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All public policies have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended and visible; and unintended consequences which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions. Presented by journalist Amit Varma, the show takes on a specific public policy in every episode, and dissects its seen and unseen effects.The podcast is an Indus Vox Media Production

All public policies have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended and visible; and unintended consequences which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions. Presented by journalist Amit Varma, the show takes on a specific public policy in every episode, and dissects its seen and unseen effects.The podcast is an Indus Vox Media Production

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India

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All public policies have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended and visible; and unintended consequences which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions. Presented by journalist Amit Varma, the show takes on a specific public policy in every episode, and dissects its seen and unseen effects.The podcast is an Indus Vox Media Production

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep 160: Participatory Democracy

2/15/2020
In India, we have government of the people and for the people, but not by the people. How can we fix this? Polymath thinker Ashwin Mahesh joins Amit Varma in episode 160 of The Seen and the Unseen to chat about participatory democracy, India Against Corruption, the Aam Aadmi Party and what makes a Good Indian. Also check out: 1. Ashwin Mahesh's homepage. 2. With the Government, Within the Government, As the Government -- Ashwin Mahesh 3. The State of our Farmers -- Episode 86 of The...

Duration:02:28:40

Ep 159: The Theatre of the Budget

2/8/2020
Budgets matter more than they should -- and the process of making them matters more than their contents. Ajay Shah and Vivek Kaul join Amit Varma in episode 159 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss both journey & destination, strategy & tactics. Also check out: 1. The Art and Science of Economic Policy -- Episode 154 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah) 2. Analysing the February 2020 budget -- Ajay Shah 3. India budget raises more questions than answers -- Vivek...

Duration:01:50:40

Ep 158: Radically Networked Societies

2/1/2020
From the Arab Spring to Shaheen Bagh, radically networked societies are rising up to express themselves. What do they have in common? How will a hierarchical state deal with a networked society? Pranay Kotasthane shares his insights with Amit Varma in episode 158 of The Seen and the Unseen. Also check out: 1. Individual Liberty vs Public Security in a Radically Networked Society -- Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane. 2. Networked Societies and Hierarchical States: The Emerging Challenge to...

Duration:01:21:39

Ep 157: Taking Stock of Our Republic

1/25/2020
India has endured -- but as we celebrate another Republic Day, we must remember that we cannot take this for granted. Historian Ramachandra Guha joins Amit Varma in episode 157 of The Seen and the Unseen to examine some of the currents of history that brought us here, and are still in flux. Also check out: 1. The books of Ramachandra Guha on Amazon. 2. Ramachandra Guha's columns in the Telegraph. 3. Understanding Gandhi: Part 1: Mohandas: Episode 104 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ram...

Duration:01:27:24

Ep 156: Kerala and the Ivory Throne

1/19/2020
Kerala has a madly interesting history. It was a hub of globalisation centuries ago, an exemplar of tolerance. Almost in contrast, it took casteism to an extreme. It also had a matrilineal system, a tradition of empowered women, and some badass queens. Historian Manu Pillai joins Amit Varma in episode 156 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss all this and more. Also check out: 1. The Ivory Throne -- Manu Pillai 2. Our Colourful Past -- Episode 127 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manu...

Duration:02:20:42

Ep 155: Films, Feminism, Paromita

1/12/2020
Immense changes have swept through our lives in the last three decades. Filmmaker and writer Paromita Vohra joins Amit Varma in episode 155 of The Seen and the Unseen, and turns her unique gaze both inwards and outwards. Also check out: 1. Agents of Ishq 1. Unlimited Girls (95 mins) 2. Cosmopolis: Two Tales of a City (13 mins) 3. Where's Sandra (18 mins) 4. Morality TV (32 mins) 5. Partners in Crime (95 mins) 6. A Love Latika (Trailer) 7. Interview of Paromita Vohra by Anuradha...

Duration:02:49:41

Ep 154: The Art and Science of Economic Policy

1/5/2020
Economic policy affects each of us -- and yet, India has gotten it wrong for decades. In their groundbreaking new book, Vijay Kelkar and Ajay Shah write not just how to do policy, but how to think about policy. They join Amit Varma in episode 154 of The Seen and the Unseen to share their learnings, first principles onwards. Also check out: 1. In Service of the Republic -- Vijay Kelkar & Ajay Shah 2. Zombie Firms and Creative Destruction -- Ep 118 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ajay...

Duration:02:43:40

Ep 153: The Indian Economy in 2019

12/29/2019
Alongside much social unrest, the Indian economy went to hell in 2019. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 153 of The Seen and the Unseen to survey the damage, and to demystify the rubble. For detailed show notes, head on over to seenunseen.in.

Duration:01:54:12

Ep 152: The Citizenship Battles

12/21/2019
Why is India burning over the Citizenship Amendment Bill? Why does the NRC matter? What is happening in Assam? Srinath Raghavan joins Amit Varma in episode 152 of The Seen and the Unseen to give historical perspective on our current ferments. For detailed show notes, head on over to seenunseen.in.

Duration:02:31:45

Ep. 151: Maharashtra Politics Unscrambled

12/15/2019
Politics in Maharashtra is deeply complicated. Its themes and fault lines have been formed over decades. Veteran journalist and author Sujata Anandan joins Amit Varma in episode 151 of The Seen and the Unseen to unravel some of the mysteries behind its fascinating dramas. Also check out: 1. Hindu Hriday Samrat -- Sujata Anandan 2. Maharashtra Maximus -- Sujata Anandan 3. Marathi Manoos -- Sujata Anandan.

Duration:02:25:06

Ep. 150: The Business of Books

12/8/2019
How has Indian publishing evolved in the last few decades? What does India read, and why? Publisher VK Karthika joins Amit Varma in episode 150 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about what she learnt in her years in Penguin, Harper Collins and (now) Westland. Also check out: Death of the AuthorHow to Read and WhyA Poetry HandbookRoseannaThe Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism

Duration:02:13:07

Ep. 149: A life in Indian Politics

12/1/2019
Jayaprakash Narayan was trained as a physician, served in the IAS, and went on to start a political movement. JP joins Amit Varma in episode 149 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his insights on Indian politics, the nature of the state and what we need to do to change India for the better. Also check out: The State of Indian PoliticsWhat Is It Like to Be a Bat?Lessons from an Ankhon Dekhi Prime Minister Where Have All The Leaders Gone?Government's EndThe EmergencyUrban Governance in...

Duration:02:30:17

Ep. 148: The Bombzooka Question

11/24/2019
In episode 148 of The Seen and the Unseen, host Amit Varma invokes a fictional super-weapon to build an argument against gun rights in India. Guests Shubho Roy and Sudhanshu Neema disagree with him, and each other, most vigorously. Also check out: The Bombzooka QuestionResisting State Injustice You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcast App on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios

Duration:01:18:41

Ep. 147: Jahangir the Curious

11/17/2019
Jahangir is often considered a lightweight Mughal emperor, an ineffectual drunkard sandwiched between his father and his son, Akbar and Shah Jahan. But this is an unfair view. Parvati Sharma joins Amit Varma in episode 147 of The Seen and the Unseen to shed light on not just Jahangir as an emperor, but on his human side, endearing and infuriating in equal measure. Also check out: Jahangir: An Intimate Portrait of a Great MughalWomen in Indian HistoryOur Colouful PastThe Deccan Before...

Duration:02:10:06

Ep. 146: India's Sedition Law

11/10/2019
Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code is an archaic law and needs to go. But what is the historical background of our sedition law? What are the political and social contexts in which it evolved and thrived? Chitranshul Sinha joins Amit Varma in episode 146 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss his book on the subject, The Great Repression. Also check out: The Great RepressionDon't Insult Pasta (2007)Hardcore HistoryArchive.orgThe Emergency You can listen to this show and other awesome...

Duration:01:56:23

Ep. 145: The Indian Conservative

11/3/2019
Is there such a thing as Indian conservatism? What does it mean and where did it come from? Jaithirth Rao joins Amit Varma in episode 145 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss his latest book. Also check out: The Indian ConservativeConservatism: Ideas in ProfileWhy I am Not a ConservativeThe Intellectual Foundations of HindutvaReligion and Ideology in Indian SocietyPolitical Ideology in IndiaThe Gita Press and Hindu NationalismOur Colourful PastThe Right to PropertyMarching for SaltThe...

Duration:02:28:26

Ep. 144: Women in Indian History

10/27/2019
The history of humanity is more than just the history of men. Historian Ira Mukhoty joins Amit Varma in episode 144 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about going beyond the male gaze to write history. She also discusses Daughters of the Sun, her account of the rich and complex world of Mughal women. Also check out: Daughters of the SunHeroinesYugantaDomesticity and Power in the Early Mughal WorldEmpress:Wolf HallRebel SultansIndia = MigrationEarly IndiansThe Deccan Before ShivajiOur...

Duration:01:53:26

Ep. 143: What Does China Want?

10/20/2019
The geopolitics of the West is reasonably well-understood -- but China remains a mystery to many. What drives China? How does it look at India? China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins Amit Varma in episode 143 of The Seen and the Unseen to provide historical context and strategic perspective. Also check out: Modi-Xi Informal Summit: An Indian Interests AgendaChinese Foreign PolicyMyths About ChinaNo, China Isn’t Taking Over the WorldA Meeting in MamallapuramProtracted ContestThe...

Duration:02:07:24

Ep. 142: Ponzi Schemes

10/13/2019
We are surrounded by frauds, and are dying to believe them. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 142 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss ponzi schemes, both in India and outside, both by private actors and the government. Also discussed: chit funds and kitty parties, and why we are wired to be deceived. Also check out: Real Estate PricesThe Anti-Defection Law12 Dream ReformsPonzi's SchemeAnatomy of a Ponzi SchemeIrrational ExuberanceNarrative EconomicsExtraordinary Popular Delusions...

Duration:02:02:56

Ep. 141: Being Gay, Loving Books

10/6/2019
Vivek Tejuja, known for his writing on books, has just released his memoir of growing up gay in India. He joins Amit Varma in episode 141 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss how he -- and those around him -- came to terms with his sexuality. In the second half of the episode, Vivek and Amit discuss writers they like, and read out their favourite poetry. Also check out: So Now You KnowBeing Gay in IndiaKeeping it QueerThe Matunga RacketAmit Varma's Twitter threadAlmost InvisibleSputnik...

Duration:02:06:46