#49 The Legend of Amit Varma

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Amit Varma is a writer and podcaster based in Mumbai. He started his career in advertising, moved on to television, and has been a journalist since 2001. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Observer and almost every Indian publication. He is currently a columnist for the Times of India, Bloomberg Quint and Cricket Next.
He was managing editor of Cricinfo between 2003 and 2008, and a consulting editor at Yahoo after that. He relaunched the online magazine Pragati in 2017, as the chief editor, and made them podcasting pioneers by launching a series of podcasts for them.
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4:30 to 20:05
Amit Varma’s journey
20:05 to 24:15
Pre-liberalized era
24:15 to 27:55
Amit’s childhood
27:55 to 29:37
Is a liberal constitution imposed on an illiberal population?
29:37 to 35:20
Is Amit more vocal on Twitter these days?
35:20 to 40:15
Will it matter if BJP changes the constitution?
40:15 to 52:47
Why so many young people support BJP/Hindutva?
52:47 to 1:00:05
Does Hindutva ring a bell which we cannot comprehend sometimes?
1:00:05 to 1:02:15
Did Amit’s view on Kejriwal changed post Abhinandan sekri’s episode?
1:02:15 to 1:04:45
What does Amit think about his network?
1:04:45 to 1:11:45
Amit’s thought on Secularism
1:11:45 to 1:15:12
How much should we blame our first past the post the system
1:15:12 to 1:26:00
Where do you see things in 2024?
1:26:00 to 1:31:45
How Amit’s sees the relationship b/w RSS & BJP
1:31:45 to 1:39:20
Dalit representation in ‘Seen and the Unseen’
1:39:20 to 1:50:45
Amit vision for ‘Seen and the Unseen’ and his planning of the show.
1:50:45 to 1:57:45
Business model of podcasts
1:57:45 to end
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  1. Amit Varma’s , The Art of clear writing
  2. Episode 254: The Life and Times of Abhinandan Sekhri
  3. Episode 248: The Decline of the Congress
  4. Episode 149: A Life in Indian Politics
  1. Episode 112: Early Indians
  2. Episode 45: The BJP’s Magic Formula
  3. #47 The Reality of RSS with Bhanwar Meghwanshi
  4. I could not be a Hindu
  5. Steven Pinker – The Blank Slate
  6. George Orwell, A Collection of Essays
  7. Politics and the English language
  8. Tony Joseph – Early Indians
  9. India Moving. A history of migration – Chinmay Tumbe
  10. Wanderers, Kings, Merchants: The Story of India through Its Languages by Peggy Mohan
  11. Roam research
  12. Zencastr
  13. Squascast

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