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Ever wondered how automation will change the world? Maybe you puzzle over what India could do to ease traffic congestion, or how China's aircraft carriers will transform Indian Ocean geopolitics? All Things Policy, a daily podcast brought to you by the Takshashila Institution, brings you all the answers. Every weekday, our researchers break down complex economic and geopolitical ideas through the lens of current events. For everyone from the busy executive to the curious student, All Things ...
 
Echoes of India is the story of India like you've never heard it before. Host Anirudh Kanisetti takes you on a journey through its wonders, from the Greek art of Afghanistan to the thriving ports of Tamil Nadu. Along the way, monks debate, queens boast, and armies roar. From philosophy to politics to economics, the past comes back to life - noisy, breathing, as thriving as the Indian subcontinent is today.
 
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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. You can follow Harshit Kukreja on twitter: https://twitter.com/harshitk43 You can follow Sarthak Pradhan on twitter: https://…
 
Karthik Srinivasan, renowned social media consultant and author, speaks with Sachin Kalbag on what Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter means for political discourse in particular and the evolution of social media in general. You can follow Karthik Srinivasan on twitter: https://twitter.com/beastoftraal You can follow Sachin Kalbag on twitter: https://t…
 
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. Slowl…
 
Australia has emerged as a key actor shaping the future trajectory of the Indo-Pacific. In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani speaks to Tim Watts, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, about the principles underpinning the country’s approach to the region, developments related to the Quad and AUKUS and the future of the India-Australia …
 
Malathi Renati, Associate Dean of Takshashila's Policy School and a sportsperson who has represented Karnataka in three sports, speaks with Pranay Kotasthane about designing sports policies that encourage participation of women. You can follow Pranay Kotasthane on twitter: https://twitter.com/pranaykotas Check out Takshashila’s courses: https://sch…
 
India has a long tradition of different systems of medicine. Medical pluralism looks at integrating these systems with modern evidence-based medicine. Mahek Nankani and Dr. Harshit Kukreja discuss AYUSH, Covid-19 and the potential of India’s traditional knowledge. You can follow Mahek Nankani on twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/maheknankani You …
 
Sudisha Mishra and Sowmya Nandan talk to Uthara Narayanan, founder of Buzz Women, an organization that works towards providing knowledge, skills, and tools to rural women at the doorstep. Financial literacy among rural women in India is absent at best despite their participation in agricultural and daily wage construction jobs. Uthara provides insi…
 
In this episode, Rohan Pai and Mahek Nankani discuss the recent paper published by RBI, and deconstruct the 'hidden' costs of UPI. Towards the end, they elaborate on how liberalising the regime to provide avenues for competition in each layer of UPI can be a possible solution to address the concerns of stakeholders. Readings: Discussion Paper on Ch…
 
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. The amendment has upended the basis for reservations/ affirmative action. What are the various facets of the judgment? What could be the possible implications? Shrikrishna Upadhyaya and Sum…
 
Xi Jinping won an unprecedented third term as General Secretary at the Communist Party’s 20th National Congress in late October. This cemented his hold on power for the foreseeable future. What does this mean for the future of Chinese politics and the direction of China’s economic and foreign policies? Manoj Kewalramani and Shrikrishna Upadhyaya di…
 
India's Ganagyaan human spaceflight programme is set to send the country's first astronauts to space by 2024. But just sending humans to space does not achieve anything economically or scientifically significant. Therefore, the question to ask is, how will India continue its human spaceflight programme? In this episode, Pranav Satyanath talks to Ad…
 
The telecom industry of India is the second largest in the world. The telecom sector is critical to India’s national economy and national security. In recent years, the Union Government has brought in a range of policy measures to support localisation in telecom and allied sectors, especially in manufacturing and design. It has also proposed a new …
 
Move aside cooperative federalism, it is time for competitive federalism. Can Indian States compete with each other for investment and development? If so, how do we ensure that States - big & small and developed & underdeveloped - compete on an equal footing? Can the Union government play the role of an unbiased umpire and monitor the States? How d…
 
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. Anupam Manur joins Bharath Reddy to look into what the restrictions mean and what we can expect going forward. Recommended readings: CCI impos…
 
India recently permitted a genetically modified strain of mustard. Kenya also uplifted a decade old ban on genetically modified crops. In this episode of All Things Policy, Harshit Kukreja and Shambhavi Naik discuss genetically modified plants, their safety, efficacy and regulations. You can follow Harshit Kukreja on twitter: https://twitter.com/ha…
 
For many years, MGNREGA has been considered the largest social security scheme in the world. Sridhar Krishna and Sudisha Mishra carry out a holistic assessment of this scheme, covering themes such as objectives, benefits, shortcomings, outlay, and unintended consequences. They also discuss the implications of important data-driven and qualitative r…
 
‘Keep politics out of sports’ is an often-stated argument used by nation-states that are hosting sporting tournaments to suppress voices of dissent against their association with a sport or event. Today, it is popularly called as ‘sportswashing’ or the practice by nation states or authoritarian regimes that use a sporting event as a platform to imp…
 
There is a cost associated with acquiring information. We want to acquire accurate information in the most cost effective way. In this episode of All Things Policy, Harshit Kukreja and Carl Jaison discuss costly information theory, learning biases and their implication for public policy. Links: Insights from Biology: Learning by Imitation You can f…
 
NASA’s ambitious Artemis Program intends to send humans back to the Moon after a gap of half a century. What’s prompting this drive to return to the lunar surface? And why are governments around the world signing on to Artemis? Pranav R. Satyanath and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the goals of this US-led lunar programme and the new challenges it can c…
 
The independence of newsrooms and the free press is intimately tied to who funds the media outlet in the first place. To understand the pressures under which newsrooms function, it is important to understand the microeconomics of the news business. The costs and revenue streams of newsrooms provide an insight into the freedom enjoyed by the media i…
 
China, India and Pakistan are modernising their nuclear arsenals and tweaking their nuclear postures. What will be the result of the modernisation cycles, and how will it affect the deterrence relationship between the three nuclear powers? In this episode, Pranav Satyanath welcomes Dr Ashley J Tellis, a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for I…
 
“No longer is justice sought, it is made.” Justice is being made in India, outside of formal institutions such as courts and police, through community driven initiatives for justice delivery. With the advent of alternative forms of dispute resolution, young innovators are building creative tools using technology for making the experience of justice…
 
Social ostracism and a lack of alternatives have forced generations of families from lower castes to continue indulging in manual scavenging as their daily jobs. There has been a failure in properly executing laws, programmes, and schemes already in place. It is time that we have solutions that are technologically apt, economically driven, and soci…
 
India gets only 1.64% of all global tourists and the pandemic has played havoc with the travel and tourism industry. This sector hires more women than average and also provides jobs to a disproportionate number of young people and success in this space can fix many of India’s problems. Sridhar Krishna and Anupriya Mohta discuss how the Indian touri…
 
What is the role of markets in higher education? How do government regulations impact the sector? What are some potential solutions to improve access and quality in higher education? Sarthak Pradhan and Suman Joshi discuss these questions in this episode of All Things Policy. Here are some articles/papers referred to in the podcast: CID Working Pap…
 
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