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Bharatiya Junta Podcast

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The tale of a political convert

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The tale of a political convert

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The tale of a political convert
In this episode, we are joined by science fiction writer @vimoh in a free-wheeling conversation where he talks about his journey from being a BJP supporter in the past to a vocal critic of the government today. In this enriching conversation, he also talks about how the liberal strands in mythology could be used to fight this regressive wave. 
59:53
September 14, 2020
GDP no more while Modiji feeds the Mor
In this episode of BJPod, we discuss the GDP shrinkage, Act of God, Modiji's Mor, PiGo's kolhapuri chappals and a lot more.
1:11:58
September 6, 2020
True Crime in Ram Rajya
In this special episode of BJPod, we are joined by two special guests from the popular Indian true crime podcast -- Khooni (https://podnews.net/podcast/1504912635). They discuss the true crime podcast genre, their planning, favorite episodes and a lot more. We then move on to BJPod political territory and discuss some mysterious deaths around the Ayodhya case in the latter half of the pod. 
1:46:04
August 29, 2020
Indian Women in STEM - Rebroadcast
In  this episode of the BJPod, we have new hosts and a few new  perspectives. In this iteration, our new hosts discuss the challenges  that face women pursuing a career in STEM in India. Starting from the  early motivating factors for a career in Science to the challenges that  come with being a minority in a typical engineering classroom, this pod  has it all. Also, how does it feel to be in an all-girls engineering  college? In the second segment of the pod, the hosts discuss the  questions that faced them while deciding to opt for higher education  overseas. Finally, they discuss how ultra-competitive workplaces can  often be insensitive to women without acknowledging it. As with all our  episodes, the hosts end with a discussion on how they found their  politics. All this and more, on this episode! 1.) http://www.pnas.org/content/109/41/16474.abstract1. Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students 2. Gender Bias at Work Turns Up in Feedback https://www.wsj.com/articles/gender-bias-at-work-turns-up-in-feedback-1443600759 3. Getting a Job: Is There a Motherhood Penalty? http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/511799 4. The Paradox of Meritocracy in Organizations http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.2189/asqu.2010.55.4.543 5. Gender Quotas and the Crisis of the Mediocre Man: Theory and Evidence from Sweden https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2465902 Fun bias test to take: click on the Gender-Science IAT here https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html
1:37:11
August 23, 2020
Myself Sima, from Mumbai
In this Independence day release of BJPod, we wait for a while before jumping onto the Indian Matchmaking bandwagon. With a Republic TV-style panel of 6 people, we discuss the absurd, the somewhat good and the very problematic parts of this show. 
1:47:37
August 15, 2020
Naru Kaka and the Temple of Doom
In this somber episode of the BJPod, we discuss the Ayodhya Bhoomi poojan and the equation between Lord Ram and Modiji, and what all this means for the cliched idea of India. We then discuss the NRI’s display of faith, and the tendency to hold onto regressive ideas, and the lack of acknowledgement of privilege. In the final part of the pod, we speak about the sickening and despicable coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, the media trial on Rhea Chakraborty and the Indian society’s thirst for conspiracy theories. The Intro and Outro track used in this episode -- Celebration by  Suraj Nepal (https://artlist.io/song/3085/celebration).
1:21:07
August 10, 2020
Modiji's greatest hits - Volume 2 (ft. Miyaan Musharraf, Harvard, Plastic surgery)
In this episode, we continue our look back at the greatest speeches by Modiji. We discuss his DeMo speech, the Atal-Modi-Jyotiraditya audio spectrum,  the Harvard jibe and a lot more in this episode of BJPod. Correction to an error in mentioning the MOM expansion. It is Mars Orbiter Mission and not Mission on Mars as incorrectly mentioned on the pod. We, unlike Modiji are human, and apologize for the error. The Intro and Outro track used in this episode -- Celebration by  Suraj Nepal (https://artlist.io/song/3085/celebration).
1:00:53
July 27, 2020
Modiji's greatest Hits - Volume 1 (Feat. Sewer Gas, Cloudy Benefit, AR Rahman)
In this episode, we discuss our great leader’s greatest, most inspiring and thought-provoking speeches, interviews and quips. In this episode, we discuss Modiji's relationship with tech, radars, biofuels and statistics. Along the way, some bad singing and horrible impersonations.  This is the first of a two-part episode. The second part will be released next week.
1:12:37
July 20, 2020
Indoor Games, Galawan ka Balwaan, Digital Airstrike and Babaji ki Booti
In this episode, we discuss all of Modiji’s latest gyaan – from spicing up your food to playing indoor games. We then move on from Pappaji to Babaji, and discuss the miracle that is Coronil. Also, some groundbreaking digital air strike discussion. All this and more such absurd news in this latest roundup.
53:54
July 11, 2020
BJPod Reviews -- Quora's Got Talent
In this episode, we review an Indian engineer's source of all gyaan -- Quora and pick some of our favorite questions and honor the best answers.  Time-stamps: 0- 1 hour -- Primarily, we focus on what India wants to know the most about our beloved leader Modiji, his politics and personal life (very personal) life. Why is China so scared of Modiji? Also, is Digvijay Singh Shakuni? Is Sambit Patra Vivekanand reincarnated? We find out the answers to such pertinent questions of national importance in this episode. 1 to 1.35 hours We discuss India's second most favorite obsession after Modiji, IIT. Tune in to know why IITans are so smart, and what are their chances of an IIT guy marrying a beautiful girl? Please find the links to some of our favorite questions below: 1.) Can you describe PM Modi in 1 sentence? Can you? https://www.quora.com/Can-you-describe-PM-Modi-in-one-sentence 2.) Is Modi a good man? https://www.quora.com/Is-Narendra-Modi-really-a-nice-man 3. ) https://www.quora.com/When-will-Narendra-Modi-join-Quora-How-do-we-ask-him-to-join-Quora 4.) Is it possible that Narendra Modi remains as virgin all life, hence the most eligible bachelor of India?  https://www.quora.com/Is-it-possible-that-Narendra-Modi-remains-as-virgin-all-life-hence-the-most-eligible-bachelor-of-India 5.) Why are Chinese so afraid of Modi? https://www.quora.com/Why-are-Chinese-so-afraid-of-Modi 6.) Who is the best strategist among Krishna, Chanakya and Shakuni? Why ?  https://www.quora.com/Who-is-the-best-strategist-among-Krishna-Chanakya-and-Shakuni-Why;  7.) What is the similarity between Lord Krishna and PM Modi?  https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-similarity-between-Lord-Krishna-and-PM-Modi https://www.quora.com/People-say-Modi-is-a-reincarnation-of-Vishnu-is-that-true-Is-that-why-they-call-him-NaMo 8.) If IITians are so great, why is Narendra Modi not from IIT? https://www.quora.com/If-IITians-are-so-great-why-is-Narendra-Modi-not-from-IIT 9.) Should one get permission from the governor to arrest an IITian?  https://www.quora.com/Should-one-get-permission-from-the-governor-to-arrest-an-IITian 10.) What are the chances for a good looking IITian of getting a beautiful wife?  https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-chances-for-a-good-looking-IITian-of-getting-a-beautiful-wife; 11.) Are girls crazy for IITian guys? https://www.quora.com/Are-girls-crazy-for-IITian-guys
1:35:36
July 5, 2020
Quarantine Diary - Darren Sammy's allegations, casual racism in India, China-Nepal and Ram Kisan Ji
Segment 1: In this episode of BJPod, we discuss the recent allegations of racism on his IPL teammates by WI cricketer Darren Sammy, the lack of understanding of racial abuse in India and how casual racism is an accepted part of everyday life in India. We then move on to discussing why Indian cricketers are so opinion less, even when it comes to defending their own teammates.  Segment 2: We discuss how Indians tend to anthropomorphize nations and tend to view our neighboring countries through the lens of human relationships. Also, our take on China, Nepal and Bhakts.
1:14:50
June 28, 2020
BJPod Bollywood -- Sanskaar Inc. and the Tale of Three Anjalis
In this second iteration of BJPod's take on Bollywood, we look at three classics that shaped upper-middle class Indian aspirations in the late 90s. We talk about Ramkisan-ji's Sanskar, Rahul and Anjali's fights, the other Anjali's patriotism, Miss. Briganza and a lot more. Along the route, we discuss meaningless things such as Daijaan's visa status, Anjali's irrational hate towards her neighbors, Uber Chopper and a lot more. Episode Time Stamps: 1-25 Mins (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) 25-46 Mins (Hum Saath Saath Hain) 46 Mins and beyond (Kabhi Khushi Kabhi gham)
1:12:20
June 15, 2020
BJPod Bollywood -- DDLJ
In this, the first of a series of Bollywood-themed episodes, we revisit DDLJ and its characters. We also imagine the arc of these characters outside of what was shown in the films. What was Bauji's politics like? Does Raj vote for AAP? Was Chutki a liberal? Tune in for a free-wheeling, mindless conversation.
40:33
June 3, 2020
Quarantine Diary -- Aatmanirbhar and Proud
In this round up of an eventfilled month, we discuss Modiji's new motto, Sudhir Chaudhary's latest wisdom, Arnab's ordeal and a lot more!
1:31:36
May 16, 2020
Quarantine Diary -- Candle Light Winner
In this episode of BJPod, we discuss Modiji's second masterstroke, Justice Bobde, Ramayan and a lot more. Also, Bappida and godi media news to keep you company during the quarantine. 
1:15:18
May 1, 2020
Discovering our Politics with Mehraj
In this episode, we discuss what it means to have grown up in Kashmir in the 90s . The conversation moves on to the incompatibility between the heavily religious Indian society and its liberal constitution. The guest goes on to describe why he thinks the constitution and the experiment of Indian democracy are far from realizing the vision they set out to achieve. Also, on the pod are the uncanny similarities between village chieftains from B-grade Bollywood and a popular ‘world’ leader of today. All this and more on this episode of BJPod.
1:30:03
April 12, 2020
Quarantine Diary -- T(h)aali Bajao Corona Bhagao
On this episode of BJPod, we ramble about the Junta Curfew,  Modiji's versatility, Women's Day celebrations, Sudhir Chaudhary and a lot more. Also, what is common to Nolan fans and Modi fans. All this and more in this mad episode of the BJPod. Disclaimer: The audio tracks used at the start and the end of the podcast are just to highlight the absurdity of the situation. The podcast hosts, in no way, endorse any of it. 
1:21:58
March 30, 2020
Of nation states, social contracts and a lot more
In this pod, we discuss the idea of nation-states, the constitution and whether it did what it set out to do. We also discuss the relationship between the people and the state, and the guest's novel and how it stood the test of time.
1:34:50
March 23, 2020
Man Jan Ki Baat (16th March 20')
This is our short take on all the absurd recent happenings in Indian politics.
07:24
March 17, 2020
Man Jan Ki Baat - Ep 1
This is Mann Jun ki Baat, our short news segment with a twist.
08:05
February 28, 2020
Discovering Our Politics -- The Other Indian Muslim's Bunch of thoughts (Pt.2)
In this episode, we talk about the caste question in the context of Indian Muslims. Shafi joins Raj to discuss his initial idealism and evolving understanding of caste and then they reflect on the otherization of Indian Muslims and within that the isolation of being a Pasmanda Muslim. Listen in to understand how deeply entrenched caste is in the Indian psyche.
1:26:19
February 23, 2020
Discovering Our Politics -- An Indian Muslim's bunch of thoughts (Pt.1)
In this episode of BJPod, we talk about what the idea of India means to an Indian Muslim. During the course of this deep dive, we look at several aspects of the Indian Muslim identity. Our guest talks about when and what led to this breakdown of the Indian secular fabric? Is it just a case of the undercurrents surfacing post-2014? We also discuss the heartening expression of Muslim identity during the anti-CAA protests. Also, a bit of American politics interspersed. All this and more on this episode of BJPodcast.
1:21:14
February 15, 2020
Discovering our politics with Meghnad (from Newslaundry)
In this episode of the BJPod, we continue our Discovering Our Politics series with someone who has made Civics popular, Meghnad. During the episode, Meghnad talks about his journey from being apolitical to serendipitously getting an opportunity to work with MPs. We also talk about how to engage families and tackle propaganda on Whatsapp. During the course of the episode, we also talk about what has changed in the last decade and how the protests of today differ from the IAC movement. All this and a lot more on this episode of BJPod.
1:16:17
January 30, 2020
Women in STEM
In this episode of the BJPod, we have new hosts and a few new perspectives. In this iteration, our new hosts discuss the challenges that face women pursuing a career in STEM in India. Starting from the early motivating factors for a career in Science to the challenges that come with being a minority in a typical engineering classroom, this pod has it all. Also, how does it feel to be in an all-girls engineering college? In the second segment of the pod, the hosts discuss the questions that faced them while deciding to opt for higher education overseas. Finally, they discuss how ultra-competitive workplaces can often be insensitive to women without acknowledging it. As with all our episodes, the hosts end with a discussion on how they found their politics. All this and more, on this episode! 1.) http://www.pnas.org/content/109/41/16474.abstract1. Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students 2. Gender Bias at Work Turns Up in Feedback https://www.wsj.com/articles/gender-bias-at-work-turns-up-in-feedback-1443600759 3. Getting a Job: Is There a Motherhood Penalty? http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/511799 4. The Paradox of Meritocracy in Organizations http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.2189/asqu.2010.55.4.543 5. Gender Quotas and the Crisis of the Mediocre Man: Theory and Evidence from Sweden https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2465902 Fun bias test to take: click on the Gender-Science IAT here https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html
1:36:43
January 25, 2020
Discovering our politics -- 'Caste Feelings'
In this episode of the BJPod, we continue our 'Discovering Our Politics' series, this time dealing with how the caste identity can shape your politics in latent, subtle ways. The host is joined by two guests who discuss how they were made aware of their identities and the manner in which this can shape your practices. Also, they talk of how the caste-class interplay could shape expression of identity and privilege. Further, they discuss how they identified with various political ideologies, both in India and overseas. In the final part of the episode, they move on to discussing the flavor of the season -- The CAA -- and the potential motives behind it.
1:23:10
January 12, 2020
The STEM of all evils!
In this episode of the BJPod, we talk about how everything but our aptitude/interests shaped our career choices. Further, the hosts discussed why they think the STEM graduates in India often lack in critical thinking in comparison to their counterparts in the west. Further, we talk of how the schooling system in India does not encourage questions and out of the box thinking, potentially creating a fertile ground for authoritarianism. Also, we touch upon different ways in which we are fed propaganda during our school days. In the final segment, we discuss the changes we'd like to see in our education system to tackle these challenges. The hosts apologize if this episode sounds too self-indulgent, or like a therapy session.
1:36:23
January 5, 2020
Discovering Our Politics -- from Shaakha to Sanity
In this episode of the BhaJuPod, we have a special guest, special because he shares his first name with our most devoted listener. In yet another episode of the 'Discovering our politics' series, our guest talks about going from an apolitical, privileged kid who advocated for Pappaji, to someone who regretted it months later. Today, he is one of the most vocal liberal voices on social media. In a fascinating take on soft bigotry, and how it is inherent to even the most 'liberal' household in India, we do a deepdive on how latent hate can shape electoral politics. Also, how Pappaji's solar cell manhole covers won him an election. Listen to this pod for a rich, nuanced take on why the politics of the average, privileged Indian is easy pickings for majoritarian movements.
1:46:47
January 1, 2020
Discovering Our politics -- the journey of the apolitical kids
In this episode of the BhaJaPod, we have yet another guest and this time we discuss the process of finding our own politics. Political labels are often branded by others and seldom owned. Yet, there is often a phase in life when you identify the ideals you identify yourself with. This pod is about people with socioeconomic privileges identifying their politics. We then move on to discuss more on the CAA protests and whether it benefits the ruling class? All this and more on the latest episode of BhaJaPod
1:32:11
December 24, 2019
Discovering Our politics - the fauji kid (Also CAB, NRC and more)
In this episode of BhaJaPod, we have an upgrade in the form of a guest who offers more than Tejinder Bagga references. The episode begins with a freewheeling chat on the guest's idea of India, educational background and a lot more. They go on to the topic that flooded our mental space this week, the CAB, and its evil twin, the NRC. The duo discusses the topic from the perspective of the N.E, the ultra-sub nationalistic nature of the protests in Assam, the potential motivation behind this bill, and a lot more. As always, this podcast was done with the blessings of the great man, our secret listener with a Persian-origin surname.
1:36:38
December 14, 2019
The Exam Warrior's discovery of India
In this episode of the BhaJaPod, the hosts discuss the recent Ayodhya verdict and how it betrays their idea of India. They move on to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra and who stands to gain from it? Also, is there anything like ideological purity anymore? In the final segment, we discuss the biggest villain of our times, the man responsible for all our woes today -- Pandit Nehru and his legacy. Bharat Mata Ki Jai!
1:12:39
November 18, 2019
Dosti Bani Rahe
In this episode of the Bharatiya Junta Podcast, like always, we rant about our favorite politicians. We take a look at the recent Mah-Haryana elections and whether we were surprised by it.  We move on to discuss how the curb on fire-crackers is "leftist" propaganda. Also, why are the leftists against development? Is anti-Modi = anti-development, as world-renowned economist Goyal Sahab puts it. Also, we briefly touch upon seeds of authoritarianism that were sown during our schooling. In the final segment, we move on to a "brighter" topic, with the D/N test being scheduled in India. We briefly discuss the myth of dwindling interest in test cricket in India.
1:28:22
November 6, 2019
Pappaji’z day out
Where our hosts talk about how Komal Nahata is a better economist than any Nobel winner, ever. Then they go on to discuss how well made the beach cleaning movie was and how brilliant of an actor Papaji is as well as how ordinary the Indian reboot of Top Gun looks. They go into the science of using nimbu mirchi to protect the most cutting-edge technology like Rafael. They also discuss the lesser nobel winner from JNU and how twitter reacted to it. The discussion ends with a look into how Dada becoming the BCCI chief could have an impact on Indian cricket.
1:35:35
October 20, 2019
You, Me and Amit Bhai
In the first episode of the Bharatiya Junta Podcast, the host kickoff the podcast with a rant on the recent 2-year extension for Ravi Shastri and his legacy till now. We swiftly move on from the autocratic setup that is the Indian senior XI to the general stamp of autocracy in everyday India. Why are we so comfortable with unquestioned authority? A rhetorical take on this aspect of Indian society by two hosts as qualified to speak about this topic as Sambit Patra is for the post of ONGC director. All this and more gyaan on this first episode of the Bharatiya Junta Podcast, off course with the blessings of our Supreme Leader Amit Bhai.
1:43:20
September 13, 2019