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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 Policy is all you'll need to understand the world (and appreciate your breakfast) better.

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 Policy is all you'll need to understand the world (and appreciate your breakfast) better.

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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 Policy is all you'll need to understand the world (and appreciate your breakfast) better.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 267: Fighting the Coronavirus Pt 3

2/21/2020
A new speech by Xi Jinping shows that the Chinese leadership was aware of the outbreak well before strict measures were taken. Is this an admission of systemic failure or signalling of strength? Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik take stock of all the developments related to the outbreak. Follow Manoj Kewalramani on Twitter @theChinaDude Follow Shambhavi Naik on Twitter @TheNaikMic

Duration:00:25:27

Ep. 266: Trump Comes to India

2/20/2020
US President Donald Trump is set to land in Ahmedabad on February 24 on his first trip to India. But will his visit amount to anything more than hype? Manoj Kewalramani and Pranay Kotasthane join Aditya Ramanathan to discuss the future of the India-US relationship. Follow Manoj Kewalramani on Twitter @theChinaDude Follow Pranay Kotasthane on Twitter: @pranaykotas Follow Aditya Ramanathan on Twitter: @adityascripts

Duration:00:29:06

Ep. 265: India's Fiscal Future

2/19/2020
The 15th Finance Commission has come out with a slew of recommendations. Which states stand to gain and which ones stand to lose? Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane examine some of the implications of the commission's interim report. Follow: Anupam on Twitter: @anupammanur Pranay Kotasthane on Twitter: @pranaykotas

Duration:00:34:34

Ep. 264: Reading the Economist

2/18/2020
In this week’s Reading the Economist, Aditya Ramanathan is joined by Anirudh Kanisetti and Suyash Desai to discuss the failure of UN peacemaking, arms sales in the Middle East, and the politics of Ireland, the Phillippines, and Kazakhstan. Follow Aditya on Twitter: @adityascripts Follow Anirudh on Twitter: @AKanisetti Follow Suyash Desai: @Suyash_Desai

Duration:00:22:26

Ep. 263: Competition and Reassurance in the Indo-Pacific

2/17/2020
Is China now playing nice after years of assertiveness? Does India's policy of "evasive balancing" make any sense? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Aditya Ramanathan to debate new ideas about the politics of the Indo-Pacific.

Duration:00:33:11

Ep. 262: Fighting the Coronavirus Pt 2

2/14/2020
As the coronavirus continues to take a lethal toll across the world, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik take stock of recent developments and try to make a better sense of China's response. Follow: Manoj Kewalramani @theChinaDude Shambhavi Naik @TheNaikMic

Duration:00:25:58

Ep. 261: Caste Away

2/13/2020
After hundreds of years of caste endogamy, one would think that Indian society would be far more open to intercaste marriages than it actually is. Shambhavi Naik and Sarthak Pradhan unpack the science and political economy of intercaste marriage with Anirudh Kanisetti, busting myths, discussing history, and pointing out the very real ramifications for public health today. Read Shambhavi’s article here:...

Duration:00:28:54

Ep. 260: Dissing Misinformation

2/12/2020
Facebook recently stated that a doctored video of U.S. congresswoman Nancy Pelosi did not violate community guidelines. So what constitutes fake news? And what are the big social media companies doing about it? Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth about today's information disorder. Follow Prateek on Twitter: @prateekwaghre Follow Anirudh on Twitter: @AKanisetti Follow Rohan on Twitter: @thesethist

Duration:00:28:29

Ep. 259: Reading the Economist

2/11/2020
In this week’s Reading the Economist, Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Sarthak Pradhan explore everything from the consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade to Britain’s nuclear deterrent, the economic costs of the Wuhan coronavirus, and the challenge of financial inclusion in India. Follow Aditya on Twitter: @adityascripts Follow Anirudh on Twitter: @AKanisetti Follow Sarthak on Twitter: @PSarthak19

Duration:00:30:27

Ep. 258: India versus the Internet

2/10/2020
Nearly six months after the internet shutdown in J&K, the Union government's decision to partially lift the shutdown has been riddled with controversy. Why is this judgement so controversial? In this special episode, Rohan Seth first talks to Apar Gupta, the director of Indian Freedom Foundation, and Prateek Waghre about the Anuradha Bhasin case judgement about the implications of Kashmir internet white list. Prateek’s twitter thread:...

Duration:00:29:16

Epi 257: Fighting the Coronavirus

2/7/2020
The coronavirus continues to spread across China and beyond. The WHO has declared a global health emergency, and governments across the world are rushing to contain it. But it’s a challenge that the world is well-equipped to tackle. Anirudh Kanisetti, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik take stock of recent developments and unpack the myths about the virus.

Duration:00:39:27

Ep 256: The Challenge of Theatre Commands

2/6/2020
India's Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat announced that the armed forces would transition to theatre commands in the next three years. Why does India need theatre commands and what should they look like? Lt General Prakash Menon joins Aditya Ramanathan and Suyash Desai to talk about the difficulties and opportunities ahead as India restructures its military.

Duration:00:21:53

Ep. 255: Does the Budget Matter

2/5/2020
Union Budgets are an annual ritual marked by pageantry and breathless commentary. But how important are they? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane discuss how the budget really impacts the economy and our daily lives.

Duration:00:21:04

Ep. 254: The Dilemmas of Nuclear Security

2/4/2020
How big a threat is a nuclear terrorism? How did the AQ Khan network really work? And is arms control dead? In this special episode, Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School, joins Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav RS to discuss the challenges of our nuclear age.

Duration:00:29:51

Ep. 253: China's AI Ambitions and Nuclear Weapons

2/3/2020
China's has an ambitious plan to use artificial intelligence to transform its armed forces. But how would such changes affect nuclear stability? Lora Saalman, a leading expert on the subject joins Manoj Kewalramani, Pranav RS and Aditya Ramanathan to discuss the emerging challenges from Asia's AI arms race.

Duration:00:39:23

Ep 252: Religion and Money In Medieval Gujarat

1/31/2020
Medieval India is far more complicated than we give it credit for - it’s full of wily merchants, pragmatic rulers, and complex interactions. Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan dive into 13th century Gujarat, discussing a fascinating inscription from Somnath and what it might tell us about how Hindus and Muslims saw each other at the time.

Duration:00:27:03

Ep 251: The Final Frontier

1/30/2020
Takshashila's policy proposal, 'The New Space Policy 2020' proposes a clear governance structure that paves the way for the growth of the nascent private space sector in India. The proposal seeks to decouple the policy, regulatory and service delivery roles of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Utkarsh Narain joins Pranay Kotasthane and Pranav RS to discuss why the new structure is needed, and what it should look like. Read the full proposal here: -...

Duration:00:34:38

Ep. 250: The Dark Side Of The Kashmir Whitelist

1/29/2020
Tech researchers Rohini Lakshané and Prateek Waghre join Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss the whitelist of 301 sites that have been made accessible in Jammu & Kashmir. Their analysis highlights major issues with the practicalities of Internet bans - and points to worrisome implications for the future of Internet access in India.

Duration:00:22:44

Ep. 249: The Rise and Fall of West Asia

1/28/2020
West Asia is notorious today for its geopolitical instability - but has that always been the case? What do the premodern states of the region tell us about today's shifting dynamics? Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti and Manoj Kewalramani trace out its long-term geopolitics. Read Michael Cook’s article here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-royal-asiatic-society/article/longterm-geopolitics-of-the-premodern-middle-east/4C270E6B47EE028299F95045943F1ACD

Duration:00:34:48

Ep. 248: The Virus From Wuhan

1/26/2020
The Wuhan virus is already spreading across the world and taking a deadly toll. But what is the virus anyway and how does it spread? In this episode, Rohan Seth talks to Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik to put these developments in context and talk about their implications.

Duration:00:26:15