Episode 210: Feeding the Hungry in the Pandemic

…Seen and the Unseen on the pandemic: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
7. We Are Fighting Two Disasters: Covid-19 and the Indian State — Amit Varma.
8. Reforming Urban Governance — Episode 48 of The Seen and the Unseen (w V Ravichandar).
9. Urban Governance in India — Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
10. Where Have All The Leaders Gone? — Amit Varma.
11. AAP and Down — Mayank Gandhi and Shrey Shah.
12. Politics and the Sociopath (2014) — Amit Varma.
13. Fixing Indian Education — Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Muralidharan)
14. Education in India — Episode 77 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Amit Chandra).
15. Our Unlucky Children (2008) — Amit Varma.
16. Fund Schooling, Not Schools (2007) — Amit Varma.
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Episode 198: Cities and Citizens

…/> 10. Urban Governance in India — Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
11. Reforming Urban Governance — Episode 48 of The Seen and the Unseen (w V Ravichandar).
12. Is India a Flailing State? — Lant Pritchett.
13. We Are Fighting Two Disasters: Covid-19 and the Indian State — Amit Varma.
14. Prisoners of Geography — Tim Marshall.
15. The Importance of Cities — Episode 108 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Reuben Abraham & Pritika Hingorani.)
16. The Power Broker — Robert Caro.
17. The Death and Life of Great American Cities — Jane Jacobs.
18. A Life in Indian Politics — Episode 149 of The Seen and the Unseen (w JP Narayan).
19. What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been — Episode 188 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Arvind Subramanian).

Episode 196: The Importance of Data Journalism

…(w Samanth Subramanian).
7. Raag Darbari (Hindi) (English) — Shrilal Shukla
8. Memories and Things — Episode 195 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aanchal Malhotra).
9. India’s coronavirus lockdown takes toll on migrant workers — Rukmini S.
10. The First 100 — The ProPublica investigation in Chicago.
11. Ideology and Identity — Pradeep K Chhibber and Rahul Verma.
12. Political Ideology in India — Episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rahul Verma).
13. Somesh Jha at Business Standard.
14. Covid19india.org.
15. Taking Stock of Covid-19 — Episode 169 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
16. The Nuances of Lockdown — Episode 176 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Anup Malani).
17. India’s Economy in the Time of Covid-19 — Episode 177 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).<br…

Episode 211: The Tragedy of Our Farm Bills

…16. We Are Fighting Two Disasters: Covid-19 and the Indian State — Amit Varma.
17. Public Choice Theory — Episode 121 of The Seen and the Unseen.
18. Analysing the 2021 budget — Ajay Shah.
19. The Theatre of the Budget (2020) — Episode 159 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay Shah and Vivek Kaul).
20. DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State — Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
21. Most of Amit Varma’s writing on DeMon, collected in one Twitter thread.
22. India’s Water Crisis — Episode 60 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vishwanath S aka Zenrainman).
23. The Delhi Smog — Episode 44 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
24. Episode of The Seen and the Unseen on GST: 1, 2, 3.
25. Pratap Bhanu Mehta…

Episode 214: Raghu Sanjaylal Jaitley’s Father’s Scooter

…— Episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rahul Verma).
22. The Three Languages of Politics — Arnold Kling.
23. Naya Daur, the anti-Nehruvian film from 1957.
24. Nehru’s Hero: Dilip Kumar In The Life Of India — Meghnad Desai.
25. The Twitter threads on Mahmood Farooqui by Kavita Krishnan and Audrey Truschke.
26. Misogyny and our Legal System — Episode 58 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Madhav Chandavarkar and Hamsini Hariharan).
27. The Harshacharita of Banabhatta.
28. Murty Classical Library of India.
29. The End of History and the Last Man — Francis Fukuyama.
30. The Light that Failed — Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes.
31. Elite Imitation in Public Policy — Episode 180 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan and Alex Tabarrok).
32. What Really Happened? — Lawrence H White…

Episode 149: A Life in Indian Politics

…need to do to change India for the better.

Also check out:
1. The State of Indian Politics — Episode 50 of The Seen and the Unseen (w JP Narayan)
2. What Is It Like to Be a Bat? — Thomas Nagel (pdf link)
3. Lessons from an Ankhon Dekhi Prime Minister — Amit Varma
4, Where Have All The Leaders Gone? — Amit Varma
5. Government’s End — Jon Rauch
6. The Emergency — Episode 103 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gyan Prakash)
7. Urban Governance in India — Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan)
8. Crime in Indian Politics — Episode 114 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Milan Vaishnav)
9. The Indianness of Indian Food — Episode 95 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vikram Doctor)

Episode 176: The Nuances of Lockdown

What do past epidemics teach us about Covid-19? What do past disasters teach us about politics and the state? Is there a false binary between lockdown and no-lockdown? Anup Malani joins Amit Varma in episode 176 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his insights on these subjects and more.

Also check out:
1. Anup Malani’s homepage.
2. Taking Stock of Covid-19 — Episode 169 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
3. We Are Fighting Two Disasters — Amit Varma.
4. The Economic Approach to Human Behaviour — Gary Becker.
5. Learning During a Crisis: the SARS Epidemic in Taiwan — Daniel Bennett, Chun-Fang Chiang, Anup Malani.
6. Identifying Placebo Effects with Data from Clinical Trials — Anup Malani.
7. FSI (Floor Space Index) — Episode 11 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Alex…

Episode 154: The Art and Science of Economic Policy

…Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul)
6. Public Choice Theory — Ep 121 of The Seen and the Unseen
7. Narendra Modi takes a Great Leap Backwards — Amit Varma
8. Three Reasons Why A Cashless Society Would Be A Disaster — Amit Varma
9. Where Have All the Leaders Gone? — Amit Varma
10. India’s Agriculture Crisis — Ep 140 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Barun Mitra & Kumar Anand)
11. Premature Imitation and India’s Flailing State — Shruti Rajagopalan & Alex Tabarrok (pdf link)
12. Our Political Discourse — Ep 49 of The Seen and the Unseen (w transcript)
13. The Facts Do Not Matter — Amit Varma

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Episode 152: The Citizenship Battles

…the “unfinished business” of Partition — Sanjib Baruah
9. Non-Citizens and History — Sanjib Baruah
10. The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva — Episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aakar Patel)
11. The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism — Episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Akshaya Mukul)
12. The Indian Conservative — Episode 145 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Jerry Rao)
13. The State of Indian Politics — Episode 150 of The Seen and the Unseen (w JP Narayan)
14. Our Colourful Past — Episode 127 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manu Pillai)
15. Shruti Rajagopalan’s YouTube talk on constitutional amendments
16. Interpreting India — Carnegie India podcast hosted by Srinath Raghavan

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Episode 31: Urban Governance in India

Our cities are in a mess. They are not in such bad shape because of corrupt individuals or apathetic citizens, but because our structures of governance are all messed up. Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma to explain why.

Episode 145: The Indian Conservative

…3. Why I am Not a Conservative — Friedrich Hayek
4. The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva — Episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aakar Patel)
5. Religion and Ideology in Indian Society — Episode 124 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Suyash Rai)
6. Political Ideology in India — Episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rahul Verma)
7. The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism — Episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Akshaya Mukul)
8. Our Colourful Past — Episode 127 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manu Pillai)
9. The Right to Property — Episode 26 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan)
10. Marching for Salt — Amit Varma
11. The works of Edmund Burke on Amazon.
12. The column archives of Jaithirth Rao in Indian Express.

Episode 140: India’s Agriculture Crisis

…Ep 12 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Shashidhar)
4. The Unseen Effects of Farm-Loan Waivers –Ep 25 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Kumar Anand & Vivek Kaul)
5. The Right to Property — Ep 26 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan)
6. The Delhi Smog — Ep 40 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul)
7. Free the Farmers — Barun Mitra
8. Where are the Markets? — Kumar Anand
9. The Crisis in Indian Agriculture — Brainstorm on Pragati
10. We Must Save Our Farmers — Amit Varma
11. The Indian State is the Greatest Enemy of the Indian Farmer — Amit Varma
12. A Tale of Two Satyagrahas — Amit Varma
13. Down to Earth — Sharad Joshi
14. The Mystery of Capital — Hernando De Soto

Episode 131: Political Ideology in India

The usual spectrum of left and right does not apply to Indian politics. But does that mean that our politics is based on identity and patronage, and not ideology? Not quite, says political scientist Rahul Verma, as he joins Amit Varma in episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain the two ideological cleavages that divide India.

Also check out:
1. Ideology and Identity — Pradeep K Chhibber and Rahul Verma
2. Religious Practice and Democracy in India — Pradeep K Chhibber
3. Religion and Ideology in Indian Society — Episode 124 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Suyash Rai)
4. Imagine No Possessions — Episode 26 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan)
5. Crime in Indian Politics — Episode 114 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Milan Vaishnav)

Episode 129: Budget. Bollywood. Badmaashi

Like cricket and cinema, the annual budget brought out by the central government has become a national obsession. Vivek Kaul. the Shah Rukh Khan of Economics, joins Amit Varma, the Govinda of Podcasting, in episode 129 of The Seen and the Unseen to demystify the budget. Much fun is had. Blockbuster guaranteed.

Also check out:
1. The Sholay Redux — Vivek Kaul
2. Easynomics: Why high-income tax hurts — Vivek Kaul
3. How ?1.7 trillion has gone missing — Vivek Kaul
4. The State of Our Farmers — Episode 86 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gunvant Patil)
5. DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State — Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan)
6. All Hail Public Choice Theory — Episode 121 of The Seen and the Unseen

Episode 117: What is Libertarianism?

…by David Boaz

3. What Does It Mean to Be Libertarian? — ep 64 of The Seen and the Unseen (w. Amit Varma)

4. Every Act of Government Is an Act of Violence — Amit Varma

5. The Evolution of Everything — ep 96 of The Seen and the Unseen (w. Matt Ridley)

6. The World is Getting Better — ep 101 of The Seen and the Unseen (w. Steven Pinker)

7. The Right to Property — ep 26 of The Seen and the Unseen (w. Shruti Rajagopalan)

8. Public Choice, Voting and Governance — ep 92 of The Pragati Podcast (w. Amit Varma)

9. The Kim Kardashian Liberal — Amit Varma

10. I, Pencil — Leonard Read

Episode 103: The Emergency

The Emergency of 1975 was not an aberration, but was written into the DNA of the Indian state. Historian Gyan Prakash joins Amit Varma in episode 103 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on why the framers of the constitution gave such draconian powers to the state — and why we may not have become so free in 1947 after all.

Also check out:
Emergency Chronicles by Gyan Prakash, on Amazon.
Shruti Rajagopalan on our constantly changing constitution (Aug 2015).
The Evil of Family Planning (Dec 2014) — Amit Varma
Lessons From 1975 (Sep 2015) — Amit Varma

Episode 94: Rajesh Jain and Dhan Vapasi

…half of the show is about Jain’s political journey before this: supporting Modi, changing his mind etc. The conversation about Dhan Vapasi starts at 1:03:25.

Also check out:

  1. The Dhan Vapasi website
  2. The Dhan Vapasi Manifesto
  3. The Dhan Vapasi Bill
  4. Rajesh Jain’s website
  5. DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State — Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen (on Demonetisation)
  6. Why Are Our Cities So Messed Up? — Episode 31 of The Seen and the Unseen (on Urban Governance)
  7. The State of Our Farmers — Episode 86 of The Seen and the Unseen (on Agriculture)
  8. Reclaim the Sky — Episode 11 of The Seen and the Unseen (on FSI)
  9. Shruti Rajagopalan’s talk on the many changes to our constitution

Episode 53: Pakodanomics

Narendra Modi famously invoked a pakoda seller last week when he spoke about job creation in India. How apt is that invocation? Columnist Vivek Kaul, who coined the term ‘Pakodanomics’, and economist Shruti Rajagopalan join Amit Varma in episode 53 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the prime minister, the pakoda seller and India’s job problem.

Also read: Why Pakodanomics is Not the Answer to Creating Employment — Vivek Kaul

Episode 52: Caste in Modern India

Modern India’s greatest shame is that even after 70 years of Independence, we still haven’t solved the problem of caste. Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 52 of the Seen and the Unseen to shed light on some of the ways in which we have messed up at an institutional level.

Episode 223: The Economics and Politics of Vaccines

…Indian Covid-19 Vaccination — Amrita Agarwal & Ajay Shah.
7. Vaccination in India: How Will Demand Change When Persons Above Age 18 Are Eligible? — Renuka Sane & Ajay Shah.
8. The Best Way to Vaccinate Most Indians in the Least Time — Shruti Rajagopalan (Sep 14, 2020).
9. Vaccinating India: What Next? — Naushad Forbes (March 16, 2021).
10. India’s Covid Crisis Has a Familiar Culprit — Mihir Sharma (April 13, 2021).
11. Biden Admin Remakes Vaccine Strategy — Erin Banco (March 29, 2021).
12. NYT Covid Vaccinations Tracker.
13. Previous episodes of The Seen and the Unseen on Covid-19: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
14. In Service of the Republic — Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah.
15. The Art and Science of Economic Policy — Episode 154 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vijay Kelkar…