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English, Political, 1 season, 1160 episodes, 3 days, 12 hours, 36 minutes
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Weekly wrap of events of the week peppered with context, commentary and opinion by a superstar panel. Click here to support Newslaundry: http://bit.ly/paytokeepnewsfree
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Chota Hafta 492

This week, YouTube creator and Newslaundry’s former editor Meghnad is the host, joined by Newslaundry’s Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan, Supreme court advocate Vrinda Grover, and journalist Aditi Phadnis.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/6/202417 minutes, 25 seconds
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Chota Hafta 491

This week, Newslaundry’s Raman Kirpal and Shardool Katyayan are joined by The News Minute’s Shabbir Ahmed and senior journalists Hridayesh Joshi and Arati R Jerath.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/29/202417 minutes, 15 seconds
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Chota Hafta 490

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Shardool Katyayan are joined by senior journalists Andrew Whitehead and Nirupama Subramanian.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/22/202418 minutes, 4 seconds
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Chota Hafta 489

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by senior journalist and author Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay and EastMojo’s Karma Paljor. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/15/202417 minutes, 16 seconds
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Chota Hafta 488

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal are joined by The News Minute’s Dhanya Rajendran and Sudipto Mondal to discuss the Lok Sabha 2024 results. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/8/202417 minutes, 4 seconds
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Hafta 487: Final phase of polls, mining issues, heatwave in cities

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, and Anand Vardhan are joined by The Caravan’s editor-in-chief Hartosh Singh Bal and investigative journalist Aruna Chandrashekhar.On the final phase of elections, Hartosh says “it’s baffling” that the voting date in Punjab coincides with the 40th anniversary of Operation Blue Star. He says because of the strong anti-BJP sentiment in Punjab, the state remains a political battleground primarily for the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, despite the “quadrangular fight” after the split between the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP.The conversation then shifts to the issue of natural resource mining in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha. Aruna describes them as “sacrificed zones”, regardless of the governing party. She says that due to the Congress's “neglect”, the locals had turned to the BJP.On the rise in temperatures in Delhi and other metropolitan cities, Aruna says the environmental crisis has been triggered by urbanisation, reduced green cover, and increased concrete structures. She delves into the mention of environmental issues in the political parties’ manifestos. The panel also discusses the working conditions for labourers in the heatwave.This and a whole lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are at its peak and Newslaundry and The News Minute teams are bringing ground reports from across the country. Click here to support us.Song: Punjabiyan Di ShaanTimecodes00: 00:00 - Introduction00: 07:47 - Headlines 00: 19:02 - Elections in Punjab 00: 25:25 - Voter sentiments in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha 00: 31:49 - Key party battles in Punjab00: 43:03 - On climate change and soaring heat waves  01: 00:20 - Hartosh’s recommendations 01:04:03 - Aruna’s recommendations 01:21:34 - Podcast letters 01:40:49- Panel recommendations  Hafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta and Prashant edited by Hassan Bilal.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/1/20241 hour, 52 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hafta 486: Maharashtra and Delhi polls, Pune’s Porsche car crash

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Prateek Goyal are joined by journalist Faye D’Souza.On the polls in Maharashtra, Faye says there is “a lot of goodwill” for the Thackerays. “Eknath Shinde does not enjoy that goodwill because of what was done to the Thackerays.” She adds that there was confusion about election symbols because of the split within the NCP and the Shiv Sena. “A lot of voters did not know the difference between their symbols.”The panel then discusses the elections in Delhi and the alleged Swati Maliwal assault case. Raman breaks down the arithmetic of Delhi polls. “In 2019, the BJP’s margin of victory was 25 percent and above.” Abhinandan says that the coming together of the AAP and the Congress is “statistically not enough” to defeat the BJP in the national capital.On the Porsche car crash incident in Pune, Jayashree says the story is getting traction because it “appeals very much to India’s upper middle class sensibilities”. Talking about the bail granted to the accused, she adds that all said and done, “we should not lose sight of the fact that any juvenile should get bail”.This and a whole lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are at its peak and Newslaundry and The News Minute teams are bringing ground reports from across the country. Click here to support us. Timecodes00: 00:00 - Introduction00:07:32 - Headlines00: 13:22 - Elections in Maharashtra 00:24:38 - Elections in Delhi, Swati Maliwal case00:43:20 - Porsche car crash in Pune01:05:50 - Faye’s recommendation01:20:17 - Letters01:39:45 - Panel recommendations Hafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/25/20241 hour, 50 minutes, 16 seconds
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Hafta 485: Political ads, Amethi-Rae Bareli fight, Kejriwal’s return

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by advertising guru and columnist Santosh Desai and multimedia artist Anurag Minus Verma. On the impact of political advertisements, Santosh says it has “never” been a significant player, as ads “simply fail” to reach an audience “beyond a certain comfort zone”. Anurag says influencer and meme marketing agencies instead have become “very important” in communication strategies.The conversation moves to the elections in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi and Rae Bareli. Manisha, who reported from the two constituencies, says that unemployment is a “really big concern”. She says that while people are talking about it from village to village, it is not a sign of anti-incumbency. “A lot of them say Modi should focus on this [employment] in his third term.”On the temporary bail of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and his speech about Prime Minister Narendra Modi retiring before turning 75, Anand says, “It is a ploy to confuse voters.”This and a whole lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are here and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00: 05:25 - Headlines00: 14:21 - Political advertising 00:59:32 - Santosh recommendation01:10:33 - Amethi-Rae Bareli elections, Kejriwal’s interim bail01:33:24 - Anurag recommendation01:34:23 - Letters 02:05:10 - Panel recommendations Hafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta, edited by Hassan Bilal and Umrav Singh. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/18/20242 hours, 18 minutes, 25 seconds
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Hafta 484: Modi’s Adani-Ambani dig, UP and Maharashtra polls, BSP scion’s sacking

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri and Raman Kirpal are joined by journalists Girish Kuber, Sunita Aron, and Sudipto Mondal. On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech accusing the Congress of receiving money from industrialists Gautam Adani and Mukesh Ambani, Sudipto says this news is not headline material but rather “gossip material”. He adds that the talk on the ground is “nahi mila kya is baar”, suggesting that the corporate houses put their weight behind the Congress in this election.On the elections in Maharashtra, Girish says, “There is no state-wide agenda in these polls. There are 48 constituencies and 48 election agendas.” Sunita points out the BJP’s big challenge in UP. “The BJP has set a target of 75 seats, but after Rahul and Akhilesh came together, there is better chemistry and coordination [in INDIA bloc].”The panel then discusses the BSP’s prospects and the sacking of its leader and Mayawati’s nephew, Akash Anand, from the post of national coordinator. Sudipto counters Abhinandan’s argument of the BSP being the BJP’s B-team, saying it “doesn’t come with a sensitivity” that the party represents a politics “different from all other parties” and represents “the most oppressed sections”. He adds, “The pragmatism that other parties show is appreciated a lot more than the pragmatism these parties [including the AIMIM and VBA] show.”This and a whole lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are here and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00:06:27 - Modi’s Adani-Ambani speech00: 16:20 - Headlines00: 24:04 - Maharashtra elections 00:29:49 - UP elections00: 35:54 - Akash Anand’s sacking01:11:06 - Letters 01:30:12 - RecommendationsHafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta & Priyali Dhingra, edited by Hassan Bilal and Umrav Singh. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/11/20241 hour, 34 minutes, 47 seconds
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Hafta 483: Prajwal Revanna controversy, gems of Modi, Baramati, Bihar politics

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Anand Vardhan are joined by in-house reporter Tanishka Sodhi and The News Minute’s Anisha Sheth.On the alleged sexual abuse tapes involving JDS’s Prajwal Revanna, Anisha says the scale of violence is unheard of in Karnataka, “even though the state has had its share of sexual scandals”. Anand notes that several victims were party workers, and there is a need to examine political parties as workplaces.The conversation then shifts to the politics in Bihar and Baramati, both set to poll on May 7. Tanishka says the two Pawar factions are in fray in Baramati but, “sympathy for Sharad Pawar cannot be denied”.Abhinandan then brings up Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent speeches. He says Modi’s “Congress will take your buffalo” and “steal your mangalsutra” are the BJP’s “Hail Mary”.This and a whole lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.Timecodes00:00:31 - Press Freedom Week offer00: 03:20 - Headlines00: 10:10 - Prajwal Revanna controversy00:30:04 - Anisha’s recommendation00: 43:12 - The contest for Baramati00:54:20 - Tanishka’s recommendation00:54:47 - Bihar elections01:04:30 - Gems of PM Modi01: 20:30 - Letters02:00:27 - RecommendationsCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Hafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesProduced and recorded by Priyali Dhingra & Aryan Mahtta, edited by Hassan Bilal and Umrav Singh. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/4/20242 hours, 11 minutes, 58 seconds
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Hafta 482: JDS-BJP in Karnataka, inheritance tax debate, issues with PMLA

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam and Shardool Katyayan are joined by The News Minute’s Pooja Prasanna and lawyer Vakasha Sachdev.On the Karnataka polls, Pooja says the JDS and BJP are “better allies” than the Congress and JDS since “their target base does not overlap. Both parties bring something new and fresh to the table”. She adds that the “myth of the Vokkaligas being secular is nonsense”.The panel discusses the inheritance tax debate, with Vakasha saying the tax has a solid rationale behind it “from a social justice perspective”. Jayashree says the matter escalated into a controversy because people are “conflating a lot of things, like what Modi said about the Congress taking away people’s money”. Shardool adds, “Most of the people arguing about this tax won’t have to pay it because it applies to the creamy layer of society.”Vakasha then explains why the PMLA is problematic. On the state of the Indian judiciary, he says over the years, “we’ve had our justice system constantly become a voice for the establishment”, adding that there is a lack of critique of the courts. Abhinandan says people are possibly “afraid of critiquing the court because of contempt of court...so courts have completely gone out of scrutiny”.This and a whole lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are here and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00: 04:31 - Headlines00: 12:49 - Lok Sabha elections: Karnataka 00: 26:30 - Inheritance tax01: 00:00 - Prevention of Money Laundering Act01: 28:55 - Letters 01: 57:30 - Recommendations  Hafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta, edited by Hassan Bilal and Umrav Singh. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/27/20242 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds
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Hafta 481: Trust deficit in EVMs, BJP manifesto

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, and Anand Vardhan are joined by political analyst Suhas Palshikar, tech expert Madhav Deshpande, and professor Shruti Kapila.On the robustness of the election voting machines, Suhas Palshikar says EVMs have “definitely lost the credibility that they initially had”. He cites Lokniti-CSDS data. Madhav says “major technological change” in 2013, with the introduction of VVPAT has made EVMs a “different beast”.  The panel then discusses the manifestos and poll promises. Shruti says the BJP manifesto is “very weird” and that “it wants to lower the temperature on Hindutva”. Anand calls it the manifesto of a party that is “very sure of a renewed mandate”, unlike the Congress manifesto, which is trying to “tick too many boxes”. This and a whole lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00: 05:02 - Headlines00: 13:16 - Trust deficit in EVMs 00: 53:24 - BJP’s manifesto01: 28:36 - Letters 01: 34:00 - Recommendations Hafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/20/20241 hour, 42 minutes, 28 seconds
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Hafta 480: Indian think tanks, Congress’s inevitability, ‘Ram’ in election campaigns

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by policy researcher Yamini Aiyar and senior journalist Rasheed Kidwai. On the challenges facing think tanks in India, Yamini says working in policy has “moved from jholawala inputs to suit-boot inputs” over the years, referring to the increased corporatisation.  The panel then discusses the Congress manifesto, and the party’s relevance in the upcoming elections. Abhinandan asks, “Is the Congress inevitable?” Rasheed says the grand old party is “not a dead body. It is very much alive and kicking.” The conversation then moves on to the controversy around Ramayana fame actor Arun Govil campaigning in Meerut with a photograph of the deity Ram. On the use of religion for votes, Rasheed says it’s “not an issue” for voters in India. This and a whole lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00:07:09 - Policy research in India 00: 17:41 - Headlines00:27:09 - Think tanks in India 00:38:13 - Is the Congress inevitable?00:59:50 - Use of religion in election campaign 01:22:31 - Letters01:55:19 - Recommendations  Hafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Priyali Dhingra, edited by Samarendra K Dash and Umrav Singh. —------------ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/13/20242 hours, 3 minutes, 51 seconds
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Hafta 479: Katchatheevu controversy, the role of India’s Election Commission

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, and Manisha Pande are joined by ex-Chief Election Commissioner Dr SY Quraishi, and academic Professor R Manivannan.Dr Quraishi says that ensuring a level-playing field is the Election Commission’s “dharma”. He says it is necessary for conducting free and fair elections which are “a basic structure of the Constitution”. He adds that the EC follows the principle of “what can wait must wait”, and asks whether the arrest of opposition leaders could have waited.On the Katchatheevu island issue, Prof. Manivannan says the island was historically “within the revenue region of the king of Ramanathapuram”, adding that by 1976, the fishing rights of  Tamil fishermen had been taken away in the region. “What happens to the population that relies on fishing in the region?” he asks. This and a lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00: 02:41 - Headlines00:10:53 - Role of Election Commission41:01:30- Katchatheevu 01:22:01 - Letters01:46:48 - Recommendations Hafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta and Priyali Dhingra, edited by Hassan Bilal and Umrav Singh. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/6/20241 hour, 53 minutes, 2 seconds
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Hafta 478: TM Krishna awards row, Kejriwal’s arrest

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, and Anand Vardan are joined by music producer and public health consultant Dr Aiswarya Rao.On the controversy around TM Krishna being conferred the Sangita Kalanidhi award by the Madras Music Academy and the Carnatic music fraternity’s response, Rao says it is an “intra-Brahmin musician dispute”. One faction wants to “take Carnatic music to the masses”, while the other wants to maintain its “hegemony”.  On Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest, Manisha says the PMLA Act is “scary”. “You cannot get bail in PMLA till the court is satisfied that there is prima facie no case.” This and a lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us. Timecodes00:05:40 - Headlines00:12:20 - TM Krishna’s Sangita Kalanidhi award controversy00:31:32 - Arvind Kejriwal arrest00:59:57 - Letters01:16:13  - RecommendationsHafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/30/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 27 seconds
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Hafta 477: Electoral bonds, seat-sharing for Lok Sabha, Ramnath Goenka awards

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardan are joined by Dhanya Rajendran, co-founder of The News Minute.On electoral bonds, and the Trinamool Congress being its second-largest recipient, Anand says, “One factor [which determines this] is which party is seen as remaining in power for more time. Power magnets in a region.”The conversation moves on to the seat-sharing arrangements for the Lok Sabha polls. Talking about Tamil Nadu, Dhanya says the BJP has “almost sidelined the AIADMK” and has become “confident of forming an alliance in Tamil Nadu without the party, which was not possible five or 10 years ago”.On the Adani group funding the Ramnath Goenka Awards, Abhinandan says, “It’s complicated. For new journalists, it is a motivating factor, it builds morale.” Raman says it’s okay to receive awards funded by conglomerates as long as they do not interfere in the outlet’s coverage. He adds that The Indian Express’s coverage of the Hindenburg Research report accusing Adani group of stock manipulation was “relentless”.This and a lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00:05:20 - Headlines00:17:02  - Electoral bonds00:38:28 - Tamil Nadu, Bihar seat-sharing00:53:15  - Adani sponsoring Ramnath Goenka Awards01:13:55   - Letters01:35:11   - RecommendationsHafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Haftai recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta, edited by Umrav Singh. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/23/20241 hour, 47 minutes, 27 seconds
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Hafta 476: Electoral bonds, BJP candidates, CAA implementation

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Shardool Katyayan and JayashreeArunachalam are joined by Jagdeep Chhokar, founder and member of the Association for Democratic Reforms.On electoral bonds, Jagdeep says the exercise of matching the bonds data can never be conclusive, but “we should remember that the window between a bond being purchased and it being redeemed is 15 days”.The panel then discusses the BJP’s second list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. Abhinandan asks if the party is trying to change its image by dropping names of sitting MPs with a history of hate speech. Jayashree says it is fielding new faces only to strengthen the central leadership’s grip on state units.On the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act, Shardool says the law is “practically useless”. He explains that the naturalisation process requires 11 years of residency in the country, whereas the deadline for granting citizenship under the CAA is December 2014, and the law is being notified almost after a decade.Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00:02:31 - Headlines00:19:19 - Electoral bonds00:38:15 - BJP’s second list of candidates 00:48:33 - Notifying of CAA rules01:02:49 - Letters01:34:48 - RecommendationsHafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Haftai recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta, edited by Satish Kumar and Samarendra Dash. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/16/20241 hour, 46 minutes, 17 seconds
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Hafta 475: BJP’s candidates list, TMC strongman’s arrest in Sandeshkhali case

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by journalist Radhika Ramaseshan.On the BJP’s first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, Anand says the party has announced candidates for its “weak seats” first. Radhika points out that Uttar Pradesh will be a tough battle for the Opposition despite the Congress-SP alliance. The panel then discusses the arrest of TMC strongman Sheikh Shahjahan, the main accused in the Sandeshkhali case, and why the West Bengal police did not hand him over to the CBI. “The BJP is making an all-out effort,” says Radhika, adding that it was time for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to deliver on her promises, especially to women voters.This and a lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00:04:43 - Headlines00:42:11 - BJP’s first list of candidates01:01:35 - CBI custody to Sheikh Shahjahan 01:08:17 - Letters01:30:11 - RecommendationsHafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta, edited by Hassan Bilal.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/9/20241 hour, 35 minutes, 44 seconds
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Hafta 474: Cross-voting in Rajya Sabha polls, on India being a ‘dictatorship’

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by The News Minute’s executive editor Sudipto Mondal.On the cross-voting during Rajya Sabha polls in Karnataka, Sudipto points to the similarity in ideological stance of the state’s three major political parties. “There is no difference between the average BJP guy, the average JDS guy and the average Congress guy,” he says. Raman adds that in Himachal Pradesh’s RS polls, some members of the Congress knew beforehand that MLAs of their party would vote for the BJP.DiscussingDilip Mandal’s article responding to Dhruv Rathee’s video on India taking a turn towards dictatorship, Abhinandan says it’s a weak critique since debunking an idea with “whataboutery” is a nihilistic argument. Sudipto believes that nihilism is an important form of critique for the oppressed classes who have been kept out of power systems for centuries.This and a lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00:06:13 - Headlines00:31:44 - Rajya Sabha polls00:39:41 - Discussing Dilip Mandal’s article01:06:06 - Letters01:32:07 - Recommendations Hafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta, edited by Hassan Bilal.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/2/20241 hour, 41 minutes, 29 seconds
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Hafta 473: MSP guarantee for farmers, what happened in Sandeshkhali

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Shardool Katyayan are joined by journalist Monideepa Banerjie and agricultural policy expert Devinder Sharma.On the situation in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali, Monideepa gives a timeline of what happened. She explains that after being accused of exploiting local women, TMC leader Shahjahan Sheikh has been absconding for the last 50 days and hasn’t returned to the village. Shardool says, “It is the BJP that has shown why it is important to have a strong opposition.”The panel then discusses the farmers’ demand for a minimum support price guarantee for agricultural produce. Citing data, Devinder says farmers are facing the “crisis of survival” as the average income from farming in India is Rs 27 per day. Abhinandan says many well-to-do farmers in Punjab support their lifestyle from other businesses as farming remains unprofitable.This and a lot more. Tune in!We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00:05:20 - Headlines00:19:00 - Sandeshkhali00:48:15 - Farmers’ protests01:32:44 - Letters01:57:42 - RecommendationsHafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aryan Mahtta, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/24/20242 hours, 9 minutes, 22 seconds
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Hafta 472: Electoral bonds verdict, farmers’ protest, Haldwani violence

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Association of Democratic Reforms chief Anil Verma, The Hindu’s deputy editor AM Jigeesh and Newslaundry reporter Sumedha Mittal. Anil, one of the litigants who moved the Supreme Court against the electoral bonds scheme, delves into the significance of the top court’s verdict declaring it “unconstitutional”, and the political parties’ take on it. He says the bonds were a “win-win situation” for all political parties, but the Supreme Court has “upheld the right to information.” “There is a connection between electoral bonds and farmers’ protests,” says Jigeesh, adding that a “deep structural crisis” is plaguing India. On the farmers’ protest, Manisha says agrarian distress is written all over it. The panel also discusses the violence in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani as Sumedha recounts how the media was “cut off” from the site of demolition of the mosque and madrasa. “No story you see is coming from inside the curfew area… cops are also stationed outside the houses of the deceased.” This and a lot more. Tune in!Hafta letters: Culture wars, the fall of great empires, new website feedback   We have a page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app.General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans. Click here to support us.Timecodes00:02:58 - Headlines00:15:46 - Electoral bonds verdict 00:35:55 - Farmers’ protests01:10:29 - Jigeesh AM’s recommendations01:13:31 - Haldwani violence 01:29:11 - Letters01:44:39 - RecommendationsHafta letters, recommendations, songs and referencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Priyali Dhingra, edited by Hassan Bilal.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/17/20241 hour, 57 minutes, 2 seconds
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Chota Hafta 471

This week, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by journalist Nirupama Subramanian and Supreme Court advocate-on-record Anas Tanwir.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/10/202414 minutes, 8 seconds
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Chota Hafta 470

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Prateek Goyal are joined by cultural studies professor Ravikant Kisana aka Buffalo Intellectual.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/3/202415 minutes, 8 seconds
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Chota Hafta 469

This week, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Shardool Katyayan and Anand Vardhan are joined by senior journalist Saeed Naqvi.We have a new Sena project on Ram Mandir’s impact on Ayodhya’s residents. Contribute today.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/27/202413 minutes, 24 seconds
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Chota Hafta 468

This week, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by author, translator and journalist Sugata Srinivasaraju and journalist Rishika Pardikar.We have a new Sena project on Ram Mandir’s impact on Ayodhya’s residents. Contribute today.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/20/202414 minutes, 58 seconds
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Chota Hafta 467

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan are joined by Sanjay Hegde, a senior advocate at the Supreme Court. We have a new Sena project on Ram Mandir’s impact on Ayodhya’s residents. Contribute today.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Celebrate Christmas with us with exciting hampers.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/13/202413 minutes, 47 seconds
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Chota Hafta 466

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Business Standard consulting editor Radhika Ramaseshan.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Celebrate Christmas with us with exciting hampers.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/6/202413 minutes, 16 seconds
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Chota Hafta 465

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Raman Kirpal are joined by Dhanya Rajendran, editor-in-chief of The News Minute.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Celebrate Christmas with us with exciting hampers.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/30/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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Chota Hafta 464

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Raman Kirpal are joined by journalist Neerja Chowdhury, author of the book How Prime Ministers Decide.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Celebrate Christmas with us with exciting hampers.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/23/202315 minutes, 5 seconds
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Chota Hafta 463

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Centre for Policy Research fellow Rahul Verma, and journalist and researcher Aruna Chandrashekhar.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media. Celebrate Christmas with us with exciting hampers.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/16/202310 minutes, 56 seconds
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Chota Hafta 462

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan are joined by journalists Ashutosh Bhardwaj and Samrat X.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/9/202312 minutes, 15 seconds
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Chota Hafta 461

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by anthropologist and activist Lokesh Ohri and digital content creator Meghnad.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/2/202314 minutes, 56 seconds
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Chota Hafta 460

This week on NL Hafta’s election special episode, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by senior journalist Tabeenah Anjum.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/25/202313 minutes, 59 seconds
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Chota Hafta 459

This week on NL Hafta’s election special episode, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri and Raman Kirpal are joined by Newslaundry and The News Minute’s  reporters – Basant Kumar, Sudipto Mondal, Prateek Goyal, Anjana Meenakshi and Tanishka Sodhi – who covered the assembly elections from ground zero.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/18/202316 minutes, 28 seconds
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Chota Hafta 458

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director for research and advocacy at the Centre for Science and Environment.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/202313 minutes, 4 seconds
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Chota Hafta 457

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri and Manisha Pande are joined by lawyer Apar Gupta and activist Anjali Bhardwaj.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/4/202317 minutes, 35 seconds
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Chota Hafta 456

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by independent journalist Rohan Venkat and senior sports journalists Sharda Ugra and Chander Shekhar Luthra.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/28/202313 minutes, 47 seconds
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Chota Hafta 455

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam and Raman Kirpal are joined by The News Minute’s senior news editor Shabbir Ahmed.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/21/202316 minutes, 38 seconds
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Chota Hafta 454

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by The Hindu’s International Affairs editor Stanly Johny.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/14/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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Chota Hafta 453

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Scroll editor Mehraj Lone and Professor Ravikant Kisana aka Buffalo Intellectual.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/7/202316 minutes, 41 seconds
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Chota Hafta 452

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by author and writer Amandeep Sandhu.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/30/202314 minutes, 56 seconds
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Chota Hafta 451

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Seema Chishti, a veteran journalist and editor at The Wire. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/23/202313 minutes, 59 seconds
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Chota Hafta 450

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Dr Rajesh Rajagopalan, a professor of international politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/16/202315 minutes
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Chota Hafta 449

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri and Raman Kirpal are joined by academic Zoya Hasan and former chief election commissioner Dr SY Quraishi.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/9/202316 minutes, 32 seconds
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Chota Hafta 448

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by senior journalist Nirupama Subramanian and multimedia artist Anurag Minus Verma.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/2/202320 minutes, 41 seconds
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Chota Hafta 447

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal are joined by senior advocate at the Supreme Court, Menaka Guruswamy.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/26/202314 minutes, 42 seconds
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Hafta 447: India’s criminal code, colonisation, Chandrayaan-3’s historic journey

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal are joined by senior advocate at the Supreme Court, Menaka Guruswamy.The conversation began on the criminal code of India as Menaka deconstructed the criminal manual and the definition of ‘criminality’ in India. She delved into why the country needed a rigorous reform of the criminal code to move beyond colonisation.The panel also deliberated on the protective nature of judicial custody over police custody. “As a society, not only are we interested in crime being addressed, but we are also interested in [ensuring that] the innocent [are] not being put away for things they didn’t do,” said Menaka. The conversation then moved to the addition of organised crime to Indian criminal law and its implications for hate crimes and incidents of mob lynching in the country.The discussion then shifted to Chandrayaan-3’s historic Moon landing and its celebration across the country. Manisha drew attention to the “amazing” speech by ISRO chief S Somanath, while Abhinandan took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address and said it was for the world and not just the country. This and a lot more, tune in!We have a new page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here.Subscribers play an important role in shaping the direction of our work. To understand that better, we want you to fill out this survey: Active disruptor: click here, Active Gamechanger: click here. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app.Timecodes00:02:49 - Headlines 00:16:40 - Criminal Code01:08:54 - Chandrayaan-3 landing01:22:30 - Subscriber letters01:34:47 - Recommendations Hafta Letters, Recommendations, song & ReferencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, Prashant Kumar & Aryan Mahtta, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/26/20231 hour, 43 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hafta 446: Modi’s Independence Day speech, Gandhi then and now, Himachal failures

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by author Tushar Gandhi. The conversation begins with Tushar recounting the police action against the silent march in Mumbai to commemorate the Quit India Movement, and the “insecurities” of the Maharashtra government. The panel divulges how a peaceful march is perceived as more dangerous by the state than one involving hate speech and people armed with weapons. The discussion stirs to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech, which Abhinandan views as “pale” and “a bit under confident” in comparison to his earlier speeches. “Even an Independence Day speech is not about the nation, it is about Modi’s electoral prospects,” says Tushar, while the panel highlights the significance of Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge’s absence from Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort as a mark of protest. Dwelling into the times of the independence movement, Tushar talks about his great grandfather Mahatma Gandhi’s relations with noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore. He also sheds light on how Maharashtrians view “Bapu” and the manoeuvres to show Gandhi and Ambedkar as adversaries. Jayshree asks Tushar about the fake news and hate campaigns against Gandhi. Abhinandan delves into how Indian history has suffered from a chronic ignorance of truth. Meanwhile, on the floods and the consequent devastation in Himachal Pradesh, Raman highlights the inadequacies of Modi’s Har Ghar Nal campaign, and the purported absence of scientific approach in the infrastructure projects in the sensitive Himalayan region. This and a lot more, tune in!We have a new page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app.Timecodes00:05:15 - Headlines 00:14:03 - PM Speech on Independence day00:41:36 - Gandhi’s Legacy01:10:45 - Himachal floods01:21:47 - Subscriber letters01:32:50 - Recommendations Only for Acast: Hafta Letters, Recommendations, song & ReferencesCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan & Prashant Kumar, edited by Hassan Bilal.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/19/20231 hour, 46 minutes, 54 seconds
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Chota Hafta 445

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri and Manisha Pande are joined by professor Jabin Jacob and public policy expert Meghnad S.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/12/202316 minutes, 16 seconds
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Chota Hafta 444

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by senior journalist Maneesh Chhibber and advocate Shahrukh Alam.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/5/202315 minutes, 16 seconds
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Chota Hafta 443

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Shardool Katyayan and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by senior journalist Arati Jerath. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/29/202318 minutes, 52 seconds
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Chota Hafta 442

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by senior journalist Yashwant Deshmukh and Scroll’s assistant editor Arunabh Saikia. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/22/202316 minutes, 10 seconds
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Hafta 441: West Bengal’s political violence, missed signs of flood, climate volatility

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Shardool Katyayan are joined by senior journalist Monideepa Banerjie.On the violence brewing in West Bengal in the run up to the panchayat elections – and during polling, the panel deconstructs the ‘culture of violence’ that has existed in the state. They dwell into what makes West Bengal and its history more porous to such political strife. Manisha questions “whether this violence is a ‘left legacy’ or just Bengal in essence”. The panel also discusses the instrumental role of rural politics in the big picture.The discussion then stirs to the signs we missed in the build-up to the current floods across Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. “Why is urban planning so inept at accommodating the population?” asks Shardool. The conversation then moves on to the irony presented to us, courtesy of the volatile climate, and how none of us are ready to meet the ‘El Nino Motherload’.This and a lot more, tune in!Timecodes00:03:35 - Headlines 00:21:12 - Bengal Panchayat Polls01:01:08 - North India Floods01:12:53 - Subscriber letters01:37:12 - Recommendations Hafta Song, Letters & RecommendationsCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan & Prashant Kumar, edited by Hassan Bilal.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/15/20231 hour, 49 minutes, 34 seconds
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Chota Hafta 440

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by Loksatta editor Girish Kuber.Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/8/202339 minutes, 22 seconds
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Chota Hafta 439

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhindandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, and Raman Kirpal are joined by online content creators Akash Banerjee and Madri Kakoti. Check out the Newslaundry store and flaunt your love for independent media.Download the Newslaundry app. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/1/202329 minutes, 59 seconds
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Chota Hafta 438

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by Suhasini Haidar, diplomatic affairs editor at the Hindu. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/24/202323 minutes, 36 seconds
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Chota Hafta 437

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Shardool Katyayan are joined by independent journalist Hemant Gairola and Sreejan Balakrishnan, director of news at the Fourth.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/17/202333 minutes, 40 seconds
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Chota Hafta 436

This week on NL Hafta, it’s an all-Newslaundry pane with Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/10/202316 minutes, 49 seconds
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Chota Hafta 435

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Shardool Katyayan are joined by Aditi Phadnis, contributing editor at Business Standard. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/3/202329 minutes, 43 seconds
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Chota Hafta 434

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Shardool Katyayan are joined by Nihar Gokhale, editor with the Morning Context. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/27/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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Chota Hafta 433

This week, it’s an all-in-house panel with Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/20/202323 minutes, 12 seconds
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Chota Hafta 432

This week, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal are joined by Sangeeta Barooah, national affairs editor at the Wire and author Sowmya Rajendran. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/13/202321 minutes, 2 seconds
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Chota Hafta 431

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by editor-in-chief of the News Minute, Dhanya Rajendran and CPR Fellow Rahul Verma. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/6/202325 minutes, 43 seconds
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Chota Hafta 430

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri and Raman Kirpal are joined by journalists Manoj Mitta and Ragamalika Karthikeyan. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/29/202339 minutes, 26 seconds
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Chota Hafta 429:

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by journalist Madhavan Narayanan. The conversation begins with the frenzy around the opening of the two flagship Apple stores in Mumbai and Delhi this week. Abhinandan expresses his surprise at the media coverage of the “spectacle-like” openings while Madhavan equates it to a modern-day pilgrimage. “Research in the west shows that consumerism has become a latter day religion,” he says. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/22/202330 minutes, 27 seconds
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Chota Hafta 428

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam and Raman Kirpal are joined by advocate and Internet Freedom Foundation cofounder Apar Gupta.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/15/202341 minutes, 3 seconds
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Chota Hafta 427

This week, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam, Anand Vardhan and Raman Kirpal are joined by journalist and entrepreneur TR Vivek.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/8/202331 minutes, 57 seconds
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Chota Hafta 426

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal are joined by Vandita Mishra, national opinion editor at Indian Express.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/1/202327 minutes, 1 second
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Chota Hafta 425

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam, Anand Vardhan and Raman Kirpal are joined by writer Amandeep Sandhu. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/25/202327 minutes, 3 seconds
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Chota Hafta 424

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam and  Raman Kirpal are joined by documentary filmmaker Somnath Waghmare.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/18/202332 minutes, 26 seconds
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Chota Hafta 423

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by Leena Gita Reghunath, the audience development editor at the Caravan. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/11/202327 minutes, 20 seconds
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Chota Hafta 422

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam and  Raman Kirpal are joined by Umakant Lakhera, journalist and president of the Press Club of India, and Karma Paljor, editor-in-chief of EastMojo.  To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/4/202329 minutes, 38 seconds
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Chota Hafta 421

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by Amit Kumar, executive editor of EastMojo. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/25/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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Chota Hafta 420

This week, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, and Raman Kirpal are joined by Historian and Author S Irfan Habib. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/18/202331 minutes, 43 seconds
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Chota Hafta 419: Big pharma in India, Parliament ruckus

A snippet of NL Hafta for non-subscribers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/11/202339 minutes, 21 seconds
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Chota Hafta 417

This week, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal are joined by Indian journalist, activist and author Aakar Patel.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/28/202323 minutes, 39 seconds
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Chota Hafta 416

This week, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by political commentator Neerja Chowdhury and sports journalist Chander Shekhar Luthra. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/21/202322 minutes, 56 seconds
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Chota Hafta 415

This week, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal are joined by Khurram Hussain, a prominent business journalist from Pakistan, and Shabbir Ahmed, senior news editor at the News Minute. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/14/202330 minutes, 15 seconds
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Chota Hafta 414

This week, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by Prashant Reddy T, an author and lawyer. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/7/202331 minutes, 47 seconds
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Chota Hafta 413

In the last NL Hafta of the year, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined this week by Sumit Chauhan, founding editor of The Shudra.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/31/202219 minutes, 37 seconds
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Hafta 412: The ‘most satisfying’ career and all the FIFA controversies

It’s an all-Newslaundry panel this week with Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone and Anand Vardhan. The conversation begins with speculation about Mehraj’s future career choices. Anand mentions bureaucracy while Manisha talks about the media. “If money isn’t your main priority, teaching is the best. The most satisfying in the long run,” adds Abhinandan. Then discussion shifts to what Abhinandan calls “the most exciting FIFA ever”, as the panel discusses all the controversial headlines, Messi’s big win and Qatar’s management of the tournament. “What was the stated objective of Qatar behind FIFA and was it counterproductive,” asks Abhinandan. Tune in!Hafta letters: NL interviews, renouncing citizenship, podcast player issuesSong: Auld Lang SyneTimecodes00:00:00 - Introduction00:02:42 - Headlines00:12:26 - Mehraj’s Future00:40:02 - Qatar and Fifa00:58:19 - Subscriber mails01:08:53 - RecommendationsRecommendationsManishaMunir Niazi - Aj da din Bob Dylan on Music's Golden Era vs. StreamingHighway 61 Revisited The Physical Genius AnandHow to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention EconomyMehrajIn Praise of IdlenessLionel Messi winning World Cup would define him but he’s already among the greatest of all‘It was a set-up, we were fooled’: the coal mine that ate an Indian villageAbhinandanThe Genius of Lionel Messi Just Walking AroundThe Last CupCheck out our previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hassan Bilal.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/24/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 35 seconds
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Chota Hafta 411

This week, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Nirupama Subramanian, national editor for strategic affairs at the Indian Express.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/17/202222 minutes, 36 seconds
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Chota Hafta 410

This week, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by Vibes of India founder editor Deepal Trivedi and Citizen associate editor Rajeev Khanna. The conversation begins with the top headlines of the week and the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly poll results. Briefing the panel on the numbers and demographics, Deepal says, “What works in Gujarat, is the charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” While she talks about election narratives that favoured the BJP and AAP, Rajeev gives an insight into the stepping stones behind the Modi factor.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/202223 minutes, 32 seconds
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Chota Hafta 409: Adani gets NDTV, China protests, Israeli director blasts The Kashmir Files

Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined this week by Krishn Kaushik of the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and independent journalist Sowmiya Ashok.They talk about the ongoing protests in China against severe Covid restrictions and how the communist regime is responding to them. Sowmiya, who has reported from China, explains why the mere act of people showing up to protest in that country is “brave and a big deal”. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/3/202233 minutes, 58 seconds
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Chota Hafta 408: Climate action, EC appointments, Qatar controversies

This week, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by Joydeep Gupta, the south Asia director at Third Pole, and Emanuela Barbiroglio, the European climate and energy correspondent for Carbon Pulse. The discussion begins with controversies surrounding the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar, before moving to the Supreme Court hearing over petitions seeking reforms in the appointment of election commissioners. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/26/202234 minutes, 53 seconds
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Chota Hafta 407

It’s an all-Newslaundry panel this week as Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Mehraj D Lone. To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/19/202224 minutes, 37 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 406

This week, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan are joined by National Law University professor Anup Surendranath and independent journalist Cynthia Stephen. The discussion begins with the Supreme Court’s landmark verdict on the EWS reservation and how it will impact marginalised communities. Cynthia suggests that the constitution’s “intent has been weakened” through the introduction of this quota.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/12/202228 minutes, 43 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 405

Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Jayshree Arunachalam are joined this week by Yunus Lasania, Hyderabad city editor of Siasat.To listen to the full Episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Aditya Varier, edited by Saif Ali Ekram. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/5/202220 minutes, 13 seconds
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Chota Hafta 404

Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan are joined this week by NDTV’s London correspondent Radhika Iyer and British journalist Sunny Hundal. To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/29/202222 minutes, 53 seconds
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Chota Hafta 403

Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined on this week’s NL Hafta by BBC reporter Mayuresh Konnur, who starts the discussion by talking about his experiences covering the Congress party’s ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra. To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/22/202223 minutes, 38 seconds
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Hafta 402: You ask, we answer – a special feedback episode

This week on NL Hafta, it’s an all-Newslaundry panel with Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone and Jayashree Arunachalam. ” Hafta letters: Language and Hindi imposition, moonlighting, freebie culture00:01:56 - Headlines00:22:25 - Subscriber mails01:29:57 - RecommendationsReferencesMoonlightingMulayam Singh Yadav: The pragmatic journey of one of India’s most enduring mass leadersJayashreeThe Rise and Fall of the Third ReichFor All MankindRamanOct. 5 event was my formal conversion to Buddhism, says AAP leader Rajendra Pal GautamThe slick claims of India’s ‘healthy’ oilsMeet the man who sold Ambani's NDTV stake to AdaniManishaWhen the Hindu Right Came for BollywoodBanned: How PFI morphed into a stridently militant outfit over 3 decadesHow Xi Rewrote China’s Rulebook to Build the Party Around HimselfMehrajUnderstanding the Rise of Civilisational Discourse and the 'Indian Way of Democracy'SkandalAbhinandanSocial Media Outbursts On JudgesWhen the Hindu Right Came for BollywoodUnicorns Become "Cockroaches" As Tech Funding Dries Up Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/15/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 33 seconds
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Chota Hafta 401

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone are joined by veteran journalist RK Misra and the News Minute senior correspondent Paul Oommen. To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/8/202218 minutes, 11 seconds
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Hafta 400: Hindi ‘imposition’ in India, Congress presidential polls

This week to celebrate 400 episodes of NL Hafta, it’s an all-Newslaundry panel featuring Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan.The discussion begins with the “imposition” of Hindi in India, Amit Shah’s comments at Hindi Diwas on the promotion of Hindi, and whether India needs a “link language” to tie people together.Jayashree thinks English is a suitable link language, if India needs one, but Manisha disagrees. Anand says non-Hindi speakers should continue taking up Hindi naturally without any immediate imposition by the government, which he deems unconstitutional.The panel also talks about the drama surrounding the Congress president election. The Media Rumble is back in its sixth edition! Register here to attend: https://twagateway.com/themediarumble/ticketBookings/Tickets 00:02:00 - Headlines00:41:51 - Language imposition 01:32:00 - Congress presidential polls01:44:19  - RecommendationsJayashreeAfter Decades In Jail, A 95-Year-Old Terror Convict Mounts A Legal Battle To Go Home To DieModi Has Destroyed More Temples Than Aurangzeb: Vishwanath Temple MahantManishaA Sibling Disappears, and the Mystery Repeats ItselfWhat’s ‘stopping’ India Inc from investing in India?AnandHis story is China’s history: Xi uses versions of historical analysis to serve the party as well as his personal ambitionsMehrajPostmodernism disrobedThe Forgotten Lessons of the Recovered Memory MovementRamanSidneyAbhinandanOracle India Paid US$400,000 to Railway Company Officials for a Contract in 2019: US SECReal Dictators: Lenin Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/1/20221 hour, 56 minutes, 15 seconds
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Chota Hafta 399

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam, Raman Kirpal and Mehraj D Lone are joined by author and activist Amrit Wilson and journalist Sunny Hundal. To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/24/202229 minutes, 25 seconds
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Chota Hafta 398

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Cambridge University professor Shruti Kapila. To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Check out previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/17/202221 minutes, 57 seconds
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Chota Hafta 397

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan of Newslaundry are joined by Abhishek Angad, principal correspondent of the Indian Express in Jharkhand. To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/10/202233 minutes, 26 seconds
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Chota Hafta 396

This week on NL Hafta, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Arathi R Jairath, a seasoned journalist, and Dhanya Rajendran, editor of the News Minute. Register for FoE Con, a forum in partnership with Internet Freedom Foundation on September 11 at IIC, Delhi: https://foe-con.in/To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/3/202217 minutes, 44 seconds
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Chota Hafta 395

This week on NL Hafta, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone and Anand Vardhan of Newslaundry are joined by Ashutosh Bhardwaj, editor-at-large of Outlook. To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/27/202225 minutes, 3 seconds
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Chota Hafta 394

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by senior assistant editor of the Hindu Mahesh Langa.To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry. Download the Newslaundry app. Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hassan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/20/202219 minutes, 12 seconds
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Chota Hafta 392

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam, Raman Kirpal, and Anand Vardhan of Newslaundry are joined by senior journalist Monideepa Banerjie.To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hasan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/6/202220 minutes, 41 seconds
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Chota Hafta 391

To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hasan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/30/202220 minutes, 11 seconds
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Chota Hafta 390

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Anand Vardhan are joined by journalist Krishn Kaushik. To listen to the full Episode,subscribe to Newslaundry.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Saif Ali Ekram & Hasan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/23/202223 minutes, 17 seconds
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Chota Hafta 389

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by the Indian Express executive editor Ritu Sarin. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry.Download the Newslaundry app. Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan, edited by Hasan Bilal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/16/202220 minutes, 17 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 388: Religious intolerance in India, SC on Nupur Sharma

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan are joined by author Hilal Ahmed. They discuss rising religious intolerance and visible polarisation in India. “India is a highly diverse country to lead to such a situation,” says Hilal, responding to Abhinandan's question about whether the country was hurtling towards genocide. RecommendationsHilalNacohusIslam and Controversy: The Politics of Free Speech After Rushdie Main Azaad HoonManishaThe history of the politics of blasphemy in the Indian subcontinentBhadas4Media: Hindi media watchdog that thrives on guts and gossipMehrajDo we need a new theory of evolution?AnandStates, freebies and the costs of fiscal profligacyFact-Checking the Fact-CheckersRamanInside the Alt News office after Mohammed Zubair’s arrestFunding to 'non-cooperation': One-sided reportage on Zubair, with help from anonymous sourcesZubair insulted ‘respected religious leader’ Bajrang Muni's followers: UP police argue in Supreme CourtAbhinandanWhy Supreme Court’s Nupur Sharma remarks are dangerousSocial Media Outbursts On Judges – Impact On Dispensation Of JusticeName’s Bond, EM Bond: Like Roger Moore’s spy roles, emerging markets deserve a fresh review. They are set for another solid run Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/9/202229 minutes, 53 seconds
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Chota Hafta 387

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by editor of EastMojo Amit Kumar and Rajasthan-based journalist Tabeenah Anjum.  To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan. Edited by Saif Ali Ekram. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/2/202216 minutes, 34 seconds
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Chota Hafta 386

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone and Anand Vardhan are joined by Sudhir Suryawanshi, author and journalist at the New Indian Express. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan. Edited by Saif Ali Ekram. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/25/202223 minutes, 6 seconds
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Chota Hafta 385

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande,  Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by senior journalist Ajai Shukla. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry.Produced and recorded by Tehreem Roshan; edited by Saif Ali Ekram and Samrendra K Dash.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/18/202223 minutes, 37 seconds
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Chota Hafta 384

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande,  Mehraj D Lone and Raman Kirpal are joined by journalist Seema Guha.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/11/202218 minutes, 51 seconds
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Chota Hafta 383

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam, Mehraj D Lone and Raman Kirpal are joined by journalist and author Aarish Chhabra. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/4/202216 minutes, 26 seconds
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Chota Hafta 382

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam, and Raman Kirpal are joined by author and professor Jabin Thomas Jacob.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/28/202218 minutes, 27 seconds
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Chota Hafta 381

This week on NL Hafta, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone and Raman Kirpal of Newslaundry are joined by Fahad Zuberi, researcher in architecture and city studies. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/21/202222 minutes, 11 seconds
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Chota Hafta 380

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone and Anand Vardhan are joined by Lubhyathi Rangarajan, a lawyer and researcher, and Nikhila Henry, head of the Quint’s South India bureau.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/14/202217 minutes, 35 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 379: India’s heatwave, Prashant Kishor’s ‘padyatra’, US abortion law

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam, are joined by Lou Del Bello, an energy and climate change journalist.The panel discusses the ongoing heatwave in India and how climate change is missing from mainstream media headlines or prime time debates. “Every single decision in the newsroom has to be very intentional when it comes to climate change,” Bello says. They go on to discuss how to make climate change an issue of interest for the general public in a more proactive way. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/7/202228 minutes, 25 seconds
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Chota Hafta 378

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal are joined by Dhanya Rajendran, editor in chief of the News Minute, and Abhishek Baxi, a freelance tech journalist.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/30/202215 minutes, 30 seconds
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Chota Hafta 377

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by Himanshu, an associate professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/23/202217 minutes, 22 seconds
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Chota Hafta 376

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by journalist Abhilash Khandekar and South Asia expert Michael Kugelman.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/16/202215 minutes, 1 second
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Chota Hafta 375

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Meghnad S are joined by journalist Saqib Tanveer from the Independent Urdu.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/9/202215 minutes, 1 second
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Chota Hafta 374

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by professor, writer and economist R Ramakumar and journalist Puja Mehra.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/2/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Hafta 373: The Kashmir Files, reportage on the Kashmiri Pandits, Congress party’s survival

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by senior journalist and writer Alpana Kishore.The panel delves into the chaos surrounding The Kashmir Files and what it means in terms of propaganda. may never exist.”The panel also discusses what ails the Congress party in India and how long it can survive. Listen.Hafta letters: Abhinandan on millennials, western reaction to Russia-Ukraine, The Kashmir FilesReferencesHafta 372Hafta 362Reporting from Kashmir :Alpana KishoreMP govt to issue notice to IAS officer Niyaz Khan over tweets on ‘The Kashmir Files’PM Modi hails 'The Kashmir Files' movie, says 'campaign being run to discredit the film'Kashmir’s Standstill AgreementRecommendationsAlpana“Who will tell them this land belongs to your father when I die?”AnandVillainy RamanLimitlessOn Kashmir, listen to all those who sufferedMP quota for Kendriya Vidyalaya admissions must goAbhinandanRace, racism, and tax lawHow 'shock therapy' created Russian oligarchs and paved the path for PutinCheck out previous Hafta recommendations.Produced and Recorded by Lipi Vats and Tehreem Roshan, edited by Umrav Singh and Saif Ali Ekram. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/26/20221 hour, 38 minutes, 27 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 372: Sanctions against Russia, Karnataka High Court on hijab, future of Congress party

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Suhasini Haidar, diplomatic affairs editor of the Hindu.The discussion starts with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, India’s stance, and responses in terms of foreign policy. Suhasini explains the various sanctions being imposed on Russia and suggests that the world may “be divided into two parts, the dollar- and non-dollar transactions, after this war”.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/19/202220 minutes, 36 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 371: Dissecting the BJP triumph, Cong rout and AAP wave

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan are joined by Jatinder Kaur Tur, journalist at the Caravan,  and Sandesh Prabudesai, editor of Goa News and author of Ajeeb Goa’s Gajab Politics - Goa Elections: A Perspective.Discussing the election results, Jatinder Kaur Tur says that people in Punjab were disillusioned with Captain Amarinder Singh for “not living up to his promise and consorting with the Akalis”, but that the Congress should have given him an honorable exit. While Abhinandan disagrees, Manisha adds that a Dalit CM candidate by the Congress might not have helped the party as “Dalits don’t consolidate in Punjab as they do in UP” and “Jat Sikhs control narratives and panchayats”.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/12/202223 minutes, 20 seconds
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Chota Hafta 370

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by Happymon Jacob, writer and JNU professor, and Rahul Verma, fellow at the Centre for Policy Research.The panel talks about the Indian government’s delayed evacuation of Indian students in Ukraine. Anand says dispatching ministers at a time like this “is not always a bad move depending on the person’s capabilities”, but not everyone agrees. Happymon says, “India is the only country to be in the good books of all. Yet it only cares about itself.”On the final phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh, the panel discusses the situation on the ground and how experts are confused as to which party will emerge the winner. This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/5/202210 minutes, 37 seconds
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Chota Hafta 369

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri and Raman Kirpal are joined by Nishtha Gautam, senior editor at the Quint, and Scroll.in journalist  Arunabh Saikia.The discussion starts with the invasion of Ukraine which has been termed as a “special military operation” by Russia. The panel talks about US president Joe Biden’s recent speech and threats of sanctions against the Russian government. Raman calls Vladimir Putin’s orders the “work of a mad man”.The conversation shifts to polling in Uttar Pradesh as the panel discusses the role of caste. They speak about BSP chief Mayawati’s impact despite her party being a weak opposition. “BSP supporters will vote for Mayawati regardless of the people in power,” Arunabh says.They also talk about the recent murder of a Bajrang Dal activist in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district.This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/26/202213 minutes, 14 seconds
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Chota Hafta 368

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of the Caravan.The discussion starts with senior Congress leader Ashwani Kumar quitting the party and whether this will impact the Congress’s future prospects. Abhinandan calls it “one of the best things that could have happened to the Congress in years”, while Raman describes Kumar and other senior leaders as “dead wood”.The conversation shifts to the assembly election in Punjab, particularly the chief minister's comments on keeping “bhaiyas” from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar out of the state. The panel analyses how cultural stereotypes are used and why they are problematic. Moving on to Karnataka, the panel talks about the hijab row and whether it will impact the assembly elections.This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/18/202214 minutes, 9 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 367

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri and Raman Kirpal are joined by part of the team covering the elections for NL: Nidhi Suresh from Goa, Ayush Tiwari from Punjab, Basant Kumar from Uttar Pradesh, and Hridayesh Joshi from Uttarakhand.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/12/202215 minutes, 12 seconds
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Hafta 366: Ten years of Newslaundry, Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Parliament, Karnataka hijab row

This week on NL Hafta, it’s an all-Newslaundry panel with Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan, Jayashree Arunachalam and Mehraj D Lone.The discussion starts with Rahul Gandhi’s speech in the ParliamentThe panel talks about the hijab row in Karnataka. Since it’s 10 years of Newslaundry, the panelists also talk about the journey so far and what to look forward to in the future.This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.Recommendations:JayashreeThe Last WatchBudget 2022: Why the budget speech makes for a bad WhatsApp forwardManishaAjeeb Goa’s Gajab Politics | Morning Show Ep 6 ft Sandesh Prabhudesai ‘Is a political party bribing journalists in Goa?’ | Morning Show Ep 2MehrajPartisan Disagreement: The Role of Media, Personal Networks and Gender in Forming Political PreferencesThe Nuclear Family was a MistakeAnandUnderstanding India’s new Political EconomyThe Regional Roots Of Development Politics In IndiaRamanToo many candidates, too few berths: BJP’s problem of plenty in Manipurखुद को BJP का 'कट्टर समर्थक' बताने वाले Agra के जूता व्यापारी क्यों कर रहे हैं Election का बहिष्कार?My Son's FatherNever at HomeGone AwayShark TankAbhinandanHow Wordle's Creator Feels About Selling His Viral GameCheck out previous Hafta recommendations. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/5/20222 hours, 31 seconds
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Chhota hafta 365

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by author and journalist  Nisha Susan.The conversation starts with a brief discussion on Nisha’s new book, which is a collection of short stories about relationships in post-internet India. The panel then moves on to discuss cases of sex crimes. Jayashree recollects the sexual assault case against Malayali actor Dileep, and the acquittal of bishop Franco Mulakkal who was accused of raping nuns. In light of these cases, Nisha explains how Dileep’s case is of “rape by supari”. “Rape the person and film it for revenge.”“I hope these nuns get some sort of justice with these letters, because otherwise it would be really hard to live in this world,” Nisha says.They talk about the railway exams and the protests by students while highlighting the lack of adequate media coverage in the issue. They also discuss the Uttar Pradesh poll campaign and the BJP’s bid to polarise. This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/29/202216 minutes, 43 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 364

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Meghnad S are joined by Dr Sumaiya Shaikh, founding editor of Alt News Science, and independent journalist Samarth Bansal.The discussion starts with Omicron cases in India, and whether the strain is “milder” than previous variants. Sumaiya says, “This new infection is not ‘mild’ in theory. But because of vaccinations, it has turned mild.” When Raman asks about data on Omicron cases, she says, “The biggest problem in India regarding data is that there is none.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/22/202225 minutes, 50 seconds
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Hafta 363: Inflation and its impact, BJP resignations in Uttar Pradesh

Timecodes:4:03 - Headlines8:40 - Inflation29:55 - UP politics 56:43 - Punjab campaigns59:40 - Saina Nehwal, Decoupled1:48:43 -  Subscriber letters2:11:47  - RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Anand Vardhan are joined by author Chetan Bhagat. The discussion starts with the inflation rates in the US and India. Chetan says, “You can’t see the true suffering of a common man in the stock market because it’s an evaluation of the big companies in India. And that is why it is so disconnected from the actual world.” The panel also discusses happiness and wellbeing indices in the context of Pakistan being “happier” than India, according to a recent survey. On ministers and others quitting the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, Manisha says, “All mainstream media have run the BJP statement which says these ministers weren’t performing well.” Raman says the “caste equation is going a bit wrong” with these resignations, and that the BJP “will lose vote count”. Chetan doesn’t fully agree, saying Adityanath “does have popularity, so a few resignations won’t matter that much”.The conversation also spans the Punjab election campaigns, actor Siddharth’s comments on Saina Nehwal, and more.This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.RecommendationsChetanHuberman LabDecoupledAnandRevised SOP on preventive measures to  be followed while conducting examinationsThe Great Hindu Civilisation: Achievement, Neglect, Bias and the Way Forward RamanManisha14 Peaks: Nothing Is ImpossibleThe Tender BarAbhinandanMedia experts sound alarm on rise of paywalled contentAfter Each Attack He Carried the Wounded. Then He Became a Victim. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/15/20222 hours, 10 minutes, 6 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 362: ‘Bulli Bai’ case, Central Vista, PM’s convoy row

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by journalists Alpana Kishore and Quratulain Rehbar.Quratulain explains how she was one of the people featured in the “Bulli Bai” app, and talks about how Muslim women are targeted. “I have been trolled for my journalism before but that hasn’t been offensive because there is a reason: of difference of opinion,” she says. “But here, it’s a plain attack and objectifying women.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/8/202224 minutes, 18 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 361: Covid surge, doctors’ protest, attacks on minorities in India

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan are joined by Naresh Fernandes, editor of Scroll, and Jammi N Rao, independent public health physician and epidemiologist.The discussion starts with the surge in Covid cases worldwide, and how holiday celebrations might increase community-based transmission. “The vaccine does not guarantee that you won’t be infected again,” Jammi says. “But what it does guarantee is that you won’t be hospitalised or seriously ill.” Check out our Christmas offer here​​.Gamechanger subscribers, click here to get a private RSS link to listen to NL Hafta on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castro, Pocket Casts. Alert us at [email protected] if you face any problems.Click here to register for upcoming sessions of NL Recess. Join our Discord server for subscribers so you don't miss any Recess mailers or updates.We’ve a new page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here.We have the new Newslaundry Nirvana face masks in our store. They are antiviral, UV sterilised, and reusable and washable. Flaunt your love for independent media, and stay safe. Grab yours now at www.newslaundry.com/store. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/1/202223 minutes, 42 seconds
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Hafta 360: House sessions, Karnataka’s conversion law, Punjab lynchings, and HC remarks on duty to laugh

To make the most of next week before the deadline, we have a discount coupon for Hafta listeners. Use code <HAFTA360> to get a flat 20 percent discount on annual and three-year plans. Check out our Christmas offer here​​.Timecodes:3:45 - Headlines6:35 - Parliamentary proceedings40: 33 - Anti-conversion bill1:17:12 - Punjab1: 32: 40 - Duty to laugh1: 35: 35 - Subscriber letters2: 09: 46 - RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Apar Gupta, writer and Executive Director of Internet Freedom Foundation, and Nitin Pai, columnist and co-founder of Takshashila Institution. The discussion starts with the parliamentary proceedings and how much attention goes into passing a bill in India. Nitin comments that the only way parliament should decide on passing bills is by some sort of “feat of force like wrestling or tug of war because it has come to that”. “Do people meet up in state legislatures before clearing any bill? No, they are not voicing the concerns,” he says. Apar points to facts. “Only one out of five bills is sent to the standing committee for approval. It’s inefficient and can be made better by all means.” Abhinandan compares the legislative procedure with precedents and opens the discussion with the “unhealthy process” that exists. Jayashree adds, “All institutional checks and balances are just for show, when they (BJP) got tired with the show; they got it adjourned.”The discussion then shifts to the anti-conversion bill passed by the Karnataka government and its implications, along with references to the recent attacks on churches, which Abhinandan calls “dog whistles for the cultural agenda of BJP, because this is all they have”. The panel sifts through the governance style and gains made through the same in south India. The conversation moves to the issue of sacrilege in Punjab, the lynching cases and the recent blast in Ludhiana. The panel also talks about a statement by a Madras high court judge on the “duty to laugh”. This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.Tune in! ​​ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/25/20212 hours, 16 minutes, 17 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 359

This week on NL Hafta, they discuss the upcoming election in Uttar Pradesh, Inaugural of the Kashi Vishwanath corridor, Raman says,The panel talks about the updates in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and how Ajay Mishra’s removal from the union cabinet has spiralled into a big issue for the opposition. The conversation also spans to the conflict between the BCCI and Virat Kohli.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/18/202122 minutes, 4 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 358

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by Karma Paljor, editor in chief of EastMojo, and Patricia Mukhim, editor of Shillong Times. The discussion begins with the killing of 14 civilians in Nagaland by security forces. Patricia says, “Until you have the army along with AFSPA, there will always be an excuse for them to kill innocents, especially when the region is declared ‘disturbed’.” The panel also compares Kashmir and Nagaland, and discusses the multiple issues with AFSPA.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/202127 minutes, 10 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 357: Munawar Faruqui quits comedy, Mamata Banerjee’s politics, Sidhu Moose Wala joins Congress

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Meghnad S are joined by multimedia artist Anurag Verma.While discussing Munawar Faruqui’s decision to quit his stand-up comedy career, Anurag says, “The real question is of the majority’s expectations, it wasn’t about Munawar’s identity. But the real anger was because of the expectations they have from the identity.” The panel also talks about the cancellation of comedian Kunal Kamra’s shows and the backlash that Vir Das received after his ‘Two Indias’ monologue at Washington DC. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/4/202120 minutes, 5 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 356

Aakar talks about his new book, Price of the Modi Years, and highlights anti-Muslim laws that were introduced by the Modi government. “We have taken this country to a very dark place which I don’t think we can ever come out of,” he says. Jayashree points out different ways in which the government targets minorities, saying, “This is a way of calling out a particular community without naming them.”On the repeal of the farm laws, Raman says there were “clear indications” that it would happen. He adds, “The media amplified this rollback to glorify Modi, whereas he just stated that the farmers failed to understand his perspective in the laws.” Aakar says, “When you pass a bill that is against the public, and the public retaliates with resistance, then it’s habitual of this government to take it all back, whether publicly or not.”RecommendationsAakarGreat Singers on Great SingingRaman‘No benefit, too late’: For many farmers in North Delhi, AAP bio-decomposer drive makes ‘no difference’JayashreeThe Gone WorldThe Unlikely MurdererAnand How the government lost farm reforms to rich farmersThe farmers’ protest, truths and half-truthsManishaSuccession Farm laws: Sikhs being targeted by fake social media profilesTo listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/27/202124 minutes, 43 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 355: Tripura arrests, Tamil Nadu rains, air pollution in India, Vir Das controversy

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Manisha Pande are joined by Sujit Nair, co-founder and managing editor of HW News, and independent journalist Sandhya Ravishankar. Sandhya talks about floods in Tamil Nadu, and how infrastructural developments led to the issue in Chennai city. The conversation shifts to pollution in the capital and other Indian cities, and the harm it causes. “It’s not just Diwali and stubble burning,” Manisha says. “It’s more than that.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/20/202132 minutes, 58 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 354: Tripura violence, Chhath Puja in Delhi, Padma Shri awards

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Manisha Pande are joined by Subir Bhaumik, former correspondent with BBC and Reuters, and Vivek Kaul, journalist and economics commentator. Starting with the violence in Tripura, Subir offers some background and explains the roles of social media and the state police. “Tripura’s clashes have never been communal,” he says. “It’s the regional differences that initiate such issues. But this time, it’s clearly Hindu-Muslim...Fake news and misinformation is the core reason of any such riot in Tripura.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/13/202129 minutes, 1 second
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Chhota Hafta 353: COP26, bypoll impact and Kejriwal’s free pilgrimage promise

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Harjeet Singh, senior advisor for Climate Action Network International, and Lou Del Bello, climate and energy journalist.During a discussion on the ongoing COP26 summit, Abhinandan points out Barbados PM Mia Mottley’s speech and takes a dig at issues linked to climate finance. “Rich countries don’t want to give up that money, which is not aid or favour but an obligation because they are the ones who caused the crisis,” Harjeet says.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry.In keeping with the festive spirit, we’re offering you free, giftable Newslaundry subscriptions along with every Diwali hamper you buy from us. We have some new products in our hampers like a Diwali special candle, fridge magnets, and the Naxalbari comic. Get your festive hamper here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/6/202115 minutes, 49 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 352: Sameer Wankhede and the NCB, arrests after India-Pak cricket match

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Manisha Pande are joined by Sudhir Suryawanshi, assistant editor at the New Indian Express.Sudhir takes the panel through the “drug bust” on the cruise ship in Mumbai and how the Narcotics Control Bureau works.He also explains how the Aryan Khan case has “drawn the line between how things work and how they are preferably ignored with the help of power”.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/30/202124 minutes, 24 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 351: Fabindia’s ad controversy, Aryan Khan’s arrest, Savarkar and Gandhi

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by historian S Irfan Habib.In the context of Fabindia’s ad campaign “Jashn-e-Riwaz”, which the company withdrew after backlash, Irfan points out that Urdu is not a religious language. “This whole association of language with religion is a political agenda,” he says. He also explains how languages survive when they’re “linked with bread and butter”. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/23/202122 minutes, 12 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 350: Kashmir Violence, Coal crisis and Blue origin

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Manisha Pande are joined by Kashmir-based journalist, Azaan Javaid. They discuss the civilian killings in Kashmir and the fear among minority Hindus and Sikhs. “A lot of families have left but we don’t have the exact number because it is an embarrassment for the government as well,” says Azaan. Azaan also talks about the media in Kashmir has been covering the killings and the state of press freedom in the Valley, “They would talk about meat pickles rather than focus on real issues,” he says.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/16/202121 minutes, 57 seconds
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Chhota Hafta Ep 349

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10/9/202121 minutes, 58 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 348: Modi in America, Congress crisis in Punjab, Assam eviction drive

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Manisha Pande are joined by Rohan Venkat, deputy editor at Scroll, and Shivam Vij, columnist at Gulf News.The conversation starts with Modi’s visit to the United States and how Indian TV news made it a topic of celebration. Rohan points out that it wasn’t “just an India-US story or about how the two countries met; the actual deal was the Quad summit.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/2/202127 minutes, 29 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 347: Amarinder Singh’s resignation and job losses in media

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Manisha Pande are joined by Aunindyo Chakravarty, journalist and former managing editor of NDTV Profit, and independent journalist Vrinda Gopinath. The discussion kicks off with recent data on layoffs and job losses in the media industry and what led to the losses. Aunindyo talks about how these layoffs are not related to Covid but have been happening since 2018. “Almost 78 percent of jobs were lost in the media and publishing industry in five years,” he says. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/25/202120 minutes, 8 seconds
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Hafta 346: Newslaundry tax ‘survey’ and Tamil Nadu’s NEET bill

Timecodes2:42 - Headlines14:25 - Tamil Nadu’s NEET bill32:09 - IT ‘surveys’ at Newslaundry and Newsclick56:55 - Subscriber mails1:18:43- RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, it’s the in-house panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam, and Mehraj D Lone.They discuss Tamil Nadu’s bill exempting state board students from the national medical entrance test NEET, and what led to the government bringing it. Jayashree and Mehraj explain how and why standardised tests such as NEET tend to disadvantage students from poor and marginalised communities. The discussion then moves to last week’s Income Tax “surveys” targeting Newslaundry and Newsclick. Abhinandan provides a brief account of the day the ‘survey’ happened at Newslaundry and kickstarts a discussion about how the institutions of state operate in India and how they wield the power they have over the public. Gamechanger subscribers, click here to get a private RSS link to listen to NL Hafta on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castro, Pocket Casts. Alert us at [email protected] if you face any problems.Click here to register for upcoming sessions of NL Recess. Join our Discord server for subscribers so you don't miss any Recess mailers or updates.We’ve a new page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here.RecommendationsJayashreeMadhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic NightRamanGoodnight, and GoodluckAmrullah Saleh: The last man standing against TalibanManishaBillionsMehrajDay of reckoning for the media handmaidens of warHe spent his adult life helping U.S. soldiers. Now, he’s desperately fleeing AfghanistanAbhinandanThis Is Your Brain On Drug AdsSeptember 11th, 20 Years of chaos Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/18/20211 hour, 31 minutes, 31 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 345: Afghanistan crisis, Karnal farmer protests, Good News Today

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kripal and Manisha Pande of Newslaundry are joined by Suhasini Haidar, diplomatic affairs editor of the Hindu. They discuss the situation in Afghanistan and how media platforms have been covering it. Suhasini points out that considering the risks involved in going to the ground, most foreign journalists have been relying on activists and a few reporters who are still in the country to get a sense of what’s happening. Some foreign journalists such as Lyse Doucet and Sikander Krimani, however, have been able to report from the ground with the aid of security agencies and advisors, she says. RecommendationsSuhasiniQuest for a Stable Afghanistan: A View From Ground Zero  Antonio Giustozzi: The Taliban at WarAntonio Giustozzi: The Islamic State of Khorasan The favored daughter: One woman’s fight to lead Afghanistan Fawzia Koofi: Letters to My Daughters RamanPaul Theroux: Tao of Travel Upcoming Newslaundry story on Osho Ashram. ManishaThis is What Winning Looks Like 9/11 and the War on Terror The Other Afghan Women AbhinandanAll you need to know about the new Taliban government Two Indicators: Water Pressure To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/11/202127 minutes, 36 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 344: Jallianwala Bagh revamp, Bihar floods, India’s GDP growth

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan are joined by Govindraj Ethiraj, the founder of IndiaSpend and BOOM.The conversation begins with the floods in Bihar and Assam. While these usually dominate headlines every year, this year there’s been very little attention from the mainstream media. “Only local media has been reporting on it,” Anand says, “and there have been lives lost, but maybe because of the Taliban, it has not been in the headlines.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/4/202125 minutes, 33 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 343: Danish Siddiqui’s death, India’s silent coup, and the actual Gujarat Model

This week on NL Hafta, Ahinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone are joined by Josy Joseph, an investigative journalist and author of The Silent Coup.Josy explains the central idea of his book, that India is in the hold of the “Deep State”, by citing the “actual Gujarat Model” that Narendra Modi implemented nationally after taking power in New Delhi. “Those officers who are willing to serve the causes of their political masters have great careers," he says, explaining the model. He points out, by way of an example, how the police officials who investigated the Godhra train fire and subsequent anti-Muslim carnage in Modi’s Gujarat went on to have national careers.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/28/202124 minutes, 27 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 342: Taliban take over Afghanistan, US loses another war, and MJ Akbar returns to newsroom

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Kriti Shah, associate fellow, strategic studies, Observer Research Foundation. Talking about the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, Kriti argues that there was never an appropriate time for America to exit the country after 20 years of war. She, however, adds that “the manner in which Joe Biden has gone about it has been very surprising, given that his entire campaign has been around human rights”. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/21/202127 minutes, 18 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 341: Parliamentary dysfunction, anti-Muslim bigotry, sports journalism in India

This week on Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Chander Shekhar Luthra, seasoned sports journalist and secretary of the Press Club of India.Talking about how sports journalism in India has been reduced to access journalism, Chander rues the passing of a time when “there was space for everyone”, from those writing about and investigating sports administration to those interviewing celebrity sportspeople. Today’s media platforms and their audiences, Chander argues, are not as receptive to serious discussions around sports and their administration. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/14/202126 minutes, 41 seconds
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Chhota HHafta 340: Tokyo Olympics, parliament deadlock, new Karnataka cabinet

This week on Hafta, the inhouse panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and Jayashree Arunachalam talk about the Tokyo Olympics, monsoon session of the parliament, and the change of guard in Karnataka. Talking about the Olympics, Anand explains the enthusiasm around hockey as compared to other sports. Raman remarks, “Hockey was a national sport...until the rules changed.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/7/202120 minutes, 21 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 339: Assam-Mizoram conflict, Mamata Banerjee, Delhi’s new police commissioner

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Mehraj Lone are joined by journalist Karma Paljor, editor-in-chief of EastMojo and co-founder of Atvi Infotainment.In the context of the recent Assam-Mizoram border conflict, the panel discusses the history of the border and the significance of the tribal identities of the Mizos. Karma says, “They’ve fought for independence, they’ve been bombed by the air force. So they stick to each other and support each other.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/31/202121 minutes, 51 seconds
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Hafta 338: Pegasus snooping, Afghanistan war, and Tokyo Olympics

Time Codes:0:57 - Headlines5:45 - Pegasus snooping49:30 - Afghanistan crisis1:24:15 - Tokyo Olympics1:34:24 - Subscriber emails1:54:13 - Recommendations This week, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Manisha Pande are joined by Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of the Wire, and Happymon Jacob, author, commentator and JNU professor. Siddharth talks about his organisation's reporting on the revelations that dozens of Indian activists, politicians and journalists – including the Wire editor himself – were targets or potential targets of surveillance using the Israeli spyware Pegasus. In this context, Manisha explains the dangers that such surveillance poses to journalists and press freedom in the country.Happymon analyses the Taliban’s rapid advance in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American troops after 20 years of war. If the situation doesn’t change soon, he predicts, “it’s only a matter of time before the Taliban take power in Kabul.Amid public health concerns given the coronavirus pandemic and several athletes backing out, Abhinanadan opines that the Tokyo Olympics “is not going to achieve what the Olympics is supposed to”.Listen.Raman Allen vs Farrow ManishaSomebody has to do the dirty workThe Pegasus Project Podcast seriesNo one is saying the Pegasus list is fake. Why are BJP leaders and their media allies insisting it is?   AbhinandanThe Pegasus Project articles on the WireVideo Gaming The SystemExplained: Pegasus Project Happymon JacobFamily Man Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/24/20211 hour, 58 minutes, 37 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 337: Kanwar Yatra, UP population bill, and the Congress party’s future

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Vivek Kaul, author and journalist. Vivek discusses his NL Sena investigation on India’s Covid data, pointing to inefficient health systems and the suspiciously low positive case rates in states such as Uttar Pradesh. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/17/202135 minutes, 57 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 336: Stan Swamy, Dilip Kumar, and Modi’s cabinet reshuffle

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Anand Vardhan of Newslaundry are joined by independent journalist Anumeha Yadav. Anumeha analyses the various aspects of the Bhima Koregaon case in the wake of the activist Stan Swamy’s death in custody. Anand opines that "in this particular case, a lot of things have come down to freedom of expression". The conversation also spans the media’s coverage of Swamy's death. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/10/202126 minutes, 10 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 335: Kashmiri Sikh woman’s conversion, Cinematograph Act, and CJI speaks on tyranny

This week on Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of the Caravan. Hartosh begins the discussion by laying out the sociopolitical context of the communal campaign whipped up by politicians and sections of the media over the marriage of a Sikh woman with a Muslim man in Kasmir. Drawing parallels with the rhetoric around Uttar Pradesh’s anti-conversion law, he says, "The timing of it is what I want to emphasise, it is no mere coincidence.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/3/202123 minutes
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Chhota Hafta 334: Covaxin, Yoga Day, Modi meets J&K politicians

This week on Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam of Newslaundry are joined by public health physician Jammi N Rao.Talking about the controversies surrounding Bharat Biotech's Covid vaccine, Covaxin, Jammi notes that the company hasn’t provided the final data yet, so “nobody can assess it". Moving the discussion to the mega vaccination drives conducted on International Yoga Day, Jayashree says, "In our long list of PR focussed disasters, this is a lesser evil.” In this vein, Raman talks about the Narendra Modi government’s supposed reclamation of yoga and argues that it’s mostly been reduced to a publicity exercise. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/26/202129 minutes, 46 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 333: Covid data, Ghaziabad attack, Ram temple land deals

This week on NL Hafta, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by data journalist Rukmini S.Rukmini explains her recent findings about actual Covid death tolls in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Talking about the key insights she gleaned from looking at the data, she says, "Instead of hanging on to the notion of exceptionalism, India should have actually focused on why it was that these numbers were low." To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/19/202121 minutes, 32 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 332: Tarun Tejpal verdict, Modi's new vaccine policy, Covid in Bengal

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by legal affairs expert Bhabna Das.They begin the discussion by reviewing a Goa court's judgement in the Tarun Tejpal rape case. Remarking on the court's observations about the behaviour of the former Tehelka editor's accuser soon after the incident, Bhabna asserts that "any judge has their own inherent biases and stereotypes but they must divorce that from what the law says".To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/12/202124 minutes, 53 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 331: Vinod Dua sedition case, casteist comedy, and Naomi Osaka row

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by filmmaker and writer Rajesh Rajamani.The discussion begins with the controversy over tennis player Naomi Osaka's refusal to do a press conference at the French Open, and the nuances of sports journalism. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/5/202119 minutes, 10 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 330: Lakshadweep updates, Tarun Tejpal judgement, Baba Ramdev on allopathy

This week on NL Hafta, it’s an all-Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan.The conversation starts with the unrest in Lakshadweep after a series of proposed laws were introduced by administrator Praful K Patel. On the draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation, Anand says, “If the implications are the way that it changes the cultural texture of a particular land, then it is absolutely a bad policy.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/29/202123 minutes, 31 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 329: New Kerala ministry, Sadhguru in the dock, and Kejriwal causes diplomatic row

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Leena Gita Reghunath, an independent journalist based in Kerala.Leena starts the discussion talking about Pinarayi Vijayan's new ministry, especially the controversy over KK Shailaja's exclusion despite her laudatory work as the health minister. While noting that she was dropped in line with the governing Marxist party’s policy to not retain any of its previous ministers, Leena argues, “There is something Shailja has proved and not to be rewarded for that, politically, sends out a very bad gender message."To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/22/202126 minutes, 38 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 328: MK Stalin, Bengaluru bed scam, government’s ‘positivity’ spin

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone and Anand Vardhan are joined by Dhanya Rajendran, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the News Minute.Dhanya begins with MK Stalin taking oath last week as chief minister of Tamil Nadu. She talks about how the ceremony took place even as the second wave of Covid has hit the country. Dhanya also talks about Karnataka’s Covid emergency and the state government’s problematic approach to it.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/15/202128 minutes, 53 seconds
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Chhota Hafta Ep. 327: Bengal post-poll violence, courts and Covid, Tejasvi Surya

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by journalist and writer Samrat X.Samrat begins by explaining the nuances of the recent post-poll violence in West Bengal. On the courts stepping in with respect to the poor handling of Covid in the country, Jayashree says, “It baffles me that it’s been four weeks and we still see SOS messages, oxygen shortages, and health aid being stuck at customs.” Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/8/202127 minutes, 7 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 326: Covid catastrophe and how the media is covering it

This week on Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Banjot Kaur, a health reporter at Down to Earth.Banjot Kaur begins by explaining the scientific and public health aspects of the ongoing Covid surge in India. "The surge might start decreasing in mid-May, but due to healthcare collapse it won't be seen directly," she says. She also opines on why the Covid curve did not swing up during the Bihar election last year and the farmer protests around the turn of the year and after. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/1/202126 minutes, 57 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 325: India’s Covid crisis

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande are joined by Arunabh Saikia of Scroll.Arunabh elaborates upon his recent report on India's oxygen crisis and what caused it. The Narendra Modi government, he explains, planned to set up 150 oxygen generation over eight months ago but only a few of them are up and running. "They only take four to six weeks to set up and we couldn't even do that, it talks a lot about our response,” he says. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/24/202118 minutes, 32 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 324: Covid spike and vaccines, Kumbh Mela, Cooch Behar killings

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Dr Madhu Gupta, a professor of community medicine at PGIMER, Chandigarh.The conversation begins with India’s Covid situation. On vaccine supplies, Abhinandan asks about India’s export of vaccines and whether developed nations are hoarding supplies. On the surge in Covid infections in the country, Madhu says, “Even when everything came back to normal, the virus was still there. So, it wasn’t just the health community but the people as well who became complacent.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/17/202138 minutes, 26 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 323: Covid surge, assembly elections, and Scania scandal

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Kavita Murlidharan, an independent journalist.Kavita speaks about what’s driving the assembly election campaign in Tamil Nadu. "It's difficult to understand the mood of the people this time because we don't have Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha. They have been driving the elections in Tamil Nadu for the last 50 years. There's no clear replacement yet," she says.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/10/202124 minutes, 8 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 322: Assembly elections, Covid surge, Myanmar crisis

This week on Hafta, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry, and Shoaib Daniyal of Scroll.Shoaib begins by discussing the ongoing Bengal election, which he’s covering for his news platform. The panellists also discuss the Myanmar coup and India's role as the crisis-struck country’s neighbour. "India has its part in not antagonizing the affairs in Myanmar," Anand argues, while quoting Aung San Suu Kyi's observation that “India, being a great regional power, must shoulder responsibility”.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/3/202136 minutes, 15 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 321: Misleading ads, Delhi amendment bill, Bengal election

This week on NL Hafta, it’s an all-Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, Jayashree Arunachalam, and Raman Kirpal.In context of the recent Newsance episode, the panel discusses a recent ad of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. Manisha, speaking to the woman in the advertisement, found out that she has not been given a house to live in. A picture of her was taken while she was working as a labourer and that was used without her prior permission. “The story came to us after it went to media outfits in Bengal. No one wanted to carry the story that shows  a woman in the prime minister’s ad,” shares Abhinandan, emphasising how important it is to keep news media free. Raman further shares that he did not see any print or TV media covering this story, except NDTV.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/27/202131 minutes, 1 second
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Chhota Hafta 320: Assembly elections, Delhi Amendment Bill, BARC case

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam, Anand Vardhan and Raman Kirpal are joined by veteran journalist and political commentator Aarti Jairath. Aarti discusses the complexity of the Indian elections and the need for a “grey area” while reporting on it. “One of the temptations that should be resisted is to jump to the conclusion,” she says. The panel follows up on the saga of Bollywood stars in politics. Aarti emphasises Mamta Banerjee's weakness of “glamour girls” and Jayashree brings out the comparative of star power in Tamil Nadu politics. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/20/202129 minutes, 4 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 319: Mithun Chakroborty, Supreme Court’s observations, E Sreedharan

This week on NL Hafta, it’s an all-Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, Jayashree Arunachalam, and Raman Kirpal.In the light of Mithun Chakroborty joining BJP in Kolkata, Abhinandan lauds his “amazing success story”. “His entire rise has been phenomenal. Govinda was called the poor man’s Mithun,” he added. Manisha also points out how the BJP used left rally’s pictures as their own and circulated them to show the number of people that had turned up for Modi’s rally.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/13/202131 minutes, 36 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 318: Digital media rules, E Sreedharan and the BJP in Kerala, and CJI Bobde’s remarks on rape

This week on NL Hafta, it’s an all-Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, Jayashree Arunachalam, and Anand Vardhan.Abhinandan explains India’s new digital media rules and their implications on organisations like Newslaundry. Manisha notes that such stringent laws are not in place for the television media, while Jayashree and Mehraj point out why these are “rules” and not “laws” because the government did not get them ratified in the Parliament. Mehraj quotes from Caravan’s story on a government report on how the Centre “consulted” with journalists and editors while identifying its media strategy.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/6/202124 minutes, 55 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 317: One year after the Delhi riots, Patanjali and Coronil, and Narendra Modi Stadium

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Raghu Karnad, author and contributing editor of the Wire.Reflecting back to the Delhi riots that took place last February, Raghu describes how he saw masked men chanting “Jai Shri Ram”, setting fires, and smashing vehicles, even as the police were in the vicinity. He also recalls how the men asked him and other journalists, “Media ho ya mulla ho?” To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/27/202123 minutes, 56 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 316: Toolkit case, lawyer couple’s murder in Telangana, Priya Ramani acquitted

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan, and Jayashree Arunachalam of Newslaundry are joined by Dhanya Rajendran, editor-in-chief of the News Minute.Commenting on the murder of a lawyer couple in Telangana even after the state’s high court had ordered that they be protected, Dhanya says, “Whoever executed the murder, whoever gave the contract for the murder knew clearly that the court is closely watching this couple, but they just didn’t care.” In this context, the panel discuss police brutality in the country and police’s loss of public credibility.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/20/202125 minutes, 11 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 315: Uttarakhand disaster, Centre vs Twitter, and Modi’s speech on ‘andolan jeevi’

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by author and journalist Hridayesh Joshi.Hridayesh begins by talking about his book, Rage of the River, which analysed the Kedarnath disaster. On the uncertainty surrounding the cause of the recent disaster in Uttarakhand, and its ramifications, he stresses the need for an “early warning system” as well as a robust disaster management response. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/13/202123 minutes, 24 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 314: Budget 2021, Rihanna and Greta Thunberg’s tweets, and journalists detained at Singhu

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Vivek Kaul, an author and journalist.Starting off with the union budget, which was presented on February 1, Vivek says the government has “cleaned up the expenditure side of the budget”. He also explains what “health and wellbeing” refers to, and just how the government’s push for “atmanirbhar” will play out. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/6/202123 minutes, 2 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 313: Republic Day tractor rally, Rajdeep Sardesai taken off air, and Munawar Faruqui’s bail

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Raman Kirpal are joined by Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of the Caravan magazine.The discussion starts off with the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day. Hartosh says, “I was not surprised that the route was broken on the morning of the rally. Anybody who was following the protests with a degree of closeness knew this was going to be happening.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/30/202127 minutes, 40 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 312: Arnab-Partho WhatsApp chats, Team India’s win at the Gabba, and Covid vaccinations

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Vardhan, Manisha Pande, and Raman Kirpal are joined by Aunindyo Chakravarty, a former senior managing editor at NDTV India and NDTV Profit who currently works with NewsClick.The discussion begins with the transcripts of the purported WhatsApp chats between Republic’s Arnab Goswami and former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta. Abhinandan says, “I think Arnab hasn’t denied these chats and he has had more than enough time to. Neither have any of the other players denied the chats saying that these are nonsense, ‘this has not been said by us’.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/23/202133 minutes, 47 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 311: Farmer protests, WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, and high court judgement on Special Marriage Act

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Raman Kirpal are joined by former Newslaundry reporter Rahul Kotiyal, who currently works with Dainik Bhaskar. Starting off with new developments in the farmer protests at the borders of Delhi, Raman talks about how the Supreme Court’s order to stay the implementation of the farm laws might impact the protests. The conversation also spans WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, the recent stock trading fraud by a CNBC Awaaz anchor, and Donald Trump’s impeachment.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/16/202123 minutes, 59 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 310: Capitol riots, Julian Assange, and approval to the Central Vista project

This week on NL Hafta, it's an all-Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and Jayashree Arunachalam.The conversation starts with the big news of Trump supporters storming the Capitol in Washington DC. Abhinandan and Raman discuss the news coverage and the speech Trump made prior to the siege. The panelists also discuss the stand that the American media took on the issue, the attack on journalists, and how social media banned Trump.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/9/202124 minutes, 52 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 309: Kashmir elections, Rahul Gandhi, ‘love jihad’ laws, and highs and lows of 2020

This week on NL Hafta, it's an all-Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Jayashree Arunachalam.The conversation starts with Mehraj explaining how the recently concluded District Development Council elections in Kashmir were aimed primarily at "depoliticising" the region's politics.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/2/202126 minutes, 51 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 308: New strains of Covid, government responses to the pandemic, justice in India, and Rajinikanth

This week on Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Priyanka Pulla, an independent journalist, and Jammi N Rao, an independent public health physician.The conversation begins with the detection of new strains of Covid in the UK and South Africa. Jammi points out that the two variants are “very different” with different mutations. He believes it was the “hard work of the scientists” that led to it being found in the UK first, and also because the UK has “one of the most advanced labs in the world”. Manisha asks Priyanka about the highs and lows of the Indian government’s response to the pandemic. “There was too much denial regarding Covid,” Priyanka says. “Till date, the government has not agreed to community transmission.” India did “ramp-up tests when we got down to it”, she says, but communication was a big failure on the part of the government.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/26/202025 minutes, 41 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 307: Farmer protests, Bodoland accord, and parliament session cancelled

This week on Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kripal and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Patricia Mukhim, the editor of the Shillong Times. The conversation begins with Patricia explaining why she resigned from the Editors Guild of India. The guild had shown her no support when she was targeted for questioning the authorities over inaction in a case of ethnic discrimination and violence in Meghalaya. She also explains the importance of the Bodoland Territorial Council in protecting the rights of the Bodo community in Assam. She praises the change in leadership of the council from Hagrama Mohilary to Pramod Boro, and says it will help bring peace to the community. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/19/202023 minutes, 13 seconds
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Hafta 306: Farmer protests, Central Vista, and #TooMuchDemocracy

Timecodes2:37 - Headlines6:08 - Farmer's Protest21:59 - Arvind Kejriwal on House Arrest30:48 - Love Jihad35:15 - Central Vista Project50:44 - Jallikattu Goes For Oscar52:35 - DGCI Asks Serum And Bharat Biotech For More Data And NDTV Fake News1:09:50 - Love Jihad1:13:21 - Subscriber Mails1:26:55 - RecommendationsThis week Newslaundry panel’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by Asmita Nandy, a journalist with The Quint. The conversation starts with the ongoing farmers' protest.  The panel discusses how similar laws have impacted Bihar’s farmers. Anand believes that “farmers in Bihar have not shown disagreement to this bill.” Asmita talks about how discontent against the Ambanis and Adanis has always existed. The panel also discusses the various criticisms that surround the new farm laws. Jayashree believes that the actual problem is “breaking down an existing structure without knowing how to replace it.”  The discussion then moves on to the Central Vista Project, the recently held foundation laying ceremony, and the Prime Minister’s speech that followed the event. Abhinandan believes that the PM, in his speech, “sold the construction of the new Parliament building so well, that the Supreme Court will not be able to give a verdict against the construction.” Raman agrees and adds, “Everything seems to be dictated by only one person.” Jayashree also brings up the timing of the ‘bhumi pujan’ saying it was very deliberately made to coincide with the farmers’ protest.The conversation moves on to NDTV’s report on how the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech proposals for "emergency vaccine use" were not cleared over "inadequate safety and efficacy data". The fact-checking wing of the government's Press Information Bureau claimed NDTV's report was "fake" even though the same news was reported by other media houses. Jayashree brings up the “too much democracy” fiasco and the panel discusses if this shows that the government is restricting media houses. The panel also discusses social media, Love Jihad and a lot more.Tune in!RecommendationsAsmitaANI, Srivastava Group named in massive EU disinformation campaign to promote Modi government’s interestsThe Image Makers - How ANI reports the government’s version of truthRamanReform, as per Mr KantRoom 2806: The AccusationShekhar Gupta’s Forked TongueJayashreeIn the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS JeannetteAnandPunjab & Bihar: tale of 2 states — one slowing, one rising — and case for farm reformsHow Bihar recorded growth but Punjab lagged behind and why farm reforms are importantManglesh DabralAbhinandanFarmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal on ‘unconstitutional’ farm laws, and an appeal to the mediaFarm Bill Explained 2020 NL Recess With Gulzar Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/12/20201 hour, 35 minutes, 32 seconds
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Hafta 305: Farmer protests, the media’s coverage of it, and Amit Malviya’s ‘manipulated media’ tweet

Timecodes04:35  -  Headlines09:15  -  Farmer protests13:01  -  Media coverage of farmer protests1:04:03  -  Rajinikanth to launch political party in January1:05:43  -  UN secretary general Antonio Gutteres’ speech on the environment1:09:26  -  Amit Malviya's tweet flagged on Twitter1:22:20  -  Subscriber mails1:43:13  -  RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, it’s an all-Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, Raman Kirpal, and our reporter Nidhi Suresh, who has been covering the farmer protests at Delhi’s borders. The conversation starts with how the TV news media covered the protests, and the pushback against “Godi media” by protesters. Describing the nature of the coverage, Manisha says: “It’s the same thing that they’ve been doing for a while now, and we’ve seen this from the CAA protests onwards. Essentially, what these channels do is: they go to these protest sites, they’ll find one or two controversial bites or speak to people who are probably not aware of the bill or would, in their excitement, say something. Then they’ll just play that on loop to tar the entire protest.” Mehraj agrees. “This is from the textbook of propaganda,” he says. “This is exactly what they did during the CAA protests also...If there are lakhs of people on the street, just like in society, you will find people who have different ideas. Some of them will be extremists, some of them will also be unsavoury characters. But you will pick up this one person and then the whole argument will become about that person.”Appreciating the regional media’s coverage of the protests, Abhinandan says, “I have consumed a lot of Punjabi media in the last two or three weeks and I must say there is some very good and informed reportage happening. And I am surprised that the English and the Hindi media is so clueless about stuff.” Drawing from her experience on the ground, Nidhi says, “One thing they [the farmers] are very, very angry about is the framing of the narrative by the Centre, the media, and the politicians around the necessity for these laws. The Centre has constantly been saying that this is a pro-farmer bill.” She adds that the farmers on the ground say they never asked for these laws. On Twitter flagging BJP’s Amit Malviya’s tweet as “manipulated media”, Raman says Twitter reacted “too late”. “We have been seeing fake news being spread by these politicians so often and by so many of them,” he says. “I don’t know why they have reacted now.”The panel also discusses fake news and misinformation on social media, the UN chief’s recent address on climate change, and much more.Tune in!RecommendationsNidhiExplained: What are the Farm Bills and how will they affect farmers?Days and Nights of Love and WarRamanMosul - NetflixNewslaundry's coverage of farmer protestsWhy landless and marginal farmers are the backbone of farmer protestsMehrajNewslaundry's coverage of farmer protestsRevolt Of The Rich“Bol, Jai Shri Ram”: Srinagar locality alleges mass beatings by Army after militant attackManishaएक कविता रोज: सबसे खतरनाक क्या होता है?Songs from old revolutionFarmers’ protest Explained: Barring MSP, Centre open to rolling back 3 key provisions of farm lawThe government may ride out the farmers’ protests. But simmering discontent will remainNidhi's interview with farmers on media coverageAbhinandanShining example: What Golden Temple can teach Hindutva warriors using Ayodhya to whip up hatredAmritsar: Mrs. Gandhi's Last BattleEpisode 843: Swamp GravyHillbilly Elegy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/5/20201 hour, 52 minutes, 41 seconds
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Hafta 304: Cyclone Nivar, farmer protests, and ‘love jihad’ laws

Timecodes4:14 - Headlines7:51 - Cyclone Nivar hits Chennai and Puducherry14:43 - Kerala withdraws Police Act amendment28:57 - Farmer protests44:05 - Jallikattu goes to the Oscars47:24 - UP brings ‘love jihad’ ordinance1:12:15 - ED summons Shiv Sena MLA1:16:57 - Subscriber mail1:27:47 - Sushil Modi accuses Lalu Prasad Yadav of running political show from behind bars1:32:23 - RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, it is an all-Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam, and Anand Vardhan.The discussion opens with Jayashree talking about the Tamil Nadu government’s response to Cyclone Nivar. Comparing it with the handling of the 2015 Chennai floods, she says, “The government response, clearly learning its lessons from the past, has been great. As early as November 23, they had gotten in place national disaster relief forces...relief camps were set up, and the communication from the government has been extremely clear. This was one of their huge failures during the Chennai floods.”Speaking about the Kerala government withdrawing the controversial Kerala Police Act amendment that sought to punish anyone who posted social media content “with an intention to intimidate, insult or defame any person”, Abhinandan says, “This is what separates the political left in India from the political right. I know for a fact that several spokespersons of the left parties refused to come on news panels defending this...and because of the backlash they withdrew it whereas the political right in India don’t give a fuck. You can keep jumping, but if Modi has given the nod everybody will fall in line and say it’s a great idea!”Responding to Abhinandan, Anand says, “No, in universities and academia, the political left is as intolerant as the political right. I think it has to do with their disciplinarian, cadre-based organizations. You have more to lose in a cadre-based organization if you go against the line.”Talking about the ongoing farmer protests, Raman says, “I am all for this protest. Of course, protest is an integral part of democracy and it should happen but you should see the protest that happened around Delhi, there was so much hooliganism.”Manisha concurs, “Yeah, that has to be stopped. I mean the Jat protests were famously known for complete vandalism, looting and even molestation.”The panel also discuss the “love jihad” ordinance passed by the Uttar Pradesh government and the Indian judiciary’s handling of “forcible conversions” cases. Tune in!Recommendations ManishaYeh Shaadi Nahi Ho SaktiRight-Wing Social Media Finalizes Its Divorce From RealityJayashreeRemember This Much. The Sea Will Eat You  Rivers RememberRamanTwo deaths, no FIR: How UP’s criminal justice system failed Pappi Devi and her babyAnandCommonwealth of CricketIt’s dishonest to deny the realities of Lalu’s misrule and lawlessness. Here’s whyAbhinandanAll Your Genes Are Belong To UsDiego Maradona Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/28/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 44 seconds
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Hafta 303: Covid vaccines, the state of the Indian media, and the government’s attempts to regulate it

Timecodes00:00 - Introduction and headlines11:18 - The current race for vaccines28:22 - Freedom of speech and state of Indian media01:04:12 - Subscriber letters01:20:39 - India not being part of the RCEP01:27:53 - Chitra and Smita’s recommendations01:36:52 - Subscriber letters01:59:21 - RecommendationsIn this week’s Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Smita Prakash, editor-in-chief of ANI, and Chitra Subramaniam, journalist and co-founder of the News Minute.The conversation kicks off with the recent developments around Covid vaccines. Chitra says: “I have the sense that China is going to emerge with some kind of a people’s vaccine...If they come up with a vaccine that’s universally affordable and the price point is right, I don’t see why any country will not take it.”On the state of the media today, Smita says, “The media itself has changed. You had 100-150 newspapers and one Doordarshan and All India Radio which were state-owned..." She adds: “There are many sites which are looking at news, not just as ‘we’ll take on the government or policy’. There are many more stories to do...Now, it’s no longer just reporting, it’s content creation.”The discussion moves on to the Indian government’s attempts to regulate the media. Mehraj says, “The government, the judiciary is asking for more regulation, also because self-regulation has pretty much failed in India. The Press Council of India and the News Broadcasting Standards Authority have been reduced to making statements. They are no longer regulators but just bodies who issue statements.”The panel also discusses how Covid has broken class barriers, India’s decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as an alternative to Trump, and a lot more.Tune in!Recommendations SmitaGreatest Urdu Stories ever told The Ultimate Goal: A Former R&AW Chief Deconstructs How Nations Construct NarrativesChitraBad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup The Remains of the Day RamanTrial 4Lakhimpur Kheri: Case of 3-year-old’s rape and murder gets mired in family dispute‘Only God can help us’: Lakhimpur Kheri family mourns rape, murder of minor daughterAmid ‘love jihad’ claims, Lakhimpur Kheri victim’s family waits for justiceMehrajThe Trump vote is rising among Blacks and Hispanics, despite the conventional wisdomWhy we shouldn’t get too excited about a Covid vaccine AbhinandanTheir Lordships and Masters 'Caste' Argues Its Most Violent Manifestation Is In Treatment Of Black Americans Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/21/20202 hours, 4 minutes, 25 seconds
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Hafta 302: Biden vs Trump, Bihar election results, and Arnab Goswami’s bail

Timecodes00:00 - Introduction and headlines08:50 - Biden’s win in the US presidential election42:04 - Arnab’s Goswami’s arrest and bail, and freedom of speech01:10:08 - Subscriber letters01:41:42 - RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Joanna Slater, the India bureau chief of the Washington Post.Starting off with the US presidential election and Trump’s pushback against Biden winning, Joanna says there is “no sign whatsoever of any irregularities large enough to change this result”. Anand thinks the “split in political America is quite evident, and it will have a bearing on the next four years”. On the Bihar election results, Abhinandan talks about the possibility of caste being a “primary voting decision-making metric”, and Anand explains that the “consolidations in this election have been between two rival social coalitions”. Jayashree says, “It was interesting that an overwhelming number of women voted for the NDA.” She also thinks the media needs to “change its approach to election coverage”. Abhinandan then brings up press freedom and asks Joanna if we need to relook at freedom of speech. Joanna talks about the First Amendment in the US. On Arnab Goswami getting bail, she adds that was “surprised” when she saw the visuals of him being released from jail. Jayashree says it was a very “political” visual, and emphasises that in this particular incident, “he wasn’t targeted for his reporting or press freedom”. She adds that the law shows a “double standard” and that bail should be the norm. Abhinandan says, “The crowd that came for Arnab cannot be done without the backing of a large political party.” Anand says Goswami has branded himself as “part journalist, part showman, and part performer”. The discussion also spans political and religious conditioning, defining terrorism, what “abetment to suicide” means from a legal point of view, and a lot more.Tune in!Recommendations JoannaCrash Landing On YouJayashreeSoorarai PottruCollisionThe Last OneAnandBihar: A referendum on Nitish KumarHow Nitish Kumar returned to powerAbhinandanHacking the Perfect Auction Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/20201 hour, 46 minutes, 28 seconds
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Hafta 301: Arnab Goswami’s arrest, France and Vienna attacks, and the Bihar Assembly election

Timestamps03:16 - Headlines05:31 - Bihar election40:48 - Arnab Goswami arrested by Mumbai police01:03:56 - France and Vienna attacks01:04:48 - Subscriber mails 01:06:16 - France And Vienna attacks01:10:17 - Recommendations01:11:13 - Subscriber mails 01:12:46 - France and Vienna attacks01:35:43 - Subscriber mails01:57:39 - US presidential election02:00:48 - RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj Lone are joined by Arfa Khanum, senior editor at the Wire.Starting off with the Bihar Assembly election, Arfa talks about Tejashwi Yadav’s “baggage”, being the son of Lalu Prasad Yadav. Manisha says Bihar was no “paradise” under Lalu, and Mehraj agrees. The panel discusses the coverage and optics of leaders from both marginalised and dominant communities.On the arrest of Republic’s Arnab Goswami, Abhinandan says the “overpowering support” Goswami received from politicians is a first. Mehraj says the case has been made into a freedom of the press issue, instead of a criminal case. The police has been a “tool of politics”, Manisha says, but it’s not a question of press freedom. “Arnab is a politician, not a journalist,” Arfa says.On the attacks in France and Vienna after a French schoolteacher was beheaded for showing his students cartoons of Prophet Mohammad, Arfa calls it a “complex issue”. Discussing notions of xenophobia, Mehraj says France’s laws are “vague”. Abhinandan says, “The real-life consequences of lives being lost in the name of religion need to be considered.”Manisha points out the historical distaste for religion that’s part of France’s culture. Discussing the politics of terrorism, Abhinandan brings out the nuances of situational violence, and says the focus should be on “assimilation”, since religion becomes a “comfort zone”.The discussion also spans the US presidential election, Glenn Greenwald leaving the Intercept, the Sushant Singh Rajput case, and a lot more. Tune in!Recommendations ArfaA Suitable BoyMehrajNew Land Laws Put All of Kashmir up for Sale — by Muzamil JaleelThe Erasure of Mesut ÖzilManishaScam 1992 – The Harshad Mehta StoryHow the Pawar’s Sakal Media and Pune police have been harassing Newslaundry reporterWas Harshad Mehta the mastermind or fall guy of securities scam? A bit of bothAbhinandanHow the Pawar’s Sakal Media and Pune police have been harassing Newslaundry reporterIn defence of liberty: It is time to stand up for individual freedoms, against all challengers Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/7/20202 hours, 5 minutes, 47 seconds
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Hafta 300: Bihar Assembly election, France and Islam, and the 2+2 India-US talks

Timestamps:00:00 - Introduction and headlines10:09 - The shooting at Munger and Bihar's election dynamics33:02 - Subscriber letters41:54 - The pope's statement on same-sex civil unions45:55 - College student’s murder in Faridabad, media coverage58:47 - Subscriber letters01:01:49 - The 2+2 meet, Indian-Americans’ influence on the US election01:06:57 - Controversial ABVP leader appointed to AIIMS Madurai board 01:13:11 - Subscriber letters01:29:17 - France's culture of mockery and its relationship with the Islamic world01:46:25 - Subscriber letters01:48:16 - RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, it’s an all-Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan.The discussion kicks off with how Covid hasn’t affected voter turnout in the Bihar Assembly election. Anand doesn’t think the turnout of 54.26 percent is “significantly higher” than the past but it’s good enough, given the apprehension that the pandemic would discourage voting. “Far from discouraging voters, it encouraged more to come out,” he says.Talking about Tejashwi Yadav’s electoral campaign, Anand says, “He recognises that the argument of Nitish’s government being corrupt...will not cut any ice after some time. So, he’s trying to infuse political freshness by showing himself as the face of development.” (Note: Abhinandan accidentally refers to Tejashwi Yadav as Tejasvi Surya.)In the context of a student being killed outside her college in Faridabad, Abhinandan brings up the kind of news that makes headlines. He says that since this crime was caught on camera, it led to it going viral on social media. Jayashree comments on the “love jihad” angle, saying: “Whenever a Muslim is involved in a crime, it turns communal...The right-wing ecosystem seizes the opportunity...It also appeals to the Islamophobia in the country, as the villain is a Muslim.”Moving on to developments in France after a schoolteacher was beheaded, Manisha says there are many nuances to what happened. While Abhinandan points out that criticising Islam is not Islamophobia, Manisha explains the power imbalance between the Muslim population and the white population in France. “In a racially divided society like France, the (Arab) population is already alienated and will feel more alienated.” On the other hand, she adds, there’s a long history of satire in France that also needs to be taken into account. The panel also discusses the 2+2 India-US meet, Pope Francis on same-sex civil unions, and a lot more. Listen up!Help us understand what you like, or dislike, about NL Hafta before it goes behind the paywall again. Take the survey here. Recommendations RamanBasant Kumar’s Bihar reports on Newslaundry Arrest in Bhima Koregaon CaseA Suitable BoyAnandPost Mandal Politics in Bihar Social coalitions in Bihar - Part 1 and Part 2Preparing: For DeathJayashreeFat. So?1619Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta storyManishaCharlie Hebdo Is Heir to the French Tradition of Religious MockeryAbhinandanWho Gets To Vote In Florida?I Agree with Mohammad Ahmed SB Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/31/20201 hour, 59 minutes, 22 seconds
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Hafta 299: Zee News on Delhi riots, federalism in India, and the state of Opposition parties in Kashmir

Help us understand what you like, or dislike, about NL Hafta before it goes behind the paywall again. Take the survey here. This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Mehraj D Lone are joined by independent journalist Rohini Mohan.The panelists discuss Zee News refusing to reveal its sources to the Delhi High Court with regard to its reporting on the Delhi riots. Abhinandan asks if it’s time to revisit long-established traditions like freedom of speech. Manisha believes that “revealing sources by one TV channel in court can set a precedent, which can be used against other journalists going forward”.On the changing nature of federalism in India, which is one of the reasons for the BJP’s failure in some southern states, Rohini says: “Whether it’s a BJP-ruled state or not, there’s a growing sense of the Centre overstepping its functions — GST being the great betrayal.” Raman agrees, saying that through bodies like the CBI and the ED, the Centre’s intervention into state affairs has become more blatant. In the context of states rebelling against the Centre, such as Punjab passing ordinances challenging the former’s agriculture laws, Mehraj talks about the situation in Kashmir. Explaining the recent crackdown on Omar Abdullah in a money laundering case, he says, “They [the Centre] will not allow even a little voice against them.” Opposition parties have now been pushed to the fringe, he says, their power slowly being shifted towards newly installed local leaders. This and a lot more, so listen up!Timecodes09:49 - Headlines16:40 - Bombay High Court pulls up Republic for media trial in SSR case18:18 - Delhi High Court asks Zee to reveal its sources37:46 - Subscriber mails54:40 - Punjab moves resolution against farm laws, Maharashtra withdraws consent to CBI01:07:52 - Subscriber mails01:11:39 - J&K parties' alliance For Article 370 01:17:09 - Subscriber mails01:30:39 - Shooting of protesters in Nigeria01:34:34 - Subscriber mails01:42:38 - RecommendationsRecommendations RohiniThe most powerful currency todayRamanMy days in prison by Iftikhar GilaniBahut Hua SammaanMehrajStalking the StoryManishaWhen brands collide against hateThe Trial of the Chicago 7Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Nigeria Is Murdering Its CitizensThailand anti-govt protests: the issues, and what’s different this timeAbhinandanCaste Arrives In Silicon Valley Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/24/20201 hour, 51 minutes, 46 seconds
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Hafta 298: Hyderabad floods, the TRPs scam, and the Tanishq ad

Help us understand what you like, or dislike, about NL Hafta before it goes behind the paywall again. Take the survey here. This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by journalist Sudipto Mondal.The conversation kicks off with the panelists discussing the Hyderabad floods. Jayashree talks about how flooding is often an annual problem in some states but it’s never solved because this isn’t a “sexy” issue.Moving on to the TRP scam, Abhinandan says he’s “never seen media reporting about the media so much ever.” On how journalists have come together to condemn Republic, Sudipto questions the credibility of these journalists, asking: “Where did straightforward journalism go?”The discussion shifts to advertisers choosing not to support “toxic” news channels and the backlash to the Tanishq ad. Manisha talks about how, in some cases, it’s the media that “creates” this outrage, and explains her issues with the phrase “social media outrage”. Jayashree and Manisha also think that Tanishq withdrawing the ad denies the reality of mixed families. “What kind of message is this for young interfaith couples?” Manisha asks.On Bollywood producers acting against some news channels for irresponsible reporting, Abhinandan thinks the “pushback is needed”. The panel also talks about the Shiv Sena contesting the Assembly election in Bihar, the Maharashtra governor’s letter to Uddhav Thackeray, and a lot more.Listen up!Timecodes02:59 - Headlines08:19 - Hyderabad floods16:56 - Subscriber mails29:33 - TRP scam48:13 - Bollywood producers vs news channels, Tanishq ad 01:05:23 - Maharashtra governor's letter to Uddhav Thackeray01:07:38 - Subscriber mails01:16:49 - Farooq Abdullah on restoration of Article 37001:26:57 - Subscriber mails01:30:40 - Shiv Sena contesting the election in Bihar01:36:23 - Recommendations Recommendations SudiptoBad Boy BillionairesRamanMixed race not only lives but thrives. Withdrawing Tanishq ad means denying our realitySerious MenStalking LauraJayashreeHow an IPS officer is changing the fortunes of students from marginalised communities in TelanganaAt home, at schoolManishaAn Arrest in Canada Casts a Shadow on a New York Times Star, and The TimesCaliphate, the 1619 Project, the Times, and the culturePodcast: Rukmini Callimachi on covering ISISMixed race not only lives but thrives. Withdrawing Tanishq ad means denying our realityAbhinandanStephen Sackur Hardtalk - Reverend Rob Schenck - Evangelical Minister Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/17/20201 hour, 48 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hafta 297: Caste violence in India, media coverage of Hathras, and the Bihar Assembly election

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Kiruba Munusamy, Supreme Court advocate and activist. The conversation kicks off with Kiruba explaining the project she’s working on now, researching caste. She points out how a series of Supreme Court judgements, including as recent as 2018, dealt with cases of violence against Dalits by deciding against the Dalit community and the victims.Abhinandan asks whether the high occurrence of caste-based violence in Tamil Nadu is a reflection of the failure of Periyar’s movement. Kiruba says: “I wouldn’t say it’s a failure of the Periyar movement or the failure of a Dalit movement. I think we should say it is a failure of humanity in India. It is a failure of upper caste humankind...and that’s why these incidents happened. And Periyar didn’t have a magic wand with which he could turn the entire society without caste..."Jayashree talks about the media’s coverage of issues of violence against Dalits. She and Kiruba also discuss the 2021 Assembly election in Tamil Nadu, and the BJP’s chances. Moving on to the upcoming Bihar Assembly election, Anand analyses Bihar’s political history in the context of caste. As Manisha explains developments in the Hathras case and reportage around it, the panel discusses caste blindness in the media. They also talk about the recent Supreme Court judgement on Shaheen Bagh, and a lot more.Listen up!Timecodes 00:00 - Introduction and headlines04:50 - Caste dynamics in India29:55 - Caste and the media in the Hathras case43:26 - Subscriber letters55:25 - Hathras case, party dynamics in the Bihar state election01:05:22 - Tamil Nadu politics01:18:21 - Subscriber letters01:29:37 - Supreme Court on Shaheen Bagh 01:50:52 - Subscriber letters01:57:27 - RecommendationsRecommendations KirubaCastes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and DevelopmentDemarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex by Kimberlé CrenshawWhen They See UsAnandBattle for Bihar by Arun SinhaThe Republic Of Bihar by Arvind N DasJayashreeStation Eleven by Emily St John Mandel Inside the airline industry's meltdownManishaHathras girl wasn’t raped, UP police say. Wasn’t she?The Seen And The Unseen Ep 166: Nanak Was HereHow to Protect Your Happiness This Election SeasonAbhinandanRethinking Black WealthSpecial report: A silent crackdown sweeps through Delhi in the guise of probing riots conspiracy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/10/20202 hours, 9 minutes, 52 seconds
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Hafta 296: Hathras rape case, Babri Masjid verdict, and the Trump-Biden presidential debate

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Raman Kirpal are joined by Nisha Susan, journalist, author and founder of The Ladies Finger.The conversation begins with the Hathras rape. Manisha details the suffering of the victim’s family at the hands of the authorities, especially the police’s forced cremation of the body. The panel agrees that this would not have happened so unceremoniously had the victim belonged to an upper caste. Abhinandan and Nisha compare this with the story of Bhagat Singh, where the authorities had been scared to return his body to his family for fear of backlash.Raman points out that the victim had been shifted in and out of three hospitals while in critical condition, which might have caused her health to deteriorate. The panel analyses alarming statistics on how four or five Dalit women are raped every day.On the Supreme Court’s acquittal of all the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition, Raman says he’s unsurprised. “Any case that has dragged on for 28 years is anyway dead,” he says. He adds that he had been present at the site in 1992, and that the demolition was a “conspiracy”. Mehraj emphasises the lack of political accountability in India since 1947, noting that evidence collected by the Liberhan Commission was not taken into consideration in the verdict. Moving on to the US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and the former’s critical comments on India, Abhinandan points out that Trump is not India’s ally. He’s also shocked over Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists. Mehraj says the American public does not vote according to leaders’ stances on key social issues and debates, as evidenced from the last election.All this and more, only on NL Hafta.Timecodes 1:19:03  - Headlines and introduction7:45:13 - Hathras rape case32:41:16 - Babri Masjid demolition verdict38:27:21 - Subscriber letters48:42:02 - Nisha’s recommendations50:22:12 - Babri Masjid demolition verdict1:08:31:24 - Subscriber letters1:43:01:20 - US presidential elections debate1:46:07:10 - RecommendationsRecommendations NishaThe Gypsy GoddessMorality TV and The Loving JehadThe Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other StoriesRaman‘Our fault is that she was Dalit’: In Hathras, a forced cremation, a media circus, and a life of humiliation‘Help us get justice, please’: Dalit girl assaulted in UP’s Hathras succumbsMy crippled testimonyMehrajThe Disruption Con The Discreet Charms of the Savarnas‘Help us get justice, please’: Dalit girl assaulted in UP’s Hathras succumbsManishaबाबरी विध्वंस के 25 सालMeticulously planned, Uma Bharti took onus: Justice Liberhan on Babri Masjid demolitionA Dalit Goes to Court Abhinandan‘Our fault is that she was Dalit’: In Hathras, a forced cremation, a media circus, and a life of humiliation‘Help us get justice, please’: Dalit girl assaulted in UP’s Hathras succumbs Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/3/20201 hour, 50 minutes, 47 seconds
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Hafta 295: Farm bills, state of the media, and the NCB’s drug probe

This week on NL Hafta, the usual team of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by Newslaundry’s Jayashree Arunachalam and author Chetan Bhagat.The discussion starts off with the economic slowdown in India. Chetan says, “India attempted one of the strictest lockdowns. It’s expected that we will also have the biggest contraction.” He points out that fiscal measures are needed to distribute wealth while also liberalising the economy for businesses with moves that are more than just media headlines. It needs to be globally noticeable, he adds.The panel moves on to discussing the current state of the media in India, given the ongoing “SSR frenzy”. The Indian audience’s obsession with entertainment, even while watching the news, is what Chetan believes is driving the media to focus on sensationalism. On the media in Tamil Nadu, Jayashree believes it’s an “outlier” compared to Delhi media, and Anand makes the same point with regional media outlets, print or otherwise. In both Tamil Nadu and Bihar, the media has been focusing on local issues and news. The Sushant Singh Rajput case is just a headline, not a subject of obsession.The conversation shifts to the farm bills, which are a bone of contention for the governing BJP and the Opposition. Manisha says the bills were passed without much debate, based only on a voice vote. In this context, Abhinandan describes how a contract farming policy was enacted in Mexico: “What ended up happening in Mexico was that it was not the produce for the sake of food that determined the contracts, but how the market responded. This destroyed the Mexico farming communities.”Chetan, for the most part, agrees with the intention of the bills of giving more options to farmers, but cites his “three core issues” regarding the bills’ execution, the power imbalance, and conflict of interest.This and more, only on this week’s Hafta. Tune in!Timecodes 07:28 - How media is covering issues in India25:30 - Covid and India's economic recovery28:58 - Fight between TV journalists34:20 - Subscriber letters and the panel's views on India's education system49:55 - The passing of the farm bills and how they will affects farmers01:10:23 - Bollywood and drugs01:31:44 - Subscriber letters01:53:11 - RecommendationsRecommendationsChetan The Social Dilemma - NetflixDolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare - NetflixJayashree Patriot - Prime Video The Hidden Costs of Streaming MusicAnand Gandhi's Hinduism: The Struggle Against Jinnah's IslamRaman Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare - Netflix Reham Khan by Reham Khan Vikings - NetflixManisha My Friend Umar Khalid: Remembering Love When Bombarded With HateWhy Farmers Are Protesting Against Laws Which Will ‘Supposedly’ Help ThemAbhinandan After The Plague: Planet Moneyएनएल इंटरव्यू: 'मैं अक्सर देखता हूं हिंदुस्तान के न्यूज़ चैनलों को, और फिर सोचता हूं...' Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/26/20202 hours, 3 minutes, 26 seconds
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Hafta 294: Covid-19, Sudarshan TV, and the Delhi riots investigation

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri and Raman Kirpal are joined by Abantika Ghosh, journalist with ThePrint and Revati Laul, an independent journalist and author of The Anatomy of Hate.The discussion begins with the current situation of Covid-19 in India—from the sero surveys to the possibility of a vaccine in a few months and if it will even be reliable. Abantika pointing towards the failure of the lockdown says,“The claim that lockdown saved lives is not accurate.” The panel talks about people’s growing negligence towards the pandemic. Revati talks about the Covid situation in her neighbourhood stressing on the low number of tests. The panel then moves on to Sudarshan TV’s problematic show, ‘UPSC Jihad.’ They discuss the Supreme Court’s intervention in the matter and the reasons why hate-ridden shows are not censored by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and National Broadcasters Association. The panel, highlighting how an atmosphere of hate has been created over the last few years, also explains how this is just not a media-related issue. Revati weighs in saying, “We have to agree that hate is the most contagious thing and it is much easier for the media to sell hate.”The conversation finally switches to the arrest of Umar Khalid and the 17,000-page chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in the Delhi riots case. Raman believes the police have already “built a narrative” and it is on the basis of this very conspiracy theory that they are investigating the Delhi riots.  All this and more, only on this week’s NL Hafta. Tune in!Timecodes 00:00 - Introduction and headlines09:06 - Mishandling of Covid data and vaccine skepticism26:01 - Subscriber letters30:28 - Suresh Chavhanke's bigoted show, media regulation, and politics of hate59:49 - Subscriber Letters01:03:54 - Umar Khalid's arrest and the 17,000 page Delhi riots chargesheet01:12:54 - Subscriber letters01:22:46 - RecommendationsRecommendationsAbantika GhoshFactfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You ThinkRevati LaulIndia in the Persianate AgeRaman KirpalThe Social Dilemma Abhinandan SekhriWaste LandNearly seven months after Delhi violence, a continuing attempt to target dissenting voices Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/19/20201 hour, 29 minutes, 31 seconds
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Hafta 293: The path to economic recovery, Kangana Ranaut’s office demolition, and print vs TV news media

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Vardhan, Manisha Pande, and Raman Kirpal are joined by M. K. Venu, founding editor of The Wire to discuss the recession, the state of the media, and everything that happened this week.The panel discusses and debates the possible paths of India’s economic recovery, whether the government’s approach to the lockdown made things worse, and why India has experienced greater negative impacts due to the coronavirus than other global economic powerhouses. Venu gives insight into the predicaments of the Indian worker, and says, “In India, we claim to be socialist, but we are the harshest capitalist state that can ever be.”Venu also weighs in on the “sensationalist end of broadcast media,” The Wire’s approach to journalism, and how the distribution of corporate spending on advertising is changing rapidly. They also discuss the paradigm shift in which news organisations influence, and which ones are influenced. On the prevailing respectability of the print media, Anand observes, “You don’t see people saying, ‘Ye maine iss channel pe dekha tha’ with the confidence with which they cite the printed word.”The panel also discusses a possible future constitutional crisis arising from the Central and Maharashtra governments’ uses of state machinery for personal gain, lawfully or unlawfully, in the Sushant Singh Rajput-Rhea Chakraborty-Kangana Ranaut case.Also on this edition of NL Hafta: the significance of the bad-faith allegations against Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair, the imprudent Republic reporters, and highlights from the run-up to the upcoming elections in Bihar.All this and more, only on this week’s NL Hafta. Tune in!Timecodes00:00 - Introduction & Headlines05:41 - Economy of India & Negative GDP Growth35:39 - Print Vs TV News Media55:09 - Subscribers Mails1:05:36 - Subscribers Mails1:10:49 - Kangana Ranaut’s office demolition and destroying institutions1:28:39 -  Role of Media in India1:39:57 -  Subscriber Mails1:46:55 - Bihar Elections1:49:35 -  RecommendationsRecommendationsM. K. VenuLaunching vicious campaign against judges in the event of an adverse verdict threatens judiciary’s independence Raman Kirpal‘It’s not a newsroom, it’s a durbar’: Inside the Republic of Arnab GoswamiInside the online cult of #JusticeforSSRThe Modi regime couldn’t capture PTI, so it launched PBNS. How is the enterprise going?India’s 49 million Covid tests hide more than they revealManisha Pande‘It’s not a newsroom, it’s a durbar’: Inside the Republic of Arnab GoswamiWhat the moral lessons for journalists quitting Republic TV miss outInside the online cult of #JusticeforSSRJournalists Aren’t the Enemy of the People. But We’re Not Your Friends.Anand VardhanThe India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain WorldAbhinandan SekhriPlanet Money podcast episode: The Murderer, The Boy King, And The Invention Of Modern Finance Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/12/20201 hour, 54 minutes, 28 seconds
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Hafta 292: Meghalaya’s maternal and neonatal mortality crisis, Pranab Mukherjee, and India’s GDP

On this week’s episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Patricia Mukhim, editor of Shillong Times.Patricia opens the conversation by providing insight into Meghalaya’s maternal and neonatal mortality crisis. She speaks about her personal experiences in working to create awareness about contraception, reproductive rights, and family planning in rural parts of the state, and the “vicious cycle” of malnutrition that is one of the principal causes of this problem.On the death of Pranab Mukherjee, the panelists reflect on their experiences of reporting on and about the former president. Abhinandan recalls being invited to Mukherjee’s garden for an interview, while Patricia describes him as “the only Delhi politician who really understood the Northeast”.The panel then discusses last week’s pellet firing by policemen on a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Mehraj says, “Pellet guns are used for hunting. In Kashmir, they’re being used on people...That’s been the idea all along — to subjugate the population, to reduce them, to dehumanise them.” The conversation also spans the recent decision to end the 131-year-old status of Urdu as the sole official language in Jammu and Kashmir by adding four others, and why this move is facing opposition.Also in this week’s edition of NL Hafta: Trump’s “shocking” speech in Kenosha, breaking down India’s GDP slump, the news media’s response to the economic fallout, and Facebook’s “interrogation” in Parliament.All this and more, only on this week’s NL Hafta. Tune in!Timecodes00:00 - Introduction and Headlines07:45 - Maternity and infant deaths in Meghalaya21:55 - Power of media in Northeast India, its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act28:24 - Announcements and subscriber letters40:27 - Pranab Mukherjee’s death and legacy54:44:05 - Subscriber letters01:02:14 - Domicile laws in Jammu and Kashmir, the Official Languages Bill 202001:10:43 - Subscriber letters01:43:25 - India's GDP and how the media covered it1:53:49 - RecommendationsRecommendationsMehrajOperation Condor: the illegal state network that terrorised South AmericaManishaThe impeachment trial didn't change any minds. Here's why.What makes Modi's BJP invincible? The cynicism that India is deadAbhinandanCaste Matters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/5/20201 hour, 58 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hafta 291: Covid vaccine and community transmission, Bloomsbury India, and the NEET-JEE exam row

This week’s episode of NL Hafta features an all-star panel of Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Vardhan, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Raman Kirpal. They are joined by Banjot Kaur, health and public policy correspondent for Down To Earth magazine.The conversation begins with a round-up of Covid developments from the past weeks, including progress being made in India and abroad towards the production of a suitable vaccine. Banjot addresses common misconceptions about vaccine implementation, serological surveys, and herd immunity, noting that even after a vaccine becomes available, the possibility of life returning to normal is “a long shot”, and that we must be prepared for “huge changes in our daily lives” in the long run. The panel also talks about the accuracy of case numbers across the country, some states’ over-reliance on rapid antigen detection tests, and the government’s “foolhardy” denial of the existence of community transmission.Another topic of discussion is the government’s decision to allow the JEE and NEET exams to take place as scheduled in September, and the impact this might have on the spread of Covid across India. Anand summarises the academic implications of canceling the exam cycle and having a “zero year”, while Banjot gives insight on the “fear of a super-spreading event” occurring, transportation and access issues for students and states, and how other countries have dealt with similar dilemmas.On Bloomsbury India cancelling the publication of Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story, Raman contends that “the book was complete propaganda...legitimising and institutionalising violence against one particular community.” Anand says Bloomsbury India pulling the book resulted in the authors benefitting from the Streisand effect and a newfound sense of victimhood. The panel also debates issues arising from a lack of clarity in liberal definitions of free speech and justice that may have exacerbated this incident.All this and more, only on this week’s NL Hafta. Tune in!Timecodes:0:00 - Headlines05:51 - Covid In India, vaccines, herd immunity25:24 - JEE-NEET row56:04 - Bihar floods and the run-up to their state election01:08:24 - The public outrage around Bloomsbury India and the Delhi riots book 01:26:28 - Subscriber letters on Bloomsbury India, secularism, period leave, and more01:41:16 - RecommendationsRecommendationsBanjotPandemic: How to Prevent an OutbreakAnandMaking Sense Of Indian Democracy: Theory as Practice by Yogendra YadavThe urban migrant and the ‘ritual’ tug of homeThe Greatest Ode to Lord Ram: Tulsidas's Ramcharitmanas; Selections & Commentaries by Pavan K. VarmaRaman'I have waited 11 years': Covid delays the urban Indian's dream to own a homeMehrajThe Revolt of the Upper CastesChristophe Jaffrelot writes: If Modi sealed the fate of quota politics, the “Mandal moment” was over many years earlierWhat Yogendra Yadav, Pratap Bhanu Mehta Don't Get About SecularismManishaBarkha Dutt on covering the migrant exodus and falling out with promoters | NL InterviewAbhinandanNBA playoffs to resume after boycott over Jacob Blake police shootingBloomsbury Bends: This is what an ideological victory should look likeRepublic National Convention Speeches Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/29/20201 hour, 50 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hafta 290: Facebook’s influence and control, Wall Street Journal on Ankhi Das, and Gunjan Saxena

This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Pratik Sinha, founder of Alt News.First up, the panel discusses the Wall Street Journal report on political partisanship within Facebook India. The panelists talk about Facebook’s “special relationship” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, how news dissemination has changed over the past decade, and whether social media should be considered a public service.Manisha reflects on Facebook’s influence on international affairs and its responsibility in ensuring impartiality in non-Western countries. “We need to judge them for at least the façade of the global company they portray themselves to be,” she says.In the context of Australia ordering social media sites to share news advertising revenue with traditional media organisations, Pratik notes that Facebook has “overarching control over internet infrastructure...and very little transparency and accountability”. He highlights the need for independent media organisations to come together to reduce their dependence on Facebook and Google.The conversation also spans new developments in the investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s “ridiculous” sentencing hearing for being ruled guilty of contempt of court, and the controversy surrounding the release of Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.All this and more, only on this week’s NL Hafta. Tune in!Timecodes:0:00: Headlines08:46: Facebook being a platform for hate in India39:01: Subscriber letters, rumours around SSR’s death, transparency at Newslaundry, liberalism in Islam, secularism01:18:22: Prashant Bhushan and the Supreme Court01:22:27: Gunjan Saxena and the IAF's reaction01:30:11: On making Bengaluru rioters pay for damage01:33:01: Subscriber letters01:44:17: RecommendationsRecommendations:PratikTo read up on surveillance capitalismMehrajKamala Harris Tells Big Lie: That 2012 Mortgage Settlement Was a Good Deal for HomeownersManishaWhere are those 'toxic Bihari families' being blamed for reactions to Sushant Rajput's death?AbhinandanHow The Pandemic Is Making The Gender Pay Gap WorseHow Facebook Is Failing Myanmar Again | Time Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/22/20201 hour, 46 minutes, 38 seconds
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Hafta 289: Attack on Caravan journalists, Kamala Harris, and Zomato’s ‘period leave’ policy

In this week’s episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of the Caravan magazine.The conversation begins with an analysis of the events surrounding last week’s attacks on three Caravan journalists while they were interviewing residents in Northeast Delhi’s Subhash Mohalla. One of the journalists, a woman, was sexually harassed. “They were taking photographs out in the street, not in somebody’s house, not of anybody,” Hartosh explains. “I have been detained before...Never have I encountered what happened with our reporter...what literally amounts to assault and sexual harassment.”On Kamala Harris being announced as the presumptive Democratic candidate for vice president of the United States, the panel discusses reactions from the Hindu Right in India and the US, and Harris’s controversial career as an attorney general. They also talk about the newfound disillusionment in her campaign by the Indian media after discovering that Harris “believes in human rights”.The conversation also spans the moral and economic implications of Zomato’s “period leave” policy, how TV news channels “jump the gun” to break news, diversity in Indian newsrooms, local and political reactions to the recent violence in Bengaluru, and a lot more.Tune in!Song: Woh Kehte Hain Ranjish Ki Baaten - Tahira SyedHafta letters: Indian employers and taking leave, secularism, pronouncing words correctlyTimecodes0:39: Headlines8:40: Caravan journalists attacked26:49: 743 Tirupati temple staff tested Covid-19 positive28:46: Bengaluru violence47:00: Letters from subscribers52:43: Kamala Harris nominated as vice president candidate59:13: Hartosh’s recommendations1:02:37: Supreme Court’s order on daughters’ equal rights to joint Hindu family property1:03:58: Letters from subscribers1:15:20: Rahat Indori’s death1:17:35: Zomato introduces “period leave”1:29:08: Pranab Mukherjee’s health and how journalists tweeted fake news1:34:39: Letters from subscribers02:00:57: Announcements and recommendationsReferencesWhy I Agree With Bill Maher’s Views On IslamSecularism gave up language of religion. Ayodhya bhoomi pujan is a result of thatIn the post-mortem of secularism, we are hand wringing over religion, missing the real crisis.RecommendationsHartoshQuanta magazineUnder pressure from Sikh clergy, Punjab Police book ten-year-old Dalit girl for sacrilege. The Alienation of Adivasis From Our Identity, or How I Unlearned My Hinduisation.RamanIn the post-mortem of secularism, we are hand wringing over religion, missing the real crisis.The Rama I sing about comes to life in Tyagaraja’s kirtanas, which beseech you to seek the Rama within. MehrajThat Home in our Heart: An Allegory of a Struggle against Forgetting in Kashmir. ManishaCoping With a Deadly Virus, a Social One, TooAbhinandanThe Next Global Depression Is Coming and Optimism Won’t Slow It Down Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/15/20202 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds
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Hafta 288: Media's coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan

In this week’s episode, the in-house panel featuring Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Raman Kripal is joined by Mayank Shekhar, a film critic and recipient of the ‘Ramnath Goenka Award. He’s also the author of Amazon’s bestselling book, ‘Name Place Animal Thing’ and also has a podcast titled ‘Sit With Hitlist’The discussion begins with the problematic coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and how it has now transformed into a political issue. Mayank says, “It’s a toxic mix of everything that is wrong with the country — the state of politics, and news media.” “ Whatsapp messages are now taken seriously on news channels” which has led to ED inquistioning Rhea Chakraborty about her makeup, adds Abhinandan.Raman is of the view that the Enforcement Directorate’s involvement in the entire affair confirms that the case has become political. Manisha thinks this will last till the Bihar elections. She also expresses her shock at women anchors like Anjana Om Kashyap and Navika leading the toxic reportage with, Kyu iske paise kharch karwa rahi thi, pyar tha ya dhoka tha? Why did she spend his money? Was it love or betrayal?The discussion also touches upon the media circus around the ‘Ram Mandir bhoom ipujan‘ which demolished any hope of secularism. Abhinandan says, “It'd need another Bapu-like leader to undo the damage.”This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta. Tune In!Timecodes: 05:18 - Headlines and announcements09:23 - Media coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput's death and Bollywood's silence30:58 - Subscriber letters43:42 - On media coverage of Ayodhya's Mandir Bhoomi Pujan and India's shifting political climate01:17:34 - Subscriber letters01:26:22 - Prashant Bhushan and the contempt proceedings against him01:32:38 - Announcements and RecommendationsRecommendations:MayankBandish Bandits -Prime VideoAmar Singh Obituaries by Priya Sehgal, Vir SinghviThe DiscipleRamanPB Mehta writes: Ayodhya’s Ram temple is first real colonisation of Hinduism by political powerDeeno Daan - Poem by Rabindranath TagoreRebellion - NetflixManishaWhat's At Stake For Bollywood 'Elite' In Sushant Singh Rajput CaseAbhinandanSomali rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Hawa Abdi diesSecularism gave up language of religion. Ayodhya bhoomi pujan is a result of that Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/8/20201 hour, 45 minutes, 14 seconds
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Hafta 287: The Dalit identity and Indian politics, New Education Policy, and more

In this week’s Newslaundry’s panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kripal, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Suraj Yengde, an award winning scholar, author, and activist in the field of caste, race, and ethnicity studies and labour migration in the Global-south. Currently, he is a senior research fellow at Harvard-Kennedy School. Suraj has also been nominated for the ‘Sahitya Akademi Award’ and is a recipient of  the ‘Dr.Ambedkar Social Justice Award’ in 2019 and the ‘Rohith Vemula Scholar Award’ in 2018.  The conversation begins with discussing the reclamation of Dalit identities in pop culture. Explaining this with the rise of Chamar pop with tracks like ‘Put Han Chamara De’, Suraj says it is counterintuitive to the masculine, toxic Jat pride seen in pop-culture spaces and the embracing of Dalit identity, but not through the Brahiminical lens. ‘The way that Jat is used not just as Jat pride, but also to make other people feel low’, he adds. Suraj also talks about the discomfort around Dalit folks owning their ancestry, and the reason behind the loudness of Dalit politics. He says, “ If a Dalit claims his or her Dalitness, the other person feels attacked all of sudden. They say, ’Why do you even mention that, I don’t look at you as a Dalit’.” Raman asks Suraj whether there are any Dalit political leaders who can match Kashi Ram’s counter-culture since Mayawati’s impact seems to fading. To this, he says “India is a petri-dish of identity-based politics,” and there needs to be a decentralisation of Dalit political future. He also discusses the role of media and how it only highlights a few individuals. Suraj adds, “Media manufactures leaders in India. Media manufactured Modi as a leader, and even in the Dality community that’s the same.” He also explains the deep distrust amongst Dalits against the current political dispensation, “where it will probably take two Ambedkars and two Gandhis to really bring back the faith in electoral democracy.” Abhinandan brings up Chandrashekhar, the emerging face of Dalit politics in India and asks Suraj about his impact. Suraj points to the immense pressure on the Bhim Army leader who has been slapped with draconian laws. He says, “Chandrashekhar really needs to embrace Kanshi Ram,” and start caderising to  bring out the subaltern stories.  The panel also discusses the ‘survival burden’ of Dalits and the exclusion of Dalit voices in national matters, the New Education Policy, and how far has RSS been successful in shaping it since 2014. This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta. Tune In! Song: Jhootha Kahin KaTimecodes0:21:  Introduction and Headlines09:51:  Caste Annihilation45:48:  India’s new education policy1:17:37:  Subscriber Letters1:35:58:  Saifuddin Soz’s Detention1:50:26:  Subscriber Letters 2:07:23:  Recommendations Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/1/20202 hours, 19 minutes, 26 seconds
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Hafta 286: Assam floods, contempt proceedings against Prashant Bhushan, Covid sero survey, and more

In this week’s NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone and Manisha Pande are joined by Sushanta Talukdar, editor of NEZINE, an online magazine focusing on India’s Northeast region.The discussion starts off with the Assam floods, which has affected over 28 lakh people so far. Floods are a recurring issue during the monsoons in Assam, but the government has still not found a way to contain the toll it takes. “The problem is, people forget about the Assam floods after the last day of the floods,” Sushanta says.The conversation shifts to a National Centre for Disease Control survey that said nearly 23 percent of people surveyed in Delhi had developed antibodies for the Covid infection. Manisha calls the survey heartening, since it “shows that the pandemic is not that terrible, because a lot of people survived”, though Mehraj disagrees. India’s increasing cases and low death rate has also been controversial, and Raman says he’d like to “investigate” the Covid death toll, since it’s not very clear.On the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, the panel debates the importance of a floor test. Abhinandan asks if the situation is nearing a “constitutional crisis” with all the horse-trading going on. The panel also discusses the Supreme Court issuing suo motu contempt proceedings against lawyer Prashant Bhushan over his allegedly derogatory tweets against the judiciary. Can a tweet about a judge be considered contempt of court? Mehraj says, “You can criticise their judgements but you cannot criticise the judges. You will be hauled up for that.” Raman says contempt of court is an “outdated law”.The podcast also covers the recent death of a journalist in Ghaziabad, and a lot more. Tune in!Song: Mast PunjabiTimecodes00:05: Introduction and headlines04:59: Assam floods33:07: Uttar Pradesh journalist’s murder35:35: How subscriptions fund independent journalism at Newslaundry41:54: Subscriber letters52:33: Delhi's serology survey and questions over community transmission, deaths and vaccines01:03:22: Rajasthan political crisis01:11:32: Subscriber letters01:20:35: Supreme Court’s contempt of court proceedings against Prashant Bhushan01:29:46: Subscriber letters01:32:48: Recommendations Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/25/20201 hour, 43 minutes, 9 seconds
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Hafta 285: Chabahar-Zahedan project, Rajasthan political crisis, cancel culture, and more

In this week’s NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kripal, Mehraj D Lone, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan are joined by Suhasini Haider, diplomatic editor of the Hindu. The conversation kicks off with discussing how Iran dropped India from the Chabahar-Zahedan rail project. Abhinandan asks Suhasini how this might affect India. “There’s this kind of FOMO. Right now, you don’t want to be cut out of any geo-strategic game, especially when a country like China is signing a massive deal with them,” she says. She also talks about the scanty coverage of foreign policy issues in the current political climate.The discussion moves on to “cancel culture”. Has it been taken too far, or is it a “conspiracy” by boomers to call post-millennials “too soft”? In Manisha’s opinion, “Cancel culture kills innovative thoughts.” Mehraj brings up the privileges and narrowed gaze of cancel culture. He adds, “There’s no greater threat to free thought than self-censoring.” The panel also discusses whether cancel culture is an elite fad of the West, and if it works in the Indian context.On the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, Raman believes it was triggered by chief minister Ashok Gehlot, whom he says was promoting his sons and the Gujjar netas in the state. Sachin Pilot, he says, was “hardly functional” as deputy chief minister, and “at this juncture, it was important for him to revolt”. Mehraj thinks the victimhood of Pilot is “amusing, as there’s no ideological battle here” .The panel also compares Jyotiraditya Scindia and Pilot, discusses the curious case of apologies by Indian comedians, and debates whether ideology really matters in Indian politics. Tune in!Timestamps:00:00: Introduction and headlines8:43: India dropped from Chabahar Rail Project36:01: Subscriber letters on safetyism, cancel culture, and freedom of speech1:10:51: Sachin Pilot vs Ashok Gehlot1:28:48: Subscriber rebuttal to Anand's article1:33:15: Agrima Joshua, limits of comedy, and apologies1:46:00: Subscriber letters1:56:43: Assam floods and the inevitability of disasters2:00:40: Recommendations Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/18/20202 hours, 8 minutes, 39 seconds
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Hafta 281: India-China conflict, Sushant Singh Rajput, reporting on suicide, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, Raman Kirpal, and Anand Vardhan are joined by two guests: Mohan Guruswamy, author and chairman-founder of the Centre for Policy Alternatives & The Guruswamy Center, and Tanmoy Goswami, the Correspondent’s sanity correspondent who writes on mental health. Among other things, the panel talks about the India-China border flare-up, and Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and how the media covered it.Mohan explains the location of the Line of Actual Control and how the India-China skirmish came about. “There are two LACs, the Chinese LAC and the Indian LAC; they overlap,” he says. Abhinandan asks him what triggered the Chinese action. Mohan speculates that alarm bells in China could have been raised by Amit Shah’s statement on recovering Aksai Chin, and India’s push for a WHO investigation into Covid-19. Mohan adds that the Chinese are “hyper-aggressive on all sectors of their borders”. Anand weighs in by pointing out the recent pattern of China’s militarism and aggression. The panel also discusses the difficulties in reporting on issues like this one, given the ambiguity surrounding the whole episode. Moving on to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Abhinandan asks Tanmoy about the media coverage, and the broader norms of reporting on people who die by suicide. Tanmoy says the attitude of many senior media professionals towards suicide is informed by the fact that suicide was criminalised in India for a long time. “Suicide was reported by crime reporters, and so there’s a legacy of those days,” he says. Now, Tanmoy says, editors have started responding positively to contentions against sensationalist headlines or triggering illustrations. “The number of vigilant eyes in India has multiplied,” he says. He also talks about the intersectional nature of problems causing suicide, and how always equating suicide and mental illness is a “horrible myth”.The panel also discusses the lacunae in entertainment and sports reporting, nepotism and cliques in several industries, frivolous court cases, and much more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/20201 hour, 52 minutes, 40 seconds
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Hafta 284: Vikas Dubey, CBSE’s revised syllabus, Jyotiraditya Scindia, and more

In this week’s NL Hafta, the Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone and Manisha Pande discuss gangster Vikas Dubey’s arrest, Jyotiraditya Scindia’s speech, and cancel culture.The discussion starts with Scindia naming former chief ministers Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh in a speech, where he reminded them that he’s still around and powerful. Talking about Scindia’s legacy, Raman says, “Scindia may become a power figure with the Centre’s help.”Moving to the arrest of Vikas Dubey for killing eight policemen, Mehraj talks about how Dubey flourished in Uttar Pradesh “because of political patronage.” (Note: This podcast was recorded before Dubey was killed.) The panel also discusses how casteism runs the police and bureaucracy in Uttar Pradesh, and how people are likely to applaud the police and chief minister Adityanath, who openly boasted about controlling crime in the state with encounters.The discussion then moves on to CBSE scrapping chapters on citizenship, nationalism and secularism from the curriculum of some classes. The revisions were made to “rationalise” the syllabus in view of the pandemic, CBSE said. Abhinandan questions the choice of the chapters that were deleted, and the panel discusses whether the decision was politically motivated.Abhinandan brings up a letter on free speech, signed by multiple bestselling authors and intellectuals, which acknowledges the national reckoning over racism and social injustice, but also argues that the protest movements have helped weaken the norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favour of ideological conformity. The panel also discusses the idea of “safetyism” — that people are weak and should be protected, rather than exposed to challenges. Manisha points out, “The word ‘trigger’ is being used very loosely and when used so loosely, somehow the heft goes.”This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/20201 hour, 30 minutes, 8 seconds
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Hafta 283: Thoothukudi custodial deaths, police brutality in India, Sopore photograph, and more

In this week’s NL Hafta, the Newslaundry panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan are joined by Sandhya Ravishankar, award-winning journalist and editor of the Lede. The conversation centres on police brutality in India, in the context of the custodial deaths of a father and son in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi.Sandhya talks about how the vernacular media in Tamil Nadu covered the custodial deaths of Jayaraj and Bennix from the start. Manisha and Abhinandan point out how Delhi-based news channels offered greater coverage of George Floyd than the Thoothukudi case. Describing the past record of the policemen involved in the deaths, Sandhya says that police brutality in the southern states is “as bad, if not worse, than our north Indian counterparts”, in response to Abhinandan calling some northern states “especially notorious” when it comes to police brutality. Anand says this incident is not an outlier, and that the human rights departments within some police forces are viewed as “punishment postings”. Mehraj discusses instances of brutality and corruption by the Jammu and Kashmir police, while Raman describes problems in police and constabulary recruitment and training.The panel moves on to the crossfire between armed forces and militants in Sopore, and the death of a CRPF jawan and a civilian. They bring up the controversy around the BJP’s Sambit Patra’s tweet on the incident, and the journalistic ethics of publishing controversial photographs, especially of minors. Anand lists instances of the regional press publishing very graphic images. He says the use of pictures to evoke horror only becomes controversial when political forces use them to score points. Abhinandan talks about magazines in the West that publish photographs of children dying in the Middle East. He wonders if they’d do the same thing if the photos were taken in the US.In the context of Prime Minister Modi’s recent speech on extending the Garib Kalyan Yojana, Mehraj says the public distribution system is “robust”, despite its flaws. Abhinandan highlights the importance of transparency to ensure last-mile delivery of welfare schemes.The panel also talks about Modi’s new look, life in Kashmir, and a lot more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/20201 hour, 52 minutes, 34 seconds
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Hafta 280: Baghjan fire, healthcare in Delhi, J&K’s media policy, and more

In this week’s NL Hafta, the Newslaundry team of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone and Raman Kirpal are joined by Anoo Bhuyan, a reporter with IndiaSpend currently writing on healthcare. Among other things, the panel talks about the healthcare crisis and challenges brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak, the fire in Assam’s Baghjan oil field, and two important media-related developments.Beginning with the Delhi government’s handling of the Covid crisis, Anoo discusses the perceived binary between affordable-but-bad government hospitals and good-but-expensive private hospitals, mentioning the lack of accountability in the latter. She thinks that declaring community transmission is a political call, as it has to do with the admission of failure. “To say that there is community transmission is to say that it’s not in our hands anymore,” she says.While explaining how the fire in the Baghjan oil field came about, Mehraj says: “They have been trying to douse the flames, but it will at least take a month.” He also draws attention to the ecological, economic and human costs of the fire. Abhinandan and Manisha add that a story like this would have received much more attention if it had happened close to Delhi and not in Assam.Moving on to the new media policy in Jammu and Kashmir, Raman says it should be struck down by the judiciary. “This is in violation of Article 14,” he says. He thinks that if the policy finds success in Jammu and Kashmir, “it will spread over to the entire country”. Mehraj points out that much of what the new policy says has already existed in practice in Kashmir. The panel discusses another media story: the resignation of James Bennet, the editorial page editor of the New York Times, after publishing a piece by Senator Tom Cotton that argued in favour of calling the military to control the Black Lives Matter protests in the US. Manisha reads out an excerpt from the op-ed, pointing out the irony in how the NYT has in the past championed sending US troops to the Middle East. She says the newspaper could have published a counter-view, adding: “An editor need not have lost a job because of that.” Abhinandan says, “On stuff like this, I don’t have a theorem I go by. I go by the specifics.” Also, Mehraj has something to say about liberal hypocrisy. The panel also talks about previous NL Sena projects, racism in cricket, the silence of Indian elites, India’s obsession with fairness, and much more. Listen up! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/20201 hour, 39 minutes, 32 seconds
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Hafta 282: India-China conflict, Patanjali’s Coronil, Jagannath Rath Yatra, and more

In this edition of Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone and Raman Kirpal are joined by Ajai Shukla, a defence journalist, former colonel of the Indian army, and current consulting editor at Business Standard. The panel discusses the developments in and the broader implications of the India-China border flare-up, Patanjali’s Coronil debacle, and the Jagannath Rath Yatra.Ajai explains the chronology of events from April onward at the border. He says Chinese soldiers “marched into three different sectors of India and occupied a chunk of Indian territory”, measuring about 60 sq km, where they started building defences. Initial reports were either ignored or dismissed by official sources until 20 Indian soldiers were killed, he adds. The panel discusses why this episode is unique, why the government might have denied these reports, the reasons for China’s new aggression, and how this incident might affect the balance of power between India and China. “There is absolutely every prospect that China might do something to activate the Arunachal border,” Ajai says. The conversation shifts to the Supreme Court allowing the Jagannath Rath Yatra to take place in Puri. The panel talks about how the state government and public health experts should have made this decision, not the court. In the context of how Patanjali used its licence to manufacture immunity boosters to promote “Coronil” as a cure for Covid-19, Manisha says questioning Ramdev has been equated to questioning ayurveda itself. Mehraj details the bogus testing methods that Patanjali followed. The conversation also spans the complexity of calls to boycott Chinese products, the development of indigenous industrial capacity, whether there is a global resurgence of socialism, Delhi’s coronavirus mathematics, and much more.Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/29/20201 hour, 34 minutes, 45 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 282

In this edition of Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone and Raman Kirpal are joined by Ajai Shukla, a defence journalist, former colonel of the Indian army, and current consulting editor at Business Standard. Ajai explains the chronology of events from April onward at the border. He says Chinese soldiers “marched into three different sectors of India and occupied a chunk of Indian territory”, measuring about 60 sq km, where they started building defences. Initial reports were either ignored or dismissed by official sources until 20 Indian soldiers were killed, he adds. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/27/202031 minutes, 28 seconds
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Hafta 279: George Floyd, content moderation on social media, bigotry at home, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Vardhan, Mehraj D Lone and Manisha Pande are joined by Emily Schmall, South Asia correspondent for the Associated Press. The panel discusses the murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed. “Polls show that most Americans are in favour of these protests,” Emily says. “You can get a sense of that by seeing how corporate America has responded.” The panel also compares the reaction of Indian celebrities to police brutality in the US to their silence when it comes to similar incidents in India.Anand talks about migrant workers returning to Bihar, even as Covid-19 cases climb in the state. He says the condition of Bihar’s quarantine centres “has not been consistent” and is “largely bad”. Abhinandan is pessimistic about the spread of Covid-19 in India, saying: “I don’t think we will be able to flatten the curve. I think India should be ready for a steep rise until a cure or a vaccine or herd immunity happens.” The group discusses India’s comparatively low mortality rate, and Mehraj suggests that one should be sceptical of official data.The discussion shifts to the role of social media platforms in publishing and moderating content. Mehraj says that Twitter’s recent fact-checking of Donald Trump was “not out of the goodness of their heart”, pointing out that the organisation gave blue ticks to “rabid bigots and Islamophobes”. Manisha argues that Twitter’s decision was not very smart because “fundamentally, there is a difference between a platform and a publisher.” She adds that if you want to be a publisher, you had “better face the music that publishers face”.The panel also discusses the possible opening of religious places, tackling bigotry at home, subscription models of journalism, principles of equality in Indian politics, and Indian conservatism.For this and much more, tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/27/20201 hour, 52 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hafta 278: Cyclone Amphan, rerouting of Shramik Special trains, India-China dispute, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Shoaib Daniyal, associate editor at Scroll. The panel starts with a discussion on Cyclone Amphan and the resultant devastation in West Bengal. Shoaib says: “This was so fearsome that it came into Kolkata also, which is a good 100 km from the sea...It was a pretty scary sight that day and, of course, the city then went through terrible problems for the next few days.” He adds that casualty numbers are relatively low, despite the cyclone’s severity, “because of basic precautions. Just putting people in a pakka house — that very simple act saves lives.”The panel also discusses the media coverage of Amphan. Manisha acknowledges that there are possible constraints for media organisations. However, channels like Zee Bangla and News18 Bangla still managed to cover the cyclone, but Zee and News18’s Hindi counterparts did not, “despite having this great resource of reporters being on the ground for the Bengali channels,” she says. “So I think it’s more wilful than the lack of being able to get someone.”Moving on to the rerouting of Shramik Special trains, Mehraj says, “I am just at a loss. Even incompetence alone doesn’t explain this. This is a time when they are running a fraction of the usual number of trains...It is not just that these trains are getting lost, but they are also not providing food or even water.” Bemoaning the government’s inability to coordinate the provision of food with civil society groups, Abhinandan says the government “doesn’t want to talk to anyone. Because they think of everybody as an enemy. When you are such a hostile and venom-filled entity, you will not reach out to anyone to collaborate.”The panel also discusses the recent India-China dispute, Newslaundry’s coverage of different issues under constraints, lockdowns in other countries, Rahul Gandhi’s recent comments on the Maharashtra government, and the possibility of opening places of religious worship. For this and much more, tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/20201 hour, 31 minutes, 41 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 281

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, Raman Kirpal, and Anand Vardhan are joined by two guests: Mohan Guruswamy, author and chairman-founder of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Tanmoy Goswami, the Correspondent’s sanity correspondent who writes on mental health. Abhinandan asks Mohan what triggered the Chinese action. Mohan speculates that alarm bells in China could have been raised by Amit Shah’s statement on recovering Aksai Chin, and India’s push for a WHO investigation into Covid-19 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/202031 minutes, 51 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 280

In this week’s NL Hafta, the Newslaundry team of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone and Raman Kirpal are joined by Anoo Bhuyan, a reporter with IndiaSpend currently writing on healthcare. While explaining how the fire in the Baghjan oil field came about, Mehraj says: “They have been trying to douse the flames, but it will at least take a month.” He also draws attention to the ecological, economic and human costs of the fire. Abhinandan and Manisha add that a story like this would have received much more attention if it had happened close to Delhi and not in Assam.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/13/202036 minutes, 28 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 279

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Vardhan, Mehraj D Lone and Manisha Pande are joined by Emily Schmall, South Asia correspondent for the Associated Press. The panel discusses the murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed. “Polls show that most Americans are in favour of these protests,” Emily says. “You can get a sense of that by seeing how corporate America has responded.” The panel also compares the reaction of Indian celebrities to police brutality in the US to their silence when it comes to similar incidents in India. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/6/202027 minutes, 30 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 278

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Shoaib Daniyal, associate editor at Scroll. Discussing the rerouting of Shramik Special trains, Mehraj says, “I am just at a loss. Even incompetence alone doesn’t explain this. This is a time when they are running a fraction of the usual number of trains...It is not just that these trains are getting lost, but they are also not providing food or even water.” To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/30/202040 minutes, 47 seconds
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Hafta 277: India-Nepal border dispute, Covid-19 cases at Zee News, Cyclone Amphan, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by our in-house team of Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan. Discussing the recent border dispute between India and Nepal, Anand describes the dispute’s historical context and the causes of the current fracas. Mehraj argues that this could be attributed to India’s “projection of power” since the start of the new millennium, which might have become less effective after a decade-long slowdown in economic growth. Mehraj adds that “our national imagination, especially the kind that the BJP and the Hindutva camp has...can’t accept that we are equal with these people. You have to project power, you have to project greatness. But the basis of that greatness is no longer there. Because your own economy is struggling.” Abhinandan says: “As long as Covid is dominating the world, these will be just side acts.”The panel shifts to the controversy over the Congress providing the Uttar Pradesh government with buses to transport migrant workers. Abhinandan says, “I am no fan of the Congress, but here I think there is a lot of monkey balancing [by the media]. What the UP government is doing is disgusting.” Mehraj agrees, deploring the government’s general treatment of migrant workers. Moving on to the finance minister’s announcements over the past week, Mehraj says the government should have put more money in the hands of the people. Raman says, “You introduced Aadhaar. You made it compulsory for people to open bank accounts. But when the time has come to transfer money, you aren’t doing it.” Anand suggests that the government focused on structural reforms. However, he acknowledges Abhinandan’s point about “the lack of policy imagination in offering immediate succour”. In response to a subscriber email, the panel also discusses conservatism in India, and Anand argues that the ideology is essentially “continuity with change”. Finally, the panel talks about the Covid-19 cases at Zee News, and Newslaundry’s recent report about the cluster. Abhinandan says the employees who tested positive “might not get the sympathy that they should get, because of how Sudhir Chaudhary and other people like him have positioned themselves. That is a sad outcome.” Manisha is more optimistic, hoping that “people will make the distinction between Sudhir and regular Zee workers who are living alone or living with family.”The panel also talks about Cyclone Amphan, Barkha Dutt’s ground reporting during the pandemic, and the arrest of Rwanda genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga.For this and much more, tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/27/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 16 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 277

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by our in-house team of Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan.Talking about the Covid-19 cases at Zee News, and Newslaundry’s recent report about the cluster, Abhinandan says the employees who tested positive “might not get the sympathy that they should get, because of how Sudhir Chaudhary and other people like him have positioned themselves. That is a sad outcome.” Manisha is more optimistic, hoping that “people will make the distinction between Sudhir and regular Zee workers who are living alone or living with family.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/202040 minutes, 51 seconds
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Hafta 264: Amulya Leona, Trump’s visit, AAP’s Hanuman politics, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan of Newslaundry are joined by Shelly Walia, senior editor at the Quint.Rather surprisingly, this episode kicks off with a healthy debate on whether litti chokha belongs to Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. The panellists then engage in an extended discussion on their favourite regional delicacies. Mehraj finally ends the discussion with a tongue-in-cheek remark: “Vegetarian and delicacy don’t go together in the same sentence.” Shelly then turns to the subject of Amulya Leona, a young woman from Karnataka, being slapped with a sedition case for saying “Pakistan Zindabad” at an AIMIM rally in Hyderabad. Mehraj explains how this issue pertains to which side of the free speech debate one stands on. Shelly argues that the BJP latches onto such statements to divert attention from real problems. “Just think of the things that you got to hear before the Delhi election when it was constantly, like, India, Pakistan, Muslim, Hindu, current puhuch jayega and goli maaro. The kind of shit that is being said by our ministers...and here is a 20-year-old ‘woke’ woman who says something like that and we call her idiotic. I don’t think that’s a fair thing because I just feel things are going off track.”Abhinandan disagrees, arguing that every protest can’t be about everything. “If every protest becomes bhadaas nikalna, then the repercussions will also be bhadaas nikalne wala,” he says. While Mehraj bats for absolute freedom to say whatever one wants, Abhinandan puts the AIMIM at fault for not vetting what was to be spoken from their stage. “I think it is a dumb thing to give platform to someone like that to make a fool of themselves. Of course, the person has the right to make a fool of themselves, but is that good for the movement I am fighting for?”On Donald Trump’s visit and the possibility that there won’t be a trade agreement, Anand opines that the fact the US president is visiting India alone is a symbolic step towards de-hyphenating India-Pakistan. “We are in a phase where the big power and the emerging power equations would be more guarded by complex interdependence rather than clear takeaways from each other.” Bringing in a less discussed nuance, Abhinandan argues that Trump’s visit will refuel the BJP’s discourse which has been dulled by its electoral loss in Delhi. The panellists also talk about AAP legislator Saurabh Bharadwaj organising monthly Hanuman Chalisa prayers in his constituency, and his demand for erecting a Hanuman statue at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya; the Supreme Court’s order granting women permanent commission in the Army; the importance of formal education; the New York Times publishing an article by Taliban leader Sirajuddin Haqqani; and much more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/20201 hour, 56 minutes, 42 seconds
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Hafta 265: Delhi violence, Trump’s visit, Weinstein’s conviction, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Raman Kirpal of Newslaundry are joined by Neha Dixit, journalist and professor at Ashoka University.The podcast starts with a discussion on media reports on the Delhi riots. Neha says, “Lots of people are claiming that their relatives are missing. Dead bodies have been dumped at the hospital with no identification made since the investigation officers are too busy to get the post-mortem started. So the death toll will still go up.”Talking about the overnight transfer of Justice S Muralidhar, Abhinandan says, “It is rather alarming the brazenness with which the state is carrying out whatever their project is.“ Manisha reasons why the violence is centred in North East Delhi, saying, ”This is where Amit shah gave his ‘Shaheen bagh ko jhatka lagega’ speech, along with a large number of unemployed youth from both sides present there.” Regarding the Delhi police’s inaction during the riots, Abhinandan says this “disrespect” now for the police will outlast Modi and Shah. “The police have shot themselves in the foot.” Mehraj talks about the judiciary’s role in the violence. “If you go back and see books and reports on instances of communal violence since 1947...if you take the names of the places away, you can’t tell one from the other,” he says. “Everywhere, the police has sided with the rioters and the judiciary has been stacked against the victims. The only difference this time is that everything is being recorded on camera.”Raman believes the riots were orchestrated. ”The circumstantial evidence, so far, are strongly indicating that the people who orchestrated all this came from the border areas,” he tells the panel. The panel also discusses the media coverage of Trump’s visit, the Delhi government’s inaction during the violence, #MeToo in India, and more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/20201 hour, 41 minutes, 9 seconds
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Hafta 266: Delhi violence, coronavirus, parliament ruckus, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan, and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Kapil Komireddi, author and journalist.They start with a discussion on the Delhi violence. Abhinandan asks the panellists how precisely they will describe what happened. Was it “riot” or “pogrom”? Kapil believes it was more than a riot and, had it continued to escalate, could have become a pogrom. Anand sees it purely as communal violence and a confrontation between supporters and opponents of the citizenship law. Mehraj prefers the term “communal carnage”.Talking about the foreign media’s coverage of the violence, Kapil says there’s a lack of nuance. “When a piece is written in Delhi and sent to London or New York for editing, I think the editors add their own language, they compress language, nuance somehow gets eliminated from that coverage,” he adds.He, however, rejects the suggestion that such coverage is a conspiracy to defame India. “I think India is supplying enough material to people who dislike the country,” he argues.Kapil goes on to question Narendra Modi’s competence as a leader, “For weeks, Gujarat burnt around him and he did nothing. In Delhi, in the capital of the country, the city burnt for three days and again he was incompetent, he could not do anything. So the defining characteristic of the prime minister is incompetence.”Speaking about how the violence started, Raman says, “I think prima facie, it was deliberate. It was started with some intentions to teach a lesson.” He adds that Muslims retaliated where they were in large numbers, making it a full-blown riot.About the police’s role, he says, “There are few brilliant individuals in any institution. But let us face it, on those three days, these men in khaki, they behaved like Hindus.” Anand, however, argues that it is early to say the police were incompetent considering the sequence of the events is still unclear. He says, “The cause and effect relationship, what caused it, is still very hazy.”Mehraj disagrees. “If we have to find the truth, we have to go beyond these institutions, beyond the police,” he says. “This is a police that not only sided with the rioters but was complicit in the violence”. He notes that the police actively destroyed CCTV cameras to ensure there was no evidence of their actions.The panel then discuss the coronavirus pandemic. “It seems a lot more alarming but when you see the age-wise break-up of fatality, for a young fit person, this is like a flu that goes away,” Abhinandan says, initiating the conversation.Mehraj, however, points out that the fatality rate being low doesn’t mean that the threat isn’t severe for a country like India, where “without a proper healthcare system, you are asking for disaster.”They also discuss the suspension of seven Congress MPs, Justice S Muralidhar’s transfer from the Delhi High Court to Punjab, freedom of speech, and much more.Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/20201 hour, 51 minutes, 39 seconds
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Hafta 268: Coronavirus hits India, Modi speaks, Gogoi goes to Rajya Sabha, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Suhasini Haider, diplomatic editor of the Hindu newspaper, and Dr Arjun Dang, CEO of Dr Dang’s Labs.Starting off with a discussion on the coronavirus pandemic, Abhinandan wonders why India’s approach to containing it differs from that prescribed by the WHO, and what impact this will have. To Abhinandan’s question about the government not allowing healthcare professionals to use existing kits to test for coronavirus, Dang explains that this is to ensure uniformity in and quality of testing. All testing kits for coronavirus must be approved by the National Institute of Virology, Pune. “If the testing isn’t done in a controlled and regulated manner, we will actually go from the frying pan into the fire”. To Mehraj’s question about India’s testing capacity, Dang points out that the pandemic has disrupted the supply chains of the kits manufactured in Europe and China. India now faces an uphill battle to get more kits. So, it should judiciously use the kits it has.Talking about Modi’s address to the nation on the pandemic, Suhasini says it lacked substance but was reassuring. Abhinandan remarks that it was the first speech in which Modi showed some humility. Manisha notes that he talked up solutions taken from Western countries without thinking whether they would work in India. While it was high on emotion, it lacked substance. Abhinandan doesn’t think India has a plan to tackle the economic fallout of the pandemic. Mehraj argues that the prime minister didn’t address the nation but only those privileged sections of society that can afford to stay home; he didn’t address the anxieties of those who have no choice but to go out to feed their families. The panel also discuss Ranjan Gogoi’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha. Abhinandan wonders why Indians do not want to retire. Mehraj quips, “This is probably the only country in the world where people agitate for the retirement age to be raised rather than to be lowered.”They also discuss the political stalemate in Madhya Pradesh; the Press Council of India’s notice to the Telegraph for a headline that allegedly mocked India’s president; nepotism and mediocrity in the media industry and other sections of society, and much more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 37 seconds
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Hafta 269: India’s lockdown, the role of journalists during a crisis, police brutality, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by data journalist Rukmini S.Abhinandan begins by bringing up Rukmini’s piece in The Print where she wrote that India could see up to 30,000 COVID-19 deaths by May. She says this is not her prediction — it’s based on current growth rate of cases, trajectories of other countries, and predictable modeling done by statisticians that show similar pathways, so this could be the direction India is headed. “Even with significant intervention, there will be not an ending, but a reduction [in cases],” Rukmini says.Discussing how the 21-day nationwide lockdown was imposed by Narendra Modi to enforce social distancing, both Raman and Mehraj think India won't be able to handle that many patients. Mehraj asks what measures exist for the homeless, and those dependent on daily wages. Raman also cites data* on the state of public healthcare in India, such as the fact that India has only 9,512 ICU beds for its 130-crore population.Bringing up the WHO’s guidelines and its emphasis on community outreach, Manisha says she was stunned by Modi’s decision on the lockdown and the manner in which he communicated it to the public. “Someone who supposedly was a chaiwallah, who rose from nowhere, is so out of touch with how Indians live.” Abhinandan says there’s a sense of “theatre” in what Modi does, in contrast to the Kerala health minister’s low-profile press briefings every day. The panel also discusses the role of journalists during a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, India’s support for public institutions, police brutality, and much more.Tune in!*The data Raman cited — number of ventilators, ICU beds, isolation beds exclusively earmarked across states to treat COVID-19 patients — is as of March 24. This data is changing dynamically as more capacity is added on a daily basis. For instance, on March 26, the capacity was upgraded to 85,976 isolation beds, 22,772 ICU beds, and 14245 ventilators.Correction: Raman said Delhi has 252 ICU beds. The number is actually for ventilators. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/20201 hour, 34 minutes, 41 seconds
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Hafta 276: Bois Locker Room, Atmanirbharta, changes to labour laws, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Mehraj D Lone, Raman Kirpal, and Manisha Pande are joined by Pragya Tiwari, journalist and regional director of Flint Asia. Starting off with the “Bois Locker Room” controversy, Pragya suggests that the group was “a manifestation of an endemic crisis” that we tend to ignore. “We keep forgetting how thin a line it is between inappropriate conversation and rape culture. It is on a spectrum,” she says. “The same thing about the guy’s death. That is another thing we don’t talk about as a society, as families, which is mental health. So this is just a manifestation of two conversations we radically need to have — in our schools, in our colleges, in our homes, through counselling — which is mental health and addressing rape culture, patriarchal attitudes.” Manisha says the incident demonstrates that social media allegations should be taken with a grain of salt, especially as they detract from legitimate societal challenges. Raman agrees, suggesting that the problem was further compounded by the “social media trial”.With regards to the prime minister’s recent speech, Pragya bemoans Modi’s use of “tyag” and “tapasya” to describe the distress faced by migrant workers, since it implies that their struggles were of their own volition. The panel discusses Modi’s emphasis on “atmanirbharta” and the concept of “self-reliance”. Raman points out the dire state of manufacturing in India over the past decade, and suggests that protectionism is not the answer. Mehraj is more sympathetic to the concept of Swadeshi, but laments that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s conception of Swadeshi is only centred on the capitalist class. Manisha brings up the media’s misreporting of Modi’s announcement as a new “Rs 20 lakh crore package”, when the prime minister actually included previously-announced schemes and the RBI’s liquidity measures as part of the “package”. Pragya agrees, arguing that it is “slightly inappropriate because the RBI is technically an independent institution that decides monetary policy by itself”.The panel also discusses the recent changes to labour laws in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat. Pragya describes the changes as “abject regulations” and deplores the use of the ordinances to bring about these changes. She points out that labour and capital do not have equal bargaining power and that labourers have very little legal recourse. “Instead of rationalising compliance, you have basically thrown out the baby with the bathwater,” she says. Abhinandan agrees, suggesting that the government is just “taking a flamethrower to a problem”. He adds that the power of labourers and trade unions has greatly decreased over the past three decades.To listen to this and much more, tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/20201 hour, 48 minutes, 34 seconds
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Hafta 275: Pulitzer Prize, Karnataka’s migrant workers, liquor stores reopening, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Yogita Limaye, the India correspondent for the BBC. The conversation begins with the gas leak in Visakhapatnam and how the BBC, which has a Telugu language service, is covering it. Abhinandan asks Yogita about how the BBC has been criticised for not serving Indian interests. Yogita says she hasn’t been accused of anti-India bias by anyone she knows in the Indian newspace, though the organisation is attacked at a personal and organisational level on television and social media. She adds, “That entire thing about toeing a foreign line: I’m not entirely sure where that comes in.”Moving on to the three photojournalists in Kashmir who won the Pulitzer, and the controversy that followed in India, Anand points out that the award citation says India revoked “Kashmir’s independence” which he finds misleading, since Kashmir never had any sovereignty even when Article 370 was in place.Raman says he feels a “sense of pride” that an Indian won. While he doesn’t want to make it political, he says, what was in the photos was “absolutely real”. Mehraj says the government can be critical of the photos since they do not reflect the government in a good light, but “what is more distressing” is the criticism of the award by “so-called journalists who should be celebrating it”, even if they don’t agree with what the photos represent.Manisha says the biggest problem with people’s dislike for the award is their “refusal to accept that Kashmir is a conflict zone”. She adds that it’s scary how the Indian media has influenced people in such a way that “the tolerance to see what is happening in Kashmir has been reduced to zero”. Talking about liquor stores being opened, Manisha says the moralistic argument of closing them during the lockdown in the first place is wrong. “The judgement of people standing outside thekas is classist,” she says. Raman says there’s a history to the moral judgement attached to alcohol, bringing up how alcohol is sold in black polythene bags to “hide” it. Anand says it boils down to the question of what is essential and what isn’t. “Given it’s very low space in the priority list that people should have, I think it was not a well thought-out idea,” he says. Abhinandan moves on to the Karnataka government’s decision to not send its migrant workers back home. Anand says that restricting movement is a violation of the migrants’ fundamental rights. “The charm of cheap labour and the fear of losing that is always there,” he says, which explains the builders’ lobby urging that the migrant workers stay behind. Raman calls it a “state-sponsored kidnapping” that amounts to slavery.Mehraj digresses into how the lockdown was intended to give the government time to prepare for a surge in the number of positive cases, but this hasn’t happened. “By the end of this, God forbid, we’ll see more people have died from the fallout of this, rather than from the disease itself,” he says. The panel also discusses the Aarogya Setu app, militancy in Kashmir, bias in the media, and much more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/20201 hour, 42 minutes, 1 second
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Hafta 274: Fake news and TV channels, Aarogya Setu, Arnab Goswami’s interrogation, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Pratik Sinha, co-founder of AltNews.Abhinandan asks what everyone thinks about the interrogation of journalists during the pandemic, Arnab Goswami being the most prominent example. Pratik says the issue comes down to “what is more primary: freedom of speech, or right to life”. He brings up how Goswami once targeted Umar Khalid and a subsequent attack on Khalid’s life. “Is it okay for news anchors to carry out hate-mongering day in and day out, endangering the lives of people much less privileged than them?” he says.Madhu believes free speech is important, and Goswami should be allowed to say whatever he did. But, she adds, “everybody else also has the freedom to follow up on it”. On Arnab being questioned for 12 hours, she says “the police rarely acts on its own”, and something as major as questioning a journalist “usually comes somewhere from the top”. What one needs to ask, she says, is who is instructing the Maharashtra police? Mehraj adds that he thinks it’s harassment but not a freedom of speech issue. “Going on TV and lying, blatantly lying, communalising an incident” doesn’t come under freedom of speech, he says.Discussing fake news during the pandemic, Pratik says misinformation has “spiked’, and there have been varying patterns of fake news. First about the Chinese state, then medical misinformation and later, when the focus shifted to the Tablighi Jamaat, “for the past 30 days, there has been a majority of communal misinformation”. Pratik says news channels are “becoming megaphones for these false claims”, and that the pattern of misinformation is part of a well-organised effort. Abhinandan says it’s a “well-oiled machinery” and while he can’t prove it, he believes it’s funded by political parties. The conversation shifts to the government’s Aarogya Setu app. It might be an invasion of privacy, Abhinandan says, but in today’s circumstances, it’s “not such an easy liberty versus government-control-over-you choice”. Ideally, Madhu adds, the data on the app should be such that “we put it in and then, say, within six months or a year, it expires”. Mehraj says, “The best way to do surveillance for coronavirus is to do testing.” He thinks Aarogya Setu has practical problems, apart from privacy. “Once you’re in a lockdown, the app doesn’t make sense because if you’re in a lockdown, you’re not going out,” he points out. The panel also discusses the deaths of Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, and much more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/20201 hour, 29 minutes, 11 seconds
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Hafta 273: Kashmiri journalists, Arnab Goswami on Palghar, Ramachandra Guha, and more

In this week’s episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kripal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times.Abhinandan asks Anuradha how reporting is being carried out in the valley at the moment. Anuradha says they’re “unable to bring out print editions”, and printed copies aren’t being distributed by hawkers. Barring a few newspapers, she adds, the government has “stopped all ads”.Discussing the few journalists bringing out stories, Anuradha says, “The pandemic is being used as a cover to target them and harass them.” Mehraj agrees, saying: “Journalism has been declared a crime in Kashmir.” He adds that this has been the case for a while, and legal coercion is used to ensure that “self-censorship becomes pervasive”. Manisha comments on how journalists are being “called and questioned” over their stories. Raman brings up the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, which empowers those in power to arrest journalists. Anuradha calls the UAPA a “stringent and disproportionate law” since the onus to prove one’s innocence lies on the person booked under the act. Abhinandan brings up how historian Ramachandra Guha moved his column from Hindustan Times. He adds that Guha had accused HT of censoring his column back in 2007-08, but it got no attention since social media was not big at the time. Anand says there are two ways of looking at it. The first is “a matter between a private company and a man who writes for it”, and the second is about what is acceptable and what isn’t in the press. In the first case, he says, “We don’t know what the company has to say about it.” Considering Guha has options for where he could publish his column, Anand doesn’t think Guha represents the “larger scheme of things” for columnists as a professional group.Mehraj points out that the conversation isn’t really about Guha, but about how “a very powerful media organisation decided to censor a piece they didn’t like”. Manisha adds that this shouldn’t be confused with editorial inputs.Moving on to Arnab Goswami’s show on the Palghar lynching, Raman says, “Arnab manufactured the news and made it communal.” Discussing the alleged attack on Goswami, Abhinandan says Goswami’s statement on it “made it seem like there was an attack on his life”. He adds: “And then he says, ‘Now you give me sympathy’. You are taking away what he had done to journalism the night before.”Manisha says Goswami’s introduction of a communal angle into the lynching, when rumours are actually to blame, is “criminally irresponsible, it’s not journalistic, it makes no sense.”The panel also discusses All India Radio’s casual employees losing their livelihood, and the backlash to Tejasvi Surya’s tweets. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/16/20201 hour, 30 minutes, 17 seconds
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In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Mehraj D Lone, Raman Kirpal, and Manisha Pande are joined by Pragya Tiwari, journalist and regional director of Flint Asia. Starting off with the “Bois Locker Room” controversy, Pragya suggests that the group was “a manifestation of an endemic crisis” that we tend to ignore. Manisha says the incident demonstrates that social media allegations should be taken with a grain of salt, especially as they detract from legitimate societal challenges. Raman agrees, suggesting that the problem was further compounded by the “social media trial”.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/16/202038 minutes, 30 seconds
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In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Yogita Limaye, the India correspondent for the BBC. Talking about liquor stores being opened, Manisha says the moralistic argument of closing them during the lockdown in the first place is wrong. “The judgement of people standing outside thekas is classist,” she says. Raman says there’s a history to the moral judgement attached to alcohol, bringing up how alcohol is sold in black polythene bags to “hide” it. Anand says it boils down to the question of what is essential and what isn’t. “Given it’s very low space in the priority list that people should have, I think it was not a well thought-out idea,” he says. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/9/202029 minutes, 45 seconds
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Hafta 272: Arrest of ABP Majha journalist, India Today’s ‘sting operation’, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kripal, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Supriya Sharma, executive editor of Scroll.Abhinandan asks Supriya about the arrest of an ABP Majha journalist for allegedly spreading false information that might have prompted the gathering of migrant workers in Bandra, Mumbai. Was the arrest warranted, or is the journalist a scapegoat?Supriya calls it a “complete overreach”, suggesting authorities found a journalist to blame and that a lot doesn’t add up. She adds that it’s “unlikely” that the migrant workers watch a Marathi news channel, since a lot of them are from non-Marathi speaking regions. Raman thinks the journalist “became an alibi for government miscommunication”. Mehraj says “blaming the person on the lowest rung” is wrong. “If the journalist was hauled up for misreporting, what about the editor and owner of the channel?” he adds. Manisha says, “Histrionics aside, I don’t see where the reporter screwed up so massively as to warrant an arrest.”Abhinandan brings up Supriya’s report on migrant workers camping out under Delhi’s Yamuna Bridge. Supriya adds that people are reluctant to speak on camera, since they are apprehensive of the consequences of their identities being revealed. Abhinandan says a “distrust of the government”, due to previous experiences, makes people unwilling to get tested for Covid-19.Mehraj explains how this distrust is seen “more starkly” in Kashmir. When a soldier visits your home to beat you up or haul you off to an army camp, he says, your instinct is to run and hide even if they come as part of census activities. “There’s no switch for trust that you can turn it off and on,” he says. Moving on to India Today’s “sting operation” in three madrasas in Delhi, Abhinandan says it adds to the “anti-Muslim rhetoric” in the media. Mehraj thinks the sting happened because of this pre-existing narrative, and “they were trying to find something to force-fit into it”. Manisha says the report didn’t warrant a sting in the first place, considering one of the madrasa representatives voluntarily participated in an India TV report.The panel also discusses the media's “broken model”, Bill Maher’s rant on whether the term “Chinese virus” should be used, and much more.Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/9/20201 hour, 32 minutes, 8 seconds
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Hafta 270: Tablighi Jamaat, Covid-19 testing in India, media coverage of the outbreak, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Dhanya Rajendran, editor-in-chief of The News Minute.Starting off with the Tablighi Jamaat controversy, Dhanya explains how the event had hundreds of participants from the southern states, but governments took a long time to address the problem. Manisha asks why tourists from coronavirus-affected nations like Thailand and Malaysia were allowed to attend in the first place. Mehraj dispels Manisha’s theories of the Tablighi Jamaat being a radicalised group, explaining that it started as an Islamic revivalist movement that, like every other movement over time, became rigid in its thinking. “The Indian media only starts to care about Muslims when they have to demonise them,” he says.Abhinandan asks what we can really know about the Covid-19 spread in India if we’ve only conducted as few as 47,000 tests. Dhanya thinks this figure is not uniform across India; it’s just a handful of states where testing has been ramped up. Raman says that the problem is not with the test kits, but that tests aren’t being conducted due to the criteria set by the central government on who qualifies for the test. Manisha feels the government is “completely opaque” with the numbers, except for a few state governments. The panel discusses the Supreme Court order that the media should carry the government’s official version of the outbreak and not create panic. Raman says it’s risky, since the order can be interpreted however the government wants. Mehraj says, “The problem with giving out government data is the government seldom gives out any information.” Manisha agrees that the media has spread panic, singling out the “pro-Modi media” which uses phrases like “corona jihad” and “jihadi biowarfare”. The panel also discusses positive stories in these dark times, Kerala’s handling of the crisis, China reopening its wet markets, the Central Vista redevelopment plan, and much more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/20201 hour, 32 minutes, 8 seconds
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In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Pratik Sinha, co-founder of AltNews.Discussing the interrogation of Arnab Goswami, Pratik says the issue comes down to “what is more primary: freedom of speech, or right to life”. Madhu believes free speech is important, and Goswami should be allowed to say whatever he did. But, she adds, “everybody else also has the freedom to follow up on it”. Pratik also explains how news channels are “becoming megaphones” for fake news, and that the pattern of misinformation is part of a well-organised effort. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/202029 minutes, 47 seconds
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Hafta 271: Media and government ads, #9Baje9Minute, Covid-19 in West Bengal, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Anand Vardhan and Shaoib Daniyal, associate editor at Scroll.Abhinandan asks Shoaib about the situation in West Bengal, regarding people’s distrust for the number of cases released by the government and the committee formed by Mamata Banerjee to tackle Covid-19. Shoiab says it isn’t clear what powers the committee will have and for now, we can assume it’s a “PR move” to “grab headlines”. Mehraj says the world over, countries use different methodologies to report deaths. What’s different here, he says, is India isn’t reporting infections in the first place. “And that’s where the problems begin.” Manisha says the south Indian states have been “great at giving out data”. About Bihar, Anand says the infection rate is “as low as one percent”, mostly from people who have returned from Gulf countries. He adds that Bihar has received thousands of testing kits, and the pace will pick up soon.Abhinandan brings up Sonia Gandhi’s letter to the prime minister, focusing on her recommendation to scrap government advertising across all media. Shoiab asks if the press can be a “true watchdog of the government, if its financial pillars are dependent on government funding”. Raman says this recommendation will be the “death of the newspaper industry”. Mehraj asks if the media is “a public good”, since most mainstream media, even during a pandemic, has been whipping up hate and bigotry that is sponsored by these ads. But Manisha criticises Gandhi’s recommendation, saying the print media are the ones doing “honest, accountable and strong journalism”. Discussing the #9Baje9Minute event of April 5, Manisha says she was “appalled” by the media coverage of it, and the way people celebrated as if it was Diwali. Raman points out instances of coercion by resident welfare associations, and Abhinandan calls it “Modi’s event altogether”. Anand says the event had “the appeal of a symbolic gesture”, which is valued in Indian culture. Abhinandan compares it to advertising, where you first need a good product to advertise — which was lacking in this case. The panel also discusses the Trump-Modi hydroxychloroquine saga, the power that journalists hold, and much more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/20201 hour, 42 minutes, 10 seconds
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In this week’s episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kripal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times.Discussing the few journalists bringing out stories in Kashmir, Anuradha says, “The pandemic is being used as a cover to target them and harass them.” Mehraj agrees, saying: “Journalism has been declared a crime in Kashmir.” He adds that this has been the case for a while, and legal coercion is used to ensure that “self-censorship becomes pervasive”. Manisha talks about Arnab Goswami’s TV show on the Palghar lynchings. She says his introduction of a communal angle into the lynching, when rumours are actually to blame, is “criminally irresponsible, it’s not journalistic, it makes no sense.” Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/25/202037 minutes, 2 seconds
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In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kripal, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Supriya Sharma, executive editor of Scroll.Abhinandan asks Supriya about the arrest of an ABP Majha journalist for allegedly spreading false information that might have prompted the gathering of migrant workers in Bandra, Mumbai. Was the arrest warranted, or is the journalist a scapegoat?Supriya calls it a “complete overreach”, suggesting authorities found a journalist to blame and that a lot doesn’t add up. Raman thinks the journalist “became an alibi for government miscommunication”. Mehraj says “blaming the person on the lowest rung” is wrong. Manisha says, “Histrionics aside, I don’t see where the reporter screwed up so massively as to warrant an arrest.” Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/18/202022 minutes, 57 seconds
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In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Anand Vardhan and Shaoib Daniyal, associate editor at Scroll.Abhinandan brings up Sonia Gandhi’s letter to the prime minister, focusing on her recommendation to scrap government advertising across all media. Shoiab asks if the press can be a “true watchdog of the government, if its financial pillars are dependent on government funding”. Raman says this recommendation will be the “death of the newspaper industry”. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/11/202035 minutes, 35 seconds
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In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Dhanya Rajendran, editor-in-chief of The News Minute.Starting off with the Tablighi Jamaat controversy, Dhanya explains how the event had hundreds of participants from the southern states, but governments took a long time to address the problem. Abhinandan asks what we can really know about the Covid-19 spread in India if we’ve only conducted as few as 47,000 tests. Dhanya thinks this figure is not uniform across India; it’s just a handful of states where testing has been ramped up. Manisha feels the government is “completely opaque” with the numbers, except for a few state governments. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/202032 minutes, 53 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 269

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by data journalist Rukmini S.Abhinandan begins by bringing up Rukmini’s piece in The Print where she wrote that India could see up to 30,000 COVID-19 deaths by May. “Even with significant intervention, there will be not an ending, but a reduction [in cases],” Rukmini says.Discussing how the 21-day nationwide lockdown was imposed by Narendra Modi to enforce social distancing, both Raman and Mehraj think India won't be able to handle that many patients. Mehraj asks what measures exist for the homeless, and those dependent on daily wages. Manisha says she was stunned by Modi’s decision and the manner in which he communicated it to the public. “Someone who supposedly was a chaiwallah, who rose from nowhere, is so out of touch with how Indians live.” Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/28/202037 minutes, 52 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 268

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Suhasini Haider, diplomatic editor of the Hindu newspaper, and Dr Arjun Dang, CEO of Dr Dang’s Labs.They discuss the coronavirus pandemic, how India is dealing with it and what impact it is likely to have. In this context, they talk about Narendra Modi’s address to the nation and why his prescriptions for containing the spread of the virus add up to little. The panel also discuss former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha, the political instability in Madhya Pradesh; the Press Council’s notice to the Telegraph for a headline that allegedly mocked India’s president; nepotism and mediocrity in the media industry, and much more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/21/202055 minutes, 18 seconds
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Chhota Hafta 267

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Arfa Khanum, senior editor at The Wire. They discuss the Delhi and Central government's involvement after the Delhi violence, how India is dealing with Coronavirus in India, the Scindia defection, the value of patriotism and more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/14/202032 minutes, 2 seconds
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Hafta 267: AAP’s response to Delhi riots, Jyotiraditya Scindia, coronavirus pandemic, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Arfa Khanum, senior editor at The Wire.Kicking off with the Aam Aadmi Party’s involvement — or lack of it — in the aftermath of the Delhi violence, Arfa says she’s very surprised. She says she’s heard that the party “is punishing its voters who just voted them back to power for the third consecutive time”. Mehraj asks why the state government seems to have outsourced its own work to third parties. Manisha recalls many volunteers said they didn’t see many AAP workers on the ground in the early days after the violence.The panel then discusses patriotism. Abhinandan says he doesn’t see the value in patriotism. “It doesn’t have a place in the 21st century,” he says. Manisha describes patriotism as a “value of oneness”. Arfa says her country is her people, and standing up for minority rights that are being trampled is “real patriotism”. Mehraj points out how movements like the BJP and the Sangh Parivar have “blurred the distinction between nationalism and patriotism”.Moving on to the coronavirus pandemic, the panel debate whether the frenzy around it is justified. Mehraj quotes the scientific community’s consensus that this is serious, “since the human body hasn’t encountered it before”. In the context of the dismal state of India’s healthcare system, he says: “This is what you should prepare for, this is why you need robust healthcare.” The conversation also spans the media’s coverage of the pandemic, and the panellists agree that Indian authorities have done a decent job of dealing with it — unlike the US.Ending with Jyotiraditya Scindia’s defection to the BJP, Mehraj says, “This is a symptom of a dying party.” He says theCongress has become a party of grifters and there’s nothing binding their people together unlike the BJP. Manisha disagrees, saying the Congress could revive, “only if we remove the Gandhis”. Abhinandan says “Gandhi” is the party’s ideology and it’s nothing without his name. The panel agrees that Scindia will not have any future in the BJP.They also discuss the relationship between caste and power and institutions, women in the media, and a lot more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/14/20201 hour, 30 minutes, 27 seconds
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Hafta 262: PSA slapped on Kashmiri leaders, Delhi election, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan of Newslaundry are joined by journalist Faye D’souzaThey discuss the issue of Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah being slapped with the Public Safety Act. Mehraj gives the historical context of the draconian law and what its application entails. Faye says laws like the PSA are emergency laws and "we are obviously no longer in an emergency". “If you join all of these dots, the suggestion that because people are making statements in your opposition you’re going to keep them in detention is actually very worrying for a democracy,” she adds.Abhinandan expresses his concern over Prime Minister Narendra Modi using a quote from a satirical website to denounce Abdullah. "When the PM says something that's a headline on a satire website, it shows the level of politics we have gone into now,” he remarks.Faye points out that the government has not provided any evidence that the Kashmiri leaders intended to incite violence. Even if they wanted to mobilise people to protest in case they were released, it would be their democratic right. Abhinandan then discusses comedian Kunal Kamra’s ambush of Republic TV boss Arnab Goswami with Prateek Goyal, Newslaundry's correspondent based in Pune. Prateek argues that by tweeting a mildly abusive rant against Goswami, Kamra did what he accuses Goswami of. Abhinandan, on the other hand, sticks to his argument that people in positions of power need to be held accountable for their conduct.Anand adds to the discussion saying one should stick to more formal language in such instances, especially in public. “The language of his heckling, in my view, was in poor taste," he says, referring to Kamra. Faye chimes in, “Apart from the legal aspect, there’s the ethical grey that our country seems to have discarded.” Manisha says people need to file civil defamation suits against mediapersons who daily demonise them. “If you are going to keep saying something that puts lives in jeopardy, it’s no joke anymore,” she says. “And you can't keep appealing to their good sense.” Moving on to the next big news, Manisha expresses sadness that the Delhi election discourse does not include pollution as a major issue. On the TV coverage of the election, she says, “I don't think anywhere in the world it is possible for people – and blame for this is on the media – to be so careless about something so important.” The panellists also discuss Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's singing of Hanuman Chalisa. Faye articulates her displeasure at the fact that it was a journalist who asked Kejriwal to recite the prayer. “The credibility of that news network and the journalist went completely down the drain,” she says. In the context of the Aam Aadmi Party's campaign rhetoric, Mehraj argues, "If you’re competing for the hardcore Hindu vote with the BJP, you are not going to get that. Because the BJP has a monopoly on that.”Reflecting the panel's collective displeasure at the Delhi election discourse, Anand opines, “Speaking from a distance of approximately a thousand kilometres in Bihar, I think the election’s coverage has been quite disproportionate to its importance in national politics.” The panellists also talk about how religion has long played a role in India’s electoral politics, the Shiv Sena's shifting ideological positions, and much more.Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/14/20201 hour, 58 minutes, 34 seconds
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Chhota Hafta Episode -266

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall but we love our listeners. So here’s a little sneak peek into this week’s episode.In this episode, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Kapil Komireddi, author and journalist. They discuss the Delhi violence and its aftermath; the coronavirus threat; the ruckus in the parliament that led to the suspension of seven Congress MPs; Justice S Muralidhar’s farewell; freedom of speech; among other things. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/7/202032 minutes, 46 seconds
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Hafta 254: Citizenship law, Delhi fire, death penalty, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by author and journalist Samrat X.They begin with a discussion on the Citizenship Amendment Bill that has garnered massive attention in the media. Abhinandan questions whether the BJP had anticipated the reaction to the passage of the law. Mehraj responds, “Maybe they even figured this in their calculations and are fine with it. I mean like in Kashmir, they are fine with what happens in Kashmir as long as they get the votes elsewhere." Manisha points to the misconception that persecuted minorities in Afghanistan and Bangladesh can find refugee in India after this law comes into force. Manisha also says she was extremely disappointed that the opposition did not corner Amit Shah in the Parliament over the Citizenship Bill.Talking of the Anaj Mandi fire and its media coverage, Anand says, “I think it has to do with the media’s imagination of the public. In that imagination, the only profitable binary is State versus something or government versus something." He says though there was an air of horror around the incident, because the owner was an ordinary citizen and the people killed were also ordinary citizens, they didn't matter to the media.Samrat adds, “We have an imagination of the poor, where poor lead a miserable life and often die miserable deaths."The panel also discuss the public demand for death penalty to rapists, the British election, and much more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/29/20201 hour, 35 minutes, 48 seconds
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Hafta 255: Citizenship law, Data Protection Bill, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Meghnad S and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Betwa Sharma, Politics Editor at HuffPost India.They begin with a discussion on the nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Talking about the timing of the protests, Betwa says, “If you had actually built that momentum, maybe the bill wasn’t gonna get passed in the first place.'' Meghnad echoes her view.On the violent police crackdown in Jamia Millia Islamia University and elsewhere, Mehraj points out, “Police are doing this because they know they are not going to be held accountable. In fact, some of them might get rewards and promotions.” He also wonders why anybody in a democracy should need the police’s permission to stage a protest.Raman, discussing the media’s reporting of popular movements, points out, “As reporters, we need to go back to the field and do a deep dive and that's what we have been doing.” As he narrates how Newslaundry reporter Veena Nair ended up on a bus filled with protesters detained by the police, Betwa expresses her dilemma about the extent to which a journalist should be involved in a story. Meghnad says, referring to Veena, “I think her first person account of how she did this is also important where she is the story but she is also doing the story.”Speaking about the Data Protection Bill, Abhinandan says, “Complete privacy I don’t think is possible in today's age.” The question, however, is to what extent personal data of citizens should be available to governments or corporations.The panel also discuss a Pakistani court’s sentencing of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to death for treason.Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/29/20201 hour, 56 minutes, 50 seconds
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Hafta 257: Modi’s speech, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Iranian general’s assassination, and more

This episode of NL Hafta is hosted by Manisha Pande, who is joined by Mehraj D Lone, Raman Kirpal and Meghnad S of Newslaundry.Manisha starts by asking her colleagues about their highs and lows of the year gone by and their hopes for 2020. They all identify the protests against the new citizenship law as a high and mostly the police’s brutality against the protesters and the government’s indifference as a low. Manisha sums up her highlight of the year thus, “Ordinary people doing ordinary acts of resistance.” She cites as an example the many lawyers who gave legal support for the detained protesters.Talking about Narendra Modi’s speech where he urged Indians protesting against the citizenship law to protest against Pakistan instead, Meghnad exclaims, “We are heading towards a genocide because the signs are all there. We have seen in history how it works.” On Modi and his claims, Raman says, “In recent times, I have not seen any other leader speaking lies through his teeth.” Delving into why the government is not taking a more sensible approach, Manisha argues, “We aren’t doing anything to push Pakistan to be more responsible towards its minorities because that would mean we have to be more responsible towards our minorities.”In a brief discussion on Jaggi Vasudev’s remarks on the citizenship law, Mehraj feels the reason his remarks were amplified by Modi and Amit Shah was because he is a prominent Hindu religious leaders who can speak fluently in English and, thus, can connect with the elite.On Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem Hum Dekhengae being denounced as “anti-Hindu”, Mehraj says this happens when we “decontextualise stuff”. Faiz, he points out, is talking of a communist revolution. He adds, “In our daily lives, in the art we create, the words we speak, we use idioms, metaphors that come from the culture we live in.”The panel also discuss the assassination of the Iranian military general Qassem Suleimani by the US, and how it could make the Middle East even more volatile.Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/29/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 59 seconds
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Chhota Hafta Episode -265

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Raman Kirpal of Newslaundry are joined by Neha Dixit, journalist and professor at Ashoka University.The podcast starts with a discussion on media reports on the Delhi riots. Neha believes the death toll will go up, saying, “Dead bodies have been dumped at the hospital with no identification made since the investigation officers are too busy to get the post-mortem started.” Mehraj explains how the police and judiciary responded to instances of communal violence since 1947. The panel also discusses the media coverage of Donald Trump’s visit to India, Harvey Weinstein’s conviction, #MeToo in India, and more. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/29/202034 minutes, 33 seconds
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Hafta 261: Budget and Economic Survey, Kunal Kamra, Jamia shooter, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone and Madhu Trehan are joined by Vivek Kaul, an author who’s been writing a series on the Union Budget for Newslaundry.Vivek starts the conversation with the 2020 Budget and the Economic Survey. “What used to be a remarkably esoteric document suddenly became very readable,” he says. Vivek says the invariable economic slowdown India is witnessing is a result of a lack of investments. He speculates that the reason for this might be the fact that it’s incredibly hard to carry out any economic activity in India right now, and blames this on operational issues.Mehraj brings up the huge tax cut the government gave mega corporations a few months ago, and wonders why this hasn’t resulted in a jump in investments. Vivek responds, “When a corporate invests, they hope to see a return on their investment, but there has been a consumption dip.”Madhu chimes in, “I’m wondering about the inconvenience that so many traders complain about when they talk about the problems that GST and such have caused them. But they then turn around and express their vehement support for Modi.” Manisha asks: “How much are people driven by the economy, actually, as opposed to ideas?” Madhu calls this a “psychological disconnect between your vote and your daily troubles”.Moving on to the big news of the week, Manisha talks about how Kunal Kamra gave Arnab Goswami “the Republic TV treatment” on an IndiGo flight. Manisha likes the term Abhinandan used in his piece on the incident — “ambush monologue” — and asks Madhu, “How many times have you been accosted by viewers?” “Thousands!” Madhu responds, talking about being waylaid in planes, washrooms, and even restaurants and parties. “Especially after the contempt of court thing,” she adds, “but I don’t object to it.” Madhu then explains how journalists write in a public space and that the public have a right to argue with reporters, and it is a journalist’s responsibility to deal with it.In the context of the ethics of Kunal’s actions, Mehraj queries whether Arnab can even be called a journalist. “Technically Radio Rwanda was considered journalism as well,” he points out. “And because there is no culture of accountability in this country, we just let this happen.”The panel also discusses the shooting at Jamia Nagar, Sharjeel Imam’s sedition case, Prashant Kishore’s ousting from the JDU, and much more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/29/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 3 seconds
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Chhota Hafta Episode-264

Hafta has gone behind the paywall. But since we love our listeners, here’s a sneak peek into this week’s episode.Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Shelly Walia, senior editor at the Quint, to discuss Donald Trump’s impending visit to India, AAP’s embrace of religiosity after winning the Delhi election, the arrest of a young woman in Karnataka for chanting “Pakistan Zindabad”. They also discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing women permanent commission in the Army, the different aspects of free speech, the importance of formal education, and even litti chokha.To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry :https://www.newslaundry.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/22/202038 minutes, 50 seconds
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Hafta 260: Delhi election, Jeff Bezos hack, Coronavirus in China, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Advaita Kala, novelist and commentator.They talk about the impending Delhi election and the nomination process. In a strange turn of events, Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal’s nomination almost didn’t happen because of a backlog of almost a hundred people filing their papers before him. “I mean it was clearly a tactic to delay or harass him or try to ensure he doesn’t contest,” Abhinandan argues. On Kejriwal’s Times Now “town hall”, held earlier this week, Abhinandan wonders if it could be called that. “Did the audience get to ask questions?” he asks. “Someone should tell them that if you do it in a hall doesn’t make it a town hall.” Mehraj points out that criticising raving TV anchors such as RSS (Rahul Shivshankar), Navika Kumar and Arnab Goswami is easy. “These channels, these media organisations are owned by some very wealthy, very rich, very influential people. Why is nobody holding them accountable for this?”Abhinandan notes the BJP’s no-holds-barred campaign strategy in Delhi, citing the hoardings put up by the party across the city. “They are showing things like triple talaq, CAA, surgical strikes,” he says, wondering how smart it’s strategically, “So, desh badlaa ab Delhi badlenge. But none of these things actually address development issues for Delhi!”Anand is convinced that this is because the BJP recognises AAP’s hold on Delhi. “National elections are a combination of addressing tangible and intangible issues but municipal elections focus on the tangible,” he says, noting the BJP doesn’t have much grounds to campaign on development issues in Delhi.Admiring AAP’s smart election tactics, Advaita notes, “We haven’t seen a level of vitriol and nastiness. And that’s because Kejriwal has stuck to, you know, the work that he has done. And on the ground, I do see appreciation for the work that he has done.”In a sidebar on reports of Amazon head Jeff Bezos’s phone being hacked by the Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, Manisha muses about the likely motivations for the hack. “It’s because of the Washington Post. MBS was upset with the Post’s reporting, so he leaked Bezos’s affair to the National Enquirer…Turns out he had been sending him WhatsApp viruses.”Mehraj notes the irony of Amazon’s boss being hacked while “running one of the world’s largest surveillance companies”. The panel also discuss the coronavirus in China and the legitimacy of what the Hindu nationalist blog OpIndia publishes as “reporting”, and offer some meta news analysis. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/22/20202 hours, 48 seconds
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Hafta 263: Delhi election results, Shikara, reservation in promotions, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Kaveree Bamzai, author and former editor of India Today, and Sanjay Rajoura, stand-up comedian and a member of Aisi Taisi Democracy. This episode was recorded live at Bedlam, Hauz Khas Village, Delhi.Mehraj kicked off the discussion explaining the recent Supreme Court judgement on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act, and what it means for Dalits and Adivasis subjected to hate crimes.Speaking about the Delhi election, Kavaree says, “We were too excited by the fact that Delhi did not vote for the BJP, but what is worrying is how migrant-dominated northeast Delhi overwhelmingly voted for them.” She adds that the normalisation by the media of binaries such as “tukde tukde gang versus the rest of us” worries her. Abhinandan asks Sanjay why he feels his political commentary and that of fellow comedians isn’t making much difference when it comes to changing the minds of voters.“I don't have any such notion that what I am saying on stage will make any difference or have any kind of impact, neither do I have any intention of doing so,” Sanjay replies. “My aim is to make sure that the question stays alive.”Talking about contemporary trends in world politics and how they reflect in the Indian context, Mehraj argues that technocratic centrism is always just one crisis away from enabling an authoritarian takeover as has happened in the UK, US and Brazil, and that Aam Aadmi Party is destined for a similar fate if they do start providing an ideological alternative. On the controversy over the film Shikara, Manisha says, “I find the expectations from creative people to live up to political expectations to be tedious. The issue was actually that of marketing as they tried to sell the movie as ‘the untold story of kashmiri pandits’.”The panellists then fielded questions from members of the live audience, all of whom were Newslaundry subscribers since it was a subscriber-only event.Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/17/20202 hours, 23 minutes
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Chhota Hafta Episode-262

Hafta has gone behind the paywall. But since we love our listeners, here’s a sneak peek into this week’s episode.Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by journalist Faye D’souza to discuss how the Delhi election campaign has been marked by communal rhetoric and how Arvind Kejriwal attempted to play the Hindu card. They also talk about the situation in Kashmir, where former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been held under the draconian Public Safety Act; the ongoing debate about Kunal Kamra’s ambush of Arnab Goswami; and the role of religion in Indian politics. To listen to the full episode: https://www.newslaundry.com/subscription Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/8/202039 minutes, 46 seconds
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Chhota Hafta Episode-261

In this episode of NL Hafta, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone and Madhu Trehan are joined by Vivek Kaul, an author who’s been writing a series on the Union Budget for Newslaundry.Vivek starts the conversation with the 2020 Budget and the Economic Survey. “What used to be a remarkably esoteric document suddenly became very readable,” he says. Vivek says the invariable economic slowdown India is witnessing is a result of a lack of investments.Manisha talks about how Kunal Kamra gave Arnab Goswami “the Republic TV treatment” on an IndiGo flight.The panel also discusses the shooting at Jamia Nagar, Sharjeel Imam’s sedition case, Prashant Kishore’s ousting from the JDU, and much more. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry: https://www.newslaundry.com/subscription Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/1/202031 minutes, 36 seconds
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Chhota Hafta Episode-260

Hafta has gone behind the paywall. But since we love our listeners, here’s a sneak peek into this week’s episode.Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Advaita Kala, novelist and commentator, to talk about the impending Delhi election and how AAP has been mainstreamed into India’s political system. They also discuss the Coronavirus outbreak in China; how the Saudi crown prince hacked the phone of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and the irony of it all; the “reporting” of OpIndia, and much other. Listen to the full episode on Newslaundry: https://www.newslaundry.com/subscriptionProduced by Ivneet Kaur, recorded by Anil Kumar, edited by Satish Kumar and Harshula Sharma.You can also listen to all our podcasts on the Newslaundry app and get updates about them via Twitter and Facebook. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/25/202039 minutes, 26 seconds
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Hafta 259: Davinder Singh, JNU sting, Delhi election, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Anuradha Bhasin of Kashmir Times. Abhinandan begins the discussion by asking Anuradha about the significance of the arrest of Davinder Singh, a deputy superintendent of police in Kashmir, along with two militants he was ferrying in his private car. She responds that Singh has a shady record. “Obviously these people are not operating on their own,” she adds, “That there’s somebody patronising them, to which level and how deep does this go, these are very vital questions.”Abhinandan agrees, “It is not unheard of for governments to use militants or other people, or even the armed forces.”On whether Singh’s is a case of a cop gone rogue, Raman argues, “If nothing comes out, let’s say in the next two months, three months, then obviously the government has something to hide.”Mehraj doesn’t buy the argument of the cop gone rogue. It’s preposterous, he says. Pointing out that there’s evidence of Singh enjoying patronage, he adds, “A person who is admitting in an interview, on record to a journalist, that he tortured people is sent as a peacekeeper.”Talking about the Indian media’s silence on the matter, Manisha remarks, “I thought it was very fascinating that there was complete silence from this ecosystem for about 24 hours till Sambit Patra gave his press conference blaming the Congress.” Abhinandan believes that it wasn’t a case of the media ignoring the story, it was them being told not to talk about it.Discussing India Today’s JNU sting, Abhinandan expresses his discomfort with the news channel’s “monkey balancing” act on the matter. “Dude, one party was trying to break people’s heads with hammers and hiding their faces doing it, the other party was pulling cables and not hiding their faces doing it.” Mehraj adds that the leftist students were disrupting services which is a legitimate form of protest. Anuradha agrees, saying the whole balancing act was disproportionate.On the ethics of sting, Raman says, “I always say that a sting can be part of an investigation, but it can’t be an investigation in itself.” Manisha’s concern is with the idea of stinging the lowest common denominator. “I would be happy if you sting the VC, sting the Delhi police guy who was incharge, sting the top ABVP guys.” Mehraj echoes her view, noting the Indian media usually go after small fry.The panel also discuss the hanging of Nirbhaya’s rapists becoming a campaign issue in Delhi, Bipin Rawat’s remarks about deradicalisation centres, and much more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/18/20201 hour, 29 minutes, 54 seconds
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Hafta 258: JNU Violence, Kanhaiya’s speech, Delhi elections, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Rohan Venkataramakrishnan from Scroll. The episode also features three Newslaundry subscribers, Dhiraj Krishna Kumar, S.Harikrishnan and Jefferson Simon.Abhinandan begins the podcast by asking subscribers why they chose to subscribe to Newslaundry. The trio also shares feedback about areas where Newslaundry can improve.Moving to the violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Rohan gives a blow by blow account of how he was roughed up by middle-aged, saffron-clad men while he was reporting, while personnel from the Delhi police looked on.Expressing his sympathy towards students who had nothing to do with the incident, Anand notes, “Loss of one year is costly for them. Perhaps more costly than a fee hike”. Manisha, on the other hand, thinks Anand’s view is a misreading of what actually happened. She emphasizes how the on-campus scuffle changed when men from outside entered the university, pointing to a criminal conspiracy. Dhiraj seconds Manisha and believes that it was unacceptable.Speaking on the role of the police in JNU violence, Abhinandan says,“ The police’s culpability and involvement in this is so clear.”Meanwhile, Mehraj backs the protest carried by the students and adds, “As long as there is no violence, it is a pretty legitimate form of protest”. Rohan agrees and adds,” Sure, we can discuss JNU separately. But what was happening outside that gate was a law and order situation. That mob, if they wanted to do something else, they had the impunity to.”The panel also talks about Kanhaiya Kumar’s oratory skills, Deepika Padukone’s JNU visit, and Delhi elections among other things.Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/11/20201 hour, 56 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hafta 253: Hyderabad killings, Citizenship Bill, Donald Trump’s impeachment, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Joanna Slater, the India Bureau Chief of The Washington Post. They begin with a discussion on the gangrape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad, and the subsequent killing of the four accused by the police. Delving on the psyche of the rapists, Abhinandan says, “I could not believe they actually plotted this all evening. I mean with the intention that they just wanna have sex and they would rape a woman and kill her.”On the police’s shooting of the four accused men, Mehraj talks about the culture of impunity that exists in this country and the lack of accountability. Raman adds that the mindset for lynching the rapists was already out there.Pointing finger at the media discourse surrounding this case, Manish remarks, “One thing that’s really disturbing in cases like these is how the media frenzy just takes over any sane discourse.” By way of example, she mentions TV anchors who ran hashtags calling for the death of the alleged rapists.On the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Mehraj explains how the BJP is selling it as a measure that would help the millions of Hindus left out of the National Register of Citizens in Assam but how it might actually only add to their misery.Speaking about US President Donald Trump’s impeachment process, Joanna says, “From the kind of polling that I have seen from afar it seems the percentage of people who say that he should be impeached and removed has gone up over the course of this process. So it is changing some people’s mind on that.”On senior Congress leader P Chidambaran being released on bail in the INOX Media case, Raman argues, “This has come across as political vendetta. There is not really any case against him in the INOX Media case – and that comes out really clearly.”The panel also discusses the Unnao rape case, the falling GDP in September, the Delhi University teachers’ protest against the anticipated sacking of adhoc teachers, and much more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/10/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 24 seconds
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Chhota Hafta Episode-257

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.This episode of NL Hafta is hosted by Manisha Pande, who is joined by Mehraj D Lone, Raman Kirpal and Meghnad S of Newslaundry.. They discuss the highs and lows of the year gone by and their hopes for 2020. Coming to the big news of the week, the panel discusses Narendra Modi’s latest speech where he urged anti-CAA protestors to protest against Pakistan instead. The panel also talk about the killing of the Iranian military general Qassem Suleimani by the US, the denouncement of Faiz’s poem Hum Dekhenge as anti-Hindu, among other things. Listen to the full episode: https://www.newslaundry.com/2020/01/04/hafta-257-modis-speech-faiz-ahmad-faiz-iranian-generals-assassination-and-moreProduced by Ivneet Kaur, recorded by Anil Kumar, edited by Samarendra K Dash. You can also listen to all our podcasts on the Newslaundry App and get updates about all our podcasts via Twitter and Facebook. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/4/202031 minutes, 1 second
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Hafta 256: Jharkhand elections, Modi’s Speech, citizenship law stir, Delhi winter, and more

In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Aditya Menon from The Quint.They begin with a discussion on BJP’s offensive tweet about the Tamil icon EV Ramasamy Periyar. Pointing out the reason for BJP’s dislike for Periyar, Aditya notes, “It's the Periyar legacy that is preventing the BJP from growing in Tamil Nadu, so they do want to attack the icon somehow.” Mehraj joins in and says it is more to do with ideology than political point-scoring.Talking about Narendra Modi’s mega rally kicking off the Delhi election campaign, Abhinandan expresses disgust at the messaging that asked people to come and thank Modi. About the falsehoods in the prime minister’s speech for which he was widely criticised, Anand argues that it had to be full of bombast given the prime minister was in a mood for tactical retreat.On the Jharkhand election, Manisha says she was impressed by Hemant Soren and how he campaigned and took on the incumbent chief minister, Raghubar Das. Aditya sheds light on the tactics used by Soren’s campaign team which portrayed him as being humble as opposed to Das.On the subject of Soren winning the election by running a campaign focused on local issues, Mehraj says, “That I think is the only turf that you can fight the BJP on right now, hyperlocal issues.”Talking about the protests against the citizenship law, Manisha notes that they have largely been peaceful. But this has been completely whitewashed by the media. She adds that this has been used to justify the police’s brutal response. Anand jumps in to speak on behalf of the police, “The police does not share all information with the media also.”The panel also discuss the Delhi cold, Centrism, and more.Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/28/20191 hour, 50 minutes, 49 seconds
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Hafta 252: Maharashtra, Pragya Singh Thakur, Trans Bill 2019, and more

In this episode of Hafta, host Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Meghnad S are joined by Sudhir Suryawanshi, the man behind Katta News, the only media outlet that managed to sift through the chaos during the Maharashtra political crisis. The panel discusses the Maharashtra political drama, Pragya Thakur’s recent remark on Nathuram Godse in Lok Sabha, the controversial Transgender Persons Bill, among other things.Uddhav Thackrey was sworn in as chief minister of Maharashtra after a failed attempt by Ajit Pawar to split Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party. Katta News, managed by Suryawanshi had announced Ajit’s coup two days in advance. Suryawanshi gives us insights on Maharashtra political drama and how Maha Vikas Aghadi (Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP alliance) came to power. On the Godse row, Manisha says, “There is genuinely an active push now to turn the narrative on Godse as a patriot and you can see this in the way his supporters have reacted on Twitter to Pragya’s remark .” Meghnad retorts saying, “This is not just about twitter trolls but the way news channels are calling them on panels and normalising whatever they are saying, that is problematic. So, now twitter trolls are not just on twitter anymore.” On the government’s plan to move a Registration of Press and Periodicals Bill, Abhinandan says, “I think this is a way to kind of try and get control on digital publications which they have the least control over. They can control satellite channels and newspapers much better than digital. I think it’s going to backfire.”Speaking on the Transgender Persons Bill, Meghnad says, “The whole law-making process is so male-dominated. Like when men make laws about women they’re insensitive, when they make laws about LGBT+ community they are inhuman.”They also discuss the removal of SPG cover for Gandhi family and much more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/21/20191 hour, 47 minutes, 28 seconds
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Chhota Hafta Episode-255

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Meghnad S and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Betwa Sharma, Politics Editor at HuffPost India. They discuss the big news of the week, from the nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and police violence to objectivity in journalism to the death penalty for Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. Listen to the full episode:https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/12/21/hafta-255-citizenship-law-data-protection-bill-and-more You can also listen to all our podcasts on the Newslaundry App and get updates about all our podcasts via Twitter and Facebook. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/21/201932 minutes, 39 seconds
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Chhota Hafta Episode-254

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by author and journalist Samrat X. The panel discusses the big news of the week, from the contentious Citizenship Act and Delhi fire to death penalty for rapists, among other things.Listen to the complete episode here.https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/12/14/hafta-254-citizenship-law-delhi-fire-death-penalty-and-more Produced by Ivneet Kaur and Kartik Nijhawan, recorded by Anil Kumar and edited by Satish Kumar.You can also listen to all our podcasts on the Newslaundry App and get updates about all our podcasts via Twitter and Facebook. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/14/201933 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hafta 251: Electoral Bonds, JNU, Pragya Thakur, and more

In this episode of Hafta, host Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Meghnad S are joined by freelance journalists, Nitin Sethi and Vrinda Gopinath. The panel discusses the big news of the week -- electoral bonds, Pragya Thakur’s nomination on parliamentary defence panel, massive protests by JNU students, among other things.Speaking on the issue of electoral bonds, Nitin Sethi says, “If you pay for journalism, journalism will respond to your requirements and desires and expectations. Similarly, for politics. This is why electoral bonds is such a big issue. Because if you want politics to be responsible to citizens then you can’t have corporates paying for politics. You need to have transparency. You need to have answerability to citizens.” Abhinandan says, “This pretty much implicates the government for lying to the Parliament, ministries and the Election Commission.”On Pragya Thakur’s nomination to the Parliamentary Defence Committee, the panel wonders which committee the Bhopal MP should have been ideally given. Meghnad argues that the decision should not whip up outrage as he reasons, “This was a natural course of action that was supposed to happen.”They also discuss the recent JNU protests. Manisha argues, “I think this just needs to be drummed into everyone, of all the tax that is collected only three per cent is personal income tax. 70-80% taxes are indirect taxes which everyone, even the poor pay for it. So, you are not running the country.” While Vrinda says, “I think it’s very obvious that it’s JNU that they are after. There are hundreds of other universities but they want to finish JNU because they think it is the fountainhead of all your radical, rebellious, leftist thought.” The episode also features a discussion on the announcement of nation-wide NRC by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha, water impurity issue in Delhi, and more.NL Sena - TSRTC-KCR Stand-Off: https://www.newslaundry.com/sena Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/14/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 19 seconds
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NL Interviews: GD Bakshi in conversation with Abhinandan Sekhri (Teaser)

To watch the unedited interview, Subscribe to Newslaundry.Click here to watch the full 1 hour 7 minute interview: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/12/07/nl-interview-gd-bakshi-army-human-rights-the-sarasvati-civilisationMajor General GD Bakshi is a decorated Indian Army officer, a veteran of many skirmishes along the Line of Control and counterinsurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. He served in the military for 37 years, winning the Vishisht Seva Medal for commanding a battalion during the Kargil War and the Sena Medal for distinguished service in commanding a battalion during counterinsurgency drives. He has authored as many as 36 books, including on information warfare and psychological operations. In conversation with Abhinandan Sekhri, he talks about how the Army is represented in the media and popular culture, human rights violations, psychological warfare, collateral damage in war. Speaking about psychological warfare, Bakshi says, “There are two negative emotions in combat. These are disorganising emotions. One is fear, the other is guilt.” He claims the Indian Army has been the victim of a sustained campaign painting it as one of the worst perpetrators of human rights violations. “Where human rights stem from compassion, I’m all for it,” he says. “But where they’re used as a pretext to hamper operations, induce guilt and to make sure the insurgent gets away, that I’m totally against.” Discussing his latest book, The Saraswati Civilization, Bakshi says the British colonial historiography had an ingrained bias, for it was employed to justify foreign rule to the Indian population. “There is an amazing level of cultural continuity that comes down to us from that ancient era,” he adds.Tune in. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/201914 minutes, 50 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 253

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. This week’s episode features host Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Mehraj D Lone who are joined by Joanna Slater, the India Bureau Chief of The Washington Post. The panel discusses the big news of the week, from the gangrape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad, and the subsequent killing of the four accused by the police to Donald Trump’s impeachment process, among other things.Listen to the complete episode, here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/12/07/hafta-253-hyderabad-killings-citizenship-bill-donald-trumps-impeachment-and-more\ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/7/201928 minutes, 29 seconds
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Hafta 250: Ayodhya, Sabarimala, JNU protests, and more

In this episode, the usual Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, Anand Vardhan and Madhu Trehan is joined by Alok Prasanna Kumar, a senior resident fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. The podcast begins with the panellists airing their views on the Ayodhya verdict and the Sabarimala issue. While discussing the Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya, Alok says, “The burden of proof falls on both people and both sides have to prove this claim. What the Supreme court has said is quite puzzling.” He points out that the Muslims had been offering namaaz on that particular piece of land since 1857 and that one could not deny their claim to the particular part of that property. Speaking on the Sabarimala issue, he suggests, “You cannot, by law, impose a certain kind of religious prohibition that goes against the constitutional principles.”Speaking about an email by a subscriber about political advertising on Twitter, Mehraj comments, “One person shouldn't have the power to decide what goes and doesn’t go on social media platforms”. He thinks it is ‘undemocratic’.The panel then moves on to discuss the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra and the political logistics of the coalition. The discussion was sparked by an opinion piece that suggested the trio has fallen into a trap laid down by Amit Shah. The panel disagrees. The panel also discusses the air pollution in Delhi and JNU protests among other things. Listen in! There’s more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/7/20191 hour, 45 minutes, 37 seconds
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NL Interviews: Aatish Taseer talks about his love for India and dislike for Modi Sarkar

The British author and journalist tackles all the criticism that has come his way since his Overseas Citizen of India status was revoked.Early in November, the Narendra Modi government revoked British author and journalist Aatish Taseer’s Overseas Citizen of India status. Aatish stated that this was the government’s way of punishing him for some of his recent journalistic work — chiefly, the Time magazine piece that described Modi as “India’s Divider-in-Chief”. In a Skype conversation with Manisha Pande, Aatish talks about the government’s decision and the impact it’s had on his life. He also takes on a range of criticism that has come his way since the controversy erupted: why does he keep his father’s surname? What about the piece he wrote celebrating his American Green Card? Listen. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/3/201940 minutes, 55 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 252

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. This week’s episode features host Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, and Meghnad S who are joined by Sudhir Suryawanshi, the man behind Katta News -- the news outlet that predicted the Ajit Pawar-Fandavis coup two days before it occured. The panel discusses the big news of the week, from the Maharashtra political drama and Pragya Thakur’s recent remark on Nathuram Godse to the controversial Transgender Persons Bill, among other things. The panel also discusses the Draft Registration of Press and Periodicals Bill 2019.Listen to the complete episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/11/30/hafta-252-maharashtra-pragya-singh-thakur-trans-bill-2019-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/30/201933 minutes, 19 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 251

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.This week’s episode features host Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, and Meghnad S who are joined by freelance journalists, Nitin Sethi and Vrinda Gopinath. The panel discusses the big news of the week -- electoral bonds, Pragya Thakur’s nomination on parliamentary defence panel, massive protests by JNU students, among other things. Nitin talks at length the issue of electoral bonds and his investigative series on the same. The panel also talks about the announcement of a nation-wide NRC by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha, water impurity issue in Delhi, and more.Listen to the complete episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/subscription-data/2019/11/23/hafta-251-electoral-bonds-jnu-pragya-thakur-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/23/201929 minutes, 49 seconds
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Chhota Hafta - Episode 250

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. In this episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, Anand Vardhan, Madhu Trehan from the Newslaundry team are joined by guest Alok Prasanna Kumar, to discuss the brewing topics from this week. Speaking about the Ayodhya verdict,Mehraj asks,”Should the Supreme Court of the Republic of India be adjudicating disputes that are from before the formation of the Republic?”The panellists also talk about the Sabarimala issue, government formation in Maharashtra, JNU protests, Aatish Taseer and more. Listen to the complete episode, here: https://www.newslaundry.com/subscription-data/2019/11/16/hafta-250-ayodhya-sabarimala-jnu-protests-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/16/201931 minutes, 37 seconds
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Murder of Faridabad doctor's family leaves police, neighbours searching for answers

Residents of Sector 7, Faridabad, National Capital Region, are in a state of shock. On the afternoon of November 9, four members of a family were found dead in their home. The bodies of Dr Praveen Mediratta, his wife Sudesh, their daughter Priyanka and son-in-law Saurabh Kataria were lying in a pool of blood in House Number 19. The police have confirmed that they were stabbed to death.Read it here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/11/13/faridabad-murders-mediratta-investigation Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/14/201910 minutes, 30 seconds
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Hafta 249: Climate emergency, Delhi police vs lawyers, RCEP trade deal, and more

In this episode of Hafta, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Newslaundry’s Madhu Trehan, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone as well as two guests, Shreeshan Venkatesh, editorial head at CarbonCopy, and Vivek, a Newslaundry subscriber who is a journalist based in Chennai.The discussion kicks off on the recent study by Climate Central, a news organisation in the United States, which estimates that coastal cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai will be underwater by 2050. “It is not a new projection, rather it is a new estimate of the impacts of earlier projections,” notes Shreeshan. He points out that this scenario is with “moderate cuts” to emissions, when the real picture is much worse. Speaking about the ongoing clash between police and lawyers in Delhi, Madhu says, “Why do the lawyers believe they need special treatment? The way they have taken the law into their hands, beaten up cops, they really seem to think they are above the law.” Manisha adds, “Police brutality is a fact. But I don’t know if those cops who are protesting have indulged in it, so I would be sympathetic to them. I won’t judge them by the actions of their entire tribe.”Speaking about India’s decision to pull out of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Vivek says, “I think there is a sense of uncompetitive behaviour in the Indian industry because we are protecting them from the competition.” Mehraj points to the ideological aspect of such trade deals. “If you go back in history, there have been similar agreements like NAFTA that have been disastrous. Such deals are the reason for Latin America’s backlash against neoliberalism that has destroyed their economies.”The panel also discuss the revocation of the writer Aatish Taseer’s Overseas Citizenship of India card, North India’s air pollution, and more. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/9/20191 hour, 56 minutes, 53 seconds
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Hafta 248: EU delegation's Kashmir visit, Delhi pollution, WhatsApp snooping, and more

In this episode of Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Suhasini Haidar, national and diplomatic affairs editor of The Hindu. The panel discusses a range of issues that made news this week.They start with the controversial visit of a delegation of the European Members of Parliament to Kashmir earlier this week. “I think it was a case of misplaced priorities as far as the government is concerned,” Suhasini says. She questions why the government used an obscure think tank rather than one of its own agencies to invite the delegation. Could it be that Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn’t care about what the international press says about him? Suhasini disagrees, “I don’t think that is true. I definitely think they were tracking very closely what happened in the international media, particularly before Modi went to the US because they were worried about the kind of coverage that was coming out.”They move on to discuss the WhatsApp snooping row. Mehraj is of the view that Ravi Shankar Prasad, who said the government has sought a response from WhatsApp, is “passing the buck” when the messaging platform itself is a victim in this instance. Suhasini says, “I think WhatsApp has been passing the buck as well. Why do they have a software that is so easy to hack?” Speaking about the deteriorating air quality in Delhi and its coverage in the media, Manisha says, “When journalists are only going to talk about this as an issue around Diwali, then you are just minimising the scope of the problem.” Suhasini and Mehraj point towards the systemic causes of the problem that are rarely talked about. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/2/20191 hour, 45 minutes, 22 seconds
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Hafta 247: Maharashtra and Haryana Elections, National Crime Records data and more

In this episode of Newslaundry Hafta, host Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan and Mehraj Lone are joined by Diksha Madhok, Editor and Director of Quartz India. They discuss the recently concluded assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, the release of National Crime Records Bureau data, the epidemic of protests all across the globe, and other issues.On the missing details of lynching, religious killings in the latest NCRB data, Abhinandan says, “I am not entirely of the view that these have been left out because of malicious intent. I do genuinely believe it’s too subjective.” However, Manisha argues, “I think for the police collating lynching data should be easy.”Apart from the assembly election results, the panel also discusses the local Block Development Council elections in J&K. Mehraj says, “The way they have been represented in the media is misleading because these are indirect elections as people don’t vote, only panchs and sarpanchs vote in them.” They also discuss the exit polls in the run-up to the assembly elections. Madhu argues that the way channels were carrying how their exit poll got the results right, it is “non-journalistic”. “Nobody cares whether you got it right or wrong”, she adds.Speaking on the epidemic of protests that have broken out in Hong Kong, Lebanon, Chile, etc., Madhu says, “No matter what hardships people are going through in India, our people have a spirit that is generally a fighting, joyous spirit.” Abhinandan’s remark, “We, Indians are aggressive” sparks a debate on the panel with Mehraj responding, “Isn’t that a bit of generalization? If you see there are small stories, small acts of kindness everywhere.” On the other hand, Diksha reasons that we are overworked and stressed that probably manifests itself in some of the ways as aggressiveness. Tune in, There’s more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/31/20191 hour, 19 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hafta 246: Land Acquisition Act, Ayodhya and more

This week’s Hafta features host Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan, Mehraj Lone and Raman Kirpal. Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Contributing Editor with Business Standard joins in as a special guest.Manisha kicks off the discussion by asking Sambhav why we don’t hear as many land conflict cases now. Sambhav reasons that we only hear of the long-pending cases because the economy, construction sector, infrastructure have slowed down in recent years. “A lot of big projects are not coming up because of the shape of the economy that we are in right now and have been in the past few years”, he adds. They move on to discuss the manner in which the top courts are responding to cases in recent times. Madhu says, “I think one should address that the country is facing huge cynicism of every institution whether it’s CBI, RBI, educational institutions or the Supreme Court.”Speaking on media’s coverage of the Ayodhya dispute’s final hearing, Manisha talks about how media houses painted the common practice of shredding papers in the court as blasphemy against the Hindu religion. Raman was quick to point out how the CJI himself said that the evidence provided (map) was not relevant to the bench so he himself asked Rajeev Dhavan to tear it up if he wanted to. The panel also discussed the outright violation of News Broadcast Standards Authority’ s guidelines by TV channels on the very day it was published. They also discuss the “vendetta politics” that has been doing the rounds in the current political scenario as opposition leaders are being questioned for their involvement in multi-crore scams, and much more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/31/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 8 seconds
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Hafta 245: Mohan Bhagwat on lynching, Modi-Xi meet, the state of journalism, and more

Hafta is back! The gang reunites with host Abhinandan Sekhri along with Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan and Anand Vardhan. Joining us this week is the newest addition to the Newslaundry team, Mehraj Lone. This week’s podcast begins with the panel discussing Mohan Bhagwat’s recent speech at a Vijayadashami function. They scrutinise his comments on lynching being a "Western construct" while trying to come up with a Hindi word for "lynching". Mehraj questions the accuracy of Bhagwat's claims that lynching is a subject in all other religious texts except Hinduism.The conversation shifts to the big news of the week: the murder of an RSS worker and his family in West Bengal, the serial murders by a Kerala woman, and the Modi-Xi meet in Tamil Nadu. Madhu has a lot to say about the state of present-day journalism. She says, "Journalism is going behind the incident and finding out what really happened." Abhinandan argues that journalism can be "positive or negative". But, he adds, it has to be unexpected. The panel discusses the paradigm shift in journalism and the significance of present-day reporting.Listen up! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/31/20191 hour, 38 minutes, 27 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 247

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.In this episode of Newslaundry Hafta, host Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan and Mehraj Lone are joined by Diksha Madhok, Editor and Director of Quartz India. They discuss the recently concluded assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, the release of National Crime Records Bureau data, the epidemic of protests all across the globe, and other issues.Listen to the complete episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/10/26/hafta-247-maharashtra-and-haryana-elections-national-crime-records-data-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/26/201930 minutes, 47 seconds
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Hafta 243: #ClimateStrike, #HowdyModi and more

Newslaundry Hafta is back with Abhinandan, Raman, Manisha are joined by Joyjeet Das who is a Consulting Editor a Down to Earth magazine. The podcast kicks off with the panel discussing the climate crisis and the Global Climate Strike that was held around the world this week. Talking about Greta Thunberg’s commitment towards the cause, Joyjeet says, “What if she was not there and this was just another United Nations communication”. He questions, “How much shit would people have given?” He says her contribution has been a major source for drawing public attention towards the cause.The panel also talks about the tragic death of two Dalit children who were beaten up for open defecation. In Abhinandan’s words, “It is one of the most ghastly stories I have read in a very long time.” Apart from all this, Howdy Modi continues to be in the limelight as the panel discusses media coverage of the event all over the world.For more, listen to the whole episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/26/20191 hour, 47 minutes, 27 seconds
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Hafta 242: #Kashmir, #eCigarettesBan, #HappyBirthdayModi and more

Journalist Maya Mirchandani, senior fellow at ORF and an assistant professor at Ashoka University joins Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Meghnad in this week’s episode of Newslaundry Hafta. Maya, who recently visited Kashmir, begins by shedding light on the ostensible state of normalcy in the Valley. She has much to say about the hopelessness and dejection Kashmiris are experiencing right now. The mainstream media’s unchecked and relentless narrative of the so-called normalcy in Kashmir seems to have birthed a crisis of real reportage from the Valley. Maya narrates how Kashmiris who feel let down by mainstream media are in a state of ‘civil-disobedience’ where they’re even avoiding talking to the media.The discussion moves to the government’s recent ban on e-cigarettes and how it is being executed. The panel simply does not buy the reasons provided by the government for the same, and everyone tries to read between the lines. They move on to discuss Modi’s birthday and the unprecedented importance it was given by some TV news channels. Apart from talking about present trends in broadcast media and its future prospects, the panel also discusses the violence at Jadavpur University and the death of protest culture. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/19/20191 hour, 16 minutes, 57 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 246

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. This week’s Hafta features host Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan, Mehraj Lone and Raman Kirpal. Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Contributing Editor with Business Standard joins in as a special guest.Manisha kicks off the discussion by asking Sambhav why we don’t hear as many land conflict cases now. Sambhav responds saying, “A lot of big projects are not coming up because of the shape of the economy that we are in right now and have been in the past few years.”. The panel also discusses the Ayodhya dispute’s final hearing, Manisha talks about how media houses painted the common practice of shredding papers in the court as blasphemy against the Hindu religion. The panel also talked about the outright violation of News Broadcast Standards Authority’ s guidelines by TV channels on the very day it was published. Apart from this, they also discussed the decline of institutions such as the CBI, RBI and Supreme Court, and much more. For more, listen up to the complete episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/10/19/hafta-246-land-acquisition-act-ayodhya-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/19/201929 minutes, 44 seconds
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Hafta 241: #MediaLayoffs, #PiyushGoyal, #TrafficFines and more

Besides Manisha Pande and host Abhinandan Sekhri, this episode of Hafta includes Jaskirat Singh Bawa, Senior Editor at The Quint and Vivek Kaul, author and a columnist for Newslaundry.The episode begins with Manisha briefing the panel with the week’s headlines, including Faye D’Souza stepping down as Mirror Now’s executive editor, recent arrests of journalists, and Tabrez Ansari’s case, amongst others.Abhinandan talks about Modi’s speech on the prevention of livestock diseases in Mathura and the follow up it received on primetime debates. “ I am dumbstruck at how far we have come,” says Abhinandan wondering if the speech was a ‘dog whistle’ by Modi. Vivek Kaul is of the view that these are regular deviations. He says, “They have all these distractions planted regularly at different points of time to deviate attention from what should essentially be the issue we should be talking about.” Manisha too thinks these prime-time debates are completely ‘made-up’.The discussion moves to Piyush Goyal’s statements on Maths, Einstein, and Gravity. Manisha says these incidents “demonstrate how these guys are so not used to being questioned.”The panel also talks about the series of arrests of journalists. On being asked if he worries about the safety of his journalists now, Jaskirat says, “Not just now; some sort of a layer or feeling of insecurity has been there.”The podcast includes conversations on a series of other issues including the rise in traffic fines, news coverage of Chandrayaan 2, Pallav Baghla and Ram Jethmalani’s death.For more, listen up to the whole podcast! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/12/20191 hour, 24 minutes, 51 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 245

NL Hafta returns with host Abhinandan Sekhri along with Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan and Anand Vardhan. Joining us this week is the newest addition to the Newslaundry team, Mehraj Lone.This week’s podcast begins with the panel discussing Mohan Bhagwat’s recent speech at a Vijayadashami function. They scrutinise his comments on lynching being a "Western construct" while trying to come up with a Hindi word for "lynching". The conversation then shifts to the big news of the week: the murder of an RSS worker and his family in West Bengal, the serial murders by a Kerala woman, and the Modi-Xi meet in Tamil Nadu. The panel also has a lot to say about the state of present-day journalism.Vote in the Asia Podcast Awards here: https://asiapodcastawards.com/Listen to the full episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/10/12/hafta-245-mohan-bhagwat-on-lynching-modi-xi-meet-the-state-of-journalism-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/12/201932 minutes, 48 seconds
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Hafta 244: NRC, #GandhiJayanti, International Podcast Week, and more

Newslaundry Hafta is back with Abhinandan, Raman and Manisha, and this week they are joined by Arunabh Saikia, who reports from the Northeast for the news website Scroll, and Amit Varma, editor of Pragati and host of the podcast The Seen and the Unseen. They discuss Assam’s National Register of Citizens and its likely consequences. Referring to the government’s proposal to extend the NRC to the whole of India, Abhinandan says, “There’ll be these camps around the country like some dystopian Mad Max film with little townships of people who are not Indian citizens, who do not have the rights but they cannot get out of there.” Since India marked Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary this week, the panellists duly talk Gandhi as a person, politician, and public figure. Raman remarks that Gandhi has received “strategic attention” from the Narendra Modi government. “They are trying to appropriate Gandhi for their theme of nationalism because Gandhi is the one common binding factor of this country,” he explains.They also discuss climate change and why it is not receiving adequate coverage in the Indian media, the FIR filed against a group of eminent persons for writing a letter to the prime minister over mob lynchings that have been taking place in India, and exchange views on how Modi and Donald Trump are representing their respective countries.This week was also celebrated as the International Podcast Week. In the spirit of celebration, we are not putting this episode of Hafta behind the paywall. It is free. Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/5/20191 hour, 30 minutes, 38 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 243

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. In this episode, Abhinandan, Raman, Manisha are joined by Joyjeet Das who is a Consulting Editor at Down to Earth magazine. The podcast begins with a discussion on the climate crisis and eventually comes to Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg. Joyjeet thinks her contribution has been a major contribution towards drawing public attention towards the cause. The panel also talks about the tragic incident where two Dalit children were beaten to death for open defecation. Apart from this, the panel also discusses media’s continued coverage of Howdy Modi. For more, listen up to the complete episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/09/28/hafta-243-climatestrike-howdymodi-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/28/201936 minutes, 45 seconds
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Hafta 240: #NRC, #Kashmir, #Chidambaram and more

In this episode of Newslaundry Hafta, The Caravan’s Staff Writer Praveen Donthi and Independent Journalist Makepeace Sitlhou join host, Abhinandan Sekhri, Newslaundry’s Managing Editor, Raman Kirpal and Correspondent, Gaurav Sarkar.Abhinandan begins the podcast with the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He asks if NRC is “some sort of a political masterstroke”. Makepeace, who covers stories from Northeast India and has been covering NRC, draws out the details of the situation. She says the enactment of NRC and the issues of foreigners has been a “long-burning issue.” Praveen talks about the obsession with the number 50 lakh concerning the register.The panel moves on to talk about recent developments in Kashmir. They discuss the Kashmir Press Club’s denouncement of the curb on journalists in the valley, the communication clampdown and a piece by Indian Express that questioned the methods of proceedings concerning the revocation of Article 370. Abhinandan talks about the international coverage of the issue and moves on to question Praveen on how the Kashmiris are taking the decision. He asks, “Are there people in Kashmir who are okay with this?” Praveen examines the points of views of separatists and mainstream politicians. He says “The mainstream politicians have never had a history of agitating against Indian state.” Raman points to the radicalization of the Kashmiri youth saying, “There were internal reports claiming that seventy percent of Kashmiri youth has been radicalized in the past four-five years.”Later, Gaurav Sarkar, who has been covering the Chidambaram case joins the conversation. Abhinandan asks him to spill the beans on the informal happenings in the court that did not make into the report. Gaurav narrates a funny incident from the proceedings. He also talks about the specificities of the cases on Chidambaram and his arrest.Abhinandan also talked about Ravish Kumar’s acceptance speech for the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the rise of fake news and the choice and plight of young journalists.For this and more, listen in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/28/20191 hour, 33 minutes, 37 seconds
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Hafta 239: #RBIReserves, #Kashmir, #ArunJaitley and more

In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Newslaundry’s Editor-in-Chief Madhu Trehan, Nwslaundry’s Managing Editor Raman Kirpal, Author & Journalist Puja Mehra, and France 24 Correspondent Surabhi Tandon. The podcast kicks off with Puja Mehra, author of The Lost Decade, explaining the relevance of surplus funds with the Reserve Bank of India and how the way these funds will be used by the government could decide the country's economic future. When Madhu wonders if people who didn't care much about business earlier will reform now, Puja says, "I think they'll come up with new ways to do exactly what they did earlier." She adds, "The key policy challenge right now is that policies are not thought through. Decisions are taken but not followed up with what needs to be done to make implementation painless." The panel also notes the kind of changes in statistical calculations the administration is trying to make and how it'll all lead to a crisis. Talking about the humanitarian crisis' cases in Kashmir, Surabhi says, "It's also a lack of respect for ordinary life and for human beings. I think the Indian state and the machinery repetitively demonstrates a complete disregard for the dignity of ordinary human beings" before the panel wonders why both the Supreme Court and the Press Council seem to be in support of the government. Abhinandan then questions the need of journalists gloating over their closeness with Arun Jaitley. Madhu feels that maintaining a certain kind of distance is important in personal/professional relationships before most of the panel goes on to share anecdotes involving politicians' attempts to get close to journalists. Everyone in the panel then expresses opinions about Modi's demeanor whenever he goes abroad. Raman says, "Over the years, I think he has really groomed himself up very well to the camera. Every time he speaks out a word, I feel like doing a fact-check" to which Abhinandan adds, "The contrast in his body language when he's dealing with his own people and when he's dealing with people who aren't his people is so off-putting." The panel also discussed the significance of renaming Feroze Shah Kotla stadium and the United States backing out from the Indo-Pak dispute amongst other things. For this and more, listen up! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/21/20191 hour, 47 minutes, 48 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 242

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. Journalist Maya Mirchandani, senior fellow at ORF and an assistant professor at Ashoka University joined Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Meghnad in this week’s episode of Newslaundry Hafta. Maya, who recently visited Kashmir talks about the ostensible state of normalcy in the Valley. She describes how mainstream media’s unchecked discourse of the so-called normalcy in Kashmir has caused a crisis of real reportage from the Valley. The panel discusses the government’s recent ban on e-cigarettes and how it is being executed. They also talk about Modi’s birthday and the unprecedented importance it was given by some TV news channels.For more, listen up to the complete episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/09/21/hafta-242-kashmir-ecigarettesban-happybirthdaymodi-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/21/201925 minutes, 52 seconds
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Chhota Hafta - Episode 241

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. Apart from Manisha Pande and host Abhinandan Sekhri, this episode of NL Hafta features Jaskirat Singh Bawa, Senior Editor at The Quint and Vivek Kaul, author and a columnist for Newslaundry. The podcast begins with the stories that made it to the week's headlines, including Faye D’Souza stepping down as Mirror Now’s executive editor, recent arrests of journalists, and Tabrez Ansari’s case, amongst others.Abhinandan talks about Modi’s speech on the prevention of livestock diseases in Mathura and the follow up it received on primetime debates. Vivek Kaul thinks these are regular deviations from important issues while Manisha is of the view that these prime-time debates are completely ‘made-up’. The podcast includes conversations on a series of other issues including the rise in traffic fines, news coverage of Chandrayaan 2, Pallav Baghla and Ram Jethmalani’s death.For more, listen up to the complete episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/09/14/hafta-241-medialayoffs-piyushgoyal-trafficfines-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/14/201930 minutes, 13 seconds
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Hafta 238: Article 370, #ChidambaramArrest, Ravidas Temple and more

In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, the political editor of The Caravan magazine Hartosh Singh Bal, and a Newslaundry subscriber of Kashmiri origin.The podcast kicks off with the Newslaundry subscriber expressing her sentiments on the abrogation of Article 370 and the heavy deployment of troops in the region. She says, "For us, it is a progression of the loss in the faith in the Indian Constitution." The panel talks about why Ladakh and Jammu will soon ask the government to ban people from other states from buying land in the region, and the chances of a plebiscite. Hartosh notes the impact of the Modi-Shah-Doval trinity on the minds of the Indian people.The panel goes on to discuss how members of the Congress who didn’t even want to share space with P Chidambaram earlier are now supporting him inside and outside court. Raman wonders if political influence caused the CBI to dramatise the arrest and questions the credibility of Indrani Mukerjea's statement. Abhinandan tries to understand the reason behind primetime reporters spitting venom against the former finance minister.The deficient media coverage this week on recent protests over the Ravidas Temple demolition urges the panel to thrash out why this wasn’t given space on primetime news. The panel also discusses this movement’s rise in Punjab. Hartosh says, “The thing angering them the most was that green zone exceptions have been made for hundreds of thousands of reasons and it couldn’t be made for this?”The group also discusses fake news and why people don’t mind spreading it, before moving on to remember legendary music composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi.For this and more, listen up! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/14/20191 hour, 43 minutes, 5 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 240

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. In this episode of Newslaundry Hafta, The Caravan’s Staff Writer Praveen Donthi and Independent Journalist Makepeace Sitlhou join host, Abhinandan Sekhri, Newslaundry’s Managing Editor, Raman Kirpal and Correspondent, Gaurav Sarkar.The podcast begins a discussion on the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Abhinandan wonders if NRC is “some sort of a political masterstroke”. Makepeace, who covers stories from Northeast India and has been covering NRC, draws out the details of the situation. The panel moves on to talk about recent developments in Kashmir, including reports of human rights violations, with inputs from The Caravan’s Praveen Dhonty. Later, Gaurav Sarkar, who has been covering the Chidambaram case, joins the conversation. Abhinandan asks him to spill the beans on the informal happenings in the court that did not make into his report. Abhinandan also talked about Ravish Kumar’s acceptance speech for the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the rise of fake news and the choice and plight of young journalists.Listen to the full Hafta here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/09/07/hafta-240-nrc-kashmir-chidambaram-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/7/201926 minutes, 39 seconds
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Hafta 237: Article 370 and Kashmir, #Kerala Floods, Sonia Gandhi and more

In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Anand Vardhan, Washington Post's India correspondent Niha Masih, and Sneha Koshy, the head of NDTV's Kerala bureau. The podcast starts with the panel’s take on BBC’s report on Kashmir, which was rumoured to be untrue. Niha was in Kashmir for five days and she talks about the communication shutdown there, also describing how restrictions on movement for the media was different on each day. Abhinandan asks: “Why does a Washington Post correspondent get a curfew pass [while] a HT bureau chief who has been working for three decades in Kashmir is denied one?” Niha responds, “It was not my pass, but I was travelling with someone who had a curfew pass. But a lot of people said that the local Kashmiri journalists found it harder to get curfew passes, but the ones from Delhi found it easier.” Abhinandan expresses how he felt about the sound of bullet firings in the BBC video. Anand points out: “It could be a deliberate message to suppress information and then release it later.” He urges the audience and the panel to read his piece on Kashmir to have a clearer view of the limitations of constitutional patriotism and why the claims of the nation-state are still thriving.Moving to the Pehlu Khan case verdict, Anand feels the problem in India is “more of mob justice than about mob lynching”. About the recurring floods in Kerala and most of South India, Sneha explains how environmental exploitation and urbanisation has taken a toll on Kerala. Paddy plantation in Kerala has seen a downward graph, and the sustenance of the growth of paddy has also become an issue. She describes how mono-cropping is becoming a huge challenge.The panel then discusses Sonia Gandhi stepping up as the interim president of the Indian National Congress. Anand says charisma or tradition is the appeal of leadership. Abhinandan feels there is no representation in the Congress and jokes that the party should get Kanhaiya Kumar as president, saying: “In today’s’ day and age, a good speaker is what you need.”For more, tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/7/20191 hour, 29 minutes, 37 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 239

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, author & journalist Puja Mehra, and France 24 correspondent Surabhi Tandon.The podcast kicks off with Puja Mehra, author of The Lost Decade, explaining the relevance of surplus funds with the Reserve Bank of India and how the way these funds will be used by the government could decide the country's economic future.Talking about cases of human rights violations in Kashmir, Surabhi says, "It's also a lack of respect for ordinary life and for human beings. I think the Indian state and the machinery repetitively demonstrates a complete disregard for the dignity of ordinary human beings." The panel also discussed the significance of renaming Feroze Shah Kotla stadium and the United States backing out from the Indo-Pak dispute amongst other things.Listen to the full Hafta Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/31/201929 minutes, 35 seconds
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Hafta 236: #Article370, Sushma Swaraj & more

In this week’s Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan, and R Jagannathan, Swarajya's Editorial Director. The discussion kicks off with the panel talking about the abrogation of Article 370, and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Abhinandan said, “I thought it would be impossible in my lifetime." R Jagannathan also weighs in about the government’s actions. The panel also discussed the triumphalism portrayed by a majority of the Indian public. Manisha said that rhetorics like “teaching them a lesson” are demeaning. Focusing on the current state of communications in the former state, the panel examines the role of the media in providing information to the rest of the country. The panel discussed claims such the move being for improvement of employment opportunities and literacy rates in the state. The panel also talks about the inability of individuals in Jammu and Kashmir to communicate. Jagannathan states, “The first job of any state is to ensure law and order.” The panel also speaks about Sushma Swaraj's demise, her legacy and achievements are also discussed. Anand speaks on the glorification of famous individuals after their demise. Abhinandan recalls his personal interaction with her when he was in his twenties. There’s this and so much more, tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/31/20191 hour, 39 minutes, 27 seconds
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Hafta 234: RTI Amendment, Trump on Kashmir, Letter Wars and more

In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, and author and columnist Sushant Sareen.The podcast kicks off with a discussion on the life and times of Sheila Dikshit. Sushant says, “There was decency about her, the way she managed to get things done. She was a performer.” The panel talks about her achievements as Delhi's chief minister and the political maneuvering that made her successful. Speaking about her death, the panel notes Rahul Gandhi’s absence and what that means.Up next is the RTI amendment and its impact. According to Abhinandan, “The RTI was the only good thing to come out of policy and Parliament that actually impacted citizens.” They discuss the probable reasons behind the government pushing this amendment and the lacklustre coverage in the media. Raman says, “The government was foolish in bringing in the amendment because the RTI is more or less dead.”The podcast moves on to Donald Trump’s offer to mediate on Kashmir and the furore that followed. Sushant thinks India’s response should have been a lot firmer. They discuss the reasons behind Trump’s statements and the US president's capabilities when it comes to such a situation. In Madhu’s opinion, the Indian government's response was appropriate and avoided a direct confrontation between Trump and Modi. Finally, the panel talks about the open letter issued by celebrities and its counter-letter. They analyse the underlying issue of the weaponisation of the phrase “Jai Shri Ram”. Abhinandan says: “We as a nation are so disempowered that when people do something vile, they feel empowered.” The panellists also talk about Arnab Goswami’s response to the letter which leads to a heated discussion on Arnab’s way of covering issues.For this and more, tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/24/20191 hour, 40 minutes, 10 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 238

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, the political editor of The Caravan magazine Hartosh Singh Bal, and a Newslaundry subscriber of Kashmiri origin.The podcast kicks off with the Newslaundry subscriber expressing her sentiments on the abrogation of Article 370 and the heavy deployment of troops in the region. She says, "For us, it is a progression of the loss in the faith in the Indian Constitution." The panel goes on to discuss how members of the Congress who didn’t even want to share space with P Chidambaram earlier are now supporting him inside and outside court. They also talk about the lack of media space given to the protests over the Ravidas Temple demolition.Listen to the full Hafta here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/08/24/hafta-238-article-370-chidambaramarrest-ravidas-temple-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/24/201930 minutes, 40 seconds
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Hafta 233: Richa Bharti, Tiranga TV, Chandrayaan-2 & more

In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and author and blogger Arnab Ray.The podcast kicks off with a discussion on Richa Bharti who was arrested for putting up an objectionable post. The judge asked her to distribute copies of the Quran as punishment.The panel then moves to discuss the controversy surrounding Tiranga TV, which Abhinandan refers to as “fracas”. They talk about Barkha Dutt’s tirade against Kapil Sibal and the larger protest against the channel by fired employees. Arnab noted, “They bet on the Congress winning in the election and they were obviously wrong.” The panel then moved to a larger discussion about the content industry. Abhinandan said, “Anything related to content will go through a huge churn in the next few years.” Moving on to the Chandrayaan-2 mission, Abhinandan questioned the very purpose of going to the moon when so many have already gone. He said, “I think it's a vanity project just to make us feel good.” The panel discussed space programmes in other countries and how India, in general, manages to pull off feats cheaper than in other countries.The panel also talked about the floods in Assam which have submerged large parts of the state. They discuss the problems the floods have caused, its impact on the NRC process and more.They also discussed the latest twist in the Kangana Ranaut-media saga. The panel uses this as a lens to talk about the media and journalists’ behaviour in general.For this and more, tune in! NL Sena Project https://www.newslaundry.com/senaRegister for TMR: http://themediarumble.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/20191 hour, 36 minutes, 39 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 237

In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Anand Vardhan, Washington Post's India correspondent Niha Masih, and Sneha Koshy, the head of NDTV's Kerala bureau. The podcast starts with the panel’s take on BBC’s report on Kashmir, which was rumoured to be untrue. Niha was in Kashmir for five days and she talks about the communication shutdown there, also describing how restrictions on movement for the media was different on each day. Moving to the Pehlu Khan case verdict, Anand feels the problem in India is “more of mob justice than about mob lynching”. About the recurring floods in Kerala and most of South India, Sneha explains how environmental exploitation and urbanisation has taken a toll on Kerala.Listen to the full Hafta here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/08/17/hafta-237-article-370-and-kashmir-kerala-floods-sonia-gandhi-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/17/201931 minutes, 49 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 236

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.In this week’s Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan, and R Jagannathan, Swarajya's Editorial Director.The discussion kicks off with the panel talking about the abrogation of Article 370, and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Abhinandan said, “I thought it would be impossible in my lifetime." R Jagannathan also weighs in about the government’s actions. The panel also discussed the triumphalism portrayed by a majority of the Indian public. Manisha said that rhetorics like “teaching them a lesson” are demeaning.Listen to the full Hafta here: https://www.newslaundry.com/subscription-data/2019/08/10/hafta-236-article370-sushma-swaraj-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/10/201926 minutes, 57 seconds
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Hafta 232: India's loss at #WorldCup2019, Congress crisis, Delhi CCTVs and more

In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Anand Vardhan, Raman Kirpal and journalist and author Vivek Kaul.The podcast kicks off with a discussion on the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Team India’s loss in the semi-finals. According to Anand, “it was a bubble waiting to burst”. The panel talks about their personal reactions and the country’s response to the loss. Abhinandan says: “I felt really bad because I really like Dhoni.”Discussing the crisis in the Congress in both Goa and Karnataka, Abhinandan comments, “It’s collapsing everywhere, kuch toh sharam karlo.” Raman notes that there's a "churning" going on within the party. They talk about the lack of leadership in the Congress and its consequences, as well as the history and legacy of the anti-defection law. Moving to the 2019 Union Budget, Vivek feels it was "much ado about nothing". He notes the Budget's lack of numbers and any detail on revenue and expenditure as well as other problems. The discussion shifts to the nature of business and the black economy in India.Next up is the installation of CCTV cameras in Delhi schools and the concerns raised by the public regarding privacy and surveillance. Anand says he “does not believe in privacy as an absolute right” while Madhu feels this move is absolutely all right. The panel also discusses the flying banner over the India-New Zealand match in England and the privatisation of railways in India.For this and much more, tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/10/20191 hour, 39 minutes, 34 seconds
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Hafta 235: Conversations from The Media Rumble

This very special episode of NL Hafta is recorded on location at The Media Rumble at India Habitat Centre, Delhi. Host Abhinandan Sekhri discusses views and news with actress Swara Bhaskar; software engineer-turned-journalist Kavya Sukumar; VP of engineering at Quintype, Rashmi Mittal; writer and editor Supriya Nair; Swarajya's editorial director R Jagannathan; and journalist David Usborne.This episode isn't behind the paywall, so what are you waiting for? Tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/3/201931 minutes, 2 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 234

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, and author and columnist Sushant Sareen.The podcast kicks off with a discussion on the life and times of Sheila Dikshit. Up next is the RTI amendment and its impact. According to Abhinandan, “The RTI was the only good thing to come out of policy and Parliament that actually impacted citizens.” Moving on to Donald Trump’s offer to mediate on Kashmir and the furore that followed, Sushant thinks India’s response should have been a lot firmer.Listen to the full Hafta here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/07/27/hafta-234-rti-amendment-trump-on-kashmir-letter-wars-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/27/201935 minutes, 29 seconds
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Hafta 231: #Budget2019, #RahulGandhi's resignation, Chandni Chowk violence & more

In this week’s episode, Meghnad wears the host’s hat. He is joined by Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan, Anand Vardhan and Raman Kirpal.The discussion kicks off with the panel talking about the 2019 Budget. They speak about the good, the bad and the ugly. Manisha finds the five per cent duty on imported books weird and briefly discusses Air India's privatisation as well.The panel then moves on to discuss Rahul Gandhi’s resignation from his post as the Congress Party president. They also talk about who could be the next party chief. Madhu talks about Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s tweet on his resignation and Meghnad says, “Congress basically now is just hollow, it has no ideology per se."The panel also talks about the Zaira Wasim controversy. The actress quit Bollywood citing her work's interference with her religion. To the question of why she took this step, Anand says, “Maybe, she didn’t have the gift of articulation to put her position and she rationalised it in a wrong way.”The panel talks about the vandalisation of a temple in Chandni Chowk and the misreporting that followed. Listen up, there’s more. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/27/20191 hour, 27 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hafta 230: #ChennaiWaterCrisis, Jharkhand lynching, Akash Vijayvargiya and more

In this week’s episode, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Anand Vardhan, Manisha Pande, and journalist and author Salil Tripathi.The discussion kicks off with speeches and controversies in Parliament this week. This includes the super-viral speech by MP Mahua Moitra as well as the chants of “Vande Mataram” during various swearing-ins.The panel then talks about the recent case of lynching of a Muslim man in Jharkhand who was beaten up and forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram”. Abhinandan found the coverage of this case to be “deeply problematic” and noted that “what-aboutery has become almost a legitimate argument” on primetime shows. Anand talks about the culture of mob justice in India and how it’s fueling communal lynchings.Moving to the water crisis in Chennai, the panel discusses its effects as well as the solutions that could help alleviate this problem. Anand discusses the urban/rural divide on this issue while Salil talks about steps taken in other countries that have had an actual effect on the water crisis.The podcast wraps up with Abhinandan bringing up the controversy around BJP MP Kailash Vijayvargiya and his son BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya who was filmed beating up a government official with a cricket bat. The panel observes the lacklustre questioning by the media and the relative impunity with which politicians in India operate with.For this and more, tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/20/20191 hour, 58 minutes, 44 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 233

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan, and author and blogger Arnab Ray.The podcast kicks off with a discussion on Richa Bharti who was arrested for putting up an objectionable post. The judge asked her to distribute copies of the Quran as punishment. The panel also discusses the controversy surrounding Tiranga TV, India's Chandrayaan-2 mission, floods in Assam and Bihar and more.Listen to the full Hafta here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2019/07/20/hafta-233-richa-bharti-tiranga-tv-chandrayaan-2-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/20/201933 minutes, 55 seconds
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Hafta 229: #Muzaffarpur, Sanjiv Bhatt, Doctors' strike & more

In this episode of NL Hafta, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Raman Kripal, Anand Vardhan and Nistula Hebbar, The Hindu's Political Editor.The panel talks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “One Nation, One Election” proposition, encephalitis-related deaths in Muzaffarpur, Anjana Om Kashyap’s controversial reporting from Bihar's Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital and more. Nistula shares anecdotes from a recent parliamentary session. Doctors' strike, and Sanjiv Bhatt's life imprisonment are also discussed.On the issue of “One Nation, One Election”, Nistula said, “You can’t have a situation where the political class basically looks at the elections as a blanket validation for all policies." Talking about the encephalitis outbreak in Bihar, Madhu says, “It’s the systematic historical neglect of the medical area” which has led us to this situation.While talking about Anjana Om Kashyap’s controversial reporting, Anand said, “The demonstration of orchestrated anger is a spectacle something that suits television news, this kind of drama sells."Moving on the panel discusses a June 16 incident where two civilians were thrashed by cops. “Anywhere in the world, you cannot take out a weapon against a cop, yet the amount of sympathy that he (Sarabjeet, the victim) has got is enough for the Home Ministry to ask for a report and no one has the guts to back-up the cop,” Abhinandan said. For this and more, tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/13/20191 hour, 52 minutes, 8 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 232

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Anand Vardhan, Raman Kirpal and journalist and author Vivek Kaul.The podcast kicks off with a discussion on the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Team India’s loss in the semi-finals. According to Anand, “it was a bubble waiting to burst”. Discussing the crisis in the Congress in both Goa and Karnataka, Abhinandan comments, “It’s collapsing everywhere, kuch toh sharam karlo.” Vivek says the 2019 Budget was "much ado about nothing". He notes the Budget's lack of numbers and any detail on revenue and expenditure as well as other problems.Listen to the full Hafta here: https://www.newslaundry.com/subscription-data/2019/07/13/hafta-232-indias-loss-at-worldcup2019-congress-crisis-delhi-cctvs-and-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/13/201931 minutes, 55 seconds
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Outside Edge Ep 5: In conversation with Mark Butcher

In the latest episode of Outside Edge, host Chandresh Narayanan talks to former England cricketer Mark Butcher, whose first music album is launching soon. Mark talks about his journey after cricket and his love for music and songwriting.But once a cricketer, always a cricketer, and Mark justifies this, saying: "Cricket was always a dominant part of my life." Chandresh asks if he'd want to perform as a musician at the World Cup, but Marks says he wants to focus on his music career first and isn't looking to perform at the World Cup any time soon.Moving beyond his music, Mark shares his concerns about cricket today. He says the 50-over game was dying right until the 2015 World Cup, but the format has now bounced back to how it was in the 1980s. He says this is because of the rates at which runs are scored now, and matches being more neck and neck.This and more, so tune in! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/13/201917 minutes, 38 seconds
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Outside Edge Ep 4: In conversation with Hemant Buch

In this podcast, sports journalist Chandresh Narayanan talks Hemant Buch, a prominent name in the field of sports telecast.Buch describes his work and says that being a producer and director are both two sides of the same coin. He also speaks about the difficulties faced by a director and producer while covering a global tournament, especially in a country like the UK. He said it's very difficult to move in the UK—this tournament which got started in the south, then went to mid, and now in the north.On being asked about his equation with commentators, Buch said, being a director, he keeps a healthy equation with all commentators but he does mention that "Shaun Pollock from South Africa is quite a fun commentator to work with". According to him, it's quite important to deal with commentators with the mix of both fun as well as seriousness.Being a sports telecaster, he also follows his passion ie photography.For this and a lot more, listen up! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/201917 minutes, 13 seconds
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Outside Edge Ep 3: In conversation with Paul Radley and Faisal Hasnain

In this episode of Outside Edge, host Chandresh Narayanan sits down with The National's Paul Radley, and former Chief Financial Officer of the ICC, Faisal Hasnain, to talk about the ongoing Cricket World Cup in England, the future of associate nations in global events, among other things.Chandresh, Paul and Faisal discuss how the scheduling of matches has put a dent in this World Cup. They also discuss Sunil Gavaskar’s comments on the composition of England’s team. Faisal said, “It’s great to see that England has been able to field a team with so many diverse cultures." They also talk about the future and importance of associate nations in global events such as the World Cup. Paul said, “Cricket is regressing if the ICC wants to play only 10 nations in their pinnacle tournament." They went on to discuss the possibilities of Cricket entering the Olympics and how the Olympic entry can be an "icing on the cake" for Cricket to gain global attention. For this and a lot more, so listen up! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/9/201921 minutes, 24 seconds
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Chhota Hafta — Episode 231

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode.In this week’s episode, Meghnad wears the host’s hat. He is joined by Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan, Anand Vardhan and Raman Kirpal. The discussion kicks off with the panel talking about the 2019 Budget. They speak about the good, the bad and the ugly. The panel also discusses Rahul Gandhi’s resignation, the Zaira Wasim controversy and more.You can listen to the full Hafta here: https://www.newslaundry.com/subscription-data/2019/07/06/hafta-231-budget2019-rahulgandhis-resignation-chandni-chowk-violence-more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/6/201931 minutes, 4 seconds