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Interpreting India

Interpreting India

On Interpreting India, every week, we bring in voices from India and around the globe to unpack how technology, the economy, and foreign policy impact India?s relationship with the world. Interpreting India is a Carnegie India production hosted by Srinath Raghavan.


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Assessing India's Inflation Targeting Regime with Radhika Pandey

Radhika Pandey joins Srinath Raghavan to analyze India's inflation targeting system. They assess how the system has fared since 2015, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. 


Moving to Inflation Targeting  by Ila Patnaik and Radhika Pandey. 

Higher Inflation Doesn't Mean RBI's Monetary Policy Committee Should Increase Interest Rates by Ila Patnaik and Radhika Pandey

Inflation Targeting in India: An Interim Assessment by Barry Eichengreen, Poonam Gupta, Rishabh Choudhary


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Analyzing the Afghan Peace Negotiations with Anatol Lieven and Rudra Chaudhuri

Anatol Lieven and Rudra Chaudhuri join Srinath Raghavan to analyze the implications of the recent intra-Afghan negotiations. Are the negotiating parties well-poised towards building a peace deal? How has South Asia been involved in this arduous process? And finally, what are the prospects of talks leading to a successful peace deal in Afghanistan?  


  Dealing With the Taliban: India?s Strategy in Afghanistan After U.S. Withdrawal by Rudra Chaudhuri and Shreyas Shende.

  It's Time to Trust the Taliban by Anatol Lieven.

  Afghanistan, Then and Now by Anatol Lieven.

  Taliban Perspectives on Reconciliation by  Anatol Lieven, Rudra Chaudhuri, Michael Semple, Theo Farrell.



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Revisiting the LAC with Sushant Singh

In this episode Sushant Singh joins Srinath Raghavan to discuss the latest developments in the Sino-Indian border conflict along the LAC. They analyse the current military positions of both sides and the prospects of conflict. 

What Rajnath Left Out: PLA Blocks Access to 900 Sq Km of Indian Territory in Depsang by Sushant Singh

Can India Transcend its Two-Front Challenge? by Sushant Singh

LAC Rivers in Spate, Army Prepares for October when Weather Improves by Sushant Singh




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India's Remittance Economy with S. Irudaya Rajan

Srinath Raghavan is joined by Professor Irudaya Rajan as they discuss India's remittance economy. They analyze the coronavirus pandemic's impact on remittance income from a national and regional perspective and try to chart the  future of this institution in a post-pandemic world. 


 Emigration and Remittances: New Evidences from the Kerala Migration Survey 2018  by S. Irudaya Rajan & K.C. Zachariah

What is the Future of Migration from Kerala by S. Irudaya Rajan 

Gulf revisited: Economic consequences of emigration from Kerala, emigration and unemployment  S. Irudaya Rajan & K.C. Zachariah 

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Understanding India's Migrant Crisis with Chinmay Tumbe

Chinmay Tumbe joins Srinath Raghavan as they discuss  India?s migrant crisis.  They assess its implications on India's domestic and urban labor markets, and what the crisis holds for India's long-standing traditions of internal migration.  


Migration persistence across twentieth century India by Chinmay Tumbe 

Missing men, migration and labour markets: evidence from India  by Chinmay Tumbe 

 India Moving: A History of Migration by Chinmay Tumbe,  

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Unpacking India's Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code with Bhargavi Zaveri

In this episode, Srinath Raghavan speaks to Bhargavi Zaveri as they unpack India's Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). They examine how India's existing regulatory framework might fare for bankruptcies in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. 


Covid-19: Making A Bankruptcy Law Work In A Pandemic by Bhargavi Zaveri and Harsh Vardhan BloombergQuint, 24th April 2020.

Covid-19 Impact: A Relief Strategy For Distressed Businesses Seeking IBC Restructuring, by Bhargavi Zaveri and Harsh Vardhan BloombergQuint, 2nd May 2020.

IBC: Unknot The Bankruptcy Law, Don?t Suspend It, by Bhargavi Zaveri and Harsh Vardhan BloombergQuint, 14th May 2020. 

Loan Moratorium: Supreme Court Asks Government To Consider Waiving ?Interest On Interest? by Arpan Chaturvedi 



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Decoding India's Defense Sector with Anit Mukherjee

Srinath Raghavan is joined by Anit Mukherjee as they discuss India's defense sector. In their conversation, they explore some of the underlying problems plaguing India's defence institutions and the extent to which the government?s recent reforms address these issues.


Facing Future Challenges: Defence Reform in India by Anit Mukherjee

Fighting Separately: Jointness and Civil-Military Relations in India  by Anit Mukherjee

The Absent Dialogue by Anit Mukherjee

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Understanding Indo-Nepal Relations with Constantino Xavier

Srinath Raghavan is joined by Constantino Xavier as they discuss the relationship between India and Nepal. In doing so, they contextualize the recent border tensions that erupted at the Indo-Nepalese border in May 2020.   


Interpreting the India-Nepal Border Dispute by Constantino Xavier

How Nepal and India can Keep Their Relationship Special by Constantino Xavier

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Covid-19 and India's Macroeconomy with Pranjul Bhandari

Four months after the first lockdown, Srinath Raghavan is joined by Pranjul Bhandari as they assess how India's macroeconomic responses have aged through the pandemic. 


A case of wilful spenders turning into forced savers by Pranjul Bhandari

Will today's economic scratch leave a scar? by Pranjul Bhandari

The art of winning trade deals post the pandemic by Pranjul Bhandari

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Understanding the Line of Actual Control with Shyam Saran

Srinath Raghavan is joined by Shyam Saran as they discuss the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the Sino-Indian border. They look at the way in which the LAC impacts, and is impacted by the relationship between New Delhi and Beijing. 


How India Sees the World: Kautilya to the 21st Century by Shyam Saran 

As the LAC heats up, reading China?s playbook by Shyam Saran 

A Clash in the eastern Ladakh by Shyam Saran 


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Assessing the Sino-Indian Border Confrontation

Srinath Raghavan is joined by Ashley J. Tellis as they discuss the origins and nature of the current Sino-Indian border confrontation. They situate the crisis in the context of broader geopolitical developments and assess its impact on Sino-Indian ties. 


Hustling in the Himalayas: The Sino-Indian Border Confrontation  by Ashley J. Tellis  

United States Strategic Approach to the People?s Republic of China by The White House, United States of America

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Assessing India's COVID-19 Response With K. Sujatha Rao

To help take stock of India's pandemic strategy, Srinath Raghavan speaks to K. Sujatha Rao. They discuss the impact of India's nationwide lockdown, center-state public health relations, and the way forward. 


Do We Care? India's Public Health System by K. Sujatha Rao2nd Joint Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic in India by the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) & Indian Association of Epidemiologists Members of PM's COVID-19 Task Force Say Lockdown Failed Due to Unscientific Implementation by Vidya Krishnan and Aathira Konikkara
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India's Agrarian Economy and COVID-19 with Himanshu

Srinath Raghavan and Himanshu discuss the state of India?s agrarian economy, agricultural reforms, and the impact of coronavirus on this crucial sector. 


Hardly the 1991 moment for agriculture by Himanshu Reducing farm distress during a pandemic by HimanshuHow Lives Change: Palanpur, India, and Development Economics by Himanshu, Peter Lanjouw, and Nicholar Stern
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China's Path to Economic Recovery Post-Coronavirus with Michael Pettis

Srinath Raghavan is joined by Michael Pettis as they discuss the various facets of the Chinese economy and Beijing?s attempts to set itself on the path to economic recovery post-coronavirus.  


Why Higher U.S. Savings Won't Save the Pandemic-Hit Economy by Michael PettisWhy a Savings Glut Does Not Increase Savings by Michael PettisChina Financial Markets by Michael Pettis


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Coronavirus and the Indian Labor and Household Sectors with Mahesh Vyas

As India enters week 8 of its lockdown, the country's economy has reached a grinding halt. To better understand the impact of the pandemic ? especially on the labor and household sectors? Srinath Raghavan speaks to Mahesh Vyas about the long-term repercussions of the lockdown on the Indian economy.



A Third Shock by Mahesh Vyas Sharp Slowdown in Project Completions by Mahesh VyasHow are Indian Households coping under the COVID-19 Lockdown? 8 Key Findings by Marianne Bertrand, Kaushik Krishnan, and Heather Schofield
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The Indian Police and State Capacity with Maja Daruwala

Srinath Raghavan speaks to Maja Daruwala, chief editor of the India Justice Report?a first-of-its-kind study? which assesses the state capacity of India?s police force and identifies key areas where reforms are most urgent. The report also focuses on the other three pillars of justice in India, which are the judiciary, prisons and legal aid. 


India Justice Report 2019 by the Tata Trusts
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Coronavirus and India's Triple Crisis with Reetika Khera

Srinath Raghavan and Reetika Khera discuss the impact of India's "triple crisis" - health, economic, and humanitarian crises - stemming from the rampant coronavirus pandemic, and the way forward for India. 


1. Covid-19: What can be done immediately to help the vulnerable population by Reetika Khera

2. Viable solutions to PDS portability are being ignored in the push for Aadhar by Reetika Khera

3. Cash Flow is Flawed. Use "Odisha Model" Instead by Reetika Khera

4. From Apathy to Action by Reetika Khera


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Future of US-China Relations Post-Coronavirus with Evan A. Feigenbaum

Srinath Raghavan is  joined by Evan Feigenbaum to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the geopolitical and economic competition between the US and China and their prospects for cooperation. 


A Tale of Two Asias by Evan A. Feigenbaum and Robert A. Manning
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Learning from China?s Coronavirus Experience with Ananth Krishnan

Srinath Raghavan is joined by Ananth Krishnan to discuss the trajectory of COVID19 in China, Beijing?s strategy to contain the virus, and the lessons India can learn from China in its own fight against the pandemic. 


India to get 15 million PPE kits from China by Ananth Krishnan
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Data privacy and Pandemics with Anirudh Burman

Srinath Raghavan is joined by Anirudh Burman as they discuss how different countries are leveraging data in their fight against COVID19, India?s approach, and what privacy means in a world engulfed by a pandemic.


Will India's Proposed Data Protection Law Protect Privacy and Promote Growth? by Anirudh BurmanWhat is India's Sweeping Personal Dat Protection Bill? by Anirudh Burman and Suyash Rai
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Globalization in the Age of Coronavirus with Rudra Chaudhuri

Rudra Chaudhuri joins Srinath Raghavan as they talk about the global nature of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on world politics. 


India Leans Into Its Fight Against the Coronavirus by Rudra Chaudhuri 
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The Economic Impact of COVID-19 with Suyash Rai

Srinath Raghavan and Suyash Rai discuss the grave social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on financial markets and its consequences for India.


While Fighting COVID-19, India Must Reduce Bankruptcies, Bring Cash Transfers and Tax Reliefs by Suyash RaiVideo: Carnegie Insights: Suyash Rai on the Coronavirus and the Indian Economy 
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Analyzing India's Union Budget 2020

Guest host, Anirudh Burman and Suyash Rai analyze the impact and implications of the Union Budget 2020 on the Indian economic landscape. 


Union Budget 2020 by the Ministry of Finance, Government of IndiaBackstage: The Story Behind India's High Growth Years by Monetk Singh Ahluwalia
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The Dynamic India-US-China relationship with Tanvi Madan

Tanvi Madan, in conversation with Srinath Raghavan, discusses the dynamic India-US-China trilateral relationship and how China shaped India-US relations during the Cold War.


Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped US-India relations during the Cold War by Tanvi MadanThe Future of American's Contest With China by Evan OsnosHow American Foreign Policy got China Wrong by Kurt Campbell and Ely RatnerWhat Went Wrong? US-China Relations from Tiananmen to Trump by James B. Steinberg New Delhi Remains Washington's Best Hope in Asia by Robert D. Blackwill and Ashley J. Tellis
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Balancing the Innovation and Regulation of Fintech with Sopnendu Mohanty and Philip Von Restorff

Srinath Raghavan speaks to Sopnendu Mohanty and Philip Von Restorff about the emerging fintech space and the suitable regulatory and policy approaches to it. 


1. Bank of International Settlements

2. The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State leave the Community Behind by Raghuram Rajan

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Applications and Ethics of AI with Chinmayi Arun and Matt Sheehan

Chinmayi Arun and Matt Sheehan breakdown the applications of AI and the ethical debates surrounding its use.


The Transpacific Experiment: How China and California Collaborate and Compete for Our Future by Matt SheehanChinaAI newsletter by Jeff DingPodcast: Tech Buzz China by Pandaily Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World by Meredith BroussardAlgorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Noble
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The Geopolitics of Data with François Godement and Ralf Sauer

In a special episode recorded at the Global Technology Summit 2019, guest host, Rudra Chaudhuri speaks to François Godement and Ralf Sauer about the global debates on issues of data privacy and data protection, EU's approach to data sovereignty, and the implications of India's personal data protection bill.


Digital Privacy: How Can We Win the Battle? by François GodementWill a GDPR-Style Data Protection Law Work for India? by Anirudh BurmanThe era of data globalism is over. Where does this leave India? by Rudra Chaudhuri
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Data Protection in India with Anirudh Burman

Anirudh Burman and Srinath Raghavan discuss the implications of India's draft personal data protection bill. 


AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order by Kai-Fu LeeA Free and Fair Digital Economy: Protecting Privacy, Empowering Indians by the Committee of Experts under the Chairmanship of Justice B.N. Srikrishna 
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Diplomacy in a Disordered World with William J. Burns

Srinath Raghavan and William J. Burns highlight the importance of diplomacy in an increasingly tumultuous world and evolving India-US relations.


The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal by William J. BurnsThe Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia by Srinath RaghavanGeorge F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis GaddisThe Naked Diplomat: Understanding Power and Politics in the Digital Age by Tom Fletcher 


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Demystifying India's Financial Sector with Suyash Rai

Suyash Rai, in conversation with Srinath Raghavan, provides a comprehensive analysis of the opportunities and challenges for India's financial sector.


Unelected Power by Paul TuckerRegulation in India: Banking by Suyash Rai
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Understanding the RCEP with Rajat Kathuria

Rajat Kathuria and Srinath Raghavan analyze the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and India's approach to the multilateral organization. 


In Defense of Globalization by Jagdish Bhagwati Peddling Prosperity by Paul Krugman
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Shaping Space Diplomacy with Rajeswari P. Rajagopalan

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Srinath Raghavan discuss areas for competition, cooperation, and governance in the space domain.


Space Policy 2.0: Commerce, Policy, Security, and Governance edited by Rajeswari P. Rajagopalan and Narayan Prasad NagendraSpace Warfare in the 21st Century: Arming the Heavens by Jordan Joseph FreeseThe Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests by James Clay Moltz
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Decoding the India-China Relationship with Shivshankar Menon

As India and China mark 70 years of diplomatic ties, Srinath Raghavan speaks to Shivshankar Menon about the shared history, culture, and future of the bilateral relationship between the two neighbors.


Choices: Inside the Making of India's Foreign Policy by Shivshankar MenonOver the Horizon: Time, Uncertainty, and the Rise of Great Powers by David M. EdelsteinLeadership and the Rise of Great Powers by Yan Xuetong
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Unpacking the Economy with Indira Rajaraman

Srinath Raghavan and Indira Rajaraman discuss India's 2019-2020 Union Budget, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, and the slowing global economy.


Union Budget 2019-2020, Ministry of Finance, Government of IndiaOf Counsel by Arvind Subramanian
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A Nuclear World with Vipin Narang

 Vipin Narang  joins  Srinath Raghavan sits to discuss India's evolving nuclear strategy and the impact of nuclear weapons around the world.


Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict by Vipin NarangIndia's Counterforce Temptations: Strategic Dilemmas, Doctrine, and Capabilities by Christopher Clary and Vipin NarangStopping the Bomb: The Sources and Effectiveness of US Nonproliferation Policy by Nicholas L. MillerThe 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States by Jeffrey Lewis
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Technology and Society with Nandan Nilekani

Srinath Raghavan sits down with Nandan Nilekani to discuss the future of globalization, data empowerment, and the role of technology on society in India and around the world.

Books Referenced:

Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation by Nandan Nilekani Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations by Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah Capitalism in America by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge
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Trailer: Episode 1

Interpreting India debuts August 15. For the inaugural episode, Srinath Raghavan talks to Nandan Nilekani about the economy, data privacy, and India's role in an increasingly globalized world.

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