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. 100: The 100th Episode Ramble

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The Seen and the Unseen reaches 100 episodes! Yea! Economist Shruti Rajagopalan, the most frequent guest on the show, joins host Amit Varma as they shoot the breeze about the 99 episodes before this, the horrors of 2018, and the further horrors of 2019.

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These past episodes with Gunvant Patil,  Vikram Doctor,  Harsha Bhogle,  Gideon Haigh+Prem Panicker,  Rajesh Jain,  Vishwanath S,  Parth Shah,  Amit Chandra,  Alex Tabarrok,  Naveen Noronha,  Kumar Anand,  Vivek Kaul,  Ashok Malik,  Nikita+Supriya  (on #MeToo),  Devika+Nidhi+Hamsini and Matt Ridley.

And also with Shruti on the Right to Property,  DeMon,  GST,  #MeToo  and Caste.

And ah, The Matunga Racket.

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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. 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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Ep. 69: Immigration and Outsourcing

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Donald Trump had two simple answers to everyone who complained about jobs in America. One: Immigrants are taking your jobs. Two: Your jobs are being shipped overseas. Trump was bullshitting. Gaurav Sabnis joins Amit Varma in episode 69 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why.

Also check out:

Facts Don't Matter. Stories do  -- Amit Varma
Ep.4 of The Seen and the Unseen: Immigration
Ep 59 of The Seen and the Unseen: The 8 Myths of Protectionism 

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Ep. 67: Ask Me Anything

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This is an AMA (Ask Me Anything) episode, in which host Amit Varma answers questions from both in-studio guests and Twitter and Facebook users.

Also check out:

Episode 64: Libertarianism 

Episode 50: The State of Indian Politics 

Episode 26: The Right to Property 

Episode 18: Restaurant Regulations 

Episode 65: The Future of the Internet 

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Ep. 66: The State of the Economy 2

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What does our economy look like today? Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 66 of The Seen and the Unseen, as they talk about Air India, cash shortages, the jobs crisis and other such miscellanea.

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Episode 56: The Age of Easy Money 
Episode 53: A Deep Dive into Pakodanomics
Episode 40: The State of the Economy
Episode 32: The DNA of the NPA 
Episode 25: Farm Loan Waivers 
Episode 23: Public Sector Banks 
Episode 20: The Coming Jobs Crisis 
Episode 19: The Right to Education 
Episode 18: Restaurant Regulations 
Episode 2: Demonetisation

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Ep. 61: Aadhaar

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According to media commentator Nikhil Pahwa, Aadhaar is a subject on which "what we do will impact generations." Nikhil joins host Amit Varma on episode 61 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain how Aadhaar threatens our freedoms, and why we need to take it seriously.

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Ep. 57: India's Maldives Dilemma

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There is turmoil in the Maldives, as a tyrant unfriendly to India cozies up to China. Do we need to intervene? Foreign policy expert Pranay Kotasthane joins Amit Varma to give his point of view in episode 57 of The Seen and the Unseen.

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Ep. 50: The State of Indian Politics

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Indian politics is complex to the point of being almost unfathomable. JP Narayan, that rare public intellectual who also embraced electoral politics, joins Amit Varma in episode 50 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his learnings.

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Ep. 49: Political Discourse

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Social media has enabled everyone to have a voice -- but no one listens any more. In episode 49 of The Seen and the Unseen, Amit Varma examines why our political discourse is so polarised. One particular bugbear of his is the tendency to shift the focus from the argument to the person, and he outlines a few different ways in which people personalise arguments.

Also read:

What We Talk About When We Talk About Politics
The Facts Do Not Matter

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Ep. 46: The State of the Media

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We live in times when media is fragmented and there is no consensus on the truth any more. Journalism has become a race to give people what they want to believe. What are we to do? Prem Panicker joins Amit Varma in episode 46 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the State of the Media.

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Ep. 45: The BJP's Magic Formula

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Over the last few years, the BJP has built the most formidable election machine in human history. Prashant Jha, author of the book 'How the BJP wins', joins Amit Varma in episode 45 of The Seen and the Unseen to break down the elements behind their success.

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Ep. 13: Anti-Defection Law

It is a sad day for any democracy when MPs and MLAs sell themselves to the highest bidder. Horse-trading is monstrous. It was to prevent exactly this that the Anti-Defection Law was passed in 1985. But did it end up doing more harm than good to democracy? Barun Mitra joins Amit Varma to discuss the unseen effects of this famous legislation.

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