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Kashmir suffers from economic losses of more than Rs.17,000 crores, says the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry report, following the Jammu and Kashmir reorientation and the internet shutdown. They say that tourism, handicrafts and horticultural trade have been majorly impacted.  According to the Global Cost of Internet Shutdowns in 2019 report, India has lost $1.3 million in 2019 due to Internet Shutdowns.  In this episode of The Suno India Show, we speak to the president of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Sheikh Ashiq to understand the extent of impact they had observed in their report.
In the recent protests in UP against the Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) and the National Register of Citizens(NRC), the government has tried various ways to snub the voices of protestors. One such is the voice of Sandeep Pandey, magsaysay award winner and a social activist who was put under house arrest thrice under the pretext of preventive custody without any papers.  In this episode of The Suno India Show,  we reached out to him to understand the current situation in Uttar Pradesh and why he compares it with the Freedom Struggle. For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
The anti Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) and the National Register of Citizens(NRC) Protests turned violent in many states across the country but in Uttar Pradesh the violence was beyond imagination. More than 20 people were killed and the Chief Minister of the state announced that the properties of the protestors will be seized as compensation for damage to public property. Ironically with free hand from the government there were also incidences of police going on rampage and damaging property which was overlooked. Suno India Editor, Padma Priya talks with Nakul Singh Sawhney, an Indian documentary filmmaker who has extensively worked on issues of communalism, honour killing, labour rights and social justice to discuss if police brutality during violence is new or if it has been happening more now.  For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
The National Population Register was designed to be maintained by Registrar General of India and was subsequently linked to Census 2011 and carried out along with it by the Register General of India. The register was further updated in 2015, when more data was collected. The National Population Register data was used for other activities like Socio-Economic Caste Census, Aadhaar Voter id linking in the past until the Aadhaar Act of 2016 was framed. The current version of National Population Register along with census 2021 will be carried using a mobile application. National Population Register is the mother database of National Register of Citizens (NRC). To talk about these registers, Suno India editor Padma Priya talks to Cyber Democracy host Srinivas Kodali. For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
On Sunday, January 5th 2020, a masked mob comprising over 40-50 people armed with iron rods, sticks and stones stormed one of Delhi’s most esteemed universities, Jawaharlal Nehru University and attacked students and teachers. Aishe Ghosh, JNU Students Union President was brutally beaten up by masked men. Over 23 students and one professor Sucharita Sen were among those injured. According to multiple news reports, the right wing student group ABVP and its members were behind the attacks. According to eyewitnesses, including many journalists, the attacks took place under the noses of Delhi police who as per videos which have surfaced also escorted some attackers outside the campus. A whatsapp group ( where the attack was allegedly coordinated also points fingers towards ABVP with one of its members accepting on prime time news that ABVP had asked the students to arm itself. Delhi police has once again come under attack for siding with the administration & for dereliction of duty. ABVP on the other hand accuses the Left student body for orchestrating the attacks and pinning it on them.  Yogendra Yadav, President of Swaraj India and activist was also manhandled outside the university campus on Sunday evening where he had reached upon receiving news of the attacks.  For this episode of The Suno India Show, our researcher, Kunika Balhotra reached out to Yogendra Yadav to know why the JNU attack took place and more.  For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
A few days ago, The United Nations Human Rights Office issued a statement condemning the “fundamentally discriminatory” Citizenship Amendment Act. While welcoming the goal of protecting persecuted groups, the UN Body called out against the exclusion of Muslims including minority sects. The statement pointed out that the new law “undermines” the commitment to equality enshrined in India's constitution. The Act also goes against India's obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention for the Elimination of Racial; both of which prohibits discrimination based on racial, ethnic or religious grounds. The Suno India Show editor Padma Priya reached out to Pia Oberoi, senior advisor on migration, UN Human Rights office to understand their concerns around the CitizenShip amendment act. For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
RySS (Rythu Sadhikara Samstha) is a not-for-profit company supported by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. It is responsible for implementing natural farming practices across the state. To spread natural farming, they work primarily with WSHGs (Women Self-Help Groups). In this episode, G Muralidhar, RySS’s mentor/senior consultant talks about how the WSHG movement that happened in AP helped their program.  For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
On December 12th India formally approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Act which seeks to amend the definition of an illegal immigrant for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without documentation. The passing of the act has seen widespread protests across India. The legislation applies to those who were “forced or compelled to seek shelter in India due to persecution on the ground of religion”. It aims to protect such people from proceedings of illegal migration. The cut-off date for citizenship is December 31, 2014, which means the applicant should have entered India on or before that date. Indian citizenship, under present law, is given either to those born in India or if they have resided in the country for a minimum of 11 years. The act also proposes to incorporate a sub-section (d) to Section 7, providing for cancellation of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) registration where the OCI card-holder has violated any provision of the Citizenship Act or any other law in force The govt says that these minority groups come to India, a predominantly Hindu majority country yet secular in nature, escaping persecution in Muslim-majority nations. But the logic is not consistent – the Act, for instance, does not protect all religious minorities, nor does it apply to all neighbours. The Ahmedia Muslim sect and even Shias face discrimination in Pakistan. Rohingya Muslims and Hindus face persecution in neighbouring Burma, and Hindu and Christian Tamils in neighbouring Sri Lanka. The government responds that Muslims can seek refuge in Islamic nations, but has not answered the other questions related to this. In that sense, the CAA is an exclusionary Act by nature & not inclusive.  Following the passing of the CAA,  protests broke out in Assam where the government had implemented a statewide NRC which left 19 lakh people off the final list, an overwhelming part of them being Hindus. Those from northeast of India contest that CAA is an anti-indigenous law and is aimed at naturalising those Hindus who were declared illegal through the NRC process. The protests then spread across other North-Eastern states and the internet was soon suspended. Simultaneous protests broke out in Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh & then in Jamia Milia Islamia University in Delhi, whose students contest that the CAA, when seen in conjunction with NRC, is not only unconstitutional but also impacts the secular fabric of Indian constitution. Three days back what were peaceful protests being held by students of Jamia and Aligarh universities turned violent with police barging into hostels and libraries and brutally attacking students.  In this episode of The Suno India Show, we bring to you voices of students of Jamia from before the clashes with police and after. This story has been reported by our intern Rishabh Jain, Senior journalist Menaka Rao and Kunika Balhotra.  Rishabh is a student of Jamia and recorded this interview a day before the violent attack by Delhi police. Menaka Rao went to the hospitals and spoke to students who were injured and their families. And our researcher, Kunika attended a press conference organised by activists and students of Jamia and AMU and interviewed Fawaz on what has happened at AMU and how the atrocity is as bad if not worse than what has happened at Jamia. For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
The Citizenship Amendment Act, which received President’s approval last week have sparked nationwide protests. Many voices of dissent have sprung against the exclusion of Muslims from seeking refuge under the Act. CAA provides refuge to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Christians from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.  While in Assam protests have broken out against the Act for what is being termed anti-indigenous nature, in other parts of the country such as Hyderabad, the CAA when seen in conjunction with the upcoming nationwide NRC has caused anxiety among Muslims. In this episode of The Suno India Show, our editor Padma Priya discusses the issue with prominent Hyderabadis Bizet Banerjee, Mohd Nayeem and Yunus Lasania, host of Beyond Charminar. The episode also brings to fore voices of protestors who participated in a protest organised by student unions at Arts College in Osmania University. Additional reporting and editing by Vaishali Pandiyen. For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
December 5th marked the 4 month anniversary of the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A and suspension of internet services and phone lines in Jammu & Kashmir. In order to restore democracy and peace, a ‘Restoration of Democracy March’ was held from Jammu to Srinagar.  To know more about the march and the current scenario in the state, we reached out to the organisers, Mr Rajendra Narayanan and Mr I.D. Khajuria of J&K Forum for Peace and Territorial Integrity.  For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
On 26th November 2019, The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha was passed with 70 yes votes and 55 no votes ( ignoring the protests by the transgender community and the demand by several opposition members to send the bill to a select committee. In this episode, we reached out to Vqueeram Aditya Saha and Shume Banerjee to know more about the bill and why the community is against the Bill.   For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
In this episode of The Suno India show, Padma Priya reached out to senior journalist Nitin Sethi whose series ( based on documents received by RTI activist  Commodore Lokesh Batra has exposed some more of the issues within the electoral bond system. The articles revealed that from RBI to the Election Commission of India- all had expressed concerns on the electoral bonds scheme. It also revealed that despite these reservations from these two institutions, the finance ministry lied in the parliament that there were no such concerns raised. The RTIs also revealed how SBI maintains an alphanumeric code which helps it keep track of the identity of the donors as well as to which party the donation went to.  For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
On November 9,  the Supreme Court passed the judgement in one of the longest-running legal cases in Indian history- the Ayodhya land case. The court ruled that different land will be allotted to the Muslims for the construction of the Mosque. The Apex court directed that a suitable plot of land measuring five acres was directed to be handed over to Sunni Waqf Board either by the Central Government or the State Government. Sunni Waqf Board at liberty to construct a Mosque at the allotted land. The Court also directed the Centre to come up with a scheme to set a trust. The possession of the inner and outer courtyards of the disputed structure has been given to this trust. The court further observed for construction of a temple at the disputed site, the Court observed.  The verdict also stated that the demolition of Babri Masjid was illegal and a criminal act.  The unanimous verdict was delivered by a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer. Soon after the interview,  The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said on November 27th that it will file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya ( title suit before December 9. Another Muslim organisation Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind today also said that it will file a review petition, challenging the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict and a draft of the plea was ready and that it is likely to submit it in court on December 3 or December 4. On the other hand, the Sunni Wakf board has decided against filing a review. 91 Muslim lawyers, journalists, actors, social activists, businessmen and Islamic scholars from across India have opposed the decision of several Muslim litigants ( in the case to challenge the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision who said the continuation of the dispute in court would fuel anti-Muslim propaganda and Islamophobia and aid communal polarisation. Suno India reached out to Aakar Patel, a well-known journalist and Director of Amnesty International India to understand his views on this judgement. For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
Smashboard is an alternative social media network with special features for people of all genders to fight patriarchy. The founders call it a space where people can connect and engage with one another to seek or offer support but to smash the patriarchy.  On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we bring you this special episode with Noopur Tiwari, President and Founder of Smashboard. For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
"Superbugs" is a term used to describe strains of bacteria that are resistant to the majority of antibiotics commonly used today. They do this by killing the bacteria or by keeping them from copying themselves or reproducing. Before scientists discovered antibiotics in the 1920s, many people died with minor bacterial infections. Then penicillin was discovered in the 1940s and suddenly people could survive what used to be fatal infections. Fast forward to 21st century and we are slowly heading towards an era where superbugs will define our future. The diminishing impact of antibiotics is a global health crisis and India has become its ground zero. Superheroes Against Superbugs is an initiative that was launched in Hyderabad in 2018 to build a community dedicated to tackling this crisis. Superheroes Against Superbugs uses comics and other innovative methods to engage with school students & create awareness about antibiotics, its use and the impact of its overuse. So for this World Antibiotic Awareness Week, we bring to you this special episode of The Suno India Show featuring Dr. Ponnari Gottipati, a Research Management, Science Education and Engagement consultant in Hyderabad who has experience of working with educational organisations. You will also hear from Dr Somdatta Karak, a trained molecular and cellular Neuroscientist who handles science communication at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
A discussion featuring guest host Srinivas Kodali & cybersecurity expert Anand Venkatanarayan where they discuss the cyber attack on Kudankulam nuclear plant. They also discuss the controversy surrounding the breach of WhatsApp accounts held by Indian activists, journalists and politicians by Pegasus an Israeli malware and it's implications for the data privacy of individuals in India as well as the geopolitics of cyberspace. For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
Did you know that cancer in children constitutes 5.5% of total cancer cases in India according to the Indian Council for Medical Research? A study published in 2016 stated that this percentage has more than doubled from the previous decade. However, only a small percentage of children suffering from cancer receive or are able to complete the treatment. While cure rates for common childhood cancers are over 80% in the developed world, in India, they hover around 30%.  On the occasion of National Cancer Awareness Day, we bring this special episode featuring a conversation with Dr. Sudha Sinha, Medical Oncologist, American Oncology Institute, Hyderabad. For more stories like this, you can listen to ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
On Thursday, the election results for 286 assembly constituencies of Maharashtra were declared. The Bharatiya Janta Party secured a total of 105 seats and its alliance partner Shiv Sena 56 seats. The Congress won 44 seats and The nationalist congress party led by Sharad Pawar won 54 seats. Despite the Shiv Sena and BJP alliance bagging majority seats, the tussle for power continues with Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray wanting a chief ministerial position for Aaditya Thackerey in two years time. On Saturday, while addressing party MLAs, Thackrey also hinted that the party would explore other options if the BJP didn’t honor the 50-50 power-sharing agreement, presumably agreed upon during the Lok Sabha elections.  Hardening stand on an equal division of the chief ministerial tenure, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut last night told NDTV and I quote "We will see how they do not share the post of the chief minister. Both the parties agreed on 50:50 power-sharing formula. There is no need to explain it in detail." To understand more about what these results mean for the politics of Maharashtra, The Suno India Show reached out to Tushar Dhara, a journalist with the Caravan magazine. Even as we air this interview, it is to be noted, that Shiv Sena has got support from two legislators - PJP MLA Omprakash alias Bachhu Kadu and Rajkumar Patel - from Prahar Janshakti Party (PJP), taking its total seat tally to 60. For more stories like this, you can listen on ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
On Thursday, Haryana ended with a hung assembly with the ruling party BJP emerging with 40 seats but still six short of the halfway mark needed to form the next government. The split verdict triggered hectic political activity with two independents, the infamous Gopal Kanda and Ranjeet Singh boarding flights to Delhi for a meeting with BJP leadership.  By Friday afternoon, things had progressed quite a bit with the independents pledging their support to BJP thereby paving way for Khattar-led BJP party to stake claim to form the government again. The Congress won 31 seats, the Jannayak Janta Party won 10 seats in its maiden elections and the Indian National Lok Dal and Haryana Lokhit party one each. Aam Aadmi Party which contested 46 seats was completely decimated. Eight ministers of the state cabinet lost the elections and only 2 out of 10 ministers who were fielded by the BJP will be returning to the state assembly. The Suno India Show reached out to Ajoy Ashirwad, Deputy Editor of The Wire who has extensive political reporting experience to understand more what the Haryana results mean for the BJP and for the future of Congress party led by Bhupinder Hooda in Haryana. For more stories like this, you can listen on ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
On August 31, Government of India published the final National Register of Citizens also known as NRC for the state of Assam. This highly controversial register is a part of a Supreme Court-monitored process that catered to the long-standing demand by several organizations for detection of foreigners living in the state.  This episode of the podcast is reported by Anupam Chakraborthy, an independent journalist based in Guwahati in Assam. He traveled to Bongaigaon district in Lower Assam to hear the plight of a family whose nine-year old girl was declared a foreigner even as her parents are Indian citizens. He also brings to fore the story of Asbahar Ali, who was taken to the detention camp allegedly for assuming an identity of another person. To discuss NRC in detail and the effect it is having on families and children, Anupam also spoke with Syed Burahun Rahman Advocate, Guwahati High Court.  For more stories like this, you can listen on ( . Also follow us on Facebook ( , Twitter ( or Instagram ( .
Comments (9)

Ateesh Baranawal

After listening your couple of episodes like on CAB, i am feeling you are quite biased. You are only against current government, why can't you be neutral and talk about atrocities on police also on CAB topic. Being against government is fine but bring both sides of the thoughts to your podcasts. I am tired of podcast who are either bhakts or only anti bjp. Why cant any podcast be neutral. unsubscribing your podcast. waste of time.

Dec 25th

Pratap Nair

Very informative good episode on Electoral Bonds

Nov 29th
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Rahul Kapoor

good conversation

Aug 16th
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ayush sharma

Audio quality is really poor

Jun 24th
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