Episode 77: Education in India

According to education scholar and activist Amit Chandra, education in India is a fraud committed on the people of this country by the state. He joins Amit Varma in episode 77 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why.

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The Profit Motive in Education: Episode 9 of The Seen and the Unseen
The Right to Screw up Education: Episode 19 of The Seen and the Unseen
Data on School Closures 
Our Unlucky Children -- Amit Varma (Jan 2008)
The Aggregate Effect of School Choice -- Karthik Muralidharan &  Venkatesh Sundararaman
A political economy of education in India: The case of UP -- Geeta Kingdon & Mohd. Muzammil
Teacher Absence in India: A Snapshot

Episode 76: Claiming Your Space

Misogyny is ubiquitous. Women begin life with the odds stacked against them. Aditi Mittal joins Amit Varma in episode 76 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss how hard it was for her to claim her space. Guest appearance: Swati Bakshi.

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Stand-Up Comedy in India -- Ep 75 of The Seen and the Unseen
'I am a Feminist. You Should Be Too' -- Amit Varma
'Misogyny is the Oldest Indian Tradition' -- Amit Varma

Episode 74: The Bad and Complex Tax

GST was supposed to be a Good and Simple Tax, but has ended up as just the opposite. This is hurting the poor the most. Economist Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma in episode 74 of The Seen and the Unseen to suggest a way out.

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Simple Rules for a Complex World -- Shruti Rajagopalan
GST -- Episode 3 of The Seen and the Unseen with Devangshu Datta
GST Revisited -- Episode 28 of The Seen and the Unseen with Vivek Kaul

Episode 71: Data and the Government

The Indian government has a disturbing tendency to cherry-pick data. Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 71 of The Seen and the Unseen to catch them with their pants down.

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'How to cherry-pick data, Arvind Panagariya-style' -- Vivek Kaul
'How to Manage Jobs Data, Modi Govt Style' -- Vivek Kaul
'If Tax Collections Have Improved, why is Govt Trying to Tax Free Services of Banks?' -- Vivek Kaul
'Budget 2018: India's unpaid subsidies time-bomb just keeps ticking away' -- Vivek Kaul
'Beware of the Useful Idiots' -- Amit Varma
The Easy Money Trilogy on Amazon

Episode 70: Online Conversations

The internet was supposed to bring us all together -- but instead, is it driving us apart? Reddit moderator Nikhil X joins Amit Varma in episode 70 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the changing shape of online conversations -- and society.

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You're From the Mutton Lobby -- Amit Varma
What We talk About When We Talk About Politics -- Amit Varma
The Future of the Internet -- Episode 65 of The Seen and the Unseen
The Regulators Are Coming -- Episode 68 of The Seen and the Unseen

Episode 69: Immigration and Outsourcing

Donald Trump had two simple answers to everyone who complained about jobs in America. One: Immigrants are taking your jobs. Two: Your jobs are being shipped overseas. Trump was bullshitting. Gaurav Sabnis joins Amit Varma in episode 69 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why.

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Facts Don't Matter. Stories do -- Amit Varma
Immigration: Ep 4 of The Seen and the Unseen
The 8 Myths of Protectionism: Ep 59 of The Seen and the Unseen

Episode 66: The State of the Economy 2

What does our economy look like today? Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma in episode 66 of The Seen and the Unseen, as they talk about Air India, cash shortages, the jobs crisis and other such miscellanea.

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Episode 56: The Age of Easy Money
Episode 53: A Deep Dive into Pakodanomics
Episode 40: The State of the Economy 
Episode 32: The DNA of the NPA
Episode 25: Farm Loan Waivers
Episode 23: Public Sector Banks
Episode 20: The Coming Jobs Crisis
Episode 19: The Right to Education
Episode 18: Restaurant Regulations
Episode 2: Demonetisation