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A catalogue of all Newslaundry podcasts and shows that hadn't found a home of their own yet. NL vs NL, NL Interviews, NL Reports, and much more.

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ग्रामीण अर्थव्यवस्था पर हो रही रिपोर्टिंग में सबसे महत्वपूर्ण हिस्सा है डाटा. यह डाटा, अलग-अलग विषयों पर उपलब्ध है जो रिपोर्ट में सभी तथ्यों को पूरा करता है. इसी विषय पर न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री ने यह वेबिनार आयोजित की, जिसमें विस्तृत रूप से इस मुद्दे पर बात की गई. इस वेबिनार में मेहमान के तौर पर आईआईटी दिल्ली की एसोसिएट प्रोफेसर और लेखक रीतिका खेड़ा, गांव कनेक्शन के एसोसिएट एडिटर अरविन्द शुक्ला, स्वतंत्र पत्रकार पुष्यमित्र, पीपल आर्काइव ऑफ़ रूरल इंडियन से जुड़ीं पत्रकार मेधा काले और भारती इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ़ पब्लिक पॉलिसी में कम्युनिकेशन प्रमुख दीप्ती सोनी ने हिस्सा लिया. इस वेबिनार का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने कियादीप्ति शुरुआत में इंडिया डाटा पोर्टल के बारे में बताते हुए कहती हैं, “यह पोर्टल हर किसी के लिए खुला है, जिसे खासतौर से पत्रकारों की मदद के लिए बनाया गया है. इसके साथ ही शोधकर्ता और छात्र आदि के लिए भी यह पोर्टल बनाया गया है. पोर्टल पर मौजूद जानकारी  भारत के 28 राज्यों और आठ केंद्र-शासित प्रदेशों के बारे में है, जो कि छह भाषाओं में उपलब्ध है. वहीं एग्रीकल्चर सेंसेस, सॉइल, रेन फॉल जैसे 40 अलग-अलग डाटा सेट इस वक्त पोर्टल पर मौजूद हैं. इन जानकारी को 45 से भी जायदा ग्राफ़िक्स या चित्र के रूप में उपयोग किया जा सकता है.सत्र में आगे अतुल आकंड़ों की बात करते हुए रीतिका खेड़ा से सवाल करते हुए कहते हैं "क्या सच में इस तरह के आकड़ों से ग्रामीण अर्थव्यवस्था पर हमारी मीडिया को सूचना सम्पन्न और उसकी रिपोर्टिंग को प्रभावशाली बनाने में मदद कर सकती है"?इस पर रीतिका कहती हैं "ये सवाल बहुत अहम है जो मुद्दे की जड़ तक जाता है. अगर देखा जाए तो पत्रकारों की पकड़ मुद्दे पर नहीं है. ऐसे में डाटा को जल्दबाजी में इस्तेमाल किया जाता है. उदाहरण के तौर पर प्रजेंटेशन में बताया गया है कि कैसे मनरेगा में कितनों की मांग थी और कितने लोगों को काम मिला. यह सब सरकारी खेल है जो एमआईएस के डाटा में होता है और यह कब अपलोड किया जाएगा उसका किसी को पता नहीं. इस विषय पर अतुल कहते हैं हम लम्बे समय से देख रहे हैं कि ग्रामीण पत्रकारिता, कभी पत्रकारिता में एक बीट हुआ करता थी और कृषि पत्रकारिता मुख्यधारा की पत्रकारिता से गायब हो गई है. मौजूदा समय में दूसरा पी साईनाथ जैसा नाम खोजना मुश्किल है. इससे दिखता है कि जो पत्रकारिता कभी ग्रामीण अर्थव्यवस्था की हुआ करती थी, वो लगातार खत्म हुई है.मीडिया में कृषि पत्रकारिता की खत्म होती अहमियत पर अतुल, मेधा से पूछते है "ये जो दिक्कत है, कि पत्रकार और मीडिया हाउस कृषि  बीट को एहमियत नहीं दे रहे हैं. क्या लगता है हमें इस पर फिर से ध्यान देना चाहिए. जिससे कृषि बीट को फिर से मजबूत किया जा सके?इस पर मेधा कहती हैं 'जब हम डाटा देखते हैं कि मनरेगा में इतने सारे जॉब धारक हैं लेकिन कितनों को जॉब कार्ड मिला है और कितनों को मना कर दिया गया इसका डाटा हमारी रिपोर्ट से गायब है. पहले जब पत्रकार ग्रामीण स्तर पर काम करते थे, तब वह गांव के लोगों की समस्याओं को समझते थे और जानते थे और उनकी वहीं जानकारी उस समय डाटा का स्वरूप ले लेता था, लेकिन आज के समय में यह गायब हैं क्योंकि कोई भी गांव आधारित पत्रकारिता नहीं है.इस वेबिनार में रोजगार और पत्रकरिता को लेकर जो बात निकलकर सामने आई उसमें निश्चित तौर पर इंडिया डाटा पोर्टल या इस तरह के आकड़े उपलब्ध कराने वाले प्लेटफॉर्म पत्रकरिता को बड़ा सपोर्ट कर सकते हैं तथा रिपोटिंग को बहुत मजबूत कर सकते हैं. इससे भी जो ज़रूरी खास बात है वो ये है कि मुख्य धारा की पत्रकारिता को ग्रामीण पत्रकारिता की अर्थव्यवस्था के इलाके पर ध्यान दें, इसमें निवेश करें और इसे मुख्य धारा की पत्रकारिता का हिस्सा समझें. क्योंकि ये भी इसी देश के लोग और देश का हिस्सा हैं. इनसे  देश की नीतियां, जीडीपी और भी बहुत कुछ तय होता है. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Newslaundry, in collaboration with the India Data Portal project of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB, is organising a series of monthly webinars on specific datasets created by the platform, which is a one-stop open-access portal for journalists to use, interact with and visualise information, data and knowledge on agriculture and financial inclusion.The second webinar, titled “A data-led approach to India’s agri-economy”, was organised on September 25. Moderated by Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, the panelists were Ajay Vir Jakhar, chairman of the Bharat Krishak Samaj; Parth MN, principal correspondent with IndiaSpend; Aparna Karthikeyan, author and independent journalist; and Nidhi Jamwal, environmental editor and head of the English desk of Gaon Connection.Listen! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don't really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let's make debates great again!In this episode of NL vs NL, Newslaundry subscribers Atif Adam and Aprajita Singh debate whether the development of artificial intelligence will end up benefiting or harming humanity?Atif argues it will help, Aprajita disagrees.Listen and tell us who you agree or disagree with, and why. Write to us at contact@newslaundry.com, or reach out to Aprajita on e-mail and Atif on Twitter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Max Abrahms is an author, associate professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern University in the United States, and non-resident scholar at the Quincy Institute. In this interview with Shubh Soni, Max discusses the impending American presidential election, especially in the context of foreign policy, and the influence wielded over it by the news media. Watch the full video on newslaundry.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Omar Abdullah has served as the chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, as a member of parliament, and as India’s junior foreign minister. He spent months in detention after the Narendra Modi government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of the last vestiges of its autonomy and split it into two territories ruled directly by New Delhi.Over a year on, Abdullah speaks with Abhinandan Sekhri about the situation in Kashmir, and where he and his party, the National Conference, stand in the new scheme of things. Watch the full video on newslaundry.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Anwar Maqsood पाकिस्तानी पॉपुलर कल्चर का सबसे अज़ीम और प्रतिष्ठित नाम हैं. टेलीविज़न की दुनिया में उनके शो व्यंग्य और खासकर सियासी व्यंग्य की उत्कृष्टता का पैमाना माने जाते हैं. जब उनके तंजिया शो की बात हो तो उनके बेहद लोकप्रिय शो Loose Talk की बात करना लाजिमी हो जाता है. पाकिस्तान के मशहूर अदाकार Marhum Moin Akhtar के साथ उनका यह शो सैटायर विधा में शायद सबसे लोकप्रिय और सबसे रचनात्मक शो कहा जाएगा. इसके 417 एपिसोड हुए और सारे शो एक से बढ़कर एक.ऐसी शख्सियत के साथ इंटरव्यू एक सपने के सच होने जैसा था. जाहिर है यह इंटरव्यू उनकी टेलीविज़न के सामने वाली शख्सियत के अलावा उसके इतर पहलुओं की भी पड़ताल करता है. मसलन उनकी पत्नी द्वारा उन पर लिखी गई किताब, उनके बेटे बिलाल मकसूद का मशहूर म्यूज़िक बैंड, हिंदुस्तानी संगीत की महान शख्सियतों के साथ उनका रिश्ता आदि.पूरा इंटरव्यू देखने के लिए क्लिक करे: http://bit.ly/NLInterviewAnwarMaqsood See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Newslaundry, in collaboration with the India Data Portal project of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB, is organising a series of monthly webinars on specific datasets created by the platform, which is a one-stop open-access portal for journalists to access, interact with and visualise information, data and knowledge on agriculture and financial inclusion.The first webinar, titled “Indian Economy and Covid: Insights from Data” and organised on August 28, was moderated by Meghnad S, associate editor at Newslaundry. The panelists were Paojel Chaoba of the Frontier; Mitali Mukherjee of the Wire; Sukirat, Punjabi writer and columnist; Prerna Mukharya, founder of Outline India; Ashwini Chhatre, executive director of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy.Mukherjee describes the Indian economy as being in a “state of mess” now. Though “economic slowdown” seems to be a vague idea, she says, its impact will be personal for the majority of the people. She points out that the pandemic has caused job losses and salary cuts and limited work opportunities for new entrants into the job market. Further, the service sector, one of the Indian economy’s stronger performers, has been the worst hit. MSMEs have also been disproportionately affected.  Talking about the coronavirus situation in Manipur, where he is based, Chaoba points out the people there are living relatively normal lives. This is mainly because they rely on agriculture as the primary source of income. Moreover, since the people of Manipur are used to having limited access to education and healthcare facilities, their daily lives haven’t been affected as much by the pandemic as those in other places. Surkirat says more than the pandemic, the nationwide lockdown imposed in March to contain it did the most damage in his home state of Punjab. There had been only one Covid-19 death in Punjab until then, he adds, but the lockdown led to unnecessary panic, which, among other disastrous consequences, has brought the newspaper industry to the brink of collapse. Mukharya cites an ILO report estimating that the pandemic could push “400 million Indians into object poverty”. A major reason for this is migrants being forced to return to their villages from cities due to the lack of work. There are limited job opportunities for them in rural India and so they face unemployment. She notes that four out of 10 women have become unemployed since March. The virus disproportionately affects women since they work in sectors like education and domestic labour, which are the worst impacted by Covid-19.  Lamenting the inaccessibility and unreliability of government data, Chhatre underlines the need for private organisations to enter the data collection space. If data is digitised and made more accessible, he says, it will be harder to manipulate. The India Data Portal is one such endeavour. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this interview, former Republic TV journalist Tejinder Singh Sodhi sits down with Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande to discuss the events surrounding his resignation letter, which has now become viral on social media. Tejinder Sodhi has been a journalist for about 18 years and prior to joining Republic TV he had worked for organisations like PTI, Hindustan Times and The Tribune. He is also the only Indian civilian to have studied at the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth. On the reasons prompting his resignation from Republic TV on 5th August, Sodhi recounts how the organisation has no concept of exit interviews. The company is least concerned about the reasons surrounding anyone’s resignation from the organisation which is why he made it a point to write a separate note outlining his reasons aside from his resignation letter that he sent almost a month later. He says that while there were several reasons for his leaving, the fact that the staff was treated terribly was one of the most prominent reasons. He also cites instances where for a story he was made to compromise his ethics and resort to tactics like protesting with placards outside party offices. With regards to the Sunanda Pushkar case, he recalls how one of his colleagues was under so much pressure for an exclusive story that he suffered a heart attack while in office. Similar events surrounded another resignation from a reporter who was unable to get Rhea Chakroborty’s interview for the channel. On the subject of his time at Republic TV, Sodhi recalls how the channel while campaigning against nepotism also actively supported it. An interview that had previously been granted to Mr. Sodhi was reassigned to a close crony of Arnab Goswami which is what triggered his resignation. He also recalls how reporters were constantly asked to focus on a particular angle while reporting their stories which was centred around bashing a particular political party. With respect to the reporters mandate at Republic, Sodhi says that while he was never explicitly asked to not do a story on the BJP, the manner in which the stories were given prominence via the Mumbai desk made the bias very obvious. Since he headed the Jammu office for Republic, Sodhi recalls how while reporting about Mufti or Abdullah the channel would always focus on the one comment in their speeches that could be utilised to call them anti national and focussed all their energy on that.Watch. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dr Suraj Yengde is a scholar, writer, and the author of Caste Matters. He’s a Shorenstein Centre inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Initiative for Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability, Harvard Kennedy School, and the editor of Caste: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion.In this conversation with Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Suraj says the response to his book has been “interesting”. He didn’t expect people to be this interested in caste issues, especially in India, he says, where people tend to consume mostly cheap thrillers and don’t invest too much in such thoughtful subjects.Suraj says he tried to overcome some of his own insecurities in his book by including personal vignettes on growing up in a Dalit community. He also reveals that his hesitance in sharing his personal angst is strongly tied to feeling that he was “exploiting” his own story, because of the way narratives are built around Dalit identities in India.Watch the full interview: http://bit.ly/NLInterviewSurajYengde See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Barkha Dutt is one of India’s most prominent journalists. Currently, she helms her own news outlet, Mojo Story.She speaks with Abhinandan Sekhri of Newslaundry to talk about her experiences driving across India to cover the coronavirus crisis and the resultant migrant exodus.She also talks about the challenges of donning the hats of journalist and entrepreneur at the same time, her fallouts with promoters and whether small independent news operations can match the impact of the legacy media.Talking about her coverage of the migrant crisis, Barkha recalls that she had not planned to embark on a journey that would eventually take over a hundred days, covering thousands of miles. But the lack of Big Media attention or government intervention made her realise that she needed to give it full attention. “That end of the first week is when I realised that I can't sit inside my office, inside my house and tell the story. I didn't know the scale of what I was going to witness when I set forth, but I gave myself a week in the capital observing this, observing the invisibility of the story," she adds.She recounts some of the stories that impacted and stayed with her, how her team managed to travel and find places to stay in a pandemic while the country was on lockdown, and how it felt being in a PPE for a few hours.Asked why she has changed several organisations over the past few years, Barkha explains that she quit NDTV over the issue of editorial integrity and Tiranga TV because the employees hadn’t been paid their salaries.Barkha and Abhinandan also discuss the future of journalism, the new economic models Indian media are experimenting with, and why she would opt for the "Guardian mode" if she could.Watch the full interview: https://www.newslaundry.com/2020/08/25/nl-interview-barkha-dutt-on-covering-migrant-crisis-the-media-economy-and-falling-out-with-promoters See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don't really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let's make debates great again!In this episode of NL vs NL, Newslaundry’s Basant Kumar and Lipi Vats debate whether India is a secular country or not.Basant thinks it is, Lipi disagrees.Listen and tell us who you agree or disagree with, and why. Write to us at contact@newslaundry.com, or reach out to Basant and Lipi on Twitter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Professor Apoorvanand teaches Hindi at Delhi University, commentates on sociopolitical issues, produces literary and cultural critiques, and frequently lends his voices to progressive causes. For his activism, he has sometimes faced heat from the authorities. Early this month, his phone was seized and he was questioned by the Delhi Police about his role in the protests against the Citizenship law which they have alleged caused the communal violence in the city in February. Apoorvanand speaks with Chahak Gupta about his interrogation, his ideological leanings and his position on violence. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don't really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let's make debates great again!In this episode of NL vs NL, Manisha Pande and Newslaundry subscriber Aishwarya Mahesh debate whether workplaces should provide sick leave to their employees who might be battling mental health issues.Manisha thinks they should, Aishwarya disagrees.Listen and tell us who you agree or disagree with, and why. Write to us at contact@newslaundry.com, or reach out to Manisha and Aishwarya. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Can comedy and satire be tools of social change? How does this ecosystem interact with a large democracy like ours? When the perception of what is offensive changes from person to person, how do we define an “offence”? Are Indians too easily offended?To discuss these themes, Roli Pulse, the digital arm of Roli Books, in association with Newslaundry, brought together comedians Vir Das and Aditi Mittal, and Newslaundry co-founder Abhinandan Sekhri, in the sixth and final episode of this specially curated video series on the media landscape.On whether social media has made acceptable certain things that were once unacceptable, Aditi says, “Social media has enabled people to coagulate around things that are socially unacceptable — things that are bigoted, racist, sexist...And so people know now that if I say something ridiculous, I will get an invitation to Bigg Boss. And for a whole lot of people, that is a valid route to infamy.”As consumers of social media, Aditi adds, “we are the monsters that we are fighting. When we hate-share stuff or cringe-watch stuff, we’re adding to it.”Vir says, “If [something] is offensive, does that mean it should not exist, or does it mean it needs to be modified? Is it the only thing that’s offensive?” He also points out that what is defined as offensive changes “every five years or four years or three years or two years..."Listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don't really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let's make debates great again!In this episode of NL vs NL, Meghnad S and Newslaundry subscriber Abhishek Bagga debate on whether safetyism contradicts liberal values. Meghnad thinks it does, Abhishek disagrees.Listen and tell us who you agree or disagree with, and why. Write to us at contact@newslaundry.com, or reach out to Meghnad. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
N Venugopal Rao is a writer and the nephew of Varavara Rao, the poet who has been arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case. Varavara was arrested two years ago along with 12 other activists. He has been repeatedly denied bail and has been in poor health for the past month, testing positive for Covid on July 16.In this interview with Newslaundry’s Manisha Pande, Venugopal explains how the family was allowed a 20-minute long video call with Varavara by Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital, where he was shifted for treatment. Varavara appeared both physically and psychologically unwell during the call. Regarding his uncle’s involvement in the Bhima Koregaon case, Venugopal points out how the Elgar Parishad event, which preceded the violence in December 2017, had been organised by retired Justices BG Kolse-Patil and PB Sawant, who have already stated that they were the “main organisers and sole funders”. Varavara had never even visited Pune until the Pune police came to take him to jail in November 2018, Venugopal says.Varavara’s bail plea will be heard by courts today. The family is requesting bail on three major grounds: his age, health, and vulnerability to Covid. The plea was filed before he tested positive for the virus. Watch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vivek Kaul is an author, columnist and commentator, known for his Easy Money trilogy on the history of money and banking and the fundamental issue behind the global financial crisis. His latest book, Bad Money: Inside the NPA Mess and How It Threatens the Indian Banking System, focuses on the layers within layers of India’s non-performing assets problem.In this interview with Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Vivek kicks off by explaining how Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi have become the “poster boys” of the NPA mess in India, even though there’s an entire list of defaulters in the Parliament which hasn’t been spotlighted.To watch the full unedited interview, subscribe to Newslaundry.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ziya Us Salam is a journalist and author. Presently the associate editor of Frontline, he has been associated with the Hindu for over two decades. His latest book, Inside the Tablighi Jamaat, delves into the religious organisation accused by the governing establishment and the mainstream media of spreading “corona jihad” in India.In this conversation with Newslaundry’s Mehraj D Lone, Ziya begins by explaining the roots of the Jamaat, which is arguably India’s largest Muslim organisation. Its members were not intellectuals, he says, but poor, illiterate peasants who were barely able to recite a few verses from the Quran.Describing the Jamaat’s spiritual and ritualistic aspects, he says, “They never encourage youngsters, or senior members who come to them, to under the Quran.” In the context of his own experience with the organisation, Ziya says it rejected his proposal to distribute the meaning of the Quran in English, Hindi and Urdu, since the Jamaat focuses on reading the Quran to learn about the afterlife, he says, not to understand it.Will the recent backlash and allegations of “spreading Covid” change the Jamaat’s refusal to take a political stand? They live in a “social, political vacuum,” Ziya replies. “I don’t think they will change with Covid. They did not speak in 1992, they did not speak in 2002, they didn’t speak up in 2013. There is no likelihood that the Tablighi Jamaat will undergo any major change post Covid in 2020.”Watch. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tired of loud frothy-mouth, potty-mouth debates on primetime TV? Tired of sad character-limited fights on Twitter where you don't really learn anything? We have something that might excite you. Newslaundry presents a new podcast: NL vs NL. Let's make debates great again!In this episode of NL vs NL, Newslaundry subscribers Dhruv Thakkar and Yash debate on whether traditional currency should be replaced by cryptocurrency. Yash thinks it should be, Dhruv disagrees.Listen and tell us who you agree or disagree with, and why. Write to us at contact@newslaundry.com, or reach out to Dhruv and Yash See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nitin Pai is the director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy. In the episode of NL Conversations, he speaks with Meghnad S about policy, ideology and technology.Talking about “liberal nationalism”, he believes it can only exist in India, for elsewhere people will argue that it’s not possible to be “liberal” and “nationalist” at the same time. “Indian nationalism can work on a global scale because it does not insist on a single language, race and religion.”Nitin also discusses various ideologies and whether they make sense in today’s world. He complains that “we have become a society with no compassion” but maintains that the society is still “capable of looking after its weak”.Talking about India’s education system, he argued that it is important to think critically in today’s age of technology and complains that “the test system has killed education in this country.”Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Shivam Rastogi

It was great hearing both the parties. Please do continue your good work !

Jun 17th
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Upp

Plants do not have a central nervous system. There is no confirmed study that proves that plants have feelings. Whereas animals feel pain and fear just as humans do. They're tortured and raped.

Jun 1st
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tapan dixit

How can you get a meat eater to talk about Veganism!! You want us to take this debate seriously??

May 24th
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SANJAY GORA

Manisha speaks too fast and in a mumbling way to make relaxed listening difficult

Apr 14th
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