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The Guardian's political editor, Heather Stewart, and deputy political editor, Jessica Elgot, are joined by commentators, experts and politicians to unpack the week's biggest stories in politics. In Politics Weekly Extra on Fridays, Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland invites guests to help analyse the latest in US politics
 
The Suno India Show’ is a news show by Suno India combining slow journalism with under-represented and under-reported stories. Covering the diverse range of topics like politics, technology, education and society, the host brings in informative interviews and engaging discussions with experts. The show not only shines a spotlight on stories that matter but keeps the listeners up to date with the latest national news.
 
Echoes of India is the story of India like you've never heard it before. Host Anirudh Kanisetti takes you on a journey through its wonders, from the Greek art of Afghanistan to the to the thriving ports of Tamil Nadu. Along the way, monks debate, queens boast, and armies roar. From philosophy to politics to economics, the past comes back to life - noisy, breathing, as thriving as the Indian subcontinent is today.
 
​How will this week's headlines impact you and your family? Every week, we explore the latest news from Washington D.C. and from the Statehouse, with in-depth analysis of Indiana politics from our bi-partisan team of political experts and analysts. Get 'IN Focus' on the go and stay tuned for exclusive bonus content toward the end of the podcast.
 
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In the Season 3 Finale, we explore South Asia at the time of its most famous ancient figure: Ashoka Maurya, ruler of the largest empire seen in the subcontinent to that point. Anirudh meets a rude South Indian visiting one of Ashoka's inscriptions and hears the words of the emperor himself to uncover the nature, structure, and sobering truths about…
 
The ongoing redistricting battle nears its end as state Republican leaders unveil the proposed new districts. We'll hear from Democratic leader Mike Schmuhl about the proposal and how it could shape Indiana politics for the next 10 years. Next up, we listen to what Senator Mike Braun has to say about President Joe Biden's vaccine mandates. Finally,…
 
Jonathan Freedland hosted a special Guardian Live event where he spoke to the former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. As the US commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks last weekend, the pair talked about her memories of the day, given she was the senator for New York at the time; how US politics has changed since then; and whether …
 
There’s a new cabinet in town – or at least a different one than yesterday. Aubrey Allegretti and Rowena Mason look at the winners and losers of Boris Johnson’s reshuffle. Plus, Jessica Elgot and Rafael Behr analyse the government’s Covid winter plan. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
127th Constitution Amendment Bill 2021 aka the OBC Bill was unanimously passed by the Parliament, a remarkable feat in an otherwise difficult session. It has once again brought up debates about reservation. But to understand our present, we must know our past. India has had reservation since the 1800s. In fact, experts say that our reservation poli…
 
The forgotten religion of the Ajivikas can tell us a great deal about the religions and empires of the early Gangetic Plains. Anirudh visits the medieval Jain site of Shravanabelagola near Bangalore, recounts the story of the mysterious Ajivika teacher Makkhali Goshala, and explains how the rise of the mighty empire of the Mauryas is connected to t…
 
First, we'll get inputs from both Indiana Republican and Democratic leadership about the president's vaccine requirements as we talk with Indiana attorney general Todd Rokita and hear from congressman Andre Carson. Next, Dan will sit down with White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to find out the reason behind these requirements. Fi…
 
On Thursday night, the US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the US Justice Department would launch a federal lawsuit against Texas over the extreme abortion law that the state introduced last week. Jonathan Freedland speaks to Moira Donegan about what all of this means for Roe v Wade. Help support our independent journalism at theguar…
 
Heather Stewart and Zoe Williams discuss the prime minister’s announcement of a £12bn healthcare levy to be introduced through a rise in national insurance contributions. Plus, Libby Brooks and Peter Walker look at the state of Green party politics in the UK. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
The invasion of Alexander III of Macedon is a landmark event in South Asian history. Join Anirudh as he explores the conqueror's camp, meets an Indian mercenary who served in Alexander's campaigns, and uncovers the mystery of the fall of the Nanda dynasty and the rise of the mighty Gangetic empire of the Mauryas that succeeded them. Anirudh is tryi…
 
First, we talk about the current COVID numbers and the rules put in place in Indiana schools. Then, we talk with Congressman Jim Baird, Congressman Andre Carson, and Governor Eric Holcomb about the Afghan refugees staying at Camp Atterbury. Finally, we discuss the potential Indiana impact after the Supreme Court's ruling to not overturn a Texas abo…
 
As the last of the US troops took off from Kabul on Tuesday, Jonathan Freedland spoke to Thomas Kean. Kean co-wrote the 9/11 commission report, detailing who was to blame for the events of September 11, and making recommendations to prevent a subsequent attack. He shares his thoughts on the end of America’s longest war. Help support our independent…
 
In the last episode of our special summer series, Jessica Elgot asks her guests: Who is the elusive David Frost? When did he become such a Eurosceptic? And how will the continuous fallout from Brexit affect his legacy?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspodAv The Guardian
 
In Gujarat’s Amreli town, people working with COVID-19 patients, and those working in crematoriums or graveyards do not believe the minuscule official count of COVID-19 deaths- a mere 102. The Reporters’ Collective analysed municipality death registers from 68 of 170 Gujarat towns. The data shows that in just April 2021 the number of excess deaths …
 
Desperate scenes of Afghans trying to flee the Taliban takeover of their homeland have shocked the world. But refugees have been trickling into India even during the past twenty years. They say they are free in India in a way that they never could be back home. However, Afghan refugees have been protesting outside the United Nations High Commission…
 
How did the kingdom of Magadha lay the foundations for India's first empire? And how did the successors of Siddhartha Gautama establish the tradition now known as Buddhism? Episode 7 brings us to the early city of Rajagaha, where we explore its marketplaces and caves in search of answers. Anirudh is trying to bring the history of South Asia alive t…
 
First, we'll hear from Indiana health leaders Dr. Virginia Caine and Dr. Kristina Box about Indiana's covid status. Then, we'll sit down with state congressman Larry Bucshon and talk about the Pfizer vaccine FDA approval and the U.S. Afghanistan response. Later on, we'll hear from U.S. senators Bernie Sanders from Vermont and Indiana's Mike Braun a…
 
In July, the interstate border between Assam and Mizoram saw an unprecedented blaze. Police of both the state fought each other. Since then, series of chaotic incidents started happening in the area. But the seeds of this conflict had been sown decades ago. In this episode of the Suno India Show, Chandrani Sinha interviewed two eminent journalists …
 
In the third episode of our special summer series, Rowena Mason asks her guests: who is the first minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford? Is it his politics, or his character, that drives his success? And what would he like his legacy to be?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
Death inevitably comes to us all. But how do memories of the dead shape our world? Witness the last months and hours of Siddhartha Gautama as he travels across the Gangetic Plains desperately trying to protect his legacy - and see what our struggles against death teach us about the nature of history and history telling. Anirudh is trying to bring t…
 
First, we start with the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and how our state representatives are responding to the situation. We sit down with Senator Mike Braun to talk about possible solutions for the repercussions from Afghanistan as well as vaccine booster shots. Then, we talk with Dr. Cameron Webb about those vaccine booster shots and Indiana's …
 
On July 4th, the Sulli Deals app invited users to find their deal of the day, a Muslim woman they could claim to own. The app included the Twitter image and handle of the woman, which could then be tweeted by the user as their very own Sulli Deal. It was gone by the next day after an uproar online. However, one month and two FIRs later, we still do…
 
Taking a break from our summer series, Jessica Elgot and Dan Sabbagh discuss what the UK government can do after the Taliban completed their takeover of Afghanistan much more quickly than many ministers were expecting. How do they plan to help thousands of stranded Afghans looking for asylum?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.…
 
What might Siddhartha Gotama, the Buddha, have actually thought of himself? Did he genuinely believe in what he preached? How do we, sitting in the 21st century, grapple with his complexities and flaws? Anirudh travels back through time to talk to the man himself, one quiet night on Vulture Peak near the great city of Rajagaha in Magadha. Anirudh i…
 
First, we hear from Governor Eric Holcomb and his thoughts on mask mandates as the state deals with Delta variant cases. Then, state representatives Andre Carson and Victoria Spartz, along with Senator Mike Braun and former senator Joe Donnelly, discuss the recently passed infrastructure bill in the U.S. Senate. Finally, we talk with Mayor Joe Hogs…
 
In the second episode of our special summer series, Rowena Mason asks her guests: is Angela Rayner the politician that can get Labour back to winning ways? How has her now well-known backstory informed her politics? And should the Tories be worried about where she goes next?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
In 1998, India had its first intersex MLA, Shabnam Bano. In 1999, we had our first transgender mayor, Kamla Jaan but she was ousted from her post by the courts as it was reserved for women. In 2020, India’s first LGBT cell was started by the Nationalist Congress Party. It is headed by Priya Patil, a trans woman. In this episode of Pride & Prejudice…
 
Episode 4 of Echoes of India brings us to witness the burgeoning power of the Buddhist Sangha in the early Gangetic Plains. How did Siddhartha Gotama, the Buddha, deal with the struggle of becoming a leader of thousands? How did he navigate the tides of public opinion and ensure that his rules were followed across this sprawling organisation? And w…
 
First, we'll hear from Governor Eric Holcomb as the Hoosier state looks for answers following a dramatic rise in Delta variant cases. Then, we discuss redistricting with state representatives and the overall fight for representation. Finally, we'll hear from Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett about rising crime numbers in the city and potential plans t…
 
In this episode, host Padma Priya spoke to Dr Kaustubh Joag about increasing incidence of mental health issues like depression and anxiety in post-covid phase and how to deal with them? He also spoke about when one should reach out for professional help. Dr Kaustubh Joag is a psychiatrist by training and a practicing psychiatrist in Pune since last…
 
In Episode 3 of Echoes of India, we'll begin to follow the extraordinary career of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. How did one person, emerging from the forests in the 5th century BCE, become a prophet, leading thousands of people in one of the most important religious movements in human history? How was he perceived in his time? And as one of the …
 
First, we hear from Governor Eric Holcomb, Major Joe Hogsett, Indiana Congressman Larry Bucshon and Marion County Health Director Dr. Virginia Caine as there are new CDC recommendations following rising cases in the Delta Variant. Then, we discuss the infrastructure deal with Indiana Senator Mike Braun. Finally, as the January 6 committee starts, w…
 
Recently, media organisations across the world published a series of reports exposing Pegasus, a spyware developed by NSO Group in Israel. They found that governments have been using Pegasus to spy on their own journalists, activists and opposition leaders. Amnesty International’s forensic team has confirmed these findings. After mounting global an…
 
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the household incomes, savings and debt have been drastically impacted. For many households, the pandemic has led to a depletion of financial assets such as bank deposits, mutual funds investments among others. The Reserve Bank of India estimates show that the household financial savings were at 8.2 percent of Gro…
 
Queer sexualities have been decriminalised and Pride parades are ceremoniously covered by the news media. But can everyone really march with pride? In this episode of Pride & Prejudice, we trace the evolution of Pride from Stonewall Riots in the United States, to NRC-CAA protests in India. Our reporter Suryatapa Mukherjee speaks to Pride organisers…
 
Last December, a month before his inauguration, Biden announced he was naming former secretary of state John Kerry as the first ever presidential envoy for climate as part of his plan to deal with the crisis. Joan E Greve talks to Oliver Milman about what Biden’s climate change plans are, what challenges he’s up against and if he and John Kerry can…
 
There are more than 18 million people from India living abroad, a recent report from the United Nations said. The country receives huge amounts of money from the Non-Resident Indian workforce and entrepreneurs. But the law that governed emigration- that is the Emigration Act, 1983- is nearly 40 years old. The National Democratic Front government ha…
 
On July 6, Father Stan Swamy, a Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist died in custody. Last year, he was arrested in a case related to 2017 Bhima Koregaon violence in Pune. Father Swamy had Parkinson’s disease and was detected with Covid-19 in May. Why is it hard for someone as old as Stan Swamy to get bail. Suno India’s Menaka Rao spoke to advo…
 
Heather Stewart and Rafael Behr discuss ‘crime week’, as the government attempts to shift the narrative. Plus, Katy Hayward, Daniel Boffey and Jess Sargeant look at what’s behind the latest tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
The Episode 2 of Echoes of India brings us to the 8th century BCE, where we will see the origins of many of the ideas that shape India today. How did some of the oldest systematic ideas about the universe and reality, the concepts of karma, atman, and rebirth originate? Who were the people who came up with them, and why? Join us as we meet the anci…
 
We speak with Indiana Senators Mike Braun and Todd Young on the urgent push from both Democrats and Republicans for vaccinations in the midst of Delta variant cases rapid increase. Then we go one on one with RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and Democratic Chair Mike Schmuhl about the President's Infrastructure plan. Finally we discuss the Indiana congressm…
 
Republican lawmakers have introduced the highest number of anti-trans bills to be filed in a single year in 2021. Joan E Greve speaks to Sam Levin about why some in the GOP are trying to ban transgender children from certain sports teams and limit their access to gender-affirming healthcare.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.c…
 
Jessica Elgot and Polly Toynbee discuss a purge of so-called far-left factions from the Labour party. Plus, as Boris Johnson again delays the social care overhaul, Heather Stewart, David Gauke, Jill Rutter and Ryan Shorthouse look at the future for his premiership goals. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod…
 
On World Population Day, 2021 Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced the Uttar Pradesh Population Draft Bill 2021. The idea behind this bill is to bring down the fertility rate to 2.1 by 2026 and 1.9 by 2030. The UP Population draft bill has seen criticism from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad who believe that it will adversely affect th…
 
The Season 3 premiere for Echoes of India returns us to the vibrant world of ancient India. We'll meet the strange mix of peoples who together made the early cities of the Gangetic Plains, and set the stage for the extraordinary life which we'll follow this season: that of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha, one of the most important figu…
 
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