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All Things Policy: The Perils of Stubble Burning

 Stubble burning in the states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh contributes to air pollution in North India during the wintertime. Sowmya Nandan talks to Sunila Dixit about the causes behind the stubble burning and the policy actions taken...

All Things Policy: The Hidden Realities Behind Crime Statistics

What state has the worst crime rates? That’s not easy to tell because crime statistics in India aren’t always accurate reflections of the actual crime situation. In this episode, Sowmya Nandan and Sarthak Pradhan discuss the origins of this problem...

All Things Policy: Ethics in Clinical Trials

 ICMR’s 2017 ethical guidelines need a revision, with more focus on fundamental principles that govern the moral decisions and on ethical dilemmas that arise while conducting clinical trials/biomedical and health research. Sowmya Nandan talks to Sunila Dixit and Shambhavi...

All Things Policy: Should the State Set Rules for Content Moderation?

Reports suggest that India is looking to formulate guidelines for consistent content moderation across social media platforms. What triggered this development? Is it better than the status quo? Will uniform rules lead to content cartels? Rohan Seth and Prateek Waghre...

All Things Policy: How Can India be More Disabled Friendly?

The United Nations has released its first-ever guidelines on making justice systems more accessible to people with disabilities. India has the Right to Persons with Disabilities Act 2016, but its implementation is patchy. Sowmya Nandan talks to Sunila Dixit about...

All Things Policy: The Scale of the Pandemic in India

Serosurveys conducted in Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune have thrown up some interesting findings on the possible scale of COVID-19 infection in India, showing a huge difference between the prevalence of infected persons and the number of confirmed cases. Sowmya talks...

All Things Policy: VP Menon’s Legacy

 VP Menon rose from nothing to become a critical figure in both the transfer of power from the British and the integration of India’s states. In this episode, historian Narayani Basu joins Anirudh Kanisetti, Sowmya Nandan, and Aditya Ramanathan...

All Things Policy: Getting More Women in the Workforce

India continues to have too few women at work even in white-collar jobs. What can be done to increase their numbers? Anupam Manur asks Sowmya Nandan and Shambhavi Naik why women in India find it difficult to pursue careers and...

All Things Policy: The World of Public Policy

How does someone who wants to influence policy actually do so outside of government? How does a policy career help transform the country, and for that matter, how do you get into the policy space anyway? Anirudh Kanisetti talks to...

All Things Policy: The Moral Dilemmas of IVF

In the recent past, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or assisted reproductive technologies has enabled women of older age to bear children. What are the ethical dilemmas of such births? Should the government regulate them? Shambhavi Naik thrown open this question...