The Pragati Podcast

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Take a step back from noisy political debates and tune in to rich conversations on India and the world. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations. Science-geek-turned-policy-wonk Pavan Srinath talks to scholars and experts on everything from India's unique genetics to why China isn't really

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V Ravichandar returns to The Pragati Podcast to talk about the dire need to create more public spaces and social infrastructure in Indian cities. He talks to host Pavan Srinath on Episode 149 about the role that governments, citizens, and the city elite can play in making urban lives richer.Ravichandar is the Honorary Director of the Bangalore International Centre and Chairman, Feedback Consulting. He has been active in urban reforms and governance for the last two decades, most recently as a part of the 3-member Government Expert Committee tasked with reimaging governance and administration for Bengaluru. Apart from his role at the Bangalore International Centre, Ravi helped start the Bangalore Literature Festival, the Chennai International Centre, and other public-oriented initiatives.Disclaimer: Host Pavan Srinath works with Ravi and the Bangalore International Centre in running the BIC Talks Podcast.Since Episode 143, The Pragati Podcast has been releasing interactives episodes with in-audio links, polls, references, and more that go beyond the usual podcast experience. Listen to the episode on the IVM Podcasts Android App, the Adori iOS App, or from www.tiny.cc/pragati149 for the full experience. You can access all links and references within the app or web players.For further listening:Pragati Podcast #95: Working with Government: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/5/9/ep-95-working-with-government

Aug 27

47 min

Shipra Deo and Devendra Damle talk to host Pavan Srinath about the long struggle for women to secure property rights and land ownership in India. On Episode 148 of The Pragati Podcast, they discuss what progress has been made over the last century, and the vast pending scope of legal and societal challenges.Shipra Deo is the Director of Women's Land Rights, India, at Landesa, and Devendra Damle is a consultant researcher at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP).Don't miss Narayan Prasad's brief update on IN-SPACe and India's space reforms during the break, of developments since Episode 144 of The Pragati Podcast.Since Episode 143, The Pragati Podcast has been releasing interactives episodes with in-audio links, polls, references, and more that go beyond the usual podcast experience. Listen to the episode on the IVM Podcasts Android App, the Adori iOS App, or from tinyurl.com/pragati148 for the full experience. You can access all links and references within the app or web players.For further listening:Pragati Podcast #143 Land and Reforms in India, with Shekhar Shah and Pranab Ranjan Choudhary. https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/8787/land-and-reforms-in-2020/For all feedback, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdeadFollow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragatiThe Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).

Aug 21

70 min

Dr. Gullapalli N Rao, Founder of the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, talks about human vision, eye health, and the transformation of eye care in India on Episode 147 of The Pragati Podcast.Dr. Rao talks to host Pavan Srinath about how myopia is a growing challenge across the world and in India. They discuss how India's opthalmological practice leads the rest of healthcare in various aspects, how eye care in metropolitan India is now comparable to anywhere in the world, and explore how eye care can be made affordable for all Indians across the country.Dr. Gullapalli Nageswara Rao is Founder and Chairman of the L V Prasad Eye Institute, which he started in Hyderabad in 1987. Returning to India after a successful career in the United States as an academic ophthalmologist, Dr. Rao and other leaders across South India helped revolutionize the quality and access to eye care across cities and states. Dr. Rao continues to be an active researcher and a key advocate of affordable eye care and prevention of blindness in India, and across the world. He was honored with a Padma Shri in 2002, and was elected to the Ophthalmology Hall of Fame in 2017 by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.Since Episode 142, The Pragati Podcast is now available in a new rich and interactive format that goes beyond the audio, and enables listeners to explore contextual links, take polls, and more. Visit tinyurl.com/pragati147 and listen to this episode on your web or mobile browser, on or the IVM Podcasts Android App or the Adori iOS App for the full experience.For all feedback, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdead .Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragati . The Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).

Jul 30

60 min

Ameya Naik and host Pavan Srinath discuss long-overdue police reforms and provide a primer on how to reimagine policing in India in the 21st century, on The Pragati Podcast.Ameya and Pavan record Episode 146 of The Pragati Podcast, at a time when there are daily reports of police brutality on minorities and peaceful protestors in the Black Lives Matter movement. Meanwhile in India, the lathi remains the default instrument of policing during the COVID-19 pandemic and during India's stringent lockdowns. This comes on the heels of many reports of excessive use of force against protestors of the CAA and NRC in late 2019 and early 2020.Ameya Naik is trained in law, public policy, pyschology and diplomacy, and is a recurring guest on The Pragati Podcast as well as a friend of the show. Ameya is a non-resident Associate Fellow at the Takshashila Institution and wears many other hats besides thatSince Episode 142, The Pragati Podcast is now available in a new rich and interactive format that goes beyond the audio, and enables listeners to explore contextual links, take polls, and more.Visit tinyurl.com/pragati146 and listen to this episode on your web or mobile browser, on or the IVM Podcasts Android App or the Adori iOS App for the full experience.Suggested reading & listening:1. Articles and reports discussed in the episode: tinyurl.com/pragati1462. Previous episodes of Pragati featuring Ameya Naik: thinkpragati.com/tag/ameya-naik/3. Pragati Podcast #61: Why do we elect Criminals? ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/tag/vaishnav4. Pragati #141: A 21st Century Justice Platform for India: ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2020/6/10/ep-141-a-21st-century-justice-platform-for-india5. Pragati #114: A Bottom-Up Look at India's Judiciary: ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/10/2/ep-114-a-bottom-up-look-at-indias-judiciary6. Pragati #131: The Supreme Court of in 2020: ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2020/3/11/ep-131-the-supreme-court-in-2020For all feedback, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdeadFollow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragatiThe Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).

Jul 24

56 min

Neuroscientist and Science Communicator Shruti Muralidhar is on Episode 145 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about the challenges of science publishing and science communication in 2020. Shruti also talks to host Pavan Srinath about how Scicomm can be transformed in India.Announcement: The Pragati Podcast will now be releasing new episodes every Thursday morning, India time. The Pragati Podcast is also now available in a new rich and interactive format that goes beyond the audio, and enables listeners to explore contextual links, take polls, and more. Listen to this episode on the IVM Podcasts Android App at https://ivm.today/android , Adori IOS app at tinyurl.com/adoriapp , or listen in on your browser at tinyurl.com/pragati145 for the full experience.Shruti Muralidhar (@polybiotique) is a neuroscientist and science communicator. By day, Shruti works on learning and memory as a postdoctoral researcher at the Picower Institute at MIT. She is a founding member of IndSciComm along with Abhishek Chari, and IndSciComm is a collective formed to improve scientific awareness in India and help Indian researchers interact with the public. Learn more at https://indscicomm.blog/Read Shruti's policy memo outlining urgent points of action to improve science communication in India: https://indscicomm.blog/2020/07/12/scicomm-policy-memo-for-stip-2020/Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod &Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati &Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiThe Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).

Jul 16

66 min

Space Law scholar Dr Ranjana Kaul and space entrepreneur Narayan Prasad discuss space reforms and the recent Indian IN-SPACe announcement with host Pavan Srinath on Episode 144 of The Pragati Podcast.On June 24, the Cabinet of the Govt of India met to approve the setting up of IN-SPACe, Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre. This has been heralded as historic space reforms in India. Ranjana and Narayan discuss what we know about IN-SPACe so far, the role of the private sector in space, what space reforms are necessary for India.Like Episode 143 of The Pragati Podcast with Kartik Parija (tinyurl.com/pragati143), this is a new, interactive episode that goes beyond the regular audio experience. A request for all listeners: please try listening to the episode on the IVM Podcast App, the Adori iOS app, or on your desktop or mobile browser to get a rich, interactive experience. Regular listening on your preferred podcast app remains the same, and you can switch any time.Download the IVM Podcasts Android App at: https://ivm.today/android , Adori IOS app at tinyurl.com/adoriapp , or listen in on your browswer at tinyurl.com/pragati144 .Dr. Ranjana Kaul is Partner in Dua Associates, a leading law firm in India. She specializes in the international law of outer space and related national policies and regulations applicable to space sector and downstream space technology business verticals. She is an affiliate of the International Institute of Space Law, Paris; Space & Satellite Professional International (India), and Women in Aviation International (India).Dr. Narayan Prasad (@cosmosguru) is a co-founder at https://satsearch.co, a global marketplace for space supported and incubated by the European Space Agency. He is the host of the NewSpace India Podcast, and also serves as a Partner to SpacePark Kerala, a Government of Kerala initiative to develop a dedicated space activities hub in India.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod &Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati &Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Jul 8

67 min

Podcasts are a modern, new medium for most of us in India, but is the underlying technology stuck in the 2000s? Can we reimagine podcasts as a potentially more interactive medium in 2020? Kartik Parija of Adori Labs joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 143 of The Pragati Podcast to both tell us and show us how.This is a special, experimental episode that goes beyond the regular audio. A request for all listeners: please try listening to the episode on the IVM Podcast App, the Adori iOS app, or on your desktop or mobile browser to get a rich, interactive experience. Listening on your regular podcast app is still possible, and you can switch later too.Download the IVM Podcast App at: ivm.today/android ,Adori IOS app at tinyurl.com/adoriapp ,Listen in on your browswer at tinyurl.com/pragati142 .Disclaimer: Kartik Parija is the co-founder of Adori Labs, which powers IVM Podcasts and The Pragati Podcast. IVM is a customer of Adori Labs, and a part of Adori's Early Access program.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod &Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati &Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Jul 1

61 min

What land reforms does India need in 2020? How can we think about property rights, and a complicated legislative history and ground reality in India?Shekhar Shah and Pranab Ranjan Choudhury give host Pavan Srinath a masterclass on land and reform on Episode 142 of The Pragati Podcast. They discuss what constitutes property ownership in India, what land reforms have meant between the 1950s and 1980s in India, and what they can mean in 2020. The discussion spans rural land conflicts, weak land record systems, the challenges faced by Adivasis and tribal groups being denied their legitimate rights, land acquisition, the growth of private industries, and more.Dr Shekhar Shah is an Economist and the Director General of NCAER (@NCAER), the National Council for Applied Research in New Delhi. As a part of their Land Policy Initiative, they released the first edition of a Land Records Services Index in February 2020 and ranked Indian states and union territories. Learn more at http://www.ncaer.org/NLRSI/index1.htmlMr Pranab Ranjan Choudhury (@prchoudhury) works with the Centre for Land Governance in Odisha, and has worked for over 18 years on natural resources management and land governance across India. Read more about his work at http://centerforland.org/prchoudhury/Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod &Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati &Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Jun 24

57 min

Podcasts are all about voices and conversations, but how did India's own voice-over industry evolve? This is a rebroadcast of Episode 83 of Pragati Podcast, where pioneering voice artists Shammi Narang and Dishant Narang share their personal journey from the early days of radio ads in India to the rapidly growing industry that is voice-acting today.Shammi and Dishant Narang run Pindrop Media in New Delhi, and Shammi Narang is the Hindi voice of all Metro rail services in India today. Starting his voice career with Voice of America Hindi in the 1970s, he is a celebrated Doordarshan anchor from the 1980s, and has been a leader in the voice-over industry in India since then.If you have any questions or comments, write to us at podcast@thinkpragati.com, or talk to our host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter. We would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod &Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati &Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Jun 17

49 min

Leah Verghese and Surya Prakash from Daksh India talk to host Pavan Srinath about how a 21st-century justice platform can transform access to justice for Indians.In 2020, it is impossible for migrant workers who have gone back to their home states to go to court over unpaid salaries and wages. It is impractical for a startup to file a civil case to recover pending payments from a large company. India is also an outlier country where in many states, there are more criminal cases than civil cases in district courts.On Episode 141 of The Pragati Podcast, Leah and Surya discuss how torturous it is for people to seek legal remedies in India in 2020, how digitisation and ICT efforts have fared thus far. They then present how a truly modern justice system can be envisaged, where a legal recourse is accessible, inexpensive, faster and better for all Indians.Leah Verghese is Research Manager, and Surya Prakash BS is Fellow & Programme Director, at Daksh India, a Bangalore-based nonprofit that works on judicial reform. Daksh recently published whitepaper series on developing a 'Next Generation Justice Platform', which imagines a new way of dispensing civil and criminal justice in India. More details at: https://dakshindia.org/next-generation-justice-platform/Also listen to:Pragati Podcast #114: A Bottom-Up Look at India's Judiciary: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/10/2/ep-114-a-bottom-up-look-at-indias-judiciaryPragati Podcast #131: The Supreme Court in 2020: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2020/3/11/ep-131-the-supreme-court-in-2020Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod &Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati &Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Jun 10

48 min

Can India's courts protect the country's environment? The Pragati Podcast revisits the topic on World Environment Day 2020 with returning guest and Supreme Court Lawyer Ninad Laud.Ninad was previously on Episode 73 of The Pragati Podcast to discuss the legal history of environmental challenges in India from the 1990s to 2018. This episode includes sections of Episode 73, which explore how well Public Interest Litigations and the National Green Tribunal have done justice to environmental causes in India.Ninad Laud returns on Episode 140 to talk to host Pavan Srinath about how has the National Green Tribunal, India's premier adjudicating body on environmental issues, has changed in the last few years. They also discuss a recent Environmental Impact Assessment Notification released during the nation-wide lockdown, in March 2020.If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, or talk to our host Pavan at @zeusisdead on Twitter. We would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod &Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati &Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on IVM Podcasts App, iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Jun 5

67 min

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal of Pallium India talks to host Pavan Srinath about Palliative care, what it means and how we can ease suffering and pain across India, on Episode 139 of The Pragati Podcast.Palliative care focuses on quality of life of patients, especially those facing life-threatening illnesses, with a focus on treating pain, alleviating suffering and managing other challenges. Palliative care is a distant priority in India, where even primary and preventive care take a back-seat to curative, hospital-centric, and disease-oriented treatment.India has changed its draconian laws that have prevented deserving patients from accessing pain medication like Morphine, but the changes remain in theory, and inexpensive opioid pain relief remains a distant dream for most Indians, often in the name of preventing abuse.Dr. M.R. Rajagopal is the founder-chairman of Pallium India and director of Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences, which is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Policy on Access to Pain Relief. Dr. Rajagopal has worked through the length of his career to establish palliative care and its importance in India, provide relief to innumerable Indians both directly and indirectly. He was honoured with a Padma Shri by the Republic of India in 2018 for his efforts. Visit https://palliumindia.org/ to learn more.If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Jun 1

56 min

India's news houses are in crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdown, the dwindling circulation of print newspapers, and the loss of advertising revenue have all created a perfect storm for an already ailing news industry in India.With press freedom rankings continuing to be abysmal and business-as-usual no longer working, what would it take to launch a truly mobile-first, online-only news enterprise that can be financially independent and do good journalism?Prem Panicker joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 138 of The Pragati Podcast to share what it takes to do this in 2020. Starting in 1995-96, Prem had helped build Rediff.com into an online news website at a time when only a few hundreds of people in India had working computers connected to the internet.Prem is a journalist and an editor, who has worked at several print and online news houses, including Rediff, India Abroad, and as the Managing Editor for India at Yahoo! Prem also founded www.peepli.org, for deep reporting on environmental, water, climate change and refugees' issues.Prem is on twitter at @prempanicker and writes regularly at prempanicker.wordpress.com.Also listen to journalist Krishna Prasad on the state of Indian news media today over at BIC Talks: www.tinyurl.com/bictalks-kpIf you have any questions or comments, write to us at podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

May 20

60 min

Nearly a hundred vaccine candidates are being developed across the world. Award-winning medical scientist, Dr Gagandeep Kang talks to host Pavan Srinath about the development of vaccines, ongoing efforts on COVID-19, and the challenges of developing immunity and resistance against the virus, on Episode 137 of The Pragati Podcast.This episode is a rebroadcast of Episode 8 of Bangalore International Centre's BIC Talks Podcast. Pavan is a consultant for BIC Talks, and also hosts this episode. Visit https://bangaloreinternationalcentre.org/watch-listen-read/audio/ to find all episodes of BIC Talks, and you can subscribe to BIC Talks on all podcast apps.Dr. Gagandeep Kang is the Executive Director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute. She is a key contributor to the understanding of diarrhoeal diseases, rotavirus epidemiology and vaccinology, and is the Vice Chair for the Coalition of EpidemicPreparedness and Innovations.If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

May 13

47 min

The SARS-COV-2 virus started infecting humans in Wuhan in late 2019. How has the virus mutated and evolved so far? With 1-2 mutations occurring per month, researchers are now seeing a clade or a sub-type of the virus: A2a, becoming more common in COVID-19 infections across the world.Partha Majumder, NIdhan Biswas and their colleagues at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics have done seminal work on analyzing the mutations and evolution of the SARS-COV-2 virus so far.Partha Majumder, one of India's foremost researchers in statistical genomics and human genome variation, joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 136 of The Pragati Podcast to explain how to study viral evolution and understand the latest research on how SARS-COV-2 has mutated and evolved till date.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talk show on public affairs, economics, and international relations, hosted by Pavan Srinath.Dr. Partha Pratim Majumder is the Founder and a Distinguished Professor at the National Institute for Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) at Kalyani, West Bengal, and is currently the President of the Indian Academy of Sciences.His latest research on SARS-COV-2:1. Biswas, N and Majumder, PP. Analysis of RNA Sequences of 3636 SARS-CoV-2 Collected from 55 Countries Reveals Selective Sweep of One Virus Type. Indian Journal of Medical Research. (In Press, April 28, 2020)Bhattacharya, C. et al. Global Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Subtype with Spike Protein Mutation D614G is Shaped by Human Genomic Variations that Regulate Expression of TMPRSS2 and MX1 Genes. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.04.075911v1 (Preprint, May 05, 2020)Partha's NIBMG profile: https://www.nibmg.ac.in/?q=content/ppm1-researchGoogle Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=DUSA2ywAAAAJ&hl=enIf you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube, or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

May 8

54 min

Can India's health and healthcare systems ramp up on mission mode to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic? What should we know about India's messy public and private healthcare systems before we think about a pandemic response?Yamini Aiyar discusses what India can do and how, on Episode 135 of The Pragati Podcast.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations. hosted by Pavan Srinath.Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Delhi. Her research interests are in the field of social policy and development. In 2008, Yamini founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR, which has done pioneering work on governance, state capacity and social policy in India, and pioneered a new approach to tracking public expenditures. She is on Twitter at @AiyarYamini.Further reading & listening:1. [Podcast] Yamini Aiyar and Jishnu Das on health systems challenges and COVID-19. https://cprindia.org/news/8561[Article] COVID-19: Centre and states must work together. https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/covid-19-centre-and-states-must-work-together/story-UFuvvR18MU54lzsIF3FkYJ.html[Article] COVID-19 will test, reshape the state. https://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/covid-19-will-test-reshape-the-state/story-IG0R8swKTZ1vO9FBEd1tIJ.html[Research] Jishnu Das and Jeffrey Hammer on the Quality of Public & Private healthcare in Delhi. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=610346[Research] Hammer, Aiyar and Samji on Panchayati Raj institutions and health services. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/108011468042305807/Bottoms-up-to-the-role-of-Panchayati-Raj-Institutions-in-health-and-health-services[Research] Das et al on healthcare provider training and huge quality gaps in urban and rural India. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/108011468042305807/Bottoms-up-to-the-role-of-Panchayati-Raj-Institutions-in-health-and-health-servicesIf you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Apr 15

47 min

How can India make the most of the nation-wide lockdown to contain the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic? How can India rapidly ramp up testing and diagnostics? How can India's governments, private sector and civil society come together to halt the further spread of this highly contagious disease?Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw talks to V Ravichandar of the Bangalore International Centre and host Pavan Srinath about COVID-19 on Episode 134 of The Pragati Podcast.This episode is a rebroadcast of Episode 1 of the BIC Talks Podcast by the Bangalore International Centre.Bangalore International Centre is a an inclusive platform for informed conversations, arts and culture, and is a much-needed public space in the city of Bangalore. The BIC Talks Podcast is a bi-weekly show that will foster discussions, dialogue, ideas, cultural enterprise and more.Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the Founder and Chairperson of Biocon and is a pioneering Biotech and Healthcare specialist in India. V Ravichandar is the honorary director of the Bangalore International Centre.Learn more about the BIC Talks Podcast and listen to all episodes at https://bangaloreinternationalcentre.org/watch-listen-read/audio/Suggested Listening:Pragati Podcast #133: Modeling the Spread of Epidemics, with Srini Venkatramanan. https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcastThale-Harate Kannada Podcast #61: ಕೊರೋನ - ವೈದ್ಯ. A Private Practitioner & COVID-19, with Dr Srinand Srinivas. https://ivmpodcasts.com/harate-kannada-podcast-episode-list/2020/3/19/ep-61-a-private-practitioner-amp-covid-19BIC Talks Podcast #2: Ramping up India's COVID-19 Testing, with Vijay Chandru. https://bangaloreinternationalcentre.org/audio/ramping-up-indias-covid-19-testing/If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Apr 1

38 min

How are infectious diseases and pandemics modeled? How can we model and estimate the spread of Influenza or Coronavirus Disease 2019? And most importantly, how can disease modeling help us design effective interventions that contain the spread of a pandemic like COVID-19?Srini Venkatraman of the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia joins us on Episode 133 of The Pragati Podcast.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.Srini Venkatramanan is a research scientist at the Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia. Hailing from Chennai, Srini did his PhD at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. At the Biocomplexity Institute, he uses mathematical and computational models of human societies to study the spread of infectious diseases and ways to control them. You can reach on Twitter at @sriniv_venkat, and find his research on Google Scholar.Suggested Links:1. Using data-driven agent-based models for forecasting emerging infectious diseases (2018). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1755436517300221The Future of Influenza forecasts. (2019) https://www.pnas.org/content/116/8/2802Modelling Disease Outbreaks in realistic urban social networks. (2004) http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/teaching/courses/2009-08UVM-300/docs/others/2004/eubank2004a.pdfBiocomplexity Institute's COVID-19 Dashboard. https://covid19.biocomplexity.virginia.edu/If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Mar 25

74 min

Close to 200,000 people across 160 countries have been affected by COVID-19 or Coronavirus Disease 2019, and this has happened in just about three months. As of March 18, 2020, India has confirmed 148 cases of COVID-19 and three people have died so far.Vidya Krishnan joins Episode 132 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about the pandemic and how India has been responding to COVID-19 so far. This episode was recorded on March 17, 2020.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.Vidya Krishnan is a health journalist based in Goa. Her first book, on the rise of antibiotic resistance and the threat to global health security, is slated to be published in 2020. Vidya has been reporting on COVID-19 for The Caravan, and you can find all her published articles here.Do read:Mar 13: Public-health experts raise concerns about India’s restricted testing for COVID-19 (https://caravanmagazine.in/health/public-health-experts-raise-concerns-about-india-restricted-testing-covid-19)Mar 14: WHO categorises India as having local transmission of Coronavirus, but government downplays it(https://caravanmagazine.in/health/who-declares-local-transmission-of-coronavirus-in-india)Mar 16: Lack of testing kits, understaffed hospitals: COVID exposes India’s crumbling healthcare system (https://caravanmagazine.in/health/lack-testing-kits-understaffed-hospitals-covid-exposes-india-crumbling-healthcare-system)If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Mar 19

62 min

Two years ago, four senior judges of the Supreme Court of India held an unprecedented press conference to tell the public that there was an ongoing crisis in the Supreme Court of India. Since then, one of the four judges even went on to become the Chief Justice of India. How does the Supreme Court of India, both the highest appellate court and the highest constitutional court in the country, fare today?Alok Prasanna Kumar returns to Episode 131 of The Pragati Podcast helps us understand what has broken down in one of India's most vital institutions.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath (https://twitter.com/zeusisdead)Alok Prasanna Kumar (https://vidhilegalpolicy.in/alok-prasanna/) is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, a former Supreme Court lawyer and co-host of Ganatantra Podcast.Also check out:Pragati Podcast #105: The Anti-Defection Law. (https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/7/25/ep-105-the-anti-defection-law)Pragati Podcast #27: The Supreme Court in Crisis. (https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2018/1/18/ep-27-the-supreme-court-in-crisis)If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com, we would love to hear from you.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/in/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/id1228156028?mt=2), Saavn (https://www.jiosaavn.com/shows/the-pragati-podcast/1/FnNydIp,yaI_), Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/6JgBw5GZFOmUWGeaN4RZsl), Castbox (https://castbox.fm/channel/The-Pragati-Podcast-id533119?country=in), Google Podcasts (https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL3RoZXByYWdhdGlwb2RjYXN0Lml2bS5saWJzeW5wcm8uY29tL3Jzcw), AudioBoom (https://audioboom.com/channel/the-pragati-podcast), YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSKyotZqJHk&list=PLcBVsra3A46rdbOES7GtpX10VYeJjBQZ4) or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Mar 11

68 min

This is a rebroadcast of Episode 37 of The Pragati Podcast, first released on March 29, 2018. Brand new episodes of The Pragati Podcast will return from next week.Is it illegal to do the Pragati podcast on radio? Why do large Indian cities have so few FM stations, and why do they all sound the same?In Episode 37 of the Pragati Podcast, Amit Doshi joins host Pavan Srinath to talk about talk-radio and podcasts. Amit is the Founder of the IVM Podcast Network, and a co-host of Shunya One, a podcast on tech and entrepreneurship.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati

Mar 4

30 min

We hear about the all-powerful District Collector or Deputy Commissioner in every district in India, but what do they really do? How was the Government of India's first successful health insurance scheme launched? What is the relationship between civil servants and politicians? Anil Swarup talks about his stellar career as an IAS Officer on Episode 90 of The Pragati Podcast.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.Mr. Anil Swarup is a former Secretary, Government of India, a retired IAS officer and the author of Not Just a Civil Servant, where he chronicles his 38 years working for Governments of India and Uttar Pradesh.In his career, Mr. Swarup has handled India's Coal auctions in the aftermath of the Coal Scam. He has served as Secretary, School Education, and while working in the Labour Ministry, helped conceive and launch the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, a government-funded health insurance scheme for poor workers and their families.Not Just a Civil Servant is available in hardcover and on Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.in/JUST-CIVIL-SERVANT-Anil-Swarup/dp/8178064790New Podcast Alert! Hamsini Hariharan, long-time co-host of The Pragati Podcast has now started a new foreign policy podcast called States of Anarchy on the IVM Podcast Network. Available on all your favourite podcast apps. Listen to the podcast here: http://ivmpodcasts.com/states-of-anarchyFollow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.You 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/

Feb 26

59 min

What is intelligence? How do we learn what we learn? How are we aware of the world around us and ourselves? It is impossible to think about building an artificial intelligence or getting machines to learn without exploring these questions.Avinash Ambale joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 130 of The Pragati Podcast to share fresh perspectives on intelligence and learning.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.Dr Avinash Ambale did his doctoral work in computational neuroscience, and has since built three successful companies across continents. He returned to research on artificial intelligence 4 years ago and started Pervazive, a research lab on the math and science of AI. He splits his time between New York and Bangalore.Also check out:Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast #56. ಯಂತ್ರಗಳ ಬುದ್ಧಿವಂತಿಕೆ ಮತ್ತು ಕಲಿಕೆ. Machine Learning and Intelligence. https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/thale-harate/8374/the-art-and-science-of-economic-policy/If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Feb 19

50 min

The science of economics can often be misunderstood. Economics as a discipline is riddled with paradoxes. We often want economics to be able to predict the next crisis, while dismissing sound economic insights that may be a century old.Where is the science in economics? How much of the discipline is experimentation, and how much is careful observation of the world?Economist Ajay Shah is on Episode 129 of The Pragati Podcast to talk to Pavan Srinath about the dismal science of economics.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.Ajay Shah is a Professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy in New Delhi. He is a popular columnist, a frequent blogger, and has recently authored In Service of The Republic: The Art and Science of Economic Policy along with Vijay Kelkar.Also check out:The Seen and the Unseen #154: The Art and Science of Economy Policy with Ajay Shah and Vijay Kelkar. https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-seen-and-the-unseen/8374/the-art-and-science-of-economic-policy/What is Wrong With Economics? https://blog.theleapjournal.org/2011/02/what-is-wrong-with-economics.htmlThe Problem With the Economics Profession. https://blog.theleapjournal.org/2012/12/the-problems-of-economics-profession.htmlIf you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Feb 12

50 min

India's economic growth dips below 5% per annum again, less than a decade after the previous economic crisis. Is 5% growth for a country like India all but a recession?Anupam Manur returns to The Pragati Podcast in Episode 128 to talk to Pavan Srinath about how India's economy can be brought back on track.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talk show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.Anupam Manur is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Takshashila Institution, and a frequent guest on the show.Also listen to: Pragati Podcast #20: The GDP: From World War I to Today. https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/2728/gdp-world-war-i-today/If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Feb 5

68 min

Is India's banking crisis the first of its kind in the country? How did banks flourish and fail a hundred years ago, and what can we learn from them?Amol Agarwal gives us a magesterial tour of the rise of modern banking in India, all the way up to when India's top banks were nationalised in 1969 and 1980.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.Amol Agarwal is an Assistant Professor at the Amrut Mody School of Management at Ahmedabad University. He did his FPM at IIM Bangalore, and he writes extensively on banking, history, macroeconomics and finance, and much of it for public consumption as well.Amol blogs actively at Mostly Economics, and has written often for Mint.If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Jan 30

71 min

On January 15, 2020, the United States of America and the People's Republic of China and Xi Jinping signed the "Phase One Trade Deal" after more than a year of protracted negotiations.On the Pragati Podcast in January 2019, Manoj Kewalramani and Anupam Manur had established that what we are seeing currently is a US-China trade battle, happening under the shadow of a much longer war for technological dominance.In Episode 126, Manoj Kewalramani returns to The Pragati Podcast to tell us the terms of the trade deal, how impactful they may be, and which conflicts remain unsolved. Manoj also gives a quick rundown of the highlights of what happened in China in 2019.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.Manoj Kewalramani is a Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution. In the past, Manoj spent several years working in China in journalism, manufacturing and more. He writes a weekly newsletter called Eye on China, which is a must-read for anyone interested in tracking China. Subscribe to it at bit.ly/EyeonChinaAnd don't miss previous episodes on China with Manoj:Ep. 77: The US-China Trade Battle: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/6749/the-us-china-tariff-battle/Ep. 78: The US-China War for Technology: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/6754/the-us-china-war-for-technology/Ep. 112: The 2019 Hong Kong Protests: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/8238/2019-hong-kong-protests/Ep. 66: Myths About China: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/5907/myths-about-china/Ep. 67: No, China Isn't Taking Over the World: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/5989/no-china-isnt-taking-over-the-world/If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Jan 22

70 min

The world today is broadly organised into sovereign nation states, and we all believe that the Indian Nation exists and is thriving. But what is nationalism, at its core? How did nationalism really evolve in Europe, and are ideas like Indian nationalism and Tamil nationalism quite the same? Dr AP Ashwin Kumar joins us on Episode 99 of The Pragati Podcast to unpack nationalism, language and identity.The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Starting this week, The Pragati Podcast will be airing every Wednesday instead of every Thursday.AP Ashwin Kumar is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Learning Futures at Ahmedabad University. Ashwin has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Manipal University, and has 10 years’ experience in teaching and research in Cultural Studies.If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipodFollow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragatiFollow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragatiSubscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Jan 15

94 min

A nation-wide NRC is an unknown beast of unknown dimensions. Real world examples of the NRC come from Assam, where close to 19 lakh residents of the state were left out of the NRC list brought out in August 2019. How do you prove your citizenship in India, where most people do not have basic personal documents? Journalist Rohini Mohan  joins Pavan Srinath to discuss Assam's unique history, how the NRC was rolled out in Assam, and what a nation-wide NRC might look like. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Rohini Mohan is a journalist and author, who has been reporting extensively from Assam over the last few years, covering the NRC, foreigners' tribunals, and the struggles of stateless residents of India. Recommending reading and listening: Rohini Mohan: Inside India's Sham Trials For Citizenship. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/3k33qy/worse-than-a-death-sentence-inside-indias-sham-trials-that-could-strip-millions-of-citizenship Rohini Mohan: Inside the Foreigners Tribunals in Assam. https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2018/08/05/what-s-going-on-is-really-unfair-inside-the-foreigners-tribunals-in-assam_a_23496313/ Pragati Podcast #119: Refugees in the 21st Century. https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/8293/refugees-in-the-21st-century/ If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Jan 8

71 min

Nuclear war feels unthinkable, but how much peace does nuclear deterrence guarantee? Do nuclear programmes truly deter or compel adversaries in the real world? And can we imagine a world where 20+ countries have nuclear weapons? Vipin Narang joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 124 of The Pragati Podcast to dive into the world of nuclear weapons and strategy. He shares the evolution of our understanding of nuclear strategy from early ideas of mutually assured destruction. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Vipin Narang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Programme. He published his first book Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era in 2014, and is currently working on his second book, Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation, in which he explores how states pursue nuclear weapons. He is on Twitter at @NarangVipin. Also check out: Pragati Podcast 29: Firing on the Line of Control, with Lt Gen Prakash Menon. https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2018/2/1/ep-29-firing-on-the-line-of-control 51: A Tale of Two Nukes: Iran. https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2018/7/19/ep-51-a-tale-of-two-nukes-iran-part-1 52: A Tale of Two Nukes: North Korea. https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2018/7/26/ep-52-a-tale-of-two-nukes-north-korea-part-2 If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. To learn more about the campaign, visit abmeribaari.in. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Dec 2019

55 min

The Republic of India is often a Republic of men. While men and women nationally enjoy the same rights, we are yet to solve many of the social failures from decades ago. Child marriage for women remains the norm in many parts of the country, many girls drop out early from education, and women's participation in the labour force is dropping drastically. Understanding the challenges faced by adolescent women in India can help us unpack why Indian society and governments are failing half the population in so many ways. Shireen Jejebhoy, Manisha Gupte and Richa Patel join Pavan Srinath on the Pragati Podcast to help with just that. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. This episode was made possible thanks to the Ab Meri Baari campaign run by the Dasra 10 to 19 Collaborative. The campaign aims to improve the lives of adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 19, and empower them. As a part of the campaign, 300 girl champions were selected across Jharkhand and Rajasthan to conduct a social audit of all government services directed towards them. Dasra is a philanthropic organisation that facilitates social change by driving collaborative action between funders, development organisations and communities. Shireen Jejeebhoy is a demographer and social scientist whose work has focused on young people's health and development. Manisha Gupte has been part of the women's and health rights movements in India since the mid-1970s, and co-founded MASUM -- a rural women's organisation in Maharashtra that has been active since 1987. Richa Patel is a communications specialist and a team lead at Dasra, who's also instrumental in making this and the previous episode possible. Also check out: Pragati Podcast #122: The Adolescents of India: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/12/11/ep-122-the-adolescents-of-india Report: The Situation of Adolescents in Jharkhand. https://www.dasra.org/resource/the-situation-of-adolescents-in-jharkhand If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. To learn more about the campaign, visit abmeribaari.in. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Dec 2019

77 min

India has made strides in improving the health, well-being and lives of infants and expecting mothers over the last several decades. But once children enter school and enter adolescence, they get lost as a public priority till they enter adulthood. Adolescence is a time of great physical, physiological and intellectual development and upheaval for all of us. Adolescents also need special protection of their rights, especially their sexual and reproductive health and rights. On Episode 122 of The Pragati Podcast, Dr. Lakshmi Lingam, Dr Rama Shyam and Gurpriya Singh talk to host Pavan Srinath about the challenges faced by adolescents across India, especially girls. This episode was made possible thanks to the Ab Meri Baari campaign run by the Dasra 10 to19 Collaborative. The campaign aims to improve the lives of adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 19, and empower them. As a part of the campaign, 300 girl champions were selected across Jharkhand and Rajasthan to conduct a social audit of all government services directed towards them. Dasra is a philanthropic organisation that facilitates social change by driving collaborative action between funders, development organisations and communities. Dr Lakshmi Lingam is a Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a gender-specialist. Dr Rama Shyam runs the Empowerment, Health & Sexuality of Adolescents (EHSAS) programme at SNEHA, Mumbai and is the co-founder of SAFER - the Society for Awareness, Harmony and Equal Rights. Gurpriya Singh is a development professional working at Dasra, where she has most recently been working on the Ab Meri Baari campaign implementing social and behavioral change strategies in Jharkhand and Rajasthan. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. To learn more about the campaign, visit abmeribaari.in. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Dec 2019

80 min

The Indian State has incredible ambition, but often falls very short of meeting grand outcomes. The mismatch is linked to State Capacity, a nebulous concept at the best of times. Prakhar Misra is on Episode 121 of The Pragati Podcast to help us understand what state capacity is, how it could be measured, and how India can improve its state capacity rapidly. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talk-show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Prakhar Misra is an Associate at IDFC Institute. His research focuses on data empowerment and privacy, and the link between infrastructure investment and job creation. Previously, he was a Chevening Scholar reading for a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Oxford, and has also studied at the Meghand Desai Academy of Economics and The Takshashila Institution. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Dec 2019

71 min

What has been happening in Pakistan after Imran Khan became the Prime Minister? Why do some people want General Qamar Javed Bajwa's tenure as the army chief to come to an end? Dr Christine Fair gives us a tour of Pakistani politics, geopolitics and skulduggery like no one else can, on Episode 120 of The Pragati Podcast The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talk-show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Dr C. Christine Fair is a Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Peace and Security Studies Program, within Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She previously served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation, a political officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul, and has researched and written extensively on political and military affairs in South Asia. Her most recent book is In Their Own Words: Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. You can also listen to her talk about the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba in Hindi/Urdu on the Puliyabaazi Podcast. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Nov 2019

62 min

About 1% of the world's population today are refugees, internally displaced or stateless. They live difficult, dangerous lives, have few protections and often no voice. Meanwhile, globalisation has been lop-sided. Money and goods can move relatively easily across the world, but people rarely can. Ameya Naik returns to The Pragati Podcast to talk about refugees, distress migrants and the movement of people across the world. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talk-show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Ameya Naik is a Non-Resident Associate Fellow at the Takshashila Institution and a recurring guest on The Pragati Podcast. Listen to earlier episodes with Ameya below: 42 - Sovereignty: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2018/5/3/ep-42-sovereignty-from-the-cholas-to-wakanda 51 - The Iran Nuclear Deal: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2018/7/19/ep-51-a-tale-of-two-nukes-iran-part-1 52 - The North Korean Nuclear Deal: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2018/7/26/ep-52-a-tale-of-two-nukes-north-korea-part-2 62 - The Syrian Civil War: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/10/30/ep-62-rebroadcast-syria-and-the-ugliness-of-modern-warfare 103 - The United Nations: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/7/11/ep-103-the-united-nations-explained For Further Reading:Home, by Warsan Shire: https://www.care.org/sites/default/files/lesson_1_-_home-poem-by-warsan-shire.pdf The Cliff at the Border, by Lant Pritchett: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/8777/042b950ca0356fec9236d2214886cbacd083.pdf Economics and Emigration: Trillion-Dollar Bills on the Sidewalk? by Michael Clemens: https://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/jep.25.3.83 If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Nov 2019

91 min

The State of Jammu & Kashmir as we know it has changed permanently in 2019. With the end of J&K's special status and the restructuring of the state into two union territories under greater control of New Delhi, there have been many discussions on history, politics, law and order, human rights issues and more on Kashmir. On Episode 118 of The Pragati Podcast, Lt. General Ata Hasnain shares an important military perspective on the security challenges in Kashmir, and demystifies life on the Line of Control for Indian soldiers. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talk-show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Lieutenant General (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain is a former Indian military leader, and was corps commander of the XV Chinar Corps of the Indian Army in Kashmir between December, 2010 and June, 2012. Gen Hasnain is an infantryman from the Garwhal Rifles and retired as the Military Secretary of the Indian Army. He is on Twitter at @atahasnain53. Do also listen to: Episode 134 of The Seen and The Unseen: Kashmir and Article 370, with Srinath Raghavan. http://www.seenunseen.in/episodes/2019/8/19/episode-134-kashmir-and-article-370 Episode 29 of The Pragati Podcast: Firing on the Line of Control, with Lt. General (Retd) Prakash Menon. https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2018/2/1/ep-29-firing-on-the-line-of-control If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Nov 2019

72 min

The States Reorganisation Act came into effect 63 years ago to this day, on November 1, 1956. India's states as we know them started taking their shape then. Many states like Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal and others celebrate this as a State Formation Day or a 'Rajyotsava' Day. How have Indian states fared since they were formed, and how should they think of themselves in the coming decades? Can state governments in India rise to meet the expectations of its residents? Can state residents demand more from their elected state leaders? Pranay Kotasthane returns to The Pragati Podcast to talk about the future of Indian states. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talk-show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Pranay Kotasthane is the Head of Policy Research at the Takshashila Institution and hosts the Puliyabaazi Hindi Podcast. Do also listen to: Episode 102 of The Pragati Podcast: Fiscal Federalism in India. https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/7/4/ep-102-fiscal-federalism-in-india And if you know Kannada, listen to the latest episode of the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast. Episode 42: ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಮುಂದಿನ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ. Karnataka: The Path Ahead. https://ivmpodcasts.com/harate-kannada-podcast-episode-list/2019/10/31/ep-42-karnataka-the-path-ahead If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Nov 2019

72 min

The Syrian Civil War has been raging since 2011, and crimes against humanity are being committed even in 2019. How did a peaceful protest turn into a multi-sided war that has killed half a million people and displaced more than 10 million Syrians? This is a rebroadcast of Episode 62 of The Pragati Podcast with guest Ameya Naik and host Pavan Srinath, originally recorded in September 2018. Ameya Naik is a non-resident Associate Fellow at the Takshashila Institution, and wears many other hats besides that. Recommended reading / listening: PBS News Hour: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/amp/show/for-northern-syrians-who-endured-isis-u-s-withdrawal-means-a-new-struggle-to-survive If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Oct 2019

61 min

How is a new drug discovered or invented? What does it take for medicine to go from a small idea in a research lab all the way to your local pharmacy? How can we develop new medicines for India and Indian ailments? Pavan Srinath is in the guest seat today as he talks to Anupam Manur, a frequent guest and friend of The Pragati Podcast. He retells the tale of how Penicillin was discovered, and tracks how drug discovery and development has evolved since then. Pavan Srinath is a public policy researcher and educator, and also hosts The Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast. He has an academic background in biotechnology and biosciences before working in public policy. Anupam Manur is an Assistant Professor and resident economist at The Takshashila Instituion. Also read: Medicines in India, For India: https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/Medicines-in-India-for-India/article10678328.ece If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Oct 2019

73 min

Edit "Rocket science" has moved well beyond rocketry in the 21st century. Even the Jet Propulsion Lab in California hasn't done any rocket science in the last several decades, focusing entirely on robotic space missions instead. One of the big challenges with space programmes today is designing and managing complex systems, where spacecraft can autonomously make decisions in uncertain environments. Anne Devereaux joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 115 of The Pragati Podcast to share how NASA and JPL plan and manage interplanetary missions. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath . Ann Devereaux  is the manager for spacecraft system engineering at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was the lead flight system engineer for the upcoming Mars 2020 rover. Previously, she worked on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover project, ultimately becoming lead system engineer for the flight system and fault protection, and deputy lead for the Entry, Descent and Landing team. Ann is an electrical engineer by training, and has spent close to three decades in various roles at JPL. This episode was recorded during Ann's visit to Bangalore that was made possible thanks to the United States Consulate in Chennai . Also listen to: Episode #91: Meet an Astronaut, with Astronaut & Former head of NASA Charlie Bolden: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/4/4/ep-91-meet-an-astronaut Episode #93 Markets in Space, with Narayan Prasad: https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/4/18/ep-93-markets-in-space 7 Minutes of Terror video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki_Af_o9Q9s If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn , Spotify , Castbox , Google Podcasts , YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Oct 2019

41 min

India's judicial system operates at three levels: the Supreme Court at the national level, High Courts at the state level, and city or district level courts at the local level. A lot of the public interest in how India's courts are doing is largely directed at High Courts and the Supreme Court, but the most impactful judicial reforms have to start at the local level. Surya Prakash BS joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 114 of The Pragati Podcast to help us understand the functioning of the subordinate judiciary. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Surya Prakash BS is Fellow & Programme Director at Daksh, a Bengaluru-based think tank focused on judicial reforms in India and to enable the speedy delivery of justice for all. Surya also hosts the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast along with Pavan Srinath and Ganesh Chakravarthi. Recently, Daksh released a report on the litigation landscape of Bengaluru rural courts: http://dakshindia.org/litigation-landscape-bengaluru-rural/ If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Oct 2019

39 min

The Industrial Revolution led to the creation of firms. The Information Revolution has led to the creation of platforms. Amazon and Flipkart, Ola and Uber, Google and Apple -- are all platforms that connect producers to consumers, and gain tremendous power in the process. Anupam Manur returns to The Pragati Podcast to help us understand the platform economy and the new challenges that face us. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Anupam Manur is an economist at the Takshashila Institution who works on employment, market regulations and trade. Also check out: Pragati Podcast #87 - The Growth of Indian E-Commerce. https://ivmpodcasts.com/the-pragati-podcast-episode-list/2019/3/7/ep-87-the-growth-of-indian-e-commerce Anupam Manur: How to Regulate Internet Platforms Without Breaking Them. https://www.asiaglobalonline.hku.hk/regulate-internet-platforms-antitrust-competition/ If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Sep 2019

61 min

Genome sequencing and mapping is unearthing new knowledge about the origin of humans and human civilisation. More than that, genome analysis is also yielding new insights about human health, and will be vital for medicines of the 21st century. It is time to talk about the many Indian genomes, and the great genetic diversity of Indians, 28 years after the Human Genome Project was launched. Since this episode was first aired in September 2018, there has been fascinating new research expanding our understanding of how humans populated India and South Asia. Most recently, the first ancient genome from the Indus Valley Civlisation was analysed and reported in the journal Cell. Dr Kumarasamy Thangaraj joins Pavan Srinath and guest host Dr Shambhavi Naik on Episode 61 of the Pragati Podcast to talk about genes, history and health challenges in India. Dr Thangaraj is a renowned scientist working at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, CCMB, Hyderabad. He has published extensively on the origin of humans, on genetics and disease and how they affect the lives of Indians. If you have any questions or comments on the episode, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. You can also ask the hosts anything on twitter at @zeusisdead. Read his latest research publications, including on ancient DNA from the Indus Valley Civilisation, on Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=AYZNs9wAAAAJ&hl=en Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Sep 2019

50 min

Hong Kong has seen protests since March 2019, triggered by newly proposed legislation that allows Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to China or Taiwan. This is the latest round in a long conflict between the People's Republic of China seeking to exert more control over Hong Kong, and citizens of Hong Kong fighting to ensure their personal rights and freedoms. Manoj Kewalramani returns to Episode 112 of The Pragati Podcast to help us understand the Hong Kong protests and put them in perspective. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Manoj Kewalramani is a Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution. Before joining Takshashila, Manoj spent several years working in China in journalism, manufacturing and more. He writes a weekly news letter called Eye on China, and he's been on the Pragati Podcast before to bust commonly held myths about China, and has been on the podcast before to help us understand China. For the best podcast episode on the ongoing Kashmir conflict, listen to Srinath Raghavan on Amit Varma's Seen and the Unseen Podcast: https://www.thinkpragati.com/category/podcast/the-seen-and-the-unseen/ Also listen to: Pragati Podcast #66: Myths About China: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/5907/myths-about-china/ Pragati Podcast #67: No, China Isn't Taking Over the World: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/5989/no-china-isnt-taking-over-the-world/ Pragati Podcast #77: The US-China Trade Battle: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/6749/the-us-china-tariff-battle/ Pragati Podcast #78: The US-China War for Technology: https://www.thinkpragati.com/podcast/the-pragati-podcast/6754/the-us-china-war-for-technology/   If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Sep 2019

80 min

Mental health is not a first world concern, but very much an Indian challenge. Social taboos have prevented Indians from confronting mental illnesses head on and now it's estimated that there are over a 100 million people in India who need medical interventions on mental health. Listen to Dr Sabina Rao and Pavitra Jayaraman as they unpack the issue on Episode 111 of The Pragati Podcast. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Dr Sabina Rao is a Psychiatrist with extensive experience in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders. She currently practices at Columbia Asia and Annaswamy Mudaliar General Hospitals in Bangalore and was previously associated with NIMHANS. Pavitra Jayaraman heads editorial at White Swan Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that creates and disseminates, well-researched and credible information on mental health. Pavitra is a former journalist who has worked with NDTV and Mint. Also read:** National Mental Health Survey of India, 2015-16**. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Sep 2019

80 min

What is happening in India's stock markets right now? How do the stock markets interact with the real Indian economy? Deepak Shenoy is on Episode 110 of The Pragati Podcast to help us make sense of what is happening in India right now. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Deepak Shenoy is the Founder and CEO of Capitalmind, a Bangalore-based investment research and wealth management startup. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Aug 2019

79 min

Companies around the world have been learning how to manage the safety and security of their digital assets. Can the cybersecurity logic of a private corporation be expanded to that of a nation state? Sandesh Anand joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 109 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about how India can think about cybersecurity. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Announcement: New episodes of The Pragati Podcast will be out every Wednesday, starting from this week. Sandesh Anand is an information security professional and a Managing Consultant at Synopsis Inc. He writes on topics at the intersection of cyber security and other aspects of digital life, including for Factor Daily. He was also previously on the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast to talk about cybersecurity in Kannada. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Aug 2019

63 min

India has fraction of the doctors and medical professionals it needs, even as healthcare is increasingly becoming a politically important issue. In this context, the Government of India recently passed the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act 2019, which wants to usher in a new regulatory apparatus for medical education in the country. A welcome replacement for a corrupt and dysfunctional Medical Council of India, the NMC Act is not without its share of protests and criticisms. Sambit Dash joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 108 of the Pragati to talk about medical education and the NMC Act. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Announcement: New episodes of The Pragati Podcast will be out every Wednesday, starting next week. Sambit Dash teaches biochemistry to medical students at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and is an alumnus of the Takshashila Institution. He writes extensively on various policy issues, especially various aspects of medical education. Suggested readings & podcasts: [Podcast] The Medical Council of India: http://www.seenunseen.in/episodes/2017/3/7/episode-8-the-medical-council-of-india [Livemint] Is NEXT the panacea for medical education woes? https://www.livemint.com/Education/MkZvFhKf39vIbKXmlDEfwK/Is-NEXT-the-panacea-for-medical-education-woes.html [The Wire] What's next for the NMC Bill? Confusion. https://thewire.in/health/nmc-bill-mbbs-exit-exam [EPW] Exit Exam in Medical Education: Whatever NEXT? https://www.epw.in/journal/2017/52/commentary/whatever-next.html [The Wire] It's a Bad Idea to Outright Reject Bridge Courses for Healthcare Professionals. https://thewire.in/health/its-a-bad-idea-to-outright-reject-bridge-courses-for-healthcare-professionals If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Aug 2019

79 min

DNA samples can today be used for creating a unique fingerprint or ID, for diagnosing cancer and heritable diseases, for telling you your ancestry or even paternity. The cost of sequencing the full genome of any human cost over a $100 million dollars at the start of the 21st century, and today costs just a few hundred dollars. In this backdrop of DNA sequencing technology being used for criminal, civil, medical and other purposes -- The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 has been reintroduced in the Lok Sabha. Drs Mandira Kala and Shambhavi Naik are on Episode 107 of The Pragati Podcast to tell us all about the DNA bill. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Announcement: New episodes of The Pragati Podcast will be out every Wednesday, starting next week. Shambhavi Naik is a cancer researcher turned bioscience policy researcher and entrepreneur. She is a Fellow for technology and policy at the Takshashila Institution, and the Founder of CloudKrate. Mandira Kala is the Head of Research at PRS Legislative Research, and has a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Massachussets. Suggested readings: - Bill Summary & Legislative Brief from PRS: http://prsindia.org/billtrack/dna-technology-use-and-application-regulation-bill-2019 - The DNA Bill is designed to fail, Shambhavi Naik in FirstPost: https://www.firstpost.com/india/dna-bill-is-designed-to-fail-6038751.html If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Aug 2019

61 min

Can India's higher education system thrive when the teaching profession has lost most of its status in society? What is necessary for India to educate millions of its citizens who turn college-going age every year? Pushkar joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 106 of The Pragati Podcast to share his thoughts. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations. Pushkar is the Director of the Goa International Centre and a political scientist with a PhD from McGill University who has taught in both India and Canada. He writes regularly on higher education for The Wire, and other publications.   If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.

Aug 2019

66 min

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