Grand Tamasha

Grand Tamasha
Milan Vaishnav breaks down the news in Indian politics, and goes behind the headlines for deeper insight into the questions facing Indian voters in the 2019 general elections and beyond.

The End of the Never-Ending Campaign and Gilles Verniers on Data and Elections
May 21 • 42 min
What are the states to watch when electoral results come in on May 23? And did this year’s election break new ground?
Notes from the Campaign Trail and Rukmini S. on Journalism and the 2019 Elections
May 14 • 48 min
What’s happening in the UP and West Bengal? And how good is election reporting in India?
The Economist on Modi and Rahul Verma on Ideology in Indian Politics
May 7 • 48 min
Do the risks of a Modi-led BJP outweigh the rewards? And how does ideology play into Indian politics?
The Hindi Heartland Votes and Niranjan Rajadhyaksha on the Modi Economy
Apr 30 • 38 min
Milan talks to Neelanjan Sircar about the epic electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh and whether state elections can help predict the outcome of national elections. Then, Niranjan Rajadhyaksha gives his big picture assessment of Modi’s economy after five…
The Mudslinging Campaign and Barkha Dutt on the “Fear” Election of 2019
Apr 23 • 46 min
Milan talks to Sadanand Dhume and Tanvi Madan about the BJP’s nomination of Sadhvi Pragya, and then Barkha Dutt about the fake news epidemic in India, national security, and Modi’s economic messaging.
A Conversation with India’s New CEA Krishnamurthy Subramanian
Apr 16 • 52 min
Milan talks to Krishnamurthy Subramanian about India’s economy and the wave of income support schemes cropping up across the country.
Modi’s Enduring Popularity, Majoritarian Rhetoric, and Snigdha Poonam on Young Voters
Apr 9 • 33 min
Milan talks to Sadanand Dhume about Modi’s popularity and the BJP’s majoritarian rhetoric, and then Snigdha Poonam about India’s first time voters
Congress Manifesto, Left Politics, and Shashi Tharoor on the Congress Vision in 2019
Apr 2 • 40 min
Milan talks about the Congress Party’s minimum income support scheme and Modi’s address on Mission Shakti with Roshan Kishore. Then, Milan talks to Shashi Tharoor about the Congress Party’s vision for 2019
First Week of Campaigning and Hasan Minhaj on the Battle for the Soul of India
Mar 26 • 52 min
First, Milan sits down with Irfan Nooruddin about the first week of campaigning and coalition politics. Then, Milan talks to Indian-American comedian Hasan Minhaj about his hit Netflix show, and hows he views Indian politics from the United States.
Corruption, Southern Politics, and Ruchir Sharma Reflects on 25 Years on the Campaign Trail
Mar 19 • 41 min
First, Milan talks to Reuben Abraham about how voters think about corruption and alliance politics. Then, he talks to Ruchir Sharma about his 25 years on the campaign trail.
India’s Economic Woes and the Patchy History of Election Polling
Mar 12 • 36 min
First, Milan Vaishnav sits down with Roshan Kishore to discuss the latest economic figures from India. Then, Milan talks to Neelanjan Sircar about why pollsters have such a hard time forecasting elections in India.
India-Pakistan Tensions and When Foreign Policy Matters for Domestic Politics
Mar 5 • 36 min
Milan talks about the aftermath of the recent conflict between India and Pakistan, and who is likely to benefit politically now that the domestic spin game has begun.
India’s Strike on Jaish Camp Across the LoC, and Arvind Subramanian on Universal Basic Income
Feb 26 • 39 min
Milan Vaishnav talks about India’s surprise strikes on Pakistan with Sadanand Dhume and Sukumar Ranganathan, and interviews Arvind Subramanian about a Universal Basic Income for India.
Feb 25 • 2 min
Grand Tamasha debuts February 27! Here’s a taste of what’s coming up in the next few weeks.