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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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
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 See for privacy and opt-out information.
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