Episodes
What does India's financial epicentre need to reach its Net Zero goal by 2050? Is it overambitious, or are we too late already? Lubaina Rangwala, the principal policy consultant for MCAP dissects not only the city's effort to mitigate the climate crisis, but also addresses national questions that we ought to answer soon.
Published 12/27/22
In this episode, Shrikrishna Upadhyaya quizzes Simrin on the developments at the COP 27 and the future of climate action. They discuss the loss and damage fund, phasing out of fossil fuels and the debate on setting a climate goal at a temperature increase of 1.5 °C as opposed to 2 °C.
Published 12/26/22
In this episode, Manoj Kewalramani talks to Sowmya Nandan and Malathi Renati about the challenges of grassroots governance by RWAs and how sound public policy education can help understand and improve this.
Published 12/23/22
Despite tensions along the LAC remaining high for the past two years, India’s trade with China has continued to expand. What’s driving this trend? Is a high trade deficit with China a strategic problem? And are India’s PLI schemes the answer to boosting Indian manufacturing and reducing vulnerabilities vis-a-vis China? Manoj Kewalramani and Pranay Kotasthane discuss all this and more.
Published 12/22/22
In this episode Vijaya Krishnappa, co-founder of Kosha.ai and Sowmya Prabhakar unpack everything that goes into creating genuine handlooms, the layers in between and the competition beyond the Indian market itself. Vijaya also shares insights on the role of society (samaaj), government (sarkaar) and markets (bazaar) in this whole ecosystem.
Published 12/21/22
Last week, New Zealand passed a new law banning tobacco products for the next generation. In this episode of All Things Policy, Shambhavi Naik and Harshit Kukreja discuss this law, its implications, role of government intervention in tobacco consumption and much more.
Published 12/20/22
The RBI has recently announced a pilot of the digital rupee for wholesale and retail transactions. Central bank digital currencies are increasingly being adopted by banks across the world. Shailesh Chitnis joins Bharath Reddy to talk about the implications of these developments.
Published 12/19/22
The United Nations General Assembly has approved a resolution that calls on member states to stop testing direct-ascent anti-satellite weapons. The moratorium was first declared by the United States in April 2022 in hopes that it would be adopted by the wider international community. Shrikrishna Upadhyaya talks to Pranav Satyanath to unpack the pros, cons, and implications of this resolution.
Published 12/16/22
How do caste networks affect India's rural and urban economies? How do these networks impact economic mobility? Suman Joshi and Sarthak Pradhan discuss in this episode of All Things Policy.
Published 12/15/22
Sridhar Krishna, Anupriya Mohta and Sudisha Mishra discuss how we can leverage Michael Porter’s framework for competitive advantage of nations and turn this adversity into a great opportunity to be the country that greens the planet through global leadership in Green Technology.
Published 12/14/22
In this episode, Shrikrishna Upadhyaya hosts Sachin Kalbag (Senior Fellow, Takshashila Institution) to unpack the strategy and discuss the multi-sectoral approach to tackling suicide adopted by the strategy.
Published 12/13/22
How does motherhood affect women's participation in the labour markets? Are there key differences in an Indian context? Is there a rural-urban difference? Sarthak and Suman discuss these issues in the episode.
Published 12/12/22
Dr. Harshit Kukreja and Mahek Nankani discuss the challenges of substandard quality checks, poor recordkeeping and implementation loopholes in the Indian drug regulatory ecosystem.
Published 12/09/22
Manoj Kewalramani and Kingshuk Saha analyse Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy in this episode. They discuss why the Indo-Pacific pivot to global geopolitics and Canada’s challenges and opportunities in the Indo-pacific region.
Published 12/08/22
Out of pocket healthcare expenses form a large chunk of people's budget. Healthcare expenses have been pushing lakhs of people back in poverty. In this episode of All Things Policy, Harshit Kukreja and Mahek Nankani discuss medical crowdfunding and its need, the pros and cons, government intervention and much more.
Published 12/07/22
In this episode, Rohan Pai, Bharath Reddy and Rahul Poruri introduce our listeners to open tech and its features. They discuss why it is in prominence today and what considerations need to be made in designing an open tech strategy for India.
Published 12/06/22
In this episode, Carl Jaison & Shrikrishna Upadhyaya briefly discuss the history of the equal pay movement, why women get paid less than men and the reason why the proposed hike in match fees by the BCCI is really just a drop in the ocean.
Published 12/05/22
The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is a fairly new Ministry founded to coordinate skill development efforts across India. Sowmya Prabhakar and Sudisha Mishra invite Mahatma Gandhi National Fellows Navaneeth and Priyanka Patil to discuss some of the skill development efforts being carried out by the Ministry.
Published 12/02/22
Missiles are intimately tied to the nuclear arms race. For the first time in 40 years, the Russian military has given the public an unprecedented look into the design of its nuclear-armed missiles. Shrikrishna Upadhyaya takes this opportunity to quiz Pranav Satyanath on the history of rockets during the Cold War, differences in the Soviet and American approaches to building missiles, and the future of missile programmes.
Published 12/01/22
Over the past week, cities across China saw unprecedented demonstrations, as people took to the streets to call for an end to the country's zero-Covid policy. What's driving these protests and what do they mean for the future of COVID containment and politics in China? Manoj Kewalramani and Pranav R. Satyanath discuss.
Published 11/30/22
The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology has released the draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 for public consultation. This long awaited bill is the fourth iteration of the draft data protection law and is intended to bring in much needed reforms that will protect personal data of individuals.
Published 11/29/22
Kinship explains a lot of costly endeavours that people do. A lot of informal financing takes place through kin based networks. In this episode of All Things Policy, Harshit Kukreja and Carl Jaison discuss kinship, financing, MSMEs and much more.
Published 11/28/22
In India, the Union and the State Governments play a role in the health sector. How are the responsibilities divided? What are some of the issues arising out of the allocation? Dr Harshit Kukreja and Sarthak Pradhan discuss.
Published 11/25/22
Karthik Srinivasan, renowned social media consultant and author, speaks with Sachin Kalbag on what Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter means for political discourse in particular and the evolution of social media in general.
Published 11/24/22
A loss of language is accompanied by a loss of history, heritage, cultural expression and identity. Nearly half of the world’s languages are endangered today and Indian languages form the largest group among the endangered languages.  In the words of our guest, “Losing a link with one’s own language is like losing a slice of culture every day. Slowly. It is like the peanut butter you started slathering on the kids’ bread, instead of the sugar inside the hot ghee-filled chapati amma...
Published 11/23/22