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Take a step back from noisy political debates and tune in to rich conversations on India and the world. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations. Science-geek-turned-policy-wonk Pavan Srinath talks to scholars and experts on everything from India's unique genetics to why China isn't really trying to take over the world. New episodes out every Thursday. The Pragati Podcast is the titular podcast of the online magazine Pragati, and has a lot more brain fodder at www.thinkpragati.com.

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Take a step back from noisy political debates and tune in to rich conversations on India and the world. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations. Science-geek-turned-policy-wonk Pavan Srinath talks to scholars and experts on everything from India's unique genetics to why China isn't really trying to take over the world. New episodes out every Thursday. The Pragati Podcast is the titular podcast of the online magazine Pragati, and has a lot more brain fodder at www.thinkpragati.com.

    Ep. 157: The Science and Magic of Indian Food with Krish Ashok

    Ep. 157: The Science and Magic of Indian Food with Krish Ashok

    Krish Ashok and Pavan Srinath explore the science, knowledge, and the wonder of Indian home cooking, on Episode 157 of The Pragati Podcast.
    Krish Ashok (@krishashok on Twitter) reimagines the future of work and workspaces by day, but has done a range of incredible things in his free time. He has been one of India's funniest bloggers over the last two decades: Doing Jalsa & Showing Jilpa -- www.krishashok.me . He is a composer and performer of music -- www.soundcloud.com/krishashok . Over the last few years, he has been exploring and explaining food science and Indian home cooking from a fresh perspective.
    Ashok has written his first book, Masala Lab: The Science of Indian Cooking, published by Penguin India in December, 2020. It is available at https://amzn.to/3qXxi3P
    For more links to books, articles, and podcast episodes related to the discussion, please visit tiny.cc/pragati157
    For all queries and feedback, email us at pragatipod@gmail.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdead
    Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragati
    The Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Ep. 156: How Does a Bill Become a Law?

    Ep. 156: How Does a Bill Become a Law?

    Kaushiki Sanyal explains how bills become laws in India, on Episode 156 of The Pragati Podcast.
    Kaushiki Sanyal and host Pavan Srinath discuss how legislative agendas are decided, and the varying paths that are taken in an issue giving rise to a draft bill or amendment, how that moves through the Indian legislative system, gets passed as an Act, and eventually becomes the law of the land. They also discuss the roles played by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in this process, the role of parliamentary Standing Committees and other committees, the Speaker, and more.
    Dr. Kaushiki Sanyal is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sunay Policy Advisory, a public policy research and training consultancy and is a Senior Fellow at Policy Research and Management Network (PRAMAN), a think tank based in Gurgaon.
    Kaushiki has over 15 years of experience in the field of public policy and has worked with NDTV, PRS Legislative Research, and the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business. She has co-authored three books, including Oxford India Short Introductions: Public Policy in India (2017), and Shaping Policy in India: Alliance, Advocacy, Activism (2018).
    For more links to books, articles, and podcast episodes related to the discussion, please visit tiny.cc/pragati156
    For all queries and feedback, email us at pragatipod@gmail.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdead
    Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragati
    The Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep. 155: The Nobel Pursuit of Science

    Ep. 155: The Nobel Pursuit of Science

    Professor Gautam Menon talks to host Pavan Srinath about the Nobel Prize, what they mean for scientists, and how they shape science.
    In episode 155 of The Pragati Podcast, Gautam and Pavan discuss the outsized role that the Nobel Prize plays in being an aspirational goal for young scientists, how they create role models, the work, and the people who win the awards, and the dynamics at play.
    Gautam I Menon (@MenonBioPhysics) is a Professor of Physics and Biology at Ashoka University. Prior to joining Ashoka, he was a Professor with the Theoretical Physics and Computational Biology groups at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, where he was the founding Dean of the Computational Biology group. He works on biophysical problems and the modeling of infectious diseases. He is an initiating member of the Indian Scientists' Response to COVID-19 (ISRC). Before working on biological problems, he worked in the broad fields of statistical physics and soft condensed matter physics.
    Visit tiny.cc/pragati155 for detailed episode notes and links to the Nobel winners and research who are discussed in the episode.
    For all queries and feedback, email us at pragatipod@gmail.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdead
    Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragati
    The Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).

    • 59 min
    Ep. 154: The Role of an RBI Deputy Governor

    Ep. 154: The Role of an RBI Deputy Governor

    Economist Viral Acharya talks to host Pavan Srinath about his tenure as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
    This is the second of two episodes on The Pragati Podcast with Viral Archarya. He recently published his book, The Quest for Financial Stability in India. The book can be purchased at SAGE’s BIG Book Festival Sale: https://stealadeal.sagepub.in/quest-for-restoring-financial-stability-in-india-viral-acharya-9789353884895.html
    On Episode 154, Viral talks about his role as a deputy governor and his mandate while in office. He also discusses macroeconomic in India both within and outside the RBI, and the important public role that central bank leaders have in steering important conversations around the future of the national economy.
    Viral V. Acharya is the C.V. Starr Professor of Economics in the Department of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business (NYU-Stern) and an Academic Advisor to the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Philadelphia. Viral was a Deputy Governor at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) between January 2017 and July 2019, and was in charge of Monetary Policy, Financial Markets, Financial Stability, and Research.
    Since Episode 143, The Pragati Podcast has been releasing interactive episodes with in-audio links, polls, references, and more that go beyond the usual podcast experience. Listen to this episode on the IVM Podcasts Android App, the Adori iOS App, or from www.tiny.cc/pragati154 for a richer experience. You can access all links and references within the app or web players.
    For all queries and feedback, email us at pragatipod@gmail.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdead
    Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragati
    The Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).

    • 42 min
    Ep. 153: Fixing NPAs in Indian Banks

    Ep. 153: Fixing NPAs in Indian Banks

    Former RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya talks to host Pavan Srinath about understanding and fixing India's persistent Bank NPA problem.
    This is the first of two episodes on The Pragati Podcast where Viral Archarya talks about his new book, The Quest for Financial Stability in India. The book can be purchased here: http://tiny.cc/viralacharya-book
    On Episode 153, Viral unpacks the problem of NPAs or Non Performing Assets. He discusses how Indian banks continue to suffer from having bad loans on their balance sheets, and how it can halt India's economic progress. He also explores the idea of Fiscal Dominance, and how it has become a 'theory of everything' in India.
    Viral V. Acharya is the C.V. Starr Professor of Economics in the Department of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business (NYU-Stern) and an Academic Advisor to the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Philadelphia. Viral was a Deputy Governor at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) between January 2017 and July 2019, and was in charge of Monetary Policy, Financial Markets, Financial Stability, and Research.
    Since Episode 143, The Pragati Podcast has been releasing interactive episodes with in-audio links, polls, references, and more that go beyond the usual podcast experience. Listen to this episode on the IVM Podcasts Android App, the Adori iOS App, or from www.tiny.cc/pragati153 for a richer experience. You can access all links and references within the app or web players.
    For all queries and feedback, email us at pragatipod@gmail.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdead
    Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragati
    The Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep. 152: The Safety of a Good Pension

    Ep. 152: The Safety of a Good Pension

    Whether in 1980 or in 2020, the idea of a good, assured pension is an incentive like few others. Economist Renuka Sane talks to host Pavan Srinath on Episode 152 of The Pragati Podcast on pensions, their roles, types, and their evolution in modern India.
    Renuka Sane is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). Her research interests are in household finance, especially on household choice in financial instruments such as credit, pensions, insurance, and equity markets, as well as consumer protection in finance.
    Renuka and Pavan discuss government pensions in India and how they have evolved, the National Pension System, the Employees' Provident Fund, One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP), and more.
    Since Episode 143, The Pragati Podcast has been releasing interactives episodes with in-audio links, polls, references, and more that go beyond the usual podcast experience. Listen to this episode on the IVM Podcasts Android App, the Adori iOS App, or from www.tiny.cc/pragati152 for the full experience. You can access all links and references within the app or web players.
    For all queries and feedback, email us at pragatipod@gmail.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdead
    Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragati
    The Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).

    • 1 hr 24 min

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