BIC TALKS
BIC TALKS
Jun 22, 2020
26. Mapping the India - China border
41 min

Aeronautical engineer and retired test pilot Joseph Thomas talks to host Pavan Srinath about aerial survey and mapping of the India-China border, about the evolution of mapping technology in the subcontinent, and about the longest contested border in the world. 

Mr Thomas discusses how maps were drawn and land was measured between the 19th century and today, the advent of aerial mapping in India, to where we are today. He elaborates on his time in aerial mapping using Canberra aircraft, a time when India had better maps of the border areas and a technological lead over China for almost two decades. He also discusses how international borders are delineated and demarcated, and provides context for the full long India-China border, as well as the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. 

Joseph Thomas is an Indian Air Force pilot who flew transport and logistics during the 1962 Indo-China War. From 1967 to 1971 he flew in the reconnaissance and aerial survey squadron, taking part in border surveys, and aerial mapping of the entire country. He is also a test pilot and helped start the Indian Air Force Test Pilot School. He retired as a Wing Commander in 1984, and was awarded a Vayu Sena Medal. 

BIC Talks is brought to you by the Bangalore International Centre. Visit the BIC website for show notes, links and more information about the guest. 

NL Hafta
NL Hafta
Newslaundry.com
Hafta 303: Covid vaccines, the state of the Indian media, and the government’s attempts to regulate it
Timecodes 00:00 - Introduction and headlines 11:18 - The current race for vaccines 28:22 - Freedom of speech and state of Indian media 01:04:12 - Subscriber letters 01:20:39 - India not being part of the RCEP 01:27:53 - Chitra and Smita’s recommendations 01:36:52 - Subscriber letters 01:59:21 - Recommendations In this week’s Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Smita Prakash, editor-in-chief of ANI, and Chitra Subramaniam, journalist and co-founder of the News Minute. The conversation kicks off with the recent developments around Covid vaccines. Chitra says: “I have the sense that China is going to emerge with some kind of a people’s vaccine...If they come up with a vaccine that’s universally affordable and the price point is right, I don’t see why any country will not take it.” On the state of the media today, Smita says, “The media itself has changed. You had 100-150 newspapers and one Doordarshan and All India Radio which were state-owned..." She adds: “There are many sites which are looking at news, not just as ‘we’ll take on the government or policy’. There are many more stories to do...Now, it’s no longer just reporting, it’s content creation.” The discussion moves on to the Indian government’s attempts to regulate the media. Mehraj says, “The government, the judiciary is asking for more regulation, also because self-regulation has pretty much failed in India. The Press Council of India and the News Broadcasting Standards Authority have been reduced to making statements. They are no longer regulators but just bodies who issue statements.” The panel also discusses how Covid has broken class barriers, India’s decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as an alternative to Trump, and a lot more. Tune in! Recommendations  Smita Greatest Urdu Stories ever told  The Ultimate Goal: A Former R&AW Chief Deconstructs How Nations Construct Narratives Chitra Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup  The Remains of the Day  Raman Trial 4 Lakhimpur Kheri: Case of 3-year-old’s rape and murder gets mired in family dispute ‘Only God can help us’: Lakhimpur Kheri family mourns rape, murder of minor daughter Amid ‘love jihad’ claims, Lakhimpur Kheri victim’s family waits for justice Mehraj The Trump vote is rising among Blacks and Hispanics, despite the conventional wisdom Why we shouldn’t get too excited about a Covid vaccine  Abhinandan Their Lordships and Masters  'Caste' Argues Its Most Violent Manifestation Is In Treatment Of Black Americans See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2 hr 4 min
Uncle, Please Sit!
Uncle, Please Sit!
IVM Podcasts
Ep. 33: Blame it on Nehru
On this episode of "Uncle, Please Sit!", Joel and Tushar are joined by Dr Aparna Pande, the author of "Making India Great - The Promise Of A Reluctant Global Power" and Director of the Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia at the Hudson Institute. The topic of discussion this week revolves around the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. A global statesman, an astute politician, and one of the founding fathers of India - Nehru has always been a larger-than-life figure in the country and often the topic of a heated debate. There has always been an interest in analyzing his time in office, but over the last few years, there seems to be a concerted effort to blame him for many of the ills that India faces, even today. Is there any truth to these allegations? Is he just an easy scapegoat? Or is Nehru being attacked to undermine secular values that many hold dear? The panel explores these questions along with much more. Click through to check out the episode! You can follow Dr. Aparna Pande on social media: Twitter: @Aparna_Pande (https://twitter.com/Aparna_Pande) Hudson: (https://www.hudson.org/experts/599-aparna-pande) Get in touch with our hosts on their social media: Tushar Abhichandani on Twitter and Instagram: @YawnOkPlease (https://twitter.com/YawnOkPlease) @tushar_abhi (https://www.instagram.com/tushar_abhi/) Joel Pereira on Twitter and Instagram: @pereirajoel (https://twitter.com/pereirajoel) @joelpereira.esq (https://www.instagram.com/joelpereira.esq/) You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com
1 hr 35 min
Econ Central
Econ Central
Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
Ep 15: Goodbye and All That
Sad news, folks: this is it for Econ Central. Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul explain why they are ending this show at just episode 15 -- and also recommend a whole bunch of books to read as a goodbye gift. Also check out: 1. Moonflower Murders -- Anthony Horowitz. 2. The Paper Menagerie -- Ken Liu. 3. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories -- Ken Liu. 4. The Nothing Man -- Catherine Ryan Howard. 5. Netherland -- Joseph O'Neill. 6. The Thursday Murder Club -- Richard Osman. 7. The Bear Came Over the Mountain -- Alice Munro. 8. Runaway -- Alice Munro. 9. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage -- Alice Munro. 10. All Alice Munro's books on Amazon. 11. How to Make the World Add Up -- Tim Harford. 12. Archives of Dear Economist. 13. Dear Undercover Economist -- Tim Harford. 14. Collected Poems -- Mark Strand. (A sample.) 15. The Best of It: New and Selected Poems -- Kay Ryan. 16. The Housekeeper and the Professor -- Yoko Ogawa. 17. The Blank Slate -- Steven Pinker. 18. How Innovation Works -- Matt Ridley. 19. The Innovator's Dilemma -- Clayton M Christensen. 20. The Myth of Basic Science -- Matt Ridley. 21. The Evolution of Everything -- Episode 96 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Matt Ridley). 22. That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen -- Frédéric Bastiat. 23. The Law -- Frédéric Bastiat. 24. The Deficit Myth -- Stephanie Kelton. 25. Rathin Roy's sarcy tweet. 26. That Will Be England Gone -- Michael Henderson. 27. Essays -- George Orwell. 28. Politics and the English Language -- George Orwell. Amit and Vivek will continue to do whatever else they are doing. You can keep listening to Amit's podcast, The Seen and the Unseen, and reading The India Uncut Newsletter. Do also check out his online course, The Art of Clear Writing. Vivek writes regularly at vivekkaul.com. Do browse all his books on Amazon or elsewhere.
31 min
The Pragati Podcast
The Pragati Podcast
IVM Podcasts
Ep. 155: The Nobel Pursuit of Science
Professor Gautam Menon talks to host Pavan Srinath about the Nobel Prize, what they mean for scientists, and how they shape science. In episode 155 of The Pragati Podcast, Gautam and Pavan discuss the outsized role that the Nobel Prize plays in being an aspirational goal for young scientists, how they create role models, the work, and the people who win the awards, and the dynamics at play. Gautam I Menon (@MenonBioPhysics) is a Professor of Physics and Biology at Ashoka University. Prior to joining Ashoka, he was a Professor with the Theoretical Physics and Computational Biology groups at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, where he was the founding Dean of the Computational Biology group. He works on biophysical problems and the modeling of infectious diseases. He is an initiating member of the Indian Scientists' Response to COVID-19 (ISRC). Before working on biological problems, he worked in the broad fields of statistical physics and soft condensed matter physics. Visit tiny.cc/pragati155 for detailed episode notes and links to the Nobel winners and research who are discussed in the episode. For all queries and feedback, email us at pragatipod@gmail.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdead Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragati The Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).
59 min
Newslaundry Conversations
Newslaundry Conversations
Newslaundry.com
वेबिनार: ग्रामीण अर्थव्यवस्था के डाटा का संग्रह है इंडिया डाटा पोर्टल
ग्रामीण अर्थव्यवस्था पर हो रही रिपोर्टिंग में सबसे महत्वपूर्ण हिस्सा है डाटा. यह डाटा, अलग-अलग विषयों पर उपलब्ध है जो रिपोर्ट में सभी तथ्यों को पूरा करता है. इसी विषय पर न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री ने यह वेबिनार आयोजित की, जिसमें विस्तृत रूप से इस मुद्दे पर बात की गई.  इस वेबिनार में मेहमान के तौर पर आईआईटी दिल्ली की एसोसिएट प्रोफेसर और लेखक रीतिका खेड़ा, गांव कनेक्शन के एसोसिएट एडिटर अरविन्द शुक्ला, स्वतंत्र पत्रकार पुष्यमित्र, पीपल आर्काइव ऑफ़ रूरल इंडियन से जुड़ीं पत्रकार मेधा काले और भारती इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ़ पब्लिक पॉलिसी में कम्युनिकेशन प्रमुख दीप्ती सोनी ने हिस्सा लिया. इस वेबिनार का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने कियादीप्ति शुरुआत में इंडिया डाटा पोर्टल के बारे में बताते हुए कहती हैं, “यह पोर्टल हर किसी के लिए खुला है, जिसे खासतौर से पत्रकारों की मदद के लिए बनाया गया है. इसके साथ ही शोधकर्ता और छात्र आदि के लिए भी यह पोर्टल बनाया गया है. पोर्टल पर मौजूद जानकारी  भारत के 28 राज्यों और आठ केंद्र-शासित प्रदेशों के बारे में है, जो कि छह भाषाओं में उपलब्ध है. वहीं एग्रीकल्चर सेंसेस, सॉइल, रेन फॉल जैसे 40 अलग-अलग डाटा सेट इस वक्त पोर्टल पर मौजूद हैं. इन जानकारी को 45 से भी जायदा ग्राफ़िक्स या चित्र के रूप में उपयोग किया जा सकता है. सत्र में आगे अतुल आकंड़ों की बात करते हुए रीतिका खेड़ा से सवाल करते हुए कहते हैं "क्या सच में इस तरह के आकड़ों से ग्रामीण अर्थव्यवस्था पर हमारी मीडिया को सूचना सम्पन्न और उसकी रिपोर्टिंग को प्रभावशाली बनाने में मदद कर सकती है"?इस पर रीतिका कहती हैं "ये सवाल बहुत अहम है जो मुद्दे की जड़ तक जाता है. अगर देखा जाए तो पत्रकारों की पकड़ मुद्दे पर नहीं है. ऐसे में डाटा को जल्दबाजी में इस्तेमाल किया जाता है. उदाहरण के तौर पर प्रजेंटेशन में बताया गया है कि कैसे मनरेगा में कितनों की मांग थी और कितने लोगों को काम मिला. यह सब सरकारी खेल है जो एमआईएस के डाटा में होता है और यह कब अपलोड किया जाएगा उसका किसी को पता नहीं.  इस विषय पर अतुल कहते हैं हम लम्बे समय से देख रहे हैं कि ग्रामीण पत्रकारिता, कभी पत्रकारिता में एक बीट हुआ करता थी और कृषि पत्रकारिता मुख्यधारा की पत्रकारिता से गायब हो गई है. मौजूदा समय में दूसरा पी साईनाथ जैसा नाम खोजना मुश्किल है. इससे दिखता है कि जो पत्रकारिता कभी ग्रामीण अर्थव्यवस्था की हुआ करती थी, वो लगातार खत्म हुई है. मीडिया में कृषि पत्रकारिता की खत्म होती अहमियत पर अतुल, मेधा से पूछते है "ये जो दिक्कत है, कि पत्रकार और मीडिया हाउस कृषि  बीट को एहमियत नहीं दे रहे हैं. क्या लगता है हमें इस पर फिर से ध्यान देना चाहिए. जिससे कृषि बीट को फिर से मजबूत किया जा सके? इस पर मेधा कहती हैं 'जब हम डाटा देखते हैं कि मनरेगा में इतने सारे जॉब धारक हैं लेकिन कितनों को जॉब कार्ड मिला है और कितनों को मना कर दिया गया इसका डाटा हमारी रिपोर्ट से गायब है. पहले जब पत्रकार ग्रामीण स्तर पर काम करते थे, तब वह गांव के लोगों की समस्याओं को समझते थे और जानते थे और उनकी वहीं जानकारी उस समय डाटा का स्वरूप ले लेता था, लेकिन आज के समय में यह गायब हैं क्योंकि कोई भी गांव आधारित पत्रकारिता नहीं है. इस वेबिनार में रोजगार और पत्रकरिता को लेकर जो बात निकलकर सामने आई उसमें निश्चित तौर पर इंडिया डाटा पोर्टल या इस तरह के आकड़े उपलब्ध कराने वाले प्लेटफॉर्म पत्रकरिता को बड़ा सपोर्ट कर सकते हैं तथा रिपोटिंग को बहुत मजबूत कर सकते हैं. इससे भी जो ज़रूरी खास बात है वो ये है कि मुख्य धारा की पत्रकारिता को ग्रामीण पत्रकारिता की अर्थव्यवस्था के इलाके पर ध्…
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