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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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Afghanistan was all set to go to elections this summer, but Afghanistan, its State and its people are all in peril. The Taliban are now on the negotiating table with global powers, often without the presence of the legitimate government of Afghanistan. Anand Arni and Pranay Kotasthane share how Afghanistan has been faring over the past two decades on Episode 96 of the Pragati Podcast. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations, hosted by Pavan Srinath. Anand Arni is a Distinguished Fellow and Advisor at the Takshashila Institution, and retired as Special Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India. He served for over 37 years in the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency. He was a part of the hostage rescue team during the Flight IC814 hijacking crisis. Pranay Kotasthane is Fellow and Head of the Geostrategy Programme at the Takshashila Institution. Also listen to: Afghanistan before 9/11, Episode 86 of The Pragati Podcast Behind the Scenes of a Hostage Rescue Mission, Episode 70 of The Pragati Podcast 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. This episode of The Pragati Podcast is brought to you by Savaari. Savaari cabs are perfect for weekend trips out of town or a day in the city full of meetings. Savaari cabs are available in 98 Indian cities, and you can book your cab at the Savaari.comwebsite, the Savaari App or by calling 090-4545-0000. Use the coupon code IVMTravel for Rs 250 off on your next rental, and get another 300 rupees as cashback on Amazon Pay. You can also check them out on Facebook: :https://www.facebook.com/savaari/ & Instagram: Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/savaaricarrentals/
Bangalore has at least a 20 year legacy of private citizens working with city and state governments in a variety of ways. V Ravichandar symbolises that, as over the last 19 years he has worked with the government, driven change while being completely outside government, and has opposed government policies as well. V Ravichandar joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 95 of The Pragati Podcast to share his experience of working with governments, and sheds light on the challenges and constraints faced by government agencies, bureaucrats and politicians. Ravichandar is Chairman, Feedback Consulting. He was a key member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF) during 2000-04. He also help make a case for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JN-NURM). Since 2006, he has been evangelizing the idea of City Connect (now in 5 cities) involving business, civil society and government. As a part of the Bangalore City Connect, Ravi helped conceive the Tender S.U.R.E initiative, which reimagined how roads were designed in Bangalore. Ravi was also part of the 3-member Government Expert Committee tasked with reimaging governance and administration for Bengaluru. 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/
This is a rebroadcast of Episode 69 of The Pragati Podcast with Pavan Srinath. Milan Vaishnav joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 69 of The Pragati Podcast to explain elections, money and crime in India. Milan is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics. The book recently won the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book of 2017 If you have any questions for Milan or the hosts, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com and have it answered in a future episode. If you are interested in public policy or international relations, check out courses by the Takshashila Institution at takshashila.org.in/education. Several courses are starting in January 2019. Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thinkpragati/ 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/
Internet access is an essential part of many of our lives. And in 2019, there are more than 500 million broadband internet connections in the country. While celebrating this success, we also need to ask how our rights and freedoms must be protected on the internet. Net neutrality, internet shutdowns, website blocks, online censorship, and free speech are critical issues as almost all of India comes online. Apar Gupta joins host Pavan Srinath The Pragati Podcast is a weekly show on public policy, economics, and international relations. Apar Gupta is a Supreme Court Lawyer and the Executive Director of the Internet Freedom Foundation and was one of the key people behind the Save the Internet campaign. 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 new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
Ep. 93: Markets in Space

Ep. 93: Markets in Space

2019-04-1801:12:33

Space exploration was unthinkable for anyone except the US and USSR in the early 1960s. Today, students and startups can launch satellites. Narayan Prasad joins us on this episode of The Pragati Podcast to tell us about this amazing transformation of human activities in space. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Narayan Prasad joins us to share how the space economy has evolved over the last sixty years, and what's happening in India. Narayan Prasad is a co-founder at Satsearch, a global marketplace for space which is incubated by the European Space Agency. He is also an Associate Research Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute, and he helped start New Space India, where a growing group of space enthusiasts and professionals are coming together to form a community in India. 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 new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
Is it rational to vote? Is it rational for us to think about government as a benign entity? Amit Varma is back on Episode 92 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about public choice theory and how it can inform our thinking about governments and public decision-making. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Amit Varma hosts The Seen and the Unseen podcast and was at the helm of Pragati for the last two years. Suggested readings: Amit Varma's BloombergQuint column that uses public choice theory: https://www.bloombergquint.com/author/473427/amit-varma Public Choice: A Primer, by Eamonn Butler. Full text: https://iea.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/IEA%20Public%20Choice%20web%20complete%2029.1.12.pdf LFollow 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 new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
Ep. 91: Meet an Astronaut

Ep. 91: Meet an Astronaut

2019-04-0400:21:591

Do astronauts grow up dreaming of going to space? What makes human spaceflight special? Listen to astronaut and former head of NASA Charlie Bolden on Episode 91 of the Pragati Podcast. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Major General Charles Frank Bolden Jr. grew up in South Carolina during the era of segregation, and went on to become a US Marine, a pilot and then a NASA astronaut. Clocking over 680 hours in orbit around the earth, Gen Bolden piloted two Space Shuttle Missions and commanded two more between 1986 and 1994. After retiring from his military career, he was called back by Barack Obama to serve as the NASA Administrator for 8 years. He is currently the US State Department Envoy for Space, and visited Bangalore in this capacity. He is on twitter at @cboldenjr. This short episode was made possible thanks to Provoke Lifestyle, South India's Premier Lifestyle & Social Magazine and its Editor-in-Chief Rōmal Lāisram, as well as the US Consulate in Chennai. 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 new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
We hear about the all-powerful District Collector or Deputy Commissioner in every district in India, but what do they really do? How was the Government of India's first successful health insurance scheme launched? What is the relationship between civil servants and politicians? Anil Swarup talks about his stellar career as an IAS Officer on Episode 90 of The Pragati Podcast. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Mr. Anil Swarup is a former Secretary, Government of India, a retired IAS officer and the author of Not Just a Civil Servant, where he chronicles his 38 years working for Governments of India and Uttar Pradesh. In his career, Mr. Swarup has handled India's Coal auctions in the aftermath of the Coal Scam. He has served as Secretary, School Education, and while working in the Labour Ministry, helped conceive and launch the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, a government-funded health insurance scheme for poor workers and their families. Not Just a Civil Servant is available in hardcover and on Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.in/JUST-CIVIL-SERVANT-Anil-Swarup/dp/8178064790 New Podcast Alert! Hamsini Hariharan, long-time co-host of The Pragati Podcast has now started a new foreign policy podcast called States of Anarchy on the IVM Podcast Network. Available on all your favourite podcast apps. Listen to the podcast here: http://ivmpodcasts.com/states-of-anarchy 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 new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
Great science needs great journalism, and that's in short supply in India. Nandita Jayaraj and Vasudevan Mukunth talk about science journalism on Episode 89 of The Pragati Podcast. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations, hosted by Pavan Srinath. Nandita Jayaraj is the co-founder of www.thelifeofscience.com, an independent collective and a media platform focusing on women scientists in India. This includes articles, interviews and a podcast. Vasudevan Mukunth is the Science Editor for The Wire, who built the science section of The Wire from the ground up. Some suggested links: www.thelifeofscience.com Blood Ties with Suku-Shan, by Nandita Jayaraj: https://www.thehindu.com/features/magazine/blood-ties-with-sukushan/article4771801.ece Vasudevan Mukunth's writings on The Wire: https://thewire.in/author/mukunth Kannada barutta? Check out The Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast co-hosted by Pavan Srinath, with fantastic conversations on Bangalore, Karnataka and the world every Wednesday. http://ivmpodcasts.com/harate-kannada-podcast Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thinkpragati/ You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
As we enter 2019, Indians have close to 1.2 billion phone connections, and close to half a billion smartphones with 3G and 4G connections. India got here by leap-frogging over wired telephones to cellphones, and over computers directly to smartphones. Rahul Matthan returns to the Pragati Podcast to talk about what made India's telecom revolution happen. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. In this episode, Rahul and Pavan discuss how India liberalised its telecom policies step by step, allowing the sector to grow, allowing competition to thrive, and enabling millions and now close to a billion Indians to get access to cellphones and get connected with the rest of India and the world. They also discuss what policy imperatives drive telecom regulations, TRAI as a regulator, and what India's policy challenges are beyond 2019. Rahul Matthan is lawyer and Partner at Trilegal who has specialised in technology, media and telecom law in India. He has been a regular guest on the Pragati Podcast, previously appearing on Episodes 53, 54 and 64 among others, to talk about the the evolution of privacy in India and the world, and helped us unpack the Supreme Court's judgments on Aadhaar in 2018. Rahul is the author of Privacy 1.0 to 3.0: Unlocking our Data-Driven Future. Rahul has also contributed a chapter on telecom regulation in an upcoming book: Regulation in India: Design, Capacity, Performance edited by Devesh Kapur and Madhav Khosla. New Podcast Alert! Hamsini Hariharan, long time co-host of The Pragati Podcast has now started a new foreign policy podcast called States of Anarchy on the IVM Podcast Network. Available on all your favourite podcast apps. Listen to the first episode here: http://ivmpodcasts.com/states-of-anarchy You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
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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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Sai Chavali

loved the red rocket red flare latest episode as of may 12! such fascinating research that shows history is not black and white.

May 12th
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Pavan Srinath

Sai Chavali Thank you, Sai! Ram Ganesh has pieced together the history really well.

Oct 20th
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Ujjwal Seth

So important 😊

Apr 1st
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unnati bose

so good.

Jan 1st
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