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All Things Policy is a podcast on subjects ranging from the challenge of job creation to the latest developments in space warfare. We're a bunch of public policy nerds based in Bangalore and we like bringing fresh perspectives to Indian affairs, as well as an Indian perspective to global affairs. All Things Policy is brought to you by the Takshashila Institution, a centre for research and education in public policy.
 
Echoes of India is the story of India like you've never heard it before. Host Anirudh Kanisetti takes you on a journey through its wonders, from the Greek art of Afghanistan to the to the thriving ports of Tamil Nadu. Along the way, monks debate, queens boast, and armies roar. From philosophy to politics to economics, the past comes back to life - noisy, breathing, as thriving as the Indian subcontinent is today.
 
Echoes of India is the story of India like you've never heard it before. Host Anirudh Kanisetti takes you on a journey through its wonders, from the Greek art of Afghanistan to the to the thriving ports of Tamil Nadu. Along the way, monks debate, queens boast, and armies roar. From philosophy to politics to economics, the past comes back to life - noisy, breathing, as thriving as the Indian subcontinent is today.
 
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Will Russia's new internet regulations end the global internet as we know it? Does China have its own internet? Should states rule over the internet? Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss. Editor: Ananya IyerBy The Takshashila Institution.
 
Nidhi Gupta, Pranay Kotasthane and Ananya Iyer join Shambhavi Naik to discuss the recent news coverage surrounding the cut-off and quota measures in Karnataka Pre-University colleges. Can quotas be replaced by other measures to achieve social equity?Editor: Ananya IyerBy The Takshashila Institution.
 
Surgical strikes are back in the news. But what are these surgical strikes really? Do they help reduce terrorism? Are they being exploited for political purposes? General Prakash Menon discusses with Yazad Jal and Aditya Ramanathan.Editor: Ananya IyerBy The Takshashila Institution.
 
This is the story of the Hun who tried to be an Indian emperor, and a story of the human costs of war: a story of grief, destruction, and of creation and inspiration against all odds. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-21 Or get in touch with Anirudh @AKanisetti on Twitter or @aniruddhadevaraya on Instagram! ...…
 
This is the story of the Hun who tried to be an Indian emperor, and a story of the human costs of war: a story of grief, destruction, and of creation and inspiration against all odds. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-21 Or get in touch with Anirudh @AKanisetti on Twitter or @aniruddhadevaraya on Instagram! ...…
 
Is the US-China trade war entering its final phases? Huawei will not be able to purchase components from American suppliers - and will be excluded from future versions of Google's Android OS. But this costs the US $11 billion in lost business. Will the costs finally be enough to bring both sides to the table? Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanis ...…
 
Yazad Jal and Manoj Kewalramani join Nitin Pai discuss the nuances of the articles in the latest edition of The Economist (May 18th). Tune in for insights on the US-China new "cold war", comedic happenings in politics, the intolerance of intolerance, sleep technology and more.Editor: Ananya IyerBy The Takshashila Institution.
 
Has politicisation affected the Indian military? Should our senior officers have a “cooling off” period before they’re allowed to join a political party? Gen. Prakash Menon joins Pranay Kotasthane and Yazad Jal to discuss these issues.Editor: Ananya IyerBy The Takshashila Institution.
 
How have India and China tried to educate their military personnel? Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan join Yazad Jal to talk about two different studies on the subject.Check out the studies mentioned here:"Defense Education in Chinese Universities: Drilling Elite Youth"https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10670564.2018.1542224?jour ...…
 
Yazad Jal and Anupam Manur join Nitin Pai to dive into the latest edition of The Economist and discuss the nuances of the articles that they found the most intriguing. Tune in for insights on US-China trade war, the veracity of Indian GDP numbers, the decline of racial bias in the United States and more. Editor: Ananya Iyer…
 
What was life in an ancient Indian city like? What were its sights and smells, and what kind of eccentric characters would it have been home to? Join us on a walk through Ujjain, one of South Asia's oldest cities, to find out. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-20 Or get in touch with Anirudh @AKanisetti on T ...…
 
What was life in an ancient Indian city like? What were its sights and smells, and what kind of eccentric characters would it have been home to? Join us on a walk through Ujjain, one of South Asia's oldest cities, to find out. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-20 Or get in touch with Anirudh @AKanisetti on T ...…
 
With Uber and Ola having gamechanging effects on urban mobility, how can urban planning authorities account for the sharp hike in road congestion with a view to make transport as efficient as possible?Pranay Kotasthane and Anupam Manur join Shambhavi Naik to discuss the various aspects of the same. Editor: Ananya Iyer…
 
India needs to create 20 million jobs per year for the next decade or so. One of the best ways to do that is through the construction of new cities. But how? And why would people move to these new cities? They might if the cities are state capitals. So should we relocate state capitals to boost the economy? Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane join ...…
 
How does Che Guevara's face end up on mass-manufactured t-shirts? How did superheroes go from comic books to blockbuster film franchises? How do counterculture movements end up as part of the mainstream? Asawari Ghatage, Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti geek out with Shambhavi Naik.Editor: Ananya Iyer…
 
Does the notion of a "clash of civilisations" really explain the competition between major powers today? Shambhavi Naik talks to Manoj Kewalramani, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan. Editor: Ananya IyerBy The Takshashila Institution.
 
Pakistan's Nasr rocket was supposed to "pour cold water" over the Indian Army's Cold Start doctrine. But Aditya Ramanathan and Kunaal Kini drop a truth bomb over Pakistan's overheated claims. Check out their article here: https://bit.ly/2H8RwDDEditor: Ananya IyerBy The Takshashila Institution.
 
In the 5th century, two of the ancient world's superpowers - Rome and India - were threatened by massive migrations of nomadic peoples. But while the Western Roman Empire collapsed, the Gupta Empire managed to defeat them. How? The answer lies in the story of the shadowy figure known as Skanda-Gupta. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudh ...…
 
In the 5th century, two of the ancient world's superpowers - Rome and India - were threatened by massive migrations of nomadic peoples. But while the Western Roman Empire collapsed, the Gupta Empire managed to defeat them. How? The answer lies in the story of the shadowy figure known as Skanda-Gupta. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudh ...…
 
The Supreme Court's in-house probe panel has given a clean chit to CJI Ranjan Gogoi after allegations of sexual harassment against him. But the probe ignored the well-established Vishakha guidelines for dealing with such allegations. Surya Prakash BS joins Yazad Jal and Suyash Desai to discuss the implications for the credibility of India's jud ...…
 
Why did China finally allow Masood Azhar to be sanctioned by the UN? What do these sanctions actually achieve? What are China’s motivations behind doing this now? And how will it affect the India-China dynamic? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Yazad Jal to discuss these issues and more.Editor: Ananya Iyer…
 
Why did pre-modern Indian states patronise poetry? How did poets balance their commitments to kings with their ideas of social justice? Are there lessons that modern India can learn from our historical attitude towards the arts? Author and ancient literature expert Samhita Arni joins Anirudh Kanisetti and Yazad Jal to search for answers.…
 
The Marvel Cinematic Universe offers rich and often surprising insights into the most pressing matters of ethics, policy, international politics. Manoj Kewalramani, Shibani Mehta, Ajay Patri, and Aditya Ramanathan delve into some of their favourite moments in the MCU saga. Warning: This podcast contains major spoilers right up to Avengers: Infi ...…
 
All is not well with India's external intelligence agency. In this fascinating episode, Anand Arni, Pranay Kotasthane, and Shibani Mehta talk about how India's spies were recruited in the past, what's wrong with the way they're recruited today, and how India can hire better intelligence officers in the future. You can check out Shibani’s column ...…
 
The same century that saw the collapse of the Western Roman Empire also saw the rise of the great temple-building movements that transformed India's society and economy - but these played out in a deadly family drama that would lead to the end of the Guptas and Vakatakas. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-18 ...…
 
The same century that saw the collapse of the Western Roman Empire also saw the rise of the great temple-building movements that transformed India's society and economy - but these played out in a deadly family drama that would lead to the end of the Guptas and Vakatakas. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-18 ...…
 
How do prediction markets work? Do they offer advantages over traditional methods? And why did they go wrong in predicting Trump's election or Brexit?Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane talk to Yazad Jal.Editor: Ananya IyerBy The Takshashila Institution.
 
China's navy marked its 70th anniversary with a four-day-long celebration last week. The festivities included a parade, which showcased the Liaoning aircraft carrier and the navy's newest destroyer, the Nanchang. In this episode of All Things Policy, Shambhavi Naik talks to Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai on the rapid modernisation of the PL ...…
 
A revolutionary new gene therapy hijacks the human immunodeficiency (HIV) virus to cure inherited immune disorders such as SCID - also known as Bubble Boy Disease. Is this the start of a bold new age in healthcare? Shambhavi Naik and Yazad Jal join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss.By The Takshashila Institution.
 
The second summit of the Belt and Road Initiative began on 25th April 2019. Will this summit, attended by more than 37 heads of the countries and several other delegations, bring clarity from China on issues like Transparency and economic sustainability of the BRI? Manoj and Suyash join Shambhavi to discuss the BRI initiative, its geopolitical ...…
 
Is the attack in Sri Lanka a product of third-party terrorism? Can a local terror outfit carry out an orchestrated attack of this scale without outside help? What is the nature of the allegiance of the local terror group to IS? More attacks of this nature should be expected as networked terrorists clash with hierarchical states, say Nitin Pai, ...…
 
How did South Asian Buddhism catch on in China? How did the interaction between South and East Asia shape the intellectual and economic evolution of Eurasia? Luckily for us, in the early 400s CE, the remarkable 60-year old Chinese monk Faxian actually walked all the way to India to collect scriptures from his holy land in an epic journey of nea ...…
 
How did South Asian Buddhism catch on in China? How did the interaction between South and East Asia shape the intellectual and economic evolution of Eurasia? Luckily for us, in the early 400s CE, the remarkable 60-year old Chinese monk Faxian actually walked all the way to India to collect scriptures from his holy land in an epic journey of nea ...…
 
Should India ban TikTok? Does the ban violate the principle of freedom of expression, or tackle the problem of illegal and dangerous content? Does it help achieve broader geopolitical objectives? Yes and no, say Nitin Pai and Manoj Kewalramani in conversation with Shambhavi Naik.By The Takshashila Institution.
 
India's tourism industry is not in the best of shapes - Times Square in New York alone gets more than the entire country. Some places get way too much traffic and strain their infrastructure to breaking point. Others get no tourism traffic, and whatever infrastructure they have turns into a white elephant. How do we correct the imbalance and he ...…
 
In Israel last week, a team of scientists created the first functioning 3D-printed artificial heart made of biological materials. This is potentially a huge leap forward for synthetic biology - and perhaps even a step towards the ever-elusive quest for human immortality. But what is synthetic biology in the first place? What are the implication ...…
 
We at the Takshashila Institution change our minds when presented with better arguments. In today's episode Pranay Kotasthane and Aditya Ramanathan talk to host Shambhavi Naik about papers and books that made them reconsider old assumptions. In a freewheeling discussion, they look at whether reducing poverty might increase the risk of terrorism ...…
 
Why do migrants return home? What makes people make the arduous shift back after settling in a new place? Three migrants who returned home to India: Nidhi Gupta, Yazad Jal and Shambhavi Naik discuss these issues in light of Oded Stark's article "Behavior in reverse: reasons for return migration." Listen in for both personal and policy insights ...…
 
The 5th century Queen Prabhavati-Gupta, daughter and granddaughter of kings, mother and grandmother of Queens, was one of the most remarkable women in Indian history. This is the story of her dramatic, extraordinary life. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-16 Or get in touch with Anirudh @AKanisetti on Twitte ...…
 
The 5th century Queen Prabhavati-Gupta, daughter and granddaughter of kings, mother and grandmother of Queens, was one of the most remarkable women in Indian history. This is the story of her dramatic, extraordinary life. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home/episode-16 Or get in touch with Anirudh @AKanisetti on Twitte ...…
 
Last week's Arctic conference saw the unveiling of an ambitious Russian plan to expand its military presence in the region, including a larger fleet of nuclear icebreakers. Why are countries expressing so much interest in the Arctic and what does it mean for the future of geopolitics there? Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti join Shambhavi ...…
 
In the first episode of our relaunched podcast, All Things Policy, Lt Gen Prakash Menon and Pranay Kotasthane join host Yazad Jal to discuss how India's leading political parties deal with national security issues.By The Takshashila Institution.
 
Shambhavi Naik, Yazad Jal and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss the contentious issue of germline gene editing.Eminent scientists have called for a five year moratorium on clinical applications of germline (concerning reproductive cells) gene editing. Such a move will reduce funding and transnational research in congential diseases. In this episode, th ...…
 
The recent EU-China summit has resulted in unprecedented concessions from China that could have long-lasting implications for the global economy. What are they? Is this a watershed in relations between the PRC and the West? Manoj Kewalramani joins Yazad Jal and Anupam Manur to discuss.By The Takshashila Institution.
 
Calls to regulate big technology firms are increasingly entering political discourse. The latest spark to the debate is US Senator Warren's proposal to break apart Google, Facebook and Apple. Are these ideas on the right track and are there better ways to increase consumer welfare? No and yes, explains Anupam Manur in conversation with Anirudh ...…
 
This is the story of the spectacular Gupta astro-religio-political node of Udayagiri, where, in the 5th century CE, a new idea of Indian kingship was born. Here, through a series of brilliant innovations, the God of Time was experienced and identified with one remarkable individual. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home ...…
 
This is the story of the spectacular Gupta astro-religio-political node of Udayagiri, where, in the 5th century CE, a new idea of Indian kingship was born. Here, through a series of brilliant innovations, the God of Time was experienced and identified with one remarkable individual. Notes and sources are at https://www.anirudhkanisetti.com/home ...…
 
What do a children's story, Indore's cleanliness, and Mumbai local trains have in common? Social norms! Nidhi Gupta joins Shambhavi Naik, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Aditya Ramanathan to explain how they work, based on the pioneering work of Cristina Bicchieri.Read more at https://www.unicef.org/protection/files/4_09_30_Whole_What_are_Social_Norms.pdf…
 
Should lethal autonomous weapons have the discretion to take human life? With governments already debating the issue at the UN, Ganesh Chakravarthi talks to Manoj Kewalramani, Shibani Mehta, and Aditya Ramanathan about the future of killer robots.By The Takshashila Institution.
 
Having proven its ability to knock out satellites, India should pledge a no first use policy for A-SAT missiles, since these weapons can create dangerous debris fields in space. Such a pledge will not stop India from pursuing or using "non-kinetic" means of disabling enemy satellites. Lt General Prakash Menon talks to Manoj Kewalramani and Adit ...…
 
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