ThoughtSpace - A Podcast from the Centre for Policy Research

Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

Understanding India and her place in the world in different ways. Tune into ThoughtSpace, the Centre for Policy Research’s podcast, and delve deeper into the important issues of our time: accountability, sanitation, urbanisation, land rights, climate...Show More
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Episode 29: Right to Sanitation - Critical Perspectives

25:56 | Apr 22nd

In the 29th episode of of CPR ThoughtSpace, Richa Bansal talks to Senior Visiting Fellow, Philippe Cullet, about the book, 'Right to Sanitation: Critical Perspectives' co-edited by him, Sujith Koonan and Lovleen Bhullar, published by Oxford Universit...Show More
Episode 28: Understanding Reservations for Economically Backward Sections of Society

13:29 | Mar 25th

In the 28th Episode of ThoughtSpace, Richa Bansal talks to Senior Fellow, D Shyam Babu, discussing the Lok Sabha bill that aims to provide 10 percent reservation in government jobs and education to the economically backward section in the general cat...Show More
Episode 27: Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India

20:07 | Feb 7th

In the 27th episode of CPR ThoughtSpace, Richa Bansal talks to Fellow, Rahul Verma, about his new book, ‘Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India’, co-authored with Pradeep K Chhibber. The book challenges the contemporary and comm...Show More
Episode 26: Unpacking the Crisis in Sri Lanka's Politics

14:27 | Nov 6th, 2018

In the twenty sixth episode of CPR ThoughtSpace, Richa Bansal talks to Senior Fellow and former Foreign Secretary Ambassador Shyam Saran, about the recent turmoil in Sri Lanka's politics. Saran sheds light on how India should best approach this cri...Show More
Episode 25: Making Sanitation Work Safe and Eradicating Manual Scavenging

29:16 | Oct 1st, 2018

In the twenty fifth episode of CPR ThoughtSpace Richa Bansal talks to Senior Fellow, Shubhagato Dasgupta and Fellow, Arkaja Singh, about deaths due to manual scavenging in India. Despite laws that prohibit the act of manual scavenging, the practice ...Show More
Episode 24: Unpacking the Processes Involved in Declaring Udaipur Open Defecation Free

21:16 | Oct 1st, 2018

As the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) completes 4 years on 2nd October, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, it becomes essential to study and understand the progress the Mission has made so far. In the twenty fourth episode of CPR ThoughtSp...Show More
Episode 23: Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and India’s Global Ambition

19:12 | Sep 7th, 2018

In the twenty third episode of CPR ThoughtSpace, Richa Bansal talks to Bharat Karnad, Research Professor at CPR about his new book 'Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and India’s Global Ambition'. The book analyses Prime Minister Modi's foreign and ...Show More
Episode 22: Understanding the Implications of the Pakistan Election Results

18:38 | Aug 16th, 2018

In the twenty second episode of CPR ThoughtSpace, Richa Bansal talks to Amb G Parthasarathy, Honorary Research Professor at CPR and former Ambassador to Pakistan, to discuss the Pakistan election results. Amb Parthasarathy delves into the role of th...Show More
Episode 21: A conversation with Srinath Raghavan on his new book 'The Most Dangerous Place'

17:52 | Jun 29th, 2018

In the twenty first episode of CPR ThoughtSpace, Richa Bansal talks to Srinath Raghavan, a Senior Fellow at CPR, to discuss his new book 'The Most Dangerous Place'. The book presents a gripping account of America's political and strategic, economic ...Show More
Episode 20: Social and Economic Transformations in Small Towns of India

38:11 | Jan 24th, 2018

Small towns have remained an important feature of the Indian urban system. In this episode of CPR's podcast, Richa Bansal speaks to Dr Partha Mukhopadhyay from CPR and Professor Surinder Jodhka from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, drawing on their r...Show More
Episode 19: Unpacking the Smart Cities Mission in India

28:40 | Sep 20th, 2017

Persis Taraporevala and Ankit Bhardwaj, both research associates at CPR, have conducted extensive research on the Smart Cities Mission across multiple states - both through empirical research of sixty Indian cities combined with intensive fieldwork a...Show More
Episode 18: Understanding Corruption Systemically - its causes, types and solutions

57:28 | Jun 30th, 2017

Corruption is a systemic problem in India and a recently released report categorised states in India by their level of corruption. T R Raghunanadan, an advisor to the Accountability Initiative at CPR, is a pioneer on corruption work and was the progr...Show More
Episode 17: Rethinking Precarious Neighbourhoods

27:27 | Jun 30th, 2017

Agnes Deboulet, a Sociology professor at Université Paris-VIII Vincennes Saint-Denis co-authored a book titled 'Rethinking Precarious Neighbourhoods' along with Véronique Dupont, a Senior Visiting Fellow at CPR, and Solomon Benjamin, Associate Profes...Show More
Episode 16: Unpacking Research on Environmental Justice

16:48 | Jun 9th, 2017

Manju Menon, Senior Fellow at CPR, leads research on environmental justice with her team, in collaboration with another organisation called Namati. In this episode of CPR's podcast, Richa Bansal talks to Menon to unpack her research, including the co...Show More
Episode 15: Understanding Land Conflict in India

40:23 | Apr 18th, 2017

The Land Rights Initiative at CPR recently completed a study of Supreme Court cases on land acquisition in India from 1950 to 2016. This study examines land disputes along various metrics, as well as analyses litigation under the newly enacted Right ...Show More
Episode 14: Trump's Energy Politics and Implications for India

19:34 | Apr 13th, 2017

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to promote US energy independence and economic growth, which can potentially damage global efforts to limit climate change. Navroz Dubash, a Senior Fellow at CPR, unpacks the implications of...Show More
Episode 13: Uncharted Waters: Navigating the India-China conversation on the Brahmaputra

24:36 | Apr 6th, 2017

The Brahmaputra is a river of great strategic significance to both China and India at many levels, and therefore contentious, especially given that China is the source country for it. Nimmi Kurian is an Associate Professor at CPR with particular expe...Show More
Episode 12: Analysing BJP's Victory in Uttar Pradesh

23:39 | Mar 15th, 2017

The Uttar Pradesh (UP) state elections of 2017 saw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, script an unprecedented and unexpected landslide victory in the state. In this episode of the podcast CPR rese...Show More
Episode 11 - Can the Poor in India Access Quality Healthcare?

26:49 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Can the poor in India access quality healthcare? What are the barriers and the potential solutions? In this episode of the podcast, Dr Jishnu Das, a Senior Visiting Fellow at CPR and lead economist in the Development Research Group at The World Bank,...Show More
Episode 10 - Subnationalism and Social Development in India

38:23 | Feb 23rd, 2017

The place you live in have has a huge impact on your life. Why are some places in the world, and indeed even within the same country, characterised by better social service provision and welfare outcomes than others? Why have Indian states remained w...Show More
Episode 9 - India's New Education Policy In Waiting For Three Decades

29:26 | Feb 8th, 2017

The government of India is working to bring out a New Education Policy or NEP to meet the needs of a changing India, ensuring quality, innovation, research to make the country a knowledge hub. The draft NEP, which was formulated under the regime of t...Show More
Episode 8 - Demonetisation: Rule of law or law of the powerful?

29:27 | Jan 13th, 2017

The Parliamentary Committee, which is probing the government’s decision to demonetise high value notes, recently raised a number of questions before the RBI governor Urijit Patel, and has summoned him later this month. Simultaneously, the Supreme Cou...Show More
Episode 7 - Coping with 'Notebandi'(Demonetisation): Voices of informal workers

33:03 | Dec 22nd, 2016

The urban team at the Centre for Policy Research carried out intensive field work over two weeks, where the researchers interviewed workers across categories of informal work in Delhi to understand how they have coped with the impact of demonetisatio...Show More
Episode 6 - Pakistan's New Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa & India

26:34 | Dec 9th, 2016

The India-Pakistan relationship has been at an all-time low since the Uri attack, with India closely watching the change in guard of the Pakistani army chief, the de-facto power centre there. With the replacement of Raheel Sharif with General Qamar J...Show More
Episode 5 - Demonetisation – Curbing Black Money Or Welfare Shock?

27:30 | Nov 21st, 2016

On the night of November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the withdrawal of 500 and 1000 rupee notes from the market, with immediate effect, with the aim of curbing black money. While this move at demonetisation was hailed with great enthusi...Show More
Episode 4 - Analysing the Evolving India - China Relations

18:21 | Nov 16th, 2016

Relations between India and China have changed considerably over the past decade as China’s growth rate outpaced India’s, placing both countries in unique and different positions in the current global geopolitical context. This has been most evident ...Show More
Episode 3 - Analysing Donald Trump's Victory

28:02 | Nov 11th, 2016

On November 8, the American electorate voted in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, a phenomenon that the world is trying to deconstruct. Neelanjan Sircar, a Senior Fellow at CPR and an in-house election expert, who was born and ...Show More
Episode 2 - Understanding Bureaucracy from the Bureaucrat’s Perspective

21:28 | Oct 21st, 2016

India’s bureaucracy has been her Achilles heel, often described as ‘corrupt’, ‘lazy’, ‘ineffective’ and more. And the reason for why the best-intentioned policies do not get implemented successfully on the ground. 70 years after independence, why are...Show More
Episode 1 - Violence Against Dalits In India

13:41 | Sep 29th, 2016

In recent times, several instances of violence against Dalits have brought back India’s focus on caste discrimination. Such instances also dent the claims of progress that Dalits have made with regard to their social and economic conditions. How does...Show More