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. 131: Political Ideology in India

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Political Ideology in India

Description: The usual spectrum of left and right does not apply to Indian politics. But does that mean that our politics is based on identity and patronage, and not ideology? Not quite, says political scientist Rahul Verma, as he joins Amit Varma in episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the two ideological cleavages that divide India.

Also check out:

  1. Ideology and Identity -- Pradeep K Chhibber and Rahul Verma

  2. Religious Practice and Democracy in India -- Pradeep K Chhibber

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

  4. Imagine No Possessions -- Episode 26 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan)

  5. Crime in Indian Politics -- Episode 114 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Milan Vaishnav)

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Ep. 130: Demystifying GDP

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In recent times, the GDP has become less of an economic measure and more of a political tool. Economist Rajeswari Sengupta joins Amit Varma in episode 130 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain what the GDP is, what it is good for, what it is not good for and what the fuss over this figure in India is all about. This episode has immeasurable value.

Also check out:

  1. Rajeswari Sengupta's writings.

  2. GDP – A Brief but Affectionate History -- Diane Coyle

  3. Gross Domestic Problem -- Lorenzo Fioramonti

  4. The Power of a Single Number -- Philipp Lepenies

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Ep. 129: Budget. Bollywood. Badmaashi

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Like cricket and cinema, the annual budget brought out by the central government has become a national obsession. Vivek Kaul. the Shah Rukh Khan of Economics, joins Amit Varma, the Govinda of Podcasting, in episode 129 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify the budget. Much fun is had. Blockbuster guaranteed.

Also read:

  1. The Sholay Redux -- Vivek Kaul

  2. Easynomics: Why high-income tax hurts -- Vivek Kaul

  3. How ₹1.7 trillion has gone missing -- Vivek Kaul

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

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

  6. All Hail Public Choice Theory -- Episode 121 of The Seen and the Unseen

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

  8. Economics in One Lesson -- Henry Hazlitt (free pdf link)

  9. The Law -- Frédéric Bastiat

  10. Marginal Revolution University 

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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. 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. 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. 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. 121: Public Choice Theory

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Governments consist of people, and people respond to incentives. For this reason, there is no better way to understand government than through the tools of economics. Episode 121 of The Seen and the Unseen is a rerun of an old episode of The Pragati Podcast, in which Amit Varma introduces Pavan Srinath to the mindblowing insights of Public Choice Theory.

Also check out:

  1. What Does It Mean to Be Libertarian? -- ep 64 of The Seen and the Unseen

  2. Public Choice: A Primer -- Eomonn Butler

  3. Politics Without Romance -- Amit Varma's monthly column on Public Choice for Bloomberg Quint

  4. Parkinson's Law -- C Northcote Parkinson

  5. The Calculus of Consent -- James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock

  6. Bureaucracy and Public Economics -- William A Niskanen

  7. Urban Governance in India -- ep 31 of The Seen and the Unseen

  8. Restaurant Regulations in India -- ep 18 of The Seen and the Unseen

  9. Of Endings and Beginnings -- Amit Varma's goodbye editorial for Pragati

Ep. 120: Resisting State Injustice

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Conventional wisdom holds that there are three ways to respond to injustice by the state: we may leave, complain, or comply. Philosopher Jason Brennan joins Amit Varma in episode 120 of The Seen and the Unseen to argue that there is a fourth option: to resist.

Also check out:

When All Else Fails -- Jason Brennan

The Milgram Experiment 

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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. 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. 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. 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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