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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

  • Tech Amidst the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
    20 min 15 sec

    As tensions rise amidst the Russian aggression towards Ukraine, technology is becoming a frontier of the conflict. From State demands to voluntary steps taken by technology corporations, geopolitics is entwined with technology in a never seen before fashion. Rohan Seth discusses the evolving picture with Sapni G K and Prateek Waghre.Follow Prateek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/prateekwaghreFollow Rohan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesethistFollow Sapni on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sapnigkClick here to view Rohan and Manojs paper.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Forked Tongues: The Language of Politics
    30 min 38 sec

    In this episode, Aarthi Ratnam and Ganesh Chakravarthi talk about the evolution of language and how it is used as an instrument in political discourse. They look at the use of language framing in political communication, as well the politics of framing language, especially in the time of war and conflict.Follow Aarthi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ratnamaarthiFollow Ganesh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/craynonymousSources mentioned in the episode:1. Language and Politics by Noam Chomsky 2. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell3. The Dawn of Language: The story of how we came to talk Book4. Language in Thought and Action: Fifth Edition BookCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • ‘Trials’ and tribulations of Covid-19 vaccine for kids
    27 min 41 sec

    With India approving a 4th Covid19 vaccine for children, Priyal Lyncia DAlmeida and Ruturaj Gowaikar talk about the challenges involved with clinical trials in children.Follow Priyal on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynciapriyalFollow Ruturaj on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruturajgowaikarSuggested Readings:Clinical trials in childrenInterim statement on COVID19 vaccination for children and adolescentsCOVID19 vaccine trials with children: ethics pointersCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Menstrual Leave Policy in India
    29 min 11 sec

    Menstruation brings pain, emotional problems and discomfort and makes it difficult to work. Many advocate for a day or two leaves each month to alleviate this discomfort. Mahek Nankani and Priyal D’Almeida discuss what menstrual leave policy is, the challenges and the arguments against the same.Follow Mahek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/maheknankaniFollow Priyal on Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/lynciapriyalCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • What went wrong with the Sri Lankan economy?
    38 min 41 sec

    Sri Lanka is facing a historic economic crisis, the biggest since the country’s independence in 1948. The economic crisis has resulted in massive inflation, power outages and a shortage of essentials such as medicine. Sri Lankans have begun arriving on Indian shores and some are worried that India might face a refugee crisis. Anupam Manur joins Atish Padhy to discuss the causes and consequences of the crisis.Follow Anupam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/anupammanurFollow Atish on Twitter: https://twitter.com/socratishhCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • TTP’s Resurgence and the Future of Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations
    28 min 31 sec

    Recently, the TehreekeTaliban Pakistan TTP announced its spring offensive against the Pakistan Army. The TTP’s resurgence is leading to a sharp increase in terrorist activity in Pakistan. These developments, after the Taliban victory in August last year, have confounded many. While it was thought that the Taliban victory would unleash the brotherly relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan and ensure Pak’s strategic depth, the situation is far from Islamabad’s control. Harshit Kukreja talks to Shrey Khanna to discuss the TTP’s resurgence and the future of AfghanistanPakistan relations.Follow Shrey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shreywaFollow Harshit on Twitter:https://twitter.com/harshitk43Check out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • The Arctic & India
    43 min 26 sec

    India recently came out with its finalised Arctic Policy document on 17th March 2022. The document casts a wide net and explains India’s priorities, objectives and course of action for the Arctic. With areas such as international cooperation, scientific cooperation, space, digital connectivity, biosecurity and polar iceclass research vessels being at the forefront.Aditya Pareek joins Alexandre Delangle to discuss the Arctics governance structure, security environment, international cooperation and Indias approach to the region.Alexandre Delangle is currently a Ph.D student at Université ParisSaclay focusing on among other things the militarization of the American Arctic, 193050s. Alexandre currently lives in Michigan, USA and works as a Teaching Assistant at Albion College.Follow Aditya on Twitter:https://twitter.com/CabinMarineFollow Alexandre on Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexandredLinks to the Sources mentioned in the episode:1. The geopolitics of the Arctic: What it means for the EU, Russia and India By Aditya Pareek and Ruturaj Gowaikar2. Charting a course for India’s Arctic engagement By Aditya Pareek and Ruturaj GowaikarCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • China and India’s Approach to Human Trafficking
    32 min 7 sec

    Human trafficking became a hot topic in China after a clip of women being mistreated went viral. This incident sparked a debate that also drew the attention of China’s Premier Li Keqiang during a session of the National People’s Congress. Social aspects of human trafficking in both China and India have some common elements. In this episode, Megha Pardhi and Harshit Kukreja discuss various aspects of human trafficking in India and China. Follow Megha on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pardhimegha21Follow Harshit on Twitter: https://twitter.com/harshitk43Suggested Reading: 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report: IndiaChina launches campaign to stem trafficking of women and children after viral video exposed chained motherCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Accidental Launch of a Missile
    20 min 39 sec

    A missile launch from India into Pakistan became the cause for hairraising headlines recently. Acknowledged as an accident by the government of India, the missile is believed to have been an unarmed BrahMos missile that did not carry a warhead or ordnance. Aditya Pareek joins Pranav Satyanath to discuss the facts of the matter, the incident’s implications and broader impacts on the world.Follow Aditya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CabinMarineFollow Pranav on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dukenotnukemCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Exploring India-US Cooperation in Military AI
    34 min 2 sec

    As the United States US and India gradually deepen cooperation in political, technological, and other areas, the cooperation in military Artificial Intelligence AI also holds a lot of potentials. In this episode, Megha Pardhi and Husanjot Chahal explore avenues for IndiaUS cooperation in military applications of AI. Husanjot Chahal is Research Analyst at the Centre for Security and Emerging Technology CSET at Georgetown Universitys Walsh School of Foreign Service. Before CSET, she worked in the World Bank’s Corporate Security Division and in New Delhibased research organizations, including the MP Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses IDSA.Follow Megha on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pardhimegha21Follow Husanjot on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hsjchahalRead Husans paper here Mapping Indias AI Potential. Also, check out Megha’s newsletter China Tech Dispatch.Check out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • A brief passage through history of Humanitarian Corridors
    25 min 52 sec

    With war raging on multiple fronts in Ukraine and several cities under siege, Humanitarian corridors are allowing temporary respite to citizens. Priyal Lyncia DAlmeida and Ruturaj Gowaikar discuss these corridors in current and historical contexts.Follow Priyal on Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/lynciapriyalFollow Ruturaj on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruturajgowaikarSuggested readings:The siege of SarajevoWhat the war in Syria tells us about Russias use of humanitarian corridorsCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Wang Yi in Nepal: The Why and What of the Visit
    22 min 56 sec

    In this episode, Shrey Khann joins Aarthi Ratnam to talk about Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi’s visit to Nepal. They raise two main questions: Why did Yi visit Nepal and more importantly what are the geopolitical implications of this visit They look at the implications for Nepal, China, the US and India.Follow Shrey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shreywaFollow Aarthi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ratnamaarthiSuggested Readings:No agreement on Belt and Road Initiative as Nepal toughens stand amid Chinese FM visit Wang visit: Nepal, China sign nine agreements, none on BRINepal CompactCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • The Political Side of Unemployment
    27 min 41 sec

    They say the personal is political, we think this is true for unemployment as well. The political side of unemployment is an exigent issue that is meticulously wrapped around elite capture, selectorate theory, lowcost labour, and political donations in India. Sudisha Mishra discusses with Aarushi Kataria on some of these theories, citing examples from Ghana, MNREGA in Karnataka, among others. Follow Sudisha on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sudishamishraFollow Aarushi on Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/aarushikatariaSuggested Readings:The Logic of Political SurvivalPolitical and Economic Explanations for Unemployment: A CrossNational and LongTerm AnalysisInterests and Participation of Elites in MGNREGA: Lessons from Elite Capture in KarnatakaCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Sri Lanka’s Default and The Future of Rajapaksa Family
    16 min 41 sec

    On April 12, Sri Lanka declared the default on all payments on its 51billion external debt to save precious forex reserves to buy oil and agricultural commodities. The alarming level of food scarcity in the country has mobilized the population to demand the ouster of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa along with his family from the government. How has the situation deteriorated to such an extent What is the role of the Ukraine War in aggravating economic instability in Sri Lanka What is the political future of the Rajapaksa family And What can India do to help ease the situation in the country Aditya Pareek talks to Shrey Khanna to discuss Sri Lanka’s economic crisis and the future of the Rajapaksa family in Sri Lankan politics.Follow Aditya on twitter : https://twitter.com/CabinMarineFollow Shrey on twitter : https://twitter.com/ShreywaCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Labour Law Reforms in India
    48 min 34 sec

    Indian workers, establishments, and trade unions have been demanding labour law reforms for a decade or so. Now that the new labour codes have been passed, the country has witnessed protests and discourse against the same.Sudisha Mishra sits with labour economist Professor KR Shyam Sundar to discuss how these labour law reforms affect the working class, do establishments benefit, and what we can hope for the future.Further readings:The shaky foundation of the labour law reformsLabour Law Reforms Book NLU Delhi 2021Are Labour Law Reforms for the LabourFollow Sudisha on twitter : https://twitter.com/sudishamishraCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • The War in Ukraine
    32 min 32 sec

    After recognising the independence of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics in the breakaway part of Ukraine, Russia has now launched a special military operation.With the fog of war and the lively use of the information domain, asymmetric and hybrid tactics the much weaker Ukrainian military is holding its own against the much superior Russian force.Aditya Pareek and Pranav R. Satyanath discuss the RussiaUkraine conflict and the role of conventional forces, geoeconomics, nuclear threats, conflict diplomacy and the information domain in it.Follow Aditya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cabinmarineFollow Pranav on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dukenotnukemResources mentioned in the episode:1. Article in Times of India by Anupam Manur on DeSWIFTing Russia2. Aditya Pareek’s view of the role of CBDCs in mitigating the impact of sanctions in Sputnik News3. Megha Pardhi’s article in Deccan Herald about RussiaChina cooperation in case of Russia being cut off from SWIFTCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Sex Education in India
    40 min 17 sec

    In today’s globalised world where we are connected through technology and where information travels very fast, addressing topics such as sex education has become increasingly crucial. Conservative beliefs on sex are becoming obsolete day by day, especially in India, where the teenage population is expanding and attitudes about sex are changing due to the impact of media. In today’s episode, Priyal Lyncia D’almeida and Mahek Nankani discuss the problems associated with the current sex education system and the need for a comprehensive sex education curriculum for India.Follow Priyal on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynciapriyalFollow Mahek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/maheknankaniResources mentioned in the episode:Mahek Nankani’s oped on sex educationNeed for Comprehensive Sex Education: Moving Beyond Birds Bees Padmini Vaidyanathan, The Quint.heck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • What is China’s two-front War Dilemma?
    20 min 52 sec

     A twofront dilemma for a state usually involves external actors. However, Chinese strategists define the twofront war dilemma based on internal and external factors. In this episode, Suyash Desai and Megha Pardhi discuss internal and external drivers of China’s twofront war dilemma.Follow Megha on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pardhimegha21Follow Suyash on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SuyashDesaiCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Understanding China’s Approach to Regulating Tech Algorithms
    29 min 44 sec

    China is rolling out a new law to regulate algorithms used on apps to bring the country’s Big Tech sector in line with state policies. Rohan Seth talks to Manoj Kewalramani and Sapni G Krishna to discuss the fine print.Follow Sapni on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sapnigkFollow Rohan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesethistFollow Manoj on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theChinaDudeCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Indian Health Services: Need of the hour?
    33 min 47 sec

    For a while now, India has seen a need for Indian Health Services IHS, akin to other allIndia services like IAS, IPS, and IFS. Over the years, successive governments have looked into this issue, yet very little has been done. Mahek Nankani and Priyal Lyncia DAlmeida discuss the history, the need, the concerns and the primary steps that have been taken in this direction.Follow Priyal on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynciapriyalFollow Mahek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/maheknankaniCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Nutrition Programmes in India - A Report Card
    17 min 35 sec

    Nutrition programmes in India come in different hues and have undergone sweeping changes in the last few years. From the ICDS to the POSHAN 2.0, we have seen varying successes across the country. What do budgetary trends indicate Why should we track this Apurva Kumar and Suman Joshi discuss all this and more.Follow Apurva on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apurvakrFollow Suman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sujo2906References: 1. https://www.indiaspend.com/budget/indiaunderspendsonnutritionnewnutritionprogrammeyettobeimplemented8008102.https://www.indiabudget.gov.in/economicsurvey/doc/eschapter/echap10.pdfCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Policy of Death
    30 min 3 sec

    Last month, The Lancet Commission on Value of Death released their report, advocating for a return to death as a sociocultural event. Is death now over medicalised What are the policy implications of this Should we legalise assisted dying and euthanasia Listen to this episode with Shrey Khanna and Harshit Kukreja to find out.Follow Shrey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shreywaFollow Harshit on Twitter: https://twitter.com/harshitk43Suggested Reading: Report of the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death: bringing death back into lifeCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • The Full Spectrum of Russian Foreign Policy
    28 min 52 sec

    Tensions between Russia and the West are making headlines, with a lot of hysteria around the ongoing negotiations and developments in the European security sphere. With considerable intrigue in the global information ecosystem, current events may have a lasting impact on cyberspace, outer space and public diplomacy. Sapni G K and Aditya Pareek speak to Dr. Elena Chernenko about Russia’s foreign affairs across domains like cyberspace, outer space and public diplomacy.Dr. Elena Chernenko, is a Special Correspondent at the Russian Business Newspaper, Kommersant. She covers subjects ranging from Arms Control, Cyberspace, Outer Space and the whole spectrum of Russian diplomacy and International Affairs.Follow Dr. Elena on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElenaChernenkoFollow Aditya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cabinmarineFollow Sapni on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sapnigkCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Blocking Apps and Scrutiny
    22 min 23 sec

    Last week, reports suggested that the Union Government had issued orders to block an additional 54 apps from China, making it the fifth time such action was taken since June 2020. Prateek Waghre and Sapni GK join Rohan Seth to unpack the app bans, related developments surrounding the use of emergency powers under the 2021 IT Rules, and the need for a higher burden of proof on the Union Government to demonstrate their claims.Follow Prateek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/prateekwaghreFollow Rohan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesethistFollow Sapni on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sapnigk Links mentioned in the episode:1. Economic Times report regarding the order to ban apps2. Medianama video referenced while discussing Press Releases issued3. December 2021 Press Release regarding YouTube channels4. January 2022 Press Release regarding YouTube channels5. Information Technology Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public Rules, 2009Check out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Understanding the Developments on Indian Internet Shutdowns
    29 min 58 sec

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology recently presented its report on the Suspension of Telecom Services/Internet and its impact relating to the Ministry of Communications Department of Telecommunications. Prateek Waghre and Sapni G K join Rohan Seth to discuss the findings, recommendations and what the report left unanswered. Follow Rohan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesethistFollow Sapni on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SapniGKFollow Prateek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/prateekwaghreYou can read the report here Report on Suspension of Telecom Services/Internet and its impact relating to the Ministry of Communications Department of TelecommunicationsSign up for Takshashila’s courses school.takshashila.org.inYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • The Case Against Prohibition
    41 min 33 sec

    Last year India voted in the UN to remove cannabis from the list of most dangerous substances. More recently, there was outrage with respect to the alcohol prohibition laws in Bihar. In this episode, Samparna Tripathy and Meryl Mammen Kurien talk to Sarthak Pradhan about the consequences of prohibition policies. They also discuss alternative approaches to prohibition policies. Samparna Tripathy and Meryl Mammen Kurien, both are students of Takshashilas postgraduate programme in public policyFollow Sarthak on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/psarthak19Follow Samparna on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/samparnatCheck out our courses: school.takshashila.org.inYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • China's Developments in Tibet
    37 min 41 sec

    China is building civilian and military infrastructure in Tibet. Based on Takshashilas recent publication, Suyash Desai and Manoj Kewalramani discuss the details of Chinas infrastructure building and implications on the border dispute with India.Follow Suyash on Twitter: https://twitter.com/suyashdesaiFollow Manoj on Twitter: https://twitter.com//theChinaDudeRead Suyash’s document here Civilian and Military Developments in Tibet Suggested readings:Infrastructure Development in Tibet and its Implications for India Should India worry about China conducting military exercises in TibetCheck out our courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Our 2021 Reading List (Part 2)
    32 min 36 sec

    2021 has been a long year. One thing that remained constant was Takshashila’s love for books. Rohan Seth talks to Nitin Pai and Manoj Kewalramani to discuss their reading lists for this year.Follow Rohan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesethistFollow Manoj on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theChinaDudeFollow Nitin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/acornYou can check out Takshashila’s courses here: school.takshashila.org.in/NOTE: We won’t have episodes on 30th and 31st December 2021, due to New Year’s Eve.Here are the books mentioned in this episode:The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence DurrellThe Legend of the Condor Heroes by Jin YongOnce an Eagle by Anton MyrerThe Dandelion Dynasty Series by Ken LiuAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueA Time to Love and a Time to Die by Erich MariaDeath: A Life by George PendleThe Jeeves Collection by P.G. WodehouseThe Origin of Satan by Elaine PagelsFrom Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party by Tony SaichTiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest by Vijay GokhaleThe Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India by Vijay GokhaleThe Fractured Himalaya: India Tibet China 19491962 by Nirupama RaoSmokeless War: Chinas Quest for Geopolitical Dominance by Manoj KewalramaniA Collection of Essays of Mao ZedongThe Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict by Elbridge A. ColbyThe Long Game: Chinas Grand Strategy to Displace American Order Bridging the Gap by Rush DoshiStronger: Adapting America’s China Strategy in an Age of Competitive Interdependence by Ryan HassWanderers, Kings, Merchants: The Story of India through Its Languages by Peggy MohanThe Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis HansonLiberalism: The Life of an Idea by Edmund FawcettHow Innovation Works by Matt RidleyJugalbandi: The BJP Before Modi by Vinay SitapatiRethinking Chinese politics by Joseph FewsmithNehru, Tibet and China by AS Bhasin’sDavid Shum’s Red RouletteChinas Western Horizon: Beijing and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia by Daniel MarketSuperpower Interrupted by Michael ShumanIn the Dragons Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century by Sebastian StrangioPradeep Chhibber, Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of IndiaZealot by Reza AslanHumankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman Nitin’s Book of the YearYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Effect of the Pandemic on Pediatric Obesity
    25 min 23 sec

    Responses to the COVID19 pandemic have evoked major lifestyle changes among adults and children. Closure of schools and stayathome orders has threatened the health and wellbeing of children, causing an increase in obesity cases.In todays episode, Aarthi Ratnam and Ruturaj Gowaikar discuss the effect of the pandemic on increasing obesity cases and how digital marketing has only worsened the situation. Looking at case studies from around the world, they also explore possible policy solutions.Follow Aarthi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ratnamaarthiFollow Ruturaj on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruturajgowaikarSuggested Readings:1. When Pandemics Collide: The Impact of COVID19 on Childhood Obesity2. Childhood obesity: a growing pandemic3. CHILDHOOD OBESITY by Narayana HealthCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • What are the Quad's plans in Biotech?
    26 min 45 sec

    The Quad Summit which was held in September last year introduced multiple working groups ranging from climate change to information disorder. Shrey Khanna talks to Arjun Gargeyas on the potential of Quad collaboration in the biotechnology field along with the tools and technologies that the Quad can focus on. Follow Shrey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shreywaCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Google v/s News Publishers
    29 min 31 sec

    The Digital News Publishers Association DNPA, which represents the digital arms of a number of legacy media organisations has alleged that Googles conduct has violated various provisions of the Competition Act. In a recently passed order, the Competition Commission of India CCI has directed the DirectorGeneral to investigate these charges. Rohan Seth joins Sapni GK and Prateek Waghre to unpack the order.Follow Rohan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesethistFollow Sapni on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SapniGKFollow Prateek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/prateekwaghreClick here to read the CCI order Suggested readings:1. Details from recently unredacted documents in the Texas AGs case against Google: Googles Alleged Scheme to Corner the Online Ad Market2. Dina Srinivasans paper: Why Google Dominates Advertising Markets Check out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Policy in Action: The Bihar Diaries
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    The mention of Bihar conjures up images of abject poverty and state apathy. The ground reality, however, has been changing in the past decade. Economist M R Sharan chronicles his time in Bihar with stories from a journey of hope, led by several hundred women, and provides insights from field research on MNREGA, grievance redressal systems, and the politics and dynamics of caste in Bihar and its impact on public policy.Follow Sharan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sharanidliFollow Suman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sujo2906Follow Mihir on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mihirmahajanReferences mentioned in the episode are below:1. General Equilibrium Effects of Improving Public Employment Programs: Experimental Evidence from India2. Book: Last Among Equals: Power, Caste Politics in Bihar’s Villages3. Meet Sanjay Sahni, the MGNREGA Worker Contesting the Bihar PollsCheck out Takshashila’s courses: The Takshashila Institutions Policy SchoolYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: ‎IVM PodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Kazakhstan Unrest and CSTO's Intervention
    32 min 18 sec

    Earlier this month, Russia led Collective Security Treaty OrganisationCSTO deployed troops to quell widespread unrest in Kazakhstan. The swift CSTO operation achieved its objective and the deployed Russian, Belarusian, Tajikistani and Armenian peacekeepers are already withdrawing. With a fog of uncertainty and lack of information, many questions about the unrest and the political situation remain unanswered. Dr Shrey Khanna joins Aditya Pareek to discuss the unrest, the CSTO intervention and the political situation in Kazakhstan.Note: After this podcast was recorded, Nursultan Nazarbayev appeared in a new video urging everyone to support President Tokayev.Follow Shrey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shreywaFollow Aditya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cabinmarineCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Importance of Digital Equity for True Progress
    46 min 34 sec

    The internet has become more ubiquitous than ever before. The National Digital Inclusion Alliance defines digital equity as “a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy.” Sridhar Krishna talks to Raghav Rao, a Digital Innovation Fellow at The Cleveland Foundation, and Aarushi Kataria on the role of digital – whether it is an enabler or a divider.Note: All views expressed here are Raghavs personal views and not the views of The Cleveland Foundation.Follow Sridhar on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sridharkriFollow Aarushi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aarushikatariaCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Philippines gets BrahMos
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    The Philippines recently announced the procurement of the BrahMos cruise missile for its Shore Based Anti Ship Missile Programme. As the first export customer of the system, the Philippines will gain an important capability to counter threats to its interests in the IndoPacific.Aditya Pareek joins Rear Admiral Sudarshan ShrikhandeRetd. and Megha Pardhi to discuss the BRAHMOS weapons system’s capabilities, China’s response to the deal, and Russia’s role in the matter.Rear Admiral Sudarshan ShrikhandeRetd. is a retired flag officer of the Indian Navy and the former head of Naval Intelligence.Follow Megha on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pardhimegha21Follow Aditya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cabinmarineCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • A New Ripple in the Indo-Pacific
    41 min 21 sec

    The new trilateral framework involving Australia, the UK and the US has caused some controversy and signalled a shift in the geopolitics of the IndoPacific. From France’s initial outrage and fiery remarks to the potential new nuclear submarines that Australia may field, the issue is complex. To unpack it all, Takshashila’s Aditya Pareek and Arjun Gargeyas join Professor Dr. Andrey Gubin from Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok.Check out our OpEd articles mentioned in the episode:By Dr. Andrey Gubin and Aditya Pareek:https://asiatimes.com/2021/09/aukusagameofmusicalchairsinindopacific/By Arjun Gargeyas:https://asiatimes.com/2021/09/howindiacouldgetinvolvedinnewaukusalliance/Follow Andrey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andreygubin4Follow Aditya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cabinmarineIndia’s Global Outlook SurveyAs India plays an increasing role in shaping the course of world events, the future of Indias foreign policy will be marked by tricky tradeoffs and tough choices. What are the approaches that you think India should prioritise Click here to take the survey and let us know your views on Indias foreign policy.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • The UK’s Space Strategy
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    The UK has released its firstever National Space Strategy document, which emphasizes the importance of nurturing its space sector, its concerns about adversarial counterspace capabilities, and its desire for international collaboration towards mitigating inorbit threats.Aditya Ramanathan joins Aditya Pareek to discuss the document and think through what lessons it might hold for India.Follow Aditya Ramanathan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/adityascriptsFollow Aditya Pareek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cabinmarineClick here to take our foreign policy survey India’s Global Outlook SurveyLinks to resources mentioned in the episode:UK’s National Space Strategy Document Takshashila Issue Paper India and the Artemis AccordsTakshashila Discussion Document – Space as a Geopolitical EnvironmentYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • The Sounds and Stories of Kerala's Theyyam Rituals
    37 min 27 sec

    Theyyam rituals in Kerala, performed annually by communities across the state, contain fascinating subaltern mythologies and musical practices passed down through centuries. Archaeologist and musician Aditya Mohanan joins Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss his latest research, an ethnomusicological study of Theyyam and its practitioners.Follow Anirudh on Instagram: aniryuddha, connectedhistoriesFollow Aditya Mohanan on Instagram and Soundcloud: adityamohanan ,m.soundcloud.com/elsewereRead Adityas paper, Sounds from a Silenced Divinity, here.Listen to Midhavens album, Of the Lotus and the Thunderbolt, here.India’s Global Outlook SurveyAs India plays an increasing role in shaping the course of world events, the future of Indias foreign policy will be marked by tricky tradeoffs and tough choices. What are the approaches that you think India should prioritise Click here to take the survey and let us know your views on Indias foreign policy.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • A Global Overview of COVID-19 Booster Shots
    20 min 23 sec

    Concerns over waning immunity and SARSCoV2 variants have convinced some countries to deploy booster doses of the COVID19 vaccine. The World Health Organization has strongly objected to rich states delivering boosters to their vaccinated populations when poor states don’t have enough vaccines for their first dose. The WHO had called for a moratorium on boosters until at least the end of September. As this moratorium comes to an end, countries have come up with guidelines to administer booster doses. Priyal D’almeida and Ruturaj Gowaikar discuss the rationale behind booster shots, the guidelines governing them in different countries, and India’s stance.Follow Priyal D’almeida on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynciaPriyalFollow Ruturaj Gowaikar on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruturajgowaikarYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Emigration - Can India fill the World's Vacancies?
    32 min 15 sec

    Many developed countries in Europe and Asia have an ageing population and a shortage of skilled people to fill vacancies in the workforce. India has a very young population with over 18 million people reaching the age of 18 each year. Can we find ways to encourage and facilitate the emigration of a few million people each year from India to fill the world’s vacancies Listen to Sridhar Krishna and Aarushi Kataria from Takshashila Institution talk about the history of human migration, and the benefits and challenges of migration, while exploring some ideas for encouraging emigration out of India.Suggested Readings:International Migration Report Migrants for Export by Robyn Magalit Rodiguez Migrant Rights at Works by Laurie Berg Migrants and CityMaking by Ayse Caglar and Nine Glick Schiller The Lost Workforce Migration and Mental health edited by Dinesh Bhugra and Susham GuptaIndia’s Global Outlook SurveyAs India plays an increasing role in shaping the course of world events, the future of Indias foreign policy will be marked by tricky tradeoffs and tough choices. What are the approaches that you think India should prioritise Click here to take the survey and let us know your views on Indias foreign policy.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Are the Balkans on Edge Again?
    21 min 18 sec

    With recent headlines warning of impending hostilities between Serbia and Kosovo, there is greater attention again on the proverbial powder keg of conflict in Eastern Europe. The EU and NATO have expanded their influence in the Balkans in recent decades. Turkey and Russia, the two nations with historically significant influence in the region, continue to hold their own too. However, is conflict a serious possibility And if so, what could be the global ramifications of such a development Listen in as Aditya Pareek talks to Serbian journalist and geopolitical analyst Nikola Mikovic.Follow Aditya on Twitter https://twitter.com/cabinmarineFollow Nikola on Twitter https://twitter.com/nikolamikovicClick here to take our foreign policy survey India’s Global Outlook SurveyYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Reading between the lines of the Facebook Files
    32 min 54 sec

    The Wall Street Journals Facebook Files and subsequent revelations made by the whistleblower Frances Haugen have documented many online harms present on Facebooks various platforms based on its own internal research.In this episode, Prateek Waghre and Sapni GK join Rohan Seth to unpack the revelations and what a news cycle involving large technology companies looks like.Follow Rohan on TwitterFollow Prateek on Twitter Follow Sapni on TwitterRead Takshashilas Working Paper on Categorisation of Harms attributed to DCNs here.Read the Facebook Files paywall here.Read details about the whistleblowers complaint to the U.S. S.E.C here.Click here to take our foreign policy survey India’s Global Outlook SurveyClick here to know more about our upcoming course “Evidencebased policymaking for responding to COVID19”.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Going Beyond Disinformation
    19 min 4 sec

    Conversations about the impact of Digital Communication Networks on public discourse tend to focus heavily on misinformation and disinformation. While these two terms are used interchangeably, Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth discuss why some researchers are calling for an expansion of the problem definition to look beyond the frame of mis and disinformation.Follow Prateek on Twitter prateekwaghrehttpsFollow Suman on Twitter thesethist Read MisDisMalInformation Edition 52 here.Suggested Readings:Samuel Woolleys article It’s Time to Think Beyond Disinformation and False News Renee DiRestas article It’s Not Misinformation. It’s Amplified PropagandaBen Thompsons Stratechery post paywall Facebook Files, Continued Misinformation and Vaccinations FactChecking and the UnknownYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Digital Activism in China
    25 min 46 sec

    How does digital activism work in China when the Internet is so heavily regulated Netizens in China get creative when they have something to say online. Recent viral trends like Lying Flat and projects like 996ICU are part of this creative tradition. In this episode, Ruturaj Gowaikar and Arjun Gargeyas join Megha Pardhi to discuss the nature of digital activism in China.Follow Ruturaj on Twitter RuturajGowaikar Follow Megna on Twitter  pardhimegha2 Subscribe to Meghas newsletter “China Tech Dispatch” here.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS:https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • The EU’s Arctic Strategy and India
    27 min 38 sec

    Last month, the European Union EU came out with a publication detailing its strategy for the Arctic. The focal points of the strategy are the implications of melting permafrost on geopolitical developments, biosecurity, digital connectivity, and a push for sustainable energy for the region. Ruturaj Gowaikar and Aditya Pareek discuss the strategy, its background and the opportunities it may contain for the EU to cooperate with India and Russia in the Arctic region.Follow Ruturaj on Twitter https://twitter.com/ruturajgowaikarFollow Aditya on Twitter https://twitter.com/cabinmarineLink to sources mentioned in the episode:Full text of the EU Arctic strategy document Aditya Pareek and Ruturaj Gowaikar’s Opinion piece in HT CSIS report on the impact of climate change on Russia’s Arctic ambitions         4.CGTN/Xinhua article on losses to Russian                        infrastructure because of permafrost meltingYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • The Geopolitics of International Technical Standards
    32 min 32 sec

    With a new technological revolution underway, emerging technologies are at the heart of geopolitical competition between States. Standardsetting is one key dimension of this competition. But what does this entail and how should India navigate related challenges Ameera Rao talks to Arjun Gargeyas about his new report, which recommends action points for Indian policymakers.Follow Ameera on Twitter https://twitter.com/ameeraraoRead Arjuns Report hereRead Arjuns OpEd in the Hindustan Times hereYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Dissent on The Personal Data Protection Bill
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    The Data Protection Bill is supposed to be up for discussion in the winter session of Parliament. Jairam Ramesh, an MP and a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee has made public a dissent note to the committee chairperson. Rohan Seth talks to Sapni G K and Prateek Waghre to discuss.Follow Rohan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesethistFollow Sapni on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SapniGKFollow Prateek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/prateekwaghreSign up for Takshashila’s courses school.takshashila.org.inLink to the sources mentioned in the episodeDissent note Economic Times report on classifying platforms as publishers        3. TheQuint articleYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Breathing New Life into India-Russia Relations
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    The firstever RussiaIndia 22 summit took place on the 6th of December, 2021. With 28 agreements signed between the two strategic partners during the meeting, the outlook for the relationship is largely positive. In recent years, Russias relationship with China and Indias relationship with the US has complicated the dynamics between India and Russia. Aditya Pareek and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the various points of divergences and rapprochement between New Delhi and Moscow.Follow Aditya Pareek on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cabinmarineFollow Aditya Ramanathan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/adityascriptsRead Aditya Pareeks Kommersant article on the IndiaRussia 22 summit here.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

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  • Sectoral Analysis: Market Failures in the Indian Pharma Sector
    35 min 32 sec

    While the pharma sector is significant in India it is also plagued by many failures and government interventions have yet to be effective. What can be done to enable the sector to achieve its potential? Kannan and Deepali spoke to Suman Joshi about their sectoral analysis on this.

  • The Fundamentals of Economic Crimes | Police Chowki
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    Economic crimes such as money laundering and corporate fraud affect the country's socio-economic fabric and economic security. India has diverse legislative measures and state agencies in place to tackle such crimes. In this episode of Police Chowki, Shrikrishna Upadhyay quizzes two experts who have worked in the field, Dr. Pravin Tiwari (full-time member of the National Financial Reporting Authority and former Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General of India) and Mr. Javeed Ahmad (former IPS officer and DGP of Uttar Pradesh) on various aspects of economic crimes and the challenges in combating them.

  • How New Delhi Sees the Quad
    32 min 5 sec

    India is set to host the Quad Leaders' Summit in 2024. Over the years, the Quad has evolved to assume numerous domains as part of its public goods agenda. How does India view the Quad’s role in the Indo-Pacific, and how do other Quad countries see India’s role in the Quad? What is the Quad’s regional role? In this episode of All Things Policy, join Bharat Sharma and Kripa Koshy as they discuss the Quad and India's role in it.

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    44 min 18 sec

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    So far, on SiliconPolitik, our limited edition podcast series on semiconductor chips, we have gotten insights into the geopolitical, economic, and technical aspects of the value chain. However, what goes into running a semiconductor firm, namely one within a niche in the design stage of this value chain? Join us on All Things Policy, as Satya Sahu talks to Vish Madhugiri, Chief Strategist of Saaz Micro Inc. to gain a practitioner's perspective on chip R&D, especially the journey to make imaging sensors for the James Webb Space Telescope.

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    The UNDP Sustainable Finance Hub is working on the challenge that “finance is not working for people or the planet”. They believe that the the answer is “an architecture for sustainable finance based on the SDGs” and their “target is a $1 trillion “Moonshot”. Shrikrishna Upadhyaya hosts Laure-Anne Parpaleix and Saiyed Kamil, programme analysts at the Sustainable Finance Hub, for a chat on the significance of the Hub’s mission, their work leading up to the G20 endorsing the G20 Technical Assistance Action Plan (TAAP) for sustainable finance this year, and innovations in green financial instruments.

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    Every country advances its foreign policy objectives through public diplomacy initiatives via its embassies and consulates. Australia is no different. Through various economic, creative & cultural initiatives, Australia advocates their goals in India in their interactions with governments, businesses, societies, and individuals. In this episode, Carl Jaison speaks to Sarah Kirlew, Australia’s Consul General in Chennai about Australia’s various public diplomacy efforts in India, how it links to its larger foreign policy agenda, and the impact of grant programs like the Direct Aid Program

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  • The Effectiveness of Tobacco Disclaimers on OTT Platforms
    22 min 8 sec

    In May 2023, the MoHFW brought in the regulation of tobacco depiction on OCCPs or OTT content platforms, requiring them to put a health spot of a minimum of 30 seconds along with a prominent health disclaimer on online curated content. A recent report by researchers at the Koan Advisory Group, in collaboration with survey partner Youth Ki Awaaz, examines the trade-offs of mandatory health warnings during smoking scenes in OTT content, with data from a primary survey of about 1,900 OTT viewers. Carl Jaison speaks to Tamanna Sharma, Associate at Koan Advisory Group, on a major gap in existing research that prompted them to conduct this study: the need for more young consumer feedback. They discuss the key findings & results from the research and the key recommendations on alternate strategies for an industry-led response by OTT platforms. Link to the report: The Effectiveness of Tobacco Disclaimers on OTT Content Services

  • Siliconpolitik : The Factors that Chip in to Make a Chip
    36 min 23 sec

    As India’s semiconductor ecosystem sees an influx of rapid-fire investment and partnerships, Satya Sahu engages in a conversation with Prof. Navakanta Bhat, previous chair of the Center for Nanosciences and Engineering at IISc Bangalore, to gain insights into what goes into creating a semiconductor chip in India.

  • Geospatial Technology in Public Health Planning
    23 min 10 sec

    Prof Nithiyanandam engages in an intriguing conversation with Mr. Sanjay Sinha, a distinguished senior Consultant with the Department of Real Time Governance (also called RTGS) with the Government of Andhra Pradesh, regarding the captivating significance of Geospatial technology in India's public health planning. They delve into the present scenario and explore the enthralling impact that Geospatial technology can have on enhancing the effectiveness of public health services.

  • India’s Central Armed Police Forces | Police Chowki
    40 min 18 sec

    The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) of India provide internal security and guard our international borders with our neighbouring countries. Earlier called the paramilitary forces, the CAPFs today play a critical role in maintaining the peace and security of the nation and operate under challenging conditions to fulfill these responsibilities. In the seventh episode of Police Chowki, Javeed Ahmad and Shrikrihna Upadhyaya discuss the origin and role of CAPFs, policy issues around over-reliance on CAPFs by state police, and attempts to rationalise the functions of these forces.

  • What the Modi Visit to the U.S Means
    28 min 10 sec

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a packed three-day State visit to the US recently. In this episode of All Things Policy, Takshashila's Sachin Kalbag and Yusuf Unjhawala break down the strategic and tactical import of one of the "most consequential friendships" of the 21st century.

  • Can't snooze aging, So let's face it!
    38 min 30 sec

    In this episode Sowmya Prabhakar, Malathi Renati & Nidhi Chawla delve into two tangents of aging - elderly welfare & elderly care. They grapple with some solutions & explore how other countries are tackling them, and conclude with the role of society, government & markets.

  • What’s New in Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita 2023? | Police Chowki
    42 min 23 sec

    The Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023 is set to replace the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 as the country’s primary criminal procedural law. In this episode of Police Chowki, Javeed Ahmad (ex IPS & ex DGP of Uttar Pradesh) and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya break down the various significant changes proposed in the Sanhita and discuss its ramifications on the right to fair and speedy trial, individual liberties and police powers.

  • Will an Iran-US Nuclear Deal Materialise ?
    22 min 5 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Anushka Saxena quizzes Harshit Sharma on details of the recently announced prisoner exchange deal between Iran and the US, and other aspects of the backchannel talks going on between the two countries in Oman. The podcast also covers insights on the impediments facing the two countries in reviving the stalled nuclear talks and making a new deal possible.

  • Why Laptops Import Licensing is a Bad Idea
    32 min 33 sec

    The Directorate General of Foreign Trade issued a notification on August 3, 2023, which placed significant curbs on laptop and computer imports in the form of licensing requirements. In this episode of All Things Policy, Anupam Manur and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya discuss India’s tryst with failed trade policies, the unlikelihood of import restrictions creating a competitive domestic manufacturing sector, and how the notification will lead to a “rich tapestry of red-tapism”. Readings: An echo of licence raj in laptop import curbs - Hindustan Times Laptop licence: Why are failed policies being revived again? Do check out Takshashila’s public policy courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/courses

  • India's Quest for Strategic Autonomy
    50 min 25 sec

    As India celebrates its 77th Independence Day, folks at the Takshashila Institution debate the meaning of Strategic Autonomy for India, and whether India's quest for strategic autonomy can yield significant results. The episode also features a debate on the value of multilateral institutions to strategic autonomy, and whether India has exercised it in the past – especially during the Cold War era.

  • How Does Criminal Prosecution Work? | Police Chowki
    48 min 53 sec

    In this episode of Police Chowki, Javeed Ahmad (ex-IPS & ex-DGP of State of Uttar Pradesh) and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya, do a deep dive into the criminal investigation and prosecution process in the context of a murder. They discuss theories of criminal justice and punishment, the importance of the FIR, how sentencing works and forms of clemency in our criminal justice system.

  • Evolution of Geospatial Technology in India: A Journey Through Time
    33 min 58 sec

    Join us for an insightful conversation between Dr. Vishnu Chandra, Advisor to the Ministry of Panchayat Raj and Former Deputy Director General of the National Informatics Centre (NIC), and Dr. Nithiyanandam, Professor of the Geospatial Research Programme at the Takshashila Institution as we explore the captivating journey of Geospatial Technology's evolution in India over time. Discover the transformative impact of geospatial advancements and their role in shaping the nation's development. Whether you're a technology enthusiast or simply curious about the intersection of technology and governance, this podcast episode is a must-listen. Gain unique perspectives and valuable insights as we trace the remarkable progression of Geospatial Technology in the Indian context. Tune in now to expand your understanding of this fascinating evolution.

  • How Trade Policy Crafts Semiconductor Ecosystems | Siliconpolitik
    47 min 49 sec

    In episode 4 of SiliconPolitik, Stephen Ezell, VP of Global Innovation Policy, ITIF, talks to Satya Sahu about the Information Technology Agreement and how trade policy is instrumental in creating India's Semiconductor Ecosystem.

  • How to Differentiate Between Dependence and Vulnerabilities
    32 min 6 sec

    In popular discourse, the terms "dependence" and "vulnerability" are often used interchangeably. You might be dependent on an adversary but does that make you vulnerable? It is essential to recognise that not all forms of dependence can be considered vulnerabilities, and not all vulnerabilities hold the same significance level. To shed light on this issue, Bharath Reddy engages in a conversation with Amit Kumar and Anushka Saxena to explore a framework for classifying various vulnerabilities and how states respond to them. Read the discussion document here: Takshashila Discussion Document – Defining Dependence-induced Vulnerabilities in Asymmetrical Trade Interdependence: A Conceptual Framework

  • India’s Deadly New Missile
    28 min 23 sec

    What does India’s Agni-5 test really mean for its competition with China? What exactly are MIRVs and how do they affect the nuclear balance? Saurabh Todi and Aditya Ramanathan delve into the politics of atomic catastrophe.

  • AI Models and Licenses
    30 min 21 sec

    A recent advisory by MeitY about the deployment of AI models which has caused a lot of angst and pushback from industry. Satya Sahoo and Bharath Reddy discuss why its hard to put guardrails on gen AI and some of the consequences from the advisory.

  • Two Sessions, Once Again
    40 min 25 sec

    Between March 5 and 11, the 'Two Sessions', which is an annual meeting of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, has been underway. The 14th NPC and CPPCC have met to discuss the economy, foreign policy, national defence, domestic politics, and more. In this episode of All Things Policy, Anushka Saxena quizzes Manoj Kewalramani on the key deliberations that took place at the 'Two Sessions', and what China's growth agenda looks like for 2024.

  • SC Push to Fix Price Caps for Hospitals is a Bad Idea
    51 min 41 sec

    The Supreme Court of India (SC) is entertaining a public interest litigation (PIL) asking for fixed rates for medical services in all hospitals in the country and has directed the Union Government to develop rates for each medical service. Otherwise, it proposed to fix rates charged under the Central Government Health Scheme as an interim measure. In this episode, Anupam Manur and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya break down the implications of the Supreme Court’s order to impose price caps for hospital services. They argue that this is, both legally and economically, an unsound measure and the SC should refrain from intervening to impose price caps, despite its good intentions. Price caps will inevitably create distortionary effects, leading to poorer quality and a shortage of healthcare in the country.

  • Indian Media and the 2024 Elections
    36 min 55 sec

    The world's largest democracy is going to the polls this year. As much as a logistical challenge it will be given the sheer size, it will also be a test for the Indian media. Will the media be fair? Will it be able to remain neutral amidst the audio-visual assault? What about fake news and misinformation? What about ideological balance? All of these questions and more, in a discussion between  Sachin Kalbag and his guest Pradyuman Maheshwari.


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  • China's property crisis
    32 min 59 sec

    In this episode. Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik discuss the ongoing property crisis in China, the developing story of the Evergrande decline and the measures taken by the Chinese government to stem the impact of this crisis.

  • Why Israel Plans to Recruit Indian Workers
    25 min 37 sec

    In the wake of the ongoing conflict, Israel is looking to address a major labor shortage by recruiting tens of thousands of Indians at a time when Palestinians who have long played a crucial role in Israeli construction and other sectors are being barred from the country. In this episode of All Things Policy, Carl Jaison speaks to Karishma Mehrotra, South Asia correspondent for The Washington Post on the factors accentuating this development. Link to Karishma’s article in the Washington Post: http://tinyurl.com/3xtshp35 Follow Karishma here: https://twitter.com/karishma__m__ Link to Karishma’s article on rural Indian women engaged in data annotation work: https://fiftytwo.in/story/human-touch/

  • Does India Need Sovereign AI Compute Infrastructure?
    30 min 54 sec

    The union government has recently announced plans for a sovereign AI computing mission to provide computing resources as a service to Indian startups, particularly in the sectors of agriculture, healthcare, and education. Bharath Reddy and Rijesh Panicker unpack this initiative, looking at what's good, what's not and what could be different.

  • China's History Learning Regulations
    27 min 43 sec

    The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has released regulations on studying the Party's history. It outlines the key objectives and principles embedded in the newly introduced regulations, emphasising the need for regular, long-term study of the Party’s history. Comprising six chapters and 34 articles, the document outlines general principles, leadership structures, responsibilities, content, and methods for the study of the Party's history. In this episode of All Things Policy, Rakshith Shetty quizzes Manoj Kewalramaani on the History Learning Regulations by the Party. Manoj also talks about the key objectives of the regulation and, on a broader scale, explains why history and historical narratives matter to the Party.

  • Is Mandatory Conscription the Way for India?
    23 min 15 sec

    Article 23 of India's constitution allows the union government to mandate conscription to secure the nation’s interest and public well-being. There are various social as well as political arguments on why we should or should not enforce such conscription, but what would either option mean for India's contemporary security approach? Should the military focus on officers' quantity or quality, or on technological advancements instead? Tune in with Ananya Desai as she speaks to Aditya Ramanathan about the possibility of mandatory conscription in India's present context.

  • So Long, SSF, and Hello, ISF
    29 min 39 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Takshashila Research Analyst Anushka Saxena is in conversation with independent research scholar Suyash Desai. The two discuss the recent reform announced in the Chinese military vis-a-vis disbanding of its Strategic Support Force (SSF), and the institution of a new Information Support Force (ISF). Suyash places this development in the larger context of reforms in the PLA, and its preparedness to fight "informatised" wars.


  • Colourism Inside the Lines
    21 min 44 sec

    Is it possible for AI to be racist? When Google's AI chatbot 'Gemini' launched a new text-to-image feature on February 1st, it received a barrage of accusations on social media for possessing an inherent reluctance towards generating images of light-skinned, Caucasian people. These accusations came after instances where the Founding Fathers were shown to be Native American and East Asian men, while the Pope was represented by an Indian woman.


    The Senior Vice President of Google responded soon after that the bias was an unintended consequence of programming the chatbot to represent a variety of ethnicities. Should text-to-image models accurately reflect the existing prejudices in society based on training data? Or should they, as in the case of Gemini, artificially promote inclusion and diversity as per the prevailing value judgment at the time?


    Join Rohan Pai and Ashwin Reddy in this episode of All Things Policy as they tackle these difficult, controversial questions.


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  • Trilateral Technology Dialogue between India, U.S. & South Korea
    21 min 4 sec

    In this episode, Ashwin Prasad quizzes Saurabh Todi on the recent Trilateral Technology Dialogue in Seoul. With a focus on strengthening supply chain resilience and fostering trade partnerships, Saurabh provides insights into the significance of this event. Join them as they unravel the discussions, explore key outcomes, and analyze the implications for technology geopolitics.


  • Safeguarding the Integrity of India's Public Examinations
    22 min 19 sec

    The Parliament recently passed legislation called the Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 2024, aimed at curbing cheating and upholding the integrity of public examinations. How does the new law safeguard the public recruitment system against malpractices, such as paper leaks, and help to address the problem of state capacity shortfall?


    In this episode of All Things Policy, Carl Jaison speaks to Pranav Gupta about the context, causes, and consequences of the new law and the wider implications on state capacity owing to a broken recruitment system.




    Reading: Can new exam bill save India’s public recruitment system?




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  • The Complex Contours of the Iran-Israel Conflict
    30 min 28 sec

    Two weeks after a suspected Israeli attack on the Iranian diplomatic mission in Syria, Tehran launched a massive drone and missile attack on Israel last Saturday. What does this mean for an already explosive situation in West Asia? Will the exchange of fire between the two countries lead to a larger regional conflagration? Sachin Kalbag and Yusuf Unjhawala discuss in the latest episode of All Things Policy.




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  • Willingness to make a Will
    49 min 16 sec

    In this episode, 'Willingness to make a Will,' Sowmya Prabhakar is in conversation with Niranjan Vemulkar & Nikhil Varghese to navigate through the why, what, how, and when of having a will in place. We draw insights from the Succession Act, data on unclaimed assets such as Demat accounts & the nomination process. It's important to understand the opportunity cost and the information asymmetry that exists in this landscape of emotions and the need to have a will. Tech solutions hold promise in paving the way for the will.





  • Making Sense of “New” Chinese Chipmaking Breakthroughs
    24 min 55 sec

    China has issued guidelines for governmental procurement of laptops, PCs, and servers that will gradually replace Intel and AMD processors with homegrown CPUs. Join Rijesh and Satya in this episode of Siliconpolitik as they attempt to decipher China's chipmaking capabilities in the broader context of US sanctions against its semiconductor sector. Recommended reading: https://hightechir.substack.com/p/79-deciphering-chinas-move-against https://www.linkedin.com/in/satyashoovasahu/ https://twitter.com/aytas_too_much

  • China’s Choice: Trump or Biden?
    42 min 49 sec

    It is now clear that the 2024 US presidential election will once again feature a contest between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Beijing, of course, will be keenly watching the campaign unfold over the next few months. But as things stand today, who would the mandarins in Zhongnanhai prefer as the next occupant of the White House? Listen in as Takshashila’s China watchers debate China’s choice.

  • Financing Adaptation in India
    44 min 58 sec

    India urgently requires substantial investment in climate adaptation efforts to sustain progress on development. Recognizing the criticality of the impact of climate change for development and growth, India has anchored its adaptation approach within the country’s wider development goals. While the government has endeavoured to finance adaptation initiatives, adaptation investment needs at the national level are large and will increase in the future. In this episode of All Things Policy, Rakshith Shetty quizzes Malini Chakravarty and Aanandita Sikka from Climate Policy Initiative, New Delhi, on their recent report titled Financing Adaptation in India. To access the report, click the link - https://www.climatepolicyinitiative.org/publication/financing-adaptation-in-india/

  • Chinese Border Settlements in Arunachal Pradesh
    23 min 43 sec

    In this podcast episode, Ms.Shreya Ramakrishnan and Dr.Nithiyanandam discuss recent developments along the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh, focusing on two specific settlements. Dr. Nithiyananda's recent article in the Takshashila Geospatial Bulletin provides significant insights highlighted in the discussion. The podcast covers geopolitical intricacies, emphasizes the importance of satellite imagery analysis, and discusses the historical progress in the two zones mentioned in the report. To learn more about the research article, visit the Takshashila Geospatial Bulletin website.

  • 10,000 Genome Project
    25 min 18 sec

    In this episode of ATP, Shambhavi Naik and Saurabh Todi discuss the recent completion of the 10,000 Genome Project and the importance of collecting such data for medical research.

  • How is India Digitalising its Healthcare Ecosystem?
    53 min 28 sec

    Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), steered by India’s National Health Authority (NHA), is building the digital public infrastructure for healthcare in India. It aims to leverage technology to improve healthcare services and delivery in the country by enabling healthcare players to build on the digital foundation. In this episode, Shrikrishna Upadhyaya hosts Surbhi Arul (Associate Director, International Innovation Corps) and Rhea Singh (Project Lead, ABDM, NHA) for a conversation on the building blocks of ABDM, the role of NHA, privacy and risk mitigation and the potential of digital healthcare. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this episode belong solely to the individuals and do not represent the views of the organisation(s) they are a part of or associated with.

  • High-tech Developments between U.S. & India
    32 min 48 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Saurabh Todi, Pranay Kotasthane, Bharat Reddy, and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the announcements in the India-US joint statement in the field of Semiconductors, Advanced Telecommunications, and Space.

  • Indo-U.S. Biotech Relations
    26 min 57 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Saurabh Todi and Shambhavi Naik discuss the potential of the Bio-economy to drive national economic growth. They discuss avenues for collaboration between India and the US in the field of biotechnology and bio-manufacturing in light of the upcoming state visit of PM Modi.

  • Women in Policing: Representation, Prejudices & Police Culture | Police Chowki
    47 min 29 sec

    Women officers make up only 10-11% of police forces on average across states in India. In the fifth episode of Police Chowki - limited series on All Things Policy, Shrikrishna Upadhyaya hosts Javeed Ahmad & Sutapa Sanyal (ex-IPS officers) to discuss the interface between women and police on the one hand and the lives of women serving in the police forces on the other. They discuss the representation of women in police forces, the effectiveness of gender-based reservation policies, and challenge prejudicial notions surrounding women in police workplaces. They also discuss institutional support for women officers and the impact of masculine-heavy police culture on the functioning of women in police.

  • India’s Sports Policy- Barriers & Enablers
    28 min 11 sec

    Malathi Renati gives Sowmya Nandan an overview of how the Indian Sports Policy has evolved since independence and touches upon the barriers and enablers in the current Indian sports ecosystem.

  • The ‘News’ Tightens on India & China
    28 min 45 sec

    India and China have almost completed expelling each other’s journalists. Why is this happening and what impact will it have on how Indians and Chinese perceive each other? Manoj Kewalramani talks to Aditya Ramanathan about how the lack of on-the-ground reporters could hamper the aims of both governments and increase the spread of misinformation.

  • The Faultlines Beneath a New US-China Thaw
    38 min 45 sec

    The month of May witnessed a gradual resumption of high-level dialogue between the US and China. This had largely been frozen since the February spy balloon incident. How did this nascent thaw between the two sides come to be, and what are the prospects for the future of the relationship? Anushka Saxena and Manoj Kewalramani discuss.

  • Fact-checking in the Age of AI Disinformation
    38 min

    AI tools such as DeepFake have been around for years, but with the launch of advanced generative AI tools such as ChatGPT, MidJourney, DALL-E, etc, artificial intelligence has come into the front and centre of fake news generation and its spread. Boomlive's Karen Rebelo, one of India's leading fact checkers, joins Sachin Kalbag in this conversation where they dissect the ominous future of AI-led disinformation campaigns as India heads into election mode in 2024.

  • Gender-Equitable Child Preferences
    46 min 7 sec

    Even as India's gender stats don't paint a pretty picture, what is heartening to see is a move towards gender-equitable fertility preferences. Bharath Reddy and Suman Joshi talk to Isha Bhatnagar about the findings in her paper titled A Girl and a Boy, Are a Bundle of Joy: A Rise in Gender-Equitable Fertility Preferences in India. Reading: A Girl and a Boy, Are a Bundle of Joy: A Rise in Gender‐Equitable Fertility Preferences in India - Bhatnagar - Studies in Family Planning - Wiley Online Library Do follow IVM Podcasts on social media.

  • Section 144 CrPC: From Curfews to Kite Flying | Police Chowki
    35 min 6 sec

    Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code is typically considered the provision under which the police issue curfew orders. In this episode of the limited series Police Chowki, Javeed Ahmad and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya discuss the findings of the study “The Use and Misuse of Section 144 CrPC - An Empirical Analysis of all the Orders Passed in 2021 in Delhi”. They delve into the routine use of Section 144 by the police far beyond the purpose and object of the section to achieve social and governance goals, as opposed to public order.

  • Harnessing Opportunities in the Blue Economy
    26 min 6 sec

    Blue Economy refers to the multitude of ocean resources available in the country that can be harnessed to aid the production of goods and services because of its linkages with economic growth, environmental sustainability, and national security. In this episode, Carl Jaison speaks with Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, a Distinguished Fellow of the Foreign Studies Programme at Gateway House. He is also the Chair of FICCI’s Task Force on Blue Economy and served as Chair of the Core Group of Experts on BIMSTEC. They discuss India’s national efforts to harness Blue Economy sectors including the draft National Policy on Blue Economy, the role of the private sector, the opportunities and challenges in the key and allied sectors, and potential areas of collaboration for the G20 countries.

  • Gender and Gig Jobs
    40 min 30 sec

    Despite its merits, the 'platformisation’ of gig jobs has failed to increase female labour force participation in India. Anupriya Mohta and Sudisha Mishra invite independent development consultant and researcher Ria Kasliwal to shed more light on this topic. Ria scrutinises gig job platforms from a gender lens and outlines the gaps that bar women’s inclusion in gig work.

  • Unpacking China’s Overseas Finance as BRI Turns 10
    37 min 35 sec

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. The initiative has seen an unprecedented expansion of Chinese overseas lending. While this has led to infrastructure development across developing countries, it has also exacerbated geopolitical competition, had adverse environmental impacts, and led to debt distress. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani speaks to Samantha Custer from Aid Data to understand the scale, scope, and implications of China’s overseas finance.

  • A Day in the Life of a Cop | Police Chowki
    33 min 46 sec

    This is the first episode of a new limited series Police Chowki on All Things Policy. In this series, we cast a critical look at the role and functioning of Indian police forces, and unpack the challenges of policing and the need for reform and accountability. In the inaugural episode, Shrikrishna Upadhyaya hosts Javeed Ahmed for a discussion on the daily lives of various police actors like the police constable, station house officer, and superintendent of police/ commissioner of police, who are critical cogs in the police machinery. They discuss the work, role, and responsibilities of these functionaries and some behind the scenes functions they perform.

  • Past and Future of Indian Finance
    1 hr 9 min 10 sec

    With recent bank failures in the West raising concerns, how stable is India's financial system? Dive into an engaging conversation with Ruchir Agarwal from the Harvard Kennedy School and Yale School of Management, as we explore the state of India's financial sector. Our discussion will span its development over the past twenty years, insights from banking crises, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

  • Israel-Hamas War: China’s Interests & Crisis Diplomacy
    27 min 49 sec

    China’s diplomatic efforts since the October 7, 2023, attack on Israel, indicate a clear decision to lean in favour of the Palestinian side. This decision appears to be driven by a mix of economic and strategic interests, particularly China’s strategic competition with the US. Drawing from his latest working paper, Manoj Kewalramani, Chair of the Indo-Pacific Studies Programme at Takshashila Institution, explains China’s expanded role in the region, its diplomatic efforts, and strategic calculations. Read the working paper: Takshashila Working Paper - The Israel-Hamas War: China’s Interests & Crisis Diplomacy

  • US Indictment of Indian National: What Lies Ahead
    36 min 40 sec

    On November 29, 2023, the US Department of Justice indicted an Indian national Nikhil Gupta in a foiled assassination attempt of a US citizen in New York. The purported target is a Khalistani separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. This comes a mere two months after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of killing Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a listed Khalistani terrorist, on Canadian soil. What does the US indictment mean for relations between Washington and New Delhi? Takshashila Institution's Sachin Kalbag and Yusuf Unjhawala discuss the aftermath (spoiler alert: it won't impact much).

  • Interview with Australian High Commissioner on India-Australia Ties
    34 min 29 sec

    The past few years have witnessed the rapid growth of the India-Australia relationship. The agenda for bilateral partnership has expanded significantly from trade and security to emerging technologies and human capital development. In this special episode, Manoj Kewalramani speaks to Philip Green, the new Australian High Commissioner to India, on the priorities for the two sides going forward.

  • Haryana’s Local Reservation Law is Unconstitutional | Part One
    26 min 53 sec

    The State of Haryana passed the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act, 2020 which provided 75% reservation to local candidates in all private sector jobs in the state which paid less than Rs. 30,000 per month. Last week, the Punjab & Haryana High Court struck down the law as unconstitutional for violating the fundamental rights to movement, settlement and trade, occupation and business. In this episode, Saurabh Todi and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya dissect the issue of local reservation in the private sector, the anti-migrant sentiment associated with such policies, and the reasoning and implications of the High Court verdict.

  • Homeschooling: A Perspective & Policy Suggestions
    47 min 32 sec

    Malathi Renati (Head of Takshashila’s Policy School) and Sowmya Nandan (Head of Corporate Affairs at Takshashila ) are in conversation with Gowthami Saraf who shares her first-hand experience of homeschooling, the benefits and challenges, and how government policies, markets and society can support this emerging but niche education segment.

  • Supreme Court's Decision on Marriage Equality: What's Next?
    30 min 1 sec

    In a significant decision this week, the Supreme Court of India held that there is no fundamental right to marriage and refused to grant legal recognition to same-sex couples. In this episode, Shrikrishna Upadhyaya speaks to Saurabh Todi about the failure of the court to recognise marriage or civil union of same-sex couples, the remedies granted by the court, and the implications of the decision for queer rights in the future. Reading: Plea for Marriage Equality: Judgement Matrix - Supreme Court Observer

  • Changing Face of Global Trade
    32 min 38 sec

    Growth in global trade has helped reduce abject poverty around the world very significantly. Rising protectionism since 2008 has led to a drop in global trade as a percentage of global GDP and threatens efforts in poverty alleviation. Growing tensions in Europe and the Middle East are not helping. The potential for growth in trade in services is a silver lining. Despite 63% of global GDP comprising of services, only 21% of global trade is in services. Can services trade be the answer to economic growth and progress across the world and what specific lessons do this hold for India? Shrikrishna Upadhyaya deliberates all this with Sridhar Krishna.

  • Understanding India's GDP Controversy
    23 min 51 sec

    The National Statistical Office recently released India's GDP data for the first quarter of 2023-24, and this release prompted debate around the veracity of the data. In this episode, Sarthak Pradhan and Suman Joshi try to make sense of the controversy around India's GDP numbers.

  • 'Four Battlegrounds' of Artificial Intelligence
    38 min 41 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Amit Kumar quizzes Anushka Saxena on her latest book review on Paul Scharre's 'Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence'. The two discuss data, talent, computing, and institutions as the key pillars of the geopolitical quest for technological supremacy in AI.

  • Have the 1-year US Chip Sanctions Failed?
    27 min 45 sec

    On October 7, 2022, the United States Department of Commerce implemented controls related to semiconductor manufacturing in China in order “to protect U.S. national security and foreign policy interests”. The recent announcement of Huawei’s 7nm Kirin 9000s chip has raised concerns that the kerfuffle created by the sanctions has all been for nothing and China apparently has next to leading-edge fabrication facilities. So, have the sanctions failed to achieve their objectives and will the US double down with additional measures? In this episode of All Things Policy join Aditya Ramanathan and Satya Sahu as they attempt to gauge the effects of the US ChIp sanctions a year later.

  • What Makes Bengaluru a City of Ideas?
    44 min 14 sec

    In this episode, Sowmya Nandan from Takshashila Institution hosts author Shoba Narayan for a conversation on her latest book Namma Bangalore: The Soul of a Metropolis. They go through the layers of food, language, art, start-up ecosystem, citizen-led movements & homes in Bangalore. And of course, traffic. Buy the book here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B0CG6J6V9P/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

  • Understanding China's New World Order Ambitions
    45 min 1 sec

    Over the last two years, China has been working on three global geostrategic initiatives: the Global Development Initiative (GDI), the Global Security Initiative (GSI), and the Global Civilisation Initiative (GCI). Takshashila's Sachin Kalbag and Manoj Kewalramani discuss what they mean for China, for India, and for the rest of the world.

  • Need for an Ever-Green Revolution
    31 min 17 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Saurabh Todi and Shambhavi Naik discuss the importance of the Green Revolution and Dr. M.S. Swaminathan's role. They discuss how science and policy intersect and the steps needed to usher in the next green revolution. Recommended readings: MS Swaminathan’s farsightedness for Punjab: Discouraged free power to tackle groundwater crisis, wanted ‘evergreen revolution’ without harming ecology MS Swaminathan’s evergreen revolution: Productivity without ecological harm

  • Analysing the Critiques of Industrial Policy
    39 min 9 sec

    Should the state shape the composition of economic activity? What are some arguments in favour of and against the use of the Industrial Policy? Anupam Manur and Sarthak Pradhan analyse and discuss some recent literature and trends on Industrial Policy. This paper analyses some trends in industrial policy: The Who, What, When, and How of Industrial Policy: A Text-Based Approach This paper explores the rationale behind industrial policies: The New Economics of Industrial Policy

  • Updates From India-US 2+2
    32 min 26 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Amit Kumar and Bharat Sharma speak to Anushka Saxena about the recent Indo-US 2+2  ministerial dialogue. They discuss deepening defence and security cooperation between India and the US, what it means for the Quad, and how it affects its agenda. Finally, they also discuss the China factor in the relationship, and what role China plays in the context of deepening technology cooperation between the two countries.  Edited

  • Energy Access and Community Development
    30 min 40 sec

    Energy access can greatly impact healthcare, education, and quality of life. What seen or unseen policy issues exist at the interplay between energy and development? Join Akansha Saklani and Satya Sahu as they discuss the critical role energy access plays in fostering the development of rural and underserved communities worldwide.

  • India's Cyber Security Priorities
    27 min 39 sec

    In this episode, Amit Kumar talks to Anushka Saxena about some elements of India's cybersecurity policy and priorities, including the nature of the threat the country faces, its domestic policy imperatives, and its engagement with the multilateral fora on the issue of responsible cyber behaviour.

  • Legal Barriers to Women's Employment
    35 min 15 sec

    How do legal barriers impact women's employment in factories? Suman Joshi and Sarthak Pradhan discuss with Anu Maria Francis and April Suzanna Varkey the Kerala Government's recently drafted rules on the Occupational Safety, Health, and Working Conditions Code 2020. They discuss the limitations and the possible remedies.

  • Fifty Years of Project Tiger
    42 min 55 sec

    On April 1, 2023, India celebrated 50 years of Project Tiger, arguably the most important ecological conservation programme in the country, and easily the most successful large carnivore protection initiative in the world. Yet, policy challenges abound: development vs ecology, human-animal interaction, habitat loss. Dr Anish Andheria, president and CEO of Wildlife Conservation Trust speaks to Sachin Kalbag on both the success of Project Tiger and the opportunities ahead

  • Nordic Air Force Agreement
    25 min 18 sec

    Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have recently signed the first Nordic Air Commanders' Intent to create a unified Nordic air defence alliance, pooling the resources of their air forces. In this episode, Saurabh Todi and Pranav Satyanath unpack this development and analyse its implications.

  • Xi Jinping’s Russia Visit
    29 min 33 sec

    It came as no surprise that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first diplomatic visit after the commencement of his unprecedented third term was to Russia. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani dissects Xi’s visit to Russia and its strategic importance and gets quizzed by Shrikrishna Upadhyaya on its implications for India-Russia relations.

  • Twenty-Five Years of Nuclearisation
    29 min 41 sec

    Twenty-five years ago, India declared itself an overt nuclear power. Its journey was long and often constrained by the international export control regime. In this episode, Pranav R Satyanath and Saurabh Todi converse about the significance of India's 25th year of nuclearisation and our outlook on India's future as a nuclear power.

  • Strength of India-US Partnership
    29 min 54 sec

    In this episode, Saurabh Todi and Pranay Kotasthane delve into the recent controversy created by Ashley Tellis's article which tried to set expectations about the India-US partnership, and a rejoinder to that by Ashok Malik. They discuss how this bilateral relationship has evolved over the years and what it holds for the future. Readings: America’s Bad Bet on India | Foreign Affairs View: Orthodoxies outside govt are fixating on US-India divergences than strategic commonalities - The Economic Times

  • China's Crackdown on Foreign Consultancy Firms
    28 min 18 sec

    Over the past few days, Chinese authorities have conducted raids on the offices of Capvision, an international consultancy, citing national security concerns. This comes after the arrest of five employees of Mintz Group, an American firm, in March, and a subsequent visit by officials at the offices of Bain & Company. What’s driving this latest crackdown on foreign consultancies in China? Manoj Kewalramani asks Anushka Saxena and Amit Kumar.

  • India's Semiconductor Ambitions
    41 min 42 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Satya Sahu and Arjun Gargeyas discuss India's bold ambitions to become self-sufficient in the strategically important semiconductor space

  • What are India's Options During a Taiwan crisis?
    32 min 32 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Anushka Saxena discusses with Ambassador Vijay Gokhale the geopolitics of China-Taiwan relations, and what implications a crisis or conflict scenario between China and the US/ Taiwan will have for India.

  • Hits & Misses of the New Indian Space Policy 2023
    32 min 2 sec

    The much-awaited Indian Space Policy 2023 was unveiled recently after the Union Cabinet approved it in early April. The policy seeks to provide regulatory certainty to India’s fledgling private space sector. In this episode, Pranav R Satyanath and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya discuss the aims, objectives, and limitations of the policy, the major hits and misses of the policy, and other anticipated developments like FDI in the space sector. Readings: Takshashila Blogs - Assessing the New Space Policy 2023 Indian Space Policy - 2023

  • Private School Education in India
    26 min 47 sec

    As the new academic year begins, the issue of unauthorized schools and the regulations around them will make news. What are the issues involved in regulation and what can be the way forward? Sarthak and Suman discuss this in this episode. Readings: Over 1300 Unauthorised Private Schools Identified in Karnataka REGULATION OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN INDIA Ease of operations for budget private schools in India

  • Anticipating Tech Policy Developments in 2023
    24 min 5 sec

    2023 promises to have many important developments in the tech policy space. Shailesh Chitnis and Bharath Reddy look at what we can expect this year in upcoming legislation, antitrust judgments and digital public infrastructure.

  • History and Relevance of Bombay Plan
    37 min 51 sec

    In this episode, Kingshuk Saha and Anupam Manur discuss the Bombay Plan, its making and its impact on the Indian economy.

  • Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022
    29 min 38 sec

    The Ministry of Electronics Information Technology has released the draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 for public consultation. This long awaited bill is the fourth iteration of the draft data protection law and is intended to bring in much needed reforms that will protect personal data of individuals.

  • Federalism and Health Sector in India
    33 min

    In India, the Union and the State Governments play a role in the health sector. How are the responsibilities divided What are some of the issues arising out of the allocation Dr Harshit Kukreja and Sarthak Pradhan discuss.

  • Elon Musk's Twitter
    42 min 30 sec

    Karthik Srinivasan, renowned social media consultant and author, speaks with Sachin Kalbag on what Elon Musks takeover of Twitter means for political discourse in particular and the evolution of social media in general.

  • Why Should We Protect & Promote Our Languages?
    50 min 1 sec

    A loss of language is accompanied by a loss of history, heritage, cultural expression and identity. Nearly half of the world’s languages are endangered today and Indian languages form the largest group among the endangered languages. In the words of our guest, “Losing a link with one’s own language is like losing a slice of culture every day. Slowly. It is like the peanut butter you started slathering on the kids’ bread, instead of the sugar inside the hot gheefilled chapati amma made.”In this episode, Sowmya Nandan and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya host Vasanthi Hariprakash, journalist, radio personality, media entrepreneur and founder of Pickle Jar to discuss the vulnerability of Indian languages and their many dialects, homogenisation of languages, and politics surrounding languages. Vasanthi enlists various initiatives for conserving and growing languages arising out of the society and the markets today.Further Reading: English is a phunny language, but it is having the last laugh Deccan HeraldYou can follow Sowmya Nandan on twitter: https://twitter.com/sowmyanandan You can follow Shrikrishna Upadhyaya on twitter: https://twitter.com/shrikrishna5 You can follow Vasanthi Hariprakash on twitter: https://twitter.com/vasanthihari Check out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/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 https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/featuredDo follow IVM Podcasts on social media.We are IVMPodcasts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.https://twitter.com/IVMPodcastshttps://www.instagram.com/ivmpodcasts/hlenhttps://www.facebook.com/ivmpodcasts/Follow the show across platforms:Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, JioSaavn, Gaana, Amazon MusicDo share the word with your folksSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • The Road Ahead for UPI
    20 min 36 sec

    Rohan and Mahek discuss the recent paper published by RBI, and deconstruct the hidden costs of UPI.

  • Reservations in India: The EWS Question
    33 min 12 sec

    The 103rd Amendment to the Constitution of India dealing with reservations for the Economically Weaker Sections EWS was upheld by the Supreme Court last week. Shrikrishna Upadhyaya and Suman Joshi discuss in this episode.

  • Telecom Sector in India
    33 min 14 sec

    In this episode Shrikrishna hosts Aaditya Dighe to discuss foreign investment in the telecom sector, domestic manufacturing of telecom equipment, the challenges in the ongoing 5G rollout, and alternatives like satcom based internet services.

  • CCI's Antitrust Verdicts Against Google
    34 min 20 sec

    The Competition Commission of India has imposed fines and several restrictions in two antitrust verdicts against Google for abusing its market dominance in the Android operating system and app store markets.

  • Evaluating India's Efforts to Tackle Manual Scavenging
    38 min 39 sec

    Mahek Nankani and Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida discuss some key data points and recommendations to address the issue in this episode of All Things Policy.

  • Social Media’s Rule of Three
    30 min 20 sec

    Shrikrishna hosts Pranay Kotasthane to discuss three interrelated mechanisms, namely, reference networks, Overton Window and disproportionate rewards for extreme content, understanding which could contain the key in cracking the social media problem.

  • Land laws of West Bengal
    22 min

    Sudisha Mishra invites Rahul Sanghavi to discuss the land laws that have curtailed business growth in West Bengal, inadvertently impacting job creation in the state.

  • Preserving vernacular languages
    43 min 19 sec

    In this episode, Ritul Gaur and Sowmya Nandan are joined by Vasant Shetty CoFounder MyLang and Aakash Athawasya Cohost Kannada Gothilla Podcast to discuss their work in widening the reach of Kannada.

  • An Indian Approach to Tech Diplomacy
    37 min 11 sec

    In this episode, Arjun Gargeyas discusses his recently published paper with Rohan Pai, and explains the nuances of an Indian approach to tech diplomacy.

  • Why India's women labour force participation is low
    20 min 56 sec

    Sudisha Mishra invites Nitya Maniktala to discuss the reasons behind this problem and what can actually help in the long run.

  • Will the Chip4 Alliance Work?
    21 min 12 sec

    Ever since Pelosis visit and Bidens CHIPS Act, news reports are emerging of kickstarting of the Chip4 Alliance. Priyal Lyncia DAlmeida talks to Arjun Gargeyas and deconstructs the entire aspect behind the Chip4.

  • Being Aware of Space Situational Awareness
    28 min 31 sec

    In April 2022, India and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share Space Situational Awareness SSA data. But what exactly is SSA and why data sharing is important for both India and the US

  • Withdrawal of the Data Protection Bill
    26 min 5 sec

    In this episode, Bharath Reddy speaks with Prateek Waghre and Tejasi Panjiar from Internet Freedom Foundation on the complicated legacy of the bill and the way forward.

  • Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan Visit
    25 min 51 sec

    In this episode, Megha Pardhi and Manoj Kewalramani discuss the significance of this visit, the difference between the One China Principle and One China Policy, and Indias position on Taiwan.

  • IPL Digital Media Rights
    25 min 43 sec

    In this episode, Bharath Reddy, Ritul Gaur and Rohan Pai unfold the implications of the big players investing in the digital media landscape, and why the IPL is just a starting point for digital domination.

  • India's manufacturing success depends on making its firms bigger
    31 min 52 sec

    Sridhar Krishna and Minu Chawla discuss how recent labour reforms and other efforts could help alleviate some of India’s labour manufacturing woes.

  • The new Chilean constitution - Beacon of hope or an unrealistic promise?
    25 min 15 sec

    Chile votes on a new constitution on Sep 3rd. What does it mean for the country, and what can it mean for constitutionalism Shreekrishna Upadhyay, Ritul Gaur and Suman Joshi discuss.

  • Motherhood Penalty: The Indian Experience
    28 min 41 sec

    How does motherhood affect womens participation in the labour markets Are there key differences in an Indian context Is there a ruralurban difference Sarthak and Suman discuss these issues in the episode.

  • Skill Development Ecosystem in India
    36 min 44 sec

    The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is a fairly new Ministry founded to coordinate skill development efforts across India. Sowmya Prabhakar and Sudisha Mishra invite Mahatma Gandhi National Fellows Navaneeth and Priyanka Patil to discuss some of the skill development efforts being carried out by the Ministry.

  • Missiles: History, Design and Nuclear Race
    24 min 55 sec

    Missiles are intimately tied to the nuclear arms race. For the first time in 40 years, the Russian military has given the public an unprecedented look into the design of its nucleararmed missiles. Shrikrishna Upadhyaya takes this opportunity to quiz Pranav Satyanath on the history of rockets during the Cold War, differences in the Soviet and American approaches to building missiles, and the future of missile programmes.

  • India’s China Challenge: Trade Deficit & PLI Schemes
    36 min 32 sec

    Despite tensions along the LAC remaining high for the past two years, India’s trade with China has continued to expand. What’s driving this trend Is a high trade deficit with China a strategic problem And are India’s PLI schemes the answer to boosting Indian manufacturing and reducing vulnerabilities visavis China Manoj Kewalramani and Pranay Kotasthane discuss all this and more.

  • Understanding the Various Threads of the Weaving Sector
    50 min 59 sec

    In this episode Vijaya Krishnappa, cofounder of Kosha.ai and Sowmya Prabhakar unpack everything that goes into creating genuine handlooms, the layers in between and the competition beyond the Indian market itself. Vijaya also shares insights on the role of society samaaj, government sarkaar and markets bazaar in this whole ecosystem.

  • What does the Digital Rupee mean for us?
    24 min 28 sec

    The RBI has recently announced a pilot of the digital rupee for wholesale and retail transactions. Central bank digital currencies are increasingly being adopted by banks across the world. Shailesh Chitnis joins Bharath Reddy to talk about the implications of these developments.

  • Banning Anti-satellite tests: A food for thought?
    21 min 35 sec

    The United Nations General Assembly has approved a resolution that calls on member states to stop testing directascent antisatellite weapons. The moratorium was first declared by the United States in April 2022 in hopes that it would be adopted by the wider international community. Shrikrishna Upadhyaya talks to Pranav Satyanath to unpack the pros, cons, and implications of this resolution.

  • Scihub and the Battle for Access
    22 min 48 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Harshit Kukreja and Carl Jaison talk about Scihub, the ongoing litigation before the Delhi High Court, supplydemand mismatch in relation to research output and much more.

  • How does China's Techplomacy Work?
    34 min 8 sec

    In the Information Age, technology is slowly becoming a tool of foreign policy and diplomacy. Shrikrishna Upadhyaya speaks to Arjun Gargeyas on how China has managed to get a foothold in this field and what India can learn from it.

  • Australia's Space Ambitions: A Conversation with Enrico Palermo
    23 min 45 sec

    In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav Satyanath host the Head of the Australian Space Agency, Enrico Palermo, to learn about Australias space ambitions and the growth of its space industry.

  • The rise of TB in India
    16 min 18 sec

    The COVID 19 pandemic has caused an increase in Tuberculosis disease burden. In this episode, Dr. Harshit Kukreja and Priyal D’Almeida discuss TB, COVID19 and much more.

  • Policy implications from NFHS5 data
    24 min 22 sec

    In this episode, Suman Joshi and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the public policy implications of some of these findings.

  • Ukraine War’s Impact on Space
    26 min 23 sec

    Aditya Pareek joins Aditya Ramanathan to discuss the future direction of impact on space activities around the world in light of the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine.

  • The Roe v Wade Debate
    24 min 2 sec

    Arjun Gargeyas talks to Megha Pardhi and Priyal DAlmeida on the history and context behind the verdict along with future implications of the courts recent decision.

  • What’s up with the Communist Party’s 20th Party Congress?
    28 min 45 sec

    Will Xi Jinping secure a third term as the Party’s General Secretary at the Congress Manoj Kewalramani and Megha Pardhi discuss all this and more.

  • How can an optimist create jobs in Bihar
    49 min 2 sec

    Sridhar Krishna talks to Dr. Sudhanshu Kumar of the Centre for Economic Policy and Public Finance in Patna seeking solutions to the huge unemployment in Bihar and bridge the gap.

  • India's Approach to Malnutrition
    24 min 45 sec

    India is suffering from a double whammy of malnutrition. On the one hand, we are dealing with undernutrition and overnutrition on the other. In this episode, Megha Pardhi and Harshit Kukreja talk about malnutrition, public nutrition and clinical nutrition

  • Implications of a depreciating rupee
    29 min 23 sec

    This year the Indian Rupee has depreciated almost 7 against the US dollar. Why is the rupee falling against the dollar What will be the impact on the economy Is there anything the government can do Anupam Manur talks to Sarthak Pradhan.

  • Geoengineering and Why it Matters
    26 min 48 sec

    The climate crisis is worsening everyday and theres a need to find some mitigation factors. This is where the field of geoengineering comes in. Priyal DAlmeida discusses with Arjun Gargeyas the pros and cons of geoengineering.

  • How can policies governing Non-Timber Forest Produce be made more sustainable?
    33 min 26 sec

    In this episode, Rohan Pai talks to Ananya Rao about her experiences from Chhattisgarh around NTFP policies in action and the benefits of integrating NTFP trade with CFRRbased governance.

  • Why China fears the growing US-Nepal relationship?
    17 min 25 sec

    Why did the SPP became controversial and why does China fear the growing USNepal relationship Priyal Lyncia DAlmeida talks to Shrey Khanna about General Flynn’s Nepal visit and the Chinese fears of growing USNepal cooperation.

  • Democracy in Pakistan: What Went Wrong?
    39 min 11 sec

    Aarushi Kataria and Shrey Khanna join Atish Padhy to discuss the role of class composition of the independence struggle and how it feeds into the characteristics of the political party in Pakistan.

  • Talks with the TTP: Peace in Sight for Pakistan Army?
    18 min 48 sec

    Priyal Lyncia DAlmeida talks to Shrey Khanna about the ongoing negotiations between the TTP and Pakistan Army.

  • Lancet Commission Report : Financing Primary Health - Part 1
    34 min 51 sec

    In this episode, Priyal Lyncia Dalmeida and Harshit Kukreja discuss these statistics, primary healthcare, paying for primary healthcare and achieving Universal Health care.

  • Wang Yi's Pacific Island Tour
    26 min 29 sec

    In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani and Megha Pardhi discuss significance of this visit in backdrop of growing geopolitical activity in the region.

  • Why Curtis LeMay Matters
    43 min 51 sec

    Gen. Curtis LeMay, one of the architects of allied victory in WWII, the Berlin Airlift and the post war US Strategic Air Command, is a figure larger than life. His contribution to techniques synonymous with strategic air campaigns and military operational art are perhaps the most significant developed in the 20th century. Aditya Pareek speaks to author Warren Kozak to explore the complex legacy and wartime actions of Gen. Curtis LeMay.Warren Kozak is an author, biographer, journalist and a regular essayist on a wide variety of issues for publications like, The Wall Street Journal, The National Review and The New York Sun. He has also lectured at prominent military education institution in the US, the US Air Force Academy and West Point. Link to Warren Kozak’s book LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMayFollow Aditya on twitter : https://twitter.com/cabinmarineFollow Warren on twitter : https://twitter.com/WKozakCheck out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Are Health Star Ratings Enough?
    23 min 5 sec

    The country’s plan to implement a Health Star RatingHSR system for packaged food items has been a long due move. The aim is to make customers aware and capable of making informed food choices. However will HSRs be enough still remains a question. Mahek Nankani and Dr. Harshit Kukreja discuss in detail the FrontOf Pack Labels in India.Follow Mahek on twitter : https://twitter.com/maheknankaniFollow Harshit on twitter : https://twitter.com/harshitk43Check out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • Battery Swapping Policy in India
    20 min 6 sec

    Priyal Dalmeida talks to Rohan Pai about the highlights of the policy and what lies ahead when it comes to battery swapping in India.

  • Heat waves, droughts and floods: The Climate Emergency
    30 min 38 sec

    In this episode, Mahek Nakani and Harshit Kukreja discuss climate change, its effects, who is responsible for this and what can India do to be prepared.

  • The Great Tech Game
    55 min 25 sec

    Arjun Gargeyas talks to Anirudh Suri, the author of the book The Great Tech Game for his insights on how technology will shape the global order in the coming decades.

  • GST council - what lies ahead?
    28 min 7 sec

    Recently the Supreme Court held that the Goods and Services Tax Council’s suggestions are mere recommendations and have only persuasive value. In this episode, Pranay Kotasthane and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the implications of the judgment.

  • India needs more institutions, not fewer
    31 min 18 sec

    A popular way to think about strengthening the Indian republic is to ponder on improving its institutions. Sridhar Krishna speaks to Pranay Kotasthane who goes beyond this to talk about the institutions that don’t exist.

  • Why aren't Indians looking for jobs?
    35 min 4 sec

    Sudisha mishra and Aarushi Kataria discuss the potential reasons for Indias unemployment rate.

  • Elinor Ostrom and her framework for effective group coordination
    34 min 7 sec

    In this podcast, Priyal D’almeida and Ritul Gaur talk about her work on governance of commons, the 8 core design principles that she derived from her extensive travel and study of thriving communities, and their implication in the Indian context.

  • The Primacy of Trade Policies in Building Semiconductor Ecosystems
    36 min

    Priyal DAlmeida talks to Arjun Gargeyas on his recent paper with Pranay Kotasthane on how trade policies can be harnessed by India to improve its existing ecosystem.

  • Chinese Democracy: Some Guns and Some Roses?
    36 min 34 sec

    Megha Pardhi talks to Dr. Sungmin Cho about Chinas attempts to define its own version of democracy.

  • Budget 2023 and Job Creation
    36 min 20 sec

    What does the 2023 budget do for jobs in India What would the experts like to have seen Will Indias bets on skilling, infra, and green jobs pay off Join Anupriya Mohta, Sridhar Krishna, and Sudisha Mishra to discuss the budget and its potential to impact job creation.

  • A Deep Dive into the Digital Public Goods Revolution
    43 min 59 sec

    This episode of All Things Policy features IIC fellows University of Chicago Trust, Ritul Gaur and Arjun Gargeyas, who are joined by Liv Nordhaug CoLead at Digital Public Goods Alliance to discuss the concept of digital public goods, the challenges and opportunities they present, and how they can be used to benefit society at scale.

  • Views on Heritable Gene Editing
    29 min 2 sec

    We at Takshashila Institution have released our findings of our survey on Heritable Gene Editing. In this episode of All Things Policy, Shambhavi Naik and Harshit Kukreja discuss gene editing, India’s viewpoint, our survey’s results and much more.

  • What The New PIB Fact Check Rule Could Mean for Media Freedom
    40 min 14 sec

    Jency Jacob, Managing Editor of Boom Live, Indias first and largest factchecking newsroom, dissects the new draft rule that makes the Press Information Bureau the final arbiter of the truth when it comes to journalism related to Central government decisions.

  • India Needs A Declassification Policy
    34 min 15 sec

    Indian research and scholarship are significantly impacted by the lack of a proper declassification policy for government documents. This prevents a holistic assessment of crucial issues, especially in foreign policy, military history, public policy, and modern history. In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani, and Saurabh Todi discuss the impact of this lacuna and the need to improve access to national archives.

  • Building New Cities & Improving Existing Ones
    32 min 11 sec

    Should India build new cities for growth and job creation Why are we falling behind in improving our current cities How can be incentivize people to migrate to cities Sudisha Mishra and Sudeep Surendra comment on these questions and talk more about building sustainable cities.

  • Mergers & Disqualifications Under Anti-Defection Law
    50 min 45 sec

    In this episode, Shrikrishna Upadhyaya hosts Ritwika Sharma, Senior Resident Fellow Lead, Charka Centre for Constitutional Law at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, on the reasons behind the failure of antidefection law, the problems created by the merger exemption and possible changes to the law.

  • Banking Trouble
    38 min 10 sec

    Does the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse herald wider troubles for banks? Anupam Manur talks to Shrikrishna Upadhyaya and Aditya Ramanathan about how a combination of macroeconomic factors, monetary tightening, and bad management have conspired to create a major crisis.

  • Green Economy and Entrepreneurship in India
    33 min 54 sec

    According to a joint report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency and the ILO, India created 8,63,000 green jobs in 2020-21. But what constitutes a green job? What kind of efforts can be made by governments, establishments, and citizens to ensure sustainable growth? Tulshe Chowdhury, Founder of Zero2Positive joins Anupriya Mohta and Sudisha Mishra to answer these questions.

  • Women in STEM: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
    27 min 51 sec

    Kingshuk Saha and Dr. Tripti Kumari, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Gargi College, a constituent college of Delhi University. They discuss the women in STEM, challenges, and opportunities.

  • A Recurring Payments Nightmare
    22 min 57 sec

    Have you ever tried to subscribe to something on an international platform only to find that your Indian credit or debit card gets declined? It’s been over a year since RBI’s mandate on recurring payments kicked in, but there are still issues in processing some payments. Shrikrishna Upadhyaya and Bharath Reddy discuss the recurring payments nightmare

  • Casually Banning Films Committee
    38 min 53 sec

    The Censor Board in India enjoys a wide remit of powers to not only certify films but also demand cuts and modifications in movies and even refuse certification. It has come under criticism for hampering freedom of expression, demanding unreasonable cuts in movies and infantalising audience choices.

  • US-China Semiconductor Competition
    21 min 45 sec

    In this episode of All Things Policy, Anushka Saxena discusses with Amit Kumar the recent developments in the semiconductor supply chain as a result of the U.S.-China rivalry and its implications.

  • Ep. 615: Theatre Commands: Are they Necessary?
    1 hr 18 min 2 sec

    India has ambitious plans for setting up theatre commands for its armed forces. These are expected to facilitate better planning and unified military response to any future contingency. But, are these theatre commands really necessaryIn this episode, Nitin Pai discusses this with three former decorated officers from Indias armed forces, Lt. General Prakash Menon, Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, and Air Marshal Anil Chopra.Follow Nitin Pai on Twitter https://twitter.com/acorns21Follow Prakash Menon on Twitter https://twitter.com/prakashmenon51s21Follow Air Marshal Anil Chopra on Twitter https://twitter.com/chopsyturveys21You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app

  • What did the Kakatiyas do for us?
    38 min 39 sec

    From 160 years, the often forgotten medieval Kakatiya kingdom sprawled across modern Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and parts of Odisha and Karnataka. In its brief life, this extraordinary kingdom experimented with new forms of political organisation and warfighting, while commissioning architectural marvels.Anirudh Kanisetti takes us through the birth of the Kakatiya dynasty, its extraordinary rise, and its violent fall.Links mentioned in the episode:Anirudhs collab with Shashanka Mouli on the Ramappa Temple here.Book Precolonial India in Practice: Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval AndhraIf these All Things Policy conversations interest you, consider applying for Takshashilas courses. Admissions are now open and the application deadline for our upcoming cohort is 28th August 2021.Find out about our courses over here https://bit.ly/ATPGCPFollow Anirudh Kanisetti on Twitter https://twitter.com/akanisettis21Follow Aditya Ramanathan on Twitter https://twitter.com/adityascriptss21You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/androidor iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • How Columbus Transformed Indian Cuisine
    43 min 7 sec

    The arrival of the Portuguese and other European powers on Indias shores profoundly impacted the subcontinents militaries, polities, and societies but also its food. Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to food blogger Sujata Shukla about how the arrival of new crops from the Americas, often brought by Europeans, transformed Indian eating habits.If these All Things Policy conversations interest you, consider applying for Takshashilas courses. Admissions are now open and the application deadline for our upcoming cohort is 28th August 2021.Find out about our courses over here https://bit.ly/ATPGCPFollow Anirudh on Twitter https://twitter.com/akanisettis21Follow Anirudh on Instagram: aniryuddha, connectedhistoriesFollow Sujata Shukla on Twitter https://twitter.com/shuklasujatas21Follow Sujata on Instagram: shuklasujataYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/androidor iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • India’s Reverse Migration
    23 min 51 sec

    According to the latest CMIE estimates, there has been a reverse migration of labour from the manufacturing sector to the agriculture sector due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The loss of jobs in small and medium manufacturing units have resulted in people going back to their farms and thus engaging in less productive employment.In this episode, Suman Joshi and Apurva Kumar discuss the latest trend of reverse migration of labour in India.Further Readings:Migration from factories to farmsIndias Labour Is Moving Back From Manufacturing To FarmsFollow Suman Joshi on Twitter https://twitter.com/sujo2906s21Follow Apurva Kumar on Twitter https://twitter.com/apurvakrs21If these All Things Policy conversations interest you, consider applying for Takshashilas courses. Admissions are now open and the application deadline for our upcoming cohort is 28th August 2021.Find out about our courses over here https://bit.ly/ATPGCPPYou can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/androidor iOS: https://ivm.today/iosYou can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com

  • The Dilemmas of Religious Freedom
    32 min 32 sec

    The French Parliament has passed a bill that will increase the state’s power over mosques. President Emmanuel Macron argues the law will bolster the country’s secular values, but will it really work Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan talk to Professor Olivier Roy of the European University Institute about the law. As one of the world’s leading experts on political Islam, Roy explains why he believes most of the conventionally cited reasons for violent extremism are wrong and why France’s new law is unlikely to do much good.Further reading:Roy’s essay on European jihadistsRoy’s book on ISIS, titled  Jihad and death : The Global Appeal of Islamic StateThis episode is part of the Takshashila IndiaFrance Dialogue.If these All Things Policy conversations interest you, consider applying for Takshashilas courses. Admissions are now open and the application deadline for our upcoming cohort is 28th August 2021.Find out about our courses over here https://bit.ly/ATPGCPPFollow Anirudh Kanisetti on Twitter https://twitter.com/akanisettis21Follow Aditya Ramanathan on Twitter https://twitter.com/adityascriptss21You 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.

  • Ep. 638: Building India’s Semiconductor Ecosystem
    49 min 36 sec

    Semiconductors are central to our global economy. However, the supply chains that make them are fragile and not easy to change. Despite this, India needs to build a sophisticated semiconductor sector of its own. Aditya Pareek speaks to Samparna Tripathi, Amol Sarin, and Anup Rajput to discuss India’s challenges and opportunities.Samparna works as a Product Marketing Specialist by day a Public Policy Analyst by night. She is pursuing PGP in Public Policy here at Takshashila and has chosen Strengthening Semiconductors Ecosystem in India as her capstone project.Amol runs his own capital equipment business Conteknik Enterprise. Ex GCPP alumni from Takshashila, he has worked earlier with Cypress Semiconductor where he was exposed to the semicon industry and its importance.Anup is a cofounder of Envir AI. He worked on semiconductor design at Texas Instruments and has experience in applied Machine Learning from large city scale designs to batteryless micro electronics Links to resources mentioned in the episode:1. Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc India’s Semiconductor Ecosystem: A SWOT Analysis2. The Case for a Quad Semiconductor Partnership3. Beyond Borders: The Global Semiconductor Value Chain4. The global semiconductor value chain: A technology primer for policymakers5. SIA Beyond Borders reportIf these All Things Policy conversations interest you, consider applying for Takshashilas courses. Admissions are now open and the application deadline for our upcoming cohort is 28th August 2021.Find out about our courses over here https://bit.ly/ATPGCPPFollow Samparna Tripathy on Twitter https://twitter.com/samparnats21Follow Anup Rajput on Twitter https://twitter.com/adroit91s21Follow Aditya Pareek on Twitter https://twitter.com/cabinmarines21You 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.

  • Ep. 637: iCloud, privacy and law enforcement
    24 min 58 sec

    Apple recently released a feature that will enable them to scan photos stored in iCloud to detect child abuse imagery. The move has sparked off a debate regarding privacy and about what ownership of devices means. Rohan Seth talks to Prateek Waghre to discuss implications.Click here to check out Rohan’s reading listWe are pleased to invite you to participate in our BookLounge session, in which Nitin Pai will be in conversation with Madhav Godbole about the latter’s new book, India A Federal Union of States. Date and Time: August 13, 6 PM IST. Registration link to the event is here: https://bit.ly/BookLounge12If these All Things Policy conversations interest you, consider applying for Takshashilas courses. Admissions are now open and the application deadline for our upcoming cohort is 28th August 2021.Find out about our courses over here https://bit.ly/ATPGCPPFollow Prateek Waghre on Twitter https://twitter.com/prateekwaghres11Follow Rohan Seth on Twitter https://twitter.com/thesethists11You 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.

  • Ep. 636: Pegasus and India's Cyber Security Capabilities
    28 min 34 sec