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All Things Policy: Rethinking Indian Healthcare

 India performs poorly in most of the health indicators. Yet, there isn’t much popular demand for a robust healthcare system. In this episode, Apurva Kumar and Sarthak Pradhan look at the state of public health in India and examine why citizens are not demanding more be done. Links mentioned...

All Things Policy: Panchsheel – How a Dream Ended

 Why did Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru choose to pursue the 1954 Panchsheel Agreement with China? Was it mere naivete? Or was there realpolitik thinking involved? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the origins and consequences of the agreement and what it tells us about India, China and the...

All Things Policy: How to Provide Reliable Power

India’s power generation capacity is underutilized, and the Indian consumer is still underserved. In this episode, Jisha Cherian talks to Sarthak Pradhan about how the Indian power sector works and some possible ways to reform it. Jisha is an engineering graduate and a data scientist who likes to use her...

All Things Policy: India’s Approach to Welfare

 India’s welfare architecture has changed over time. But have these changes been for the better? Apurva Kumar and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the evolution of welfare systems in India. Here are some articles referred to in the podcast: https://ceda.ashoka.edu.in/new-welfarism-and-the-child-in-india-new-evidence-from-the-nfhs/ https://www.ideasforindia.in/topics/macroeconomics/new-welfarism-old-wine-new-bottles.html https://www.livemint.com/opinion/online-views/a-well-regulated-market-economy-backed-by-an-effective-state-is-need-of-the-hour-11611932687679.html

All Things Policy: Is it Safe to Breathe in India?

 A new report from air technology company IQAir concludes that despite an 11% reduction in PM2.5 levels, India emerged as the world’s third-most polluted country. India’s air quality has serious ramifications for both public health and the economy at large. Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit discuss the findings of...

All Things Policy: Safe Water for Big Cities

As we record this episode, residents in East Delhi are facing an acute water shortage. The shortages come soon after the Delhi Government went to the Supreme Court against the state of Haryana, highlighting the increasingly polluted and depleted water in the Yamuna – a key source of water for...

All Things Policy: Fixing Mumbai’s Air Pollution

 Mumbai, one of the most densely populated cities, is reeling under growing levels of air pollution. Compared to 27 other cities globally, Mumbai bears some of the highest costs as a percentage of the GDP because of air pollution-related health effects. In this episode of All Things Policy, Shivani...

All Things Policy: How Did Rome Defeat the Armies of Alexander’s Successors?

Nearly 2,200 years ago, the Greek historian Polybius tried to analyse how Rome’s armies vanquished the world-conquering Hellenistic armies centered on the Macedonian pike-phalanx. In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Anirudh Kanisetti use both ancient and modern scholarship to look at how the Romans achieved this bloody and astonishing feat....

All Things Policy: The Strange World of Serina

 Imagine a world of endless meadow and hills, lit by the glow of a nearby gas giant. Here, over hundreds of millions of years, birds evolve into a dizzying array of strange shapes and forms reminiscent of the grandeur and diversity of life on earth. Anirudh Kanisetti joins Shambhavi...

All Things Policy: The Mirage of a United Asia

Totally amicable relations between the countries of Asia might seem hopelessly idealistic today – but about a hundred years ago, a wave of intellectuals in India and China believed that it was not only realistic but inevitable. Anirudh Kanisetti joins Aditya Ramanathan to talk about the Pan-Asianism movement and the...
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