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Through conversations with top thinkers in the social sciences and beyond, economist Shruti Rajagopalan explores the ideas that will propel India forward.

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Through conversations with top thinkers in the social sciences and beyond, economist Shruti Rajagopalan explores the ideas that will propel India forward.

    Keshav Desiraju on Indian Classical Music and the Legacy of M. S. Subbulakshmi

    Keshav Desiraju on Indian Classical Music and the Legacy of M. S. Subbulakshmi

    In this episode, Shruti and Keshav Desiraju discuss Indian musical traditions, devadasi women and the music of M. S. Subbulakshmi. Desiraju is the author of “Of Gifted Voice: The Life and Art of M. S. Subbulakshmi.” He has recently retired from a career with the Indian Administrative Service and in 2013 was Secretary of Health & Family Welfare to the Government of India. He has held many positions with the Government of Uttarakhand, the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India. He continues to remain engaged with issues in public health, particularly mental illness, primary healthcare and community health, and he serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations.
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    For a full transcript with helpful links, visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Chinmay Tumbe on Pandemics Then and Now

    Chinmay Tumbe on Pandemics Then and Now

    In this episode, Shruti and Chinmay Tumbe discuss the history of pandemics in India and throughout the world, including cholera, influenza, plague and now COVID-19. They also discuss how issues of caste, migration and scientific progress have influenced these pandemics. Tumbe is an assistant professor of economics at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. His research interests include urban and labor economics, business and economic history, and migration studies. His most recent book is “The Age of Pandemics (1817-1920): How They Shaped India and the World.” He is also the author of “India Moving: A History of Migration.”
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    For a full transcript of this conversation and helpful links, visit DiscourseMagazine.com

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Alice Evans on The Great Gender Divergence

    Alice Evans on The Great Gender Divergence

    In this episode, Shruti talks with Alice Evans about issues affecting women in India, including single-gender education, son preference, social media and many others. Evans is a lecturer at King’s College London and a faculty associate at the Center for International Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School. She has published on topics such as women’s labor force participation, urbanization and social change, pro-worker reforms, what drives support for gender equality and more. Her book “The Great Gender Divergence” is forthcoming from Princeton University Press.
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    For a transcript of this conversation and helpful links, visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Virginia Postrel on the History of Textiles and their Economic Relevance Throughout the World

    Virginia Postrel on the History of Textiles and their Economic Relevance Throughout the World

    In this episode, Shruti and Virginia Postrel discuss her latest book, “The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World.” They talk about different methods of dyeing, spinning as a feminine occupation, the textile trade in the 17th and 18th centuries, how technological changes disrupted the industry and much more. Postrel is an author, columnist and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics from social science to fashion, concentrating on the intersection of culture, commerce and technology. Her previous books include “The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion” (2013), “The Substance of Style” (2003) and “The Future and Its Enemies” (1998). She is a regular columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and contributes columns, focusing primarily on history and material culture, to Reason.
    Follow Shruti on Twitter: https://twitter.com/srajagopalan 
    Follow Virginia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vpostrel 
    For a full transcript of this conversation with helpful links, visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Himanshu Jha on Institutional Change in India

    Himanshu Jha on Institutional Change in India

    In this episode, Shruti talks to Himanshu Jha about his recent book, Capturing Institutional Change: The Case of the Right to Information Act in India. Himanshu is a lecturer and research fellow in the Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University in Germany.
    Follow Shruti on Twitter: https://twitter.com/srajagopalan 
    Follow Himanshu on Twitter: https://twitter.com/himmijha
    For a transcript of this conversation and helpful links, visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Milan Vaishnav on How Indian-Americans View India

    Milan Vaishnav on How Indian-Americans View India

    In this episode, Shruti speaks with Milan Vaishnav about a report, How Do Indian Americans View India?, in which he and his co-authors (Sumitra Badrinathan and Devesh Kapur) conducted a survey about the political beliefs of Indian Americans. They discuss the results of the survey and talk about how the Indian American community might change in the future. Vaishnav is the director and senior fellow of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is also the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics (Yale University Press and HarperCollins India, 2017). His research focuses on Indian political economy, examining issues such as corruption and governance, state capacity, distributive politics and electoral behavior.
    Follow Shruti on Twitter: https://twitter.com/srajagopalan 
    Follow Milan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MilanV 
    For a transcript of this conversation and helpful links, visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

    • 1 hr 12 min

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Finally!

About time my favourite guest on “The Seen & The Unseen” had her own podcast. Loved the first episode with Prof. Ajay Shah. Looking forward to more interesting and mind nourishing conversations!

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