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. 109: Plato (or Why Philosophy Matters)

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Should we care about philosophy in these modern times? Philosopher Rebecca Goldstein joins Amit Varma in episode 109 of The Seen and the Unseen to argue that we should -- and Plato's Dialogues illustrate why.

Also check out:

Plato at the Googleplex  -- Rebecca Goldstein

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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. 106: Stubborn Attachments

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In his latest book, Stubborn Attachments, Tyler Cower lays out a moral vision for the future. He joins Amit Varma in episode 106 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why future lives matter as much as present ones, and why our priorities should be centered around sustainable economic growth constrained by negative rights.

Also check out:

Stubborn Attachments by Tyler Cowen.
Marginal Revolution.
The Marginal Revolution University
Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit.
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

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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.

Also read:

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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. 101: The Progress of Humanity

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We tend to take progress for granted, and are wired to focus on bad news instead of good. Steven Pinker joins Amit Varma in episode 101 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about why the world is getting better, and why Enlightenment values are essential for ensuring that the trend continues

Also check out:

Enlightenment Now and The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker.
It is Daft to Worry About Inequality --Amit Varma

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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.

Also check out:

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. 99: The Importance of Rules and Institutions

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A democracy is not merely about voting. Those who are voted into power need to be kept in check, and Rules and Institutions are essential for this. Foreign policy analyst Ameya Naik joins Amit Varma in episode 99 of The Seen and the Unseen to elaborate -- and to explain the danger that Donald Trump poses.

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