Ep. 125: The Importance of Finance

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People often talk of the world of Finance as a giant casino, where sociopathic bankers gamble with the livelihoods of real people. Economist Ajay Shah joins Amit Varma in episode 125 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why this is a misconception, and why Finance is at the heart of our progress.

Also check out:

  1. Why I Loved and Left Poker -- Amit Varma, from his poker column, Range Rover.

  2. Zombie Firms and Creative Destruction -- Episode 118 of The Seen and the Unseen.

  3. Futures Markets in Agriculture -- Episode 12 of The Seen and the Unseen.

  4. The Indian Financial Code

  5. Poker and Stock Markets -- Episode 47 of The Seen and the Unseen

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Ep. 119: Modi's Lost Opportunity

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Despite being a Congress spokesperson, economist Salman Soz was hopeful in 2014 that the Modi government would be good for India. As the title of his new book indicates, that turned out to be quite The Great Disappointment. Soz joins Amit Varma in episode 119 of The Seen and the Unseen to elaborate on the many economic failures of the Modi government. He also tackles tough questions on the Congress party.

Also check out:

  1. The Great Disappointment -- Salman Soz

  2. India's Lost Decade -- Ep 116 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Puja Mehra)

  3. DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State -- Ep 85 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan)

  4. The Bad and Complex Tax -- ep 74 of The Seen and the Unseen ( w Shruti Rajagopalan)

  5. The Fraud of Indian Education -- ep 77 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Amit Chandra)

  6. The Importance of Cities -- ep 108 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Reuben Abraham & Pritika Hingorani)

  7. The State of Our Farmers -- ep 86 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gunvant Patil)

  8. Beware of the Useful Idiots -- Amit Varma

  9. A Manifesto for Progress -- Amit Varma

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Ep. 117: What is Libertarianism?

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In a sense there have always been but two political philosophies: liberty and power.” David Boaz. author of The Libertarian Mind, joins Amit Varma in episode 117 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain what libertarian thinking stands for, and to bust some of the misconceptions around it.

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Ep. 116: India's Lost Decade

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In 2008, India was growing at 8.8% and was described as a miracle economy. It all went downhill in the next 10 years. Puja Mehra, author of The Lost Decade, joins Amit Varma in episode 116 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe the random events, political imperatives and human dramas that collided to bring us to the brink of a crisis.

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Ep. 115: The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva

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The ideology of Hindutva dominates our political and cultural landscape today. How did it begin, and what is it precisely? Aakar Patel, author of the forthcoming book Our Hindu Rashtra, joins Amit Varma in episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on three important Hindutva thinkers.

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Ep. 111: The India-Pakistan Conflict

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What are the hidden dynamics of the India-Pakistan conflict? What are the possible ways of resolving it? Historian and foreign policy analyst Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 111 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the game theory and geopolitics of this messy situation.

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Ep. 105: Understanding Gandhi. Part 2: Mahatma

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In the second of a two-part series, historian Ramachandra Guha joins Amit Varma in episode 105 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about Mohandas Gandhi's transformation into Mahatma Gandhi -- and how that changed the world. Among the subjects discussed: caste, misogyny and Gandhi's personal obsessions

Also check out:
Ramachandra Guha's books on Gandhi, Gandhi Before India and Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World.

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Ep. 104: Understanding Gandhi. Part 1: Mohandas

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Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most fascinating characters in history: complex, misunderstood, deeply impactful. Ramachandra Guha, author of two acclaimed biographies of the man, joins Amit Varma in episode 104 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the first 45 years of Gandhi's life, before he returned to India to catalyse the Indian freedom struggle.

Do check out: Ramachandra Guha's books on Gandhi, Gandhi Before India and Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World .

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Ep. 103: The Emergency

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The Emergency of 1975 was not an aberration, but was written into the DNA of the Indian state. Historian Gyan Prakash joins Amit Varma in episode 103 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on why the framers of the constitution gave such draconian powers to the state -- and why we may not have become so free in 1947 after all.

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Ep. 98: The Deccan Before Shivaji

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When people think of the Deccan, they think Shivaji vs Mughals. But the history of the Deccan is far richer than that -- and far racier. It's full of lust and laughter, murder and madness, sex and senselessness. Historian Manu S Pillai joins Amit Varma in episode 98 of The Seen and the Unseen to tell that fascinating story.

Also check out:
Manu S Pillai's book Rebel Sultans, on Amazon and on Juggernaut 

The Indianness of Indian Food  -- ep 95 of The Seen and the Unseen

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Ep. 97: The Evolution of Cricket

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In his three-decade career covering cricket, Harsha Bhogle has had an inside view on the transformation of the game. He joins Amit Varma in episode 97 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about how cricket has changed – and why it gives him hope.
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Also check out:
How Money Changed Cricket -- Ep 41 of The Seen and the Unseen
Opportunity, Choice and the IPL (2008) -- Amit Varma
The Tamasha All Purists Should Love -- Amit Varma
Purists, keep quiet. Cricket is changing, not dying -- Amit Varma
Test Cricket Is Dying, but Cricket Is Not -- Amit Varma

Ep. 95: The Indianness of Indian Food

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What does it mean when we say that something is 'Indian'? Does origin matter? Food writer Vikram Doctor joins Amit Varma in episode 95 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about how most of what we think of as Indian food originated elsewhere -- and it doesn't matter.

Also check out
The Real Food Podcast on Audiomatic

Ep. 94: Rajesh Jain and Dhan Vapasi

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Rajesh Jain was one of the architects of Narendra Modi's win in 2014 -- and then got buyer's remorse and turned against the BJP. Now, he has launched Dhan Vapasi, an insanely ambitious and innovative attempt at disrupting Indian politics. He joins Amit Varma in episode 94 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain where he's coming from.
Note: The first half of the show is about Jain's political journey before this: supporting Modi, changing his mind etc. The conversation about Dhan Vapasi starts at 1:03:25.

Also check out:
The Dhan Vapasi website
The Dhan Vapasi Manifesto
The Dhan Vapasi Bill
Rajesh Jain's website
DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State-- Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen (on Demonetisation)
Why Are Our Cities So Messed Up?-- Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (on Urban Governance)
The State of Our Farmers -- Episode 86 of The Seen and the Unseen (on Agriculture)
Reclaim the Sky -- Episode 11 of The Seen and the Unseen (on FSI)
Shruti Rajagopalan's talk on the many changes to our constitution

Ep. 93: America in South Asia

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For over 200 years, America has been interested in South Asia across three separate axes: power, ideology and culture. Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 93 of The Seen and the Unseen to provide a guided tour of this fascinating history.

Also read: 
The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia.

Ep. 91: IL&FS and the Indian Financial System

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The crisis at IL&FS reveals just how rotten India's financial system is. Vivek Kaul and Ashutosh Datar join Amit Varma in episode 91 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify the problem.
Also check out:
DeMon, Morality & the Predatory Indian State -- Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen
The DNA of the NPA -- Episode 32 of The Seen and the Unseen
It's Time to Stop Buying LIC Policies -- Vivek Kaul
LIC Should Not Rescue IL&FS -- Vivek Kaul
Slay This Indian Hydra -- Andy Mukherjee
How IL&FS Was Enriching Itself at Public Cost -- Sucheta Dalal
IL&FS: The debt pyramid -- Samar Srivastava

Ep. 87: Where Are the Jobs?

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India has entered a massive jobs crisis, with more than a million people coming into the workforce every month -- and not enough jobs. Will our Demographic Dividend be a Demographic Disaster? Yazad Jal of the 20 Million Jobs project joins Amit Varma in episode 87 of The Seen and the Unseen to give insight on the scale of the problem.

Also check out:
The Jobscape -- Yazad Jal
20 Million Jobs: Episode 48 of The Pragati Podcast
The Coming Jobs Crisis: Episode 20 of The Seen and the Unseen
Namita Bhandare's series on IndiaSpend
Why India has a Jobs Crisis -- Vivek Kaul
The Agricultural Crisis is a Jobs Crisis -- Nitin Pai
But What About the Jobs Crisis? -- Anupam Manur

Ep. 86: The State of Our Farmers

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India's agricultural crisis has been caused by the state. Farmer leader Gunvant Patil of the Shetkari Sanghatana joins Amit Varma in episode 86 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the many ways in which Big Government has created our agricultural crisis.

Also see:

'We Must Save Our Farmers' -- Amit Varma
'Free the Farmers' -- Barun Mitra
'The Crisis in Indian Agriculture' -- Brainstorm discussion on Pragati
'Entry and Exit in Agriculture' -- Episode 1 of The Seen and the Unseen
'The Farmer Rolls the Dice' -- Episode 12 of The Seen and the Unseen
'The Unseen Effects of Farm Loan Waivers' -- Episode 25 of The Seen and the Unseen
Down to Earth -- The collected writings of Sharad Joshi

Ep. 84: Being Gay in India

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What is it like to grow up gay in a deeply homophobic country? Writer and stand-up comedian Navin Noronha joins Amit Varma in ep 84 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about his experience of growing up gay in Bhayandar, and his insights from his podcast, Keeping it Queer.

Also check out
Keeping it Queer -- Navin Noronha's podcast
How I Met My Daddy -- Navin Noronha
The Matunga Racket -- Amit Varma

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Ep. 83: Young India

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India is a young country, and young Indians today are entitled and angry. Snigdha Poonam joins Amit Varma in episode 83 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the turmoil in small-town India.

Also read:
Snigdha's book, Dreamers: How Indians are Changing the World

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Ep. 80: India in the Nuclear Age

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India as a nuclear power is a different force from what it was before we went nuclear. Lt Gen Prakash Menon joins Amit Varma in episode 80 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe how War and Statecraft have been redefined by nuclear weapons.

Also read: 
Lt Gen Menon's book, The Strategy Trap: India and Pakistan Under the Nuclear Shadow

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