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Bangalore has at least a 20 year legacy of private citizens working with city and state governments in a variety of ways. V Ravichandar symbolises that, as over the last 19 years he has worked with the government, driven change while being completely outside government, and has opposed government policies as well.

V Ravichandar joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 95 of The Pragati Podcast to share his experience of working with governments, and sheds light on the challenges and constraints faced by government agencies, bureaucrats and politicians.
Ravichandar is Chairman, Feedback Consulting. He was a key member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF) during 2000-04. He also help make a case for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JN-NURM). Since 2006, he has been evangelizing the idea of City Connect (now in 5 cities) involving business, civil society and government. As a part of the Bangalore City Connect, Ravi helped conceive the Tender S.U.R.E initiative, which reimagined how roads were designed in Bangalore. Ravi was also part of the 3-member Government Expert Committee tasked with reimaging governance and administration for Bengaluru.

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Ep. 69: (Rebroadcast): Why do We Elect Criminals?

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This is a rebroadcast of Episode 69 of The Pragati Podcast with Pavan Srinath.

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

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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. 56: A Brave New World Order

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Everyone from Henry Kissinger and Donald Trump to Solomon Lane in the new Mission Impossible movie cares about the the end of the old world order. What is a world order? How is it changing? Most importantly, what should India be doing about it?

In Episode 56 of The Pragati Podcast, Pranay Kotasthane and Anirudh Kanisetti join hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan to discuss India's Strategies for a New World Order.

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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/
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Ep. 51: A Tale of Two Nukes: Iran (Part 1)

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Why did Trump sign a nuclear deal with North Korea, while bailing out of a deal with Iran? Is it just Trump being Trump? Or is there more to the story?
In Episode 51 of the Pragati Podcast, lawyer and analyst Ameya Naik joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss the nuts and bolts of nuclear sanctions and deals. Ameya talks about Iran in this episode, and will talk about North Korea and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in next week's episode.

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Ep. 27: The Supreme Court in Crisis

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Why did four senior judges of the Supreme Court hold a press conference? Why are they complaining about the Chief Justice of India? Can we expect judicial reforms in 2018?

Harish Narsappa of Daksh  and Alok Prasanna Kumar of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy talk to hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan about the current judicial crisis.

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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. 02: The Answer is Tourism

The American economist Alex Tabarrok, who is in Mumbai these days, feels that tourism could be "India's leading export sector." In his piece in Pragati, 'Let the World In' (https://www.thinkpragati.com/opinion/937/let-the-world-in/), he discusses some of the reforms India needs to carry out to make this happen. Alex discusses those reforms with Pragati editor Amit Varma. Snake charmers and sim cards also feature in this episode!

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