Episode 1: Should We Be Aatma Nirbhar?

Should we boycott goods from China? It isn’t possible, says Vivek Kaul. It isn’t desirable, adds Amit Varma. Welcome to episode 1 of Econ Central, a new weekly podcast that looks at India through the lens of economic thinking. Amit and Vivek also discuss parottas, chocolate sandesh and the masterpiece Ghachar Ghochar.

Also check out:
1. Econ Central Kicks Off — Preview episode of Econ Central.
2. India’s Economy in the Time of Covid-19 — Episode 177 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul)).
3. It’s impossible to boycott Chinese products and brands — Vivek Kaul.
4. Easynomics: Why companies leaving China will not come to India — Vivek Kaul.
5. The dangers of India’s rising tariff walls — Vivek Kaul.
6. Trump and Modi are Playing a Lose-Lose Game — Amit Varma.
7. The Great Redistribution — Amit Varma.
8. A trade deficit with a babysitter — Tim Harford.
9. I, Pencil — Leonard Read.
10. What is Libertarianism? — Episode 117 of The Seen and the Unseen (w David Boaz)
11. The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom — David Boaz.
12. Explained: Why parotta gets charged a higher GST than roti — Aanchal Magazine.
13. GST — Episode 3 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Devangshu Datta).
14. GST Revisited — Episode 28 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
15. The Bad and Complex Tax — Episode 74 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
16. Ghachar Ghochar — Vivek Shanbhag (translated by Srinath Perur).
17. Lists of suicide prevention helpline numbers: 1, 2, 3.
And hey, do also check out Vivek’s book, Bad Money, as well as Amit’s online course, TikTok and Indian Society.