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13: Evan Feigenbaum on Asia's Fragmented Future
13: Evan Feigenbaum on Asia's Fragmented Future
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EPISODE 98

Over the decades, India has developed a reputation for having a strong society but a weak state. This bureaucratic, lumbering behemoth has especially struggled to deliver basic pub ... Read more

Over the decades, India has developed a reputation for having a strong society but a weak state. This bureaucratic, lumbering behemoth has especially struggled to deliver basic public goods like health, education, water, and sanitation. But a new book by the University of Oxford political scientist Akshay Mangla, Making Bureaucracy Work: Norms, Education and Public Service Delivery in Rural India, forces us to revise this conventional wisdom. In some parts of India, the state has succeeded in delivering quality primary education for its poorest citizens despite sharing the same institutional framework and often the same demographic characteristics of other, poorly performing regions. To talk more about why and when the state works, Akshay joins Milan on the podcast this week. Akshay and Milan discuss the importance of norms in driving policy implementation, the stark variation in education outcomes in north India, and how authoritarianism and deliberation can coexist. Plus, the two discuss the Modi government’s New Education Policy and the future of primary education in the country. Read more

EPISODE 97

Jayita Sarkar uncovers how India built its nuclear program from the ground up and challenges the conventional wisdom that India's nuclear ambitions were an inward-looking endeavour ... Read more

Jayita Sarkar uncovers how India built its nuclear program from the ground up and challenges the conventional wisdom that India's nuclear ambitions were an inward-looking endeavour of secretive technocrats. Read more

EPISODE 96

Seema Sirohi joins Milan this week to unpack the long and complicated history of U.S.-India relations over the last three decades and how the United States has come to view India a ... Read more

Seema Sirohi joins Milan this week to unpack the long and complicated history of U.S.-India relations over the last three decades and how the United States has come to view India as an essential partner as opposed to a strategic problem. Read more

EPISODE 95

Deepti Kapoor joins Milan to discuss her journey from Delhi reporter to novelist and her new blockbuster novel Age of Vice. Read more

Deepti Kapoor joins Milan to discuss her journey from Delhi reporter to novelist and her new blockbuster novel Age of Vice. Read more

EPISODE 94

Ronojoy Sen talks to Milan on the podcast this week to discuss the evolution of India's Parliament, the lack of debate around universal suffrage, and where the Parliament can still ... Read more

Ronojoy Sen talks to Milan on the podcast this week to discuss the evolution of India's Parliament, the lack of debate around universal suffrage, and where the Parliament can still make progress as an institution. Read more

EPISODE 93

Happymon Jacob and Sameer Lalwani join Milan to give their opposing takes on whether India can start to break away from Russia one year after Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Read more

Happymon Jacob and Sameer Lalwani join Milan to give their opposing takes on whether India can start to break away from Russia one year after Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Read more

EPISODE 92

Ashley J. Tellis returns to Grand Tamasha to discuss what it would take for India to become a leading power. Read more

Ashley J. Tellis returns to Grand Tamasha to discuss what it would take for India to become a leading power. Read more

EPISODE 91

Sukumar Ranganathan of the Hindustan Times joins Milan to make sense of India's new budget for the new fiscal year. Read more

Sukumar Ranganathan of the Hindustan Times joins Milan to make sense of India's new budget for the new fiscal year. Read more

EPISODE 90

Dipankar Ghose from the Hindustan Times joins Milan to discuss the Bharat Jodo Yatra, its impact on the Congress Party's electoral fortunes, and Rahul Gandhi's image. Read more

Dipankar Ghose from the Hindustan Times joins Milan to discuss the Bharat Jodo Yatra, its impact on the Congress Party's electoral fortunes, and Rahul Gandhi's image. Read more

EPISODE 89

Pranay Kotasthane kicks off Season 9 of Grand Tamasha with Milan with a lively discussion on the role and capacity of the Indian state, ideology in Indian politics, and pro-busines ... Read more

Pranay Kotasthane kicks off Season 9 of Grand Tamasha with Milan with a lively discussion on the role and capacity of the Indian state, ideology in Indian politics, and pro-business versus pro-market policies. Read more

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