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Take a step back from noisy political debates and tune in to rich conversations on India and the world. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations. Science-geek-turned-policy-wonk Pavan Srinath talks to scholars and experts on everything from India's unique genetics to why China isn't really trying to take over the world. New episodes out every Thursday. The Pragati Podcast is the titular podcast of the online magazine Pragati, and has a lot more brain fodder at www.thinkpragati.com.
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Hong Kong has seen protests since March 2019, triggered by newly proposed legislation that allows Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to China or Taiwan. This is the latest round in a long conflict between the People's Republic of China seeking to exert more control over Hong Kong, and citizens of Hong Kong fighting to ensure their personal rights and freedoms. Manoj Kewalramani returns to Episode 112 of The Pragati Podcast to help us understand the Hong Kong protests and put them in perspective. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Manoj Kewalramani is a Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution. Before joining Takshashila, Manoj spent several years working in China in journalism, manufacturing and more. He writes a weekly news letter called Eye on China, and he's been on the Pragati Podcast before to bust commonly held myths about China, and has been on the podcast before to help us understand China. For the best podcast episode on the ongoing Kashmir conflict, listen to Srinath Raghavan on Amit Varma's Seen and the Unseen Podcast: https://www.thinkpragati.com/category/podcast/the-seen-and-the-unseen/ Also listen to: Pragati Podcast #66: Myths About China: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/5907/myths-about-china/ Pragati Podcast #67: No, China Isn't Taking Over the World: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/5989/no-china-isnt-taking-over-the-world/ Pragati Podcast #77: The US-China Trade Battle: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/6749/the-us-china-tariff-battle/ Pragati Podcast #78: The US-China War for Technology: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/6754/the-us-china-war-for-technology/   If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
Mental health is not a first world concern, but very much an Indian challenge. Social taboos have prevented Indians from confronting mental illnesses head on and now it's estimated that there are over a 100 million people in India who need medical interventions on mental health. Listen to Dr Sabina Rao and Pavitra Jayaraman as they unpack the issue on Episode 111 of The Pragati Podcast. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Dr Sabina Rao is a Psychiatrist with extensive experience in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders. She currently practices at Columbia Asia and Annaswamy Mudaliar General Hospitals in Bangalore and was previously associated with NIMHANS. Pavitra Jayaraman heads editorial at White Swan Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that creates and disseminates, well-researched and credible information on mental health. Pavitra is a former journalist who has worked with NDTV and Mint. Also read:** National Mental Health Survey of India, 2015-16**. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
What is happening in India's stock markets right now? How do the stock markets interact with the real Indian economy? Deepak Shenoy is on Episode 110 of The Pragati Podcast to help us make sense of what is happening in India right now. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Deepak Shenoy is the Founder and CEO of Capitalmind, a Bangalore-based investment research and wealth management startup. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
Companies around the world have been learning how to manage the safety and security of their digital assets. Can the cybersecurity logic of a private corporation be expanded to that of a nation state? Sandesh Anand joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 109 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about how India can think about cybersecurity. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Announcement: New episodes of The Pragati Podcast will be out every Wednesday, starting from this week. Sandesh Anand is an information security professional and a Managing Consultant at Synopsis Inc. He writes on topics at the intersection of cyber security and other aspects of digital life, including for Factor Daily. He was also previously on the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast to talk about cybersecurity in Kannada. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
India has fraction of the doctors and medical professionals it needs, even as healthcare is increasingly becoming a politically important issue. In this context, the Government of India recently passed the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act 2019, which wants to usher in a new regulatory apparatus for medical education in the country. A welcome replacement for a corrupt and dysfunctional Medical Council of India, the NMC Act is not without its share of protests and criticisms. Sambit Dash joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 108 of the Pragati to talk about medical education and the NMC Act. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Announcement: New episodes of The Pragati Podcast will be out every Wednesday, starting next week. Sambit Dash teaches biochemistry to medical students at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and is an alumnus of the Takshashila Institution. He writes extensively on various policy issues, especially various aspects of medical education. Suggested readings & podcasts: [Podcast] The Medical Council of India: http://www.seenunseen.in/episodes/2017/3/7/episode-8-the-medical-council-of-india [Livemint] Is NEXT the panacea for medical education woes? https://www.livemint.com/Education/MkZvFhKf39vIbKXmlDEfwK/Is-NEXT-the-panacea-for-medical-education-woes.html [The Wire] What's next for the NMC Bill? Confusion. https://thewire.in/health/nmc-bill-mbbs-exit-exam [EPW] Exit Exam in Medical Education: Whatever NEXT? https://www.epw.in/journal/2017/52/commentary/whatever-next.html [The Wire] It's a Bad Idea to Outright Reject Bridge Courses for Healthcare Professionals. https://thewire.in/health/its-a-bad-idea-to-outright-reject-bridge-courses-for-healthcare-professionals If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
Ep. 107: Regulating DNA Tech

Ep. 107: Regulating DNA Tech

2019-08-0801:00:101

DNA samples can today be used for creating a unique fingerprint or ID, for diagnosing cancer and heritable diseases, for telling you your ancestry or even paternity. The cost of sequencing the full genome of any human cost over a $100 million dollars at the start of the 21st century, and today costs just a few hundred dollars. In this backdrop of DNA sequencing technology being used for criminal, civil, medical and other purposes -- The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 has been reintroduced in the Lok Sabha. Drs Mandira Kala and Shambhavi Naik are on Episode 107 of The Pragati Podcast to tell us all about the DNA bill. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Announcement: New episodes of The Pragati Podcast will be out every Wednesday, starting next week. Shambhavi Naik is a cancer researcher turned bioscience policy researcher and entrepreneur. She is a Fellow for technology and policy at the Takshashila Institution, and the Founder of CloudKrate. Mandira Kala is the Head of Research at PRS Legislative Research, and has a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Massachussets. Suggested readings: - Bill Summary & Legislative Brief from PRS: http://prsindia.org/billtrack/dna-technology-use-and-application-regulation-bill-2019 - The DNA Bill is designed to fail, Shambhavi Naik in FirstPost: https://www.firstpost.com/india/dna-bill-is-designed-to-fail-6038751.html If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
Can India's higher education system thrive when the teaching profession has lost most of its status in society? What is necessary for India to educate millions of its citizens who turn college-going age every year? Pushkar joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 106 of The Pragati Podcast to share his thoughts. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations. Pushkar is the Director of the Goa International Centre and a political scientist with a PhD from McGill University who has taught in both India and Canada. He writes regularly on higher education for The Wire, and other publications.   If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
How has India's anti-defection law undermined democracy in the country? How do we tackle endless horse-trading of elected representatives in India? The Anti-Defection Law stifles intra-party democracy and dissent, and is also undermining the stability of elected governments. How do we fix a solution that has grown bigger than the problem? Alok Prasanna Kumar returns to Episode 105 of The Pragati Podcast helps us understand this constitutional crisis, and a big political challenge for Karnataka in particular, as well. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Alok Prasanna Kumar is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, a former Supreme Court lawyer and co-host of Ganatantra Podcast Anupam Manur is an economist at the Takshashila Institution who works on employment, market regulations and trade, as well as a frequent guest on the show. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
The Government of India has announced that it will start issuing Overseas Sovereign Bonds, thereby allowing the government to borrow in dollars from foreign lenders. With falling savings rates in India and the little money available to the private sector to borrow locally, is this a solution that can help kickstart the economy? Or are dollar bonds like a drug, addictive and ruinous over time? Anupam Manur returns to Episode 104 of The Pragati Podcast to tell us how dollar bonds would affect the Indian economy. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Anupam Manur is an economist at the Takshashila Institution who works on employment, market regulations and trade, as well as a frequent guest on the show. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.   Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
India was one of the founding members of the United Nations, but as a colony of the British Empire. Almost 75 years later, the UN has shaped international relations as we know it. The UN has played pivotal roles in completing decolonisation across the world, shaping the legal use of seas and oceans by all nations, and much more. Ameya Naik returns to The Pragati Podcast to talk about the United Nations and its role in global governance. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Ameya Naik is a non-resident Associate Fellow at the Takshashila Institution. Ameya has been on The Pragati Podcast before, to talk about sovereignty in Episode 42, about nuclear agreements with Iran and North Korean in Episodes 51 and 52, and about the Syrian Civil War in Episode 62. If you want to learn more about India's early engagement with the United Nations, you can try Manu Bhagavan's book The Peacemakers: India and the Quest for One World. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
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Comments (42)

Manjunatha Bhatta

Bad audio in a podcast is like a restuarant serving food on a crappy plate. it doesn't matter how great the food is.

Aug 29th
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sushil shanbhag

great informative episode! good stuff pavan & pranay!

Aug 27th
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Chetan Paul

sushil shanbhag oh!

Sep 11th
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Deepak T

A good discussion.. Valid suggestions..

Aug 18th
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Dee Mash

Can you guys please improve the audio quality? Listening to it on 2x is jarring and uncomfortable.

Aug 18th
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Joanna Francis

Dee Mash yes...😓😒

Aug 19th
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Sheik Muhideen

This episode was riveting (despite the duration!). Thanks for the content.

Jun 17th
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Pavan Srinath

Sheik Muhideen Thank you so much!

Jun 18th
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ashutosh pandey

Loved the episode.. More power to you 👍👍

Jun 1st
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Pavan Srinath

ashutosh pandey Thank you so much, Ashutosh!

Jun 7th
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hemal shah

Thanks for various highlights. 1. Section 144 2. How TRAI is regulating and it's role 3. Shutdown is not a solution. and many more points are covered. Various sites are blocked but what about web series. There is no regulation.Many web series are using adult content and slang language.

Apr 25th
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ashutosh pandey

Very good episode..

Apr 11th
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rishi kesh

Great episode! Loved every bit of it

Apr 2nd
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Pavan Srinath

rishi kesh Thank you, Rishi!

Apr 5th
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Keshav Prabhat

Good Insights pavan. Also please do an episode regarding 'Policing in India'.

Mar 29th
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Ajai Music

Keshav Prabhat very good podcast thanks keshav for sharing

Apr 11th
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Pavan Srinath

Keshav Prabhat Thank you, Keshav. And that's a great suggestion.

Apr 5th
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Rajat Raj Yaduvanshi

It would be great if you can bring back Hamsini Hariharan as co-host, please

Feb 16th
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Rajat Raj Yaduvanshi

Rajat Raj Yaduvanshi sure,I have find it

Apr 7th
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Pavan Srinath

Pavan Srinath Hi Rajat, do check out Hamsini's new show States of Anarchy. It's now up and out every week!

Apr 7th
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K Muzaffar

Awesome

Jan 31st
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Pavan Srinath

K Muzaffar Thank you!

Feb 25th
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K Muzaffar

please make more episodes like this one.

Jan 7th
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Pavan Srinath

K Muzaffar Thank you, Muzaffar!

Jan 12th
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K Muzaffar

awesome work

Jan 7th
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ashutosh pandey

Loved the episode...

Jan 2nd
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Pavan Srinath

ashutosh pandey Thank you, Ashutosh!

Jan 12th
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Sai Chavali

another amazing episode with ep71! Real story is that the Indian forces saved 800+ lives while we werent prepared as a nation to save the 161+ lives that we lost (mostly in the first hour)!

Dec 5th
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Pavan Srinath

Sai Chavali Thank you, Sai! Dheeraj really provides perspective on how to think about what happened.

Dec 21st
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Sai Chavali

loved ep65 as it was practical advice for Indians sick of the Bullshit from TOI and many national newspapers. Will spread the good word on TheNewsMinute

Oct 23rd
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Pavan Srinath

Sai Chavali TNM is fantastic. There's still some honest journalism out there. And I'd say, some great journalists across various media houses.

Oct 24th
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Sheik Muhideen

Thanks for the quality conversations, guys.

Aug 17th
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Pavan Srinath

Sheik Muhideen Thank you so much, Sheik Muhideen. Glad you liked the episode.

Oct 20th
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Milan Ajay

Amazing episode!

Jul 23rd
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Pavan Srinath

Milan Ajay Thank you, Milan!

Oct 20th
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ashutosh pandey

Superb episode Loved it

Jul 2nd
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Pavan Srinath

ashutosh pandey Thanks Ashutosh. I'm lucky to have a fantastic guy like Anupam as my colleague. Do check out other episodes with him as a guest.

Oct 20th
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