How to Citizen

How to Citizen Podcast

There is a world of difference between the theory we learnt in school and the reality we experience everyday. This is especially true about Civics. This podcast lays bare the gap between what textbooks preach to school kids about politics and what we actually see in Indian politics. Starting with the 8th Grade CBSE CIvics textbook ( https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1x21Px3Cj8JJ3PvdahlHCcDJFajAKtiIQ?usp=sharing ), every episode will have a guest who will talk about their reflections, doubts and takeaways from reading the chapter. The podcast will be hosted by Meghnad S and co-hosted by Shreyas Manohar. Every episode situates the guest at their hang-out spot from 8th grade, and recreates the vibe of friends revising for an exam moments before it starts. So let's get schooling, let's get schooled and let's learn how to citizen!

Ep. 10: Chapter 10 - Law and Social Justice with Kunal Kamra
"If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable." - Louis D. Brandeis The Final episode of How To Citizen deserves a good quote, amirite? Yes, we've reached the end of a ten episode long journey of this Podcast which delves into our lovely 8th Grade CBSE civics book. Sadface In this season finale, Meghnad & Shreyas have instigator-in-chief as their guest: Kunal "Wah-Modiji-Wah" Kamra. He talks to our hosts about 'Law & Social Justice's where they discuss how absolutely crappy the e...

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Ep. 09: Chapter 9 - Public Facilities with Ashish Shakya
We are done with confronting people! Hush. After some intense episodes, How To Citizen takes another dramatic turn with the penultimate chapter: Public Facilities. Meghnad and Shreyas are joined by comedian, columnist and writer, Ashish Shakya as they unleash and epic battle between the Delhi Metro and Mumbai Local. Hint: Delhi Metro Wins. Always. Forever and ever. The trio discuss why Government exists and why its primary job is to provide basic facilities to its citizens. Listen to this hour long answer t...

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Ep. 08: Chapter 8 - Confronting Marginalization with Joel Pereira
After Understanding Marginalization in the last episode, and much talk about Pterodactyls and Capitalism, now it's time to Confront Marginalization. To achieve this oh-so-important deed, Meghnad and Shreyas talk to Joel Parriera, show-runner, director and doer of all things media. Also, as he points out, a minority. Joel talks about his experience coming to India from Saudi Arabia, from a Monarchy to a Democracy. But the fun thing is he was talking about the Indian Democracy while he lived in a Monarchy. Qu...

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Ep. 07: Chapter 7 - Understanding Marginalization with Urooj Ashfaq
What is the relationship between Pterodactyls, tribals in Madhya Pradesh and Marginalization? The answer is: this episode of How to Citizen. Meghnad and Shreyas are joined by comedian Urooj Ashfaq to discuss Chapter 7: Understanding Marginalization. Bringing in Urooj for this chapter was purely coincidental and had nothing to do with her being a Muslim Woman... Nah. It was totally intentional. Together, these three discuss what is Marginalization, what did it look like in schools and how can we deal with it...

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Ep. 06: Chapter 6 - Understanding our Criminal Justice System with Aishwarya Mohanraj
Aishwarya Mohanraj loves a lot of people. This includes her school principal, her domestic help and Salman Khan... in no particular order. It's episode 6 of How To Citizen and the hosts, Meghnad and Shreyas, are joined by comedian Aishwarya Mohanraj. Together, they do an extra dramatic reading of a longest comic they have encountered till date in 8th grade civics. A comic that deals with our broken justice system and how police operate. The comic is so long that Meghnad starts thinking about how there is an...

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Ep. 05: Chapter 5 - Judiciary with RJ Rohini Ramanathan
It's episode five and we're going to do some justice to Chapter 5, Judiciary. This time Meghnad and Shreyas joined by RJ Rohini Ramanathan who talks about our courts, how they function, how justice delayed is justice denied and a bunch of banter on Aadhaar. They also touch upon the changes and repercussions brought about by the #MeToo movement. To have an immersive experience of this chapter, visit this link: https://bit.ly/2Ij52Hiand be enthralled as we banter about a 4 page comic book from this chapter. Y...

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Ep. 04: Chapter 4 - Understanding Laws with Abbas Momin
"You only know a law when you break it." ~ Sri Sri Shreyas Manohar, Co-host extraordinaire In episode 4 of How To Citizen, Meghnad and Shreyas are joined by comedian Abbas Momin and they discuss such philosophical concepts like laws evolving in India, much wow thoughts involving Immanuel Kant from the perspective of 8th graders and very awesome views about what laws citizens should be aware of for being good citizens in general. If you want to have an immersive experience, please click on this link: https:/...

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Ep. 03: Chapter 3 - Why We Need a Parliament with Prashasti Singh
Do we need a Parliament even? I mean, what's the point really. It's not like elected representatives wait for citizen consent to do things, right? Wrong. At least according to our 8th grade Civics book. Our guest for this podcast, comedian Prashasthi Singh, has much to say about her representative for Amethi. Wonder who that is? Our hosts, Meghnad and Shreyas, also have a lot to say about their representative from Nagpur. Who is that again? If you wish to have an immersive experience of this podcast, do che...

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Ep. 02: Chapter 2 - Understanding Secularism with Srishti Dixit & Andre Borges
What is Secularism? Is it separation of church and state or is it something else entirely? Wait, there's a desi form of secularism? Welcome to India. In this episode the hosts are joined by Srishti Dixit and Andre Borges of BuzzFeed where they discuss Chapter 2 of CBSE 8th Grade Civics: Secularism. Meghnad and Shreyas forcefully build up towards a dramatic twist in the episode, Srishti eloquently explains what secularism means and Andre tells us how his school shaped him as a human being. For an immersive e...

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Ep. 01: Chapter 1 - The Indian Constitution with Rohan Joshi
In the first episode of How to Citizen, Rohan Joshi discusses chapter 1 of 8th grade CBSE Civics textbook titled "Constitution". The participants of this intensive exercise discuss why we even need a Constitution and get philosophical with a heavy dose of lulz. Many deep questions are asked and answered like whether the Constitution is a document which tells us what India is or what it's supposed to be, whether we have personal constitutions which are being amended and why playing cricket in Mumbai is hilar...

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Ep. 00: Introducing How to Citizen
There is a world of difference between the theory we learnt in school and the reality we experience everyday. This is especially true about Civics. This podcast lays bare the gap between what textbooks preach to school kids about politics and what we actually see in Indian politics. Starting with the 8th Grade CBSE CIvics textbook, every episode will have a guest who will talk about their reflections, doubts and takeaways from reading the chapter. The podcast will be hosted by Meghnad S and co-hosted by Shr...

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