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Ever wondered how automation will change the world? Maybe you puzzle over what India could do to ease traffic congestion, or how China's aircraft carriers will transform Indian Ocean geopolitics? All Things Policy, a daily podcast brought to you by the Takshashila Institution, brings you all the answers. Every weekday, our researchers break down complex economic and geopolitical ideas through the lens of current events. For everyone from the busy executive to the curious student, All Things Policy is all you'll need to understand the world (and appreciate your breakfast) better.

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Historical fiction can be a powerful tool to explore the individual people who have shaped our pasts. But why has it not caught on in India? What comprises good historical fiction, and what does it teach us about history and how we see it? Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to journalist and author Rajat Ubhaykar, author of Truck De India!: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Hindustan, about some of the most exciting and thought-provoking historical fiction they've read and the difficult themes that these books explore.You can buy Truck De India here:https://www.amazon.in/Truck-India-Hitchhikers-guide-Hindustan-ebook/dp/B07Y8R2YXYYou 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
Nearly 60% of the price you pay for petrol goes to the Union and State Governments as taxes. As petrol prices hover around Rs. 100 per litre in many cities, there is a call for bringing petrol under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane discuss the potential benefits of this and how it can be achieved.Follow Anupam Manur on Twitter - https://twitter.com/anupammanur?s=11Follow Pranay Kotasthane on Twitter - https://twitter.com/pranaykotas?s=21You 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
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference was held earlier this month and had some interesting implications for both privacy and how the company is going to operate globally. Manoj Kewalramani talks to Rohan Seth to consider what this might mean for crucial markets like India and China.Links mentioned in the podcast:https://www.amazon.in/Hatching-Twitter-Story-Friendship-Betrayal/dp/1591847087/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=hatching+twitter&qid=1623754553&sr=8-1https://amzn.to/3gopUvGFollow Rohan Seth on Twitter -https://twitter.com/thesethist/status/1341636780865454080Follow Manoj Kewalramani on Twitter - https://twitter.com/thechinadude?s=11You 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
The number of influence operations being discovered on social media platforms continues to rise sharply. As attention turns to the Indian subcontinent, Manoj Kewalramani and Prateek Waghre discuss how their effectiveness is measured and how platforms respond.Links:https://techpolicy.substack.com/p/of-the-many-influences-of-influencehttps://carnegieendowment.org/2021/04/01/how-social-media-platforms-community-standards-address-influence-operations-pub-84201https://carnegieendowment.org/2021/01/25/platform-interventions-how-social-media-counters-influence-operations-pub-83698You 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 appFollow Prateek Waghre on Twitter - https://twitter.com/prateekwaghre?s=11Follow Manoj Kewalramani - https://twitter.com/thechinadude?s=11
India's states have often followed very different trajectories. In this episode, Suman Joshi and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the performance of some states, their capacity for governance, and the challenges they face.This episode is based on the book "Despite the State: Why India Lets Its People Down and how They Cope" by M. Rajshekhar -https://www.amazon.in/Despite-State-India-Lets-People/dp/8194879019Follow Suman Joshi on Twitter - https://twitter.com/sujo2906?s=11Follow Sarthak Pradhan Twitter - https://twitter.com/psarthak19?s=11You 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
What makes a continent? Is it the tectonics of plates? Is it geographical boundaries? Is it population? Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to educator and history communicator Arjunan Ullas about the fascinating politics of the naming of continents, from the fictional lost continent of Kumari Kandam in the Indian Ocean to Russian claims that Europe is a subcontinentFollow Anirudh on Instagram: @aniryuddha, @connectedhistoriesFollow Arjun on Instagram: @geopoliticsdudeYou 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
As the world continues its vaccination drive, countries like India and South Africa have been calling for an intellectual property waiver to make vaccine manufacturing easier. This has led to a heated discussion on the purpose of intellectual property rights and whether they serve as an incentive or roadblock in such times.Rohan Seth talks about the issues involved here to Megha Guruprasad, an IPR lawyer and currently a student in the GCPP (Tech and Policy) program at Takshashila.Follow Rohan Seth on Twitter - https://twitter.com/thesethist?s=11Follow Megha Guruprasad on twitter - https://twitter.com/abmalhaar?s=11You 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
The COVID-19 pandemic in India has savagely illustrated the need to develop institutional wherewithal to prepare for future health crises. Lt  Gen Prakash Menon discusses with Ameera Rao.Check out Lt Gen Prakash Menon’s article in Deccan Herald -https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/comment/preparing-for-the-waves-992843.htmlFollow Gen Prakash Menon on Twitter :https ://twitter.com/prakashmenon51?s=11Follow Ameera Rao on Twitter :https://twitter.com/ameerarao?s=11You 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
Antitrust investigations and lawsuits against Google continue to gather steam around the world. In this episode, Rohan Seth and Prateek Waghre join Anupam Manur to discuss recent developments in France, Germany, and the US and Google’s dominance in online advertising markets.Follow Rohan Seth on Twitter -https://twitter.com/thesethist?s=11Follow Prateek Waghre on Twitter -https://twitter.com/prateekwaghre?s=11Follow Anupam Manur on Twitter  - https://twitter.com/anupammanur?s=11Links mentioned in the episode:Dina Srinvasan’s paper: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3500919Tim Hwang’s book: https://www.amazon.in/Subprime-Attention-Crisis-Advertising-Originals/dp/0374538654You 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
SWIFT is the primary electronic fund transfer mechanism for the international banking system. Some in IR academia circles see the prospects of Russia being cut off from SWIFT as a new proverbial financial iron curtain descending upon the world. Aditya Pareek joins Anupam Manur to discuss.Follow Anupam Manur on Twitter :https://twitter.com/anupammanur?s=11Follow Aditya Pareek on Twitter : https://twitter.com/cabinmarine?s=11You 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
The roots of the present tensions between India and China can be traced back to the years soon after the two emerged as modern nation-states. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani speaks to AS Bhasin about his new book Nehru, Tibet and China to understand the challenges, limitations and failures of Indian diplomacy that led to the 1962 war.Follow Manoj on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/theChinaDude)Follow AS Bhasin on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/AvtarB)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
The Indian government has reconstituted an Empowered Group on vaccination and vaccine procurement. Ameera Rao and Shambhavi Naik examine the key decisions the EG needs to take in the race to vaccinate Indians.Follow Ameera on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/AmeeraRao)Follow Shambhavi on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/TheNaikMic)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
In the years after independence, a handful of extraordinary visionaries laid the foundations for Indian science in fields ranging from space exploration to chemistry and biology. Journalist Hari Pulakkat talks to Aditya Ramanathan and Aditya Pareek about his new book, Space. Life. Matter., which chronicles the work of India's space pioneers.Follow Hari Pulakkat on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/haripulakkat)Follow Aditya Pareek on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/CabinMarine)Follow Aditya Ramanathan on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/adityascripts)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
Whatsapp and Facebook have filed a petition against the Union Government challenging the traceability requirements in the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code notified on February 25, 2021. Suchir Kalra and Atish Padhy join Prateek Waghre to discuss the possible outcomes and their consequences on the market.Link to the document: (https://takshashila.org.in/economic-implications-of-whatsapps-lawsuit-against-the-government-of-india/)Follow Prateek on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/prateekwaghre)Follow Atish on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/socratishh)Follow Suchir on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/PixelatedSuchir)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
The Communist Party of China is preparing to mark its centenary on July 1. Leading up to this, there have been a number of campaigns to shape the Party’s narrative on history, politics and ideology. Manoj Kewalramani tells Aditya Pareek what these tell us about the state of Chinese politics and Xi Jinping’s grip on power.Links mentioned in the episode:1. Eye on China Newsletter: (https://twitter.us18.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=197c284027bad313046b0e56f&id=84c4668860)2. Tracking People's Daily: (https://manoj3c2.substack.com/)3. China's New Red Guards by Jude Blanchette (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/chinas-new-red-guards-9780190605841?cc=in&lang=en&)4. Tiananmen Square by Amb. Vijay Gokhale (https://harpercollins.co.in/product/tiananmen-square/)Follow Aditya Pareek on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/CabinMarine)Follow Manoj Kewalramani on Twitter: (https://twitter.com/theChinaDude)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
As Israelis and Palestinians clash violently, are there lessons for India dealing with its own challenges? Is there a viable ‘Israeli Model’ of national security that India can adopt?. In a conversation with Ameera Rao, Pranay Kotasthane argues that Israel's experience has little to offer India and that seeking to emulate Israel's approach to strategic challenges may not help.You can follow Pranay on Twitter: @pranaykotas(https://twitter.com/pranaykotas)You can Ameera on Twitter: @AmeeraRao(https://twitter.com/AmeeraRao)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
Local legends from across Southern India reveal a great deal about the complex and syncretic histories of the region. These range from Catholic goddesses who are considered the siblings of the Tamil heroine Kannagi, to legends of the Deccan god Mallanna visiting Mecca. Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to independent researcher Vivek Joseph to unravel this tapestry of stories and what they tell us about the interactions between religions and social groups.You can follow Anirudh on social media:Twitter: @AKanisetti (https://twitter.com/AKanisetti)Instagram: @aniryuddha (https://www.instagram.com/aniryuddha/)You can follow Vivek on Instagram: @vivekjoseph__(https://www.instagram.com/vivekjoseph__/)You can follow Connected Histories on Instagram: @connectedhistories(https://www.instagram.com/connectedhistories/)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
The US and the UK have a long tradition of security cooperation against common adversaries. During the Cold War, the UK was a junior partner under the US security umbrella.However, with Brexit, Russian actions, and the rise of China, the two traditional allies are finding that some of their interests diverge. How will they manage their differences? Aditya Pareek joins Aditya Ramanathan to discuss.You can follow Aditya Pareek on Twitter: @CabinMarine(https://twitter.com/CabinMarine)You can follow Aditya Ramanathan on Twitter: @adityascripts(https://twitter.com/adityascripts)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
Since its inception, the Facebook Oversight Board has been swamped with controversy, with some believing that the board is a useful mechanism for holding Facebook’s content moderation accountable, while others claiming that it is a PR tool for legitimizing Facebook’s arbitrary decisions. In its short life cycle so far, the board has made some remarkable decisions which include the indefinite ban of former US President Donald Trump and two cases involving the freedom of expression of religious minorities in India.Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth join Atish Padhy to discuss these cases and tackle the larger fault lines that have come to define content moderation and the role of the oversight board.You can follow Prateek on Twitter: @prateekwaghre(https://twitter.com/prateekwaghre)You can follow Rohan on Twitter: @thesethist(https://twitter.com/thesethist)You can follow Atish on Twitter: @socratishh(https://twitter.com/socratishh)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
Since independence, there has been a healthy distance maintained between the armed forces and civilian institutions. But the civil-military relationship in India is slowly changing. Can the armed forces maintain their independence? Lt General Menon talks to Ameera Rao.Read Lt Gen Prakash Menon’s recent article here:https://theprint.in/opinion/indias-military-is-apolitical-but-hold-up-the-mirror-before-it-starts-fraying/655947/You can follow Lt. Gen. Prakash Menon on Twitter: @prakashmenon51(https://twitter.com/prakashmenon51)You can follow Ameera Rao on Twitter: @AmeeraRao(https://twitter.com/AmeeraRao)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
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Subhashish Dutta

Good discussion Aniruddh and Rajat. I have read the book and wasn't sure if I should still spend the time listening to the podcast but I am glad I did. I liked the parts on historical aspects of Indian trucking, the difference that you saw between trucking in the north and the south, the structure of the industry and of course the characters and their stories. Rajat - Congratulations again on the book and looking forward to the next edition. There's a point in the discussion where you talk about book recommendations on the Battle of Kohima. I'd highly recommend reading "Road of Bones" by Fergal Keane (Aniruddh - you might disagree less with Subhash Chandra Bose after reading about the conduct of the Japanese soldiers and officers, at least before they started to run out of food)

Jun 2nd
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Hiten Marathe

Felt as if podcast was sponsored by Uber and Ola

Dec 3rd
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Ashay Dalvi

It's not about the privacy issue it's about fair trade which China doesn't allow other countries app. So cut this crap of not being like another China. We shd fight it on all fronts

Jul 11th
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Manjunatha Bhatta

We all understand that these are unusual times with unusual challenges. But there is no point in coming up with a podcast episode if listeners can't listen.

Jun 26th
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Manjunatha Bhatta

RBI hinting depositors would ha have caused a run on the bank earlier.

Mar 16th
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Manjunatha Bhatta

Why two laymen are talking? I thought the idea is to have an expert. And what is Capital Adequacy again?

Mar 16th
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Anand sharma

hello guys, can you please induct Q&A from your listen and allot 5 mins of each podcast in answering those queries. thank you Anand Sharma

Mar 12th
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Manjunatha Bhatta

Eye opening..good job

Feb 12th
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Manjunatha Bhatta

It's Kyasanoor not Kainasoor. It's a place near Jog Falls, Malnad region.

Feb 12th
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Anand sharma

very comprehensive conversation :)

Feb 7th
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Vithiyapathy Purushothaman 李拯

Interesting, Impressive and Inspiring 👍👍👍

Feb 4th
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Dr Chaitanya Koduri

great podcast! I didn't know about the green revolution causing air pollution

Jan 31st
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shikha sourav

I am glad you mentioned the temporality of the process in the discussion. good discussion. thank you

May 10th
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Raghu Nandan

certainly one of the best podcasts I have listed to

May 8th
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Parul Shanker

Very nerdy, very informative and very cool. One of the best professional podcasts from the Indian policy world - I'd highly recommend!

Apr 25th
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Ravi Kumar Tiwari

this podcast is not available.

Jan 5th
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