Episode 253: Our Parliament and Our Democracy

A democracy is not just about voting, The rules of the game have to protect individuals, and institutions have to keep the government accountable. MR Madhavan joins Amit Varma in episode 253 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss his efforts at empowering MPs and MLAs with knowledge — and why we should not lose hope in our nation.

Also check out:
1. PRS Legislative Research.
2. When You Could Only Buy Two Litres of Milk — MR Madhavan.
3. The Functioning of the Indian Parliament — MR Madhavan.
4. Dilli Door Nahin: Engaging With the Policy Process — MR Madhavan.
5. Ulysses and Dubliners — James Joyce.
6. Fixing Indian Education — Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Muralidharan).
7. Education in India — Episode 77 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Amit Chandra).
8. Every Act of Government Is an Act of Violence — Amit Varma.
9. Taxes Should Be Used for Governance, Not Politics — Amit Varma.
10. Battles Half Won: India’s Improbable Democracy — Ashutosh Varshney.
11. A Life in Indian Politics — Episode 149 of The Seen and the Unseen (w JP Narayan).
12. A People’s Constitution — Rohit De.
13. The First Assault on Our Constitution — Episode 194 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tripurdaman Singh).
14. The Right to Property — Episode 26 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
15. The Federalist Papers — Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison.
16. The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution — Sujit Choudhry, Madhav Khosla and Pratap Bhanu Mehta.
17. The Ideas of Our Constitution — Episode 164 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Madhav Khosla).
18. India’s Founding Moment — Madhav Khosla.
19. India’s Greatest Civil Servant — Episode 167 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Narayani Basu).
20. The Anti-Defection Law — Episode 13 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Barun Mitra).
21. Speech to the Electors of Bristol — Edmund Burke.
22. A Cricket Tragic Celebrates the Game — Episode 201 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ramachandra Guha).
23. Bindra’s Wishlist — Amit Varma.
24. The Business of Winning Elections — Episode 247 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shivam Shankar Singh).
25. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know — Adam Grant.
26. The Gray Man — Mark Greaney.
27. PG Wodehouse on Amazon.
28. The Three-Body Problem — Cixin Liu.
29. Project Hail Mary — Andy Weir.
30. A Gentleman in Moscow — Amor Towles.
31. The Lincoln Highway — Amor Towles.
32. The Paper Menagerie — Ken Liu.

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