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Ep 219: Keeping India Safe

The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma

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  • 17 days ago
  • 02:37:23

There are many things that threaten our nation, both internal and external, both seen and unseen. Our armed forces protect us from some of them. Sushant Singh joins Amit Varma in episode 219 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss the state of our military, his experiences in Kashmir, the threats from Pakistan and China, and the danger of politics to national security. Also check out: 1. Sushant Singh at CPR and Indian Express. 2. Kashmir and Article 370 -- Episode 134 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Srinath Raghavan). 3. The India-Pakistan Conflict -- Episode 111 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Srinath Raghavan). 4. The Citizenship Battles -- Episode 152 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Srinath Raghavan). 5. The Indian Armed Forces -- Episode 175 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Lt Gen Prakash Menon). 6. India in the Nuclear Age -- Episode 80 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Lt Gen Prakash Menon). 7. The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and Enid Blyton on Amazon. 8. The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism -- Episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Akshaya Mukul). 9. Political Ideology in India -- Episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rahul Verma). 10. Being Muslim in India -- Episode 216 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ghazala Wahab) 11. Memories and Things -- Episode 195 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aanchal Malhotra). 12. The Burden of Democracy -- Pratap Bhanu Mehta. 13. What Have We Done With Our Independence? -- Episode 186 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pratap Bhanu Mehta). 14. The BJP Before Modi -- Episode 202 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vinay Sitapati). 15. A Call to Honour -- Jaswant Singh. 16. We Won’t Need To Fight A War If We Can Win The Peace -- Amit Varma. 17. Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice -- David Galula. 18. Seven Pillars of Wisdom -- TE Lawrence. 19. The Insurgents -- Fred Kaplan. 20. The Generation of Rage in Kashmir -- David Devadas. 21. The Lost Rebellion: Kashmir in the Nineties -- Manoj Joshi. 22. First They Came... --  Martin Niemöller. 23. Army and Nation: The Military and Indian Democracy -- Steven I Wilkinson. 24. The Strategy Trap: India and Pakistan Under the Nuclear Shadow -- Lt Gen Prakash Menon. 25. Thoughts on Pakistan -- BR Ambedkar. 26. The Promise of Power -- Maya Tudor. 27. War and Peace in Modern India -- Srinath Raghavan. 28. The Battle for Money -- Sushant Singh. 29. The World of Yesterday -- Stefan Zweig. 30. The End of History? -- Francis Fukuyama. 31. Why China Is Winning Against India -- Sushant Singh. 32. Guns Fall Silent on the LoC -- Sushant Singh. 33. Line of Narrative Control -- Sushant Sngh. 34. Looking Ahead After the Ladakh Walk Back -- Sushant Singh. 35. Why China Is Winning Against India -- Sushant Singh. 36. India Can’t Say It Wants U.S. Help Against China -- Sushant Singh. 37. India's China Challenge -- Ananth Krishnan. 38. The Dragon and the Elephant -- Episode 181 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Hamsini Hariharam & Shibani Mehta). 39. What Does China Want? -- Episode 143 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manoj Kewalramani). 40. Foreign Policy is a Big Deal -- Episode 170 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pranay Kotasthane & Manoj Kewalramani). 41. Understanding Foreign Policy -- Episode 63 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Nitin Pai). 42. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams. 43. China’s Influence in South Asia -- Episode 22 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pranay Kotasthane). Check out Amit’s online course, The Art of Clear Writing. And subscribe to The India Uncut Newsletter. It’s free!

Ep 218: A Creator of the Floating World

The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma

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  • 24 days ago
  • 03:15:26

The world of creators has changed in the last few years -- and maybe advertising is dead? Varun Duggirala joins Amit Varma in episode 218 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe his journey as a creator in the world of advertising -- and the time he kidnapped people for reality television. Also check out: 1. Varun Duggirala's website, Linktree, Instagram and Twitter. 2. Advertising is Dead -- Varun Duggirala. 3. The Varun Duggi Show. 4. Unschooled by Varun Duggirala. 5. Amit Varma on Podcasting on The Varun Duggi Show. 6. Flipped Script -- Episode 112 of Advertising is Dead (w Pooja Jauhari). 7. The Jungle Book (1967 film). 8. This Be The Verse -- Philip Larkin. 9. Small Town Mindset -- TEDx talk by Varun Duggirala. 10. How Social Media Threatens Society -- Episode 8 of Brave New World (Jonathan Haidt speaking to host Vasant Dhar). 11. The Prem Panicker Files -- Episode 217 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Prem Panicker). 12. An Adman Reflects on Society & the Self -- Episode 199 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ambi Paramaeswaran). 13. Success, Legacy, Our Moral Compass & Taking the Plunge -- Varun Duggirala. 14. Frameworks, Tough Decisions and the Force -- Varun Duggirala. 15. Conversation and Society -- Episode 182 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Russ Roberts). 16. The Seen and the Unseen with Ghazala Wahab and Tamal Bandyopadhyay. 17. How it Feels to Reach 1 MILLION Subscribers -- Ali Abdaal. 18. Staying Ahead of the Content Curve -- Episode 85 of Advertising is Dead (w Tanmay Bhatt). 19. Future Focus: The Intimate Content Ecosystem -- Varun Duggirala. 20. Pivot -- Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway. 21. 1000 True Fans — Kevin Kelly. 22. 1000 True Fans? Try 100 — Li Jin. 23. The Balanced Information Diet -- Varun Duggirala. 24. Stillness is the Key -- Ryan Holiday. 25. The Ride of a Lifetime -- Robert Iger. 26. Inside Voices. 27. Blockbuster. 28. The Defiant Ones on Netflix. 29. The Minimalists. Check out Amit's online course, The Art of Clear Writing. And subscribe to The India Uncut Newsletter. It's free!

Ep 217: The Prem Panicker Files

The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma

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  • about 1 month ago
  • 03:13:10

Prem Panicker has been raising hell in Indian journalism for over 30 years: A muckraker and a pioneer, a maverick and an elder statesman, he is loved by fans and feared by the establishment. Prem joins Amit Varma in episode 217 of The Seen and the Unseen for a raw and intimate account of the wounds he got from living, and the lessons he learnt while healing. Also check out: 1. Smoke Signals -- Prem Panicker's blog. 2. The Peepli Project -- Edited by Prem Panicker 3. The State of the Media -- Episode 46 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Prem Panicker). 4. Money in Cricket -- Episode 41 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gideon Haigh and Prem Panicker). 5. The New World Upon Us -- Amit Varma. 6. The Glimpse -- Trilok Gurtu. 7. The Out of Eden Walk -- Paul Salopek. 8. A Picture of Hell, and No Kerosene -- Amit Varma. 9. A World of Stopped Watches -- Amit Varma. 10. Being Muslim in India -- Episode 216 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ghazala Wahab). 11. One Way Ticket -- Neil Sedaka. 12. The House of the Dead -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 13. Kettyolaanu Ente Malakha -- Directed by Nissam Basheer. 14. The Hunter Becomes the Hunted -- Episode 200 of The Seen and the Unseen. 15. The Seen and the Unseen episodes with Deepak Shenoy and Sonia Faleiro. 16. Bhimsen -- Prem Panicker (adapted from Randaamoozham by MT Vasudevan Nair). 17. How Social Media Threatens Society -- Episode 8 of Brave New World (Vasant Dhar chatting with Jonathan Haidt).  18. The Windowpane channel and newsletter. 19. A Meditation on Form -- Amit Varma. 20. Gell-Mann Amnesia. 21. It's Hard to Build and Easy to Destroy -- Amit Varma. This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Check out their course, Life Lessons from the Great Books. For free unlimited access for a month, click here. Please subscribe to The India Uncut Newsletter. It’s free! And check out Amit’s online course, The Art of Clear Writing.

Ep 216: Being Muslim in India

The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma

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  • about 1 month ago
  • 03:46:53

What is it like to be Muslim in India? Ghazala Wahab joins Amit Varma in episode 216 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss.the history of Islam in the subcontinent -- and how, at this present moment, we may be trapped in a vicious circle. Also check out: 1. Born a Muslim: Some Truths About Islam in India -- Ghazala Wahab. 2. Dragon On Our Doorstep -- Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab. 3. Force -- The magazine edited by Ghazala Wahab. 4. Ghubar-e-Khatir -- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. 5. The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism -- Episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Akshaya Mukul). 6. Political Ideology in India -- Episode 131 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rahul Verma).  7. The Notebook Trilogy -- Agota Kristof. 8. Jhumpa Lahiri on Writing, Translation, and Crossing Between Cultures -- Episode 17 of Conversations With Tyler. 9. A Writer Learns to See -- Episode 215 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Annie Zaidi). 10. Private Truths, Public Lies -- Timur Kuran. 11. Memories and Things -- Episode 195 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aanchal Malhotra). 12. Influence of Islam on Indian Culture -- Tara Chand. 13. Our Colorful Past -- Episode 127 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manu Pillai). 14. Nanak Was Here -- Episode 166 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Amardeep Singh). 15. The Two Faces of Islam -- Stephen Schwartz. 16. India Wins Freedom -- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. 17. A Life in Indian Politics -- Episode 149 of The Seen and the Unseen (w JP Narayan). 18. Hum Dekhenge -- Written by Faiz Ahmad Faiz and sung by Iqbal Bano. 19. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty -- James Thurber. 20. The Citizenship Battles -- Episode 152 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Srinath Raghavan). 21. Radically Networked Societies -- Episode 158 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pranay Kotasthane). 22. The BJP Before Modi -- Episode 202 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vinay Sitapati). This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Check out their course, The Joy of Mathematics. For free unlimited access for a month, click here. Please subscribe to The India Uncut Newsletter. It's free! And check out Amit’s online course, The Art of Clear Writing.

Ep 215: A Writer Learns to See

The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma

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  • about 1 month ago
  • 02:50:26

There is so much about India that is unseen to us, hidden behind layers of blindness. If only we could peel them off. Annie Zaidi joins Amit Varma in episode 215 of The Seen and the Unseen to describe how her many years as a writer, blogger, journalist, playwright and filmmaker deepened her vision of our world. Also check out: 1. Bread, Cement, Cactus -- Annie Zaidi. 2. Unbound: 2,000 Years of Indian Women's Writing -- Annie Zaidi (editor). 3. Prelude to a Riot -- Annie Zaidi. 4. Annie Zaidi's author page on Amazon.in. 5. Known Turf -- Annie Zaidi's blog. 6. History, Fear and the Role of the Writer -- A talk by Annie Zaidi for Mumbai Local. 7. Ek Red Color Ki Love Story -- A short film by Annie Zaidi. 8. Annie Zaidi's films. 9. The Art of Translation -- Episode 168 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Arunava Sinha). 10. राधा सौंदर्य -- Beni Prasad Beni. 11. Thandi Hawayein Lehrake Aaye. 12. Aakar Patel at The Windowpane Sessions. 13. A Scientist in the Kitchen -- Episode 204 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Krish Ashok). 14. A Meditation on Form -- Amit Varma. 15. Jackson Katz's TedX talk about violence against women and the passive voice. (Also, this quote.) 16. Demystifying GDP -- Episode 130 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rajeswari Sengupta). 17. DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State -- Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan). 18. Most of Amit Varma’s writing on DeMon, collected in one Twitter thread. 19. Our Colourful Past -- Episode 127 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Manu Pillai). 20. Early Indians -- Tony Joseph. (And the Seen/Unseen episode with him.) 21. The Right to Property -- Episode 26 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan). 22. The Baptist, the Bootlegger and the Dead Man Walking -- Amit Varma's column on the Uttar Pradesh Mritak Sangh. 23. India Awakes. 24. Who Broke Our Republic? -- Episode 163 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Kapil Komireddi). 25. The Gita Press and Hindu Nationalism -- Episode 139 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Akshaya Mukul). 26. Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India -- Akshaya Mukul. 27. The Citizenship Battles -- Episode 152 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Srinath Raghavan). 28. 'Understand the Chronology' -- Rohan Venkataramakrishnan's piece on how Amit Shah linked CAA to NRC. 29. The Intellectual Foundations of Hindutva -- Episode 115 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Aakar Patel). 30. Our Hindu Rashtra -- Aakar Patel. 31. Raghu Sanjaylal Jaitley’s Father’s Scooter -- Episode 214 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Raghu Sanjaylal Jaitley).  32. Misogyny and our Legal System -- Episode 58 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Madhav Chandavarkar and Hamsini Hariharan). 33. The History of Desire in India -- Episode 161 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Madhavi Menon). 34. Women in Indian History -- Episode 144 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ira Mukhoty). 35. Sultana's Dream --  Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain. 36. The Mothers of Maya Diip -- Suniti Namjoshi. 37. The Prisons We Broke -- Baby Kamble. 38. The High Caste Hindu Woman -- Pandita Ramabai. 39. Speeches and Writings of Sarojini Naidu. 40. The Story of My Experiments With Truth -- Mahatma Gandhi. 41. I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Dĕd -- Lal Dĕd (translated by Ranjit Hoskote). This episode is sponsored by CTQ Compounds. Check out The Daily Reader and FutureStack. Use the code UNSEEN for Rs 2500 off. The India Uncut Newsletter has resumed. So do subscribe, it’s free! And check out Amit’s online course, The Art of Clear Writing.