Episode 336: Shruti Rajagopalan Dives Into Delimitation

In a democracy, every vote should be equal. But in India, that’s not the case. Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 336 of The Seen and the Unseen to give a detailed primer into the complex issue of Delimitation — and to suggest her own radical solution.

Also check out:
1. Shruti Rajagopalan on TwitterSubstackInstagram and her podcast, Ideas of India.
2. Demography, Delimitation, and Democracy — Shruti Rajagopalan’s detailed post on Delimitation.
3. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen w Shruti Rajagopalan, in reverse chronological order: 1234567891011121314151617.
4. India’s Emerging Crisis of Representation — Milan Vaishnav and Jamie Hintson.
5. Of Openings and Possibilities — Pranay Kotasthane on Delimitation.
6. South India Would Like to Have a Word — Episode 320 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Nilakantan RS).
7. Jayaprakash Narayan Wants to Mend Our Democracy — Episode 334 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Jayaprakash Narayan).
8. The Life and Times of Shanta Gokhale — Episode 311 of The Seen and the Unseen.
9. The Life and Times of Jerry Pinto — Episode 314 of The Seen and the Unseen.
10. Amit Varma on the Creator Economy — A recent episode of the Ideas of India podcast.
11. Gurwinder Bhogal Examines Human Nature — Episode 331 of The Seen and the Unseen.
12. The Prism — Gurwinder Bhogal’s Substack newsletter.
13. Public Choice Theory — Episode 121 of The Seen and the Unseen.
14. Public Choice: A Primer — Eomonn Butler.
15. Public Choice — Politics Without Romance — James M Buchanan.
16. Politics Without Romance — Amit Varma’s column archives for Bloomberg Quint.
17. David Hume on BritannicaWikipedia and Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
18. Adam Smith on BritannicaWikipedia and Amazon.
19. James M Buchanan on BritannicaWikipediaEconlib and Amazon.
20. Gordon Tullock on WikipediaEconlibMercatus and Amazon.
21. The Calculus of Consent — James M Buchanan and Gordon Tullock.
22. Democracy in Deficit — James M Buchanan and Richard E Wagner.
23. Shruti Rajagopalan on our constitutional amendments.
24. Subhashish Bhadra on Our Dysfunctional State — Episode 33 of The Seen and the Unseen.
25. Caged Tiger: How Too Much Government Is Holding Indians Back — Subhashish Bhadra.
26. Where Have All The Leaders Gone? — Amit Varma.
27. The Political Theory of a Compound Republic — Vincent Ostrom.
28. Urban Governance in India — Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
29. India’s Greatest Civil Servant — Episode 167 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Narayani Basu, on VP Menon).
30. Great Soul — Joseph Lelyveld.
31. Understanding Gandhi. Part 1: Mohandas — Episode 104 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ram Guha).
32. Understanding Gandhi. Part 2: Mahatma — Episode 105 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ram Guha).
33. Population Is Not a Problem, but Our Greatest Strength — Amit Varma.
34. A Life in Indian Politics — Episode 149 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Jayaprakash Narayan).
35. The First Assault on Our Constitution — Episode 194 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tripurdaman Singh).
36. Nehru’s Debates — Episode 262 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Tripurdaman Singh and Adeel Hussain.)
37. Coalition Politics and Economic Development — Irfan Nooruddin.
38. The Laffer Curve.
39. The Anti-Defection Law — Episode 13 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Barun Mitra).
40. Our Parliament and Our Democracy — Episode 253 of The Seen and the Unseen (w MR Madhavan).
41. The Four Quadrants of Conformism — Paul Graham.
42. ‘Let Me Interrupt Your Expertise With My Confidence’ — New Yorker cartoon by Jason Adam Katzenstein.
43. Eppur si muove.
44. Jagdish Bhagwati’s co-written defence of demonetisation, and Shruti Rajagopalan’s co-written rebuttal.

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Episode art: ‘Figure it Out’ by Simahina.