Naushad Forbes on Building Innovation in Industry

Ideas of India | 12 May 2022 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Naushad Forbes about his book The Struggle and the Promise: Restoring India’s Potential. Discusses why Indian companies spend so little on R&D, how companies learn and innovate, protectionism versus open markets, cronyism, Parsi exceptionalism, higher education reforms and more.

The Foundations of Modern India

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 April 2022 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Shruti Kapila about her book Violent Fraternity: Indian Political Thought in the Global Age. Discusses the history of Indian political thought, from the Indian Rebellion of 1857 through to the modern-day, especially ideas of liberalism and nationalism.

Why is Secularism Failing? In Conversation with Sumantra Bose

Reading Our Times | 20 November 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sumantra Bose about his book Secular States, Religious Politics. Discusses why secularism is coming under pressure across the world. Compares and contrasts the experiences of Turkey and India.

William Dalrymple & Sathnam Sanghera – British Imperialism in India

How To Academy | 8 February 2022 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with William Dalrymple and Sathnam Sanghera about how the East India Company replaced the Mughal empire; how the legacy of British imperialism continues to shape life and culture in Britain today; and how poorly this story is represented in British education and museums. Draws from their books Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain, The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire, and The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857.

Shrayana Bhattacharya on Women and the Indian Economy

Ideas of India | 3 February 2022 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Shrayana Bhattacharya about her book Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh: India’s Lonely Young Women and the Search for Intimacy and Independence. Insights on India’s economic and social liberalisation from the lives of ten Indian women, all fans of Hindi film idol Shah Rukh Khan, a post-liberalisation icon. Discusses the impediments to Indian women’s economic and social progress.

I’ve devoured this book since listening to this episode. It is extraordinarily good, with rich insights on life in India; its economy; and the frustrations of women wanting love, appreciation and equality from men.

Mircea Raianu, “Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism”

New Books in Economics | 27 January 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mircea Raianu about his book Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism. Describes the history of the family-owned Tata Group, from its founding in 1868 colonial India, through the eclipse of imperial free trade, the intertwined rise of nationalism and the developmental state, and the return of globalization and market liberalization. Also backgrounds its extensive philanthropy aimed at building the productive capacity of the Indian economy.

Alice Evans on The Great Gender Divergence

Ideas of India | 13 May 2021 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alice Evans about ideas from her upcoming book The Great Gender Divergence. Discusses issues affecting women in India, including drivers of women’s labour force participation, urbanization and social change, single-gender education, son preference, social media, pro-worker reforms, what drives support for gender equality, and more.

If you enjoy this then I highly recommend Alice Evans’ blogpost Why are North and South India So Different on Gender? This reviews the literature on poverty, colonialism, matriliny, cousin marriage, conquests and purdah, labour-intensive cultivation, and ancestral crop yields to assess the roots of India’s regional gender differences.

To The Quad! The Origins of “Indo-Pacific”

ChinaTalk | 13 March 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Medcalf about his book Indo-Pacific Empire: China, America and the Contest for the World’s Pivotal Region. Discusses 15th-century Korean maps, the promise of the 1947 Asian Relations Conference, Australia and India’s shifting conceptions of their place in the region, the origins of the Quad (US, Japan, Australia-India Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), and China-Australia relations.