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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:
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!
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, 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. Doctor’s strike, and Sanjiv Bhatt's life imprisonment is also discussed. Listen to the full Hafta
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, Manisha Pande and journalist Supriya Nair. The podcast opens with the panel discussing the ongoing doctors’ strike all over the country following the attack on doctors by a deceased patient’s relatives in West Bengal. Abhinandan asks Supriya for her views on the share of women's sports stories in newspapers since she's a sports columnist with Mumbai Mirror. Supriya says even though there are prominent female sports journalists, the coverage of women’s sports in general is quite low. The panel also discusses the attacks on journalists across India, from the attack on Amit Sharma in UP, to the arrest of Prashant Kanojia, to the attack on a group of journalists in Karnataka. Listen to the full Hafta here:
In this week’s episode, Manisha Pande wears the host’s hat and is joined by Newslaundry’s Raman Kirpal and guests Nitin Sethi and Hridayesh Joshi to discuss climate change and environment reporting in India, among other topics. The discussion kicks off with Nitin discussing his latest story in Business Standard on how Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali has crept into the Aravalli hills. The area bought spans across 400 acres which amount to “one-third of a village”. Nitin says the land is forested land which cannot be used for commercial purposes. In the context of environmental journalism, Hridayesh talks about how locals and committed on-ground reporters who take journalists to ground zero and give them all the information are not mentioned in the national media. Discussing Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement to make bus and metro rides free for women in Delhi, Raman thinks it’s a “good idea” and “definitely political”, though it does not solve the issue of security. Listen to the full Hafta here:
In this week’s episode, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by the regular gang of Madhu Trehan, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan, and special guest Saurabh Dwivedi, journalist and founder of news website The Lallantop. The discussion kicks off with Abhinandan asking Saurabh whether there was a Modi wave before the election. Saurabh recounts realities he noticed on the ground in states like Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, saying people have glorified Modi to a point where they don't know their own candidates. Manisha critiques the media for not having focused adequately on the schemes rolled out by the government and the responses to them. The panel also tries to analyse whether the media influences voters and the narrative. Listen to the full Hafta here:
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, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Christina Thomas Dhanaraj, co-founder of the Dalit History Month collective. The podcast begins with Manisha describing the election week that went by and the BJP’s enormous victory. After a recap of the election results announced on May 23, Abhinandan and Manisha highlight some of the keynotes, including Rahul Gandhi’s loss in Amethi, and Atishi and the Aam Aadmi Party’s loss in Delhi. A letter from a subscriber then sparks a discussion on the idea of affirmative action and its application over generations. Christina says: “No one seems to get the basic point that none of the problems gets solved in one generation. And two, there is something called ‘inter-generational deficit’. We are talking about 2,000-year-old oppression.” Listen to the full Hafta here:
इस हफ़्ते की चर्चा ऐसे वक़्त में आयोजित हुई जब राजनीति के गलियारों से लेकर पान की दुकानों तक संभावित चुनावी परिणामों की ही चर्चा हो रही है. इस बीच साध्वी प्रज्ञा सिंह ठाकुर ने एक विवादित बयान दिया, जिसमें उन्होंने गांधी के हत्यारे नाथूराम गोडसे को देशभक्त बता दिया. ये मामला काफ़ी विवादों में आ गया और यहां तक कि पीएम मोदी को भी इस पर अपनी प्रतिक्रिया देनी पड़ी. पश्चिम बंगाल में इस पूरे हफ़्ते अमित शाह के रोड शो और उसमें हुई हिंसा के बाद बवाल खड़ा हुआ, जब ईश्वरचंद्र विद्यासागर की प्रतिमा गिरा दी गयी. वहां की स्थितियों को देखते हुए चुनाव आयोग ने 1 दिन पहले ही चुनाव प्रचार को रोकने का आदेश दे दिया. इसी क्रम में सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने पश्चिम बंगाल की भारतीय जनता पार्टी की कार्यकर्ता प्रिंयका शर्मा को कंडीशनल बेल दी, जिन्हें ममता बनर्जी की एक फोटोशॉप्ड इमेंज शेयर करने की वजह से गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया था. इसी बीच कांग्रेस के मणिशंकर अय्यर ने मोदी के ऊपर की गयी ‘नीच’ की टिप्पणी को एक लेख के द्वारा जारी रखा, साथ ही सैम पित्रोदा ने 84 सिंख दंगों पर ‘जो हुआ सो हुआ’ बोल कर कांग्रेस की परेशानी भी बढ़ा दी, जिसके बाद राहुल गांधी को इसके लिए सफाई देनी पड़ी. दूसरी ओर नरेंद्र मोदी ने इंडियन एक्सप्रेस में दिये साक्षात्कार में कहा कि मेरी छवि को किसी खान मार्किट की गैंग ने नहीं बनाया, बल्कि 45 साल की तपस्या से मैं यहां पहुंचा हूं. इसलिए इसे कोई खान मार्किट गैंग ख़त्म नहीं कर सकता. इसके अलावा, ईरान-भारत संबंधों, आने वाले मानसून और संभावित सरकार को भी चर्चा के विषयों में शामिल किया गया. चर्चा में इस बार तेज़-तर्रार युवा पत्रकार राहुल कोटियाल और अमित भारद्वाज शामिल हुए. साथ में वरिष्ठ लेखक-पत्रकार अनिल यादव ने चर्चा में शिरकत की. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. अतुल ने बातचीत शुरू करते हुए सवाल उठाया, साध्वी प्रज्ञा की जो राजनीति है, और जिस तरह की विचारधारा से वह आती हैं, उसमें गांधी और आज़ादी की लड़ाई से जुड़े अन्य नेताओं के प्रति घृणा का भाव दिखता है. जब ऐसा कोई बयान आया हो तो उसमें कोई आश्चर्यचकित होने वाली बात दिखती है? जवाब में अनिल ने कहा- “देखिये, इसमें मुझे कोई आश्चर्यचकित होने वाली बात नहीं दिखती, लेकिन इस बयान के बाद उस बड़ी विडंबना की ओर इशारा मिलता है,
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, Manisha Pande, and investigative journalist Josy Joseph. The podcast kicks off with Joseph talking about the ₹1,000-crore civil defamation suit that Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways filed against him after the release of his book, A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India. The book, he says, is a product of 15 years of investigation into government records available in the public domain. In response to Abhinandan’s question about what he thought of the coverage of the Jet Airways crisis, he says, “I think the Jet Airways collapse and Naresh Goyal to me in many ways capture the crisis of Indian democracy...the crisis that we see when you have the Prime Minister of the country on a daily basis assaulting the basic constitutional commitment to scientific temperament.” He also believes that our country is not an imperfect democracy, rather a "democracy in crisis". The panel also discusses Narendra Modi’s interview with The Indian Express. Manisha says, “[It is] one of his best interviews that I have really get a sense of this guy and he has so much disdain for the media, every answer is a potshot at the that one interview you really get an insight into how much he hates the media.” Madhu also speaks of Modi's "shenpa" and why he needs to get over it”. You can listen to the full Hafta here:
In this episode of Reporters Without Orders, host Cherry Agarwal speaks to Newslaundry correspondents Ayush Tiwari and Prateek Goel about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Delhi, the electoral climate in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and more. Ayush also speaks about his report on Atishi’s pamphlet. The panel discusses Modi’s interview with News Nation, a report on cyclone Fani and how Dalits in Puri were turned away from cyclone shelters. They also talk about Prateek’s ground report from Madhya Pradesh: #MadhyaPradesh: In this village, caste determines the distance you travel to fetch water. Prateek, while answering Cherry’s question on loan waivers in Madhya Pradesh, talks about how farmers in the state are unhappy with the Congress government as they've failed to deliver on their poll promise. Prateek also talks about how the regional media didn’t cover important issues in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. For all this and more, listen in.
n this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and journalist and author Sandeep Bhushan. The podcast starts off with a peek into the complex and ever-changing realm of Indian journalism through the lens of Sandeep’s book, The Indian Newsroom: Studios, Stars and The Unmaking of Reporters. Abhinandan agrees partly with its central analysis regarding the undercurrents of the profession and says, “This entire liberal cabal is a reality in media, I don’t think there’s any doubt about it and the metrics of what was an achiever or what was a good reporter were ... someone who can sit with me over dinner and discuss wine rather than be able to crack a story, so social comfort took primacy over any kind of achievement”. The panel discusses issues of diversity in the newsrooms. Though it's come a long way today, everyone agrees that you can't ignore the fact that English news channels are still dominantly comprised of the upper class when compared to Hindi channels. Sandeep says the reality of journalism is that it's based on “brand as power and the power of access, both rolled into one”. He highlights the uncomfortably intimate influence growing between reporters and management. “Technically there’s no problem with it [the hands-on involvement of the management], but in a media organisation, I believe it has to be run differently. It cannot be run in the way other organisations are run wherein there’s Reliance, where Mr Ambani feels that his children should take over. It cannot run like that.” Madhu adds, “Their culture is well-entrenched enough for journalists who work there to know that it will be market-driven and it's not going to be journalism.” The panel moves on to PM Narendra Modi's "interview spree". Will it impact Modi's image if he takes people into his confidence during interviews regarding his failings on issues such as unemployment? “I think we are talking of an ideal situation and politics is not an id
In this episode of Reporters without Orders, host Cherry Agarwal sits down with Newslaundry Correspondent Ayush Tiwari and Desk Writer Gaurav Sarkar to talk about the protests against clean chit to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, courtroom drama during the deposition of former Union Minister MJ Akbar, Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting in Delhi, Election Commission's social media team in Bhopal and more. Gaurav was covering the protest against the clean chit to Gogoi, while Ayush attended Congress president Rahul Gandhi's public meeting in New Delhi. Gaurav talks about how courtroom proceedings (in the MJ Akbar defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani) turned into a boxing ring. He also talks about enthusiastic support from the audience in the gallery for Ramani. Ayush speaks of his experience of attending a Rahul Gandhi election meeting. Cherry and Ayush talk about the atmosphere of the meeting, the loyalty of supporters and how ideology plays a driving force for the supporters of both parties. Ayush talks about his report from Bhopal on how the election commission's social media cell in Bhopal is keeping an eye on online campaigning of political parties in the state. For all this and more, listen in.
In this week’s episode, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan, and author Chetan Bhagat. The podcast kicks off with a deep dive into Bhagat’s book, India Positive: New Essays and Selected Column. The author explains that the title of his book is inspired by the idea of positivity. He believes that although there are several issues affecting the country, sitting for hours on Twitter and complaining about them will not make them go away. He says, “At the end of the day there are certain structural problems with India which are not necessarily Congress- or BJP-driven and we need to fix them and that’s positive to me.” When Abinandan questions Bhagat about putting a disproportionate amount of onus on the ordinary Indian to be self-employed in his book, he responds by saying, “I am not shifting the onus away from policymakers…[I’m] trying to protect the guy [ordinary Indian] …because you can’t keep fighting. Activism isn’t a very profitable trade for an individual.” He continues to say that the world is changing fast and the skill sets required are also going to change dramatically, merely defending a leader of a particular party on Twitter won’t conjure up an offer letter. The panel also talks about the dangers of the ‘messiah complex’. The panel also discusses the BJP's rise to power. Abhinandan says, “Bigotry was an acceptable price to pay for economic prosperity. For me, it's not but for a lot of people, it was.” Anand says, “When India became independent there was a subterranean domain of communalism which was not getting a politically-organised outlet. The historical processes are such that…any identity kind of politics finds an outlet…there is a kind of inevitability and it’s a kind of political catharsis for a lot of suppressed religious problems in the country.” The panel also talks about the Indian media's role in South Asia. Manisha talks about it in terms of the content produced and observes that the fundamental issues
In this episode of Reporters Without Orders, host Cherry Agarwal sits down with Newslaundry correspondent Ayush Tiwari, Desk Writer Gaurav Sarkar and Quint's Senior Correspondent Aishwarya Iyer to talk about the #Yeti, the Utsav Bains hearing, Elections 2019 and more. Aishwarya and Ayush were covering elections in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh respectively. They were gauging support for parties and how people in these places are forming their electoral opinions. Apart from elections, the panel also talks about the Yeti sighting and its news value. The Indian Army had tweeted out a photo of a trail of footprints in the Himalayan snow, claiming to have found footprints of the mythical creature. The panellists are clearly divided. While Ayush gushes about its history and Gaurav hopes that Yetis exist, Aishwarya and Cherry cannot help but stress on the point that it gained way more attention than it should have. In all the Yeti news, the duo felt a recently-released UN climate report got very little coverage. Utsav Bains had filed an affidavit claiming that he was approached with a “huge bribe” of ₹1.5 crore to frame the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a false sexual harassment case. Gaurav shares the details of proceedings, the courtroom drama and more. Although there is too much news to discuss, Gaurav points out that Game of Thrones didn't get as much hype as it should have. For all this and more, listen in!
ग़ालिब का एक शेर है- “हम वहां से हैं जहां से हमको भी/ कुछ हमारी ख़बर नहीं आती”. मौजूदा वक़्त में देश ऐसे ही दौर से गुज़र रहा है. पंजाबी के कवि ‘पाश’ के शब्दों में कहें तो एक हद तक यह वह दौर भी है, जब बिना ज़मीर होना ज़िंदगी की शर्त बन गयी है. ठीक उसी वक़्त यह बात जोर-शोर से कही जा रही है कि सारे सवालों में सबसे ऊपर है देश और देश की सुरक्षा का सवाल तो इसके ठीक समानांतर एक विडंबना भी है कि हमें देश की इस तथाकथित सुरक्षा से खतरा है. इस हफ़्ते की चर्चा ऐसे वक़्त में आयोजित हुई जब इस तरह की तमाम चर्चाओं के बीच देश के प्रधानमंत्री ‘पूर्णतः अराजनैतिक साक्षात्कार’ देने के बाद लोकसभा चुनावों में ‘पूर्ण बहुमत’ हासिल करने के अभियान में लगे हुये थे. इसी कड़ी में बनारस की सड़कों पर जनता ने ख़ुद को फ़कीर कहने वाले प्रधानमंत्री का शक्ति-प्रदर्शन देखा. चुनावी सरगर्मियों के बीच नेताओं के बयान पूरे परिदृश्य को सनसनीख़ेज बना रहे थे. यह वह समय भी था, जब देश-विदेश से कुछ दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण ख़बरें आयीं तो कुछ ख़बरें ऐसी भी रहीं जिनसे डगमगाते भरोसे को तनिक बल मिला. इस हफ़्ते की चर्चा में भारत के मुख्य न्यायाधीश रंजन गोगोई पर उनकी एक महिला कर्मचारी द्वारा लगाया गया यौन-उत्पीड़न का आरोप और न्यायपालिका के दायरे में इस संबंध में हुई उठा-पटक, 2002 के गुजरात दंगे की पीड़िता बिलकीस बानो के बलात्कार मामले में सुप्रीम कोर्ट का मुआवजे का निर्णय व उसके निहितार्थ, देश का चुनावी परिदृश्य और श्रीलंका में हुई आतंकवादी घटना को चर्चा के विषय के तौर पर लिया गया. चर्चा में इस बार न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के स्तंभकार आनंद वर्द्धन ने शिरकत की. साथ ही चर्चा में लेखक-पत्रकार अनिल यादव भी शामिल हुये. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. इस तरह मामले की संक्षिप्त रूपरेखा प्रस्तुत करते हुए अतुल ने सवाल किया कि सुप्रीम कोर्ट द्वारा ख़ुद सवालों के घेरे में आने के बाद अपनायी गयी प्रक्रिया व जस्टिस रंजन गोगोई द्वारा उठाये गये क़दम को आप कैसे देखते हैं? जवाब देते हुए अनिल कहते हैं- “यह मामला सामने आया तो लोगों ने पहला सवाल यह करना शुरू किया कि ऐसे मामलों में कानूनी स्थिति क्या है क्योंकि आरोप चीफ़ जस्टिस ऑफ़ इंडिया पर लगे थे. किसी का स्कॉलर होना, कानून का जानकार होना एक अलग बात है लेकिन इस वजह से यह नहीं मान लेना चा
In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan, and journalist and author Puja Mehra. The podcast kicks off with a deconstruction of Mehra’s book, The Lost Decade (2008-18): How India's Growth Story Devolved into Growth Without a Story. Abhinandan asks Puja why she believed that the decade was indeed lost. In response, she says both Prime Ministers (Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi) were equally responsible for ineffectively dealing with the crisis. She also states that temporary emergency measures were relied upon to compensate for a mammoth crisis that demanded a permanent solution. She adds, “When an economy grows at that rate [8.8 per cent GDP growth] and is hit by a crisis, a shock, to bring it back to that level you need to take some steps. That follow-through was not undertaken.” When Abhinandan asks her if she believed that the Modi government’s economic agenda was cemented in a cultural singularity, she says that the government’s attitude is more symptomatic of a policy inattention than anything else. She describes her book as a documentation of governance in the last ten years that analyses the policies adopted while also discussing the policies that should have been. Talking about its essence, she says, “The whole argument of my book is that our politicians just don’t listen to expert advice and they assume that an economy as large as India, as complex as India, can be driven by policies that are crafted keeping political objectives in mind with complete disregard for underlying economics.” The discussion then moves to sexual harassment allegations levied against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Madhu makes a compelling case of the escalating hubris of the Supreme Court. She says, “The Indian judiciary, for decades, has avoided any accountability. Every time they are asked for accountability, they behave like [they] are above the law. Well [they’re] not. It’s a democracy.” Puja says she pref
बीते हफ़्ते राष्ट्रीय व अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर घटित हुई घटनाओं ने कई मायनों में नयी बहस को जन्म दिया. चर्चा में इस हफ़्ते उन्हीं में से तीन बेहद ज़रूरी विषयों- जेट एयरवेज़ की उड़ानें बंद होने व हज़ारों की तादाद में लोगों के बेरोज़गार होने, विकीलीक्स के संस्थापक जूलियन असांज की इक्वाडोर के लंदन स्थित दूतावास से गिरफ़्तारी और भाजपा द्वारा तमाम आतंकवादी गतिविधियों में सह-अभियुक्त रही साध्वी प्रज्ञा सिंह ठाकुर को 2019 के लोकसभा चुनावों में भोपाल से टिकट दिये जाने पर विस्तार से बातचीत की गयी. चर्चा में इस बार ‘प्रभात ख़बर-दिल्ली’ के ब्यूरो चीफ़ प्रकाश के रे ने शिरकत की. साथ ही चर्चा में लेखक-पत्रकार अनिल यादव भी शामिल हुए. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. भारतीय जनता पार्टी द्वारा साध्वी प्रज्ञा सिंह ठाकुर को भोपाल से टिकट दिये जाने के बाद एक बार फिर देश में उग्र हिंदुत्व की राजनीति ने जोर पकड़ लिया है. साध्वी प्रज्ञा सिंह ने 2019 के लोकसभा चुनावों को धर्मयुद्ध करार दिया है. साध्वी प्रज्ञा सिंह ठाकुर के बयानों के बाद अब धार्मिक भावनाओं के आधार की जाने वाली राजनीति तेज़ हो गयी है, जिसमें देशभक्ति का भी फ़्लेवर पड़ गया है. इसी मुद्दे से चर्चा की शुरुआत करते हुए अतुल ने सवाल किया कि जिस तरह की उनकी छवि है व जिस तरह के उनपर आरोप हैं, उसके बाद उन्हें या उन जैसे किसी व्यक्ति के उम्मीदवार बनाये जाने के कुछ मक़सद होते हैं. ध्रुवीकरण होता है और जीत की संभावनाएं ऐसे में बढ़ जाती हैं. और जबकि भोपाल की सीट भाजपा के लिये सालों से सुरक्षित सीट रही है, तो पार्टी द्वारा ऐसे किसी उम्मीदवार के ऊपर दांव लगाने के पीछे क्या मक़सद हो सकता है? जवाब देते हुये प्रकाश कहते हैं- “उनको खड़ा करने के पीछे जो मक़सद है, उसपर बात करने के पहले हमें यह देखना चाहिए कि उनकी उम्मीदवारी के तकनीकी या कानूनी पहलू क्या हैं. एक समय स्वास्थ्य के आधार पर लालू प्रसाद यादव जमानत की अर्ज़ी दाख़िल करते हैं, तो उनकी अर्ज़ी खारिज़ कर दी जाती है और यहां स्वास्थ्य के नाम पर एक व्यक्ति जमानत पर बाहर है और वह जमानत भी अपने आप में सवालों के घेरे में है. एक और मामला हार्दिक पटेल का भी है, जिन्हें चुनाव लड़ने की अनुमति नहीं दी गयी. तो प्रज्ञा ठाकुर के मामले में यह एक बड़ा सवाल है और इसमें चुनाव आयोग के काम-काज
In this week’s episode, host Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Anand Vardhan, Manisha Pande, and author Kishwar Desai. The podcast starts off with a discussion on Desai’s latest book, Jallianwala Bagh, 1919: The Real Story, and why she believed that this was a book that needed to be written. She says that writing the book became “a journey of discovery” for her as she uncovered unknown facts of the incident like the “sadistic tortures that were inflicted on the people of Amritsar”, especially in its build-up and aftermath. The panel also discusses the importance of an apology, as opposed to regret, from Britain now. Anand observes that although “national psyches have this need for reconciliation with historical memory”, after the decades that have passed, “even if it [an apology] comes, it would not serve that instrumental purpose.” Abhinandan shifts the conversation towards the arrest of Julian Assange and the panel debates if his work qualifies as ethical journalistic enterprise or if it is an instance of the phenomenon of ‘information banditry’, as Anand puts it. Madhu says, “What they did was they just hacked everything and dumped it all…the way it was done was not journalism.” The panel agrees that editorial discretion is crucial when dealing with data as raw as this and that it should have been processed in a more refined manner to serve public interest. The panel picked up the recent appointment of Sadhvi Pragya by the BJP to contest the seat in Bhopal. While the panel was initially unsurprised by this decision, given the Hindutva roots of the party, Abinandan points out how indefensible this decision was. He says, “He [Kamal Nath] was in politics, he’s accused of that [1984 anti-Sikh riots] and in continuation, he got a ticket again. Sadhvi Pragya has got a ticket because of her accusation…there’s a big difference.” Anand says that Pragya embodies the victimhood narrative that is “deeply entrenched in the psyche [of the voters] that they [the B
This week’s Reporters Without Orders features host Cherry Agarwal with Newslaundry's head of research Ayush Tiwari and desk writer Gaurav Sarkar. The panel talks about the impact Sandeep Bamzai’s tutelage has had on IANS, a petition presented to the Supreme Court seeking permission for Muslim women to offer namaaz in mosques and Maneka Gandhi’s comments on the un-secret nature of secret ballots. Ayush kickstarts the discussion with his own article about how a news agency, IANS, that has off late become "a part of the larger trend of media layoffs" as it suffocates under the corporate ownership of Mr Anil Ambani. He reveals examples of reporters at IANS and establishes a growing pattern alongside other media organizations such as Vice and Buzzfeed. The panel goes on to discuss the intricacies of corporate ownership and the direct influence they exercise on editorial management. Ayush also talks about a Swarajya Magazine report about how the family of a minor Dalit girl who was kidnapped by a man that happened to be Muslim were denied the right to file an FIR by the police since they did not want it to flare up into a ‘Hindu-Muslim’ issue. The panel then went into discussing the implications of ‘pseudo-secularism’ that dominates the Indian narrative today. Gaurav discusses an archaic ritual that Shashi Tharoor made a mockery of himself participating in. The ritual, called ‘Tulabharam’, is one where a person’s “BMI is weighed in phool, phal and gold” and Tharoor fell off the scales having to endure 11 stitches afterwards. The panel delved into the problems associated with the endorsement by politicians of religious traditions such as these and the implications that such engagement had on the sentiments of the voting public. He also brought up a recent plea put before the Supreme Court by a Pune-based couple that sought permission to let women offer prayers in mosques. The discussion questioned the fast-paced nature of the proceedings as well nuances of religion such
बीता हफ़्ता तमाम तरह की घटनाओं का गवाह रहा. इस बार की चर्चा जब आयोजित की गयी, उस वक़्त देश के कुछ हिस्सों में साल 2014 के बाद तनाव, द्वंद्व, संघर्ष, भ्रम व मायूसी के 5 सालों से हताश-निराश अवाम एक बार फ़िर उम्मीदों से बेतरह लैश होकर पहले चरण के मतदान में अपने मताधिकार का प्रयोग कर रही थी. चर्चा में इस हफ़्ते सुप्रीम कोर्ट द्वारा राफेल मामले में प्रशांत भूषण, यशवंत सिन्हा और अरुण शौरी द्वारा दायर पुनर्विचार याचिका पर सुनवाई करते हुए दिये गये  फैसले, चुनाव के धड़कते माहौल में सीमा पार से आती ख़बर जिसमें इमरान ख़ान ने प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी व उनकी पार्टी द्वारा बहुमत हासिल करने पर भारत-पाकिस्तान संबंधों में गर्माहट आने की उम्मीद जतायी, बस्तर में नकुलनार इलाके में हुआ नक्सली हमला जिसमें बीजेपी के विधायक व 5 सीआरपीएफ जवानों समेत कुल छः लोगों की मृत्यु हो गयी और भाजपा के वरिष्ठ नेता लालकृष्ण आडवाणी के ब्लॉग अपडेट व भाजपा के चुनावी घोषणापत्र पर चर्चा की गयी. इस हफ़्ते की चर्चा में वरिष्ठ पत्रकार हृदयेश जोशी ने शिरकत की. साथ ही लेखक-पत्रकार अनिल यादव भी चर्चा में शामिल हुए. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. राफेल मामले में दायर पुनर्विचार याचिका पर सुनवाई करते हुए दिये गये फैसले से चर्चा की शुरुआत करते हुए, अतुल ने सवाल किया कि एक तरफ़ सरकार द्वारा इस मामले से लगातार पीछा छुड़ाने के प्रयास लगातार जारी रहे और अब चुनावी उठापटक के बीच सुप्रीम कोर्ट द्वारा इस तरह का फैसला दिये जाने के बाद अब आप राफेल मामले को किस तरफ़ जाता हुआ देखते हैं? क्या बात राहुल गांधी द्वारा लगातार लगाये जा रहे आरोपों की दिशा में आगे बढ़ गयी है? जवाब में पेंटागन पेपर्स का ज़िक्र करते हुए हृदयेश ने कहा, “यहां पर एक तो प्रोसीजर का मामला इन्वाल्व है, इसके साथ ही मामला पॉलिटिकल परसेप्शन का भी हो गया है. इस वक़्त कांग्रेस ने मैनिफेस्टो में जिस तरह से ख़ुद को सोशल प्लेटफ़ॉर्म पर ऊपर दिखाने की कोशिश की थी, इसके बाद प्रोपराइटी के मामले में एक बयानबाजी करने में उसको मदद मिलेगी.” इसी कड़ी में मीडिया के नज़रिये से इस मसले को देखते हुए अतुल ने सवाल किया कि इस मौके पर यह फैसला सरकार के लिए तो झटके जैसा है, लेकिन जबकि पिछले पांच सालों में लगातार यह बात चर्चा में रही कि मीडिया पर सरकारी दबाव ह
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Yogesh Kanekar

I can't access episode after 284 of 4th January

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Yogesh Kanekar

Why such a long gap between today's date and latest podcast

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Seems like News Laundry is fed by Congress...No thanks, I'm unsubscribing

Dec 13th


Leftist Propaganda!!

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Akash Sahu

Too long, cut it down to 30 minutes.

Oct 26th

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It is strange. I'm seeing latest episodes in YouTube. Rather than having it on this podcast.

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