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All Things Policy: Economic Stimulus for Post-COVID India

Rupees twenty lakh crore. That’s the size of the stimulus package promised by the government. But how will it work? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Sarthak Pradhan do a deep dive into the government’s plan and look at whether it’s the economic medicine India needs amid a pandemic.

All Things Policy: Preparing for the Second Wave

With India easing restrictions on the movement of people, is it possible that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over? Unfortunately, no. There’s a long way to go before we can be sure of that. Shambhavi Naik, Sunila Dixit, and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss how to prepare India’s healthcare systems...

All Things Policy: The Virus Ravages West Asia

COVID-19 is taking a terrible human toll in West Asia even as it re-wires the region’s geopolitics in surprising ways. Prateek Waghre talks to Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan about what India needs to do to minimize the risks to itself and seize new opportunities for cooperation.

All Things Policy: COVID-19: Crisis or Opportunity?

“Every crisis is also an opportunity,” the old saying goes. Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane have some ideas on when that actually happens – and what opportunities India has during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Does a Crisis Become a Policy Opportunity: (https://bit.ly/2KJZWlC) Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies: (https://bit.ly/2VIFmIG) Diplomacy and...

All Things Policy: A National Reopening Strategy for India

As India prepares to ease lockdown restrictions and restore economic activity, most epidemiological models expect there to be fresh waves of infection over the coming months. A national strategy is needed to manage the risks to lives and to livelihoods and to allow for calibrated responses in response to local...

All Things Policy: Learning From History

The Bengal Famine was one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern Indian history. What caused the famine and can it tell us how to handle a pandemic today? In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan talks to Anirudh Kanisetti and Sarthak Pradhan about a time when millions starved because of human...

All Things Policy: Price Controls in a Pandemic

Indian authorities have imposed price caps on face masks and sanitisers. Private labs have been told to conduct Covid-19 tests for free. While these measures may be well-meaning, they don’t work, and are already leading to disastrous shortages. Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to Anupam Manur and Shambhavi Naik to understand why.

All Things Policy: The Hashtag Pandemic

Who is to blame for Covid-19? It depends on who you ask, and it might depend on which country’s information operations they have been exposed to on social media. As hashtags duke it out on Twitter, Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to Manoj Kewalramani and Prateek Waghre to understand the information ecosystem...

All Things Policy: Post Pandemic Economics

What will India’s economy look like at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic? What should the union and state governments do to limit the damage and aid a recovery? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Nitin Pai discuss a plan to kickstart growth once the smoke clears. You can follow...

All Things Policy: COVID and China’s Economy

How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted China’s economy? Are we likely to see a swift recovery or a lengthy period of stops and starts? And what’s likely to be the impact on the global trading order? Manoj Kewalramani discusses all this and more with the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Nick Marro.
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