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Should there be limits on ‘freebies’?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time19 hours ago
While hearing a petition demanding the de-recognition of political parties that promise “irrational freebies” to voters, the Supreme Court recently drew attention to the substantial fiscal cost of freebies. The court noted that a legislation banning freebies is not advisable, but at the same time called for a balance between welfare measures and loss to the public exchequer. The Supreme Court’s observation comes in the backdrop of the clash between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Aam Aadmi Party on the issue of wasteful spending on freebies. It also takes in the larger public debate on how to differentiate welfare spending from freebies.  Here we discuss various aspects of the subject. Guest: Reetika Khera, Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; N.R. Bhanumurthy, Vice-Chancellor of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics Host: Prashanth Perumal
Should medicine be taught in the local languages?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time8 days ago
The demand for medicine to be taught in languages besides English has been made repeatedly over the years, and was reiterated most recently by Union Home Minister Amit Shah when he said instruction in medicine, engineering and law should be made available in Indian languages. Over the years, academicians have considered the advantages, demerits and challenges of such a move.  Here we explore the various aspects of the issue. Guests: M. Janakiram, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Government Vellore Medical College; Sudha Seshayyan, vice-chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University
Is the declining rupee a crisis or an opportunity?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time15 days ago
The rupee’s steep slide to the 79-to-a-dollar range is bound to impact importers, widen the current account deficit (CAD) and spur the value of India’s external debt. But how much of a problem is this going to be for the Indian economy, given that the rest of the world is facing economic challenges as well?  Here we discuss whether the declining rupee presents a crisis or an opportunity.
What can the world do to help Sri Lanka?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time29 days ago
On July 20, acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected the President of Sri Lanka. The Indian government, which held an all-party meeting on the crisis in the island nation, said that “fiscal prudence and responsible governance” are the lessons to be learnt from the crisis in Sri Lanka and that there should not be a “culture of freebies”. India promised to be supportive of Sri Lanka, which is struggling to deal with the devastation caused by the economic crisis. In such a scenario, what must the world, and India in particular, do to help Sri Lanka? Guests: Nirupama Rao, D. Subba Rao Host: Suhasini Haider
Is protectionism compatible with liberalisation?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time1 month ago
At a time when the Central government says it is liberalising India’s economy, its economic policymaking on the external front has been marked by rising protectionism. With policies such as Atmanirbhar Bharat, there seems to be a conscious effort to protect the domestic economy from foreign competition. This raises questions on whether the government’s external protectionism is compatible with its promise of liberalising India’s economy.  Here we discuss the model of industrial policy that should be the way forward.  Guests: Ajay Shah, Research Professor of Business at Jindal Global University; Biswajit Dhar, Professor at the Center for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University Host: Prashanth Perumal
India's greatest cricketing victories E07 - Shivlal Yadav on 1979 win over Pakistan at Wankhede
Matchpoint Paradox
access_time1 month ago
In this episode of India's Greatest Cricketing Wins, we catch up with veteran offspinner Shivlal Yadav as we revisit a special victory India pulled off over neighbour and fierce rival Pakistan in Mumbai back in 1979.  Vijay Lokapally speaks to the player-turned-administrator about that Test match, the state of spin bowling in India's cricketing ecosystem, why coaching never came up on Yadav's radar, and much more.  Listen in.  E01 ft. CD Gopinath: bit.ly/CDGopinath E02 ft. Farokh Engineer: bit.ly/FarokhEngineer E03 ft. Karsan Ghavri: bit.ly/KarsanGhavri E04 ft. Madan Lal: bit.ly/MadanLal E05 ft. Yajurvinder Singh: bit.ly/YajurvinderSingh E06 ft. Syed Kirmani: bit.ly/Syed_Kirmani From Eden Gardens to Perth - India’s greatest Test victories: bit.ly/3K1OX49 #CricketPodcast | #Podcast | #Cricket | #IndianCricket | #MatchpointParadox --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sportstar-podcast/message
Should the ATP and the WTA merge?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time1 month ago
In April 2020, just after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Roger Federer floated the idea of merging the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), the governing bodies of men’s and women’s tennis, respectively. Billie Jean King founded the WTA in 1973 after failing to persuade the men to create a joint venture. Nearly five decades on, the idea to project tennis’s progressive face, of men and women competing together and as equals, and thereby creating a big enough product that is financially self-sufficient, is taking shape again. It doesn’t necessarily mean a merger of the two competitions, but of the calendar, governance structures, decision-making, sponsorships, etc. A year ago, investment group CVC Capital Partners, a private equity company which has bought stakes in Spanish football’s LaLiga and has a presence in the IPL with the Gujarat Titans, had floated a potential $600m agreement at turning the tours into a single commercial entity. As if on cue, on Tuesday, The Times (London) reported that CVC had struck a deal with the WTA for a 20% stake (about $150 million). There are expectations of a similar agreement with the ATP.  Here we discuss various facets of the potential merger. Guests: Ankita Bhambri, a former tennis player and most recently the coach of the Indian Fed Cup (now Billie Jean King Cup) team; Sunder Iyer, secretary of the Maharashtra Lawn Tennis Association, which has hosted both ATP and WTA tournaments Host: N. Sudarshan
Should brand ambassadors be held responsible for claims in advertising?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time2 months ago
On June 9, 2022, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) notified guidelines for ‘Prevention of Misleading Advertisements and Endorsements for Misleading Advertisements, 2022’. The guidelines, brought in with immediate effect, are applicable to all forms of advertisements. While the Consumer Protection Act of 2019 does have a provision on misleading advertisements, the CCPA can impose a penalty of up to ₹10 lakh on manufacturers, advertisers and endorsers for misleading advertisements and a penalty of up to ₹50 lakh for subsequent contraventions. It can also prohibit the endorser of a misleading advertisement from making any endorsement for up to one year; for subsequent contravention, prohibition can extend up to three years.  Here we discuss the need for the new guidelines and how they overlap with the ‘Code for Self-Regulation in Advertising’, which was adopted by the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). Guests: Akashneel Dasgupta, chief creative officer at Network Advertising; Anushree Rauta, an advocate and partner heading the Media and Entertainment at the ANM Global Host: Sonam Saigal
Will Agnipath energise or demoralise the military?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time2 months ago
On June 14, the government announced the Agnipath scheme which fundamentally transforms the process of recruitment of soldiers, sailors and airmen into the three services. Agniveers, the recruits, will be employed for four years, after which up to 25% of them will be selected for enrolment in the regular cadre, while the rest will be given a certain amount of money and be shown avenues to get back to civilian life. The scheme has generated a lot of debate, and protests against it have been violent in several parts of the country.  Here we discuss the nuances of the issue. Guests: Lieutenant General (Retd) D. S. Hooda, a former Northern Army Commander; Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (Retd.), former additional director-general of Centre for Air Power Studies Host: Dinakar Peri  You can now find The Hindu’s podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Search for Parley by The Hindu. Write to us with comments and feedback at socmed4@thehindu.co.in
Is COVID-19 becoming endemic?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time2 months ago
Is COVID-19 now approaching an endemic stage? While the common interpretation of endemicity is ‘this is a disease we no longer have to be worried about’, what does it actually mean in epidemiological terms and what are the concerns for public health for the future? Will the infection spread at more predictable rates and will it perhaps become more manageable? Here we discuss the science behind these questions. Guests: K. Kolaindaisamy, a former director of public health in Tamil Nadu; Tarun Bhatnagar, an epidemiologist and senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Epidemiology in Chennai Host: Ramya Kannan
Is the ban on wheat exports good policy?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time2 months ago
Over the last month, the government has banned the export of wheat and imposed quantitative restrictions on outbound sugar shipments. The wheat export ban came within days of a push to enhance India’s wheat supplies to the rest of the world after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The move came in the midst of persistently high inflation, spurred by rising food and fuel prices, and concerns about a lower yield this year due to excessive heat waves. The government has argued that farmers have not lost out due to the ban as most had already sold their produce this season. Here we discuss the efficacy of these curbs. Guests: S. Mahendra Dev, director and vice-chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research; Himanshu, associate professor at the JNU’s Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences Host: Vikas Dhoot Read the parley article here
IPL media rights auction - Who is bidding? Estimated figures, what to expect - Sportstar x The Hindu Businessline
Matchpoint Paradox
access_time2 months ago
The Indian Premier League is not new to astronomical monetary numbers, viewership, interest and crowds. The 15th season which just ended a week ago saw some big bidding amounts and player salaries, massive audiences for games and larger-than-life performances too.  Now, the IPL is turning its attention to another space with scope for big numbers - the media rights auction. This is what we'll dive into in this episode of Matchpoint Paradox. READ THE STORY HERE:  bit.ly/38WrK69 Ft. Amol Karhadkar and Meenakshi Verma Ambwani #IPL2022 | #IPL | #IPLMediaRights | #IndianCricket | #Cricket | #CricketPodcast | #Podcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sportstar-podcast/message
Do we need a law to compensate those implicated in false cases?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time3 months ago
In October 2021, Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, was arrested in Mumbai by the Narcotics Control Bureau in a drug racket case. Now, after many twists and turns in the case, on May 28, he and five others were given a clean chit by a special investigation team from Delhi. Besides highlighting the torment suffered by him and his family, Aryan Khan’s case also threw the focus on the countless victims of malicious prosecution, many of whom are resourceless. Here we discuss whether those who have been implicated in false cases should be compensated. Guests: Meeran Chadha Borwankar, a retired Indian Police Service officer of the Maharashtra cadre; Madan B. Lokur, a retired Supreme Court judge Host: Sonam Saigal Read the parley article here
Who wields the power to pardon?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time3 months ago
The Governor’s powers of pardon or remission under Article 161 of the Constitution have been in the spotlight with the Supreme Court judgment ordering the release of A.G. Perarivalan, one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. In 2018, the then Tamil Nadu cabinet had recommended to the Governor that all the seven convicts be released. The Raj Bhavan sat on the recommendation before forwarding it the President for advice. This month, the Supreme Court ruled that a Governor is bound by the State government’s advice in matters relating to commutation/remission of sentences under Article 161. The Court invoked its extraordinary power under Article 142 in ordering the release of Perarivalan, who had already spent over 30 years in prison. This has raised questions about the limits, if any, to a State government’s recommendation to the Governor to pardon or remit. Here we discuss questions arising from the case, including those relating to the Office of the Governor, judicial delays and the Perarivalan judgment’s value as a precedent. Guests: Kaleeswaram Raj, a Supreme Court advocate, author and legal columnist; P. Wilson, a senior advocate and a DMK MP in the Rajya Sabha Host: Krishnadas Rajagopal Read the parley article here
India's greatest cricketing victories E05 - Yajurvindra Singh on India's 1977 win over England in Bengaluru
Matchpoint Paradox
access_time3 months ago
In this episode of India's Greatest Cricketing Wins, Vijay Lokapally speaks to Yajurvindra Singh about a famous win against England in Bangalore in the 1976-77 season.  Subscribe to this show so you don't miss a single episode from this exclusive series.  E01 ft. CD Gopinath: bit.ly/CDGopinath E02 ft. Farokh Engineer: bit.ly/FarokhEngineer E03 ft. Karsan Ghavri: bit.ly/KarsanGhavri E04 ft. Madan Lal: bit.ly/madanlal From Eden Gardens to Perth - India’s greatest Test victories: bit.ly/3K1OX49 #CricketPodcast | #Podcast | #Cricket | #IndianCricket | #MatchpointParadox --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sportstar-podcast/message
Can India re-imagine South Asia?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time3 months ago
After weeks of protests, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped down this month, but that is not the only big political non-electoral change in the neighbourhood in 2021-22. Just a month ago, it was Pakistan; a year ago, it was Nepal. Power changed hands through more coercive means in Myanmar and Afghanistan. Their polities have yet to settle down. How should India react to these changes? Is there a common strain running across the region in these developments? Here we discuss these questions. Guests: Srinath Raghavan, a historian and teaches at Ashoka University, Sonepat; Shyam Saran, a former Foreign Secretary. His new book ‘How China Sees India’ will be published later this month Host: Suhasini Haidar Read the parley article here
Is it possible to separate sports and politics?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time3 months ago
A fortnight ago, Wimbledon decided to deny entries to players from Russia and Belarus for the 2022 edition of the tournament. Coming as it did against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Wimbledon said it was to thwart any attempt from the Russian regime to “derive any benefits from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian players with The Championships”. Many other sports, such as football, track and field, and Formula One, have also imposed sanctions of varying degrees. This has resurrected the debate on the influence of politics on sport. Here we discuss the various facets of the same. Guests: Zeeshan Ali, a former tennis player and Olympian, is currently India’s Davis Cup coach and also the head of the National Tennis Centre in New Delhi; Sharda Ugra, a sports journalist with more than three decades’ experience across newsrooms at The Hindu, Mid-Day, India Today and ESPNcricinfo Host: N. Sudarshan Read the parley article here
Are freebies affecting the economic growth of India?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time4 months ago
In an address delivered at the Delhi School of Economics last week, N.K. Singh, the chairperson of the 15th Finance Commission, warned about how the race to provide freebies to voters could be a “quick path to fiscal disaster.” He also noted that freebies could be harmful for the long-term economic growth of the country and emphasised the need to distinguish between productive and unproductive forms of welfare spending. Here we discuss whether there is a case for doing away with freebie culture. Guests: Himanshu, Associate Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Renu Kohli, an independent economist who has worked at the International Monetary Fund and the Reserve Bank of India Host: Prashanth Perumal Read the parley article here
India's greatest cricketing victories E04 - Madan Lal on India's 1974 win over West Indies in Kolkata
Matchpoint Paradox
access_time4 months ago
It's one thing to have an achievement like the 1983 World Cup on your resume. But it's a whole other deal to start your career with a match-winning performance against an intimidating and, at the time, world-beating West Indian side at home in your first year in international cricket.  Our guest in this episode has seen it all - the struggles, the rise, the highs, and the obstacles Indian men's cricket has gone through, as a player, coach and selector. In this episode, we catch up with World Cup winner Madan Lal. E01 ft. CD Gopinath: bit.ly/CDGopinath E02 ft. Farokh Engineer: bit.ly/FarokhEngineer E03 ft. Karsan Ghavri: bit.ly/KarsanGhavri From Eden Gardens to Perth - India’s greatest Test victories: bit.ly/3K1OX49 #CricketPodcast | #Podcast | #Cricket | #IndianCricket | #MatchpointParadox --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sportstar-podcast/message
Is India heading towards a possible fourth COVID-19 wave?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time4 months ago
The number of fresh cases of COVID-19 in the country has been going up steadily in Delhi and Maharashtra, considered bellwether States in the country, as far as the pandemic goes. Is this an indication of a further COVID-19 wave in India, and what are the precautions that people and health systems have to take in order to avoid devastation on a scale as was seen during the second wave. Here we discuss the possible scenarios. Guests: Prabhdeep Kaur, deputy director, National Institute of Epidemiology of ICMR; J. Radhakrishnan, Health Secretary, Tamil Nadu government Host: Ramya Kannan Read the parley article here
Is the Reserve Bank doing enough to rein in inflation?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time4 months ago
India’s inflation, which is measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), has stayed above the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s upper tolerance limit of 6% for three months running. The central bank’s monetary policy committee decided to hold benchmark interest rates earlier this month, choosing to remain accommodative “while focussing on withdrawal of accommodation to ensure that inflation remains within the target going forward, while supporting growth”. Western economies such as the U.S. have begun raising interest rates. Here we discuss whether the RBI is doing enough to arrest inflation? and Guests: Ananth Narayan, Associate Professor and Head of Public Policy, SPJIMR; Lekha S. Chakraborty, Professor at NIPFP and Member, Governing Board of Management, International Institute of Public Finance, Munich Host: K. Bharat Kumar Read the parley article here
Is the fuel pricing policy problematic?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time5 months ago
After a long pause, retail fuel prices have been inching up over the past week and have crossed the ₹100 per litre-mark again in several parts of the country, while LPG cylinder prices have been hiked by ₹50. India officially has a deregulated pricing regime, but in recent years, this practice has been put on hold during election campaigns. Here we discuss whether the fuel pricing policy is problematic. Guests: D.K. Srivastava, chief policy advisor at EY India, former director of the Madras School of Economics, and member of the 12th Finance Commission; S.C. Sharma, former adviser (petroleum) at the erstwhile Planning Commission and has worked extensively on India’s energy challenges Host: Vikas Dhoot Read the parley article here
Is India’s position on Russia affecting its relationship with the U.S.?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time5 months ago
Last week, India’s strategic partner, the United States, warned of consequences for any country, including India, which conducts local currency transactions through Russia’s central bank or constructs a payment mechanism that subverts or circumvents the U.S.’s sanctions against Russia. India’s consistent neutral position on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, informed by its choices, has antagonised many countries, including the U.S. Here we discuss whether the U.S.-India relationship has come under strain? Guests: Syed Akbaruddin, Dean of the Kautilya School of Public Policy and was India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Lisa Curtis, Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security and was with the U.S. White House as Senior Director at the National Security Council. Host: Suhasini Haidar Read the parley article here
India's greatest cricketing victories E03 - Karsan Ghavri on India's 1981 win over Australia in Melbourne
Matchpoint Paradox
access_time5 months ago
India has some fond memories of playing cricket down under, a few of those are stellar victories too. In this episode, Vijay Lokapally catches up with veteran Indian cricketer Karsan Ghavri about a particularly special victory in Melbourne in 1981 - from his own performance in the game, being received at the airport by Sir Donald Bradman, making Greg Chappell his bunny, and more. E01 ft. CD Gopinath: bit.ly/CDGopinath E02 ft. Farokh Engineer: bit.ly/FarokhEngineer From Eden Gardens to Perth - India’s greatest Test victories: bit.ly/3K1OX49 #CricketPodcast | #Podcast | #Cricket | #IndianCricket | #MatchpointParadox --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sportstar-podcast/message
Is the fuel pricing policy problematic?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time5 months ago
After a long pause, retail fuel prices have been inching up over the past week and have crossed the ₹100 per litre-mark again in several parts of the country, while LPG cylinder prices have been hiked by ₹50. India officially has a deregulated pricing regime, but in recent years, this practice has been put on hold during election campaigns. Here we discuss whether the fuel pricing policy is problematic. Guests: D.K. Srivastava, chief policy advisor at EY India, former director of the Madras School of Economics, and member of the 12th Finance Commission; S.C. Sharma, former adviser (petroleum) at the erstwhile Planning Commission and has worked extensively on India’s energy challenges Host: Vikas Dhoot Read the parley article here
Is caste identity politics an answer to religious identity politics?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time5 months ago
In the recent Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party won four States (Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won one (Punjab). There was a premise that this time, particularly in U.P., there was a strong resistance to the BJP’s Kamandal or religious nationalist politics from the Samajwadi Party’s social justice politics or Mandal politics. What actually won the day for the BJP and what, therefore, happens to the idea that Hindu religious politics can be or should be countered by caste identity politics? Guests: Indrajit Roy teaches at the University of York in the U.K. and is the author of ‘Passionate Politics’; Radhika Ramaseshan is a senior journalist Host: Varghese K. George Read the parley article here
Why isn’t global interconnectedness halting war?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time6 months ago
In a bid to isolate Russia, the world has imposed some of the most wide-raging sanctions seen in recent times, as the war in Ukraine enters the eighth day. But why has the international world order failed to prevent the war? Here we discuss the implications of Russia’s war on its neighbouring country and the human cost of the war. Guests: Mohan Kumar, Professor and Dean, Office of International Affairs and Global Initiatives at the O.P. Jindal Global University and former diplomat; Asoke Mukerji, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 2013 to 2015 and served in capitals like London and Moscow Host: Suhasini Haidar, The Hindu's National and Diplomatic Affairs Editor Read the parley article here. You can now find ’s podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher Search for Parley by The Hindu . Write to us with comments and feedback at The Hindu socmed4@thehindu.co.in
Is the new economy creating new jobs?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time6 months ago
India has added over 10 unicorns (privately held startup companies valued at over a billion dollars) so far this year, which is a rate of nearly one every five days. This comes after a record year of new unicorns (44 in 2021), which pushed India up to the third place globally, after the U.S. and China, in the Hurun Global Unicorn Index 2021. But what exactly does a unicorn valuation mean for the larger economy, and how do these technology-driven startups influence the employment scenario in the country? Here we discuss this question. Guests: P.K. Jayadevan, author and former startup founder; Thillai Rajan, Professor, Department of Management Studies, IIT-M, and co-founder, YNOS Venture Engine Host: P.J. George Read the parley article here.
Is the post-Cold War security order changing?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time6 months ago
After a weeks-long standoff, Russia announced on February 15 that it is pulling back some of its troops from areas close to Ukraine, signalling a possible de-escalation. But at the same time, it has said that its core security concerns, particularly on NATO’s expansionary open-door policy, remain unaddressed. The crisis, has brought the post-Cold War European security architecture into sharp focus, and triggered debates on whether the great power rivalry is back in the continent. Here we discuss the Russia-Ukraine crisis and what it means to the post-Cold War world order. Guests: Nandan Unnikrishnan, Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi; P.S. Raghavan, former Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board Host: Stanly Johny Read the Parley article here.
India's greatest cricketing victories E02 - Farokh Engineer on India's 1971 series win in England
Matchpoint Paradox
access_time6 months ago
In 1971, India has tamed the British cricket lion in its den. It was a historic day when India beat England in the third and final Test by four wickets with 205 minutes to spare at the Kensington Oval, to clinch the series 1-0. One of the fulcrums of the Indian effort at the Oval was Farokh Engineer. Now 83, the veteran Indian cricketer looks back at that memorable victory with fondness as he joins Vijay Lokapally in this episode.  E01 ft CD Gopinath on India's first ever Test win - bit.ly/CDGopinath Latest weekly episode - Lowdown on the IPL 2022 Mega Auction - bit.ly/iplauctionlowdown Report of this match published in The Hindu on August 24, 1971 - bit.ly/3oUHLyt #CricketPodcast | #Podcast | #Cricket | #IndianCricket | #MatchpointParadox --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sportstar-podcast/message
Loose purse strings, new rules dictate favourites at 2022 IPL Mega Auction? Team-wise review
Matchpoint Paradox
access_time6 months ago
In this episode of Matchpoint Paradox, Vijay Lokapally, Amol Karhadkar and Shayan Acharya join Lavanya Lakshminarayanan and recap the highs and lows of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. What do you make of the squads after the auction? Tweet to us at @Sportstarweb and share your thoughts.  Links referred to in the podcast -  Interview with Aakash Chopra: https://youtu.be/QCsPoGtaKh8 E01 of India's Greatest Cricketing Victories: https://bit.ly/3HQt4DV #CricketPodcast #IPL #IPL2022 #IPLAuction #IPL2022Auction  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sportstar-podcast/message
Is the institution of Governor subverting federal structure?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time6 months ago
Governor R.N. Ravi returning the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) Bill passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly and the running battle between West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee underline again the problematic role that governors play in Indian politics. Here we discuss this issue. Guests: Gopalkrishna Gandhi, distinguished professor of history and politics, Ashoka University; Shadan Farasat, advocate practising law at the Supreme Court of India Host: Amit Baruah, Senior Associate Editor, The Hindu Read the Parley article here . You can now find The Hindu ’s podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Search for Parley by The Hindu . Write to us with comments and feedback at socmed4@thehindu.co.in
What approach should we adopt to treat Omicron?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time7 months ago
With Omicron becoming the dominant COVID-19 variant in the country, and with its reputation of being a ‘milder’ form of the disease, there is a debate raging on what treatment methodologies are appropriate. Should we adopt a conservative line or an aggressive line to treat Omicron? The responses to SARS-CoV-2 have been changing constantly, whether in the form of treatment or social restrictions. Here we discuss the question and the challenges of responding to an evolving pandemic. Guests: Subramanian Swaminathan , Director, Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Chennai; V . Ramasubramanian , Senior Infectious Diseases Consultant, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai Host: Ramya Kannan Read the Parley article here .
Should the government loosen its purse strings?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time7 months ago
With the Union Budget 10 days away, many economic observers are now focused on what support the Centre can offer the economy, which is still struggling to recover from the pandemic. Some analysts believe that the government must keep its spending in check to prevent price rise from getting out of control. Retail inflation is hovering close to 6%, while the wholesale inflation rate is in double digits. Other analysts, however, believe that the current rise in prices is a temporary phenomenon, and that the government must ignore the fiscal deficit and ramp up spending to support the ailing economy. Here we discuss the way forward. Guests: Himanshu , Associate Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University; N.R. Bhanumurthy , Vice-Chancellor of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar School of Economics University Host: Prashanth Perumal Read the Parley article here .
How will the five State elections influence national politics?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time7 months ago
Assembly elections are due in five States: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. Here we discuss the national implications of these Assembly elections. Guests: Manish Tiwari , Director, Institute for Governance, Policies and Politics, New Delhi; Yamini Aiyar , Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi Host: Varghese K. George Read the Parley article here .
Is it right to increase the age of marriage of women to 21?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time7 months ago
In the recent session of Parliament, the government introduced the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021, to raise the age of marriage for women from 18 years to 21 years. After Opposition MPs demanded greater scrutiny of the Bill, it was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports. The government says the proposed law will ensure equal chance for women in higher education and access to jobs and help improve maternal mortality rate and nutrition levels. Here we discuss whether the Bill is welcome. Guests: Safia Niaz , co-founder of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan; Mary E. John , former Professor and Acting Director at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies Host: Jagriti Chandra Read the Parley article here .
Should vaccination be made mandatory?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time8 months ago
It is going to be almost a year since vaccination against COVID-19 was rolled out in India for the adult population. In the midst of this massive drive, there have been numerous challenges including vaccine hesitancy and shortage in supplies. The latest issue is that some States have come up with their own strategies to ensure wider vaccination coverage — such as by making vaccination mandatory for entry into public places and workplaces — even though the Central Government has maintained that vaccination is voluntary. Here we discuss whether vaccination should be made mandatory. Guests: G.R. Ravindranath , the General Secretary of Doctors Association for Social Equality; K. Kolandaswamy , a public health expert and formerly director of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Government of Tamil Nadu Host: Serena Jospehine Read the Parley article here .
Do we need insurance for bank deposits?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time8 months ago
At an event last week to mark the payment of over ₹1,300 crore to depositors in troubled cooperative banks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flaunted his government’s revamped deposit insurance scheme. The scheme, which was upgraded through the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) Amendment Bill, 2021, guarantees to compensate depositors up to a limit of ₹5 lakh within a period of 90 days from when a bank fails. At the same event, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das warned depositors to be careful and avoid investing in risky banks just because they offer higher returns. Here we discuss whether we need insurance for bank deposits. Guests: Amol Agrawal is Assistant Professor of Economics at Ahmedabad University; Amiyatosh Purnanandam is Professor of Finance at the University of Michigan Host: Prashanth Perumal J. Read the Parley article here .
Is the Armed Forces Special Powers Act past its expiry date?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time8 months ago
The recent killing of 14 civilians in Nagaland’s Mon district by the Indian armed forces has put the spotlight back on the efficacy of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) of 1958. If its raison d’etre was to quell militancy and make way for the peaceful integration of insurgency-hit regions, has it served its purpose? Here we discuss the moral, legal and political questions pertaining to the controversial piece of legislation, and its impact. Guests: Major General (retd.) Gajinder Singh , commanded a Mountain Division in the Northeast; Patricia Mukhim , Editor of The Shillong Times Host: S. Anandan Read the Parley article here .
Does the Omicron variant make a case for booster doses?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time8 months ago
If conversations around booster shots to tackle COVID-19 were loud earlier, the emergence of the new variant, Omicron, has ensured that the clamour for booster shots has reached a fever pitch. The Health Minister stressed that India’s priority is to fully vaccinate all adults and not administer booster shots even though adequate vaccines are available. He also said that any decision on booster doses will be based solely on scientific recommendations. At a recent meeting, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation maintained that it was not recommending a booster dose for any section of the population, priority groups included, in the absence of evidence. In a conversation moderated by R. Prasad, Chandrakant Lahariya and Satyajit Rath discuss whether booster doses are required, and when and to whom they should first be given when there is enough evidence recommending their use. Here we discuss whether there is scarce evidence that boosters add value to the main purpose. Guests: Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath, formerly with the National Institute of Immunology and Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya, physician epidemiologist and vaccine expert. Host: R. Prasad Read the parley article here Search for Parley by The Hindu. Write to us with comments and feedback at socmed4@thehindu.co.in
Is the economy still reeling from demonetisation?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time9 months ago
On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that from midnight, ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes would no longer be considered legal tender in India. The government’s stated aim was to curb corruption and the pervasion of black money in the economy, as well as the proliferation of fake currency which was also being used in terror funding. Pronab Sen discusses with Vikas Dhoot the after-effects of the demonetisation gamble and whether the intended outcomes have been achieved. Here we discuss about the economy after the demonetisation: Guest: Pronab Sen, is the country Director for the India Programme of the International Growth Centre and was previously India's chief statistician. Host: Vikas Dhoot Read the Parley article here. You can now find The Hindu’s podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Search for Parley by The Hindu. Write to us with comments and feedback at socmed4@thehindu.co.in
Will Air India’s sale smoothen the privatisation runway?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time10 months ago
Earlier this month, the Tata Group emerged as the winning bidder for Air India, the debt-laden national carrier. In this year’s Budget, the government unveiled a bold new disinvestment policy that envisages a bare minimum presence of government-owned businesses even in the strategic sectors. The government is also pursuing the sale of its entire stake in public sector firms such as BPCL, Shipping Corporation of India, IDBI Bank, two other public sector banks and one general insurance company this financial year. Given India’s recent disinvestment record, this is an ambitious target. Here we discuss the implications of the sale of Air India on the future of India’s public sector. Guests: Arvind Mehta was Secretary to the Fifteenth Finance Commission and also served in the Department of Disinvestment in two separate stints; Ashok Chawla served as Permanent Secretary to the Government of India in Ministries such as Civil Aviation and Finance and retired recently as Chairperson of the Competition Commission of India Host: Vikas Dhoot You can now find The Hindu’s podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Search for Parley by The Hindu. Write to us with comments and feedback at socmed4@thehindu.co.in
Are bad banks good?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time11 months ago
Last month, the Union government set up the National Asset Reconstruction Company Limited (NARCL) under the Companies Act. It thus delivered on its promise to set up a ‘bad bank’ to clean up the balance sheets of commercial banks. Under the new set up, the NARCL will take over loans worth almost ₹2 lakh crore from the books of commercial banks at a mutually agreed price. The NARCL will pay 15% of the price of these loans upfront in cash to banks and then issue security receipts in lieu of the remaining amount. The NARCL will then try to resolve these bad loans in a time-bound manner with help from the India Debt Resolution Company Limited (IDRCL). In case the IDRCL is unable to sell these bad loans at a satisfactory price to make good on the security receipts, the Centre will step in and fund the gap, but within a budget limit of ₹30,600 crore. Here we discusss the bad bank proposal. Guests: C.P. Chandrasekhar, Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, JNU; Ajit Ranade, chief economist at the Aditya Birla Group Host: Prashanth Perumal J.
Should universities avoid teaching controversial texts?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time11 months ago
Kannur University has decided to retain lessons on the works of V.D. Savarkar and M.S. Golwalkar — Hindutva: Who is a Hindu? by Savarkar and A Bunch of Thoughts by Golwalkar — in the post-graduate course, Governance and Politics, after a controversy erupted over an earlier decision to ban the texts from the syllabus. Here we discuss the larger implications of such bans. The Parley discussion was conducted when the Kannur University’s ban on the texts of Savarkar and Gowalkar was still in force. Guests: Yogendra Yadav member, and former president of Swaraj India; Kuldeep Kumar, a bilingual journalist, and a Hindi poet who writes on politics and culture Host: Anuradha Raman Read the Parley article here. You can now find The Hindu’s podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Search for Parley by The Hindu. Write to us with comments and feedback at socmed4@thehindu.co.in
Does NEET privilege the privileged?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time11 months ago
With the Tamil Nadu government seeking to ‘dispense’ with the requirement for candidates to qualify in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses in the State, the controversy over NEET is alive again. T.N.’s position is rooted in the conclusions of the Justice A.K. Rajan Committee report, which claims that NEET has undermined diverse social representation in MBBS admissions. J. Amalorpavanathan and Sumanth C. Raman discuss whether NEET has adversely affected the disadvantaged groups, in a conversation moderated by Ramya Kannan. 
Is the BJP high command calling the shots in States?
Parley by The Hindu
access_time11 months ago
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has changed five Chief Ministers in four States this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home State, Gujarat, is the latest to see a change of guard. Are these changes a sign of anti-incumbency or are they a sign of concentration of power in the hands of the Central leadership? Here we discuss the issue. Guests: Sudheendra Kulkarni, political commentator; Harish Khare, senior journalist and former Editor of The Tribune Host: Sandeep Phukan Write to us with comments and feedback at socmed4@thehindu.co.in
The mystery of the 'black tigers' of Similipala | In Focus
In Focus by The Hindu
access_time11 months ago
What caused these tigers to change their stripes, and in such a short period of time? Is it the result of shrinking habitat and inbreeding? Does this make them more susceptible to extinction? We discuss these in this podcast.More than 50 years ago, when tribals in Similipal reported seeing tigers so dark, their stripes almost fused together in patches, threatening to erase parts of their orange coats, nobody believed them. Since then, there have been numerous sightings of pseudo-melanistic tigers--as they are called-- at Similipal Tiger Reserve, but we didn’t know what caused them to change their stripes. Until now.Scientists at the National Centre for Biological Studies, Bengaluru have unravelled the mystery of these ‘black tigers’ and their findings were published earlier this week in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Guests: Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, molecular ecologist and professor at the National Centre for Biological Studies, Bengaluru; Vinay Sagar, PhD student and lead author of the paper. Host: Anjali Thomas, City Editor-Bengaluru, The Hindu
The Pak hand in Afghanistan | In Focus
In Focus by The Hindu
access_time11 months ago
Pakistan is a key player in the politics of Afghanistan. The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is seen as a strategic victory for Pakistan, one of the three countries that recognised the Islamic Emirate in 1997. How critical is Western recognition and aid for the survival of the Taliban and the Afghan people? Will Pakistan come under pressure from the rest of the world if the Taliban continue to exclude women and minorities from the governance structure? Will the Taliban continue its previous policy of sheltering the Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups? Or will they show a new face to the world? Guest: Shuja Nawaz, distinguished fellow at the South Asia Centre of the Washington-based Atlantic Council. Brother of former Pakistani Army Chief Asif Nawaz, and author of "Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within". Host: Amit Baruah, Senior Associate Editor, The Hindu
Why does the BJP keep changing its CMs? | In Focus
In Focus by The Hindu
access_time11 months ago
The BJP has changed chief ministers four times in three states, in just the last seven months. The latest change happened this week in Gujarat, with Vijay Rupani making way for Bhupendra Patel as CM. Before this, the BJP changed the Karnataka chief minister in July, and the Uttarakhand CM was changed twice, in March and again in July. Where the person occupying the CM post is a senior leader or a veteran who is popular and wields political clout in his region, it would presumably be tough to replace him/her mid-way through a term. But when CMs are changed at will, it is generally seen as symptomatic of a ‘high command’ culture, where a party’s national leadership calls the shots. Has the BJP, known for strong CMs in the past, fully embraced the high command culture – something traditionally associated with the Congress? If so, what are the real reasons behind the replacement of the CMs in these states? Guest: Varghese K George, Resident Editor - Delhi, The Hindu Host: G. Sampath, Social Affairs Editor, The Hindu Write to us at socmed4@thehindu.co.in
The govt is planning to fortify our rice by 2024. But what is food fortification? | In Focus
In Focus by The Hindu
access_time11 months ago
There's been a lot of talk of and concerns raised, about food fortification recently -- which is the adding of one or more nutrients to a staple food, aiming to compensate for deficiencies in large populations. In in his Independence Day speech this year, Prime Minister Modi said that all rice distributed in the government systems, including in the public distribution system and for midday meals, would be fortified by 2024. Considering the burden of anaemia in India, iron is to be one of the nutrients added to rice. The government has already launched a pilot programme in 15 districts, using fortified rice for distribution. But does all our rice need to be fortified? Is iron deficiency the only cause of anaemia? How big is our anaemia burden? And is there evidence to show that iron fortification will work, or are there other steps that policy-makers could try? Guest: Dr Anura Kurpad, professor of physiology and nutrition at St John’s Medical College, Bengaluru Host: Zubeda Hamid Write to us at socmed4@thehindu.co.in