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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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V Ravichandar returns to The Pragati Podcast to talk about the dire need to create more public spaces and social infrastructure in Indian cities. He talks to host Pavan Srinath on Episode 149 about the role that governments, citizens, and the city elite can play in making urban lives richer.Ravichandar is the Honorary Director of the Bangalore International Centre and Chairman, Feedback Consulting. He has been active in urban reforms and governance for the last two decades, most recently as a part of the 3-member Government Expert Committee tasked with reimaging governance and administration for Bengaluru. Apart from his role at the Bangalore International Centre, Ravi helped start the Bangalore Literature Festival, the Chennai International Centre, and other public-oriented initiatives.Disclaimer: Host Pavan Srinath works with Ravi and the Bangalore International Centre in running the BIC Talks Podcast.Since Episode 143, The Pragati Podcast has been releasing interactives episodes with in-audio links, polls, references, and more that go beyond the usual podcast experience. Listen to the episode on the IVM Podcasts Android App, the Adori iOS App, or from www.tiny.cc/pragati149 for the full experience. You can access all links and references within the app or web players.For further listening:Pragati Podcast #95: Working with Government: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/5/9/ep-95-working-with-government
Shipra Deo and Devendra Damle talk to host Pavan Srinath about the long struggle for women to secure property rights and land ownership in India. On Episode 148 of The Pragati Podcast, they discuss what progress has been made over the last century, and the vast pending scope of legal and societal challenges.Shipra Deo is the Director of Women's Land Rights, India, at Landesa, and Devendra Damle is a consultant researcher at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP).Don't miss Narayan Prasad's brief update on IN-SPACe and India's space reforms during the break, of developments since Episode 144 of The Pragati Podcast.Since Episode 143, The Pragati Podcast has been releasing interactives episodes with in-audio links, polls, references, and more that go beyond the usual podcast experience. Listen to the episode on the IVM Podcasts Android App, the Adori iOS App, or from tinyurl.com/pragati148 for the full experience. You can access all links and references within the app or web players.For further listening:Pragati Podcast #143 Land and Reforms in India, with Shekhar Shah and Pranab Ranjan Choudhary. https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/8787/land-and-reforms-in-2020/For all feedback, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdeadFollow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragatiThe Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).
Dr. Gullapalli N Rao, Founder of the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, talks about human vision, eye health, and the transformation of eye care in India on Episode 147 of The Pragati Podcast.Dr. Rao talks to host Pavan Srinath about how myopia is a growing challenge across the world and in India. They discuss how India's opthalmological practice leads the rest of healthcare in various aspects, how eye care in metropolitan India is now comparable to anywhere in the world, and explore how eye care can be made affordable for all Indians across the country.Dr. Gullapalli Nageswara Rao is Founder and Chairman of the L V Prasad Eye Institute, which he started in Hyderabad in 1987. Returning to India after a successful career in the United States as an academic ophthalmologist, Dr. Rao and other leaders across South India helped revolutionize the quality and access to eye care across cities and states. Dr. Rao continues to be an active researcher and a key advocate of affordable eye care and prevention of blindness in India, and across the world. He was honored with a Padma Shri in 2002, and was elected to the Ophthalmology Hall of Fame in 2017 by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.Since Episode 142, The Pragati Podcast is now available in a new rich and interactive format that goes beyond the audio, and enables listeners to explore contextual links, take polls, and more. Visit tinyurl.com/pragati147 and listen to this episode on your web or mobile browser, on or the IVM Podcasts Android App or the Adori iOS App for the full experience.For all feedback, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdead .Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragati . The Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).
Ameya Naik and host Pavan Srinath discuss long-overdue police reforms and provide a primer on how to reimagine policing in India in the 21st century, on The Pragati Podcast.Ameya and Pavan record Episode 146 of The Pragati Podcast, at a time when there are daily reports of police brutality on minorities and peaceful protestors in the Black Lives Matter movement. Meanwhile in India, the lathi remains the default instrument of policing during the COVID-19 pandemic and during India's stringent lockdowns. This comes on the heels of many reports of excessive use of force against protestors of the CAA and NRC in late 2019 and early 2020.Ameya Naik is trained in law, public policy, pyschology and diplomacy, and is a recurring guest on The Pragati Podcast as well as a friend of the show. Ameya is a non-resident Associate Fellow at the Takshashila Institution and wears many other hats besides thatSince Episode 142, The Pragati Podcast is now available in a new rich and interactive format that goes beyond the audio, and enables listeners to explore contextual links, take polls, and more.Visit tinyurl.com/pragati146 and listen to this episode on your web or mobile browser, on or the IVM Podcasts Android App or the Adori iOS App for the full experience.Suggested reading & listening:1. Articles and reports discussed in the episode: tinyurl.com/pragati1462. Previous episodes of Pragati featuring Ameya Naik: thinkpragati.com/tag/ameya-naik/3. Pragati Podcast #61: Why do we elect Criminals? ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/tag/vaishnav4. Pragati #141: A 21st Century Justice Platform for India: ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2020/6/10/ep-141-a-21st-century-justice-platform-for-india5. Pragati #114: A Bottom-Up Look at India's Judiciary: ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/10/2/ep-114-a-bottom-up-look-at-indias-judiciary6. Pragati #131: The Supreme Court of in 2020: ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2020/3/11/ep-131-the-supreme-court-in-2020For all feedback, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdeadFollow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragatiThe Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).
Neuroscientist and Science Communicator Shruti Muralidhar is on Episode 145 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about the challenges of science publishing and science communication in 2020. Shruti also talks to host Pavan Srinath about how Scicomm can be transformed in India.Announcement: The Pragati Podcast will now be releasing new episodes every Thursday morning, India time. The Pragati Podcast is also now available in a new rich and interactive format that goes beyond the audio, and enables listeners to explore contextual links, take polls, and more. Listen to this episode on the IVM Podcasts Android App at https://ivm.today/android , Adori IOS app at tinyurl.com/adoriapp , or listen in on your browser at tinyurl.com/pragati145 for the full experience.Shruti Muralidhar (@polybiotique) is a neuroscientist and science communicator. By day, Shruti works on learning and memory as a postdoctoral researcher at the Picower Institute at MIT. She is a founding member of IndSciComm along with Abhishek Chari, and IndSciComm is a collective formed to improve scientific awareness in India and help Indian researchers interact with the public. Learn more at https://indscicomm.blog/Read Shruti's policy memo outlining urgent points of action to improve science communication in India: https://indscicomm.blog/2020/07/12/scicomm-policy-memo-for-stip-2020/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/thinkpragatiThe Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).
Space Law scholar Dr Ranjana Kaul and space entrepreneur Narayan Prasad discuss space reforms and the recent Indian IN-SPACe announcement with host Pavan Srinath on Episode 144 of The Pragati Podcast.On June 24, the Cabinet of the Govt of India met to approve the setting up of IN-SPACe, Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre. This has been heralded as historic space reforms in India. Ranjana and Narayan discuss what we know about IN-SPACe so far, the role of the private sector in space, what space reforms are necessary for India.Like Episode 143 of The Pragati Podcast with Kartik Parija (tinyurl.com/pragati143), this is a new, interactive episode that goes beyond the regular audio experience. A request for all listeners: please try listening to the episode on the IVM Podcast App, the Adori iOS app, or on your desktop or mobile browser to get a rich, interactive experience. Regular listening on your preferred podcast app remains the same, and you can switch any time.Download the IVM Podcasts Android App at: https://ivm.today/android , Adori IOS app at tinyurl.com/adoriapp , or listen in on your browswer at tinyurl.com/pragati144 .Dr. Ranjana Kaul is Partner in Dua Associates, a leading law firm in India. She specializes in the international law of outer space and related national policies and regulations applicable to space sector and downstream space technology business verticals. She is an affiliate of the International Institute of Space Law, Paris; Space & Satellite Professional International (India), and Women in Aviation International (India).Dr. Narayan Prasad (@cosmosguru) is a co-founder at https://satsearch.co, a global marketplace for space supported and incubated by the European Space Agency. He is the host of the NewSpace India Podcast, and also serves as a Partner to SpacePark Kerala, a Government of Kerala initiative to develop a dedicated space activities hub 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/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
Podcasts are a modern, new medium for most of us in India, but is the underlying technology stuck in the 2000s? Can we reimagine podcasts as a potentially more interactive medium in 2020? Kartik Parija of Adori Labs joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 143 of The Pragati Podcast to both tell us and show us how.This is a special, experimental episode that goes beyond the regular audio. A request for all listeners: please try listening to the episode on the IVM Podcast App, the Adori iOS app, or on your desktop or mobile browser to get a rich, interactive experience. Listening on your regular podcast app is still possible, and you can switch later too.Download the IVM Podcast App at: ivm.today/android ,Adori IOS app at tinyurl.com/adoriapp ,Listen in on your browswer at tinyurl.com/pragati142 .Disclaimer: Kartik Parija is the co-founder of Adori Labs, which powers IVM Podcasts and The Pragati Podcast. IVM is a customer of Adori Labs, and a part of Adori's Early Access program.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/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
What land reforms does India need in 2020? How can we think about property rights, and a complicated legislative history and ground reality in India?Shekhar Shah and Pranab Ranjan Choudhury give host Pavan Srinath a masterclass on land and reform on Episode 142 of The Pragati Podcast. They discuss what constitutes property ownership in India, what land reforms have meant between the 1950s and 1980s in India, and what they can mean in 2020. The discussion spans rural land conflicts, weak land record systems, the challenges faced by Adivasis and tribal groups being denied their legitimate rights, land acquisition, the growth of private industries, and more.Dr Shekhar Shah is an Economist and the Director General of NCAER (@NCAER), the National Council for Applied Research in New Delhi. As a part of their Land Policy Initiative, they released the first edition of a Land Records Services Index in February 2020 and ranked Indian states and union territories. Learn more at http://www.ncaer.org/NLRSI/index1.htmlMr Pranab Ranjan Choudhury (@prchoudhury) works with the Centre for Land Governance in Odisha, and has worked for over 18 years on natural resources management and land governance across India. Read more about his work at http://centerforland.org/prchoudhury/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/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
Podcasts are all about voices and conversations, but how did India's own voice-over industry evolve? This is a rebroadcast of Episode 83 of Pragati Podcast, where pioneering voice artists Shammi Narang and Dishant Narang share their personal journey from the early days of radio ads in India to the rapidly growing industry that is voice-acting today.Shammi and Dishant Narang run Pindrop Media in New Delhi, and Shammi Narang is the Hindi voice of all Metro rail services in India today. Starting his voice career with Voice of America Hindi in the 1970s, he is a celebrated Doordarshan anchor from the 1980s, and has been a leader in the voice-over industry in India since then.If you have any questions or comments, write to us at podcast@thinkpragati.com, or talk to our host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter. We would love to hear from you.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/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
Leah Verghese and Surya Prakash from Daksh India talk to host Pavan Srinath about how a 21st-century justice platform can transform access to justice for Indians.In 2020, it is impossible for migrant workers who have gone back to their home states to go to court over unpaid salaries and wages. It is impractical for a startup to file a civil case to recover pending payments from a large company. India is also an outlier country where in many states, there are more criminal cases than civil cases in district courts.On Episode 141 of The Pragati Podcast, Leah and Surya discuss how torturous it is for people to seek legal remedies in India in 2020, how digitisation and ICT efforts have fared thus far. They then present how a truly modern justice system can be envisaged, where a legal recourse is accessible, inexpensive, faster and better for all Indians.Leah Verghese is Research Manager, and Surya Prakash BS is Fellow & Programme Director, at Daksh India, a Bangalore-based nonprofit that works on judicial reform. Daksh recently published whitepaper series on developing a 'Next Generation Justice Platform', which imagines a new way of dispensing civil and criminal justice in India. More details at: https://dakshindia.org/next-generation-justice-platform/Also listen to:Pragati Podcast #114: A Bottom-Up Look at India's Judiciary: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/10/2/ep-114-a-bottom-up-look-at-indias-judiciaryPragati Podcast #131: The Supreme Court in 2020: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2020/3/11/ep-131-the-supreme-court-in-2020Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod &Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati &Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
Can India's courts protect the country's environment? The Pragati Podcast revisits the topic on World Environment Day 2020 with returning guest and Supreme Court Lawyer Ninad Laud.Ninad was previously on Episode 73 of The Pragati Podcast to discuss the legal history of environmental challenges in India from the 1990s to 2018. This episode includes sections of Episode 73, which explore how well Public Interest Litigations and the National Green Tribunal have done justice to environmental causes in India.Ninad Laud returns on Episode 140 to talk to host Pavan Srinath about how has the National Green Tribunal, India's premier adjudicating body on environmental issues, has changed in the last few years. They also discuss a recent Environmental Impact Assessment Notification released during the nation-wide lockdown, in March 2020.If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, or talk to our host Pavan at @zeusisdead on Twitter. We would love to hear from you.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/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
Dr. M.R. Rajagopal of Pallium India talks to host Pavan Srinath about Palliative care, what it means and how we can ease suffering and pain across India, on Episode 139 of The Pragati Podcast.Palliative care focuses on quality of life of patients, especially those facing life-threatening illnesses, with a focus on treating pain, alleviating suffering and managing other challenges. Palliative care is a distant priority in India, where even primary and preventive care take a back-seat to curative, hospital-centric, and disease-oriented treatment.India has changed its draconian laws that have prevented deserving patients from accessing pain medication like Morphine, but the changes remain in theory, and inexpensive opioid pain relief remains a distant dream for most Indians, often in the name of preventing abuse.Dr. M.R. Rajagopal is the founder-chairman of Pallium India and director of Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences, which is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Policy on Access to Pain Relief. Dr. Rajagopal has worked through the length of his career to establish palliative care and its importance in India, provide relief to innumerable Indians both directly and indirectly. He was honoured with a Padma Shri by the Republic of India in 2018 for his efforts. Visit https://palliumindia.org/ to learn more.If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
India's news houses are in crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdown, the dwindling circulation of print newspapers, and the loss of advertising revenue have all created a perfect storm for an already ailing news industry in India.With press freedom rankings continuing to be abysmal and business-as-usual no longer working, what would it take to launch a truly mobile-first, online-only news enterprise that can be financially independent and do good journalism?Prem Panicker joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 138 of The Pragati Podcast to share what it takes to do this in 2020. Starting in 1995-96, Prem had helped build Rediff.com into an online news website at a time when only a few hundreds of people in India had working computers connected to the internet.Prem is a journalist and an editor, who has worked at several print and online news houses, including Rediff, India Abroad, and as the Managing Editor for India at Yahoo! Prem also founded www.peepli.org, for deep reporting on environmental, water, climate change and refugees' issues.Prem is on twitter at @prempanicker and writes regularly at prempanicker.wordpress.com.Also listen to journalist Krishna Prasad on the state of Indian news media today over at BIC Talks: www.tinyurl.com/bictalks-kpIf you have any questions or comments, write to us at podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
Nearly a hundred vaccine candidates are being developed across the world. Award-winning medical scientist, Dr Gagandeep Kang talks to host Pavan Srinath about the development of vaccines, ongoing efforts on COVID-19, and the challenges of developing immunity and resistance against the virus, on Episode 137 of The Pragati Podcast.This episode is a rebroadcast of Episode 8 of Bangalore International Centre's BIC Talks Podcast. Pavan is a consultant for BIC Talks, and also hosts this episode. Visit https://bangaloreinternationalcentre.org/watch-listen-read/audio/ to find all episodes of BIC Talks, and you can subscribe to BIC Talks on all podcast apps.Dr. Gagandeep Kang is the Executive Director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute. She is a key contributor to the understanding of diarrhoeal diseases, rotavirus epidemiology and vaccinology, and is the Vice Chair for the Coalition of EpidemicPreparedness and Innovations.If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
The SARS-COV-2 virus started infecting humans in Wuhan in late 2019. How has the virus mutated and evolved so far? With 1-2 mutations occurring per month, researchers are now seeing a clade or a sub-type of the virus: A2a, becoming more common in COVID-19 infections across the world.Partha Majumder, NIdhan Biswas and their colleagues at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics have done seminal work on analyzing the mutations and evolution of the SARS-COV-2 virus so far.Partha Majumder, one of India's foremost researchers in statistical genomics and human genome variation, joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 136 of The Pragati Podcast to explain how to study viral evolution and understand the latest research on how SARS-COV-2 has mutated and evolved till date.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talk show on public affairs, economics, and international relations, hosted by Pavan Srinath.Dr. Partha Pratim Majumder is the Founder and a Distinguished Professor at the National Institute for Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) at Kalyani, West Bengal, and is currently the President of the Indian Academy of Sciences.His latest research on SARS-COV-2:1. Biswas, N and Majumder, PP. Analysis of RNA Sequences of 3636 SARS-CoV-2 Collected from 55 Countries Reveals Selective Sweep of One Virus Type. Indian Journal of Medical Research. (In Press, April 28, 2020)Bhattacharya, C. et al. Global Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Subtype with Spike Protein Mutation D614G is Shaped by Human Genomic Variations that Regulate Expression of TMPRSS2 and MX1 Genes. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.04.075911v1 (Preprint, May 05, 2020)Partha's NIBMG profile: https://www.nibmg.ac.in/?q=content/ppm1-researchGoogle Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=DUSA2ywAAAAJ&hl=enIf you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & 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 health and healthcare systems ramp up on mission mode to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic? What should we know about India's messy public and private healthcare systems before we think about a pandemic response?Yamini Aiyar discusses what India can do and how, on Episode 135 of The Pragati Podcast.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations. hosted by Pavan Srinath.Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Delhi. Her research interests are in the field of social policy and development. In 2008, Yamini founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR, which has done pioneering work on governance, state capacity and social policy in India, and pioneered a new approach to tracking public expenditures. She is on Twitter at @AiyarYamini.Further reading & listening:1. [Podcast] Yamini Aiyar and Jishnu Das on health systems challenges and COVID-19. https://cprindia.org/news/8561[Article] COVID-19: Centre and states must work together. https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/covid-19-centre-and-states-must-work-together/story-UFuvvR18MU54lzsIF3FkYJ.html[Article] COVID-19 will test, reshape the state. https://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/covid-19-will-test-reshape-the-state/story-IG0R8swKTZ1vO9FBEd1tIJ.html[Research] Jishnu Das and Jeffrey Hammer on the Quality of Public & Private healthcare in Delhi. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=610346[Research] Hammer, Aiyar and Samji on Panchayati Raj institutions and health services. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/108011468042305807/Bottoms-up-to-the-role-of-Panchayati-Raj-Institutions-in-health-and-health-services[Research] Das et al on healthcare provider training and huge quality gaps in urban and rural India. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/108011468042305807/Bottoms-up-to-the-role-of-Panchayati-Raj-Institutions-in-health-and-health-servicesIf you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
How can India make the most of the nation-wide lockdown to contain the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic? How can India rapidly ramp up testing and diagnostics? How can India's governments, private sector and civil society come together to halt the further spread of this highly contagious disease?Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw talks to V Ravichandar of the Bangalore International Centre and host Pavan Srinath about COVID-19 on Episode 134 of The Pragati Podcast.This episode is a rebroadcast of Episode 1 of the BIC Talks Podcast by the Bangalore International Centre.Bangalore International Centre is a an inclusive platform for informed conversations, arts and culture, and is a much-needed public space in the city of Bangalore. The BIC Talks Podcast is a bi-weekly show that will foster discussions, dialogue, ideas, cultural enterprise and more.Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the Founder and Chairperson of Biocon and is a pioneering Biotech and Healthcare specialist in India. V Ravichandar is the honorary director of the Bangalore International Centre.Learn more about the BIC Talks Podcast and listen to all episodes at https://bangaloreinternationalcentre.org/watch-listen-read/audio/Suggested Listening:Pragati Podcast #133: Modeling the Spread of Epidemics, with Srini Venkatramanan. https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcastThale-Harate Kannada Podcast #61: ಕೊರೋನ - ವೈದ್ಯ. A Private Practitioner & COVID-19, with Dr Srinand Srinivas. https://ivmpodcasts.com/harate-kannada-podcast-episode-list/2020/3/19/ep-61-a-private-practitioner-amp-covid-19BIC Talks Podcast #2: Ramping up India's COVID-19 Testing, with Vijay Chandru. https://bangaloreinternationalcentre.org/audio/ramping-up-indias-covid-19-testing/If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
How are infectious diseases and pandemics modeled? How can we model and estimate the spread of Influenza or Coronavirus Disease 2019? And most importantly, how can disease modeling help us design effective interventions that contain the spread of a pandemic like COVID-19?Srini Venkatraman of the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia joins us on Episode 133 of The Pragati Podcast.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.Srini Venkatramanan is a research scientist at the Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia. Hailing from Chennai, Srini did his PhD at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. At the Biocomplexity Institute, he uses mathematical and computational models of human societies to study the spread of infectious diseases and ways to control them. You can reach on Twitter at @sriniv_venkat, and find his research on Google Scholar.Suggested Links:1. Using data-driven agent-based models for forecasting emerging infectious diseases (2018). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1755436517300221The Future of Influenza forecasts. (2019) https://www.pnas.org/content/116/8/2802Modelling Disease Outbreaks in realistic urban social networks. (2004) http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2009-08UVM-300/docs/others/2004/eubank2004a.pdfBiocomplexity Institute's COVID-19 Dashboard. https://covid19.biocomplexity.virginia.edu/If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
Close to 200,000 people across 160 countries have been affected by COVID-19 or Coronavirus Disease 2019, and this has happened in just about three months. As of March 18, 2020, India has confirmed 148 cases of COVID-19 and three people have died so far.Vidya Krishnan joins Episode 132 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about the pandemic and how India has been responding to COVID-19 so far. This episode was recorded on March 17, 2020.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.Vidya Krishnan is a health journalist based in Goa. Her first book, on the rise of antibiotic resistance and the threat to global health security, is slated to be published in 2020. Vidya has been reporting on COVID-19 for The Caravan, and you can find all her published articles here.Do read:Mar 13: Public-health experts raise concerns about India’s restricted testing for COVID-19 (https://caravanmagazine.in/health/public-health-experts-raise-concerns-about-india-restricted-testing-covid-19)Mar 14: WHO categorises India as having local transmission of Coronavirus, but government downplays it(https://caravanmagazine.in/health/who-declares-local-transmission-of-coronavirus-in-india)Mar 16: Lack of testing kits, understaffed hospitals: COVID exposes India’s crumbling healthcare system (https://caravanmagazine.in/health/lack-testing-kits-understaffed-hospitals-covid-exposes-india-crumbling-healthcare-system)If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
Two years ago, four senior judges of the Supreme Court of India held an unprecedented press conference to tell the public that there was an ongoing crisis in the Supreme Court of India. Since then, one of the four judges even went on to become the Chief Justice of India. How does the Supreme Court of India, both the highest appellate court and the highest constitutional court in the country, fare today?Alok Prasanna Kumar returns to Episode 131 of The Pragati Podcast helps us understand what has broken down in one of India's most vital institutions.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath (https://twitter.com/zeusisdead)Alok Prasanna Kumar (https://vidhilegalpolicy.in/alok-prasanna/) is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, a former Supreme Court lawyer and co-host of Ganatantra Podcast.Also check out:Pragati Podcast #105: The Anti-Defection Law. (https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/7/25/ep-105-the-anti-defection-law)Pragati Podcast #27: The Supreme Court in Crisis. (https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2018/1/18/ep-27-the-supreme-court-in-crisis)If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/in/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/id1228156028?mt=2), Saavn (https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/the-pragati-podcast/1/FnNydIp,yaI_), Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/6JgBw5GZFOmUWGeaN4RZsl), Castbox (https://castbox.fm/channel/The-Pragati-Podcast-id533119?country=in), Google Podcasts (https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL3RoZXByYWdhdGlwb2RjYXN0Lml2bS5saWJzeW5wcm8uY29tL3Jzcw), AudioBoom (https://audioboom.com/channel/the-pragati-podcast), YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSKyotZqJHk&list=PLcBVsra3A46rdbOES7GtpX10VYeJjBQZ4) or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
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ashutosh pandey

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K Muzaffar

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Manjunatha Bhatta

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Gautam Kanungo

great broad sweep of our economy. keep it going, Pavan.

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ashutosh pandey

Loved the episode 👍👍👍

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vishavjeet chauhan

Finally I got a clear explanation of the law and process. Thanks

Jan 12th
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Pratap Nair

This was an excellent episode which clearly explains the NRC process.

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Prajyot Chopda

The speaker doesn't know the facts and definitely the market. Historically, rupee depreciation is less than the interest rate differtially and corporates just don't borrow in international market bcoz there is no room in domestic market. I wasted my time listening this podcast.

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Prajyot Chopda

very naive ....you guys dont understand the meaning of budget and uncertainty and talks all crap.

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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.

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great informative episode! good stuff pavan & pranay!

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Deepak T

A good discussion.. Valid suggestions..

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Dee Mash

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

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Sheik Muhideen

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

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ashutosh pandey

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