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Powered By EPIC ON. Ever wondered how automation will change the world Maybe you puzzle over what India could do to ease traffic congestion, or how Chinas 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 youll need to understand the world and appreciate your breakfast better.

  • All Things Policy is Moving to IVM Podcasts!

    Hello there Thank you so much for tuning in to All Things Policy. As of the 30th of September, 2019, new episodes of the show will be produced by IVM Podcasts. Dont worry, were still going to geek out every day, and the name and cast of the show are still the same Look for All Things Policy by IVM Podcasts on your podcasting app, or head over to the link below: https://ivmpodcasts.com/allthingspolicy

  • Cryptocurrency Explained
    18 min 49 sec

    We all know what cryptocurrency is and how it can be used. But how does it really work On this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Utkarsh Narain to undertand the A to Z of cryptocurrency and blockchain.

  • On Killer Robots and Partisan Bubbles
    27 min 14 sec

    Will lethal autonomous weapon systems make future crises more dangerous And how does information gerrymandering help vested interests divide and rule populations Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss.

  • A Climate Emergency: Policy Implications and Plausible Solutions
    30 min 50 sec

    The UN General Assembly has been debating climate change, but what are the practical measures countries like India can take Manoj Kewalramani joins Pavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane to assess the options.

  • Reading The Economist: The Perils of Climate Change
    35 min 15 sec

    Whats happening in the world with changing climate Did Iran really attack Saudi Arabia And what is Netanyahus future Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Utkarsh Narain talk about all this and more in this weeks Reading the Economist.

  • Howdy Prime Minister?: Modi visits the United States
    31 min 14 sec

    Prime Minister Modi kicked off his weeklong visit to the United States with a massive event in Houston. Manoj Kewalramani, Sankalp Gurjar and Suyash Desai discuss the implications of the rally for USIndia relations and IndianAmericans.

  • An Engine of Growth Sputters
    23 min 26 sec

    With Indias automobile industry skidding off the growth path, Anupam Manur joins Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what ails the sector and what can be done about it.

  • Art Of The Deal In Kabul: A Businessman in Afghanistan
    18 min 9 sec

    With USTaliban talks frozen for now, what will it take to create a lasting peace that secures Indias interests In this special episode, Sumeer Bhasin, a businessman with deep experience in the country gives Sankalp Gurjar and Aditya Ramanathan an insiders view of the struggle for peace.

  • Setting the Desert on Fire: Attack on Saudi Oil
    27 min 9 sec

    Last weeks attack on Saudi oil facilities highlights the threat to Indias hydrocarbons supplies. Manoj Kewalramani and Sankalp Gurjar join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what the dramatic attack means for India and the region.

  • Reading The Economist: Immortality, Huawei And Apple
    31 min 24 sec

    Has Huawei made a peace offering to the US Is Silicon Valley on the brink of discovering the secret to immortality And how does our perception of people affect our judgement of them Find out this and more in today’s podcast on Reading the Economist, with Rohan Seth, Shambhavi Naik, and Pranav RS.

  • Libra Raj?
    18 min 26 sec

    How much power does the newly announced digital currency Libra give Facebook What will be the geopolitical implications To understand the fallout, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Rohan Seth and unpack the case.Rohans Oped: https://www.ozy.com/opinion/lackofcontrolwillforcecountriestosaynotolibra/96542

  • India's Podcasting Adventures
    26 min 17 sec

    What is it like to be a podcaster in India Our own podcasters Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan sit down with Amit Doshi and Kavita Rajwade, cofounders of IVM Podcasts, to find out.

  • Speedy Redressal: Massive Fines and Road Safety
    20 min 40 sec

    How would a smart policymaker tackle the problems of pollution and traffic law violations Rohan Seth, Pranay Kotasthane and Anupam Manur discuss in the context of the recently announced amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act.

  • An Indian Trade Dilemma: RCEP and its Future
    21 min 12 sec

    Negotiations for the massive AsiaPacific trade deal, RCEP, are in their final phase. Rohan Seth, Anupam Manur, and Manoj Kewalramani debate the pros and cons of the potential agreement for India.

  • Reading The Economist: Assad, AI and Mugabe
    37 min 20 sec

    Why does Bashar alAsad’s regime have a new lease of life How will militaries use artificial intelligence And what is the legacy of Robert Mugabe Manoj Kewalramani, Sankalp Gurjar and Rohan Seth talk about all this and more on this weeks edition of Reading The Economist.Sankalps article: http://tiny.cc/sankalponmugabe

  • Space, Incorporated: Private players and Indian space policy
    20 min 34 sec

    Indian regulations actively discourage private space companies. In this special episode Dr Ranjana Kaul, an expert on space law and policy, and Narayan Prasad, an entrepreneur, tell us what the country needs to do take its space capabilities into higher orbits.

  • The Future of Humanity
    21 min 42 sec

    For the first time in history, humanity can take shortcuts to the many destinations of natural evolution. On this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti talk to Ganesh Chakravarthi about Transhumanism and the future of humanity.Read Ganesh Chakravarthis essay here:https://takshashila.org.in/theevolutionofsyntheticthought/

  • On Nukes and Bystanders
    24 min 3 sec

    How does China coerce without nuclear weapons Will emerging technologies weaken existing security guarantees And why do bystanders help strangers in trouble

  • No Smoking: Banning E-Cigarettes in India
    20 min 29 sec

    The government has a draft ordinance proposing a ban on electronic cigarettes. Anupam Manur tells Rohan Seth and Aditya Ramanathan why that’s a terrible idea.

  • Reading The Economist
    23 min 19 sec

    What explains the spurt in national airlines in Africa How is the EU attempting to jumpstart its tech ecosystem How will competition between Japan and South Korea impact East Asia Anirudh Kanisetti., Pranav R.S. and Shibani Mehta discuss all this and more from this weeks edition of The Economist.

  • Political Resilience and the Chalukyas: Lessons from 11th Century India
    22 min 53 sec

    How and why do some polities endure, while others shatter Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan explore the medieval Deccan in search of answers.

  • On Nations and Power
    28 min 53 sec

    Does Iran’s space programme have a military purpose Has CPEC brought Pakistan’s provinces together And how do countries demonstrate military power in peacetime Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav RS and Aditya Ramanathan discuss.

  • Reading the Economist
    32 min 38 sec

    What is the role of private corporations in society Why is there a spike in British universities student intake And what makes leopard seals so interesting Manoj Kewalramani, Rohan Seth and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more on this weeks edition of Reading the Economist.

  • RBI's Massive Transfer
    36 min 29 sec

    The RBI recently transferred its excess reserves to the Union Government amounting to 1.76 lakh crores. Anupam Manur, Harsh Vora and Pranay Kotasthane dicsuss the sources of revenue for the RBI , its utilisation and the long term consequences of such a transfer.Puliyabaazi episode Hindi with Harsh Vora: https://ivmpodcasts.com/puliyabaaziepisodelist/2019/6/27/ep40RBI balance sheet 201718: https://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/AnnualReport/PDFs/12XIITHERESERVED8D9E3082FF445EE8EE5C45EF8ABCA92.PDF

  • How China Wins Without Fighting
    34 min 26 sec

    Chinas whole of nation approach to statecraft gives it a variety of economic and political tools with which it can further its diplomatic and military objectives. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Aditya Ramanathan.

  • Distance from Delhi: The experience of being in Bangalore
    18 min 49 sec

    What’s it like for policy wonks to work in Bengaluru instead of Delhi In this fun episode, Aditya Ramanathan talks to Prachi Misra, Rohan Seth and Utkarsh Narain about their good, bad, and plain unexpected experiences of moving.

  • Financing India's Defence
    20 min 9 sec

    The cabinet has approved changes that will allow the Fifteenth Finance Commission to set up a defence and internal security fund. But will this really help India’s police and armed forces Pranay Kotasthane and General Prakash Menon discussPranays article: https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/financecommissionsnewproblemseparatedefencefund753535.htmlDr. Govind Raos article: https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/centrewantsspecialfundsforsecurityevenasitsdefencespendongdprati

  • India Needs a Chief of Defence Staff
    28 min 55 sec

    On Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would soon have a chief of defence staff. General Prakash Menon and Nitin Pai join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss why the new appointment is critical and what more needs to be done.

  • India's Russia Conundrum
    40 min 47 sec

    Why does Russia do as Russia does Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan are joined by scholars from the Indian Council of World Affairs to understand it. Dr Indrani Talukdar and Dr Chandra Rekha discuss everything from Russias defence industry to the career of Vladimir Putin in this special episode.

  • India's Economic Slump: The indicators and possible solutions
    29 min 39 sec

    Various indicators strongly suggest India’s economy is in trouble. Pranay Kotasthane and Anupam Manur talk about India’s economic challenges and some possible solutions.

  • A Medieval Trade War
    24 min 14 sec

    The 21st century isnt the first time China has been embroiled in a trade war. 1000 years ago, the Chola dynasty of South India attacked Southeast Asia because of the Chinese economy. How Why Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss.

  • The Future of Jammu and Kashmir: The Way Forward
    33 min 25 sec

    What does the dramatic transformation of Jammu and Kashmir’s status last week mean for India Nitin Pai, General Prakash Menon and Anand Arni debate the problems, opportunities, and prospects.Takshashilas discussion document: https://takshashila.org.in/takshashiladiscussiondocumentjammukashmirthewayforward/

  • Reading The Economist: Currency wars, space debris and microeconomics
    32 min 56 sec

    A brewing SinoUS currency war, the challenge of space debris and Brexit’s impact on consumers. Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more from this weeks edition of Reading The Economist.

  • Bartering Privacy? The death of privacy and data analogies
    25 min 18 sec

    Privacy is dying. But can we use data as a bargaining chip with the tech behemoths Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth debate the options.Rohans oped: https://theprint.in/opinion/privacyisdeadsoitstimetoturndataintoabargainingchip/267743/

  • Decoding The Chinese Art Of Strategy
    27 min 48 sec

    From Confucius and Sun Tzu to Han Fei Zi, China has been home to many great strategists. In this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Dr Chao Xie about China’s strategic culture and how it impacts presentday foreign policy.

  • The Clash Of The Titans: The Trade War in China's Perspective
    26 min 36 sec

    In this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Dr Chao Xie about the USChina trade war, its implications for India, and how China perceives it.

  • Reading the Economist
    24 min 10 sec

    The burning Arctic, how China pursues diplomatic victory with chairs, the promise of making electricity from moisture, and the bloody history of the mosquito. Manoj Kewalramani, Shambhavi Naik, and Aditya Ramanathan discuss all these and more in this weeks edition of Reading the Economist.

  • The Wealth Of Nations
    23 min 41 sec

    What does the evolution of Chinas political economy have in common with European dominance of seabased trade in the 18th19th centuries They challenge our notion of what is modern, and what the future might look like. Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss.

  • The Twilight of Arms Control: The End of the INF Treaty
    18 min 30 sec

    The Cold Warera INF Treaty died this week. In its wake, we might see a new arms race fuelled by international tensions and technology. Pranav R.S. and Aditya Ramanathan talk to Anirudh Kanisetti about what the future holds and we can do about it.

  • Politics of Afghanistan: Talking to the Taliban
    22 min 32 sec

    In this episode on Politics of Afghanistan, Anand Arni and Pranay Kotasthane discuss the latest developments in the ongoing talks between the US and Taliban.

  • Witnessing China's Transformation
    41 min 51 sec

    On this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to N. Jayaram, a veteran journalist whos reported on China for decades. They talk about Chinas transformation since the 1980s, the future of Taiwan and the fate of Hong Kong.

  • Reading the Economist
    19 min 28 sec

    BoJos plans to make Britain Great, Trump devaluing the dollar and the worry about zombie trees. Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more from this weeks edition of The Economist.

  • Shaking up the Labour Market: Andhra Pradesh and its new labour reforms
    24 min 5 sec

    Andhra is seeking to reserve jobs for locals, while the Modi government is proposing modest labour reforms.India is still a long way from freeing up its labour markets. To understand the opportunity costs, Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane talk to Manoj Kewalramani.

  • The Death of Privacy: AI and Privacy concerns
    21 min 56 sec

    Artificial intelligence poses a mortal threat to the privacy of our data, but there may be some ways to ameliorate the problem. Rohan Seth, Manoj Kewalramani, and Aditya Ramanathan discuss.

  • China's Military Ambitions: The New Defense White Paper
    20 min 46 sec

    China has released its first Defense White Paper after four years, the first since its latest military reform. Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Suyash Desai unpack everything thats been said in the new document.The Defense White Paper was released on Wednesday, 24 July.

  • DNA Dilemmas: Genome Catalogue in India
    21 min 34 sec

    With Indias ambitious plans to catalogue human genomes set to get underway, Shambhavi Naik and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to unpack the opportunities and perils involved.

  • Ending an Estrangement?
    20 min 4 sec

    Does Imran Khans meeting with Donald Trump on Monday herald an upswing in USPakistan ties General Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane join Aditya Ramanathan to make sense of Khans visit and what it means for India and Afghanistan.

  • Pacific Ream: China’s Naval Base in Cambodia
    25 min 32 sec

    China has reportedly struck a secret deal to set up a naval base in Ream, Cambodia. Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what that means for India and the region.

  • Do these Genes Fit? DNA testing and congenital diseases
    17 min 11 sec

    As DNA testing becomes cheaper, more countries and societies are starting to use it to tackle congenital disorders the latest being Nigeria. How might such policies work in India Anirudh Kanisetti and Shambhavi Naik join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss.

  • The French Digital Tax: A new headache for tech giants?
    24 min 56 sec

    Is Frances recently announced the GAFA Google,Apple, Facebook, Amazontax a viable model for taxing the tech giants Is it something that India could implement Anirudh Kanisetti, Anupam Manur and Rohan Seth delve into this issue on this episode.

  • Parched Nation: Solving India's Water Crisis
    20 min 57 sec

    India can manage its chronic water crisis. But doing so will require it to out a price on water. Anupam Manur, Nitin Pai talk to Aditya Ramanathan about this issue.

  • Reading The Economist: Annoyed Penguins, Global Recession and Happiness
    30 min 6 sec

    Do travelers in Antarctica annoy penguins Is there a global recession coming And does happiness make you vote better Anupam Manur, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik talk about all this and more in this weeks reading of The Economist.

  • Sri Lanka's Uncomfortable SOFA: United States in Indian Ocean
    15 min 35 sec

    A political storm is brewing in Sri Lanka over military agreements with the United States like SOFA and ASCA. Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Aditya Ramanathan examine the causes of the controversy and its ramifications. for the region.

  • Osaka Backtrack: The new Data Regime
    25 min 33 sec

    The Osaka Track has opened new doors in data governance and localization, which has global implications. Manoj Kewalramani, Rohan Seth and Shambhavi naik discuss the American, Chinese and Indian response to the Osaka Track.Editor: Pranav R.S.

  • Access DNAed: Discussing the DNA Tech Bill
    21 min 27 sec

    The Lok Sabha is deliberating the DNA Technology Regulation Bill a legislation that, though ostensibly meant to lay down guidelines for the usage of DNA in judicial procedures, also raises serious privacy and implementation concerns. Dr Shambhavi Naik joins Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti to explore the nuances of the Bill.

  • China's Carrier Killers: The Anti Ship Missile in the South China Sea
    20 min 47 sec

    Did China test an antiship ballistic missile in the South China Sea If so, what are the larger implications Anirudh Kanisetti, Pranav R.S. and Suyash Desai discuss all this today.

  • Reading the Economist: Water Crises, Brexit and More
    33 min 59 sec

    How could the world address the water crises How is Brexit going and who are the key players in Libya today Anupam Manur, Gayatri Ganpule and Manoj Kewalramani discuss this weeks edition of The Economist

  • Inside Indian Diplomacy: A Conversation with Indrani Bagchi
    43 min 25 sec

    On this special episode of All Things Policy, Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti and Manoj Kewalramani have a fascinating conversation with Times of Indias diplomatic editor Indrani Bagchi on how Indias diplomacy really works.

  • Learning from War: Kargil, Pulwama and the Future
    29 min 7 sec

    Twenty years on, can the Kargil war offer us lessons for more recent IndiaPakistan crises Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S. and Samir Kumar critique three new articles on Kargil and the Pulwama crisis. Editor Pranav PrashantLinks to the Papers:https://twq.elliott.gwu.edu/files/2019/06/BellMcdonald.pdfhttps://twq.elliott.gwu.edu/files/2019/06/Pegahi.pdfhttps://twq.elliott.gwu.edu/files/2019/06/Rej.pdf

  • Weapons, Diplomacy and Mobs
    34 min 53 sec

    Did Americas policy of engagement with China really fail How does military technology affect domestic politics And can publicity really help stop lynchings Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan talk about studies that have intrigued them.Editor Pranav Prashanth

  • Reading The Economist
    30 min 45 sec

    Trumps offer to Modi, South Asias social divisions, and a Swatchh Russia initiative. All of this and more discussed by Gayatri Ganpule, Manoj Kewalramani and Samir Kumar on this episode.

  • Another Trump - Kim Meeting: The Future of nuclear North Korea
    24 min 3 sec

    In a surprise move, Donald Trump became the first sitting American president to enter North Korea. What does the future hold for Kim Jongun and his nuclear weapons Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav R.S. and Samir Kumar discuss this and the longterm implications.

  • The G20 Summit
    29 min 21 sec

    How did Trump and Xi negotiate a trade war ceasefire at the G20 summit Can Turkey purchase S400s without sanctions imposed on them To help us navigate through all the outcomes of the G20, Manoj Kewalramani, Samir Kumar and Shambhavi Naik break it down on this episode. Editor Pranav Prashanth

  • First-Use and its Critics: The Problem of Credibility
    23 min 32 sec

    Seven of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons maintain a firstuse posture. But is firstuse a viable option Is it even credible Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S., Shambhavi Naik and Shibani Mehta tear apart the firstuse argument in this episode.Editor: Pranav R.S.

  • An Indian Space Strategy: What is India Going to do Next?
    34 min 24 sec

    The Indian government announced that it will set up the Defence Space Agency DSA and the Defence Space Research Organization DSRO, kickstarting its military space program. What should be our next step and how do we conceptualize space warfare to begin with Aditya Ramanathan, Pranav R.S. and Nitin Pai dwell on these skyhigh issues on this episode of All Things Policy.Editor Pranav Prashanth

  • Pompeo's Visit to India: The Future of US-Indian Relations
    31 min 47 sec

    Can Mike Pompeos visit to India help manage rising differences between the two countries And are domestic constituencies in both countries adding to the troubles Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani, Pranay Kotasthane and Samir Kumar delve into all these topics in todays episode.http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/wpcontent/uploads/2008/05/pragatiissue14may2008communityed.pdfEditor: Pranav R.S.

  • A Chinese data trap? Data localization and Indian policy
    25 min 19 sec

    Huawei has announced it would be willing to provide India telecom equipment without back doors. Is this a feasible idea How should India treat the data of its citizens Anirudh Kanisetti, Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth weigh in.

  • Is the world getting any better? Battle deaths, digital economy and measuring national power
    31 min 22 sec

    Have human and societies become less violent Are digital wallets ever good for the economy Have we been measuring national power the wrong way for centuries Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti and Pranay Kotasthane have rather strong opinions about these difficult questions in this episode of All Things Policy.

  • Why didn't Vijayanagara have a Navy?
    38 min 58 sec

    What does the history of the Indian subcontinent teach us about maritime power and the behavior of seastates For that matter, why and what is a seastate Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti have a grand time geeking out over naval history and theory to answer these questions. Editor: Pranav R.S.

  • Troubles in the Persian Gulf
    29 min 39 sec

    Iran has shot down an American UAV just days after the US blamed it for attacks on the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. What do deteriorating USIran relations mean for India Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane, Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan discuss.Editor: Pranav Prashanth

  • India's Ocean?
    20 min 45 sec

    Prime Minister Narendra Modis recent visit to the Maldives is the latest move in a contest for power in the Indian Ocean region. How can India win Manoj Kewalramani and Shibani Mehta join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss.Editor: Parth Vaitha

  • Reading The Economist: Brexit, Airless tires and Shocking experiments
    24 min 30 sec

    Anupam Manur and Gayatri Ganpule join Shambhavi Naik in discussing proposed policies of the prime ministerial candidates in the UK, Saudi Arabias SoverignWealth fund, the latest development by Michelin and General Motors, how shocks to the brain may improve creativity and much more topics that were featured in The Economist.Editor: Pranav Prashanth

  • When Xi Met Modi
    33 min 10 sec

    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit seemed to herald new thinking on SinoIndian relations. But will it amount to anything Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss.Editor: Parth Vaitha

  • India Needs GMOs
    23 min 15 sec

    Despite Indias ban on genetically modified crops, hundreds of farmers in Akola are planting them anyway. Why are GMOs banned in the first place Will India roll back the ban Anirudh Kanisetti and Shambhavi Naik join Yazad Jal to discuss.Editor: Pranav Prashanth

  • Upheaval in Hong Kong
    18 min 6 sec

    The mass protests against Hong Kongs new extradition law turned violent on Wednesday. As tensions boiled over, Hong Kong police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowds, injuring over 70 people. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai joined Shambhavi Naik on Wednesday to discuss the controversy surrounding the new law and the underlying reasons for the protests.Editor: Parth Vaitha

  • Reading the Economist: Trade in the Plant World, Magic Mushrooms and Mo Salah
    24 min 16 sec

    Shambhavi Naik, Pranay Kotasthane and Gayatri Ganpule join Yazad Jal to discuss the latest section of the Economist. Todays podcast includes the economics behind plant activity, the legality of certain drugs, Mohammed Salahs contribution to dispelling Islamophobia in the UK, and more.Editor: Parth Vaitha

  • Grossly Doubtful Production: A Mis-estimation Of India's GDP Growth Rate
    23 min 44 sec

    A recent paper by former Chief Economic Advisor of India, Arvind Subramanian made a shocking claim that Indias GDP growth between 201112 and 201617 was 4.5 per cent per year, substantially lower than the oftquoted figure of 7 per cent. This finding serves as a reminder that not alls well in the economic engine and incrementalism cant resolve Indias growth challenge. Nitin Pai and Anupam Manur join Pranay Kotasthane to discuss.Check out:1. Indias GDP Misestimation: Likelihood, Magnitudes, Mechanis

  • A Master Class on Sea Power: Talking with Rear Admiral Shrikhande
    43 min 56 sec

    In this special episode, Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande talks about how maritime power has shaped our world, from ancient Greece to the 21st century IndoPacific. In conversation with Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti.Editor: Pranav Prashanth

  • Anti-Abortion Laws: Legality and Consequence.
    20 min 27 sec

    With the recent wave of antiabortion laws in the US, the right of a woman to bodily autonomy is being attacked. Shambhavi Naik is joined by Nidhi Gupta, Anirudh Kanisetti and Yazad Jal to discuss the effects of abortion laws.Editor: Parth Vaitha

  • The U.S Indo-Pacific Strategy: Discussing America's Plan
    23 min 22 sec

    The US has a new IndoPacific strategy. What does it mean for the region Whats Chinas response it And how does it impact India Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Yazad Jal to discuss this topic.Editor Pranav Prashanth

  • Reading The Economist- Intestinal Bacteria, Genital Mutilation, and Iraqi Sheikhs
    21 min 56 sec

    Shambhavi Naik and Gayatri Ganpule join Yazad Jal to explore the latest section of the Economist and discuss the nuances of its most intriguing articles. Listen in to hear about how intestinal bacteria can reduce the symptoms of autism, the extrajudicial role of Iraqi sheikhs, female genital mutilation in the United States, the latest developments and challenges in robotics and more.Editor: Parth Vaitha

  • The Tiananmen Square Massacre -- 30th Anniversary
    27 min 56 sec

    The Tiananmen Square massacre is still an extremely controversial topic in China 30 years on. What led to the mass protests at the time How does the Chinese Government still censor it Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Yazad Jal to discuss the history of the event and the current ramifications. Editor Pranav Prashanth

  • A National Security Doctrine for India
    21 min 2 sec

    The Takshashila Institution released a National Security Doctrine for India on 3rd June 2019. In this episode, Lt Gen Prakash Menon, Nitin Pai, and Pranay Kotasthane discuss what this doctrine encompasses. Listen in to find out: Difference between a doctrine document and a strategy document What should be the goal of an Indian national security doctrine What are the elements of such a doctrineRead the document here: https://takshashila.org.in/anationalsecuritydoctrineforindia/Editor: Parth V

  • Voting With Your Wallet- Exploring Ethical Consumerism
    18 min 43 sec

    Brands are becoming increasingly outspoken about their political values and so are consumers. Are we in an era of ethical consumerism What does this mean for manufacturers and workers Ananya Iyer and Anirudh Kanisetti join Yazad Jal to discuss. Editor: Parth Vaitha

  • Understanding Chinese Power
    26 min 55 sec

    In todays Thoughtful Thursday episode, General Prakash Menon and Suyash Desai join Manoj Kewalramani to discuss China’s international political machinations and its military strategy through the lens of two new books, Julia Lovell’s Maoism: A Global History and M. Taylor Fravel’s Active Defense.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • The Promise of BIMSTEC
    24 min 47 sec

    With BIMSTEC leaders attending the swearingin of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, General Prakash Menon and Suyash Desai join Shambhavi Naik to talk about how the organisation could help rewire the geopolitics of Indias neighbourhood.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Reading The Economist- Jobs in Rich Countries, Tech Wars and Soda Tax
    20 min

    In this weeks episode, Anupam Manur, Yazad Jal and Gayatri Ganpule discuss the booming job market in rich countries, disruption of the interlinkages in the tech industry and welfaremotivated sin tax on sugary drinks. Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • The Case For Defence Reforms
    31 min 38 sec

    What should be on the agenda for the new government as it sets about reforming defence General Prakash Menon and Nitin Pai join Yazad Jal to discuss. Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Will RuNet Ruin the Net?
    30 min 39 sec

    Will Russias new internet regulations end the global internet as we know it Does China have its own internet Should states rule over the internet Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss. Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Quotas- Are They Hurting the Prospects of Social Equity?
    24 min 44 sec

    Nidhi Gupta, Pranay Kotasthane and Ananya Iyer join Shambhavi Naik to discuss the recent news coverage surrounding the cutoff and quota measures in Karnataka PreUniversity colleges. Can quotas be replaced by other measures to achieve social equityEditor: Ananya Iyer

  • Butcher and Bolt: The Truth About Surgical Strikes
    19 min 4 sec

    Surgical strikes are back in the news. But what are these surgical strikes really Do they help reduce terrorism Are they being exploited for political purposes General Prakash Menon discusses with Yazad Jal and Aditya Ramanathan.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Huawei To Hell: The Future of Technology Geopolitics
    25 min 53 sec

    Is the USChina trade war entering its final phases Huawei will not be able to purchase components from American suppliers and will be excluded from future versions of Googles Android OS. But this costs the US 11 billion in lost business. Will the costs finally be enough to bring both sides to the table Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss with Shambhavi Naik.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Reading The Economist - More Cold War, Political Comedy, and Sleep Technology
    26 min 43 sec

    Yazad Jal and Manoj Kewalramani join Nitin Pai discuss the nuances of the articles in the latest edition of The Economist May 18th. Tune in for insights on the USChina new cold war, comedic happenings in politics, the intolerance of intolerance, sleep technology and more.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Politicising The Military- Should Military Officers Be Allowed to Join Politics?
    25 min 51 sec

    Has politicisation affected the Indian military Should our senior officers have a “cooling off” period before they’re allowed to join a political party Gen. Prakash Menon joins Pranay Kotasthane and Yazad Jal to discuss these issues.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Teaching Soldiers- Is Military Education Inefficient?
    23 min 7 sec

    How have India and China tried to educate their military personnel Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan join Yazad Jal to talk about two different studies on the subject.Check out the studies mentioned here:Defense Education in Chinese Universities: Drilling Elite Youthhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10670564.2018.1542224journalCodecjcc20“Educating the Professional Military: Civil–Military Relations and Professional Military Education in India”https://journals.sagepub.com/d

  • Reading The Economist- Decline of Racial Bias, Left-Leaning Think-tanks and More
    22 min 19 sec

    Yazad Jal and Anupam Manur join Nitin Pai to dive into the latest edition of The Economist and discuss the nuances of the articles that they found the most intriguing. Tune in for insights on USChina trade war, the veracity of Indian GDP numbers, the decline of racial bias in the United States and more. Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Cab Apps and Congestion- Why Are Cab Aggregators Jamming Our Roads?
    22 min 24 sec

    With Uber and Ola having gamechanging effects on urban mobility, how can urban planning authorities account for the sharp hike in road congestion with a view to make transport as efficient as possiblePranay Kotasthane and Anupam Manur join Shambhavi Naik to discuss the various aspects of the same. Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Need Jobs? Build Cities.- Is Creating Additional State Capitals a Good Idea?
    25 min 28 sec

    India needs to create 20 million jobs per year for the next decade or so. One of the best ways to do that is through the construction of new cities. But how And why would people move to these new cities They might if the cities are state capitals. So should we relocate state capitals to boost the economy Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane join Yazad Jal to discuss. Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Mainstreaming Counterculture- How do counterculture movements end up as part of the mainstream?
    26 min 25 sec

    How does Che Guevaras face end up on massmanufactured tshirts How did superheroes go from comic books to blockbuster film franchises How do counterculture movements end up as part of the mainstream Asawari Ghatage, Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti geek out with Shambhavi Naik.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • A War of Ideas- Do Ancient Civilisations Explain Present Day Power Politics?
    23 min 58 sec

    Does the notion of a clash of civilisations really explain the competition between major powers today Shambhavi Naik talks to Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan. Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Pakistan's Nuclear Bluff- Is the Nasr Just an Intimidation Tactic?
    17 min 16 sec

    Pakistans Nasr rocket was supposed to pour cold water over the Indian Armys Cold Start doctrine. But Aditya Ramanathan and Kunaal Kini drop a truth bomb over Pakistans overheated claims. Check out their article here: https://bit.ly/2H8RwDDEditor: Ananya Iyer

  • Justice Denied- Is the Chief Justice Above the Law?
    19 min 44 sec

    The Supreme Courts inhouse probe panel has given a clean chit to CJI Ranjan Gogoi after allegations of sexual harassment against him. But the probe ignored the wellestablished Vishakha guidelines for dealing with such allegations. Surya Prakash BS joins Yazad Jal and Suyash Desai to discuss the implications for the credibility of Indias judiciary.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • China And Masood Azhar- Why Did China Cave?
    24 min 48 sec

    Why did China finally allow Masood Azhar to be sanctioned by the UN What do these sanctions actually achieve What are China’s motivations behind doing this now And how will it affect the IndiaChina dynamic Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Yazad Jal to discuss these issues and more.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Poets and Kings: Then and Now
    22 min 32 sec

    Why did premodern Indian states patronise poetry How did poets balance their commitments to kings with their ideas of social justice Are there lessons that modern India can learn from our historical attitude towards the arts Author and ancient literature expert Samhita Arni joins Anirudh Kanisetti and Yazad Jal to search for answers.

  • Marvel(ous) Geopolitics- What Does the MCU Teach Us About International Relations?
    23 min 27 sec

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe offers rich and often surprising insights into the most pressing matters of ethics, policy, international politics. Manoj Kewalramani, Shibani Mehta, Ajay Patri, and Aditya Ramanathan delve into some of their favourite moments in the MCU saga. Warning: This podcast contains major spoilers right up to Avengers: Infinity War.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • Recruiting Better Spies- How Do We Improve India's Intelligence Agency?
    28 min 47 sec

    All is not well with Indias external intelligence agency. In this fascinating episode, Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane, and Shibani Mehta talk about how Indias spies were recruited in the past, whats wrong with the way theyre recruited today, and how India can hire better intelligence officers in the future. You can check out Shibani’s column of recruitment into external intelligence here: https://bit.ly/2GQvOTD The Takshashila Institution’s Discussion Document on human resource challenges can be

  • The Paradoxes of Prediction- Do Prediction Markets Affect Actual Outcomes?
    22 min 30 sec

    How do prediction markets work Do they offer advantages over traditional methods And why did they go wrong in predicting Trumps election or BrexitAnupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane talk to Yazad Jal.Editor: Ananya Iyer

  • China's Naval Might
    26 min 41 sec

    Chinas navy marked its 70th anniversary with a fourdaylong celebration last week. The festivities included a parade, which showcased the Liaoning aircraft carrier and the navys newest destroyer, the Nanchang. In this episode of All Things Policy, Shambhavi Naik talks to Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai on the rapid modernisation of the PLANavy and its implications from an Indian perspective.

  • Bubble Boy- A Bold New Age in Healthcare?
    20 min 45 sec

    A revolutionary new gene therapy hijacks the human immunodeficiency HIV virus to cure inherited immune disorders such as SCID also known as Bubble Boy Disease. Is this the start of a bold new age in healthcare Shambhavi Naik and Yazad Jal join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss.

  • Belt And Road Forum II
    30 min 17 sec

    The second summit of the Belt and Road Initiative began on 25th April 2019. Will this summit, attended by more than 37 heads of the countries and several other delegations, bring clarity from China on issues like Transparency and economic sustainability of the BRI Manoj and Suyash join Shambhavi to discuss the BRI initiative, its geopolitical and geo economic implications, new players in the forum, and Indias approach to it.

  • Why Sri Lanka?
    32 min 48 sec

    Is the attack in Sri Lanka a product of thirdparty terrorism Can a local terror outfit carry out an orchestrated attack of this scale without outside help What is the nature of the allegiance of the local terror group to IS More attacks of this nature should be expected as networked terrorists clash with hierarchical states, say Nitin Pai, General Prakash Menon and Anand Arni in conversation with Pranay Kotasthane and Shambhavi Naik.

  • Tik For Tok- What Does the Ban Mean for Freedom of Expression?
    22 min 1 sec

    Should India ban TikTok Does the ban violate the principle of freedom of expression, or tackle the problem of illegal and dangerous content Does it help achieve broader geopolitical objectives Yes and no, say Nitin Pai and Manoj Kewalramani in conversation with Shambhavi Naik.

  • Where No Tourist Has Gone Before
    26 min 27 sec

    Indias tourism industry is not in the best of shapes Times Square in New York alone gets more than the entire country. Some places get way too much traffic and strain their infrastructure to breaking point. Others get no tourism traffic, and whatever infrastructure they have turns into a white elephant. How do we correct the imbalance and help develop Indias tourism sector Shambhavi Naik and Anirudh Kanisetti join Yazad Jal to throw some ideas around.You can also refer to Nitin Pais writing on the s

  • Affairs of the Heart
    17 min 43 sec

    In Israel last week, a team of scientists created the first functioning 3Dprinted artificial heart made of biological materials. This is potentially a huge leap forward for synthetic biology and perhaps even a step towards the everelusive quest for human immortality. But what is synthetic biology in the first place What are the implications of this development for society and the economy Shambhavi Naik and Anirudh Kanisetti join Yazad Jal for a hearty conversation full of science fiction and cheesy pu

  • On Terrorists, Nukes, And Linguistic States
    26 min 6 sec

    We at the Takshashila Institution change our minds when presented with better arguments. In todays episode Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan talk to host Shambhavi Naik about papers and books that made them reconsider old assumptions. In a freewheeling discussion, they look at whether reducing poverty might increase the risk of terrorism, why sponsoring nuclear terrorists is too perilous a gambit for any state, and how we should think about linguistic states in India.

  • Coming Home
    28 min 15 sec

    Why do migrants return home What makes people make the arduous shift back after settling in a new place Three migrants who returned home to India: Nidhi Gupta, Yazad Jal and Shambhavi Naik discuss these issues in light of Oded Starks article Behavior in reverse: reasons for return migration. Listen in for both personal and policy insights into migration, a vexing topic in todays global discourse.

  • Breaking The Ice In The Arctic
    23 min 52 sec

    Last weeks Arctic conference saw the unveiling of an ambitious Russian plan to expand its military presence in the region, including a larger fleet of nuclear icebreakers. Why are countries expressing so much interest in the Arctic and what does it mean for the future of geopolitics there Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti join Shambhavi Naik to discuss.

  • The Politics Of National Security
    29 min 14 sec

    In the first episode of our relaunched podcast, All Things Policy, Lt Gen Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane join host Yazad Jal to discuss how Indias leading political parties deal with national security issues.

  • To Gene or Not To Gene
    23 min 32 sec

    Shambhavi Naik, Yazad Jal and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss the contentious issue of germline gene editing.Eminent scientists have called for a five year moratorium on clinical applications of germline concerning reproductive cells gene editing. Such a move will reduce funding and transnational research in congential diseases. In this episode, they discuss how proposing stringent safety standards would be more effective than an outright ban.

  • Great Wall Of Trade
    31 min 15 sec

    The recent EUChina summit has resulted in unprecedented concessions from China that could have longlasting implications for the global economy. What are they Is this a watershed in relations between the PRC and the West Manoj Kewalramani joins Yazad Jal and Anupam Manur to discuss.

  • Break Up Big Tech?
    37 min 38 sec

    Calls to regulate big technology firms are increasingly entering political discourse. The latest spark to the debate is US Senator Warrens proposal to break apart Google, Facebook and Apple. Are these ideas on the right track and are there better ways to increase consumer welfare No and yes, explains Anupam Manur in conversation with Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan.Read Anupams arguments in detail here: https://factordaily.com/thefollyofbreakingupbigtech/

  • The Emperor's New Norms
    39 min 8 sec

    What do a childrens story, Indores cleanliness, and Mumbai local trains have in common Social norms Nidhi Gupta joins Shambhavi Naik, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Aditya Ramanathan to explain how they work, based on the pioneering work of Cristina Bicchieri.Read more at https://www.unicef.org/protection/files/40930WholeWhatareSocialNorms.pdf

  • Robot Rules
    33 min 50 sec

    Should lethal autonomous weapons have the discretion to take human life With governments already debating the issue at the UN, Ganesh Chakravarthi talks to Manoj Kewalramani, Shibani Mehta, and Aditya Ramanathan about the future of killer robots.

  • India's Satellite Killers
    14 min 40 sec

    Having proven its ability to knock out satellites, India should pledge a no first use policy for ASAT missiles, since these weapons can create dangerous debris fields in space. Such a pledge will not stop India from pursuing or using nonkinetic means of disabling enemy satellites. Lt General Prakash Menon talks to Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan.

  • Fixing Indian PhDs
    22 min 59 sec

    The Indian government recently stated that PhDs would only be offered on subjects of national interest though it later backtracked. Are there better ways to nurture research in India and address some of the structural problems of the academic environment Nidhi Gupta and Shambhavi Naik join Yazad Jal to discuss.

  • What Is The Kra Canal?
    35 min 12 sec

    What if China were to cut a canal through the Isthmus of Kra in Thailand Such a project could transform the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. What are Indias stakes in the matter and what does it need to do about it Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss.

  • Why Is Facebook Banning Pages?
    23 min 20 sec

    Facebook just announced that it has taken down hundreds of pages in India and Pakistan for coordinated inauthentic behaviour. What does this mean Why is Facebook cracking down on pages, and what does this say about the future of social media governance Anirudh Kanisetti and Pranay Kotasthane join Shambhavi Naik to discuss.

  • Sat Wars
    31 min 11 sec

    Now that India has tested an antisatellite missile, it is part of a club of just four states that have the ability to target assets in space. What does this mean for the future of geopolitics And how does it continue the legacy of Cold War space marathons Aditya Ramanathan and Pavan Srinath join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss.

  • Dream Manifestos Science And Technology
    15 min 40 sec

    Science and technology ought to be a priority strategic investment for Indias future. Shambhavi Naik and Pavan Srinath tell Aditya Ramanathan why the government needs to increase funding, articulate a positive vision for Indian science and technology, and give scientists a greater say in funding decisions.

  • Dream Manifestos: Manufacturing
    22 min 26 sec

    What kind of reforms would be required to make Indian manufacturing globally competitive In this episode of our Dream Manifesto series, Anupam Manur discusses his wish list with Yazad Jal.

  • Dream Manifestos: Judicial Reforms
    21 min 2 sec

    In this episode of our series on dream manifestos, Surya Prakash and Ajay Patri discuss the reforms that Union and State governments can introduce to make the functioning of the Indian judiciary more robust.

  • Dream Manifestos: Foreign Policy
    33 min 3 sec

    In this episode of our electionsinspired special series, Pranay Kotasthane joins Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan to discuss how a dream manifesto could change Indias foreign relations and bring the country a step closer to the ideal of Yogakshema the peace and prosperity of its citizens.Read Pranays column on how India can increase its stature in the world here: https://www.thinkpragati.com/think/manifesto/7504/foreignpolicytimetobeamajorplayer/

  • Dream Manifestos: Agriculture
    23 min 32 sec

    In the first of our election special series, Yazad Jal joins Pranay Kotasthane to discuss a dream manifesto to address the woes of Indian agriculture.

  • Is All Charity Good?
    18 min 45 sec

    Human history is full of examples of money acquired by unscrupulous means being poured into all sorts of charitable undertakings. The 21st century is no exception. Is it morally acceptable to accept money from questionable sources in the name of the greater good Ajay Patri joins Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss.

  • Creative Accounting
    30 min 17 sec

    The accuracy of the Indian governments fiscal deficit numbers is under question thanks to what has been described as creative accounting. What is it, how does it work, and is it a matter for concern Anupam Manur joins Pranay Kotasthane to discuss.

  • Biowarfare Is Coming
    21 min 20 sec

    The old assumptions around bioweapons are falling apart as new technologies make it easier for terrorists to produce and dispense deadly pathogens. Those technologies could also make it possible in the future for states to target specific ethnic groups. Shambhavi Naik talks to Aditya Ramanathan about the emerging threats and how India is placed to deal with them.

  • India Works At Night
    21 min 23 sec

    One sureshot way for India to create jobs is to open up its cities for business at night. Keeping the lights on will benefit a wide crosssection of the economy, from IT services to healthcare to small retail stores, but governments will have to take the lead to make this happen. Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane weigh in.Read Nitins take here: https://www.livemint.com/opinion/columns/opinionnighttimecommerceoffersindiaagrowthopportunity1552835386085.html

  • Counting Every Vote
    20 min 32 sec

    The Supreme Court has asked the Election Commission to respond to a plea by some opposition parties asking for half the EVMs in the upcoming elections to be audited with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails VVPAT. Pranay Kothasthane talks to Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan about paper trail system and the new complications it might create.

  • China Shields a Terrorist
    24 min 24 sec

    On Wednesday, China placed a technical hold on a proposal at the UN Security Council to designate JaisheMohammad leader Masood Azhar a global terrorist. What are Chinas calculations in blocking Azhars designation And is it making a mistake by upsetting India over a symbolic issue Manoj Kewalramani and Pranay Kotasthane discuss with Aditya Ramanathan.

  • Brexit And Its Implications
    27 min 44 sec

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May just lost another vote in parliament on Brexit. What happens next Will there be a hard Brexit Or no Brexit What about other allied issues like the Irish backstop Anupam Manur joins Yazad Jal to discuss the possible ways ahead for the British government and the pitfalls they face.

  • Genetics Is Better Than Cure
    21 min 1 sec

    Indias huge population consists of hundreds of subgroups which have been marrying within themselves for the last 2000 years. This has led to a huge undiagnosed genetic disease problem, which must be tackled using new technology and policies. Shambhavi Naik joins Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss.

  • The Mullah Omar Mystery
    17 min 36 sec

    A new book by a Dutch journalist claims Taliban leader Mullah Omar remained in hiding near a US base in Zabul, Afghanistan, until his death in 2013. The release of the book, and an accompanying Englishlanguage report contradict earlier evidence that Mullah Omar was in Pakistan. Anand Arni and Nitin Pai tell Aditya Ramanathan why theyre sceptical of the new claims.

  • The Future Of India's Social Infrastructure
    21 min 46 sec

    Indias social infrastructure is stuck in the industrial age. Creating social services for the twentyfirst century will require looking beyond the existing models of developed countries. Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane discuss.

  • The CPC: China's Political Carnival
    26 min 21 sec

    Thousands of delegates from all over China have gathered in Beijing for the annual meetings of the countrys two main political bodies, the National Peoples Congress and Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Congress. Manoj Kewalramani tells Anupam Manur and Aditya Ramanathan why the meetings are both a serious indicator of Chinas policies and a spot of political theatre.

  • Trouncing Trump's Tariffs
    25 min 40 sec

    US President Donald Trump has called India a “tariff king” and threatened to withdraw India’s preferential trade status under the GSP. What is the GSP What does India stand to lose More importantly, what is in India’s national interest High tariffs or low tariffs And how should India react to the US provocation Pranay Kotasthane is joined by Anupam Manur and Yazad Jal as they discuss the issue.

  • Is Prohibition The Answer?
    20 min 23 sec

    Dealing with alcoholism is a very complex public policy problem. Many Indian states have inaugurated a policy of outright prohibition but this move can have risky unintended consequences. With a series of tragedies resulting from the consumption of spurious liquor in the news, Nitin Pai and Anupam Manur unpack the issue.

  • How Many Jobs Is India Really Creating?
    20 min 51 sec

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently argued that there was no good method available for estimating job creation. But with the discontinuation of the NSSOs fiveyear surveys and lack of Labour Bureau data, could other sources, such as government schemes, fill the data gap Yazad Jal and Devika Kher discuss the reasons for their scepticism.

  • Trump & Kim: The Art Of No Deal
    22 min 43 sec

    The summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim JongUn ended abruptly with no agreement. Manoj Kewalramani theChinaDude and Ram Ganesh Kamatham RGKWriting discuss why disagreements between the two sides scuttled the summit and what we can now expect.

  • What is India's New Ecommerce Policy?
    23 min 27 sec

    The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion DIPP released a Draft National eCommerce Policy on 23rd February https://dipp.gov.in/sites/default/files/DraftNationalecommercePolicy23February2019.pdf. Subtitled as Indias data for Indias development, it carries a number of recommendations related to sharing of data by ecommerce platforms, data localisation, and marketplace regulations. Anupam Manur anupammanur and Pranay Kotasthane pranaykotas discuss this draft policy and the possible

  • The Struggle For Afghanistan's Future
    25 min 2 sec

    This week, Afghanistan sent a shipment of goods via Iran’s Chabahar port to India. Meanwhile, American and Taliban representatives are in talks in Doha. What do these developments mean for the future of Afghanistan How might India further develop the Chabahar route And what levers does Pakistan control in the Afghan peace talksAnand Arni discusses these issues and much more with Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan.

  • The Limited War Paradox
    23 min 57 sec

    Is a limited war between Pakistan and India possible What political objectives can such a war achieve With India striking alleged terrorist targets in Pakistani territory, General Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane discuss this concept of limited war.For more, check out our discussion document The India—Pakistan conflict escalation framework. http://takshashila.org.in/wpcontent/uploads/2016/12/AnalysisIndiaPakistanConflictEscalationPK122016.pdf

  • What DNA Tells Us About Indians Past, Present and Future
    20 min 27 sec

    Groundbreaking new scientific studies are changing our understanding of the history of India and its people. Yazad Jal joins Anirudh Kanisetti and Shambhavi Naik to discuss what science and history have to say about the past, present, and future of Indias population.

  • Why the Demand for Special Category Status in Andhra Pradesh?
    24 min 31 sec

    Its been more than four years since the AP Reorganisation Act came into effect. Yet the acrimony between the union and the new look Andhra Pradesh state doesnt seem to be going away. The AP CM was in Delhi last week to register his protest over the state not being granted special category status. So in this episode, we discuss: What is the special category status Is it constitutional Is it important What underlies the persistent demand for this categorisation What lies ahead for Andhra Prade

  • Should The Indian Government Regulate Social Media?
    24 min 41 sec

    The Indian government may be thinking of regulating the activities of major social media firms such as WhatsApp. Facebook and Google have come out with new policies to control political advertising and combat misinformation on their platforms. As Indias general election comes closer, Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti, Yazad Jal and Aditya Ramanathan discuss these developments.

  • What Is the Jaish-e-Mohammad?
    20 min 56 sec

    The JaisheMohammad is a terrorist outfit that has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. What is it, and what are its links to the Pakistani MilitaryJihadi Complex Pranay Kotasthane and Anand Arni discuss the organisation in this episode.For more on the MilitaryJihadi complex, check out our conversation here: https://soundcloud.com/takshashilainstitution/thepakistanimilitaryjihadicomplex

  • Should Publicly Funded Research Be Free?
    24 min 13 sec

    India has recently announced its intent to join Plan S, by which all publicfunded research in India would have to be published in open access compliant journals. This move will help scientists, students and teachers across India to access research articles and will put all scientific knowledge in the public domain. In this episode, we discuss how this move benefits India and how this announcement may signal an evolution of the publication process. Takshashilas Position:https://takshashila.org.in/prelim

  • The Pakistani Military-Jihadi Complex
    30 min 51 sec

    In this episode, Nitin Pai, Pranay Kotasthane, and Yazad Jal discuss the metastructure of political Pakistan. The central argument is that Pakistan is not one geopolitical entity, but two: the putative state represented currently by a civilian government, and the military—jihadi complex MJC that has captured the commanding heights of power. In this episode, they explain what the MJC comprises of, the forces of cohesion repulsion that affect the dynamics of this complex, and finally the operatio

  • India's Responses to Sub-conventional Warfare by Pakistan
    22 min 38 sec

    On 14th February 2019, a CRPF convoy was attacked by a vehiclebound suicide bomber near Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani terrorist outfit JaisheMohammed claimed responsibility for the attack. In this episode Nitin Pai, Manoj Kewalramani, and Pranay Kotasthane discuss Pakistans objectives behind such attacks and Indias responses to subconventional warfare. For more on this topic, read Takshashilas Framework to model IndiaPakistan conflict escalation http://takshashila.org.in/wpconten

  • Security vs Privacy in a Digital Economy: Social Credit Edition
    27 min 26 sec

    Social Credit System is the umbrella term to describe the multiple reputation systems being experimented by Chinese companies and local governments. It is being promoted as a means to improve trustworthiness in a digital economy. So in this episode, Manoj Kewalramani, Nitin Pai, Manasa Venkatraman, and Pranay Kotasthane discuss this system and the possible alternatives for improving trust. They discuss the tradeoffs involved between liberal societal outcomes and individual choices. This is the first part o

  • Key insights from the ASER 2018 Report
    32 min 19 sec

    ASER Annual Status of Education Report is an annual survey that provides annual estimates of children’s schooling status and basic learning levels for each state and rural district in India. ASER Centre.In this episode, Nidhi Gupta, Anupam Manur, and Pranay Kotasthane discuss key insights from the latest edition of the ASER survey which was released on 15th Jan 2019.

  • How Does an Angel Tax Affect the Indian Economy?
    23 min 4 sec

    Angel tax, levied on angel investment in startups, has been in news recently for tax notices slapped on a large number of startups. Economic Times, 9 Feb 2019.In this episode, Yazad Jal and Anupam Manur analyse the impact of this increased tax scrutiny on the Indian economy.

  • Do We Need A Ministry of Culture?
    25 min 30 sec

    Acclaimed actor and director Amol Palekar was repeatedly interrupted during his speech at the National Gallery of Modern Art NGMA in Mumbai when he criticised the Ministry of Culture for reportedly scrapping the advisory committees at the gallerys Mumbai and Bengaluru centres. NDTV, Feb 10, 2019. This incident sparked a conversation in our office over what should be the role of governments in preserving art and culture. Isnt it best to leave this function to markets and communities Why do we even n

  • Chinese Apps in India and Regulating Fake News
    30 min 58 sec

    Manoj Kewalramani theChinaDude and Anirudh Kanisetti AKanisetti discuss Indias draft regulations for Chinese social media apps, as well as startup ecosystems, how to think about Chinas presence in Indias app market, and some offthebeatentrack ideas on regulating fake news.

  • New ECommerce Regulations and FDI in Retail
    15 min 59 sec

    Anupam Manur and Yazad Jal discuss the new ecommerce regulations that came into force on February 1 and how it affects major players like Amazon and Flipkart. The new ecommerce investment rules bar online retailers from selling products via vendors in which they have an equity interest, and also from making deals with sellers to sell exclusively on their platforms. How will this affect the consumer

  • Defence Budgeting And The Strategy Bridge
    28 min 42 sec

    The defence budget for 2019 again brought into focus the unsustainable pension figures. This year, the Indian Army’s pensions and salaries alone amount to Rs 1.82 lakh crores – a whopping 42 of the defence budget. But what do these numbers really mean for Indias military strategy How can we relate these expenditures to defence preparedness These are the deeper questions Gen Prakash Menon, Pavan Srinath, and Pranay Kotasthane explore in this episode of Conversations at Takshashila.For more, read P

  • Afghanistan After Withdrawal of US Forces
    27 min 45 sec

    US President Trump reiterated on 3rd Feb that US forces should withdraw from Afghanistan. He backed the ongoing peace negotiations with the Taliban. In this episode, Nitin Pai, Gen Prakash Menon, and Pranay Kotasthane try to understand what this means for Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan.

  • The Jobs Crisis in India
    20 min 33 sec

    The National Sample Survey Office’s data showing that employment in 201718 has hit a 45year low highlights the urgency of the jobs crisis situation in India. So in this episode, we discuss ideas for tackling unemployment in India.

  • Avoiding a Nuclear Catastrophe
    28 min 15 sec

    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 presidential hopeful and Senate Armed Services Committee member, offered a bill — “The No First Use Act” — to establish in law that it is the policy of the United States not to use nuclear weapons first in a conflict. Defense News, Jan 30.So in this episode, Lt Gen Retd Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane discuss what a No First Use pledge really means, how this debate is shaping up in the US, and whether a Gl

  • The Geopolitics of Technology: 5G edition
    24 min 27 sec

    After the Canadian government arrested Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei upon an extradition request by the United States, relations between China and Canada have taken a beating. This arrest is likely to be one of the major points of discussions in the negotiations between the trade representatives of the two countries being held on Jan 3031 in Washington DC. So in this episode, we discuss this ongoing technology dispute between China and the US. We also ask and answer: how should India proceed with its 5G plan

  • The Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme for the Poor vs Universal Basic Income
    19 min 51 sec

    In this conversation, we discuss what a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poor means and how it is not a universal basic income transfer. We discuss a few ballpark cost estimates and take a shot at anticipating the intended and unintended consequences of such a scheme.

  • Many Belts And Many Roads
    21 min 38 sec

    What do the recent backlashes against the Belt Road Initiative tell us

  • Economic Survey Explained - Part 1 - Why care?
    10 min 19 sec

    What is the Economic Survey good for What can we learn from itFrom demonetisation to the GST to Indias formal sector to Swachh Bharat the survey shares new data and new claims. Separate the good claims from the bad over these 7 clips.In Part 1, Pranay Kotasthane and Pavan Srinath discuss the strengths and limitations of the Economic Survey.

  • Economic Survey Explained - Part 2 - Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
    5 min 57 sec

    Does India really have a large formal sector The Economic Survey says that Indias formal sector is much bigger than previously imagined. As many as 53 of Indias workers seem to work for GSTpaying firms, if not in agriculture. Should we revisit how we think of Indias informal economy Or is this a wild overestimate Nitin Pai, Pavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane discuss new data from the Economic Survey, and what it means for Indias economy.This is part 2 of 7 short clips on the Economic Surve

  • Economic Survey Explained - Part 3 - Tax Terrorism?
    5 min 31 sec

    How much of Indias taxes are stuck in legal disputes Can we make it simpler for companies and people to pay their taxesPavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane discuss what the Economic Survey has to say about it.This is part 3 of 7 short clips on the Economic Survey of India 201718, presented on Jan 29 by Chief Economic Advisor Mr Arvind Subramaniam.

  • Economic Survey Explained - Part 4 - Cash after Demonetisation
    4 min 50 sec

    Has Indias cash supply recovered from demonetisation Do people have enough cash to go about their livesPavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane discuss what the Economic Survey has to say about it.This is part 4 of 7 short clips on the Economic Survey of India 201718, presented on Jan 29 by Chief Economic Advisor Mr Arvind Subramaniam.

  • Economic Survey Explained - Part 5 - Swachch Bharat?
    4 min 7 sec

    Does 74 of Indias rural population really have access to toilets in 2017 Should we wait for the Census to get a real handle on how well the Swachh Bharat Mission is doingPavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane discuss what the Economic Survey has to say about it.This is part 5 of 7 short clips on the Economic Survey of India 201718, presented on Jan 29 by Chief Economic Advisor Mr Arvind Subramaniam.

  • Economic Survey Explained - Part 6 - Village and City Governments
    5 min 2 sec

    Why are Indias cities and villages so poor when it comes to property taxes Can having their own sources of money liberate them from state governments Pavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane discuss what the Economic Survey has to say about it.This is part 4 of 7 short clips on the Economic Survey of India 201718, presented on Jan 29 by Chief Economic Advisor Mr Arvind Subramaniam.

  • Economic Survey Explained - Part 7 - Farmers' Future
    3 min 45 sec

    Can India help farmers double their incomes by 2022 Do millions of Indians have a future in farming, or are they better off outside itPranay Kotasthane and Pavan Srinath discuss what the Economic Survey has to say about it.This is part 7 of 7 short clips on the Economic Survey of India 201718, presented on Jan 29 by Chief Economic Advisor Mr Arvind Subramaniam.

  • Part 1: What does it mean to be a Liberal in India?
    12 min 59 sec

    The book, What does it mean to be a Liberal in India edited by Ronald Meinardus, was launched in Bangalore by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and The Takshashila Institution. In this special four part series, Pavan Srinath discusses liberalism with Ronald Meinardus and three of the authors featured in the books: Karthik Shankar, Harshita Lall and Jash Dholani.The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. FNF works on some of th

  • Part 2: What does it mean to be a Liberal in India?
    22 min 58 sec

    The book, What does it mean to be a liberal in India edited by Ronald Meinardus, was launched in Bangalore by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and The Takshashila Institution.In this special four part series, Pavan Srinath discusses liberalism with Ronald Meinardus and three of the authors featured in the books: Karthik Shankar, Harshita Lall and Jash Dholani.The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. FNF works on some of th

  • Part 3: What does it mean to be a Liberal in India?
    19 min 45 sec

    The book, What does it mean to be a Liberal in India edited by Ronald Meinardus, was launched in Bangalore by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and The Takshashila Institution.In this special four part series, Pavan Srinath discusses liberalism with Ronald Meinardus and three of the authors featured in the books: Karthik Shankar, Harshita Lall and Jash Dholani.The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. FNF works on some of the

  • Part 4: What does it mean to be a Liberal in India?
    11 min 3 sec

    The book, What does it mean to be a Liberal in India edited by Ronald Meinardus, was launched in Bangalore by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and The Takshashila Institution.In this special four part series, Pavan Srinath discusses liberalism with Ronald Meinardus and three of the authors featured in the books: Karthik Shankar, Harshita Lall and Jash Dholani.The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. FNF works on some of the

  • Judgements that changed India #3 The Bedrooms of the Nation
    14 min 4 sec

    What role does the state have in the bedrooms of the nation In this episode of Judgements that changed India, Madhav Chandarvarkar, Manasa Venkataraman and Nidhi Gupta discuss Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.Judgements that Changed India is a podcast series by The Takshashila Institution, that provide a birdseyeview of important cases in Indian legal historyFurther Reading:http://altlawforum.org/publications/forthosemarkedother/http://altlawforum.org/publications/howaapcoulddecriminalise

  • The Woes of Indian Cash
    16 min 39 sec

    The withdrawal of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes as legal tender by the Indian Government has been marred by claims and counter claims about the objectives and the impact. Saurabh Chandra, Anupam Manur and Hamsini Hariharan try to break down the events of the past week and the possible impact.Further reading/additional resources:1. http://www.thehindu.com/thread/economy/article9328898.ece2. http://www.mayin.org/ajayshah/MEDIA/2016/monetaryshock.html3. https://www.thequint.com/india/2016/11/11/narendramodi

  • Impact Of The US Elections On India
    20 min 1 sec

    In the run up to the US elections, The Takshashila Podcast looks at how the presidential elections in America will affect India. Pranay Kotasthane, Anupam Manur and Hamsini Hariharan sit down and discuss the main policy issues for the new government.Further reading/additional resources:1. http://www.bloombergquint.com/uselections/2016/11/01/howwilltheuspresidentialelectionoutcomeaffectindia2. http://www.bloombergquint.com/uselections/2016/11/03/intrumpvsclintonbattleindiawillvoteforcont

  • Air Power and National Security
    16 min 22 sec

    In a new episode of the Takshashila Podcast, Guru Aiyar and Air Marshal Arjun Subramaniam discuss the various facets of air power in the current national security discourse. The conversation covers a variety of topics, from the use of the air force against terrorism to procurement of new weapons and out of area contingency operations.Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam is a serving air force officer and is a part of the faculty at the National Defence College, New Delhi. He has recently authored a book cal

  • Judgements That Changed India #2 Keshavnanda Bharati vs. State Of Kerala
    21 min 30 sec

    Join Hamsini Hariharan, Madhav Chandarvarkar and Manasa Venkataraman as they debate the basic structure of the Constitution and weigh the scrupulousness of lawyers against politicians. This episode discusses the landmark case Keshavnanda Bharti vs. State Of Kerala which is heralded as the case that saved Indian democracy. Judgements that Changed India is a podcast series by The Takshashila Institution, that provide a birdseyeview of important cases in Indian legal history. Further reading/additional

  • Securing the Seaboard: Part 1
    13 min

    In the first of a special two part podcast, Abhijit Singh and Hamsini Hariharan discuss challenges to coastal security, particularly the role of technology in securing the coastlines. This is a special podcast recorded at the Roundtable Discussion on Reviewing Coastal Security organised by The Takshashila Institution and the US Consulate in Chennai. Abhijit Singh is a former Naval officer and heads the Maritime Policy Initiative at the Oberver Research Foundation. Hamsini Hariharan is a research scholar

  • Securing the Seaboard: Part 2
    15 min 11 sec

    In the final of a special two part podcast, Dr. Pushpita Das and Hamsini Hariharan discuss threats to Indian coasts and the restructuring of the existing structure, particularly the need for a new central organisation. This is a special podcast recorded at the Roundtable Discussion on Reviewing Coastal Security organised by The Takshashila Institution and the US Consulate in Chennai.Dr.Pushpita Das is a Research fellow and Head of the Internal Security Centre, Institute for Defence Studies and AnalysesH

  • Defamation Nation
    16 min 32 sec

    Join Pavan Srinath, Madhav Chandravarkar and Manasa Venkataraman in this episode of the Takshashila Podcast as they pit the right to free speech against the right to reputation.Madhav Chandravarkar and Manasa Venkatraman are the in house lawyers at The Takshashila Institution. They discuss the shortcomings of the existing defamation laws and suggest possible reforms.Further Readings:1. Madhav Chandravarkar and Manasa Venkatraman in need for reform of defamation laws: http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/QyZ

  • The Rise Of Global Authoritarianism
    11 min 46 sec

    In this episode of the Takshashila Podcast, Hamsini Hariharan sits down with Manu Bhagavan to discuss authoritarianism, internationalism and globalisation. Manu Bhagavan is a Professor of History and Human Rights at Hunter College and the Graduate CenterCUNY.Hamsini Hariharan is a research scholar at The Takshashila Institution.Further Readings: 1. Manu Bhagavans article in Quartz: http://qz.com/643497/wearewitnessingtheriseofglobalauthoritarianismonachillingscale/2. Ramanjit Duggal in

  • The Nuclear Way Forward
    12 min 53 sec

    The Takshashila Podcast breaks down Indias entry to groups like the NSG and MTCR, the future nuclear order and looks into possible strategies for India. The episode features Happymon Jacob and Hamsini Hariharan discuss the ongoing and future trends in nuclear issues. Dr. Happymon Jacob is an Associate Professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. You can read more of his work here: http://happymonjacob.com/index.phpHamsini Hariharan is a research scholar at The Taks

  • The South China Sea Verdict: What Next?
    16 min 19 sec

    In this episode of the Takshashila Podcast, Guru Aiyar and Hamsini Hariharan, discuss the implications of the verdict by the Permanent Court of Arbitration initiated by the Philippines against China in the South China Sea. Guru Aiyar and Hamsini Hariharan are research scholars at the Takshashila InstitutionFurther Readings: 1. The Award of the Permanent Court of Arbitration: http://www.pcacases.com/pcadocs/PHCN2020201607122020Award.pdf2. Nitin Pai on Indias response to the verdict: http://www.n

  • Judgements That Changed India - K M Nanavati vs. State of Maharashtra
    13 min 48 sec

    In this new series on Judgements that Changed India, Madhav ChandavarkarMadChap88 provides a birdseyeview of important cases in Indian legal history. This episode, hosted by Varun Ramachandraquale, discusses the landmark case K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra that eventually resulted in the end of jury trials in India. Further reading/additional resources1 K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K.M.Nanavativ.StateofMaharashtra2 12 Angry

  • Women In Constituent Assembly
    19 min 31 sec

    This edition of the Takshashila Podcast describes Priyadarshini Ravichandrans binaryfootprint project on women in Indias Constituent Assembly. Hosted by Varun Ramachandraquale. You can find out more about The Takshashila Institution by visiting our website: www.takshashila.org.inBooks/Resources Discussed: 1 The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation Granville Austin2 Working a Democratic Constitution: The Indian Experience Granville Austin3 The Constituent Assembly Debates4 Rajy

  • On Indian Philosophy By Ethan Mills
    1 hr 18 min 56 sec

    Ethan Mills discusses classic Indian Philosophy, followed by a discussion on Jayarāśi . Further, he talks about the diverse history of Indian philosophy and how it impacts the present day understanding of India.

  • #GCPPprimetime 15 —Unpacking India's Water Crisis
    59 min 36 sec

    Pavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane discuss Indias water crisis. Pavan explains the difference between meteorological, agricultural and hydrological drought. Further, he talks about the need to price water to signal scarcity.

  • Takshashila Podcast - Karnataka Budget
    23 min 48 sec

    Takshashila staff discuss the Karnataka budget, why it matters, and whats in store for residents of Karnataka in the latest podcast. Pavan Srinath discusses the Karnataka budget with Pranay Kotasthane, Varun Ramachandra, Shikha Pathak and Devika Kher.

  • Podcast: Pre-Budget Discussion with Narayan Ramachandhran
    15 min 20 sec

    Anupam Manur talks to Takshashila Fellow and Mint Columnist Narayan Ramachandran ahead of the Government of Indias Budget for FY 2016.

  • #GCPPprimetime 6 on the Indian Constitution
    56 min 15 sec

    Sidin Vadukut and Pavan Srinath discuss the Indian Constitution and the idea of a Republic, as the constitution turns 66 years old. GCPPPrimetime is a weekly online show on public affairs and policy hosted by the Takshashila Institution. Sidin Vadukut is the author of The Sceptical Patriot and Dork, apart from being a columnist and editor with Mint. Pavan Srinath is a fellow and faculty member at the Takshashila Institution.

  • #GCPPprimetime 7 on India – Myanmar relations
    46 min 50 sec

    Priya Ravichandran and Pranay Kotasthane discuss the political changes in Myanmar and the future of India—Myanmar relations.GCPPprimetime is a weekly online show on public affairs and policy hosted by the Takshashila Institution.Priya has written extensively on Myanmar in Business Standard and Pragati. Pranay Kotasthane heads the geostrategy programme at the Takshashila Institution.

  • #GCPPprimetime 8 on the Indian Navy during War and Peace
    54 min 5 sec

    Guru Aiyar and Pavan Srinath chat about the Indian Navy, on the occasion of the 11th international fleet review, and its role in both war and peace in modern India. GCPPprimetime is a weekly online show on public affairs and policy hosted by the Takshashila Institution.Cdr Guru Aiyar retd used to serve in the Indian Navy, and has captained a minesweeper INS Cuddalore and worked in the navy as an electronic warfare and information operations expert on many ships. Pavan Srinath is a faculty and fellow

  • #GCPPprimetime 2 on COP21 and Climate Change
    51 min 38 sec

    Pavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane discuss COP21 and Climate Change on the second edition of GCPPprimetime – a regular web discussion on public affairs and policy.

  • Former R&AW Chief AS Dulat and Ramachandra Guha on "Kashmir: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"
    1 hr 41 min 11 sec

    Excertps from a talk on Kashmir : Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow by Mr. Amarjit Singh Dulat, former chief of RAW – chaired moderated by Dr. Ramachandra Guha. The event was conducted by The Takshashila Institution in collaboration with Bangalore International Centre.Mr Dulat recently authored Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years HarperCollins and draws heavily from the book in the talk. http://www.amazon.in/KashmirVajpayeeYearsASDulat/dp/9351770664

  • INI9 – Genocide against the minorities In Pakistan
    9 min 3 sec

    Nitin Pai and Farahnaz Ispahani discuss genocide against minority groups in Pakistan at the TakshashilaHudson Conference Shaping Indias New Growth Agenda: Implications for the World.

  • INI9 - Anand Arni and Aparna Pande on Afghanistan after the US drawout
    4 min 19 sec

    Anand Arni and Aparna Pande discuss postUS Afghanistan at the TakshashilaHudson Conference Shaping Indias New Growth Agenda: Implications for the World.

  • INI9 – Nandan Nilekani and Saurabh Chandra on Innovation
    7 min 42 sec

    Nandan Nilekani and Saurabh Chandra discuss Aadhar and innovation in India at the TakshashilaHudson Conference Shaping Indias New Growth Agenda: Implications for the World. This conference was a collaboration between the Takshashila Institution in Bangalore and the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. that took place in August 2014.

  • INI9 – Pavan Srinath and Rohini Nilekani on Sanitation and Malnutrition
    9 min 36 sec

    Pavan Srinath and Rohini Nilekani of Arghyam discuss malnutrition, sanitation and water in India, at the TakshashilaHudson Conference Shaping Indias New Growth Agenda: Implications for the World. This conference was a collaboration between the Takshashila Institution in Bangalore and the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. that took place in August 2014.

  • INI-9: Pavan Srinath and Raj Cherubal on Smart Cities
    10 min 10 sec

    Pavan Srinath talks to Raj Cherubal from Chennai CityConnect at the Goa Arts and Literary Festival on local governance and the idea of smart cities.

  • INI-9: Priya Ravichandran and Dr. Rajeev Gowda on Gender and Safety
    11 min 22 sec

    Priya Ravichandran and Member of Parliament Dr. Rajeev Gowda discuss gender inclusion, safety, and public spaces.

  • Nitin Pai on Lokpal on Radio One Mumbai
    4 min 11 sec

    Nitin Pai speaks on Mumbais Radio One on the idea of a Lokpal to solve Indias corruption challenge.

  • Ep. 171: The Promise and Tragedy of China: 70 Years of the People’s Republic
    36 min 36 sec

    The Peoples Republic of China is celebrating its 70th anniversary on October 1st, 2019. Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai talk to Pranay Kotasthane about Chinas tumultuous journey and its uncertain future. On this episode: SuyashDesai  pranaykotas  theChinaDude You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 172: India's Economic Dilemmas: How to Fix the Slowdown
    31 min 19 sec

    Indias economy is in doldrums, but the way out is unclear. Nitin Pai and Anupam Manur join Pranay Kotasthane to discuss the options, from sweeping reforms to sensible taxation. On this episode: acorn anupammanur pranaykotas You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 173: Getting Back on Track: Improving India’s Railway Network
    26 min 10 sec

    The Railway Board Chairman has recently announced plans to allow 150 private trains into the railway network. What really needs to be done to improve the quality and availability of rail transport Nitin Pai joins Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane to figure out the implications. On this episode: acorn anupammanur  pranaykotas  You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 174: Fighting Together: Joint Operations in the Armed Forces
    24 min 40 sec

    Is military jointness good Or should each service should be allowed to formulate its own strategy Are there any lessons for India from the military reforms in China Manoj Kewalramani discusses with Suyash Desai and Sankalp Gurjar. On this episode: theChinaDude SankalpGurjar SuyashDesai  You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 175: The Geopolitics of Online Worlds: What MMOs teach us about Economics and Politics
    36 min 12 sec

    The astonishing multiplayer world of Eve Online allows players to build, trade, become politicians, and wage war on each other. In this episode, Anirudh Kanisetti joins Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan to discuss what such games reveal about the real world, from the creation of political entities, to economics and strategy. On this episode: AKanisetti theChinaDude  adityar22  You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 176: China’s Web of Influence and Power
    28 min 56 sec

    Much has been written about Chinese influence operations undermining democracies and impacting academic freedoms. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani talks to Suyash Desai and Sankalp Gurjar about the instruments China uses to exercise sharp power. On this episode: Manoj Kewalramani  theChinaDude Suyash Desai  SuyashDesai Sankalp Gurjar  sankalpgurjar You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 177: The Fake News Conundrum: Singapore’s Gambit
    24 min 7 sec

    Singapores antifake news law took effect on October 02. Shibani Mehta, Rohan Seth, and Utkarsh Narain talk about what such laws might mean for free speech, dissent, and civil liberties, as well as the dilemmas they pose for bigtech and media companies. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 178: Eastern Promises: Why Does the India-Bangladesh Relationship Matter?
    25 min 47 sec

    Delhi and Dhaka signed several agreements during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent visit, despite concerns about issues like the NRC. Shambhavi Naik talks to Pranav RS, Sankalp Gurjar and Suyash Desai about the future of the IndiaBangladesh relationship and what it means for India’s approach to regionalism. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 179: A Meeting in Mamallapuram: Xi Visits India
    33 min 17 sec

    Is the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping an empty gesture or a valuable diplomatic initiative Our China watchers, Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join host Aditya Ramanathan to debate the value of such a meeting. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 180: A Peculiar Alliance: The China-Pakistan Alliance
    33 min 50 sec

    Sweeter than honey and higher than the mountainsthat’s how China and Pakistan describe their relationship. But what really drives it Is it just about containing India or are there other factors involved Manoj Kewalramani talks to Suyash Desai and Sankap Gurjar about the bonds that shape the ChinaPakistan axis.

  • Ep. 181: Reading the Economist: Smart Cars, Inflation, and Russia
    35 min 57 sec

    Will China have autonomous cars before the West Is inflation no longer a worry for emerging markets And why are the EU and Russia patching up now Manoj Kewalramani, Sankalp Gurjar and Utkarsh Narain discuss all this and more in this week’s Reading The Economist. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 182: The Military Pensions Dilemma: Investing in Human Capital
    24 min 19 sec

    Nearly 25 of India’s defence expenditure for this year will be used to service the pension bill. Is this sustainable And how does it impact modernisation Manoj Kewalramani talks to General Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane about their new study which proposes an innovative solution to this problem. Also check out: A Human Capital Investment Model for India’s National Security System You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 183: Military Revolutions and the Future of War
    29 min 21 sec

    How do countries think about revolutionary changes in the character of war In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav RS, and Aditya Ramanathan debate the dynamics driving strategic and military innovations from the gunpowder era to our times. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 184: The Missiles of October: The Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis
    27 min 11 sec

    This week, 57 years ago a crisis broke out in the Caribbean that brought the world closest its ever been to allout nuclear war. In this episode, Shibani Mehta, Pranav RS and Aditya Ramanathan debate the lessons of the confrontation for the future. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 185: War on the Roof of the World
    36 min

    The 1962 war with China scarred India and had a lasting impact on its politics. But why did the war break out How did the world react And are there any lessons for today Manoj Kewalramani, Suyash Desai and Sankalp Gurjar discuss. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

  • Ep. 186: Reading the Economist: From Hungarian Politics to Japanese Royals
    35 min 20 sec

    Viktor Orbán’s setback in Budapest Japan’s Naruhito faces royal restrictions psychedelics could treat depression and China’s uncomfortable tryst with football acquisitions. Manoj Kewalramani joins Sankalp Gurjar and Utkarsh Narain to discuss all this and more in this week’s Reading The Economist. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

  • Ep. 187: The Moral Dilemmas of IVF
    30 min 52 sec

    In the recent past, In Vitro Fertilization IVF or assisted reproductive technologies has enabled women of older age to bear children. What are the ethical dilemmas of such births Should the government regulate them Shambhavi Naik thrown open this question to Anupam Manur and Sowmya Nandan for debate. Also check out Shambhavi and Anupam’s oped on this difficult subject: Cap on age limit for IVF could be allowed, but only with checks and balances You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

  • Ep. 188: Xi, Modi and the Prospects for India-China Relations
    32 min 6 sec

    The informal summit in Mamallapuram between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping may have generated photo ops, but does it provide a way forward for ties between Asia’s two giants Nitin Pai sparks debate between Lt General Prakash Menon and Ambassador Nirupama Menon Rao. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

  • Ep. 189: India’s Afghan Conundrum
    24 min 40 sec

    With an election in limbo and uncertain peace talks, Afghanistan’s long war could pack some surprises for India. In this special episode, Nitin Pai joins Ambassador Nirupama Rao and Lt General Prakash Menon to discuss how India can best craft an effective Afghan strategy. You can listen to this show and other