Ep. 95: Working with Government


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. 45: (Rebroadcast) The Magic Number to Elections


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. 68: Being a Foreign Correspondent in India


How do you report on India for a global audience? What do you choose to write about? And how should we understand cronyism in Indian policy-making?

Author and journalist James Crabtree joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 68 of The Pragati Podcast.

James Crabtree was the Mumbai Bureau chief of the Financial Times from 2011 to 2016, and is currently an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. He is also the author of The Billionnaire Raj: A Journey through India's New Gilded Age.

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Ep. 14: Kabuliwaala, Trump and the GDP


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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