Ep. 142: Ponzi Schemes

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We are surrounded by frauds, and are dying to believe them. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 142 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss ponzi schemes, both in India and outside, both by private actors and the government. Also discussed: chit funds and kitty parties, and why we are wired to be deceived.

Also check out:

  1. Real Estate Prices: Episode 30 of The Seen and the Unseen

  2. The Anti-Defection Law: Episode 13 of The Seen and the Unseen

  3. 12 Dream Reforms: Episode 138 of The Seen and the Unseen

  4. Ponzi's Scheme -- Mitchell Zuckoff

  5. Anatomy of a Ponzi Scheme -- Colleen Cross

  6. Irrational Exuberance -- Robert Shiller

  7. Narrative Economics -- Robert Shiller

  8. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds -- Charles Mackay

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Ep. 139: The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism

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The recent victories of political Hindutva were enabled by a century-long cultural movement spearheaded by a publishing house based in Gorakhpur. Akshaya Mukul, author of Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India, joins Amit Varma in episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen. Themes discussed include the relationship between society and the state, Marwari history, cow, temple, gender, caste, Muslims, Communism, and the spontaneous combustion of virtuous Hindu women.

Also check out:

  1. Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India -- Akshaya Mukul

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

  3. Political Ideology in India -- Episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rahul Verma)

  4. Religion and Ideology in Indian Society -- Episode 124 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Suyash Rai)

  5. The 2019 Elections -- Episode 122 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Sadanand Dhume)

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

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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. 110: Reporting Venezuela

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Venezuela is a country blessed by nature but cursed by politics. Journalist Alexandra Ulmer joins Amit Varma in episode 110 of The Seen and the Unseen to share her insights from her years as a reporter there.

Also check out:
Alexandra Ulmer's homepage 

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