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On this podcast, Abhinandan and Rajyasree discuss celebrities, controversies, review the promo of Gold starring Akshay Kumar and Netflix's Lust Stories. Rajyasree felt that Atul Kochhar’s reaction to Quantico was extreme, to put it mildly. She also comments, “He’s a bit of a fool also because he’s sitting in Dubai, an Islamic country and you’re trash talking Muslims without thinking that there’ll be some repercussions.” Abhinandan adds, “Not only is he a bigot, he's also an idiot!” Rajyasree recaps the whole episode of Virat Kohli’s video post of his girlfriend Anushka Sharma rebuking a person for littering the road. As an experienced A/V professional, Abhinandan says, “Even when you consume video you must always question when you see a video what happened exactly fifteen seconds before this and what happened fifteen seconds after this.” He proceeds to explain his point by recreating a hypothetical dialogue. He concludes, “In this whole episode, no one comes out looking good. So next time, you have to do a good deed, do it and shut up.” Rajyasree talks about The Graham Norton Show episode in which Rihanna was light-heartedly called a ‘wine glass thief’. The episode quickly became a meal for media houses in India who ran it with horrible headlines, and the duo discusses the merit of the media coverage. Abhinandan describes the promo release of the film Gold. The duo finds the promo utterly bad. They talk about the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in which Robbie Williams who performed, showed his ‘middle-finger’ on air. Expressing dissatisfaction on his short appearance, Rajyasree says, “I thought it was blah He just sang four songs and he left.” Rajyasree also talks about how Robbie Williams once fit one of the ‘Spice Girls’ - his then-girlfriend in a suitcase to evade media. Speaking of the World Cup anthem, Abhinandan says, “It’s a shit World Cup song.” They discuss the new Netflix film-series, Lust Stories. Abhinandan says, “Either the directors did not get the brief, that this is lust stories or they made four films on whatever the fuck you want and then Netflix said let's club them together and call them Lust Stories.” He adds, “Putting in a random sex scene in an otherwise complicated relationship kind of defining film does not become a lust story. If you’re calling something Lust Stories you should explore lust.” He proceeds to enumerate his observations on the film and delivers a rant on Karan Johar. Rajyasree speaks about the fact that after 32 years of operation, Pixar Animation Productions has finally released a short film directed by a woman.
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श्रीनगर में गुरुवार की शाम राइजिंग कश्मीर के संपादक और उनके साथ मौजूद दो निजी सुरक्षाकर्मियों की अज्ञात हमलावरों ने गोली मारकर हत्या कर दी. बताया जा रहा है शुजात अपने दफ्तर से घर जाने के लिए निकले ही थे तभी उन पर यह हमला हुआ. सुनिए शुजात बुखारी की हत्या और कश्मीर में पत्रकारिता की चुनौतियों पर क्या है पत्रकारों की राय. इस सप्ताह चर्चा के पैनल में शामिल थे विस्फोट डॉट कॉम के संपादक संजय तिवारी, ओपिनियन लेखक आनंद वर्धन और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री रिपोर्टर अमित भारद्वाज. अतुल चौरसिया, न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक ने चर्चा का संचालन किया.
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access_time6 days ago
राइजिंग कश्मीर के संपादक शुजात बुखारी की अज्ञात हमलावरों द्वारा गोली मारकर हत्या, अखिलेश यादव पर सरकारी बंगले को क्षतिग्रस्त करने का आरोप, दिल्ली में आम आदमी पार्टी की सरकार और गवर्नर के बीच तनातनी, अलीगढ़ मुस्लिम विश्वविद्यालय में स्नातक की छात्रा पर धार्मिक भावनाएं आहत करने का मुकदमा आदि इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के प्रमुख विषय रहें. इस सप्ताह चर्चा के पैनल में शामिल थे विस्फोट डॉट कॉम के संपादक संजय तिवारी, ओपिनियन लेखक आनंद वर्धन और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री रिपोर्टर अमित भारद्वाज. अतुल चौरसिया, न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक ने चर्चा का संचालन किया.
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access_time7 days ago
NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where Manisha is back as host. And we have two guests on the panel to discuss #UrbanNaxal, plot to kill the PM, Assam lynching and Atul Kochhar’s tweets.
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access_time9 days ago
On this episode of Reporters Without Orders, Cherry is joined by Rohin and Amit. Parthshri Arora from Vice India also joins the panel. Informing the panel about Delhi government’s idea of statehood, Amit says, “When covering Aam Aadmi Party, there will be very dull days and there’ll be active days, and the days when the party or its leaders are active is the best as well as the worst day for any reporter covering that beat.” Speaking of media's coverage of the issue, Amit agrees with Cherry and states that for a news piece ‘breaking’ in the city, it [Delhi statehood] should have seen more coverage. Parth says that AAP does have a history of beefing up with Big Media. To which Amit replies, “Depends there’ll be times when AAP will be cheering for news organisations and editors and there’ll be times when they’ll be completely harsh and the attack will be very below the belt.” Rohin speaks about the Aligarh Muslim University controversy where a couple of students are facing criticism and a case of blasphemy because of a picture circulated on social media. The picture showed these AMU students drinking beer at a bar during Ramazan. He expresses resentment against the university administration and says, “If a university cannot support its students by expanding their limited freedom, if it cannot encourage students to challenge established notions; then that university going on to produce meritorious PhD scholars won't matter -- because it won’t make a better society.” Amit and Rohin speak about the bias in media coverage. Rohin points out that sections of the media refrained from covering this incident despite our knowledge of their general viewpoint on such matters. He explains, “They do not want a debate on the issue. They are simply bent upon creating a demarcation. They won’t hold a talk on ‘blasphemy’. But they’d create a divide by saying things like why so much noise over a Muslim’s faith being hurt and not (when a Hindu icon is disrespected ). This only emboldens the courage of fringe groups of all sections.” Parth speaks about Priyanka Chopra-starrer Quantico and Rega Jha's from Buzzfeed India. He says, “In terms of influence, which 26-year-old has ever wielded this much influence online, on discourse, on feminist issues, on anything really And she has now built this empire, the biggest, most influential youth media company in the country and now she’s just quitting. I think that’s incredibly big news! And she will be a thought leader. She will be so many things for the next thirty years. And we’ll get to see it.” According to Amit, Akhilesh Yadav vacating his official bungalow was underplayed by sections of the mainstream media. Cherry discusses the issue of Puthiya Thalaimurai TV that was booked by Tamil Nadu police for statements made by its guest during a debate. Parth says that in online media, the op-eds are run with a disclaimer at the end. So maybe, you could run a disclaimer that panelist’s views are their own. "Even then it's a grey area," he adds. Amit brings the panel's attention back to the issue of Delhi's statehood and Parth discusses Kejriwal's media strategy. To know more, listen up!
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This week’s Awful & Awesome has our hosts reviewing Rajnikanth-starrer Kaala and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Rajyasree talks about the Netflix series, The Staircase, which is a documentary on a murder investigation spanning 16 years. Abhinandan has some thoughts to share about the latest World Cup anthem. Rajyasree also discusses, “ABC sticking their neck out” for Priyanka Chopra in the latest Quantico controversy. Abhinandan seems to be a little late to the Veere De Wedding party but can't resist sharing his views on it. He says, “I enjoyed it. I didn’t think it was great and I didn’t get knocked out." He mentions the weakness of the film being that “it's made by a guy, so it is his kind of view” about women. He adds, “While it set out to be Dil Chahta Hai, it ended up being Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara." Getting to the films, Rajyasree states, “This is the first Rajinikanth film I have watched it was surprisingly understated." Abhinandan sheds light on the plot of the film and says, "There is a character Kaala, who is the head of a slum, Dharavi, the largest slum and his battle against a powerful politician/ builder." Rajyasree lauds the director for his explicit politics portrayed in the film. Abhinandan agrees that it is a “very brave film to make”. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is next on the list. Abhinandan is definitely unimpressed. He calls it a “really crappy film” that “sucked like a vacuum cleaner”. Abhinandan talks about the Jurassic Park concept that moulded itself into a movie in 1993 and how the portrayal of the same thing has worn out the content and the audience. He adds, “Now its just a money-making thing." The suicide of chef Anthony Bourdain has left both Rajyasree and Abhinandan stunned. Abhinandan talks about Bourdain's life on the road and the possibilities of that contributing to his depression. He adds, "(It is) lonely being on the road." Rajyasree informs us that “he had referred to his depression” in an interview before. She mentions, “He was a very intense man.” The release of the new World Cup anthem, ‘Live it up’ sung by Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi hasn't impressed Abhinandan much. Rajyasree says, “I only remember Shakira and Ricky Martin had sung one." Abhinandan informs, “World Cup anthems, there is no system for them to be chosen." He also adds, “If your song gets picked, the whole fucking world knows you." Rajyasree fangirls over Will Smith. She also talks about ‘Soccer Aid’ started by Robbie Williams in 2006 through which “they raise money for UNICEF…these players play for free”. Abhinandan says, “Football does so much good in the world”. Netflix series, The Staircase has got Rajyasree raving over how good it is! According to her, the documentary “has been shot over 16 years….first 8 episodes were originally aired in 2004”. Like other murder mysteries, this also doesn't really have a conclusion” but it is “spectacular the way they follow the family and the case, Rajyasree says. Abhinandan talks about the nature of documentaries and what adds to their credibility.
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access_time11 days ago
This week’s Just Sports is all about the World Cup and football madness. Both Samar Khan and Rahul Puri feel this World Cup is quite different because don’t have Netherlands, US, Chile and Italy playing. Rahul thinks the “number of countries in the category of 'can win it' has been reduced by two”. Clearly, this World Cup is not about the old favourites. Samar says: “It’s quite an open World Cup with many teams. The bookmakers favourite is Brazil with Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus. Brazil is the perennial favourite. But you cannot write off anyone this time. There is Germany, there is France.” Rahul agrees. He thinks the World Cup is quite open. Talking about Brazil, Rahul thinks it’s a “great offensive force” but he is sceptical that they would “play the most exciting football”. He thinks France is the most balanced side to watch out for. Rahul seems to agree: “They are a superb side, they have got goals, they have defensive solidity, midfield organisation and quality.” But Rahul seems a little more sceptical than Samar since he thinks France can get “too defensive”. Both of them talk about critics view about “ageing players” in Germany’s team. Rahul thinks they have got the “temperament, they know how to grind off games, and they are in a crucial group”. Talking about England, Samar feels they are “a perennial hyped-up group” who have the players but don’t make it. Rahul differs from Samir’s assessment of talent in England’s team. He thinks this England team is not the best one compared to the ones they have sent for previous World Cups. Rahul strongly feels they won’t make it beyond quarterfinals. Talking of the “underdogs”, both think that Belgium is a strong challenger. Listen up.
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यह बातचीत 25 मई, 2018 को फ्रांस के मध्ययुगीन गांव आईवर से स्विट्ज़रलैंड के जेनेवा तक की एक छोटे से क्रूज पर यात्रा के दौरान रिकॉर्ड किया गया है. बातचीत कर रहे दोनों व्यक्ति पेशे से पत्रकार हैं और इंटरनेशनल सेंटर फॉर जर्नलिस्ट्स, वाशिंगटन डीसी की एक फेलोशिप के तहत जेनेवा गए थे. पॉडकास्ट में न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री की बिराज स्वाइं और हिंदुस्तान के स्कन्द विवेक धर अपनी यात्रा के इतर खूबसूरत स्विट्ज़रलैंड और फ्रांस के ऐतिहासिक महत्व, आर्थिक महत्व और सांस्कृतिक खासियतों पर आपस में बातचीत करेंगे. दोनों पत्रकारों की बातचीत के मुख्य विषय हैं- 1- स्विट्ज़रलैंड का ऐतिहासिक महत्व, इसकी तटस्थता के कारण क्या हैं, कि इतने सारे वैश्विक संस्थानों का मुख्यालय इस छोटे से देश में है? 2- बॉलीवुड की रोमांटिक फिल्मों खासकर यशराज फिल्म्स में स्विट्ज़रलैंड ने क्या भूमिका अदा की है? 3- इस देश का दुनिया के फार्मास्यूटिकल्स, चॉकलेट और घड़ी उद्योग में क्या योगदान है? 4- साथ में स्विस बैंको का रहस्य जहां दोनों बताएंगे कि कैसे इस देश के तमाम बैंक दुनिया के काले धन की गंगोत्री बन गए? नॉमबैड खाता क्या है, ये कैसे काम करता है? इसके अलावा दोनों 71वें विश्व स्वास्थ्य सम्मेलन का भी गहराई से विश्लेषण करेंगे.
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प्रणब मुखर्जी का संघ के तृतीय वर्ष समारोह में संबोधन, कश्मीर में सीआरपीएफ की गाड़ी से कुचलकर एक युवक की मौत, शिलॉन्ग में दलित सिख और खासी आदिवासियों के बीच झड़प और हिंसा और इसी वर्ष हुए भीमा कोरेगांव हिंसा के संदर्भ में सामाजिक कार्यकर्ताओं का पुलिस द्वारा गिरफ्तारी रहे इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के मुख्य विषय. चर्चा की विशिष्ट अतिथि थी वरिष्ठ पत्रकार मनीषा भल्ला. साथ में पैनल में मौजूद थे न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के रिपोर्टर अमित भारद्वाज और उपसंपादक रोहिण कुमार. न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक ने चर्चा का संचालन किया.
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access_time14 days ago
NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where Abhinandan is joined by Manisha, Madhu and NDTV's Sunetra Choudhury. The panel discusses Kashmir unrest, Bhima Koregaon arrests, Shimla water crisis, Cobrapost and Al Jazeera stings and so much more.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 22: Media and farmers, Violation of Arms Act, Shillong violence and more
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access_time16 days ago
On this episode of Reporters Without Orders, the discussion kicks off with the issue of sale of swords and blades online, as reported by The Indian Express. Rohin says, “If we study the Arms Act (1959) and Arms Rules (2016), all non-fire arms that are over 9 inches in length and more than 2 inches in width require a license for both sale and purchase.” Rohin has also done a story on the same. For his story, Rohin also talked to a seller based in Jalandhar and tried to place an order for 1500 swords. He asked the seller if the delivery could be stopped on the way? To his surprise, the seller told him that a written note from a politician could be a good antidote. “You just get a written note from a politician. When the politician has given permission, who are the police to stop?” the seller told Rohin. He also speaks about the representation of the farmers' protests in TV media. “They are showing pictures that show farmers throwing vegetables and milk. They are trying to show that the viewer isn’t participating in the protests, but the farmers who are, are actually misbehaving, destroying the food supply.” Nidhi talks about the story of a woman who died of starvation as she did not have a ration card. This story was underplayed in the mainstream media, Nidhi says, adding, “In January this year, another woman died due to under nutritional exhaustion and the fact-finding team then said that she was denied the ration since October last year. This was because the Aadhaar-enabled machine in the local ration shop failed to authenticate her biometric.” The panel also discusses Nidhi's report on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle mowing down a young man during clashes after the Friday prayers in Srinagar. Cherry asks her, “Was there a sense of rage or fear among the locals when things started going out of hand?” Nidhi replies, “It was frenzy!” She says, “To just watch a man getting crushed under a vehicle like that is not fun.” Amit speaks about the tension brewing in Shillong, Meghalaya. Referring to an article by Scroll.in, Amit says, “These details were very important and somehow the national media ‘failed to report it’ until a delegation was sent by Captain Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab.” He adds, “It also shows how alarming the situation is on the ground.” Our Campus Politik editor Sumedha talks about Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC). She says, “June 30th is the deadline for the National Register of Citizens. This is a news has only been covered in fragments over the months ever since the first list came in December.” She adds, “2.9 million women, who are trying to submit their documents so that they get themselves verified, are not able to do so.” She adds, “These women are also facing threat and sexual harassment by local officials as well. There is a detailed investigation report that Al Jazeera covered. But I don’t see a lot of mention of this in the Indian media at least.” Cherry says that the follow-up to Cobrapost sting has been very weak in reference to the legal notices the website has been receiving. She also adds that Sudarshan TV also got a legal notice from Delhi Minorities Commission for allegedly airing a report where they referred to some locals from North Delhi's Bawana area as 'Rohingyas' and 'Bangladeshis'. Cherry says, “I went online to check the report It was slightly disturbing to find both the anchor and the reporter agreeing and implying that the high crime rates in the area was because of the area being dominated by Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis.” All this was without actual evidence being cited. “You’re not giving any evidence! Have you done a population census!?” she asks.
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access_time16 days ago
Abhinandan and Rajyasree are back this week to bring you the latest from the world of pop culture. Rajyasree reviews Veere Di Wedding, starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. She says, “In the first half of the film, it’s like none of them have bothered to read the script or learn their lines.” On asking why, she says, “Because they’re acting so terribly. It’s just horrible acting.” But what irritated Rajyasree most was the ridiculous product placement. “There’s Amul ice cream! These ‘rail thin’ women other than poor Shikha Talsania are shown as eating lots of Amul ice cream,” she adds. Abhinandan speaks about his experience dealing with clients as a filmmaker. He says that clients keep wanting the product placement to be ‘seamless’. Rajyasree talks about the film Get Out (2017) that won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and is finally available for viewing in India - but only on HBO. And she’s able to convince Abhinandan to watch it. The duo discuss a recent advertisement on menstrual hygiene - “First Period”. Rajyasree informs us that the advertisement was released on World Menstrual Hygiene Day. Abhinandan says, “Acting is terrible…I don’t understand the message.” Rajyasree talks about mansplaining and how the director, Mozez Singh takes the concept to a “different level”. She adds, “I do feel it’s a bit much for a man, who has never had his period…to tell me, a woman, why my mother did not do something.” Abhinandan is clearly amused by the video of the “dancing uncle”. The video features Professor Srivastava, who teaches electronics in Bhopal. Prof Srivastava “may be teaching electronic but his moves are electric”. Rajyasree adds, “his head movement is very good”. Abhinandan and Rajyasree discuss what makes a video go viral in the digital space. The duo also discuss Salman Khan’s Dus Ka Dum, which is back on air after nine years. Rajyasree says, “Such a rubbish concept according to me…very braindead.” She talks about Salman Khan himself issuing a disclaimer and stating, “This is not an intelligent show”. The conversation turns to gym freaks on Instagram. Abhinandan says, “Dus Ka Dum is a shit show and Instagram is a shit concept”. And, Rajyasree definitely does not want to see you all in your gym clothes. Listen up.
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access_time17 days ago
शुक्रवार को इंवेस्टिगेटिव मीडिया संस्था कोबरापोस्ट ने ऑपरेशन 136 का दूसरा हिस्सा फेसबुक लाइव के जरिए जारी किया. कोबरापोस्ट के यूट्यूब चैनल पर इस स्टिंग ऑपरेशन से संबंधित कुल 50 वीडियो डाले गए हैं, जिनमें मीडिया जगत की कई जानी मानी हस्तियां मोल-तोल करते हुए रिकॉर्ड हुई हैं. इस स्टिंग के पहले भाग में हमने देखा था कि मीडिया जगत की बड़ी हस्तियां पैसे के बदले हिंदुत्व का एजेंडा अपने चैनल, अखबार के जरिए बढ़ाने को राजी थे. दूसरे हिस्से में भी वही बात सामने आई है. इनमें टाइम्स ऑफ इंडिया, इंडिया टुडे, हिंदुस्तान टाइम्स, ज़ी न्यूज़, नेटवर्क18, स्टार इंडिया, एबीपी न्यूज़, रेडियो वन, रेड एफएम, लोकमत, एबीएन आंध्रा ज्योति, टीवी5, दिनमलार, बिग एफएम, के न्यूज़, इंडिया वॉइस, द न्यू इंडियन एक्सप्रेस, एमवीटीवी और ओपेन मैगज़ीन शामिल है. सुनिए इसी विषय पर पत्रकारों की बातचीत.
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कोबरापोस्ट का ऑपरेशन-136, पत्रकार रवीश कुमार और राना अयूब को दी जा रही जान से मारने की धमकी, टाइम्स नाउ द्वारा तरुण तेजपाल मामले के सीसीटीवी फुटेज जारी करना और प्रणब मुखर्जी का आरएसएस के मुख्यालय नागपुर में स्वयंसेवकों को संबोधित करने का फैसला इस बार की चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे. वरिष्ठ पत्रकार और इंडिया टीवी के पूर्व संपादक दिलीप मंडल और वरिष्ठ टेलीविज़न पत्रकार प्रशांत टंडन इस बार की चर्चा के विशेष मेहमान रहे. कार्यक्रम का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. दिलीप मंडल ने एक दिलचस्प उदाहरण से कोबरापोस्ट के स्टिंग ऑपरेशन-136 को समझाया. उन्होंने कहा, “ऐसा मानिए कि रामलीला हो रही है. लोग भक्ति भाव से राम, सीता हनुमान आदि पात्रों को मंच पर देख रहे हैं. इस बीच अचानक से कोई दर्शक मंच के पीछे पांडाल में चला जाय. संभव है कि वहां लक्ष्मण बना पात्र सिगरेट पी रहा हो. हो सकता है कि राम वहां आयोजकों से अपने भुगतान के लिए लड़ रहा हो. कोबरापोस्ट ने जो दिखाया है, वह परदे के पीछे लंबे समय से होता आ रहा है. अब यह कैमरे के जरिए सामने आ गया है.” वो आगे कहते है, “विश्वसनीयता मीडिया में एक प्रोडक्ट है. तो अगर उस प्रोडक्ट की विश्वसनीयता घटती है तो मीडिया के लिए निश्चित रूप से संकट का काल है. यहां मीडिया लिटरेसी का भी मसला आता है. हमारा देश में मीडिया लिटरेसी बहुत कम है. इसके बनिस्बत पश्चिम में लोगों में मीडिया लिटरेसी एक हद तक आ चुकी है. लोगों को पता है कि सीएनएन डेमोक्रेट्स के साथ है और फॉक्स पब्लिकन के साथ जाएगा. दोनों ही इस बात को छुपाते नहीं हैं. लोग भी दोनों की ख़बरों को उसी संदर्भ में लेते हैं. इसके बनिस्बत आप यहां 20 पन्ने कुछ भी लिखकर छाप दीजिए. आम लोगों में इस बात की समझ नहीं है कि यह क्यों या कहां से आ रहा है.” प्रशांत टंडन ने इस बहस के एक अन्य पहलू की ओर ध्यान खींचा. उन्होंने कहा, “पुष्प शर्मा आचार्य अटल के रूप में जिन तीन चरणों की बात कर रहे थे, यहां मीडिया में वह प्रोजेक्ट पहले से ही चल रहा है, बल्कि वह अपने दूसरे और तीसरे चरण में है. यहां महत्वपूर्ण सवाल है कि क्या हिंदुत्व के अलावा कोई और स्क्रिप्ट भी चल सकती थी?” प्रशांत आगे कहते हैं, “मान लीजिए पुष्प शर्मा ये कहते कि वे पहले चरण में देश के महापुरुषों में स्थापित करने के लिए वे महात्मा फूले और आंबेडकर के पक्ष में अभियान चलाना चाहते हैं. दूसरे चरण में हम आरक्षण के सवाल पर, उसकी जरूरत पर लोगों को जागरूक करेंगे, आरक्षण विरोधियों को उजागर करेंगे और फिर तीसरे चरण में मनुवाद के खिलाफ लोगों का ध्रुवीकरण करेंगे. क्या तब लोग 500 करोड़ या 1000 करोड़ के बदले यह स्क्रिप्ट खरीदते? ऐसा नहीं है कि एंकर और संपादक किसी कारपोरेट दबाव के चलते ऐसा कर रहे हैं. इसके पीछे अहम वजह मीडिया न्यूज़रूम की संरचना है. कुछ साल पहले मीडिया स्टडीज़ ग्रुप ने एक सर्वे जारी किया था. उसमें मीडिया के फैसला करने वाली जगहों पर 75 फीसदी से ज्यादा हिंदू, सवर्ण और पुरुष पाए गए.” इस स्टिंग ऑपरेशन का एक और पहलू सामने आया जब कुछ बड़े पत्रकारों ने स्टिंग ऑपरेशन को पत्रकारिता मानने से ही खारिज कर दिया. इस विषय पर अपनी बात रखते हुए अतुल चौरसिया ने कहा, “जिन पत्रकारों ने स्टिंग ऑपरेशन को पत्रकारिता नहीं माना है उन्होंने अपने संपादकत्व में दिलीप सिंह जुदेव का स्टिंग ऑपरेशन चलाया है. सिर्फ इतना ही नहीं वह स्टिंग ऑपरेशन उनके अपने पत्रकार ने नहीं किया था. टाइम्स ऑफ इंडिया की एक स्टोरी पर भरोसा करें तो जुदेव का स्टिंग कांग्रेस पार्टी का प्लांट था. ऐसे में स्टिंग ऑपरेशन को पत्रकारिता के एक औजार के रूप में खारिज करना दोहरेपन को उजागर करता है.” अतुल ने आगे जोड़ा, “ऐसे मौके आते हैं जब पत्रकारों के पास ख़बर को सामने लाने का कोई और विकल्प ही नहीं बचता. सिर्फ उन्हीं स्थितियों में स्टिंग ऑपरेशन को जायज माना जाना चाहिए.” पैनल के दोनों मेहमान इस राय से सहमत थे. कोई भी स्टिंग को पत्रकारिता के एक औजार के रूप में खारिज नहीं करता. बाकी विषयों पर विस्तार से सुनने के लिए पॉडकास्ट लिंक पर जाएं.
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where Abhinandan is joined by Manisha, Madhu and journalist Samrat. The panel discusses Major Gogoi, Times Now's coverage of the Tejpal Tapes, media's coverage (or not) of Cobrapost's exposé, Assam's Citizenship Bill and so much more.
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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri discuss the latest happening from the world of sports. The discussion kicks-off with recently concluded Champions League finale in which Real Madrid beat Liverpool. Samar says, “The one thing that we have to give them is the fact that they are the three-time champions and that takes some doing.” Rahul says, “Especially in the second half, they were far away from the better side.” He adds, “Liverpool without Salah is just not the same attacking threat.” The duo also talks about Sergio Ramos’ charge on Salah that injured him and sent him off, retired hurt. Samar says, “Big moment in the game was actually Ramos’ challenge on Salah. Even though it was a mercenary challenge to try to bring a player down. It’s like Madrid will do anything to win!” Rahul answers, “The morning after I wanted somebody to kill Sergio Ramos frankly. But that’s the player he is.” “Sergio Ramos is a thug!" he says. “It was a completely professional foul. There was no doubt about it. He certainly wanted to bring Salah down. In a football match, when you bring somebody down, there is a chance that you can hurt them," he adds. Rahul says that the challenge that Zidane, the Real Madrid manager, faces now is that this isn’t a great Real Madrid side. He says, “Zidane knows that he has to make big changes.” The duo agrees that Zidane has achieved a phenomenal feat by winning the Champions League three times in a row. Rahul says, “There are only 3 or 4 managers that have ever won three European Cups. Period. Zidane has done it three times in a row!” Samar and Rahul speak about the Indian Premier League in which Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lifted the trophy after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Samar gives the maximum credit of CSK’s victory to its captain, MS Dhoni, to which Rahul replies, “If you’re looking for limited overs captain, you don’t look any further than Dhoni.” Samar argues that this season some teams have shown that you don’t need a team of superstars to win matches. Rahul speaks about Dhoni, “He is the one ultimately who picks the players for the auction. He is the one who creates the culture. And it’s a winning culture that he creates.” He adds, “Rayudu walked into CSK after being left out by MI. And he walks in that place like he has always played there.” Speaking of the statistics, Rahul recounts that of the 11 IPL seasons, CSK has been in the playoffs 9 times, 7 times in the finals and won it 3 times! The duo recalls the amazing South African all-rounder AB De Villiers’ journey as a cricketer who recently announced his retirement from all formats of the game. Samar says, “He’s the guy who could actually take the game away from you. If you see the kind of strokes he played, the kind of batting that he did. You never knew where to bowl to him because he could have ten shots to every delivery.” Rahul comments, “For me, De Villiers is up there with Brian Lara, as two of the most entertaining players we’ve ever seen.” You can also listen to all our podcasts on the Newslaundry App and get updates about all our podcasts via Twitter and Facebook.
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Amit is back from Kairana to join Cherry in the latest episode of Reporters Without Orders. Rohin and Nidhi join us over the phone. We also have our Campus Politik editor Sumedha joining the panel. The podcast begins with Nidhi talking about her recent interview with a Kashmiri mother. She says, “As much as they want to believe in Azadi -- they do believe in Azadi as a collective sentiment -- but a lot of them might not host militants anymore.” Nidhi also shares the challenges she faced while pursuing and articulating this story. Furthermore, Nidhi speaks about Gurez valley, a village in Kashmir where the Kishanganga Hydro Electric project is located. She says, “There is no electricity in most parts. The main town has about four hours of electricity every day.” She says that despite the absence of basic amenities, the society seems fairly self-sufficient. There are new aspirations among local youth when they see outsiders, she adds. Rohin speaks about the upcoming farmers' protests which have been under-reported. He says, “From June 1 - June 10, a big movement of farmers is going to begin across 15-16 states. Named as ‘Gaon bandhi’, the farmers will neither send supplies to cities nor visit them.” Sumedha talks about the protests against land acquisition in Bhavnagar in Gujarat. She says, “It is about lignite mining that is going to happen in Bhavnagar. This land was basically acquired from farmers without due compensation.” She adds, “So there’s this long-standing struggle which is almost reaching a saturation point.” “I really hope that we don’t see a situation like Tamil Nadu where it brews into a violent agitation and it is only then that we hear about it," she says. Rohin mentions the apology letter written by Kumar Vishwas to Arun Jaitley that was talked about a lot on digital portals. Rohin says, “Kumar Vishwas hasn’t literally apologised but he has put all the blame on Kejriwal by stating that he was only following his leader’s footsteps. So whenever Kejriwal made comments, he simply followed him.” Amit says that the language used in the letter also seems demeaning. He says, “Words like kursi ke pissu, thook ke chaatna…is the kind of language that is expected from Kapil Mishra. Despite being an eminent writer, Kumar Vishwas has used such language which has surprised me.” Speaking of the letter, Amit adds, “That’s the easiest way to get out of this mess which he (Kumar Vishwas) was left in.” Amit talks about the recent encounter that happened in Jharkhand in which three naxals belonging to Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) were gunned down. He says, “Google three words: Naxal, encounter, Jharkhand and what you will find is shocking as every month multiple encounters are happening in the state.” Amit explains a brief history of Tritiya Prastuti Committee. A state that was apparently neutralised in operations conducted by security forces two years back, he says, “In a way, the situation was under control and suddenly there is a rise in the number of encounters.” Rohin says that the Patthalgadi movement is being talked about in Ranchi. He adds, “There are rumours that two or three active members of the movement have gone missing. The issue has not gained the desired momentum.” Sumedha talks about the NL Campus Politik story on LGBT petition filed by students of IIT. She says, “Throughout the fight to decriminalise Section 377, over the last two decades we’ve seen that only very prominent, financially affluent figures have had the courage to come out and approach the court.” She adds, “I think it was extremely brave of these young people to come out and talk about this and to take the fight to the Court.” Cherry says that despite the doubts about the veracity of Cobrapost's sting, the entire episode has been underplayed.
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Hafta 173: Alliances in Karnataka, Cauvery, #MeToo and fuel price hike by Newslaundry
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उत्तरा प्रदेश के कैराना में होने वाला लोकसभा का उपचुनाव, एचडी कुमारस्वामी के शपथ ग्रहण समारोह में लगा विपक्षी नेताओं का मजमा, तमिलनाडु के तूतीकोरिन इलाके में वेदांता के स्टरलाइट कॉपर प्लांट में मजदूरों पर की गई पुलिस की फायरिंग, म्यामांर में रोहिंग्या सैल्वेशन आर्मी द्वारा की गई हिंदुओं की हत्या पर आई एमनेस्टी इंटरनेशन की रिपोर्ट और सूचना प्रसारण मंत्री राज्यवर्धन सिंह राठौर द्वारा शुरू किया गया फिटनेस संबंधी चैलेंज इस बार की चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे. चर्चा की विशिष्ट अतिथि रही राज्यसभा टीवी और एनडीटीवी की पूर्व एंकर और हिंद किसान चैनल की पत्रकार अमृता राय. साथ में न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के मैनेजिंग एडिटर रमन किरपाल, और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज फोन पर कैराना से कार्यक्रम में जुड़े. कार्यक्रम का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. तमिलनाडु के तूतीकोरिन में स्थित वेदांता की स्टरलाइट तांबा फैक्ट्री का विरोध कर रहे ग्रामीणों पर की गई पुलिस फायरिंग में 11 लोगों की मौत पर विस्तार से बात हुई. शुरुआत में अतुल चौरसिया ने कहा, “यह विवाद स्टरलाइट के विस्तार की कार्रवाई से बढ़ा. यहां पहले से ही सालाना चार लाख टन तांबे का शोधन हो रहा है जिसे बढ़ाकर सालाना आठ लाख टन करने की हरी झंडी सरकार ने दे दी थी. इस पर वहां के ग्रामीणों ने विरोध करना शुरू किया. ग्रामीणों का आरोप है कि तूतीकोरिन इलाके में की पूरी आबोहवा जहरीली हो चुकी है. सांस लेना भी दूभर है. दूसरी तरफ अंडरग्राउंड जल के सभी स्रोत भी बुरी तरह से प्रदूषित हो चुके हैं.” इस पर अमृता राय ने विस्तार से अपनी बात रखते हुए कहा, “सबसे पहले 1992-93 में यह कारखाना महाराष्ट्र के रत्नागिरी में लगाने की कोशिश हुई थी जिसका बड़े पैमाने पर विरोध हुआ. आखिरकार 1993 में मजबूरन इसे तमिलनाडु में लगाया गया. जिस इलाके में यह कारखाना लगा हुआ है वहां हवा से लेकर पानी तक सब कुछ प्रदूषित हो गया है. हमने पाया कि 1994 में ही इस इलाके से सटे खेतों में काम करने वाली महिलाएं बीमार होकर गिर गई थीं. न्यूज़मिनट की एक ख़बर में मैंने पढ़ा कि शुरुआत में इस फैक्ट्री को सालाना 70,000 हजार टन तांबा शोधन करने की अनुमति थी. लेकिन शुरू से ही इसमें निर्धारित सीमा से ज्यादा तांबे का शोधन होता रहा. अब इस इलाके में लोगों के बीमार होने, जल प्रदूषण के 25 से ज्यादा वाकए हो चुक हैं. टीवी पर एक रिपोर्ट में देखा कि एक आदमी के फेफड़े पूरी तरह से सूख गए हैं, एक छोटी बच्ची थी जिसके सिर से बाल उड़ गए थे. ये तो कुछेक घटनाएं थी जो हम जानते हैं. इस इलाके में इस तरह के अनगिनत पीड़ित होंगे.” वो आगे कहती हैं, “शुरुआत से ही इस कारखाने का बुरा अअसर लोगों के ऊपर दिखने लगा था, इसके बावजूद यह चलता रहा. बीच में 2013 में ऐसी भी स्थिति आई जब फैक्ट्री में रिसाव हुआ और बड़े पैमाने पर लोग बीमार हो गए, तब इस फैक्ट्री को बंद करना पड़ा था. लेकिन बाद में कानूनी दांवपेंच में उलझा कर इसे फिर से शुरू कर दिया गया. यह भी अपने आप में चिंताजनक है कि लोग वहां पिछले 100 दिनों से विरोध कर रहे थे. यहां मीडिया के ऊपर भी सवाल खड़े होते हैं. क्यों यह मुद्दा पहले चर्चा में नहीं आया.” रमन किरपाल ने पुलिस की कार्रवाई और सिस्टम के कामकाज पर रोशनी डाली. उन्होंने कहा, “वेदांता कंपनी किस-किस को चंदा देती है. इसमें भाजपा भी है, कांग्रेस भी है. इस तरह से यह एक पूरा नेक्सस बन जाता है. यह एक संगठित सिस्टम है जो कभी रुकता नहीं. दूसरी बात पुलिस रूल में साफ-साफ लिखा है कि उसे बहुत दर्लभ मौकों पर ही गोली चलानी है. वो भी हमेशा कमर के नीचे. फिर भी पुलिस नहीं मानी. आप कश्मीर में पैलेट गन का इस्तेमाल करते हैं, यहां क्यों नहीं कर सकते.” अपना एक संस्मरण सुनाते हुए रमन ने कहा, “1994 के मुजफ्फरनगर चौराहा हत्याकांड में आरोपी आईएएस अधिकारी को सीबीआई जांच से बचाने के लिए खुद मुलायम सिंह यादव ने अंड़गा लगाया और उसके खिलाफ जांच का आदेश नहीं दिया. हमारे देश का सिस्टम ही ऐसा है कि यहां एक हद से ज्यादा कुछ होता नहीं है.”
He talks to Madhu Trehan about the state of the Indian judiciary - of which his book is an account - press freedom and even the Ayodhya dispute. Arun Shourie is a former cabinet minister, journalist, author, activist and an important voice in the public sphere. His 27th book, Anita Gets Bail, is an account of and commentary on the state of the Indian judiciary. In an interview with Newslaundry, Shourie speaks to Madhu Trehan about the issues the legal system is grappling with today. Commending the efforts of Niranjan Takle, the Caravan journalist who wrote about the possible tampering with evidence in the probe into Justice Loya’s murder case, Shourie expresses distress over the case. On the transfer of the judge appointed to hear the Sohrabuddin Sheikh murder case and absenteeism of main accused Amit Shah, BJP president, from the hearing despite being summoned, he remarks: “The Supreme Court does nothing! It is their own order being violated, but (the Supreme Court remains) asleep, not asleep but looking the other way.” He further mentions points about the legal proceedings in the Loya case. “After the story is published by Caravan, the Bombay advocates’ association immediately files a petition in the high court saying there should be an independent inquiry into the circumstances of the death,” he says, adding: “And suddenly, two unknown petitioners turn up in the Supreme Court and suddenly the Supreme Court says, ‘Noo… no no , we'll hear it. Nobody else will hear the case’.” Madhu asks Shourie whether the departure of Smriti Irani from the I&B ministry, and the new minister’s comment that he won’t control the media, is a positive sign. He replies with a wonderful couplet: “Qaidi ka mann behlane ko, darbaan badalte jaate hain.” (To keep the prisoner engaged, gatekeepers are often changed.) On the speculation of possible mistakes that led to Irani’s departure, he says, “After all, Smriti Irani could not be issuing those instructions (and) circulars without clearance (from the PMO).”
Online media regulation has garnered significant attention in debates and discussions today, following an Information and Broadcasting Ministry order to form a 10-member committee “to frame and suggest a regulatory framework for online media/news portals including digital broadcasting and entertainment/infotainment sites and news/media aggregators”. In the light of this contentious move, Medianama organised a discussion at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi. It hosted a panel consisting of media and law personalities - HR Venkatesh from International Centre for Journalists, Durga Raghunath, CEO of Indian Express Digital, Abhinandan Sekhri, Co-founder of Newslaundry, Siddharth Varadarajan, founder of The Wire and former editor-in-chief of The Hindu, along with Amba Kak, Tech and Legal policy fellow at Mozilla.
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This week’s Awful and Awesome has Abhinandan and Rajyasree finally lavishing some praise on a film. There are a few trailers, an online series and a commercial to wrap up this episode, and Rajyasree talks about the “grandest wedding in town” as well. Deadpool 2 replaces the otherwise promised review of High Jack (sorry listeners!) Directed by David Leitch and starring Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2 is a superhero movie “for adults” that hit the cinemas this week. Abhinandan says: “I was curious to see what is a superhero film for adults”. He feels it is “brilliantly written”. Rajyasree, while admiring Reynolds, talks about the quirkiness of Deadpool 2 which comes from the “cracks about superheroes” in the movie itself. Abhinandan adds that the “opening credits were hysterically funny”. Rajyasree “loved the music in Deadpool”, while Abhinandan recommends it and calls it a “most satisfying film”. Next up, the trailer of Race 3 gets hysterical reception from Abhinandan and Rajyasree. Directed by Remo D'Souza, the movie will star Bobby Deol, among others. Rajyasree sounds almost petrified when she says, “Bobby Deol is back and he is bare-chested!” Abhinandan feels it is the “shittiest trailer… I hope they make Rs 20”. Moving on “from the sublime to the ridiculous and back to the normal”, the trailer of Bohemian Rhapsody seems promising. The film is a biography of Queen singer Freddie Mercury and stars Rami Malek. Rajyasree says: “It’s amazing how much they’ve made him look like Freddie Mercury.” Abhinandan mentions, “Growing up, I have loved Queen’s music, but no I've not been a fan of Freddie Mercury… I was underwhelmed by the trailer”. Another trailer that Rajyasree really likes is of Bhavesh Joshi: Superhero starring Anil Kapoor’s son, Harsh Vardhan Kapoor, who made his debut in Mirziya. It is a “vigilante drama” revolving around a group of boys “who keep seeing things happening around them” and finally decide to take the law into their own hands. Abhinandan approves of the trailer and says “definitely makes you want to watch the film”. Rajyasree adds, “it does look like a cool film”. While she seems impressed by Harsh Vardhan, Abhinandan comments, “every time he opens his mouth, he says something so stupid… just pipe down ya”. The trailer of Mowgli by Andy Serkis wins praise from both Abhinandan and Rajaysree. Abhinandan thinks “it was spectacular” while Rajyasree talks about Serkis' intention to make a dark version of The Jungle Book. Rajyasree adds that it's “spectacularly shot”. Abhinandan, however, talks about how The Jungle Book has “worked in every avatar of its making” and that Hollywood remakes on the original story could jeopardise this film. Moving on to what’s new on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why (Season 2) has been aired. The show revolves around Hannah Baker who commits suicide because she is bullied in school. Rajyasree informs us that it is a “very popular show, based on a book by Jay Asher”. The great "Royal Wedding" of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle caught Rajyasree’s attention over the weekend. She says: “More than 29 million Americans tuned in to watch them getting married”. She also joked about the large number of security personnel present at the wedding. “If a terrorist attack had happened, they would have been able to get rid of half of the British entertainment industry and Oprah Winfrey and the others,” she adds. Finally, a “spectacular commercial” called “Who stole the cup” concludes the agenda of the day. Rajaysree says “it’s a UK production” starring the legends of football. The ad is about a betting site, which Rajyasree could not figure out. Abhinandan asks her: “You didn’t know about the product watching the ad, does that mean it’s a good ad or a shit ad?” All this and much more. Listen up.
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On this week's Reporters Without Orders, Cherry is joined by Rohin and Amit, the latter has just returned from Karnataka. Also, on the panel is NDTV's Shruti Menon. The podcast kicks off with some good news. A Newslaundry report on the Cauvery dispute authored by TR Vivek has won Mumbai Press Club's prestigious RedInk Award in the Environment category. The discussion begins with Cherry questioning media’s obsession with Karnataka elections. She asks, “Not all state elections get as much attention. What do you think was different this time?” Shruti answers, “What was different this time was the way the elections panned out. It demanded the kind of attention and coverage it was given.” Nevertheless, Shruti points out that various news events got overshadowed by the election coverage. She says, “One of them, of course, was the Varanasi flyover collapse.” “It did not get wall-to-wall coverage. One of the reasons for that was it happened on the day of the counting.” Explaining the lapse, Shruti says, “Even after the counting day was over, there were no follow-ups for what happened in Varanasi.” Amit disagrees with the argument that some of the state elections don’t get as much attention. He says, “Every election post-2014 has gotten an equal amount of coverage in news media.” BJP's electoral juggernaut is one of the reasons behind this, he says. “It’s also because of the kind of electoral juggernaut that BJP is running in the country," Amit says in reference to media's post-2014 election coverage. Adding to the discussion, Rohin points out the manner in which Uttar Pradesh's 2017 civil polls was covered by media. He says, “It was being shown to the audience in Delhi. It’s importance was projected to such an extent as if the elections were being held at a national level.” He adds, “And TV news journalists were making the analysis of its probable effects on the 2019 (general) elections.” Amit and Shruti recall their experience of dealing with ‘planted stories’ while they were on the ground covering Karnataka elections. Shruti says, “It’s very easy to fall for a plant because it is very alluring.” She adds, “As a reporter what you need do is to constantly try and check whether the kind of information you’re getting is credible or not.” Amit says that it is also about how long the reporter can hold out. “It’s also about at what point of time you fall for it or at what point of time you can hold your nerve.” Rohin talks about the dramatic increase in fuel prices -- a news piece that has received less coverage. Rohin gives a thorough breakdown of petrol's MRP if it’s brought under the GST tax slab. Doing so could reduce petrol's MRP substantially, he adds. Rohin also points out multiple reasons why rising fuel prices call for a serious discussion. Amit speaks about the march of Aam Aadmi Party leaders to LG’s office over CCTV project fiasco which found no space in national media. Amit says, “On a regular news day when you don’t have elections, I think this is the news for the entire country!” He adds, “Aam Aadmi Party is the best selling material.” Cherry mentions two news stories that found limited mention in the mainstream media. This includes the layoff of 34 people at ABP Ltd, reported in a brief by The Hoot. She also highlights the dissonance in media coverage between United States’ embassy shift from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the protests by Palestinians during which nearly 60 people were killed when Israeli forces opened fire at them. Shruti speaks about another international story that did not receive any coverage -- ‘The Royal Wedding’. Shruti says, “Mainstream media could not pick it up because it was the exact moment when Yeddyurappa resigned.”
Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back this week to bring you the latest from the sports world. The discussion begins with the Indian Premier League, where Samar observes that not tinkering much with the team has worked to the advantage of Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. “You don’t tinker with the team too much. Once you get it right, you play the same guys,” he says. The duo discusses the importance of bowling and how IPL is not only about explosive batting. Samar compares Royal Challengers Bangalore with Sunrisers Hyderabad, where good bowling by the Sunrisers helped them find the top spot. He says that RCB couldn’t qualify despite having a great batting line-up. Rahul comments: “What makes the difference is to be able to either control that batting with good line and length bowling or take wickets.” Rahul and Samar would like to bet on the Chennai Super Kings as they remain the favourites, but Kolkata Knight Riders might prove otherwise. Rahul says: “I think Dinesh Karthik who this season is out-doing Dhoni at finishing matches… He’s just being this guy who comes in and wins KKR matches through his batting.” Rahul is satisfied with the newly appointed Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, who has a proven track record. Samar says, “The one thing that also goes in favour of Emery is that he’s kind of a low-profile guy.” Rahul comments: “I think so much of the Arsenal conundrum is not necessarily the manager, it’s the board.” Rahul adds, “Arsenal needs some major surgery. And the fans too… I don’t think they can expect instant success. I think they might have to give in two or maybe three years to try get this right.” “That’s a long time in modern day football,” comments Samar. Rahul looks at the history of the Champions League, and observes that it has witnessed changes when it comes to expected winners of the trophy. He says: “When you look back at the season, maybe 10 years from now, you’d probably put your finger on a particular season, as a season where things have changed. You’d probably see the end of a bunch of eras. Barcelona, I think there was an end of an era there.” He expects even more changes in the next seasons, full of surprises and shake-ups. Samar observes that because of everybody being busy with the upcoming FIFA World Cup, we might witness a lot of player transfers between clubs. Rahul comments, “The World Cup will always throw up lots of new success but on the other hand it will throw up a bunch of failures.” He adds, “The World Cup will push up prices again and there’ll be a sort of wage inflation.” On the upcoming Champion League Finals to be played between Real Madrid and Liverpool, Samar thinks that it’s not going to be a high-goal scoring game. He says: “Both teams will be wary of the fact that whoever concedes the goal first is going to be on the backfoot big time!” Rahul adds: “Liverpool’s best chance is to get a goal in the opening 20-25 minutes.”
On this week’s NL Hafta, Abhinandan is joined by Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal and guest Ajoy Ashirwad, Deputy Editor at The Wire. Journalist TS Sudhir from India Today joins the panel on the phone to discuss the Karnataka results. The talk kicks off with the elections, with Sudhir sharing the possible political manoeuvrings that can be adopted by the BJP to prove its majority in the Assembly. Enumerating on the vulnerable spots in the JD(S) and Congress, he says: “Caste and Cash, these are the two things that are being used to kind of ensure a majority for the BJP government.” Abhinandan brings in the Karnataka governor’s decision to call the BJP first to form the government. Madhu weighs in with a pertinent reference to 1996. The Suresh Mehta-led government in Gujarat, under which the present Karnataka governor held a cabinet portfolio, was dismissed by then Prime Minister Deve Gowda. She remarks, “So, this was his Karmic chance.” Ajoy says: “The governor was facing a kind of complicated situation where he had to choose between constitutional responsibility and party loyalty, and we know what he chose now.” On the matter of “horse-trading” of MLAs, Abhinandan comments: “One thing it definitely shows is that our democracy is very immature.” He adds: “For one, something like this happens… and no reporter is out there who will question the MLAs who flipped! Why did you flip? What were the specifics?” Abhinanadan wonders about the possibility of turncoats being re-elected. Sudhir says it depends on the constituency, for instance in places like Ballari ‘muscle power’ can be used to ensure no formidable candidate stands against them. The panel also discusses the ‘supremacy’ of certain individuals and groups that still persists, despite the system discouraging discrimination. Talking about whataboutery, which has become the trend nowadays, Abhinandan weighs in by saying: “This whataboutery has just become the default setting of not just politicians but every journalist in the country.” Madhu adds: “They don’t have any credibility at all. I think we’ve come full circle on that.” Raman points out that “we've hit the bottom already. If you check the TRPs… people have stopped watching TV”. Adding to this, Madhu talks about the ban on Republic TV in a chain of hotels because of the thought process of the owner. Talking about Smriti Irani and the recent cabinet reshuffle, Abhinandan asks: “Why do you think she was asked to go?” Madhu responds: “I will really miss her. She’s very articulate, she’s very well dressed… I don’t think any of the things she’s done, they weren’t done by herself alone. They were done with the PMO’s knowledge and approval. The government has its eye on the 2019 elections.” Raman agrees, saying “she used to pick up fights and creates controversy… the government doesn’t want it, very simple.” Ajoy adds that “all the controversies she created actually worked out to the advantage of the BJP." Abhinandan updates the panel by reading a report on News18. "Security to be withdrawn from the resort where all MLAs are staying - they’re being moved to Punjab or Kerala." To this, Madhu asks, “Why has he chosen Punjab and Kerala?” Abhinandan points out that there is a non-BJP government there. He jokingly asks Ajoy: “Would you say Odisha’s biggest contribution to the country has been Sambit Patra?” Ajoy in his reply highlights the stereotypes and adds: “Why would I say that… He represents the Odiya face in Delhi. Not the food or dance forms and diverse cultures.” The panel talks about Patra’s crassness that is conspicuous in his verbal and online communication. Abhinandan feels that “he is just a very vile man” while Madhu says “he is very entertaining”.
कर्नाटक में चुनाव नतीजों के बाद जारी दांव-पेंच, सुनंदा पुष्कर की मौत में शशि थरूर का पुलिस चार्जशीट में नाम, बनारस में फ्लाईओवर ढहना, गुड़गांव में सार्वजनिक स्थल पर नमाज़ के खिलाफ हिंदुत्वादी समूहों का विरोध, असम का नेशनल रजिस्टर सिटीजन बिल व अन्य मुद्दे इस हफ्ते चर्चा के प्रमुख विषय रहे. चर्चा के विशिष्ट अतिथि रहे वरिष्ठ पत्रकार उर्मिलेश, ओपिनियन राइटर आनंद वर्धन और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज. कार्यक्रम का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.
NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where Abhinandan is joined by Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, guest Ajoy Ashirwad, Deputy Editor at The Wire, and journalist TS Sudhir on the phone to discuss the Karnataka results.
We have a full in-house panel for this episode of Reporters Without Orders. Apart from Rohin and Cherry, we have Nidhi joining us from Kashmir and Amit reporting from Bangalore. Amit, who is camped outside the Raj Bhavan, is giving the panel latest updates on the Karnataka verdict. Oh! he also has a warning for the listeners. Speaking to the panel, Amit says that the BJP was looking at forming the government until the afternoon, however, soon after, the prospects began to diminish. While the Governor has agreed to meet the Congress and JD(S) leaders between 5:30 and 6:00 in the evening, “as per the convention, the Governor should ideally give a chance to Yeddyurappa as the BJP is the single largest party", Amit tells the panel. Amit also shares that the JD(S) supporters were wearing t-shirts with 'E Sala Cup Namde' which means, “this time the cup is ours”. Amit says, “This was their very famous and successful social media campaign where they claimed that this time Vidhana Soudha (Sabha) trophy is ours.” When Cherry asks Amit if JD(S) would play the kingmaker’s role, Amit responds, “It is not playing the kingmaker’s role but it is the king right now!” Nidhi also chips in on the Karnataka conundrum and how Kerala Tourism saw an opportunity in all this. On May 15, amidst the thrill of minute-to-minute political/electoral updates, Kerala Tourism tweeted out an invitation "to all MLAs to unwind at the safe and beautiful resorts of God's own country." Speaking of which, Nidhi tells that panel that the tweet also pointed to a strategy practised by parties to prevent horse-trading of leaders elected to the Legislative Assembly. Nidhi tells the panel that a news piece that was under-reported was the arrests made in the case of the murder of a 15-year-old girl in Ghaziabad that happened in December 2017. The Crime Branch of Ghaziabad police has arrested five people, including the father-son duo, who hatched the plot to kill the girl. Sharing the details of the case, Nidhi adds, “To ensure that she was dead, they drove over her body and then eventually dumped her in a field!” Nidhi says that since then the DSP in-charge of the case has been transferred, the police station in-charge has been suspended for neglecting his duties. Despite this, the news did not find enough space, apparently, because it does not involve any political leader. Rohin speaks about the murder of Bhim Army’s leader’s brother, Sachin Walia, which took place in Saharanpur. He points out that Walia was shot on the day when preparations for Maharana Pratap's Jayanti were being made. He also finds various inconsistencies in the police investigation that indicate that the police had foreknowledge of the mishappening. Rohin says, “It’s interesting that the deceased receives a phone call from the Saharanpur SSP on the day of his death who asks him if he’s going to contest elections. And then they talk about the Maharana Pratap rally, a day celebrated by the Rajputs.” Rohin adds that the SSP makes a strange, grave statement, “Kisiko bhi ragadne ka yahi waqt hota hai (It’s an opportune moment to eliminate anyone.)" Rohin emphasises that such an event can have consequences as elections are near. Even the BSP is aware and apprehensive of the Bhim Army. He adds that this is an important political development with serious implications as Bhim Army led by Chandrashekhar is a big force in the state politics. Cherry speaks about media's recent coverage. She says that the Karnataka elections overshadowed a lot of news pieces, including the namaz row in Haryana. Rohin also speaks about four high-profile weddings and the confusion created by Dainik Jagran's reportage. All this and more in this episode of Reporters Without Orders.
This week’s Awful and Awesome episode with Rajyasree is loaded with entertainment and a little bit of gossip. Abhinandan and Rajyasree talk about Raazi, Mother’s Day ads, and Rajyasree talks to Abhinandan about the celebrity wedding and engagement that flooded everyone’s social media feed, and lots more. The podcast starts with Abhinandan interviewing Meghna Gulzar, where she talks about her new film as a Director and Writer, Raazi. On being asked about the kind of positive reviews the film is getting and does it matter to her, Meghna says: "They will never not matter because you’re creating something to put out there for the people to opine on. That opinion will always be relevant and important. So yes, it is overwhelming because there’s been complete approval across the board barring one or two here and there. The numbers, the way the film is performing at the theatre, are still really growing so there’s a word of mouth. There’s an acceptance from the people. Then you come across messages which people are sending and forwarding, which say we were watching it in this theatre, the audience stood up and clapped at the end. That is my biggest payoff." Then she goes on to talk about her first film Filhaal, problems during the shoot of Raazi, nepotism and more. Abhinandan and Rajyasree then discuss the film that stars Alia Bhatt. While Rajyasree says “I didn’t think Alia acted well”, she also adds, “All the actors were very well cast… I just find it really nice that a mother and daughter played a mother and daughter on celluloid also”. Abhinandan, in agreement with Rajyasree, says, “All the reviews had built it up so much for me” and adds that “I really liked its politics… it kept me hooked throughout”. Rajyasree shares trivia about Hansal Mehta’s films Shahid and Omerta before moving on to the trailer of The Spy Who Dumped Me. Abhinandan comments on it, saying “very ordinary trailer… montage of funny moments”. However, he acknowledges that the movie has a “spectacular cast”, the kind that “will pull you in the cinema”. The Susanna Fogel movie starring Mila Kunis, Justin Theroux and Hasan Minhaj among others will definitely be “very funny”, according to Rajyasree. Chef Vikas Khanna makes his directorial debut with the film The Last Colour, starring Nina Gupta. Rajyasree says “the plot revolves around the Supreme Court order against the age-old tradition of not allowing widows in Vrindavan to play Holi”, which was apparently not obvious in the trailer. She feels the trailer was more of an ad for “Exotic India” and the movie is “highly avoidable”. Abhinandan says the “film is going to be below average”. Rajyasree talks about the “weddings we virtually attended” - of Sonam Kapoor with Anand Ahuja and the engagement of Isha Ambani to the “Piramal boy”. Rajyasree talks about the “romantic” engagement in the temple and Abhinandan talks about how these weddings and engagements went viral on social media. “Every third thing on that day was ‘watch the viral video of Nita Ambani dancing’,” he says. Mother’s Day celebrations catch Rajyasree and Abhinandan’s attention, with ads released by Mother Dairy and Kotak Silk. Rajyasree feels the first ad has a “nice concept” focusing on not just the mother, but “a galaxy of women that bring you up”. Abhinandan, however, calls it “too goody, goody nice acting”. Rajyasree confirms “they are very loving, these mothers I have to say… nobody has a natural reaction”. Abhinandan adds “there should be some reality to these ads”. The Google Assistant ad is the last on the agenda. Rajyasree talks about what is happening and “technology which makes you think you’re talking to a human” and how this feature may be the “beginning of the end of humanity”. Abhinandan agrees and says, “artificial intelligence has gone to a different level”. Lastly, they discuss RJ Naved’s latest prank and what's funny and what's not funny with such pranks.
Raazi's director Meghna Gulzar shares the challenges she faced during her latest shoot. Gulzar also talks about Kashmir, nepotism in the film industry and more.
अपरिहार्य कारणों से इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा रिकॉर्ड नहीं हो सकी. इसका हमें खेद है. इस बार हम कर्नाटक चुनाव पर पिछले हफ्ते की एन एल चर्चा में हुई विस्तृत बातचीत का अंश पेश कर रहे हैं, इस वादे के साथ कि अगले हफ्ते फिर से एक नई चर्चा के साथ हम अपने श्रोताओं, शुभचिंतकों के साथ होंगे.
On this week’s NL Hafta, Abhinandan is joined by Anand Vardhan and Raman Kirpal, with Manisha joining in on the phone from Bangalore. The discussion is kicked off with the Karnataka elections, with Manisha weighing in on the scenario at the local level, saying that the Mandya district held strong support for Kumaraswamy. Talking about the massive coverage of the elections, Anand attributes it to the proliferation of media, and the resulting “over-coverage” of certain issues, adding that it leads to exchange and oversupply of narratives. Raman asserts that he is sure the 2019 elections will see Rajasthan or UP being the deciding factor. The panel has a good laugh as Manisha reveals that BJP leaders like Sambit Patra are doing road shows in order to garner support. She brings the topic to a close, saying that multiple narratives exist in Karnataka with regard to the elections and it is difficult to single out just one. Abhinandan then brings up the recent case in Gurgaon, when there were protests against people offering namaz on the streets. Abhinandan finds it unnecessary and Anand agrees, adding: “The state government had no business making a statement on this issue.” While acknowledging the availability of separate spaces for offering namaz at hospitals and airports, Raman says there have been “no formal complaints in the past”. Manisha concludes the topic by adding: “It’s got nothing to do with obstruction. This crackdown is about religion and showing Muslims their place.” Anand brings up a “news which didn’t gather much attention” in the media, in which a Dalit funeral procession was stopped from going through a Muslim area in Tamil Nadu. Raman feels there is no connection between this and the namaz incident in Gurgaon. Abhinandan brushes off the topic by adding: “A Khattar equivalent is not there.” The “Angry Hanuman” sticker at the back of the cabs caught the panel’s attention. Abhinandan feels it is “used as a symbol of identity”. Anand seems in disagreement over the conspiracy theory behind “Angry Hanuman” and says “you need to have a preconceived notion to see it like that”. Manisha, who is in the ‘Land of Angry Hanuman’, talks about Ram Sena in Karnataka using the photo “as a propaganda”. Abhinandan says the ‘angry’ face is not of relevance to him, but the way it is being used is a matter of debate. The “sheer contempt on the Centre’s delay” over transferring the water of the Cauvery in Karnataka takes the next spot on the agenda. Manisha and Abhinandan feel it is an issue that is rather less discussed in the Karnataka election campaign. On the Iran nuclear deal, Anand feels “Mr Trump has unexpectedly delivered not badly on foreign policy” while walking out of the deal. Raman applauds Iran for the way the Iranian President “handled it really well”. Abhinandan adds: “Trump likes to cock a snook or show a middle finger to what you’d call the presidential way (of) decision-making… he thrives on that”.
This week’s Just Sports comes to a full package of cricket and football trivia. With the English Premier League and the IPL on, Samar and Rahul just cannot seem to stop talking about anything else! “Few unusual choices made” by the Indian cricket team that’s been selected for England. Samar says “Ambati Rayudu is a strange choice because it’s just been the IPL, he has performed… you dropped Rahane because he has not performed in the IPL”. Rahul expresses his skepticism and says, “It’s where he has come back, what I find strange… Having the IPL of his life but he is not in the T20s”. Rahul seems not very happy about Rayudu’s absence from the Indian team. Samar particularly thinks “if it’s a T20 team, players that play well in the IPL should be there”. Virat Kohli not playing the Afghanistan test series is another bone of contention in the sports world. Rahul feels: “It’s a tough one, you feel bad for Afghanistan” for not playing with the best that the Indian cricket team has to offer. Samar points out his disappointment over Kohli and adds, “He has not performed well in England”. With the IPL coming closer to its end, Samar remains unsurprised by Mumbai gaining sudden resurgence. He feels CSK and Sunrisers are “pretty much assured in the top four”. The relegation battles at the English Premier League grounds take the spotlight. Samar says, “Swansea might just get relegated, South Hampton can still go down”. Rahul feels that South Hampton remains “effectively safe”. More conversation on the teams that are being pulled in the relegation battle and “big clubs gown down”. Rahul dwells more on “there is no such thing as ‘safe manager’”. Samar celebrates the “invincible” FC Barcelona in the Spanish Premier League. Rahul feels, “They’re not particularly a great Barcelona side”. He mentions how the results of this year are a reflection of how poorly the other teams have played, “particularly Real Madrid”. Samar feels, “They’re not the best Barcelona team”. Rahul brushes off their win and adds, “At the end of the day, history is history and it’s a fabulous landmark for Barcelona…. a lot is riding on the world cup”. Get well soon wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson for a ‘speedy recovery’ mark the end of the agenda for the day. Samar discusses the beauty of football beyond the field while talking about the wishes received by Sir Alex from his team and other football players.
On this podcast of Reporters Without Orders, The Caravan's Nikita Saxena joins the panel to discuss her recent articles on special CBI judge Loya's death. The panel also discusses Member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar-owned Asianet News and the change in its 'posturing' over time. Amit Bhardwaj, who is currently in Karnataka covering the upcoming state elections, joins the panel over the phone to talk about RSS' Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat, who is a key player in BJP's Karnataka election campaign. You can read Amit's detailed story on Bhat here. Amit also makes an observation about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) role in Karnataka. He says, RSS is furiously campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), something unlike before. He adds that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign rally in Karnataka can severely impact Congress’ vote share despite the governing party's edge in the state. Rohin asks Amit if the remarks, circulating on social media, made by Prakash Raj, a popular, South Indian film actor, will have an effect on the voters’ choice. According to Amit, Prakash Raj has been able to galvanise only anti-BJP vote bank. He says, “Prakash Raj’s comments may reinforce the beliefs of an anti-BJP voter but will not affect neutral and BJP voter”. Cherry asks our guest panellist Nikita about the challenges she faced while following-up on judge Loya's death. Nikita explains how she investigated the case and gives a detailed breakdown of the events that lead to revelations indicating a foul play in the case. She says, "Here a judge has died. And he was staying at the guest house at that time, as we are told. And none of them find out, that’s very strange, none of them seemed to know what had happened with his belongings for example…” She adds, “Why the reception was not called?! Why it was thought that it was a better idea to wait for two judges to come to the guest house and then take him to the hospital which I assume is going to lead to a lot of loss in time is something that was not clear at all.” To that, Rohin adds that a recent viral image which showed an auto rickshaw with “who killed Loya?” written on it, is a positive sign in the view of public perception. It suggests that the important, controversial issue had seeped into the otherwise obscure segment of the audience, especially the ‘hindi belt’, he says. Rohin talks about the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) controversy where installation of a photograph of Muhammad Ali Jinnah has sparked a row. Apparently, the photograph has been hanging there since 1938. Rohin also points out that several facts have been left out by the media while reporting on the issue. He adds that the matter of the ‘security breach’ of former Vice President Hamid Ali Ansari, who was present on the campus when the protesters created a ruckus, found less space in the media. Rohin also talks about the VK Dikshit committee report on the Banaras Hindu University controversy that happened in September 2017. “The BHU chief proctor said to the media that the protesters were sponsored in exchange for pizza and pepsi," says Rohin. Nikita examines the editorial stance of Asianet News. She speaks about the changes in the channel since Rajeev Chandrasekhar took over. Asked if the channel has been able to change its 'anti-RSS- stance, she says, "The opinion seemed a little divided but it seemed to me that it had been fractured enough for people to start having some misgivings.” Citing a previous Newslaundry report, Cherry adds, "Their new website that’s coming up will be positioned as a Centre-right news property and it will counter the left narrative."
This week’s Awful and Awesome episode ends the trauma of having “nothing good to watch or read”. Abhinandan’s favourite actress, Madhuri Dixit, takes the spotlight with the trailer of her upcoming Marathi film Bucket List. While Rajyasree says “she’s pretty much playing her age… her face moves”, Abhinandan comments on the issue of "dramatic" acting by “80s’ actresses when they act in 2018” and also says “this trailer is a really good trailer… although it seems like a regular, feel-good film, the plot seems interesting. There seem to be some really good humour points”. Rajyasree doesn't seem too impressed by Veere Di Wedding starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. Abhinandan says “it seems like a more fun version of Angry Indian Goddesses”. He talks about the “first-half comedy and second-half tragedy” approach used in Bollywood. Rajyasree talks more about Bollywood “moving away from the stereotype of portraying leading women as ‘good girls’”. Rajyasree gushes over Saif Ali Khan in his upcoming Netflix TV series Sacred Games, based on the book by Vikram Chandra “Not from NDTV, to be clear”. The story revolves around the two characters from the Bombay underworld and the Maharashtra Police. Next on the agenda is the Rajkumar Rao-starrer Omerta, in which the actor plays the criminal mastermind behind several major terrorist attacks around the world - Omar Sheikh. Abhinandan praises the works of director Hansal Mehta and Anurag Kashyap, but says, “kept (the movie) me hooked… it was really flat but wouldn’t want anyone else making it". Rajyasree feels Omerta is worth watching simply because Sheikh's is an “interesting ‘life”. Avengers: Infinity Wars makes it to this episode, having clocked a billion dollars in its opening week. While the world is going crazy over the movie, Abhinandan says it's “not my favourite”. Moving on to the world of literature, Rajyasree discusses the sexual harassment charges against author Junot Diaz. Rajyasree talks about the #MeToo movement and how it has helped people gather the courage to speak up. Abhinandan comments on how the “Nobel Literature Prize will not be given this year because of similar reasons”. Finally, Priyanka Chopra makes the news of the day with her comments on the controversy around the character “Apu" from The Simpsons. The controversy was triggered by a documentary released by Hari Kondavola addressing the issue. Rajyasree says: “Priyanka Chopra is doing the rounds of the talk shows and so on” for her upcoming season of Quantico. She talks about the actress coming from a privileged background and feels “her trauma is something I have not been able to wrap my head around". Abhinandan dwells more on stereotypes reinforced in Bollywood and the extent of political correctness. And then comes the advice that everyone should take into consideration – “If you’re so offended by Apu, then get a life”.
कर्नाटक चुनाव, प्रेस फ्रीडम में खिसकता भारत, बिहार के जहानाबाद में लड़की से छेड़छाड़ की घटना, अलीगढ़ मुस्लिम यूनिवर्सिटी में जिन्ना की तस्वीर पर विवाद, न्यूज़ 18 के एंकर सुमित अवस्थी का पैनलिस्ट पर हाथ चलाना रहे इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के मुख्य विषय. चर्चा के विशिष्ट थे इंडिया न्यूज़ के डिप्टी एडिटर सुशांत सिन्हा और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के ओपिनियन राइटर आनंद वर्धन. कर्नाटक से फोन लाइन पर जुड़े न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज. चर्चा का संचालन किया न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने.
In this episode of NL Hafta, our in-house team of Madhu Trehan, Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Vardhan, Raman Kirpal and Manisha Pande is joined by NDTV news editor Madhusudan Srinivas. The team discusses the grisly case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and another case of rape in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao in which a Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Legislative Assembly is accused. Manisha, while pointing at the chilling details of the charge sheet in the Kathua case, says the case was reported by local media since January but took time to reach Delhi TV news studios. Raman Kirpal says, “The national media picked it up really late. If you see the local newspapers in Jammu, they were talking about it. they had been reporting since January. But not the national media.” Attempting to explain why that happened, Abhinandan says, “I think the national media actually took notice of it when a bunch of lawyers chanting Jai Sri Ram prevented a charge-sheet from being filed. That, I think, was the trigger.” Anand speaks on the scary statistics on child rape in India. Being the son of a police officer, he says, he has read up many police diaries that detail the horrific nature of crime in India. “All these cases have horrific details. It is just that we only know few.” Moving on, the team speaks on Mark Zuckerberg’s apology and how unaware the senators questioning him seemed to be. Madhu details how closely the media reported the scene -- focusing on the cushion Zuckerberg sat on, the clothes he wore, the way he drank water, when he smiled and when he smirked. Moving on, our panel talks of violence against journalists in West Bengal while covering Panchayat elections. Journalists from the Times of India and The Indian Express were assaulted, and one was even forcibly undressed. Prompted by a subscriber’s letter, the panel then ventures into a discussion on ‘generalisations’ and wonders if there’s any truth to them. Abhinandan says, "Every sort of humour device rests heavily on generalisations." Anand says that the important thing about generalisations is that they are always done by others. Abhinandan takes the discussion forward by talking about the Cauvery protest in Tamil Nadu. Anand says there is guilt at play on part of the media: “The whole year you don't report about farmers issues. IPL comes and then you juxtapose corporate jazz, owning IPL times.” Madhusudhan points out, "Even Rajnikanth didn't say I am at the gate, stop the damn thing. He just said it would be a nice idea to stop the IPL.” Talking about the fast held by the Congress, Madhu considers it as psychological manipulation. "Psychological trip of you not eating, really people should not care. It might be good at the British times but now its misuse has become ridiculous,” she says. All this and more in this episode of NL Hafta. Listen up.
On Awful and Awesome this week, we bring to you from the archives Abhinandan in conversation with Sabrina Dhawan, who has written Monsoon Wedding, co-written Kaminey, Ishqiya and Rangoon and been a consultant for Haider. She also teaches screenwriting at New York University. The movie Monsoon Wedding shot her to stardom at a very young age in her career. They talk about the factors that make a film successful, what works and what does not. Films like Kaminey and Ishqiya did well at the box office while Rangoon didn't. Abhinandan questions what could be the reason behind a film's fall and success. Sabrina says: "Unlike writing a book, a film is an intensely collaborative medium. So the writing is one part of it. Even the directing is one part of it. Any one element can sink a film. Eventually, it is a good story that is well told. Because you can have a good idea but if it isn't well told, then that doesn't work. That said, even a great script is not director-proof, it's not casting-proof." Furthermore, she says it is a "miracle" if a movie does well because that means everything came together. Talking about the screenwriting course that she teaches at New York University, she discusses how screenwriting is a "craft" similar to carpentry or plumbing. She acknowledges that one needs to have stories to tell, nobody can teach you that. "What I am teaching them is how you actually craft your idea, a lot of it is also teaching them how to externalise or dramatise something because unlike a book, a script is a story told in pictures." Regarding Monsoon Wedding, she recalls the time when she pitched the idea to a bunch of executives. Her idea was appreciated but the executives felt the movie wouldn't be commercially viable. "But we made that film, super low-budget and it ended up finding audiences throughout the world. This taught me a really important lesson, that it's really important to write the story you want to write and write it as truthfully and authentically as possible,” she adds. Abhinandan asks about her challenges when she rewrote the script of Monsoon Wedding from film to theatre. Initially, she thought that since the film is a musical, it would only be a change in formatting because a film and play have different formats. "But it doesn't work like that at all. Going from screen to stage, the fact that you don't have a camera changes everything. You can't cut to location. Of course with sets and production like how many transitions and how do you transition, you can't just keep coming back to the location." Sabrina mentions her love for Zoya Akhtar’s film Luck By Chance. "I thought it was brave and incredibly compassionate. It had this great look and was very satirical and very dark. And the fact that it was made by someone who is an insider in that world and to look into the perspective of an outsider is incredible.” Other films lined up in her list of favourites are Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam and Deewar. Tune into Awful and Awesome for more!
This week on Just Sports, Samar Khan and Rahul Puri discuss the impending 2018 UEFA Champions League final and the IPL. The duo starts off by talking about Liverpool’s unexpected ascent to the finals. Samar disagrees with the general opinion on how Liverpool got there - “I don’t think it was a favourable draw…. they played good football. You don’t reach the finals because you’re lucky, you reach the finals because you deserve to.” Although Rahul admits Liverpool had a relatively easier group this time, he says, “There are no pushovers in the Champions League anymore.” They go on to discuss what changed about the Liverpool team this year, both asserting that with the average age of the team being 18, the younger crowd has definitely had an effect on the performance of the team as a whole. “Liverpool is building up to an elite force in Europe,” says Rahul, when discussing that Liverpool does certainly stand a chance against Real Madrid after having emerged from being the underdogs in the League. They end by both agreeing it will be a defensive final, while also lamenting the sorry state of refereeing in world football. Moving on to the IPL, Samar begins on a sceptical note - “the big bucks have always been kind of a curse to people in the IPL,” and they both agree that big money does not necessarily guarantee good results.” They go on to try and decipher why the cricketers who are being paid enormous amounts are the ones who are not performing well on the field - like Ben Stokes on the Rajasthan team “who doesn’t look like he has any confidence,” says Rahul. They also appreciate Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant for their exceptional performance. The conversation moves forward as Samar and Rahul both express their confusion over why the Indian Board has set the ultimatum of a year-and-a-half before they start playing day and night cricket - to which the Australian Board has written back saying the Indian team is afraid that the night-time conditions won’t be favourable for their players. Samar brings the discussion to a close by calling out the Indian Board on its ignorance, “Indian Board has always tried to be the bully.” As for the Champions League, Samar admits he expected a “fairytale send-off” for Wenger, and while that is true, Rahul opines “it was a fair reflection of where Arsenal are - good but not great.”
On this week’s NL Hafta, a day that also happened to be World Press Freedom Day, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, and Diksha Madhok, journalist and Digital Director of The Print. The panel was also joined by Newslaundry reporter Amit Bhardwaj who was on call from Mangalore to speak about the Karnataka elections. The panel gets together to discuss issues in the current Indian political system, like the upcoming polls, the state of the Indian judiciary, and more. Abhinandan begins with the subject of the young girl being disrobed on the street by eight youth in Bihar. On this, Madhu points out the dearth of detail in these reports because of lack of on-ground reporters. On the Karnataka elections, the panel discusses it’s coverage in the media, and the narrative adopted by the reports. Diksha opines that the narrative is being controlled. She says that ever since PM Narendra Modi has gone to Karnataka, “he has been trying to turn it from a (CM) Siddaramaiah versus Yeddyurappa battle to a Modi versus Rahul Gandhi battle”. She says “they are clearly trying to deflect attention from the Reddy brothers’ scam”. Amit weighs in, saying the narrative depends largely on which region of Karnataka is being spoken of - “no party whether BJP or Congress has been able to create a pan-Karnataka issue.” However, Madhu expresses doubts on Diksha’s opinion, saying “Modi has been able to avoid corruption, so why would they pick up the Reddy brothers?” As for Raman, he says “in Karnataka, there is an urban-rural divide… Reddys getting ready to fight is not going to affect BJP’s chances.” The panel also discusses exactly how independent or compromised the Supreme Court really is, with reference to Arun Shourie’s latest book Anita Gets Bail. Madhu praises the book: “Everything there is based on facts, on documents - none of it is conjecture.” Moving on to the scenario in AMU and the row over Jinnah’s picture, Abhinandan asks the panel to deliberate over whether or not it is at all an issue. “It is an international issue,” says Madhu, comparing the situation with the taking down of the Confederate statues in America and the statue of Queen Victoria which used to stand by India Gate. She calls it a “satirical art form” that could be laughed at. However, the issue cannot be classified as black or white, according to Abhinandan, and Diksha also points out that with instances like these, it becomes difficult to draw the line at what is acceptable and what isn't. On the Red Fort being “adopted” by the Dalmia Group and outsourcing maintenance of monuments to private parties, Diksha says, “India’s monuments are in a terrible shape right now… It won’t be a bad idea to try some private donors… not the first time this is happening in the world”. Madhu confirms the unfortunate condition of monuments and museums in the capital. Keeping in mind the other end of the spectrum of private firms’ goals - profit generation - Madhu says, “I don’t think national heritage places should be money-making enterprises… very few countries have what we have”. Raman talks about the DND flyover and how it became a money-minting project. Concurring with Madhu’s opinion, he asserts, “Final print is not yet clear; I am a little apprehensive”. Abhinandan acknowledges the “private sector by itself is not evil” but brings the conversation to a pondering note: “Why would someone want to do that (work towards benefit) from the goodness of their heart”? The panel then analyses the statements of Tripura CM Bilab Deb. Diksha refers to him as “a gift to the headliners”. Raman says: “We should certainly tell him he’s a foolish man and whatever he is speaking is garbage… he has to be fixed up.” Madhu confirms that Deb’s suggestions to people to rear livestock and set up paan-shops serves the government’s ulterior motive of promoting entrepreneurship.
In this NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan come together to discuss Asaram’s conviction, Saroj Khan’s statement, Karnataka elections, formation of Bahujan Azad Party, Yashwant Sinha quitting BJP, and more. On the apparent absence of violence after Asaram’s conviction, Madhu said: “I don’t think everything is peaceful. I read the judge had to go into hiring police. I read there’s been a reaction from the followers”. While opining on capital punishment, Madhu also recommended a piece written in Hindustan Times by Ishita Manek on why she doesn’t support the death penalty. Her own experience of being sexually exploited in her childhood made her believe that instead of seeking revenge, she wanted an atmosphere that can help children report the crime and the criminal. Giving his views on the verdict, Anand said, “I am not a supporter of capital punishment in any condition. So this is no exception. But there is a culture of knee-jerk political response to things and this is part of it. It may actually be counter to deterrence. If the punishment for raping and killing is the same, there is an incentive to kill. There is an element of seizing the narrative.” Moreover, Manisha pointed out that since almost 90 per cent of child molesters are people the victims know, the death penalty will naturally make families reluctant to report against the victims. For Raman, “If u really want to deter such offenders, you need to have fast-track courts where nobody will be able to tamper with the evidence.” In other words, as Anand put it, “The certainty of punishment is a better deterrent than the rigor of it.” Moving on to Saroj Khan’s statement on the casting couch in the film industry, Abhinandan and Manisha disagreed on the implications of it. While for Abhinandan, two separate sentences were being joined and misconstrued, Manisha found no justification for such a remark in any circumstance. Madhu added, “I don’t think she should have defended any industry. The action is wrong no matter what.” What was worse, as Manisha said, is that no Bollywood celebrity spoke against it. Further, on the strategic importance of the Karnataka Assembly elections, Anand said, “It would be important only if a spillover effect is factored in: will it set a narrative for the general elections?” For Raman, “The election here is relevant because Karnataka is the only state except Punjab where the Congress rules. It is also a major election in a run-up to 2019.” Abhinandan asks the panel to deliberate on whether the UP-based social media adviser from VHP who turned down the Ola cab because his driver was a Muslim, deserved coverage or not. Raman and Madhu feel such news shouldn’t be covered. She said: “I don't think it deserves coverage because it legitimises it. It’s about one loony person tweeting. There are enough aunties and uncles doing crazy things.” While Manisha thinks it should have been covered, “I would report it like a fun anchor story. I wouldn't block it completely.” Anand calls it a “drawing room communal joke getting its way into social media.” Moving on, the panel discusses the 50 IITians who left their jobs to form a party called Bahujan Azad Party, that aims to uplift the Dalits. In the case of the impeachment issue, Abhinandan feels it got balanced coverage. Abhinandan asks the panel to elaborate on the rationale behind Yashwant Sinha quitting the BJP. To which, Madhu answered: “This is no country for old people. In politics, one has to at some point face reality that if you have become irrelevant or people see you as irrelevant, you don't wait till you are dropped, humiliated and pushed out. You walk away with your head held high.” All this and more on this week’s podcast!
On this podcast of Reporters Without Orders, we have a guest joining the panel. A reporter from Catch News, Priyata Brajabasi, joins the team to discuss recent remarks made by BJP leaders, fake news conviction in Malaysia, 2018 World Press Freedom Index and more. Cherry discusses the comments made by Biplab Deb, chief minister of Tripura, who was recently summoned by Modi for making controversial remarks. She also talks about the comments made by Kavinder Gupta, Jammu and Kashmir's deputy chief minister, who called the Kathua rape a “minor” accident. The media coverage given to insensitive and unsubstantiated remarks made by political leaders shouldn't be aired as much, she says. "While it is important to call them out, the media should abstain from giving them so much attention," Cherry adds. Priyata and Abhinandan agree that the media does serve as a platform for such leaders to draw the limelight, but Abhinandan adds: "I also understand the importance of a chief minister or deputy chief minister, their utterances kind of suggest or convey how their administrations will move or treat certain issues of governance." Furthermore, Cherry adds that it's a journalist's job to give context and background of a story. She points out that the 'fake news' conviction in Malaysia should have got more coverage. On April 30, a Malaysian court convicted a Danish citizen for inaccurate criticism of the police. The 46-year-old was the first person to be prosecuted under Malaysia's recent 'fake news' law. “In India, we are talking about internet regulations, so if these regulations are going to be used to crack the whip on people who criticise the police then it's problematic," says Cherry. Talking about Biplab’s comments, Rohin points out that, according to a source, whatever Biplab is saying is being told to him. "I don't think we should be shocked because when Modi, at a science conference, said Ganesh's trunk was a result of cosmetic surgery, then we shouldn't take ‘internet in Mahabharata times’ seriously," he says. Regarding media coverage, Rohin feels that Tripura is getting coverage because of Biplab’s comments. “Otherwise there is hardly any ground reporting of Tripura in mainstream media,” he adds. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released the 2018 World Press Freedom Index with India slipping to the 138th position. As per RSF’s observation, Rohin reads: “Ever since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014, Hindu fundamentalists have been referring to journalists in extremely violent terms. Any investigative reporting that annoys the ruling party or any criticism of Hindutva elicits a torrent of online insults and calls for the death of the reporter or writer responsible, most of it coming from the prime minister’s troll army.” Referring to the murder case of Ankit Saxena, who was in love with a Muslim girl, Rohin points out a new development that should have got media coverage - his parents are collaborating with an NGO to promote inter-religion and inter-caste marriages. The panel then deliberates on the Tamil Nadu governor touching a journalist’s cheek. "I think it does talk about how women journalists are seen,” says Priyata. Abhinandan further discusses the difference that he noticed in recent debates on TV channels. “There was an absence of Hindu-Muslim India-Pakistan kind of thing. I am wondering if this has anything to do with the Karnataka elections,” he asks. Rohin tells the panel that such issues are still being talked about on Hindi TV channels. “People are saying the Kathua case is being talked about because a Muslim girl is involved but nobody talks about the Ghaziabad case because a maulvi and a Hindu girl are involved,” he says. All this and more on this week’s podcast.
अंतरराष्ट्रीय संस्था रिपोर्टर्स सां फ्रांतिए (रिपोर्टर्स विदाउट बॉर्डर) की ताज़ा रिपोर्ट में अंतरराष्ट्रीय प्रेस फ्रीडम इंडेक्स में पिछले साल के मुक़ाबले भारत दो पायदान नीचे खिसककर 138वें नंबर पर चला गया है. सुनिए इस विषय पर क्या सोचते हैं पत्रकार.
आसाराम को आजीवन कारावास, सरोज खान का कास्टिंग काउच को लेकर विवादित बयान, कर्नाटक चुनाव में रेड्डी बंधुओं को भाजपा का उम्मीदवार बनाया जाना, मुख्य न्यायाधीश के खिलाफ महाभियोग के निहितार्थ और संजय दत्त के जीवन पर बन रही फिल्म का ट्रेलर इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे. चर्चा में इस बार दो मेहमान शामिल हुए. वरिष्ठ फिल्म समीक्षक और पत्रकार अजय ब्रह्मात्मज और भारतीय जन संचार संस्थान के एसोसिएट प्रोफेसर आनंद प्रधान. इसके अलावा न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज और कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया भी चर्चा का हिस्सा रहे.
NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek of the complete episode where Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan come together to discuss Asaram’s conviction, Saroj Khan’s statement, Karnataka elections, formation of Bahujan Azad Party, Yashwant Sinha quitting BJP, and more.
Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly roundup of sports. They share their views on the legacy left behind by Arsene Wenger, Gautam Gambhir stepping down from captaincy, the rediscovery of MS Dhoni and more. On Arsene Wenger, Rahul says: “I think he is the last of the managers that you will see have a role like that. That's for the clubs today, they limit the managers' authority.” Adding to it, Samar feels, “It's a lot to do with the new owners. People who are coming with new money, they need far more control.” On the ownership model, Samar points out that previously people who had a passion for football owned clubs. In agreement, Rahul says now they are just corporations. Furthermore, Rahul calls Wenger a "complete control freak" and that he had so much power at Arsenal, the only way in which he would leave was by somebody taking a harsh call. Samar recalls the famous Wenger and Alex Ferguson rivalry. Rahul mentions that Manchester United fans are struggling with the fact that Ferguson is no more the manager. Talking about instant success, Samar points out that it has been a while since Liverpool tasted instant success. Rahul appreciates the kind of football being played by Liverpool. The duo then discusses the ongoing Indian Premier League. On Gautam Gambhir stepping down as the captain of Delhi Daredevils, Samar calls it "pretty much the end of the road for him." Regarding the CSK versus RCB match, Samar says, “At 36 or 37, Dhoni has rediscovered his form.” To which, Rahul calls Dhoni a “phenomenal finisher of a match.” He adds that Dhoni might not be a consistent player, but “if he scores 10 runs in one over, he is capable of getting 30 in the other over.” Apart from Dhoni, the duo feels Ashwin is another one to surprise with his captaincy skills in the Punjab team. One interesting fact that they notice is that in this IPL season, young Indian boys and lesser-known names are doing well. All this and more on this week’s podcast.
On Awful and Awesome this week, Abhinandan and Rajyasree are joined by our very own Deepanjana Pal (DJ). This time, she's back as a guest to talk about her first novel Hush a Bye Baby, a thriller about a gynaecologist, Dr Nandita Rai, who is accused of conducting sex-selective abortions. Sekhri and Sen question DJ about her choice of genre. In response to which, Pal says, “So, at a very basic level, I think it’s fair to say that Hush a Bye Baby is kind of in the middle of many genres. It is a thriller, I hope. But it is also a social drama like you’re describing. It does have a lot to do with the society in which all of this is taking place. It isn’t a conventional murder mystery which is what most thrillers tend to be. There are no dead bodies in this. In many ways, it’s a little bit of a cross-genre kind of a thing.” After having discussed the novel extensively, and DJ’s view on abortions and a woman’s autonomy over her own body, Sekhri and Sen move on to discuss the bizarre, shocking, and extremely disappointing comments made by Bollywood celebrities on rapes in India. The greatest superstar of the country, Amitabh Bachchan, also the brand ambassador of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, when asked to comment on the Kathua rape case, said: “‘Don’t bring up this issue, it is terrible to even talk about it.” While it is a disgusting incident, that doesn’t mean you don’t comment on it. As Sekhri commented: “He is a superstar and we respect him but he is like every other uncle.” Next in line is Saroj Khan, who had something to say about the existence of the casting couch in the industry: “Tum film industry ke peeche kyu pade ho. Woh kamse kam roti toh dedeti hai. Rape karke chorh toh nai deti”. To Sen, the justification that she is making is hardly some salvation. While Bachchan’s and Saroj Khan’s old age can be held up as an excuse for making such statements, what reason does Ranbir Kapoor have? Speaking about the casting couch, the Rockstar actor said: "I don’t know if it exists. I have never been expected to do it” and then laughed! Sen had a very obvious remark to make to that, “For everyone who comes from a level of privilege in their sphere of life, to say I’ve never seen this deprivation is ridiculous.” Moving on, the duo discusses the teaser of Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanju, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Both are highly impressed by the actor’s uncanny resemblance to Sanjay Dutt, but the teaser fails to make a mark on them. According to Sen, “I didn’t think much of the teaser. I thought it was a bit farcical. Like they had just slapped it together. And for some reason, I got the feeling that it was making a hero out of Sanjay Dutt’s stupidities. Because I do think he’s a silly man. He came from the lap of privilege and went wayward. That has been made into a virtue.” Sekhri, however, is less harsh in his opinion on the teaser, “What they’ve attempted is very clever. His life is more tragic than comic. But rather than make the trailer tragic, they attempted to make it almost farcical. I don’t think it works. But it was a clever thing to have tried.” Next, the new Durex Kohinoor Meetha Pan condom ad is reviewed. For Sekhri, the ad is "wrong in all sorts of ways". He also adds, “Ever since Pooja Bedi’s Kamasutra ad, nobody has come up with a classy condom ad. All condom ads have been sleazy.” Talking of advertisements, the next topic of discussion is a print ad commissioned by the ministry of health, to promote healthy eating and being slim. But of course, it’s only directed at women. No surprises there. Sekhri brings out the fallacies that this ad, which shows two women of different sizes, displays. Lastly, Sen talks about an Amazon original that she watched, written and acted in by Sumukhi Suresh, called ‘Pushpavalli’.
On this podcast of Reporters Without Orders, we have Ramnath Goenka award-winner Rahul Kotiyal joining the panel. Currently a freelancer, he has earlier been with Scroll.in's Hindi website Satyagraha and Tehelka. The panel discusses the issues of death penalty, the Dainik Jagran article on Kathua rape, Judge Loya verdict and more. Rahul describes the story that won him the Ramnath Goenka award for Hindi reporting under the print category. “It was a two-part series on organisations in north India that are running an anti-jihad campaign called Beti Bachao, Bahu Lao. This campaign stops girls from having an inter-caste marriage. I reported this from Dehradun,” he says. Nidhi Suresh, our in-house reporter on the ground in Kashmir, elaborates on her story about a 16-year-old minor girl from Kulgam who went missing and the chargesheet was filed a few days ago. Disappointed by the preliminary chargesheet, she says, “The girl said she was drugged. To establish that, they should have conducted a medical examination. It has to be done within 24 hours.” Abhinandan feels that the whole excitement about the death penalty for child rapists is “such a dumb celebration by dumb people for dumb policy and intervention by dumb policymakers.” Amit adds that the incidents that were in the news last week deserved to be covered. They include the sacking of Atishi Marlena, Judge Loya verdict and the impeachment process. On the other hand, “Swati Maliwal’s indefinite hunger strike was not covered by the mainstream media,” he says. On the issue of death penalty, Rahul points out that the media didn't take it the way it should have been taken. It took it as a welcome step. “It was brought in as an ordinance but an ordinance should come in emergency situations; this will bring a regressive change in our legal system.” Furthermore, he discusses that the Dainik Jagran front page article was a culmination of baseless allegations. The article claimed that the Kathua rape never happened. No evidence substantiated the claim. “They claim there were two post-mortem reports but they haven’t presented the reports anywhere. The major and only difference they found is that one had seven injuries and the other one six injuries.” Nidhi calls this as “reflective of our lack of understanding of rape.” The Loya case, Abhinandan believes, deserved more coverage. He points out that the reporting wasn’t dissecting the judgment page-by-page. “On one hand in the same order, they said a judge cannot lie. On the other hand in the same report, there is another judge who says the ECG machine was not working, so he was mistaken.” In the case of death penalty, Rohin argues that when the state cannot give life, how can it take life away? “Nobody is a rapist by birth. Social conditioning contributes to it largely. Even if you give death penalty to the rapist, whom will you blame for social conditioning?” he questions. He further points out that in remote areas, organisations such as Newslaundry, Boom Live, Alt News find it difficult to reach the masses. Hence, publications such as Dainik Jagran circulated a narrative in those areas. Now they feel people are unnecessarily blaming Modi in the Kathua case. While working on the Kulgam case, Nidhi shares that she was disappointed to see that there is interest in the case as long as there is a politician involved. “Let’s face it, Kathua caught fire only because two BJP leaders were involved.” Abhinandan adds: “From the news point of view, there are certain mechanisms that are outcomes of civilisation, governance, democracy, bureaucracy. When that process becomes a perpetrator of the crime, from a macro point of view, it is a failure of the system as opposed to a crime which like Anand Vardhan once said is ‘the banality of crime’.” All this and more on this week’s podcast.
This week’s NL Hafta brings together our in-house team of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal along with Rohan Venkataramakrishnan, Associate Editor, Scroll. The panel discussed a range of issues -- the Supreme Court calling the public interest litigation for an independent investigation to Justice Loya’s death ‘frivolous’, the continuing outrage over the Kathua case, the Mecca Masjid blast verdict and a lot more.