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All Indians Matter

All Indians Matter

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All Indians Matter is a digital home for conversations with and about India on the issues that truly matter. For most of our post-Independence years, this was done by the news media. However, in recent times, the media have been found wanting. As a result, the issues that should be highlighted are sidelined and the voices that should find a megaphone are muffled. This podcast is an effort to engage with everyone who cares about India, its Constitution, its liberal and secular values.

All Indians Matter is the creation of Ashraf Engineer, who was a senior journalist with some of India’s leading newspapers for 17 years. His media work included a stint in 2011 in Afghanistan, where he trained and mentored journalists. He subsequently quit the news media and is now part of the brand communication industry.

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Twitter: @allindianscount
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290 Episodes
India continues its free fall on the World Press Freedom Index. The latest edition has India at 161 out of 180 countries, a drop of 11 ranks. Even Afghanistan fares better! If the press is not free but beholden to that power, as we’re seeing today, it becomes an extension of that power. Those who refuse to become that extension are threatened and prosecuted. If the media is in peril, then so is our democracy. Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.
 A spate of deaths has given fresh life to the criticism levelled against the way cheetahs were introduced into Kuno in Madhya Pradesh. Not only has the Supreme Court expressed grave concerns at the implementation of the project, even several leading global experts say it is being handled badly. Concerns range from inadequate space to the focus being on publicity rather than conservation. What can India do to get Project Cheetah back on track? Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.  
Vinayak Deokar was abandoned when he was three months old. He was adopted, but lost his aging foster parents early. He struggled through life and, just as things got better, he was diagnosed with cardiac disease. During the course of his treatment, he met a four-year-old suffering from the same ailment. That turned out to be an inflection point. He has since then devoted his life to helping others. He runs the Mahatma Gandhi School in Pune, a free English-medium institution that ensures education for 425 orphans and children of prisoners, sex workers, single mothers, daily wagers and domestic workers. He details his journey to All Indians Matter.
An Oxfam report says almost two-thirds of the GST collection comes from the bottom 50% of the population. How does this happen and what are the solutions? Part of the answer lies in tweaking direct taxes – increase annual taxes on the richest 1%. These could span capital gains, inheritance, property and land taxes. Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.  
In the run-up to the Karnataka election, the BJP raised the spectre of a Uniform Civil Code again. No serious observer believes that it has the good of minorities or minority women on its mind. The code is, instead, a ploy to polarise voters and further suppress minorities. Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.
The media industry across the world, and particularly in India, is dominated by men and this naturally impacts how women’s issues are covered. This culture of exclusion has also affected women’s news consumption. In this context, a report that was published recently throws light not just on the lack of women in news leadership roles but also how greater engagement with women could revitalise the news industry. Luba Kassova, the report’s lead author, and Richard Addy, lead researcher, speak to All Indians Matter about how the Indian media can fix the gender imbalance.
The ethnic fire in Manipur may be cooling for the moment but discontent continues to simmer underneath. The dominant (largely Hindu) Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribes status means fewer government jobs and seats in educational institutions for the (largely Christian) Kuki tribals. The tug and pull over land rights only intensifies the volatility in the north-eastern state. Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.
Brij Bhushan Singh is somewhat of a star in the BJP – a bahubali who was part of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and six-time MP with clout within the Rajput community. The party calculated that he was too important and that the wrestlers’ protest would have no electoral fallout, and so it chose to brazen it out. What message does this send to our elite athletes and to women across the country? Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.  
81 lakh investor accounts were added in 2020-21 in India, an indicator of people’s willingness to invest. A key trend is microinvesting – putting very small amounts into financial instruments so that users don’t have to alter their lifestyles much. It’s catching on fast among the young. How does microinvesting work? And how can you make the most of it? Satyajeet Kunjeer, founder of microinvesting platform Deciml, speaks to All Indians Matter.
The India Justice Report 2022 points out serious shortfalls in recruitment of women and members of SC, ST and OBCs in the police and judiciary. This is of concern because, without proper representation, these institutions will seem inaccessible to disadvantaged groups and lack credibility. Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.  
A brutal heatwave is sweeping across India – a result of severe disruption in heat dissipation, with ecosystems like ponds, wetlands and jungles under attack, coupled with rising carbon emissions. This has serious economic and health implications and it requires a coordinated national plan. Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.
More than 4.7 crore cases are pending in courts across the country; 1.82 lakh for more than 30 years. There is a need to introduce a great deal of efficiency in the way our courts work. India needs to focus on information technology to energise and speed up courts while improving the quality of judgments. Arvind Singhatiya, CEO of LegalKart, who’s working to do just that, speaks to All Indians Matter.
The removal from textbooks of references to the Mughals, the 2002 Gujarat riots and Gandhi’s opposition to the saffron right wing is an attempt to rewrite history and push the Sangh agenda. At a time when education across the world is broadening to include new and inclusive global realities, education in India is getting constricted. It is a disservice to the nation and is unwarranted. Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.
India claims steadfast commitment to environmental laws, but its actions belie that claim – think more coal blocks being opened up for mining and forests under siege. Is India serious about environmental laws and their compliance? Susan L Ostermann, assistant professor of global affairs and political science at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, who’s just written the book ‘Capacity Beyond Coercion’ on the concept of regulatory pragmatism to explain variation in strategies used by Nepal and India to secure compliance with conservation, speaks to All Indians Matter.
The manhunt for  Sikh separatist Amritpal Singh brings into focus not just the danger he poses but also the underlying socioeconomic tensions in Punjab – from agriculture in decline to drugs and high unemployment. Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.  
Academic freedom and institutional autonomy have declined significantly in India since the Narendra Modi government came to power. This has been emphasised by independent studies but we don’t need them to see what’s going on. Why is academic freedom important to society and, indeed, individual freedoms? Suhas Palshikar, academician and social and political scientist, speaks to All Indians Matter.  
When our icons stay silent, they make a choice to condone oppression and abuse of the democratic process. To the people, it says it’s OK to not speak up. If you have a platform, you ought to take a stand. Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.
Among the various worries about, and threats to, Indian democracy is the capture of institutions, hobbling their independence and posing a threat to liberties and the democratic process. How does this happen and what does it mean for you? Christophe Jaffrelot, renowned political scientist and Indologist, speaks to All Indians Matter.
The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments for and against legalising same-sex marriages in India. The matter is not just about choice or sexuality, but human rights. If two consenting adults want to enter into a legal union that, for many, is the ultimate step in love, who is the government or anyone else to stand in the way? Marriage would mean same-sex couples could own property together, have joint bank accounts, have inheritance rights, etc. And these are vital for normal, everyday living. It’s time to make same-sex marriage legal in India. Please listen to the latest episode of All Indians Matter.
India is poised to have more than 60 cities with a population of more than one million each and six megacities with populations of at least 10 million each by 2030. But, our urban centres are hardly well managed. The growing urban population will strain resources like water and energy, infrastructure like roads, services like waste management and healthcare. So, how we manage our resources and plan infrastructure and services will be critical. Increasingly, it is being understood that technology will have a huge role to play. It’s time to address the challenges in implementing technology and data-driven urban governance. Sarayu Natarajan, founder of Aapti Institute, which works on questions at the intersection of technology and society, speaks to All Indians Matter.
Comments (3)


what an episode 🙌🏼

Mar 1st


nice podcast avoid political figures so as to focus on the matter.

Dec 12th

umesh pednekar

Change your podcast name to all Muslim life matter. Such a biased podcast.

Dec 11th
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