Bharatvaarta podcast is a commentary on politics, policy and culture focused on India. The podcast brings together people from different walks of life who have varied and interesting perspectives on what's happening around us.
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Amidst hopes for a resurgent nation and fears of an economic slowdown, the Modi government completes one year of its second term today. In this episode of the Bharatvaarta podcast, we examine the government’s hits and misses on policy and governance. We are joined by public policy commentators and political experts Ashish Chandorkar, Rohit Jayaraman, and Rangesh Sridhar to speak about PM Modi-led BJP’s consolidation of political power in states, its commitment to ideological principles, major reforms and events like Article 370, Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the Ram Janmabhoomi verdict, its dealing of the judiciary and the media, and handling of foreign policy and economy. If you like this podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe and share! This podcast is available on popular platforms such as Anchor.fm, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Overcast, and Breaker.
We’re living in exceptional times. We’ve been in lockdown for over 2 months here in India. Just last week, the Government announced a stimulus package for businesses, and there have been about 120,000 confirmed cases and over 3000 deaths due to the coronavirus.
In this podcast, we examine India’s Covid-19 response in further detail from a Global-lens. We compare and contrast what has happened here with what governments, institutions, and societies have done elsewhere in the World, new innovation stemming from the current crisis how that could help India leapfrog progress, and really understand the larger impact of all of this going forward.
Joining our host, Roshan Cariappa, in conversation are Srinivas Thiruvadanthai and Balaji Srinivasan.
Srinivas Thiruvadanthai is Managing Director and Director of Research, at the Levy Forecasting Center in New York. Aside from Economics, which is his main expertise, Sri also has an interest in banking, technology, and psychology. He has been an active voice on social, economic, and political matters concerning India.
Balaji Srinivasan is a technologist, investor & entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. Balaji has earlier been CTO at Coinbase (a digital currency exchange) and also co-founded, Counsyl, a genomics company, which was acquired for $375M in 2018. He has been an active voice on COVID and was also one of the first people to advocate its seriousness.
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Agriculture employs about 50% of our country and yet produces about 15% of GDP. Industry, which is often positioned as an alternative to agriculture, employs about 25-30% of the population and produces around the same as percentage of GDP. What is often said is that there’s a huge scope for improvement in both Agriculture and Industry.
A major hindrance to this is that our laws are archaic and that it’s easier to just hand out doles than reform things at a more fundamental level. But, in light of Prime Minister Modi’s asking states to undertake fundamental reforms, we have seen a few states step forward and pioneer some massive Agricultural and Labour reforms, both of which could make a significant difference to the progress of people.
In this fascinating episode, we are joined by Aashish Chandorkar (Author, Public Policy Commentator), Rajeev Mantri (Investor, Writer), and Vivek Khaitan (Pharma Entrepreneur) to discuss recent Agriculture and Labour reforms announced by the Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh. They discuss the context and impact of these reforms and what more can be done to improve Agriculture and Industry in India.
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The focus of this episode is the business of professional sports in India. Our guest, Gautam Thakar, is the CEO of Star Sports – the largest sports broadcaster in the country with a revenue of over ₹9,000 crores and a viewership of hundreds of millions for some of their flagship shows. It’s highly likely you’ve watched one of Gautam’s channels this week and even more likely that someone in your family has.
Gautam has a very interesting background. He has over 20 years’ leadership experience. He started his career in the dotcom era as a founding member of Bazee.com which was later acquired by eBay in 2004. He has had notable stints as CEO of Shopping.com (also an eBay acquisition), at LivingSocial (acquired by Groupon) and spent about five years early in his career with Procter and Gamble.
On this podcast, we speak about the nuances of managing a professional sports business in India, about how the experience of watching and following sports has changed, about how India’s sporting idols mirror the growing aspirations of the country, how technology and social media has spurred product and business innovation in sports, what India can do to achieve greater sporting success at the Olympics, and more.
On International Workers’ Day or May Day as it is more popularly known, Aashish Chandorkar (Public Policy Commentator), Harsh Madhusudhan (Economist, Investor, Author), and Rangesh Sridhar (Political Expert) speak to our host, Roshan Cariappa, about the history of Communism in India, its overlapping with the Indian freedom movement, the influence of the Left on Nehruvian politics, the rise to power thereafter through the support of the Indira Gandhi government, the impact of the left on our culture, the left's administration of states like West Bengal, global dynamics - the rise of wokeness and the New Left, scope for political revival, and much more. [This podcast is available on all popular platforms.]
In this episode, we will uncover fascinating insights on how you can track your mental health, the mind-body connection, the spiritual & cultural basis for mental health, coping with addiction, anxiety, and stress, and much more. Join Roshan Cariappa as he talks to Smita Barooah, noted counsellor on these issues.
What does Sachin mean to an Indian cricket fan? Is he seen just as a cricketer who gave an entire nation plenty of joy as a batsman? Probably not, Sachin was an emotion for an entire generation of cricket lovers in India. His performances dictated the mood of an entire nation. What he means to India and its cricket fans is something that can be discussed for hours on end.
In this episode, Roshan talks to Aashish Chandorkar (Author & Public Policy Analyst), Abhishek Paul (Chartered Accountant and a cricket fan), Srivatsa Subbanna (Management Consultant and Analytics Expert). They talk about what Sachin means to the Indian cricket fan, some of his best innings across formats, his competitors and successors and his cricketing legacy.
In this fascinating conversation with Dr. Bhooshan Shukla, a leading Child Psychiatrist & Parenting Coach, we speak about various facets of Parenting in the digital age. How should you raise responsible, happy, fulfilled children? What can you do to inspire great values in them? How can you resolve differences and conflicts? How can you control your children's overexposure to gadgets ? How should you introduce your children to sexuality? What can you learn from Parenting across generations and cultures? Listen to Dr. Bhooshan address all these questions and more in a practical and insightful manner. [This podcast is available on all popular platforms.]
Is the globalized World we live in coming apart? In this episode of the Bharatvaarta, Roshan is joined by Aashish Chandorkar (Author, Public Policy Expert, and Commentator), Rajeev Mantri (Investor, Author, and Public Policy Commentator) and Srivatsa Subbanna (Management Consultant & Analytics Expert) to discuss the broad underpinnings of Globalization. The ongoing pandemic has exposed the fragility of our connected World and it has drawn reactions economically and socially from various countries. It is in this context that our guests try to unpack some of the related trends and examine what could change going forward. To that end, they discuss trade, policy, the role of institutions, localism, and more in this fascinating conversation. Do listen and share! (This podcast is available on all popular platforms such as Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Breaker, Pocketcasts, and so on).
In this episode of the Bharatvaarta podcast, we are joined by Jagatjit Sahu, a practitioner when it comes to fitness and fasting. This episode discusses the factors affecting immunity and steps one should take to improve one's inbuilt immunity. Jagatjit also talks about the importance of strength training and how it helps in fat loss. Tune in to this fascinating episode to get an insight into what it takes to build strenght and immunity. We must caution you that the purpose of this episode is to seed ideas and that listeners should exercise their own discretion and consult qualified health professionals before adopting the ideas discussed here.
In this episode of the Bharatvaarta podcast we are joined by Public Policy Analysts & Commentators - Aashish Chandorkar and Rohit Jayaraman in company with Economist & Author, Bodhisattava. The episode discusses the ongoing lockdown in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The participants focus on what the impact has been thus far, some key events during this period, and possible exit strategies going forward. Tune in to understand more on what you can expect going forward. Bharatvaarta is available on other popular podcast platforms such as Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Pocketcasts, and Breaker. If you like our content, don’t forget to subscribe and share this with others. Happy listening!
In the first of our #PurvaPaksha series, we bring together two eminent personalities – Harsh Gupta and Sridhar Vembu, to speak about India’s Economic growth.
Harsh is an Investor and Author. He has a deep understanding of Politics, Governance, and Culture that grounds his views on Economics in reality. He believes that India is underleveraged on our debt and that it is critical to our growth – that "we cannot wait for people to buy things cash down to fuel growth.”
Sridhar is one of India’s best-known technology entrepreneurs and is an original thinker on a variety of topics ranging from technology and business to science and culture. He believes India should focus on production capabilities instead and the debt-fuelled consumption mode of growth would be a “recipe for disaster.”
In this episode of Bharatvaarta, Harsh and Sridhar speak about, why they are optimistic about India's Economy, key policy measures that can spur growth, making our villages self-sustaining, reviving the Dharmic basis for prosperity, among other things.
It was a fascinating experience listening to the two of them approach ideas from different perspectives. If you love longform conversation, you’re in for a treat! You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocketcasts and more.
- Impact of a lockdown on India’s economy
- India’s response / what the Govt. should do
- How the infection could pan out in India
- Media’s reporting of Covid-19 globally
- Impact of Covid-19 on Healthcare Policy
Current context on where things are with Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia's revolt and subsequently Chief Minister Kamal Nath's resignation | Key political Dynasties - the Scindias, the Singhs, the Shuklas & their significance | How MP impacted the Hindutva movement & Congress' dichotomy on State & National Positioning | What lies ahead for MP - who might lose/gain in the State & who might become Chief Minister
- Defining features of our foreign policy in last few years
- Using trade as a foreign policy lever
- Our relationship with China and Pakistan - Current status, recap of last few years and what lies ahead
- Our relationship with USA - Long term relationship, threats to the relationship and more
- Impact of Coronavirus on Global markets - Is india prepared to deal with a full scale epidemic? - Transition from King Salman to MBS - What does this mean for India? - Crude prices and related market response - The YES Bank fiasco, it's learnings - Bank Recapitalization - Wishlist from the Fin Min - and much more.
In Ep. 3 of our podcast, we talk about four aspects of governance in UP. * Importance of rapidly developing UP * Focus on law and order * Focus on healthcare * Hard infrastructure development - roads, railways etc.
In this episode, we cover Delhi's Governance Structure, associated challenges, and alternative solutions.
* History of Delhi's three-layer management - Central Govt., State Govt., and Municipal Corporations
* Challenges of the model - how this plays out in today's context - some examples from the rest of the World
* Solutions - should we move the capital / have multiple capitals / what are some alternates to consider
Episode 1 of the Bharatvaarta Podcast (with Roshan Cariappa, Rohit Jayaraman, and Aashish Chandorkar)
- Namaste Trump - the significance of the visit
- Policies - H1B Visa, GSP, Defense Procurement
- PM Modi’s objectives - a potential trade deal
- Timing of the visit - wooing Indian American votes
- US election update - Sanders wins Nevada
- Democratic Nominee - frontrunners
- Trump vs. Sanders/ Bloomberg / Biden
- What this means to India