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Itihaas 2.0 is a podcast that looks at Indian history with a twist. It brings history out of boring textbooks and looks at things around us, tracing their evolution. From brands to elections and from media to public policy, this podcast explores why today's India is the way it is.
 
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This episode moves away slightly from any history of cinema. It talks of history as depicted IN cinema. In the first part of this three-way conversation, a film-maker and a film scholar discuss various related issues. 'Historical fiction', the eternal struggle between the truth and artifice, when does a historical film become a historical film and …
 
Doordarshan (DD), India’s public service broadcaster is six decades old. And boy, what changes has Doordarshan seen during these years! From twice a week, educational broadcast to a 24- hour channels and a dense network of correspondents, DD has come a long way. This episode features ex-journalist and media academic Dr. Ujjwala Barve, talking of he…
 
The Ramadan special food offered in Mumbai's old by-lanes of Bhendi Bazaar and Muhammad Ali Road is a part of personal history of many people. As this area gets ready for massive renovation, we trace the memories of this place with a former resident and wonder how history will survive in this change.…
 
Cinema is a ‘reflection of the society’, yes. And hence, it is also a moving document of our history. Indian cinema provides us innumerable glasses to look at the evolution of the society around us. This episode traces the evolution of settings of Hindi Cinema. From being village-centric to urban, to even being set in other countries, Hindi Cinema …
 
Most of the food exchanges are so well assimilated that it is impossible to say that they once belonged somewhere else. In part two of the conversation with Keertida Phadke, we talk of food that is native to India but is shining and getting assimilated other countries and their culinary cultures.
 
Food is fluid. It moves with time, with people, with cultures. Food exchanges only enrich a culture and most of the food exchanges are so well assimilated that it is impossible to say that they once belonged somewhere else.This episode traces food which is not technically ‘Indian’ in origin, but has been phenomenally ‘Indian’ized. In the first part…
 
History is not always past events. Sometimes you also live in truly historic times, much like the current pandemic. As the vaccine for CoVid-19 becomes the new global quest, we here talk about this facet of the current times and future history- what are vaccine trials and why do they matter. Featuring on this episode is Dr. Snajay Mehendale, a note…
 
The 2004 elections, which the government preponed in overconfidence, yielded an unexpected result. What was more unexpected was that Sonia Gandhi refused to become the PM and appointed Dr. Manmohan Singh as the PM. He served on that post for a decade at a stretch till Narendra Modi led BJP secured a historic full-majority mandate in 2014. This epis…
 
The late 80s have a nation going through a major change where governance takes a back seat, political opportunism is ripe and social fabric is being churned and strained like never before. This episode talks about the elections of 1989 and 1991 and traces these changes.
 
In the middle of the stormy decade, came an unprecedented political move- the emergency from 1975 to 1977. The democracy was almost dead for 19 long months. The 1977 elections, which came after this draconian rule, decimated the Congress for the first time. In this new episode, we discuss these elections and the complicated background of that one.…
 
The elections of 1971 happened on the backdrop of multiple major sociopolitical churnings. Indira era began a couple of years before that, decimating the political opposition and cementing her position by the victory in 1971 Bangladesh war. Things were not at all cool though. The country was going through turbulent times. In this episode, Ranjeet R…
 
The fourth general election of 1967 is brought a beginning of a new era. The grand old party in India getting more factionized,clear emergence of a political opposition, and India still surviving as a single country, despite predictions of doom. Sneha Gore Mehendale converses with Neha Phadke Mahajan about all of it in this episode…
 
Moving to the 1960s, where Congress had completed a decade of power and other sociopolitical factors were playing a role in the electoral politics. importantly, the third election of 1962 also coincides with the Sino-Indian war. Joining us on the conversation is Parimal Maya Sudhakar explaining the build-up to 1962 elections and aftermath.…
 
That is the name of the system using which India has its election. It is crucial to understand what it is as it can massively swing elections this way or that way. Sneha gore Mehendale discusses this important phenomenon with Neha Phadke Mahajan and notes a few interesting statistics of electoral wins and misses due to FPTP.…
 
The implementation of the Mandal commission's report had deep rooted repercussions, especially in the northern India.What were these effects? Where are we with reference to the issue of caste-based reservations? What does the future hold? Is there any other way of implementing reservations?Dr.Vikas Pathak offers insights in his conversation with Sn…
 
1990s remain one of the most turbulent decades of the modern India, and one of the three Ms that caused this turbulence was 'Mandal'. The report of Mandal commission, advocating caste based reservations, specifically, OBC quota in central government jobs and PSUs, was implemented in 1990. In this episode, Sneha Gore Mehendale and Pradnya Shidore ta…
 
The Demolition of Babri Masjid gave way to a new type of communalism in India. It is not a sporadic issue anymore, it has seeped into our daily lives. In this excellent conversation with Sneha Gore Mehendale, Dr. Sajjan Kumar explains why exactly has the situation become like this, in this first part of the conversation.…
 
BCCI was initially not happy with the IPL format, but the common man took to it in full force, and IPL became a hit product.It did affect the game of cricket too. In the second part of this IPL episode, Sneha Gore Mehendale and Sushobhan Patankar discuss how IPL affected Indian cricket and where will Indian cricket go from here.…
 
The Indian Premier League began in 2008 and it changed the Indian cricket for good. In a country where cricket is no less than a religion, IPL emerged as a phenomenon in itself. In this first part of this two-part episode on IPL, Sneha Gore Mehendale and Sushobhan Patankar discuss the emergence of IPL.…
 
A cup of tea is omnipresent in our lives. And yet, tea does not belong to India.It came here a couple of hundred years ago and got perfectly assimilated in the Indian lives.In this episode, Sneha Gore Mehendale and Gandhali Kulkarni trace the origin of tea, its travel and how it has evolved as a concept and a culture- made in India.…
 
Origins of a lot of food are very diverse. Yet they somehow manage to reach a country and get assimilated in the gastronomy and culture so well, that people often do not believe that they are from somewhere else. Chillies, Mirchi as known in Hindi, has a similar story of coming from abroad and becoming a concept, a necessity, 'Made in India' !Sneha…
 
Voice Over: Sneha Gore Mehendale and Tanmay KanitkarIndia faced a sociopolitical storm in the year 2011, with almost the entire nation getting united demanding something called Lokpal.It was an unprecedented drama, the movement called India against corruption.What was it, what made it successful and what are the lessons learnt from its aftermath, e…
 
The Sino-Indian war of 1962 remains one of the most landmark events in the post independence Indian history.Not because we lost it, but 'coz it forever affected the way these two countries have been with each other.In the first part of this podcast, Sneha Gore Mehendale is in conversation with Parimal Maya Sudhakar, an expert in international relat…
 
In 2014, the World Health Organization declared India as Polio Free. For a poor,populous and diverse country like India, this is a huge achievement. In this episode, Sneha is in conversation with Dr. Sanjay Mehendale, a very senior public health expert, and they explore the story behind pushing polio out of India.…
 
Despite being a poor nation, India launched a great space programme. In last 60 odd years, India has come a long way from being a beginner to making and launching satellites for other countries.In conversation with Padmabhushan Dr. E. V. Chitnis, a living history of India's space programme listening to this fascinating history.…
 
It was really a historic decision by the Govt of India and draft and implement the basic right to education for all its citizens. What does it say? And moreover, is it working in the way that will achieve what it intends to achieve?Sneha and Ketaki discuss this in this two part episode.
 
The UID initiative by the Govt. of India was one of the milestone decisions in the last 70 years. And to say that it is significant would be an understatement as the UID or 'Aadhar' has become a key- document for an Indian. It is supposed to be linked to almost everything and hence has sparked off intense debates.This episode does a quick recap of …
 
Cafe Coffee Day, popularly known as CCD is one of the most favourite places for the youth to hang out. Not only is CCD the first Indian chain of coffee shops, it also takes the credit of literally cultivating the love for coffee.This episode features a short history of this popular 'made in India' brand.…
 
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