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All Things Policy: The Shadow Pandemic: Impact of COVID-19 on mental health in India

 The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly affected our lives in more ways than one. It has impacted our engagement with others and disrupted daily routines. Apart from this, “Fearodemic” or the shadow pandemic has been the biggest trigger for mental...

All Things Policy: What makes democracies tick?

 In recent times, there have been apprehensions about the future of democracy. In this episode, Apurva and Sarthak talk about the factors and circumstances that might breed support for democracies. Click here to read the paper referred in the...

All Things Policy: India’s Free Speech Challenge

 The first amendment of India’s Constitution allowed the right to freedom of speech and expression to be “reasonably restricted”. This amendment created a distinct space for the judiciary and the legislature to produce an ambiguous stream of interpretations to...

All Things Policy: India’s Reverse Migration

 According to the latest CMIE estimates, there has been a reverse migration of labour from the manufacturing sector to the agriculture sector due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The loss of jobs in small and medium manufacturing units have...

All Things Policy: Making Public Health More Equal

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities in access to health care. Apurva Kumar and Suman Joshi examine the contours of the Indian public health system in the light of a recently released Oxfam India report titled “Inequality Report 2021: India’s...

All Things Policy: Living together, separately: What the Pew survey says about religion in India

 What is the role of religion and caste in Indians’ lives? How do we think about our identity as Indians? What do our choices about how we worship, what we eat, and what we wear say about our identity?...

All Things Policy: Bangladesh – The New Miracle Economy?

 Bangladesh’s per capita GDP has been on the rise as it emerges as the garment factory of the world. Has Bangladesh defied the received wisdom that countries outside East-Asia and Europe can’t have an export-led growth? Sarthak Pradhan and...

All Things Policy: Tackling Mis/Disinformation on Vaccines

 Only around 6% of Indians have been fully vaccinated. While there are supply-side constraints, demand-side bottlenecks such as vaccine hesitancy are a challenge. With a new virus variant hitting several countries, vaccine hesitancy in a vast country like India...

All Things Policy: How Indians Shaped their Constitution

The Constitution of India forms the basis of the republic and influences all aspects of our lives. But is it really that powerful? Suman Joshi and Apurva Kumar talk about the role common citizens played in building constitutional values through...

All Things Policy: The Constitution & India’s Democracy

 How does the Constitution of India codify democratic principles? Why does it see an overarching role for a centralized state? How does it address the issue of representation? In this episode, Apurva Kumar and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the motivations...
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