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Ever wondered how automation will change the world? Maybe you puzzle over what India could do to ease traffic congestion, or how China's aircraft carriers will transform Indian Ocean geopolitics? All Things Policy, a daily podcast brought to you by the Takshashila Institution, brings you all the answers. Every weekday, our researchers break down complex economic and geopolitical ideas through the lens of current events. For everyone from the busy executive to the curious student, All Things ...
 
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 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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Obesity wasn't considered a public health issue a decade ago. However, the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey shows that obesity is now afflicting more than 44% of our population. Priyal D'almeida talks to Harshit Kukreja about this growing problem, the risks associated and the ways India can tackle this issue. Follow Priyal on Twitte…
 
A form of Public Distribution System (PDS) has existed since before India’s implementation. The PDS, after independence, has been revamped into the Targeted PDS in 1997 and the National Food Security Act in 2013. Yet, implementation of the PDS varies widely across states. This can be attributed to political commitment which comprises political will…
 
A year from the deadly second wave of Covid-19, the WHO has released a report estimating 47.4 lakh excess deaths in India for 2020-21. The government has objected to the estimate, standing by its narrative of 5 lakh Covid deaths. Mihir Mahajan and Suman Joshi discuss the WHO report, how deaths are measured in India, and why it is important to have …
 
In the United States, there is much ongoing discussion around a leaked draft opinion by the US supreme court that reveals that the landmark Roe V Wade judgment, which protected abortion rights in the country, is likely to be overturned. This discussion has gone beyond the powers of the judiciary in the US and has been centred around women’s rights …
 
The largely peaceful anti-government protests in Sri Lanka became violent earlier this week after the clashes between the government’s supporters and the protestors. Nine people lost their lives in the resulting violence, including two policemen. After the angry crowd burnt Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ancestral home, he had to resign and is …
 
China has tried to define and project itself as a democracy as opposed to the general conception of China as an authoritarian political system. These attempts seem to be not just to highlight China's democratic system, but also to highlight how different it is from the western conception of democracy. In this episode, Megha Pardhi talks to Dr. Sung…
 
In the ongoing Ukraine conflict, the use of space has played a key role on both sides. With fears of the conflict extending into space, the status of private companies and their space assets being seen as legitimate targets by belligerents has entered the discourse. The latest economic sanctions and tech. export controls imposed on Russia have also…
 
According to Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) the unemployment rate in Goa has increased from 11.6% to 15.5% in the last 3 months, which is higher than the national average. The mining ban and loss of tourist influx over the last two years are the main reasons for these numbers. Sridhar Krishna and Sudisha Mishra discuss these reasons be…
 
Since the 2017 relaunch of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), it has been popular in the discourse on Indo-Pacific in India. In this episode, Megha Pardhi talks to Dr Brendon Cannon on various aspects of Quad in the Indo-Pacific and the future of Quad. Dr. Brendon J. Cannon earned a PhD in Political Science with an emphasis on Internationa…
 
The US Supreme Court's decision to potentially overturn the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade verdict has sparked off discussions on how this might impact abortion rights in the US. Arjun Gargeyas talks to Megha Pardhi and Priyal D'Almeida on the history and context behind the verdict along with future implications of the court's recent decision. Follow Me…
 
The country’s plan to implement a Health Star Rating(HSR) system for packaged food items has been a long due move. The aim is to make customers aware and capable of making informed food choices. However will HSRs be enough still remains a question. Mahek Nankani and Dr. Harshit Kukreja discuss in detail the Front-Of Pack Labels in India. Follow Mah…
 
With the latest retail inflation figures coming in at 6.95%, the focus should shift to inflation and monetary policy. The RBI is bound by an inflation targeting mechanism, where it is accountable to parliament when inflation is in excess of 6% for three consecutive quarters. Anupam Manur and Mihir Mahajan discuss the evolution of central bank manda…
 
Till now, conversations around web3 have revolved around crypto, but they’re not changing with the influx of NFTs, DAOs, and smart contracts. We are still in the nascent stages of the revolution as it unfolds. NFTs can be a part of land contracts, elections, a new financial system, and everything that is connected to ownership. What could be the im…
 
Naval branch of China's People's Liberation Army completed 73 years in service. During these 73 years, PLA Navy went on to be seen as the 'Assassin's Mace' to a key force safeguarding China's overseas interests. In this episode, Megha Pardhi talks to Suyash Desai about PLA Navy's journey. Link to Suyash's article : https://www.news18.com/news/opini…
 
Gen. Curtis LeMay, one of the architects of allied victory in WWII, the Berlin Airlift and the post war US Strategic Air Command, is a figure larger than life. His contribution to techniques synonymous with strategic air campaigns and military operational art are perhaps the most significant developed in the 20th century. Aditya Pareek speaks to au…
 
Since 2011-12, there has not been any official estimate of poverty in India. Recently two papers (World Bank and International Monetary Fund) estimated the poverty to be around 10.2% and 0.8%, respectively. In this episode, Pranay Kotasthane and Sarthak Pradhan talk about the state of data on India’s poverty levels. Sources referred to in the podca…
 
Indian workers, establishments, and trade unions have been demanding labour law reforms for a decade or so. Now that the new labour codes have been passed, the country has witnessed protests and discourse against the same. Sudisha Mishra sits with labour economist Professor KR Shyam Sundar to discuss how these labour law reforms affect the working …
 
The Yellow Vest Movement in France, the Farmers’ Movement in India, the Civil Rights Movement or Marriage Equality in the United States, and the Anti-Sexual Harassment movement in Pakistan have one thing in common: they were social movements that were able to affect public policy change by creating, amending or repealing legislature. Policies are m…
 
From advanced processing capabilities to solving very complex problems, Computing power has become a key determinant in many advanced computing mechanisms and scientific applications. In this episode, Megha Pardhi talks to Arjun Gargeays about his recent discussion document with Siddharth Bannerjee which outlines a Background of India’s Position in…
 
On April 12, Sri Lanka declared the default on all payments on its $51-billion external debt to save precious forex reserves to buy oil and agricultural commodities. The alarming level of food scarcity in the country has mobilized the population to demand the ouster of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa along with his family from the government. How has …
 
In this episode, Mahek Nankani and Harshit Kukreja discuss how climate change induced water crisis affect young girls and their chances of getting education. Follow Mahek on twitter : https://twitter.com/maheknankani Follow Harshit on twitter : https://twitter.com/harshitk43 Check out Takshashila’s courses: https://school.takshashila.org.in/ You ca…
 
Globally women are underrepresented in politics. It has led to a situation where women’s voices are not heard, and demands are not met. In this episode of All things Policy, Suman Joshi and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the different dimensions of women’s representation in politics. Follow Suman on Twitter : https://twitter.com/sujo2906 Follow Sarthak on…
 
Technology diplomacy has become a crucial strategic tool in the current Information Age. Priyal Lyncia D'almeida talks to Arjun Gargeyas on the possibility of curating tech alliances between the states of the Indo-Pacific to counter China's dominance. Follow Priyal on Twitter : https://mobile.twitter.com/lynciapriyal Suggested Readings: India, Japa…
 
The concept of computing power and the ability to handle large amounts of data in short intervals of time is of the utmost importance. Arjun Gargeyas talks to Megha Pardhi about what China's recently announced 'National Computing Network' means for the country's tech landscape. Follow Megha on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pardhimegha21 Check out Ta…
 
Human trafficking became a hot topic in China after a clip of women being mistreated went viral. This incident sparked a debate that also drew the attention of China’s Premier Li Keqiang during a session of the National People’s Congress. Social aspects of human trafficking in both China and India have some common elements. In this episode, Megha P…
 
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