Category: Interviews

Mr Utkarsh Roy is one of the co-founders of Introbot AI, a WhatsApp-based artificial intelligence software that helps people find verified covid resources in real-time. He founded this software alongside Mr. Divyaansh Anuj. Mr Roy did his MSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and was the co-founder and CEO of OhWow, a mobile-first file sharing tech startup for the creator economy.

Mr Rahul Raina and Mr Naman Gupta are the co-creators of the Covid Resource India bot, that provides similar services on Twitter. They are graduates of the School of Accelerated Learning in Secunderabad. Mr Raina did his Bachelors of Engineering in Production Engineering and works as a Node JS developer at Link Fields Inn. Mr Gupta did his Bachelors of Commerce from Delhi University, his Masters in Computer Applications at Indira Gandhi National University before joining the School of Accelerated Learning. He works as a backend developer at Everest Engineering.

Recorded online in June, Shivani Menon, a student of economics at King’s College London, talks to the three co-founders about the policy landscape for such operations, challenges encountered, and the prospects of AI in the future. This conversation draws from the expertise of the pioneering work of the people behind the artificial intelligence software aiding covid-resource allocation in informing the larger public policy discourse surrounding the usage of artificial intelligence in health crisis management in India.

Author:
Editor: Sagarika Unnikrishnan
June 14, 2021

Aswathy Dilip is a Senior Programme Manager leading the Complete Streets strategy, policy, and projects work for the ITDP India Programme. With support from her smart and enthusiastic team, she works with the National, State and City governments, providing them technical assistance on sustainable and equitable urban mobility. Her most exciting work includes transforming congested roads into vibrant streets with space for all users, helping cities implement bold parking reforms, and building support for high-quality, sustainable mass transit. With a keen interest in citizen engagement, Aswathy has organised Car-Free Sundays, intersection design testing, as well as street and public space exhibitions. Currently, she leads the team working on the preparation of the Complete Streets toolkit for the National Smart City Mission. She is also actively involved in the training and capacity development of city officials, engineers and town planners in Complete Streets and parking management. 

Recorded online in June, Aswathy takes us through her journey in the national challenge of redesigning streets to promote walking and cycling in India. Samir George talks to Ms. Dilip about two national programmes that she is working on – India Cycles4Change and Streets For People Challenge. She tells us about the role of national, state and city governments, the institutional resilience required to implement these policies and her learnings from her work!

Dr. Amir Ullah Khan is a Development economist and Professor at the MCRHRDI of the Government of Telangana. He is a Visiting Professor at TISS, Indian School of Business and at NALSAR in Hyderabad. Amir is a business columnist for LiveMint. Dr Khan has been a civil servant, then Deputy Director and Senior Advisor at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Director at the India Development Foundation and Executive Director at Encyclopedia Britannica.

Recorded online in June, Dr Kaustubh Bondre talks to Mr. Khan about the comparative analysis of India’s response to the first & second covid wave, why the vaccination strategy faltered, the issue of vaccine hesitancy and the way in which we can attempt a course correction now (or can effectively deal with the crisis facing the country). This talk was recorded prior to the announcement of the new vaccination strategy by the Prime Minister, and is our first one in Hindi.

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Editor: Sagarika Unnikrishnan
June 14, 2021

Angellica Aribam is a political activist working on issues of gender, race, and the democratisation of politics. She was named one of Forbes India’s “30 Under 30” in 2017 for her work on policy and politics. In 2012, she became the first student from the marginalised northeastern region of India to be elected to the Delhi University Executive Committee. In 2019, she founded Femme First Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit organisation, to amplify women’s political leadership in India based on her lived experiences as a first generation woman in politics. Her work has been featured widely by both national and international media. 

Recorded online in May, Priyadarshini Krishnaraj talks to Ms. Aribam about enhancing meaningful representation of women in politics and some of the challenges that women leaders face in India.

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Editor: Sagarika Unnikrishnan
June 6, 2021

Jessica Seddon is the Global Lead, Air Quality at World Resources Institute and Visiting Fellow, Chadha Center on Global India and Princeton University. Her work and leadership focus on developing and implementing social innovations to respond to environmental change.

Recorded online in May as a part of our fourth issue “Ensuring a Sustainable Future”, Jessica spoke on the topic “Information and Institutions: Some Possibilities”. She spoke to the cohort about leveraging data for better environmental policies and governance.

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Editor: Sagarika Unnikrishnan
April 8, 2021

Shilpa is a Professor at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is co-author of the critically acclaimed book, ‘Why Loiter: Women & Risk on Mumbai Streets’ (Penguin-Random House) which examines women’s access to public space. She is co-director of the documentary, Under the Open Sky (2017). She has published widely both academically and in popular media. Her areas of interest include cities and public spaces, middle-class sexuality, practices of consumption, feminist pedagogy, feminist mothering, young women’s relationship with feminism, online public spaces.

Recorded online in March as a part of the speaker series for our latest issue on gender and development, Shilpa spoke to the cohort about the women’s right to loiter and its neglect in urban policy. This lecture was conducted in collaboration with the Women in Public Policy group at ISPP.

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Editor: Sagarika Unnikrishnan
April 8, 2021

Rukmini S is an independent data journalist based in Chennai. She was the first Data Editor of The Hindu and HuffPost India. She writes on socio-economic and political issues, with a focus on inequality, gender and caste. She is a recipient of a Likho Award in 2019, an Honourable Mention at the Chameli Devi Jain Awards for Outstanding Women Journalists in 2020, and an Emergent Ventures Covid-19 India Prize in 2020.

Recorded online in March as a part of the speaker series for our latest issue on gender and development, Rukmini spoke to the cohort about ‘Gender Data in India: Reading Between The Lines’, covering what data can tell us about gender disparities, and what it cannot.

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Editor: Sagarika Unnikrishnan
February 4, 2021

Daljit Mirchandani is a Graduate Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology. Driven by the need for Systemic change for learning equity and excellence in K-10, he started Gyan Prakash Foundation in 2012. Through a collaborative model of working with the Government Education system at the State level and with NGOs in India and the USA, the Foundation has been able to bring changes to the classroom processes that build a child’s curiosity and ability to explore, discover, collaborate and innovate. 

Recorded online in February, Sagarika Unnikrishnan talks to Mr. Mirchandani about the objective of education, the New Education Policy and associated challenges, COVID-19’s impact on education, and much more!

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Editor: Sagarika Unnikrishnan
February 4, 2021

Rameesh Kailasam has over 25+ years of experience in the technology, governance, and policymaking space. Mr. Kailasam is the CEO of IndiaTech.org, an association started by founders of Indian startups, founders, and investors. Indiatech has key members such as Makemytrip, Ola, Hike, redBus, InShorts etc. and has been working closely for the past few years with various Ministries and regulators on issues concerning start-ups.

Recorded online in February, Nipun Rathi talks to Mr. Kailasam about the budget, its impact on startups, digital businesses, and much more!

Author:
Editor: Sagarika Unnikrishnan
December 20, 2020

In conversation with Sagarika Unnikrishnan, Public Relations Editor at ISPP Policy Review, Amit Varma, writer and the host of the popular podcast “The Seen and the Unseen”, asks eight questions to aspiring policymakers and shares his productivity hack. He also talks about his North Star, and why incentives are important to think about, amongst many other things in this hour-long session. This interview was recorded in December 2020.

In conversation with Paavi Kulshreshth, Commissioning Editor at ISPP Policy Review, Srikanth Viswanathan, Chief Executive Officer of Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, talks about some of the biggest urbanisation challenges and opportunities that India is likely to witness in the years to come. This interview was recorded in December 2020.

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Editor: Lakshmi Ravi
June 11, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown has uncovered glaring vulnerabilities in the urban design frameworks and law enforcement mechanisms of cities and other townships in India. The Epidemic Diseases Act has enabled a brutal lockdown by law enforcement authorities across states even as social distancing has remained elusive in urban townships due to the inherent design flaws and population density. Dr. Shiben Banerji, Professor for art history and urban design at the Art Institute of Chicago, in a wide-ranging conversation with Taarush Kishore Jain, explores these themes, citing examples of Kerala and Dharavi to elucidate his opinions. He also shares his sentiments on the mass communication campaigns by the Prime Minister during the lockdown and suggests modifications to the Centre-State relationship in India.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown has exposed several fault lines in the urban design frameworks and law enforcement mechanisms of cities and other townships in India. The Epidemic Diseases Act has enabled a brutal lockdown by law enforcement authorities across states even as social distancing has remained elusive in urban townships due to the inherent design flaws exacerbated by the population density. Dr. Shiben Banerji, Professor of Art History and Urban Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, explores these themes in a conversation with Taarush Kishore Jain. He also shares his sentiments on the mass communication campaigns by the Indian Prime Minister during the lockdown and suggests modifications to the Centre-State relationship in India.

Author:
Editor: Lakshmi Ravi
May 29, 2020
Dr. Amitabh Mattoo, Professor for International Relations at the University of Melbourne, in conversation with Taarush Kishore Jain, Strategic Consultant and Editor at the ISPP Policy Review on foreign policy implications of the Covid-19 crisis. They discuss the future of India-China and India-US relations, accountability for WHO, maintaining stability in Kashmir and India's position in the new world order.

The COVID-19 crisis has set in motion an unprecedented churn not only in India’s foreign policy, it has also affected international relations and world affairs at large. Managing China’s influence in the post-COVID world is poised to be a  challenge for the global community in the coming years. In order to meet this challenge, there is a need for concerted efforts to reform accountability frameworks for international institutions like the World Health Organisation (WHO). Further, emerging economies like India must start planning to attract investments that might move out of China in the near future.

For this, India must keep its borders with the country secure, engage more substantially with the United States and also maintain relative stability in Kashmir to not attract the ire of the global community. Dr. Amitabh Mattoo, Professor for International Relations at the University of Melbourne discusses all these issues in this podcast with Taarush Kishore Jain, Strategic Consultant and Editor t at the ISPP Policy Review.

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Editor: Lakshmi Ravi
May 18, 2020
As COVID-19 tightens its grip on Indian cities and reveals fault lines in the structures of governance, the details of the draft NUP warrant a close examination in terms of what needs to be done to design cities better. In this podcast, Shreeradha Mishra, Editor-in-Chief at ISPP Policy Review discusses the salience of the draft NUP in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and explores questions on how cities can be made more inclusive for the most vulnerable, with Dr. Ravikant Joshi, Advisor at the Urban Management Centre, Ahmedabad.

The Union government proposed India’s first National Urban Policy (NUP) framework in March 2018. The rationale behind the draft NUP was to frame a comprehensive national policy for India’s plans to facilitate sustainable and inclusive urbanisation. As COVID-19 tightens its grip on Indian cities and reveals fault lines in the structures of governance, the details of the draft NUP warrant a close examination in terms of what needs to be done to design cities better. In this podcast, Shreeradha Mishra, Editor-in-Chief at ISPP Policy Review discusses the salience of the draft NUP in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and explores questions on how cities can be made more inclusive for the most vulnerable, with Dr. Ravikant Joshi, Advisor at the Urban Management Centre, Ahmedabad.

This podcast has been edited by Lakshmi Ravi, with inputs from Arindam Upmanyu. 

In conversation with Shefali Srivastava, scholar at ISPP, Dr. Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, makes pointed predictions about the evolution of foreign policy post the detection of COVID-19 in China. He also talks about India’s trade policy under the present government. This interview was recorded in January 2020 with inputs from Shahaji Kadam, staff writer, and researcher at IPR

Author:
Editor: Lakshmi Ravi
February 4, 2020
Renowned economist and co-founder of Marginal Revolution University Dr. Alex Tabarrok in a candid conversation with Taarush Kishore Jain, Strategic Consultant and Editor at ISPP Policy Review, discusses the role of incentives in order for political players to work towards social good, the performance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and the odds of a political business cycle playing out in the United States before the Presidential elections in November 2020.

Renowned economist and co-founder of Marginal Revolution University Dr. Alex Tabarrok in a candid conversation with Taarush Kishore Jain, Strategic Consultant and Editor at ISPP Policy Review, discusses the role of incentives in order for political players to work towards social good, the performance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and the odds of a political business cycle playing out in the United States before the Presidential elections in November 2020. 

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