Episode 378: Rohit Lamba Will Never Be Bezubaan

He is an economist with the soul of a poet. He has studied number theory and is an expert on policy. He has studied Urdu and and dreams in shairi. Rohit Lamba joins Amit Varma in episode 378 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss economics, politics, society and our human condition.

Also check out:
1. Rohit Lamba links at Penn StateLinkedInTwitterGoogle ScholarYouTube and his own website.
2. Breaking the Mould: Reimagining India’s Economic Future — Raghuram Rajan and Rohit Lamba.
3. The Broken Script — Swapna Liddle.
4. Swapna Liddle and the Many Shades of Delhi — Episode 367 of The Seen and the Unseen.
5. Six More Stories That Should Be Films — Episode 43 of Everything is Everything, which includes a chapter inspired by Swapna Liddle’s book.
6. Wanderers, Kings, Merchants: The Story of India through Its Languages — Peggy Mohan.
7. Understanding India Through Its Languages — Episode 232 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Peggy Mohan).
8. The Life and Times of Ira Pande — Episode 369 of The Seen and the Unseen.
9. The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes — Zachary D. Carter.
10. Fixing the Knowledge Society — Episode 24 of Everything is Everything.
11. Robert Sapolsky’s biology lectures on YouTube.
12. Episode of The Seen and the Unseen with Ramachandra Guha: 123456.
13. The Nurture Assumption — Judith Rich Harris.
14. Deepak VS and the Man Behind His Face — Episode 373 of The Seen and the Unseen.
15. The Incredible Insights of Timur Kuran — Episode 349 of The Seen and the Unseen.
16. Private Truths, Public Lies — Timur Kuran.
17. The Gentle Wisdom of Pratap Bhanu Mehta — Episode 300 of The Seen and the Unseen.
18. 300 Ramayanas — AK Ramanujan.
19. Ramcharitmanas — Tulsidas.
20. Savarkar and the Making of Hindutva — Janaki Bakhle.
21. The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva — Episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aakar Patel).
22. Political Ideology in India — Episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rahul Verma).
23. Religion and Ideology in Indian Society — Episode 124 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Suyash Rai).
24. Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India — Akshaya Mukul.
25. The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism — Episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Akshaya Mukul).
26. India After Gandhi — Ramachandra Guha.
27. Amitava Kumar Finds the Breath of Life — Episode 265 of The Seen and the Unseen.
28. Aadha Gaon — Rahi Masoom Raza.
29. The Rooted Cosmopolitanism of Sugata Srinivasaraju — Episode 277 of The Seen and the Unseen.
30. Postcard from Kashmir — Agha Shahid Ali.
31. The Veiled Suite: The Collected Poems — Agha Shahid Ali.
32. You Can Always Get There From Here — Mark Strand.
33. Collected Poems — Mark Strand.
34. Variants of chess on chess.com.
35. The Tamilian gentleman who took on the world — Amit Varma on Viswanathan Anand.
36. The New World Upon Us — Amit Varma on Alpha Zero.
37. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
38. The History of the Planning Commission — Episode 306 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Nikhil Menon).
39. The Life and Times of KP Krishnan — Episode 355 of The Seen and the Unseen.
40. The Reformers — Episode 28 of Everything is Everything.
41. Milton Friedman on Minimum Wage Laws.
42. Main Gautam Nahin Hoon — Khalilur Rahman Azmi.
43. Lessons from Nirala’s ballad for our battle with covid — Rohit Lamba.
44. Poker and Life — Episode 38 of Everything is Everything.
45. Range Rover — The archives of Amit Varma’s column on poker for the Economic Times.
46. What is Populism? — Jan-Werner Müller.
47. The Populist Playbook — Episode 42 of Everything is Everything.
48. The Tragedy of Our Farm Bills — Episode 211 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
49. Dynamism with Incommensurate Development: The Distinctive Indian Model — Rohit Lamba and Arvind Subramanian.
50. List of Soviet and Russian leaders by height.
51. Narendra Modi takes a Great Leap Backwards — Amit Varma on Demonetisation.
52. Beware of the Useful Idiots — Amit Varma.
53. Number Theory.
54. Fermat’s Last Theorem.
55. A Beautiful Mind — Ron Howard.
56. The Life and Work of Ashwini Deshpande — Episode 298 of The Seen and the Unseen.
57. Dilip José Abreu: an elegant and creative economist — Rohit Lamba.
58. The BJP Before Modi — Episode 202 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vinay Sitapati).
59. The Forgotten Greatness of PV Narasimha Rao — Episode 283 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vinay Sitapati).
60. Ghummakkad Shastra — Rahul Sankrityayan.
61. Jahnavi and the Cyclotron — Episode 319 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Jahnavi Phalkey).
62. The Looking-Glass Self.
63. Jo Bhi Main — Song from Rockstar with lyrics by Irshad Kamil.
64. Ranjit Hoskote is Dancing in Chains — Episode 363 of The Seen and the Unseen.
65. Politically correct, passive-aggressive: How Indians in the US struggle to decode corporate speak — Anahita Mukherji.
66. Lincoln — Steven Spielberg.
67. The Life and Times of Montek Singh Ahluwalia — Episode 285 of The Seen and the Unseen.
68. The Economics and Politics of Vaccines — Episode 223 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah).
69. In Service of the Republic — Vijay Kelkar & Ajay Shah.
70. The Semiconductor Wars — Episode 358 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pranay Kotasthane & Abhiram Manchi).
71. The Smile Curve.
72. Urban Governance in India — Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
73. We Are Fighting Two Disasters: Covid-19 and the Indian State — Amit Varma.
74. The Child and the State in India — Myron Weiner.
75. Where India Goes — Diane Coffey and Deam Spears.
76. What’s Wrong With Indian Agriculture? — Episode 18 of Everything is Everything.
77. South India Would Like to Have a Word — Episode 320 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Nilakantan RS).
78. South vs North: India’s Great Divide — Nilakantan RS.
79. Episodes of The Seen and the Unseen with Ashwin Mahesh: 123.
80. Maximum City — Suketu Mehta.
81. Disgrace — JM Coetzee.
82. Snow — Pamuk.
83. Bahut Door, Kitna Door Hota Hai — Manav Kaul.
84. Shakkar Ke Paanch Dane — Manav Kaul..
85. Poems: 1962–2020 — Louise Glück.
86. Mahabharata.
87. राम की शक्ति-पूजा — सूर्यकांत त्रिपाठी निराला.
88. Iqbal and Ahmad Faraz on Rekhta.
89. Ranjish Hi Sahi — Ahmad Faraz.
90. Zindagi Se Yahi Gila Hai Mujhe — Ahmad Faraz.
91. AR Rahman on Wikipedia and Spotify.

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