9 episodes

On the Contrary by India Development Review (IDR) is a show about listening to people not like us. In every episode, host Arun Maira chats with experts as they share differing perspectives on an issue—caste, environmental sustainability, dissent. The goal is to get people who might sit on different sides of an issue to explore their similarities and differences, and find a new, shared understanding. New episode every Wednesday.

On the Contrary by IDR Maed in India

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On the Contrary by India Development Review (IDR) is a show about listening to people not like us. In every episode, host Arun Maira chats with experts as they share differing perspectives on an issue—caste, environmental sustainability, dissent. The goal is to get people who might sit on different sides of an issue to explore their similarities and differences, and find a new, shared understanding. New episode every Wednesday.

    The purpose of education: learn, do, become.

    The purpose of education: learn, do, become.

    Politician and educator, Atishi Marlena, and founder of some of India’s leading educational institutions, Pramath Raj Sinha talk about the purpose of education in a rapidly changing world. Can government schools provide a ‘good’ education to our children? Is the private sector the answer to a failing system? What are our children and youth really learning in their schools and colleges? All this and more in this episode on the education system in India.
    Highlights
    Has the education system veered towards producing workers for the economy, and away from producing better citizens for society? How do you learn something new, when you haven’t been trained for it? What will it take to make government schools work, and how should we be thinking of private institutions? Is it possible to create reflective spaces where students can learn values and ethics? Can excellence in education be measured? For more information about IDR, go to www.idronline.org. Also, follow IDR on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram
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    What the National Education Policy 2020 has gotten right and what it hasn’t Why Indian children can’t read Incorporating play to improve cognitive learning Standardised tests ignore indigenous knowledge, language, or problem-solving strategies Our solutions for education aren’t working Seek and you shall find Production by Maed in India, to find out more visit www.maedinindia.in

    • 48 min
    Fighting the pandemic: two contrasting approaches

    Fighting the pandemic: two contrasting approaches

    Nachiket Mor, expert in health systems design, and Dr Abhay Bang, public health expert with deep experience working at the grassroots, debate the approach India must take when fighting the second wave of COVID-19. Mor is in favour of a more centralised approach, grounded in science and trust. On the contrary, Bang believes local communities know best when it comes to their problems.
    Highlights – 
    The current catastrophe we are facing in India points to the need for a stronger governance model, and a health system that inspires trust, and better serves the people.  Comprehensive, high quality primary care informed by expertise has to be the bedrock of any health system. We need both science, as well as the knowledge, experience, and buy-in of local communities at the grassroots, to fight a pandemic like this one.  Communities need to be at the centre of this fight, with the government, the private sector, and civil society, doing more.  For more information about IDR, go to www.idronline.org. Also, follow IDR on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram.
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    How you can support nonprofits in their COVID-19 relief efforts in 2021 How is rural Bihar dealing with the second wave of COVID-19? A pandemic, an infodemic, and the fear of vaccination Mental health and COVID-19 in India Making virtual volunteering work Research, for whom? A day in the life of a hospital ward worker, who cares for COVID-19 patients at a government hospital A day in the life of a sero survey field manager, who works in the slums of Mumbai.  The Wisdom of the Crowds You cannot bypass the power of communities Photo essay: The everyday lives of migrants This is a Maed in India production. To find out more visit www.maedinindia.in.

    • 45 min
    A Message from IDR

    A Message from IDR

    Given the dire crisis that our country is facing because of the second wave of Covid-19, On the Contrary is taking a break this week.
    If you would like to support the fight against COVID-19, check out this page ( https://idronline.org/covid-19-in-2021-latest-updates-for-the-social-sector/ ) on IDR that is a repository of information, insights, and asks from social sector organisations/collectives at the frontlines.
    For more information about IDR, go to www.idronline.org. Also, follow IDR on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram.
    Production by Maed in India find out more at www.maedinindia.in.

    • 1 min
    Environment vs Economy

    Environment vs Economy

    In the race for economic growth, who wins and who loses? In this episode, Bittu Sahgal, environmental activist and writer, and TV Narendran, CEO and Managing Director of Tata Steel, discuss the conflict between the economy, industry and environment.
    Highlights – 
    The need to move beyond GDP and economic growth to include environmental indicators when assessing a country’s performance. What has been and needs to be done to ensure that industry, government, and society engage in more conversations about sustainable long-term economic growth.  How the needs of industry, government, and community can be better balanced when it comes to policy-making.  How to persuade businesses and governments to think and act long-term when it comes to growth strategy as well as the environment.  For more information about IDR, go to www.idronline.org. Also, follow IDR on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram.
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    Sustainable Economic Development Assessment (SEDA) The Vision of a Well-Being Economy Ecology is Economy Economic growth vs climate security: We can have it all  The need to invest in climate change education India ranks 168th on Environmental Protection Index  India ranks 120th of 122 countries in a global water quality index CSR and sustainable development: Do Indian companies care about the environment?  The environmental movement has made a few mistakes IDR Interviews | Dr. Vandana Shiva Climate finance for MSMEs Climate change cost India over 2000 lives and $37 billion in just a year Production by Maed in India find out more at www.maedinindia.in.

    • 25 min
    The architecture of good markets

    The architecture of good markets

    In this episode, business leader and ex-President of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Naushad Forbes, speaks with former journalist and philanthropist Rohini Nilekani, about what a good market looks like. They discuss what markets must include, whom they should serve, and the role they must play in enabling inclusive economic growth.
    Highlights – 
    - There’s a need to create a better balance between the public (government), private, and civil society sectors, such that the benefits of the market are evenly distributed across all. 
    - What is the role that markets can play in creating a more inclusive pattern of growth, one with less environmental degradation, and more equity, more justice?
    - What needs to change about the processes currently in place for economic reforms, to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth?
    - We need to create democratic and safe platforms to listen to and talk with all citizens, not just experts and people at the top, in order to ensure a more equitable economy.
    For more information about IDR, go to www.idronline.org. Also, follow IDR on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram.
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    Transforming systems: Why the world needs a new ethical toolkit Redesigning the aeroplane while flying: Reforming institutions Addressing inequality in India  Wealth of India’s richest 1% more than 4-times of total for 70% poorest: Oxfam India must come to terms with inequality: Thomas Piketty IDR Interviews | Muhammad Yunus Amitabh Behar on the changing nature of civil society Why we must listen to farmers Creating resilience to the dream Bringing informal workers to the forefront of our economy How do you solve a problem like livelihoods?  The Tyranny of Merit: What’s become of the Common Good We need new practices and ideas A new paradigm for rural livelihoods This is a Maed in India production, to find out more visit www.maedinindia.in.

    • 41 min
    Caste discrimination: Fighting it, ending it

    Caste discrimination: Fighting it, ending it

    Yashica Dutt, journalist and author of Coming out as Dalit, and Ashif Shaikh, Dalit activist and leader of Jan Sahas, have a conversation about caste-based violence and oppression, manual scavenging, dignity, the Black Lives Matter movement, and, what it means to be an ally in the fight against caste hierarchy.
    Highlights –
    The vulnerabilities faced by Dalit women, and their needs. How to fight caste-based discrimination in society. What needs to change within society, within the government, and within policy. How to be an ally in the movement for equality. For more information about IDR, go to www.idronline.org. Also, follow IDR on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram.
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    Growing up a Dalit child in small-town India Coming out as Dalit: A memoir IDR Interviews: Bezwada Wilson Want social change? Give communities more agency Meet the man who has gifted new life to over 31,000 manual scavengers Manual scavengers: the hands that clean you The 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case The 2020 Hathras gang rape and murder case Dalitality: Inherent untouchability in planning for SC/STs This is a Maed in India production. To find out more about us visit www.maedinindia.in

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

irobotx1 ,

Insightful

Very interesting and great series..love the way it’s presented also

nisha tanwar ,

Kudos to the topics covered so far.

I like where this is headed, but there are a few things about the format of conversations that can be improved in my opinion. So here is something I observed as a listener, I felt a lack of flow in the interviews, it should have felt more like a spontaneous conversation but instead it goes off and feels flat at times. And transitions from guest and interviewer are not transparent. Other than that, it feels like a breath of fresh air in this hocus-pocus self care and "ignorance is bliss" scenario that the world is in right now.

Sleepy Divyanshi ,

Very Insightful

One of the most informative and insightful podcast I’ve come across. It focuses on issues which are very important for our future but are not much talked about.

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