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All public policies -- indeed, all actions by humans -- have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended, and visible; and unintended consequences, which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions.

Presented by Amit Varma (a journalist for a decade-and-a-half, and winner of the prestigious Bastiat Prize for journalism in 2007 and 2015 -- the only person to win it twice), the show takes on a specific public policy in every episode, and dissects its seen and unseen effects. For example: the ban on surge pricing by Uber in Delhi. What is seen is that Uber no longer costs so much; what is unseen is that you cannot get an Uber at all, because of the scarcity that is a direct result of the price control. The host explains the economic reasoning at work, and talks to an expert who breaks it down further.

The host will have a panel of experts at his disposal, from a variety of disciplines, and will speak to a relevant expert in every episode. Subjects covered will range from broad ones like the state of education in India, to narrower ones like the banning of 'victimless crimes' like prostitution and gambling.
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Kashmir is in lockdown, and Article 370 is history. What does this mean for Kashmir -- and for India? Historian Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 134 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the historical, geopolitical, ideological and moral questions at the heart of the Kashmir problem. Also check out: War and Peace in Modern India -- Srinath Raghavan The Geopolitics of the Bangladesh War -- Episode 113 of The Seen and the Unseen. Understanding the India-Pakistan Conflict -- Episode 111 of The Seen and the Unseen. Uncle Sam in South Asia -- Episode 93 of The Seen and the Unseen. We Won’t Need To Fight A War If We Can Win The Peace -- Amit Varma. The Article 370 Amendments: Key Legal Issues -- Gautam Bhatia Article 370: A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir -- AG Noorani A People's Constitution -- Rohit De The Generation of Rage in Kashmir -- David Devadas This episode is powered by Storytel: https://www.storytel.com/in/en/ Use the link storytel.com/ivm to get a 30 day free trial as opposed to a 14 day free trial. 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
Ep. 133: Fighting Fake News

Ep. 133: Fighting Fake News

2019-08-1201:46:537

We live in a world besieged by falsehood -- but there is a growing resistance movement. Pratik Sinha of Alt News joins Amit Varma in episode 133 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about disinformation, misinformation and why the truth will prevail. Also check out: Alt News Truth of Gujarat India Misinformed -- Pratik Sinha and co-authors The Alt News App for Android The Facts Do Not Matter -- Amit Varma Public Opinion -- Walter Lippmann This episode is powered by Storytel: https://www.storytel.com/in/en/ Use the link storytel.com/ivm to get a 30 day free trial as opposed to a 14 day free trial. 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
Ep. 132: Women at Work

Ep. 132: Women at Work

2019-08-0501:58:076

There is a crisis in India today. There are not enough women taking up paying jobs -- and their unpaid labour at home continues to be taken for granted. Journalist Namita Bhandare joins Amit Varma in episode 132 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about the state of women in India today. Also check out: Namita Bhandare's homepage. Namita Bhandare in the Hindustan Times. Why Indian Workplaces Are Losing Women -- Namita Bhandare (The IndiaSpend series) Namita Bhandare at Sheroes. Metrics of Empowerment -- Episode 88 of The Seen and the Unseen The Importance of #MeToo -- Episode 90 of The Seen and the Unseen An Economist Looks at #MeToo -- Episode 92 of The Seen and the Unseen Frailty, Thy Name is Public Policy -- Devika Kher The Girl From Haryana (https://indiauncut.com/the-girl-from-haryana/) -- Amit Varma Men Must Step Up Now -- Amit Varma This episode is powered by Storytel: https://www.storytel.com/in/en/ Use the link storytel.com/ivm to get a 30 day free trial as opposed to a 14 day free trial. 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
Political Ideology in India Description: The usual spectrum of left and right does not apply to Indian politics. But does that mean that our politics is based on identity and patronage, and not ideology? Not quite, says political scientist Rahul Verma, as he joins Amit Varma in episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the two ideological cleavages that divide India. Also check out: Ideology and Identity -- Pradeep K Chhibber and Rahul Verma Religious Practice and Democracy in India -- Pradeep K Chhibber Religion and Ideology in Indian Society -- Episode 124 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Suyash Rai) Imagine No Possessions -- Episode 26 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan) Crime in Indian Politics -- Episode 114 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Milan Vaishnav) This episode is powered by Storytel: https://www.storytel.com/in/en/ Use the link storytel.com/ivm to get a 30 day free trial as opposed to a 14 day free trial. 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
Ep. 130: Demystifying GDP

Ep. 130: Demystifying GDP

2019-07-2201:34:4712

In recent times, the GDP has become less of an economic measure and more of a political tool. Economist Rajeswari Sengupta joins Amit Varma in episode 130 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain what the GDP is, what it is good for, what it is not good for and what the fuss over this figure in India is all about. This episode has immeasurable value. Also check out: Rajeswari Sengupta's writings. GDP – A Brief but Affectionate History -- Diane Coyle Gross Domestic Problem -- Lorenzo Fioramonti The Power of a Single Number -- Philipp Lepenies This episode is powered by Storytel: https://www.storytel.com/in/en/ Use the link storytel.com/ivm to get a 30 day free trial as opposed to a 14 day free trial. 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
Like cricket and cinema, the annual budget brought out by the central government has become a national obsession. Vivek Kaul. the Shah Rukh Khan of Economics, joins Amit Varma, the Govinda of Podcasting, in episode 129 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify the budget. Much fun is had. Blockbuster guaranteed. Also read: The Sholay Redux -- Vivek Kaul Easynomics: Why high-income tax hurts -- Vivek Kaul How ₹1.7 trillion has gone missing -- Vivek Kaul The State of Our Farmers -- Episode 86 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gunvant Patil) DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State -- Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan) All Hail Public Choice Theory -- Episode 121 of The Seen and the Unseen India's Lost Decade -- Episode 116 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Puja Mehra) Economics in One Lesson -- Henry Hazlitt (free pdf link) The Law -- Frédéric Bastiat Marginal Revolution University  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
Ep. 128: India = Migration

Ep. 128: India = Migration

2019-07-0801:48:526

India is a nation on the move, and migration is in our DNA. Economic historian Chinmay Tumbe joins Amit Varma in episode 128 of The Seen and the Unseen to present the rich history of migrations into, out of and within India. Also check out: India Moving -- Chinmay Tumbe The Story of Our Ancestors -- Episode 112 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tony Joseph) Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon -- Patanga 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
Ep. 127: Our Colorful Past

Ep. 127: Our Colorful Past

2019-07-0102:39:4715

Indian history is wild fun. Historian Manu Pillai joins Amit Varma in episode 127 of The Seen and the Unseen to regale him with stories from his latest book. The subjects discussed include caste, gender, narrative manipulation, mad elephants and men blown out of cannons. Also check out: The Courtesan, the Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin -- Manu Pillai The Deccan Before Shivaji -- Episode 98 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manu Pillai) When Gandhi was Mohandas -- Episode 104 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ram Guha) Being Mahatma -- Episode 105 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ram Guha) The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva -- Episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aakar Patel) 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
Can India ever be a sporting nation? What will it take to get there? Joy Bhattacharjya, who started up Kolkata Knight Riders, brought the u-17 Football World Cup to India and is CEO of the Pro Volleyball League, sure thinks so. He joins Amit Varma in episode 126 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his passion and vision for Indian sport. Also check out: Bindra's Wishlist (2005) -- Amit Varma Opportunity, Choice and the IPL (2008) -- Amit Varma The IPL is Here and Here Are Six Reasons to Celebrate It (2019) -- Amit Varma Netherland -- Joseph O'Neill 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
People often talk of the world of Finance as a giant casino, where sociopathic bankers gamble with the livelihoods of real people. Economist Ajay Shah joins Amit Varma in episode 125 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why this is a misconception, and why Finance is at the heart of our progress. Also check out: Why I Loved and Left Poker -- Amit Varma, from his poker column, Range Rover. Zombie Firms and Creative Destruction -- Episode 118 of The Seen and the Unseen. Futures Markets in Agriculture -- Episode 12 of The Seen and the Unseen. The Indian Financial Code Poker and Stock Markets -- Episode 47 of The Seen and the Unseen 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
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vaibhav singla

Hi, @amitvarma I am an avid listener of your podcast and really enjoyed listening to this conversation too. Even though it was a very well rounded conversation covering various historical perspectives of the Kashmir issue, I just felt it would have been a little better if the Kashmiri Pandit exodus and it's effect on all parties involved in Kashmir issue should have been discussed ( since the KP issue is and always has been frequently used by all political parties as well as armed forces for the heavy handed approach of dealing with Kashmir)

Aug 21st
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SUNEP IMSONG

By far one of the best episode in terms of the sheer scale of unseen effects that it managed to point out.

Aug 16th
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Darshana Mhatre

such an excellent episode Amit! thankyou so much.. still have teary eyes after listening

Aug 7th
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Sums

New entrant to podcasts, chanced upon your channel and liking it already. good structure and content makes my commute productive and educational

Aug 6th
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Sk hasanuzzaman

now i know why i love your podcast. i think it is Vivek not you.

Jul 19th
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Sharath Chinna

143 is 11 * 13

Jul 15th
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Deepak T

Very informative and interesting episode.. Enjoyed it..

Jul 6th
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Digesh Kumar Thakur

wow so refreshing, joy had an adventure worth the trouble, I hope our sports state improve I am surely taking my kid out to field.

Jun 27th
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Snehasish Sen

I still like the earlier idea of shorter podcasts...it was possible to listen at a go. With 2hr long podcasts, I feel I have to pause a lot and there's a lot of context switch involved. I also feel, previously the discussion used to be very focussed.

Jun 19th
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Saket Puranik

I don't agree with you Amit. There may be some points but if you are questioning the government just by not talking about lynchings and demonetisation then I would say you are biased.There are far more good things than the bad and you would have discussed.

May 29th
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Jothindra Paranji

Good talk although lengthy. Modi is silent about lynching or beating up Muslims. And that's sending wrong signals to those in the lower cadre. What would Mahatma Gandhiji have done about the situation? He would have gone on a symbolic fast to drive home his point, "Sab ke saath..." He need not be afraid of any one this time.

May 28th
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Sreejith Nambiar

I think this is like a platform to vent against Modi with some English words like tharoors and promote books good luck not for me

May 27th
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Saurabh Parmar

351/542 haha! Would like to hear this podcast now 😂

May 23rd
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Manjunatha Bhatta

This is exactly the kind of discussions we expect...thanks for bringing this.

May 16th
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Saurabh Parmar

What a crap.

May 16th
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chirag malik

With due respect, I think amit get carried away with his own opinions rather than just telling the truth. His hate for Modi makes him say or support some really very stupid things. I myself don't like Modi, but this guys takes it to extreme and I think this is the only thing I find annoying about this podcast. Otherwise really nice conversations I enjoy the insights. Listening to this since the beginning.

May 8th
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Uday Biswas

chirag malik 👍👍

May 14th
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Darshana Mhatre

excellent excellent podcast, thanks so much to Shruti and Amit!

May 8th
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Sudha Narayanan

This podcast channel seems to be nothing more than a leftist propaganda.

May 6th
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sid

Sudha Narayanan i seriously doubt most of here doesn't even know about what's socialism and captalism

May 25th
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NickyMax

Sudha Narayanan hmmm

May 23rd
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ashutosh pandey

Excellent podcast

Apr 24th
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manoj pathak

Hi Amit, I generally ignore your political commentary and listen podcast for well read opinions. I really appreciate content you are posting. Though in this episode I was completely disappointed. At some intervals, I wondered whether this podcast was about Pakistan. Just quoting few lines from Savarkar/Golwalkar to label them bigot and start bashing, seems to be more like news channel than good podcast. You spent so much time on Pakistan and Jinnah that you had to cut Upadhyay completely. Hope you do bring someone well read person to discuss this topic and present other side of story as well. All the best..!!

Apr 18th
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