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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: 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...

All Things Policy: Policies for the Entertainment Sector

 The animation, visual effects, gaming and comics (AVGC) industry has seen unprecedented growth and has immense potential in creating jobs and economic opportunities. In this episode, Biren Ghose talks to Sarthak Pradhan about the need for a policy to...

All Things Policy: Improving Learning Outcomes in Schools

 Over time, the proportion of children getting enrolled in schools has increased. But the quality of learning remains a concern. In this episode, Devang Bhandari and Aanchal Govindani talk to Sarthak Pradhan and suggest some measures to improve learning...

All Things Policy: Lessons from Odisha’s Direct Income Transfer Scheme

 The Government of Odisha launched KALIA or Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation in December 2018 to provide financial assistance to its agricultural workforce. It intends to benefit the state’s small and marginal farmers and its sharecroppers, tenant...

All Things Policy: The Challenges of Governing States

 India’s states have often followed very different trajectories. In this episode, Suman Joshi and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the performance of some states, their capacity for governance, and the challenges they face. This episode is based on the book “Despite...

All Things Policy: The Narrow Corridor of Liberty

 Liberty is dependent on two components: the state and society. But neither can ensure liberty by itself. In this episode, Apurva Kumar and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the book “The Narrow Corridor”, which examines the specific state-society dynamics needed for...

All Things Policy: A Single Source for all Laws?

 There are laws to govern almost every aspect of our lives but finding out what they are can be a challenge. One solution would be to create a single source for laws. In this episode, P R Sandhya of DAKSH...

Dear Govt of India, Here’s Why a Cess Needs Impact Analysis Report

During the 2021-22 Union Budget speech, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced yet another cess — an Agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess of Rs 2.5/litre on petrol and Rs 4/litre on diesel. At first glance, this just means that your...

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...
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