Ep. 134: Kashmir and Article 370

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Kashmir is in lockdown, and Article 370 is history. What does this mean for Kashmir -- and for India? Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 134 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the historical, geopolitical, ideological and moral questions at the heart of the Kashmir problem.

Also check out:

  1. War and Peace in Modern India -- Srinath Raghavan

  2. The Geopolitics of the Bangladesh War -- Episode 113 of The Seen and the Unseen.

  3. Understanding the India-Pakistan Conflict -- Episode 111 of The Seen and the Unseen.

  4. Uncle Sam in South Asia -- Episode 93 of The Seen and the Unseen.

  5. We Won’t Need To Fight A War If We Can Win The Peace -- Amit Varma.

  6. The Article 370 Amendments: Key Legal Issues -- Gautam Bhatia

  7. Article 370: A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir -- AG Noorani

  8. A People's Constitution -- Rohit De

  9. The Generation of Rage in Kashmir -- David Devadas

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Ep. 133: Fighting Fake News

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We live in a world besieged by falsehood -- but there is a growing resistance movement. Pratik Sinha of Alt News joins Amit Varma in episode 133 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about disinformation, misinformation and why the truth will prevail.

Also check out:

  1. Alt News

  2. Truth of Gujarat

  3. India Misinformed -- Pratik Sinha and co-authors

  4. The Alt News App for Android

  5. The Facts Do Not Matter -- Amit Varma

  6. Public Opinion -- Walter Lippmann

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Ep. 132: Women at Work

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There is a crisis in India today. There are not enough women taking up paying jobs -- and their unpaid labour at home continues to be taken for granted. Journalist Namita Bhandare joins Amit Varma in episode 132 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the state of women in India today.

Also check out:

  1. Namita Bhandare's homepage.

  2. Namita Bhandare in the Hindustan Times.

  3. Why Indian Workplaces Are Losing Women -- Namita Bhandare (The IndiaSpend series)

  4. Namita Bhandare at Sheroes.

  5. Metrics of Empowerment -- Episode 88 of The Seen and the Unseen

  6. The Importance of #MeToo -- Episode 90 of The Seen and the Unseen

  7. An Economist Looks at #MeToo -- Episode 92 of The Seen and the Unseen

  8. Frailty, Thy Name is Public Policy -- Devika Kher

  9. The Girl From Haryana (https://indiauncut.com/the-girl-from-haryana/) -- Amit Varma

  10. Men Must Step Up Now -- Amit Varma

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Ep. 128: India = Migration

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India is a nation on the move, and migration is in our DNA. Economic historian Chinmay Tumbe joins Amit Varma in episode 128 of The Seen and the Unseen to present the rich history of migrations into, out of and within India.

Also check out:

  1. India Moving -- Chinmay Tumbe

  2. The Story of Our Ancestors -- Episode 112 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tony Joseph)

  3. Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon -- Patanga

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Ep. 127: Our Colorful Past

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Indian history is wild fun. Historian Manu Pillai joins Amit Varma in episode 127 of The Seen and the Unseen to regale him with stories from his latest book. The subjects discussed include caste, gender, narrative manipulation, mad elephants and men blown out of cannons.

Also check out:

  1. The Courtesan, the Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin -- Manu Pillai

  2. The Deccan Before Shivaji -- Episode 98 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manu Pillai)

  3. When Gandhi was Mohandas -- Episode 104 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ram Guha)

  4. Being Mahatma -- Episode 105 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ram Guha)

  5. The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva -- Episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aakar Patel)

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Ep. 126: Building Sports Ecosystems

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Can India ever be a sporting nation? What will it take to get there? Joy Bhattacharjya, who started up Kolkata Knight Riders, brought the u-17 Football World Cup to India and is CEO of the Pro Volleyball League, sure thinks so. He joins Amit Varma in episode 126 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his passion and vision for Indian sport.

Also check out:

  1. Bindra's Wishlist (2005) -- Amit Varma

  2. Opportunity, Choice and the IPL (2008) -- Amit Varma

  3. The IPL is Here and Here Are Six Reasons to Celebrate It (2019) -- Amit Varma

  4. Netherland -- Joseph O'Neill

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Ep. 124: Religion and Ideology in Indian Society

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What is the role of religion in Indian society? What is conservatism like in India? Suyash Rai joins Amit Varma in episode 124 of The Seen and the Unseen for a wide-ranging free-wheeling chat on these subjects.

Also check out:

  1. The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva -- Episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aakar Patel)

  2. What is Libertarianism? -- Episode 117 of The Seen and the Unseen (w David Boaz)

  3. You're From the Mutton Lobby -- Episode 49 of The Seen and the Unseen (Amit Varma solo, on our political discourse)

  4. Every Act of Government is an Act of Violence -- Amit Varma

  5. The Three Languages of Politics -- Arnold Kling

  6. ये लिबरल आख़िर है कौन? -- Episode 37 of Puliyabaazi (w Amit Varma on Hayek)

  7. Ayodhya: The Dark Night -- Dhirendra K Jha and Krishna Jha

  8. Sacred and Secular -- Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart

  9. A Godless Congregation -- Amit Varma

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Ep. 123: India's Supreme Court

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As the recent sexual harassment case indicates, all is not well with the Supreme Court of India. Constitutional economist Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 123 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why the Supreme Court has gone wrong on both ends of the tradeoff between Independence and Accountability.

Also read:

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Ep. 122: The 2019 Elections

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Elections in India are madly complex, and defy simple explanations. Sadanand Dhume joins Amit Varma in episode 122 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the Age of Modi, and what these elections mean for India, the BJP and the Congress party.

Also check out:

  1. Sadanand Dhume's bio and archives

  2. The Questions That Election 2019 Leaves Us With -- Amit Varma

  3. Beware of the Useful Idiots -- Amit Varma

  4. Amit Varma's writings+podcasts on DeMon, in one twitter thread

  5. The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva -- ep 115 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aakar Patel)

  6. Modi's Lost Opportunity -- ep 119 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Salman Soz)

  7. The BJP's Magic Formula -- ep 45 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Prashant Jha)

  8. Rajesh Jain's Journey to Dhan Vapasi -- ep 94 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rajesh Jain)

  9. The Paradox of Narendra Modi -- ep 102 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shashi Tharoor)

  10. Why Both Modi and Trump are Textbook Populists -- Amit Varma

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Ep. 118: Zombie Firms and Creative Destruction

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The Indian economy has the seeds of a horror film, with zombies stalking the landscape. Air India is one. Jet could have been another had it been rescued. Economist Ajay Shah joins Amit Varma in episode 118 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the importance of creative destruction, and why failing firms should be allowed to die. Also discussed: price controls and market failure.

Do check out:

  1. Making Sense of Airline Troubles -- Ajay Shah

  2. Lessons from the RCom Mess -- Ajay Shah

  3. A Great Churning -- Ajay Shah

  4. Bankruptcy Process and the Utilisation of Assets -- Ajay Shah

  5. Using the Bankruptcy Code for Privatisation -- Ajay Shah

  6. What Happens to Private Airlines When Air India is Privatised? -- Ajay Shah

  7. The Price is Right -- Amit Varma

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Ep. 114: Crime in Indian Politics

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Why is crime ubiquitous in Indian politics? Why is your neta also a dada? Political scientist Milan Vaishnav joins Amit Varma in episode 114 of The Seen and the Unseen to speak about the incentives in play that have brought us to this place.

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Ep. 113: The Geopolitics of the Bangladesh War

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The formation of Bangladesh was neither inevitable nor a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 113 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe the geopolitical forces that shaped those events of 1971.

Also check out:

  1. 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh -- Srinath Raghavan

  2. The Blood Telegram  -- Gary Bass

  3. Uncle Sam in South Asia -- episode 93 of The Seen and the Unseen, with Srinath Raghavan

  4. Understanding the India-Pakistan Conflict - episode 111 of The Seen and the Unseen, with Srinath Raghavan

  5. The formation of the Mujibnagar interim government

  6. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's speech at the UN 

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Ep. 108: The Importance of Cities

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India is rapidly urbanizing – and the Indian state seems to be in denial about it. Reuben Abraham and Pritika Hingorani join Amit Varma in episode 108 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss what India needs to do to prepare for its urban future.

Also check out:

India’s a Land of Cities, Not Villages -- Reuben Abraham and Pritika Hingorani

How cities, not states, can solve the world's biggest problems -- Robert Muggah and Reuben Abraham

Reclaim the Sky  -- Episode 11 of The Seen and the Unseen, on FSI

Why Are Our Cities So Messed Up?  -- Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen, on Urban Governance

The Gateway to Our Cities  -- Episode 21 of The Seen and the Unseen, on Slums

The World is Getting Better  -- Episode 101 of The Seen and the Unseen, on Human Progress

Order Without Design  -- Alain Bertaud

Triumph of the City  -- Edward Glaeser

Young Rural Women in India Chase Big-City Dreams -- Ellen Barry

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Ep. 107: An Economics Ramble

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Host Amit Varma is joined by Vivek Kaul and Kumar Anand in episode 107 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the economic landscape of the day. Subjects discussed include the interim budget, the minimum income guarantee, the jobs crisis and how good politics leads to bad economics.

Also check out:

-Here Is Why the Indian Voter Is Saddled With Bad Economics -- Amit Varma

-Politics = Bribery -- Amit Varma and Kumar Anand

-Show us the money: Will Rahul Gandhi’s MIG-19 fly? -- Vivek Kaul

Budget or Fudget?: Read This and Decide -- Vivek Kaul

-India budget: Will India buy Narendra Modi's story of hope again? -- Vivek Kaul

-The Indian State Is the Greatest Enemy of the Indian Farmer -- Amit Varma

-The Business of Doing Business -- Reshu Natani and Kumar Anand

-DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State -- ep 85 of The Seen and the Unseen

-Rajesh Jain's Journey to Dhan Vapasi -- ep 94 of The Seen and the Unseen

-The State of Our Farmers  -- ep 86 of The Seen and the Unseen

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Ep. 102: The Paradox of Narendra Modi

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Shashi Tharoor, author of The Paradoxical Prime Minister, joins Amit Varma in episode 102 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the many faces of Narendra Modi, as well as the nature of politics, the idea of India and his own journey as a politician.

Also read:

The Paradoxical Prime Minister on Amazon, as well as Shashi Tharoor's other books.
The Facts Do Not Matter  -- Amit Varma
No Free Trade For Horses  -- Ep 13 of The Seen and the Unseen, on the Anti-Defection Law.

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Ep. 10: Digital India

Big Brother is watching you, and you have no protection. There has been much hype about how 'Digital India' will transform our lives, but there are unseen elements to it that should make you worry. Devangshu Datta joins Amit Varma to discuss why it is so alarming that there are no laws in India to protect privacy and defend against data theft.

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