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ThePrint.in is a news, analysis, opinion & knowledge venture, launched in August 2017 by editor Shekhar Gupta. It is sharply focused on politics and policy, government and governance. Its leadership team includes India’s most experienced & respected journalists with proven track records in the finest news organisations. We are headquartered in New Delhi, & are in the process of building a network across India because we believe in investing in high-quality investigative & questioning journalism.
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BJP president JP Nadda carried out an organisational reshuffle on the weekend, appointing 12 vice-presidents, 8 general secretaries, 13 secretaries and other office-bearers. The list includes several ‘turncoats’ or those who defected from other parties and ‘losers’ who haven’t won a single direct election. ThePrint's political editor DK Singh explains how in this episode of Politically Correct.
The Brazilian capital of the Amazonas state, Manaus, was a major hotspot for Covid in May. But after tens of thousands of deaths, the city is now seeing a drop in cases and deaths as the virus runs out of people to infect. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh looks at these findings and what the costs of natural herd immunity are. 
With anti-Shia street protests by radical groups of Sunni Right rising in Pakistan, sectarian tension has made a comeback. In episode 579 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta traces the tension back to its root, lists the evolving Sunni sectarian outfits in Pakistan and explains the conflict. ----more----Read the Dawn article here: https://www.dawn.com/news/1571733----more----Read the Arab News article here: https://www.arabnews.com/node/1732981/world ----more----Read the Smithsonian Magazine article here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/iraqs-oppressed-majority-95250996/----more----Read Ayesha Siddiqa's article here: https://theprint.in/opinion/shia-sunni-rift-on-rise-in-pakistan-but-imran-khan-govts-silence-may-be-strategic/511942/
Oldest ally of the BJP, the Shiromani Akali Dal has exited from the NDA, in the footsteps of the Shiv Sena. In episode 578 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta underlines the big fundamental shift it marks in national politics. Also, a word on Vajpayee era BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh.
New evidence has emerged about China’s large-scale destruction of mosques, mazars and continued building of detention centres for its Uyghur Muslim population in Xinjiang. In episode 577 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta explains where the tensions rise from, the geo-strategic picture of Xinjiang & the Muslim World’s silence.Research by Taran Deol, Unnati Sharma & Srijan Shukla----more----View the ASPI report here: https://xjdp.aspi.org.au/----more----Read the article by Col Vinayak Bhatt (retd) here: https://theprint.in/world/china-separates-kids-from-parents-in-xinjiang-gulags-as-uyghur-muslim-suppression-mounts/261608/----more----Read Mike Pompeo's article here: https://www.state.gov/ccpabuses----more----Read the New York Times report here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/25/world/asia/xinjiang-china-religious-site.html----more----Read Abduweli Ayup article here: https://medium.com/@yanmaymiz/4-577-uyghurs-stories-we-documented-in-istanbul-417b0c5b4589
Astronomers working on the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission have discovered pieces of the asteroid Vesta on the asteroid Bennu. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh looks at these findings and how they got there.
After the arrest of Rhea Chakraborty in a drugs case following the death of her boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor & others are summoned by NCB. In episode 576 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta explains India’s messy drug laws, how they evolved & the price of over-criminalisation.
Fish kills or mass fish die-offs are becoming increasingly common, leading to toxicity in river waters. Turtles play a crucial role in fixing this problem. ThePrint’s Science Editor, Sandhya Ramesh, takes a look at new findings that explain the critical role played by turtles in freshwater ecosystems.----more----Supplementary reading:Nature paper : Scavenging by threatened turtles regulates freshwater ecosystem health during fish kills: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-71544-3----more----Mongabay: Bringing freshwater turtles out of their shells and into the spotlight: https://india.mongabay.com/2020/03/bringing-freshwater-turtles-out-of-their-shells-and-into-the-spotlight/
Three new Labour Codes were passed besides one passed earlier, as Parliament’s curtailed session reached its conclusion. Shekhar Gupta simplifies the reformist impact of the four codes and explains the politics & controversy over them.----more----Read Moushumi Das Gupta’s articles on labour laws here: 1. https://theprint.in/india/governance/social-security-soon-for-freelancers-zomato-swiggy-delivery-personnel-ola-uber-cab-drivers/487710/----more----2. https://theprint.in/india/governance/directly-employed-self-employed-also-migrant-workers-under-modi-govts-new-definition/466721/----more----3. https://theprint.in/india/governance/govt-to-relax-penal-provisions-in-draft-social-security-code-to-improve-ease-of-doing-business/488246/----more----4. https://theprint.in/india/governance/illegal-to-increase-factory-work-hours-from-8-to-12-parliamentary-panel-to-labour-ministry/465004/----more----5. https://theprint.in/india/reduce-gratuity-payment-period-to-1-yr-extend-it-also-to-daily-wagers-parliament-panel-says/473085/----more----6. https://theprint.in/india/governance/lok-sabha-passes-3-labour-codes-as-opposition-parties-boycott-over-mps-suspension/508524/----more----View the list of Central Labour Laws here: https://labour.gov.in/sites/default/files/Central%20Labour%20Acts_0.pdf----more----
West Bengal, which votes next year, should be told who will replace Mamata Banerjee if the BJP was to pull off the big win, and that Narendra Modi will only remain an influence, not the campaign’s driving force, argues News Editor Ruhi Tewari in her column #PoliTricks.
Ministers in the  Narendra Modi government are being economical with the truth in their answers to questions from Parliamentarians this monsoon session, be it on the current India-China face-off at the Line of Actual Control, Covid management, PM CARES-Fund or any other issue of public concern. Their answers are not factually incorrect but don’t give out the whole truth either, says ThePrint's Political Editor D K Singh
India and China have had their sixth round of talks to resolve the Ladakh crisis, with a diplomat from the Ministry of External Affairs attending the military-level dialogue for the first time since the two foreign ministers met in Moscow on September 10. ThePrint's National & Strategic Affairs editor Jyoti Malhotra argues in her column, Global Print, that there are 4 options in front of both countries to resolve the crisis : China should withdraw and return the LAC to status quo ante, both countries could descend into a hot, shooting war, both nations should accept each other's transgressions and PM Modi should play the diplomatic card by refusing to attend the SCO & BRICS summits later this year and shaming China.
Corp Commander-level talks between India and China have resumed, went on for over 14 hours but to no avail. Meanwhile new details on Chinese buildup along LAC emerge.  In episode 574 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta dissects the details & war-games China’s motivations.----more----Read Snehesh Alex Philip's article here: https://theprint.in/defence/china-has-more-than-doubled-its-military-positions-at-lac-since-doklam-new-report-says/507938/----more----Read the Stratfor article here: https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/military-drive-spells-out-chinas-intent-along-indian-border----more----Read the column by Brig Sanal Kumar (retd) here: https://theprint.in/opinion/lac-unlikely-to-return-to-pre-2020-state-india-must-swallow-bitter-pill-settle-with-china/507979/----more----Read the column by Lt Gen HS Panag (retd) here: https://theprint.in/opinion/india-sits-on-black-top-with-helmet-under-its-boots-a-1962-tactics-by-china-is-now-likely/498462/----more----View all the maps by @detresfa_ here: https://twitter.com/detresfa_/status/1308346493703606272?s=21 
West Bengal, which votes next year, should be told who will replace Mamata Banerjee if the BJP was to pull off the big win, and that Narendra Modi will only remain an influence, not the campaign’s driving force, argues News Editor Ruhi Tewari in her column #PoliTricks.
#PureScience #Covid19 The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine has now had two participants report rare neurological reactions in a span of two months. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh takes a look at these concerning findings and the implications for the viability fo the vaccine. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AstraZeneca, Under Fire for Vaccine Safety, Releases Trial Blueprints https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/health/astrazeneca-vaccine-safety-blueprints.html?smid=tw-share --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Participant information sheet: https://covid19vaccinetrial.co.uk/files/cov002pisages18-55yearsv11011sept2020pdf --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine study put on hold due to suspected adverse reaction in participant in the U.K. https://www.statnews.com/2020/09/08/astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-study-put-on-hold-due-to-suspected-adverse-reaction-in-participant-in-the-u-k/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
India has now entered its seventh month of the pandemic and there seems to be no flattening of the curve in sight. Meanwhile countries with diverse systems like China and Taiwan have handled the outbreak pretty well, and Pakistan, quite remarkably, seems to have bent the graph. In episode 573 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta lifts the layers from these crowded nations’ performance in the pandemic. ----more----Read Peter Hessler's New Yorker article here: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/17/how-china-controlled-the-coronavirus----more----Read Karachi’s Sero Survey report by Oxford’s Journal of Public Health here: https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdaa170/5906459----more----Read Aneesha Bedi's report here: https://theprint.in/in-pictures/god-wont-let-anything-happen-to-us-no-masks-social-distancing-at-golden-temple-amid-covid/506888/----more----Watch Fareed Zakaria's video here: https://twitter.com/FareedZakaria/status/1307739087890255872
While the farm ordinances have been raking up a storm in Parliament, the Modi government has introduced another set of amendments, in the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). The opposition is calling it an assault on dissent. In episode 572 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the tough law, and why it’s a case of everybody being complicit.
Modi govt’s 3 agriculture reform bills have upset not only the opposition but also its ally Akali Dal . In episode 571 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta dives deep into what these reforms will do for the farmer, and cuts through cynical politics & hypocrisy.----more----Read Ilanomics on the three farm ordinances here:https://theprint.in/ilanomics/apmc-laws-had-shackled-farmers-modi-govts-ordinance-makes-them-as-free-as-other-sectors/453374/----more----https://theprint.in/ilanomics/why-modi-govts-contract-farming-ordinance-is-a-win-win-for-farmers-buyers-even-traders/448757/----more----https://theprint.in/ilanomics/modi-govt-walks-the-talk-on-agriculture-reforms-now-fix-the-loopholes/444307/
In his statements to both Houses of Parliament, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh avoided mentioning Depsang. In episode 570 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta dissects why the attention has shifted from Pangong Tso and Galwan Valley to the Depsang Plains, its geo-strategic weight & whether it is an offensive opportunity or a defender’s concern for India. 
Hundreds of migratory birds are dropping dead in parts of the US. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh takes a look at these deaths and the combination of factors being attributed as the cause.
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Comments (26)

Smileofbodha

great one

Sep 16th
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kanika govekar

please reduce the background music in the podcast

Sep 16th
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Mangal Tripathi

nice interview

Jul 18th
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Ginza George

Brilliant!

Jun 25th
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Ginza George

Yes, I don't want to see Chinese in my country. Like Jabin T Jacob, an expert on China in the country says, there shd be better dissemination of information on China into the public on a regular basis. Good Q & A, thank you.

Jun 21st
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Ginza George

Can you do a more comprehensive piece on this?

Jun 13th
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Ginza George

Kudos! Well-timed and in perspective.

Jun 9th
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Vijenath

It's surprising to see Shekhar ji finds good in everything done by erstwhile Congress and castists regional leaders but everything wrong in other governments. Looks he is enlightened by birth like Dynasts think, country is their ancestral property, jaagir. Self made people are disliked by chamchas. Listen to Shekhar ji's analysis excluding his opinions which are biased favorably to Congress.

Jun 5th
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ANMOL ARORA

Hey team, you've titles stories incorrectly. Atleast this one.

Jun 1st
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SANJAY GORA

yep seems to be a different story with wrong caption

May 31st
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Ginza George

Is there something wrong in here?

May 30th
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Ginza George

Beautifully explained.

May 28th
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Mandeep Sahni

@ThePrintIndia Please reduce the time of the Cut the clutter #podcast to half the time. You can split the episode topic wise and dedicate each episode to one #news topic only.

May 27th
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Ginza George

Lovely, Sandhya! Pl keep these coming :)

May 23rd
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Vijenath

Gupta ji didn't say farmers were much better or richer in last 60years in Congress govt or not any subtle hint. But Modi govt should keep his promise. So many rottening and deemed impossible problems have been tackled by present govt. Congress loyalists should start appreciating that to stay relevant. Political power is not for dynasties and their chamchas. It's for self made people.

May 15th
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Vijenath

Analysis is brilliant but with shade of Congress loyalty.

May 15th
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SANJAY GORA

why did we not hear about patent stage in other cases like Oxford vaccine etc. where will Israel apply for patent and will it get expedited rights and by when,?

May 6th
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ANMOL ARORA

Didn't add the link

Apr 20th
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Vijenath

As usual good analysis with tinge of bias towards leftist, pseudosecularist at the cost of country. Don't be communal about tablighi, what a shame. These people are spitting, urinating etc on health care workers but Shekhar ji ignores this but advises opposite.

Apr 10th
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Mandeep Sahni

I have discovered The Print #podcast only recently and heard lot of stuff related to #Coronavirus only. Mr. Shekhar Gupta is one of the best #News #journalist in #India as he doesn't just present the news or facts but explains them very well. #HindiPodcasts #Politics

Apr 8th
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