51 episodes

A new topic to ponder about with every episode. Hosted by journalist Mahathi Rangarajan.

Maharani Talks Mahathi Rangarajan

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A new topic to ponder about with every episode. Hosted by journalist Mahathi Rangarajan.

    E50: Chef Thomas Zacharias - Taking the #Indianfoodmovement back to its roots

    E50: Chef Thomas Zacharias - Taking the #Indianfoodmovement back to its roots

    The Bombay Canteen is considered as one of the most popular restaurants in the country and its food most sought out. It has been adjudged as The Best Restaurant in India in 2018 by Conde Nast Traveller and was also included in its list of 100 places in the world to eat. And as the restaurant’s former Executive Chef, Thomas Zacharias’ constant innovation of the Indian food became its pièce de résistance. 
    Through his latest venture, The Locavore, Chef Zacharias is keen to create a community around our rich Indian food legacy and in the process put the spotlight back on the best (and sometimes forgotten) regional dishes and cuisines. He’s among the forefront of people championing the cause of local ingredients and to ultimately, do good through food.
    This is the 50th episode of Maharani Talks.
    To learn more about The Locavore, please visit:
    https://thelocavore.in
    You can reach me at maharanitalks@gmail.com or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/maharanitalks/
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    • 50 min
    Dr. Susmita Mohanty - Exploring space missions beyond NASA

    Dr. Susmita Mohanty - Exploring space missions beyond NASA

    As someone who has a keen interest in space, I’m very excited to finally feature Dr. Susmita Mohanty, spaceship designer and a serial space entrepreneur, who started India’s first private space startup, Earth2Orbit - at a time when the Indian space industry didn’t welcome private players. She had also previously founded MoonFront and LIQUIFER, worked briefly with NASA & Boeing and as a climate activist, visited both the Artic & Antarctica on invitation. 
    A protégée of Arthur C. Clarke, she has been featured in numerous publications such as Fortune, Vogue and Bloomberg. 
    Dr. Susmita has now started India’s first space think thank, Spaceport SARABHAI. As ISRO is solidifying its global presence and more private players are coming up in India, she shares interesting insights on how we need to steer the global space narrative to focus on explorations done in the Eastern hemisphere. 
    You can reach me at maharanitalks@gmail.com or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/maharanitalks/
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    E48: Raksha Muthukumar - Tech unions keep Big Tech in check

    E48: Raksha Muthukumar - Tech unions keep Big Tech in check

    Tech unions are considered a rarity in Silicon Valley. So, when Google employees announced the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU), named after Google’s parent company, it ended up becoming a catalyst for white collar workers to stand up against injustices in the workplace. 
    Raksha Muthukumar was one of the union’s earliest members and helped in its formation. A GeorgiaTech graduate, during her work stint with Google, she saw the growing discontent among employees over Google’s sexual discrimination practices, which led to the 2018 global walk out by Google employees, and over its ethical use of technology, which saw the forced exit of Dr. Timnit Gebru, a respected figure in ethical practice of AI.
    In October last year, Raksha was named as one of the 18 tech activists to watch out for by Business Insider, along with the likes of Frances Haugen who exposed Facebook’s algorithm decisions. The union itself has been extensively covered by numerous publications such as Forbes, TechCrunch, and The New York Times. So what did it take to make it happen?
    You can get in touch with Raksha at https://raksha.gay/
    You can reach me at maharanitalks@gmail.com or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/maharanitalks/
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    • 42 min
    Priyadharsini - Who are the voices behind our news?

    Priyadharsini - Who are the voices behind our news?

    Who make up the Indian newsrooms? Do journalists cover diverse voices? 
    Priyadharsini is the founder director of The Blue Club (TBC), a grassroots media organisation that amplifies stories of women from marginalised communities and the LGBTQIA. TBC is solely led by a team of members from such discriminated communities.
    An Oxfam India report in 2019 shows how badly skewed representation of varied communities is in our newsrooms. A case in point - the report states that of the 121 newsroom leadership positions across newspapers, TV news channels, news websites, and magazines under study, 106 are occupied by journalists from the upper castes. The need to lessen this lacuna and louden such oft-ignored voices is the objective of The Blue Club.
    Priyadharsini is also a documentary filmmaker and has brought out films such as Go, Get Education, a short film based on the revolutionary 19th century feminist and social reformer, Savitribai Phule and #dalitwomenfight. It brings to light rape atrocities Dalit women face in Haryana and was screened at the 38th session of United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva.
    While stating the Oxfam Report in the podcast, I mistakenly mention of the total number of newsroom leadership positions as 101, which is not correct. It is a total of 121 newsroom leadership positions as stated by the Report. The error is regretted.
    You can reach me at Maharani Talks on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/maharanitalks/
    To learn more about The Blue Club:
    https://www.theblueclub.org
    You can read more about the Oxfam India Report 2019 here:
    https://www.oxfamindia.org/sites/default/files/2019-08/Oxfam%20NewsLaundry%20Report_For%20Media%20use.pdf
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    • 55 min
    Dr. Anup Surendranath - Should we hang those who commit heinous crimes?

    Dr. Anup Surendranath - Should we hang those who commit heinous crimes?

    I’ve been of the opinion that death penalty is justified for those convicted of heinous crimes. But in doing so, am I completely isolating the perpetrator and their actions to this one crime? Does the onus of the death penalty fall majorly on those marginalised in our society?
    My guest this episode is Dr. Anup Surendranath. He is the Executive Director of Project 39A and an Assistant Professor of Law at National Law University in Delhi. Project 39A’s Death Penalty India report is the first empirical research done on capital punishment, the way it is administered in India and about those who live on death row. The Centre also offers pro bono legal aid for these convicts.
    In this episode, we talk about:
    The socio-economic and caste profile of those who often get the death penalty Understanding the mental health of convicts on death row Does death penalty really deter crimes?  Can our legal system support capital punishment? Prisoners convicted of terror activities If death penalty is abolished, will people lose faith in our judiciary? To know more about Project 39A, please visit: www.project39a.com
    You can reach me at Maharani Talks on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/maharanitalks/
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Kutti Revathi - The potent mix of body politics and regional poetry

    Kutti Revathi - The potent mix of body politics and regional poetry

    Dr. Revathi, or Kutti Revathi as she is often known as, is my first guest on the podcast that I’m talking to for the second time. The last time I spoke to her was a decade ago, and the issues that mattered to her then matter even today. She is a prominent Tamil poet, writer and lyricist whose works have largely centered on body politics and oppression. 
    Her second work, Mulaigal (Breasts), published in 2002, that spoke about female sexuality and the use of Tamil words like mulaigal and yoni (vagina) enraged certain sections of the society (read male writers) that they called for Revathi’s book to be burnt followed by threats and discussions about her morality. But Revathi has since then gone on to publish more works and also started Panikkudam (Amniotic Sac), first Tamil feminist magazine.
    Revathi received Sigaram 15: Faces of Future award for literature from India Today and was one of the four women poets whose works were translated into English to highlight its prominence by Harper Collins. She has also penned lyrics for A.R.Rahman.
    In this episode, we talk about many pertinent topics such as:
    - Why women's bodies are constantly regulated
    - How regional poetry is a tool to dissent
    - Meeting legendary poet Mahasweta Devi and what she learnt from her
    - Regional poets in India vs. poets who write in English
    - How translation has helped bring the issue of body politics resonate further
    - Working as first time lyricist with A.R.Rahman
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    • 46 min

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