Podcast by Sidin Vadukut
A New Republic - Episode 14: An Imperial Masterpiece
In the first of two episodes on the Government of India Act of 1935, I set the context for this masterpiece in Imperial legislation that somehow persists in the daily life of all Indians. Bonus feature: Slightly sexier voice.
A New Republic - Episode 13: Gandhi In London
In this episode we explore the aftermath of the Simon Commission, and the sham that were the Round Table Conferences. Sham... but also British political masterstroke. The Indians got seriously played.
A New Republic - Episode 12: The Nehru Report
In this episode we explore the complex context and implications of the Nehru Report, why it left Jinnah feeling humiliated, and how it had both positive and negative outcomes. It also contains a selfie featuring Gandhi, Nehru, Jinn... ok, not really.
A New Republic - Episode 11: Simon Says
In this episode we look at the fiasco that was the Simon Commission. This attempt to review Indian government was a failure, but it set the foundation for India's eventual independence. It also perhaps helped make the Indian National Congress the political phenomenon it is today. Also I suggest that the Simon Commission was possibly less horrible than people think it was.
A New Republic - Episode 10: The Aundh Experiment
A full 12 years before independent India drew up its constitution, a small princely state in Western India ratified its own Gandhian constitution. This is a highly compact telling of the story of the Aundh Experiment.
A New Republic - Episode 9: In the name of the father
In the first of a two-part series of episodes we look at Gandhi's visions of Indian statehood and constitutionalism. The Mahatma is often seen as an exemplary freedom fighter, but a somewhat naive nation builder. The podcast begs to differ. Featuring a cameo appearance by JP Narayan.
P.S. Slightly longer than usual. Apologies.