Episode 333: Subhashish Bhadra on Our Dysfunctional State

India is like a caged tiger — and the cage is unseen by most and difficult to break through. Subhashish Bhadra joins Amit Varma in episode 333 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe the many ways in which the Indian state holds back the Indian people — and also to introspect on his own journey.

Also check out:
1. Subhashish Bhadra on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.
2. Caged Tiger: How Too Much Government Is Holding Indians Back — Subhashish Bhadra.
3. Freedom at Midnight — Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre.
4. The Universe of Chuck Gopal — Episode 258 of The Seen and the Unseen.
5. Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home) — Marvin Gaye.
6. From Cairo to Delhi With Max Rodenbeck — Episode 281 of The Seen and the Unseen.
7. The Rooted Cosmopolitanism of Sugata Srinivasaraju — Episode 277 of The Seen and the Unseen.
8. Amitava Kumar Finds the Breath of Life — Episode 265 of The Seen and the Unseen.
9. Yeh Honsla — Song from Dor.
10. Gurwinder Bhogal Examines Human Nature — Episode 331 of The Seen and the Unseen.
11. The Perils of Audience Capture — Gurwinder Bhogal.
12. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen with Ajay Shah: 12345678910.
13. The State of Our Farmers — Episode 86 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gunvant Patil).
14. The Indian State Is the Greatest Enemy of the Indian Farmer — Amit Varma.
15. Power and Prosperity — Mancur Olson.
16. A Tale Of Two Bandits: Naxals And The Indian State — Amit Varma.
17. The First Assault on Our Constitution — Episode 194 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tripurdaman Singh).
18. Sixteen Stormy Days — Tripurdaman Singh.
19. The Narrow Corridor: How Nations Struggle for Liberty — Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson.
20. Paul Graham’s essays.
21. Malevolent Republic — Kapil Komireddi.
22. Who Broke Our Republic? — Episode 163 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Kapil Komireddi).
23. A New Idea of India — Harsh Madhusudan and Rajeev Mantri.
24. In Service of the Republic — Vijay Kelkar & Ajay Shah.
25. The Art and Science of Economic Policy — Ep 154 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vijay Kelkar & Ajay Shah).
26. The Transformative Constitution — Gautam Bhatia.
27. The Great Repression — Chitranshul Sinha.
28. India’s Sedition Law — Episode 146 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Chitranshul Sinha).
29. Georges Simenon on Amazon.
30. The Road to Serfdom — Friedrich Hayek.
31. Leviathan — Thomas Hobbes.
32. India’s Greatest Civil Servant — Episode 167 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Narayani Basu, on VP Menon).
33. Emergency Chronicles — Gyan Prakash.
34. Gyan Prakash on the Emergency — Episode 103 of The Seen and the Unseen.
35. Participatory Democracy — Episode 160 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ashwin Mahesh).
36. Minimum government, maximum governance: A manifesto for a limited state — Reuben Abraham and Vivek Dehejia.
37. We Are Fighting Two Disasters: Covid-19 and the Indian State — Amit Varma.
38. India’s Far From Free Markets (2005) — Amit Varma in the Wall Street Journal.
39. India’s Lost Decade — Episode 116 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Puja Mehra).
40. The Lost Decade — Puja Mehra.
41. The Great Redistribution — Amit Varma.
42. The Delhi Smog — Ep 40 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
43. The Tragedy of Our Farm Bills — Episode 211 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
44. The Emergency: A Personal History — Coomi Kapoor.
45. Coomi Kapoor Has the Inside Track — Episode 305 of The Seen and the Unseen.
46. Memories of a Father — TV Eachara Varier.
47. Flying Spaghetti Monster.
48. Don’t Insult Pasta (2007) — Amit Varma.
49. Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of India — Abhinav Chandrachud.
50. South India Would Like to Have a Word — Episode 320 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Nilakantan RS).
51. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century — Yuval Noah Harari.
52. Rethinking Public Institutions in India — Edited by Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Milan Vaishnav.
53. Black Mirror on Netflix.

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Episode art: ‘Cage’ by Simahina.