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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.

    Arkadev Ghosh on Religious Divisions and Production Technology

    Arkadev Ghosh on Religious Divisions and Production Technology

    This episode is the first in a mini-series of weekly short episodes featuring young scholars entering the academic job market who discuss their latest research. In this episode, Shruti speaks with Arkadev Ghosh about his job market paper titled, Religious Divisions and Production Technology: Experimental Evidence from India. They discuss the effects of inter-religion work groups on team productivity, how wider political tensions can affect the workplace and much more. Ghosh is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of British Columbia. He obtained his master’s in economics at the London School of Economics and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Edinburgh.
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    For a full transcript of this conversation with helpful links, visit DiscourseMagazine.com 

    • 28 min
    Pratap Bhanu Mehta on The Theory of Moral Sentiments

    Pratap Bhanu Mehta on The Theory of Moral Sentiments

    In this episode, Shruti speaks with Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta about Adam Smith’s “The Theory of Moral Sentiments,” spectatorship and imagination, self-interest, federalism, the Scottish Enlightenment as applied to Indian politics and much more. Mehta is the Laurence Rockefeller Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. He is also a contributing editor and columnist at the Indian Express and former president and chief executive of the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has written extensively on intellectual history, constitutional law and theory, political theory, India’s social transformation and world affairs. He is the recipient of the Infosys Prize, the Adiseshiah Prize and the Amartya Sen Prize.
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    For a full transcript of this conversation with helpful links, visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Alice Evans on Female Friendships and Fraternal Capital

    Alice Evans on Female Friendships and Fraternal Capital

    In this episode, Shruti talks with Alice Evans about fraternal capital, women’s limited mobility, female friendships, representations of women in art and much more. 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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    Learn more about the 1991 Project: https://the1991project.com 
    For a full transcript of this conversation with helpful links, please visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Uday Bhatia on the Hindi Gangster Film Tradition

    Uday Bhatia on the Hindi Gangster Film Tradition

    In this episode, Shruti talks with Uday Bhatia about Hindi gangster films, particularly “Satya” and its legacy. They discuss vigilante cops, corrupt politicians and other movie tropes, as well as how the Indian gangster film has evolved over time. Bhatia is a film critic with Mint Lounge. He has previously worked with Time Out Delhi and The Sunday Guardian. His writing has appeared in The Caravan, GQ, The Indian Quarterly, The Indian Express and The Hindu Business Line. Bhatia is also the author of “Bullets Over Bombay,” a book about the iconic Indian film “Satya” and its legacy.
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    To learn more about The 1991 Project, visit the1991project.com.
    For a full transcript of this conversation with helpful links, please visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    The 1991 Project

    The 1991 Project

    Ideas of India is a podcast in which Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Shruti Rajagopalan examines the academic ideas that can propel India forward. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, Overcast, Stitcher or the podcast app of your choice.
    In this episode, Shruti talks with Shreyas Narla and Prakhar Misra about India’s 1991 economic reforms. They discuss the role of Prime Minister Rao and Finance Minister Manmohan Singh, India’s transition from socialism to a market economy, the continued relevance of the 1991 reforms today and much more. Narla and Misra are research associates in the field of Indian political economy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
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    Learn more about the 1991 Project: https://the1991project.com 
    For a full transcript of this conversation with helpful links, please visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Salil Tripathi on Lessons from Bangladesh for India

    Salil Tripathi on Lessons from Bangladesh for India

    In this episode, Shruti talks with Salil Tripathi about Bangladesh’s economic prosperity, cultural similarities and differences with India, religious and linguistic identity, and about what India can learn from Bangaladesh on its 50th anniversary. Tripathi is an Indian journalist, author and editor, currently the chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee. and he is the Senior Advisor on Global Issues at the Institute for Human Rights and Business. He is the author of “Offence: The Hindu Case,” “Detours: Songs of the Open Road” and “The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and Its Unquiet Legacy.”
    Follow Salil on Twitter: https://twitter.com/saliltripathi 
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    Learn more about the 1991 Project: https://the1991project.com 
    For a full transcript of this conversation with helpful links, please visit DiscourseMagazine.com.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

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Can be better

Ajay Shah as always is brilliant, lucid and his clarity of thoughts is absolutely phenomenal.

Host seems more interested in showing off her own knowledge than breaking down ideas from the guests.

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Long and boring

Very little interesting information unless you have DEEP ties to India.

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