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Ep 382: Coronavirus, private casteist jokes not an offence under SC/ST Act, and more
Daily Dose
access_time13 hours ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 381: Coronavirus, US protests over George Floyd killing, and more
Daily Dose
access_time2 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Chhota Hafta 278
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time3 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Shoaib Daniyal, associate editor at Scroll. Discussing the rerouting of Shramik Special trains, Mehraj says, “I am just at a loss. Even incompetence alone doesn’t explain this. This is a time when they are running a fraction of the usual number of trains It is not just that these trains are getting lost, but they are also not providing food or even water.” To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 380: Coronavirus, migrant crisis, and more
Daily Dose
access_time3 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 117: Central Vista, layoffs at The Telegraph, and more
Reporters Without Orders
access_time3 days ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayan Sharma and Hameeda Syed.Hameeda begins the podcast with a discussion on her extensive report on Narendra Modi’s redevelopment plans for Delhi’s Central Vista. She talks about various aspects of the project including its very need, cost, clearances, public consultation, and aesthetic. Ayan talks about his report on Prag News, an Assamese news channel that forced one of its pregnant employees to quit, saying they needed “agile people” at the workplace. The trio also discuss the layoffs at The Telegraph, and the glaring contrast in how the newspaper covered the COVID-19 response by the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
एनएल चर्चा 118: भारत-चीन सीमा विवाद, हवाई सेवा बहाली और अन्य
NL Charcha
access_time3 days ago
एनएल चर्चा का 118वां अंक बंगाल और ओडिशा में आए अम्फन तूफान, भारत चीन के बीच जारी सीमा विवाद, कोरोना वायरस से संक्रमितों की बढ़ती संख्या,इंवाका ट्रंप का ट्वीट और फिर से शुरू हुई हवाई यातायात जैसे विषयों पर केंद्रित रही.इस बार चर्चा में एनडीटीवी इंडिया के फॉरेन अफेयर्स एडिटर उमाशंकर सिंह, न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के स्तंभकार आनंद वर्धन और एसोसिएट एडिटर मेघनाथ एसशामिल हुए. चर्चा का संलाचन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 379: Indo-China conflict, Trump’s SM order, lockdown extension woes, and more
Daily Dose
access_time4 days ago
This episode is hosted by Meghnad S who brings you stories from Delhi, the US, and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 163: Untouchable, Betaal, and more
The Awful & Awesome Entertainment Wrap
access_time4 days ago
While talking about Betaal:Abhinandan: Rajyasree, you know you should not take this lightly. When your co-host is motivated after he has been ridiculed by his audience, who said I haven’t watched anything, the next week he goes back and watches a film, a series, two ads. He does his homework, he comes and does a great show.Rajyasree: I was very impressed!Abhinandan: And then his horrible co-host — who should just jump off a building and fall on concrete — tells him to watch such films. Do you know how demotivated I get? Why should I watch anything? You wasted two hours, you know how busy I am?Rajyasree: You saw only one episode, I watched two episodes.Abhinandan: Dude, I watched all four. I can tell you what the end scene is. Do you know what the end scene is?Rajyasree: Everyone just shoots their brains out because they couldn't believe they have to do this?Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Ghoomketu; documentary film Untouchable; Netflix series Snowpiercer, Evil Genius, and Betaal; Madhuri Dixit’s debut single Candle; Salman Khan’s sanitiser brand; and the new Nike commercial.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 378: Coronavirus, locust invasion, Hong Kong, and more
Daily Dose
access_time5 days ago
In this episode of Daily Dose, Ayush Tiwari brings you stories from Punjab, Mizoram, Brazil, South Korea, and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 377: Coronavirus, Assam floods, and more
Daily Dose
access_time6 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 376: Coronavirus, Bat Woman’s warning, and more
Daily Dose
access_time7 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 375: Coronavirus, domestic flights, heat wave warning, and more
Daily Dose
access_time8 days ago
This dark and depressing episode is hosted by Meghnad S who brings you news from Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Telangana, Europe and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 374: Coronavirus, Hong Kong protests, and more
Daily Dose
access_time9 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 373: Coronavirus, Chinese transgressions at LAC, and more
Daily Dose
access_time10 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Chhota Hafta 277
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time10 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by our in-house team of Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan.Talking about the Covid-19 cases at Zee News, and Newslaundry’s recent report about the cluster, Abhinandan says the employees who tested positive “might not get the sympathy that they should get, because of how Sudhir Chaudhary and other people like him have positioned themselves. That is a sad outcome.” Manisha is more optimistic, hoping that “people will make the distinction between Sudhir and regular Zee workers who are living alone or living with family.”To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
एनएल चर्चा 117: योगी और कांग्रेस का बस विवाद, ज़ी न्यूज़ में कोरोना और अन्य
NL Charcha
access_time10 days ago
एनएल चर्चा के 117वें अंक में केंद्र सरकार द्वारा घोषित 20 लाख करोड़ के विशेष आर्थिक पैकेज, उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार और कांग्रेस पार्टी के बीच बस विवाद, कोरोना वायरस के बीच अम्फान तूफान की तबाही, नेपाल-भारत के बीच सीमा विवाद और रेडियो रंवाडा नरंसहार के आरोपी की पेरिस से 25 साल बाद हुई गिरफ्तारी आदि विषयों पर बातचीत की गई.इस चर्चा में वरिष्ठ पत्रकार स्मिता शर्मा, शार्दूल कात्यायन और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के एसोसिएट एडिटर मेघनाथ एस शामिल हुए. चर्चा का संलाचन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 372: Coronavirus, ₹1,000 crores to WB after Cyclone Amphan, and more
Daily Dose
access_time11 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 116: Layoffs in media, OpIndia’s communalisation of a Bihar boy’s death, and more
Reporters Without Orders
access_time11 days ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar.While Basant tells the panel about his report on Opindia communalising the death of a boy in Bihar’s Gopalganj, Ayush talks about his reports on the layoffs in the Times group. The trio also discuss journalists in Himachal Pradesh facing FIRs for reporting on government failures, and the News Broadcasters Association and the Indian Newspaper Society’s response to a PIL challenging layoffs by media companies. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 162: Defending Jacob, Navratna Tel, and more
The Awful & Awesome Entertainment Wrap
access_time11 days ago
Wrapping up the show:Abhinandan: We shall watch a few more things. So Rajyasree: Will you?Abhinandan: I will. I’ll be diligent!Rajyasree: Rubbish! This is one episode. Every 12 episodes you watch stuff. But it’s ok.Abhinandan: So, there was an article on the World Economic Forum page about how during the lockdown Rajyasree: How Abhinandan is misunderstood.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Kaamyaab; Amazon Prime series Paatal Lok; miniseries Defending Jacob; and the new commercials for Budweiser, Navratna Tel and Tata Motors.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 371: Coronavirus, Cyclone “Amphan”, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and more
Daily Dose
access_time12 days ago
Jude Weston brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 370: Coronavirus update, Cyclone Amphan, and more
Daily Dose
access_time12 days ago
This episode is hosted by Ayan Sharma who brings you the latest updates about coronavirus from India and across the world, along with other news stories. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 370: Coronavirus update, Cyclone Amphan, and more
Daily Dose
access_time13 days ago
This episode is hosted by Ayan Sharma who brings you the latest updates about coronavirus from India and across the world, along with other news stories. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 369: Coronavirus update, Zee News employees test positive, and more
Daily Dose
access_time13 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep 368: Coronavirus update, Andhra Pradesh, and more
Daily Dose
access_time14 days ago
Hameeda Syed brings you the latest coronavirus updates from India and across the world, along with other news stories. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hafta 264: Amulya Leona, Trump’s visit, AAP’s Hanuman politics, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time14 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan of Newslaundry are joined by Shelly Walia, senior editor at the Quint. Rather surprisingly, this episode kicks off with a healthy debate on whether litti chokha belongs to Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. The panellists then engage in an extended discussion on their favourite regional delicacies. Mehraj finally ends the discussion with a tongue-in-cheek remark: “Vegetarian and delicacy don’t go together in the same sentence.” Shelly then turns to the subject of Amulya Leona, a young woman from Karnataka, being slapped with a sedition case for saying “Pakistan Zindabad” at an AIMIM rally in Hyderabad. Mehraj explains how this issue pertains to which side of the free speech debate one stands on. Shelly argues that the BJP latches onto such statements to divert attention from real problems. “Just think of the things that you got to hear before the Delhi election when it was constantly, like, India, Pakistan, Muslim, Hindu, current puhuch jayega and goli maaro. The kind of shit that is being said by our ministers and here is a 20-year-old ‘woke’ woman who says something like that and we call her idiotic. I don’t think that’s a fair thing because I just feel things are going off track.” Abhinandan disagrees, arguing that every protest can’t be about everything. “If every protest becomes bhadaas nikalna, then the repercussions will also be bhadaas nikalne wala,” he says. While Mehraj bats for absolute freedom to say whatever one wants, Abhinandan puts the AIMIM at fault for not vetting what was to be spoken from their stage. “I think it is a dumb thing to give platform to someone like that to make a fool of themselves. Of course, the person has the right to make a fool of themselves, but is that good for the movement I am fighting for?” On Donald Trump’s visit and the possibility that there won’t be a trade agreement, Anand opines that the fact the US president is visiting India alone is a symbolic step towards de-hyphenating India-Pakistan. “We are in a phase where the big power and the emerging power equations would be more guarded by complex interdependence rather than clear takeaways from each other.” Bringing in a less discussed nuance, Abhinandan argues that Trump’s visit will refuel the BJP’s discourse which has been dulled by its electoral loss in Delhi. The panellists also talk about AAP legislator Saurabh Bharadwaj organising monthly Hanuman Chalisa prayers in his constituency, and his demand for erecting a Hanuman statue at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya; the Supreme Court’s order granting women permanent commission in the Army; the importance of formal education; the New York Times publishing an article by Taliban leader Sirajuddin Haqqani; and much more. Tune in!
Hafta 265: Delhi violence, Trump’s visit, Weinstein’s conviction, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time14 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Raman Kirpal of Newslaundry are joined by Neha Dixit, journalist and professor at Ashoka University. The podcast starts with a discussion on media reports on the Delhi riots. Neha says, “Lots of people are claiming that their relatives are missing. Dead bodies have been dumped at the hospital with no identification made since the investigation officers are too busy to get the post-mortem started. So the death toll will still go up.” Talking about the overnight transfer of Justice S Muralidhar, Abhinandan says, “It is rather alarming the brazenness with which the state is carrying out whatever their project is.“ Manisha reasons why the violence is centred in North East Delhi, saying, ”This is where Amit shah gave his ‘Shaheen bagh ko jhatka lagega’ speech, along with a large number of unemployed youth from both sides present there.” Regarding the Delhi police’s inaction during the riots, Abhinandan says this “disrespect” now for the police will outlast Modi and Shah. “The police have shot themselves in the foot.” Mehraj talks about the judiciary’s role in the violence. “If you go back and see books and reports on instances of communal violence since 1947 if you take the names of the places away, you can’t tell one from the other,” he says. “Everywhere, the police has sided with the rioters and the judiciary has been stacked against the victims. The only difference this time is that everything is being recorded on camera.” Raman believes the riots were orchestrated. ”The circumstantial evidence, so far, are strongly indicating that the people who orchestrated all this came from the border areas,” he tells the panel. The panel also discusses the media coverage of Trump’s visit, the Delhi government’s inaction during the violence, #MeToo in India, and more. Tune in!
Hafta 266: Delhi violence, coronavirus, parliament ruckus, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time14 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Anand Vardhan, and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Kapil Komireddi, author and journalist. They start with a discussion on the Delhi violence. Abhinandan asks the panellists how precisely they will describe what happened. Was it “riot” or “pogrom”? Kapil believes it was more than a riot and, had it continued to escalate, could have become a pogrom. Anand sees it purely as communal violence and a confrontation between supporters and opponents of the citizenship law. Mehraj prefers the term “communal carnage”. Talking about the foreign media’s coverage of the violence, Kapil says there’s a lack of nuance. “When a piece is written in Delhi and sent to London or New York for editing, I think the editors add their own language, they compress language, nuance somehow gets eliminated from that coverage,” he adds. He, however, rejects the suggestion that such coverage is a conspiracy to defame India. “I think India is supplying enough material to people who dislike the country,” he argues. Kapil goes on to question Narendra Modi’s competence as a leader, “For weeks, Gujarat burnt around him and he did nothing. In Delhi, in the capital of the country, the city burnt for three days and again he was incompetent, he could not do anything. So the defining characteristic of the prime minister is incompetence.” Speaking about how the violence started, Raman says, “I think prima facie, it was deliberate. It was started with some intentions to teach a lesson.” He adds that Muslims retaliated where they were in large numbers, making it a full-blown riot. About the police’s role, he says, “There are few brilliant individuals in any institution. But let us face it, on those three days, these men in khaki, they behaved like Hindus.” Anand, however, argues that it is early to say the police were incompetent considering the sequence of the events is still unclear. He says, “The cause and effect relationship, what caused it, is still very hazy.” Mehraj disagrees. “If we have to find the truth, we have to go beyond these institutions, beyond the police,” he says. “This is a police that not only sided with the rioters but was complicit in the violence”. He notes that the police actively destroyed CCTV cameras to ensure there was no evidence of their actions. The panel then discuss the coronavirus pandemic. “It seems a lot more alarming but when you see the age-wise break-up of fatality, for a young fit person, this is like a flu that goes away,” Abhinandan says, initiating the conversation. Mehraj, however, points out that the fatality rate being low doesn’t mean that the threat isn’t severe for a country like India, where “without a proper healthcare system, you are asking for disaster.” They also discuss the suspension of seven Congress MPs, Justice S Muralidhar’s transfer from the Delhi High Court to Punjab, freedom of speech, and much more. Tune in!
Hafta 268: Coronavirus hits India, Modi speaks, Gogoi goes to Rajya Sabha, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time14 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Suhasini Haider, diplomatic editor of the Hindu newspaper, and Dr Arjun Dang, CEO of Dr Dang’s Labs. Starting off with a discussion on the coronavirus pandemic, Abhinandan wonders why India’s approach to containing it differs from that prescribed by the WHO, and what impact this will have. To Abhinandan’s question about the government not allowing healthcare professionals to use existing kits to test for coronavirus, Dang explains that this is to ensure uniformity in and quality of testing. All testing kits for coronavirus must be approved by the National Institute of Virology, Pune. “If the testing isn’t done in a controlled and regulated manner, we will actually go from the frying pan into the fire”. To Mehraj’s question about India’s testing capacity, Dang points out that the pandemic has disrupted the supply chains of the kits manufactured in Europe and China. India now faces an uphill battle to get more kits. So, it should judiciously use the kits it has. Talking about Modi’s address to the nation on the pandemic, Suhasini says it lacked substance but was reassuring. Abhinandan remarks that it was the first speech in which Modi showed some humility. Manisha notes that he talked up solutions taken from Western countries without thinking whether they would work in India. While it was high on emotion, it lacked substance. Abhinandan doesn’t think India has a plan to tackle the economic fallout of the pandemic. Mehraj argues that the prime minister didn’t address the nation but only those privileged sections of society that can afford to stay home; he didn’t address the anxieties of those who have no choice but to go out to feed their families. The panel also discuss Ranjan Gogoi’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha. Abhinandan wonders why Indians do not want to retire. Mehraj quips, “This is probably the only country in the world where people agitate for the retirement age to be raised rather than to be lowered.” They also discuss the political stalemate in Madhya Pradesh; the Press Council of India’s notice to the Telegraph for a headline that allegedly mocked India’s president; nepotism and mediocrity in the media industry and other sections of society, and much more.
Hafta 269: India’s lockdown, the role of journalists during a crisis, police brutality, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time14 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by data journalist Rukmini S. Abhinandan begins by bringing up Rukmini’s piece in The Print where she wrote that India could see up to 30,000 COVID-19 deaths by May. She says this is not her prediction — it’s based on current growth rate of cases, trajectories of other countries, and predictable modeling done by statisticians that show similar pathways, so this could be the direction India is headed. “Even with significant intervention, there will be not an ending, but a reduction [in cases],” Rukmini says. Discussing how the 21-day nationwide lockdown was imposed by Narendra Modi to enforce social distancing, both Raman and Mehraj think India won't be able to handle that many patients. Mehraj asks what measures exist for the homeless, and those dependent on daily wages. Raman also cites data* on the state of public healthcare in India, such as the fact that India has only 9,512 ICU beds for its 130-crore population. Bringing up the WHO’s guidelines and its emphasis on community outreach, Manisha says she was stunned by Modi’s decision on the lockdown and the manner in which he communicated it to the public. “Someone who supposedly was a chaiwallah, who rose from nowhere, is so out of touch with how Indians live.” Abhinandan says there’s a sense of “theatre” in what Modi does, in contrast to the Kerala health minister’s low-profile press briefings every day. The panel also discusses the role of journalists during a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, India’s support for public institutions, police brutality, and much more. Tune in! *The data Raman cited — number of ventilators, ICU beds, isolation beds exclusively earmarked across states to treat COVID-19 patients — is as of March 24. This data is changing dynamically as more capacity is added on a daily basis. For instance, on March 26, the capacity was upgraded to 85,976 isolation beds, 22,772 ICU beds, and 14245 ventilators. Correction: Raman said Delhi has 252 ICU beds. The number is actually for ventilators.
Hafta 276: Bois Locker Room, Atmanirbharta, changes to labour laws, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time14 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Mehraj D Lone, Raman Kirpal, and Manisha Pande are joined by Pragya Tiwari, journalist and regional director of Flint Asia. Starting off with the “Bois Locker Room” controversy, Pragya suggests that the group was “a manifestation of an endemic crisis” that we tend to ignore. “We keep forgetting how thin a line it is between inappropriate conversation and rape culture. It is on a spectrum,” she says. “The same thing about the guy’s death. That is another thing we don’t talk about as a society, as families, which is mental health. So this is just a manifestation of two conversations we radically need to have — in our schools, in our colleges, in our homes, through counselling — which is mental health and addressing rape culture, patriarchal attitudes.” Manisha says the incident demonstrates that social media allegations should be taken with a grain of salt, especially as they detract from legitimate societal challenges. Raman agrees, suggesting that the problem was further compounded by the “social media trial”. With regards to the prime minister’s recent speech, Pragya bemoans Modi’s use of “tyag” and “tapasya” to describe the distress faced by migrant workers, since it implies that their struggles were of their own volition. The panel discusses Modi’s emphasis on “atmanirbharta” and the concept of “self-reliance”. Raman points out the dire state of manufacturing in India over the past decade, and suggests that protectionism is not the answer. Mehraj is more sympathetic to the concept of Swadeshi, but laments that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s conception of Swadeshi is only centred on the capitalist class. Manisha brings up the media’s misreporting of Modi’s announcement as a new “Rs 20 lakh crore package”, when the prime minister actually included previously-announced schemes and the RBI’s liquidity measures as part of the “package”. Pragya agrees, arguing that it is “slightly inappropriate because the RBI is technically an independent institution that decides monetary policy by itself”. The panel also discusses the recent changes to labour laws in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat. Pragya describes the changes as “abject regulations” and deplores the use of the ordinances to bring about these changes. She points out that labour and capital do not have equal bargaining power and that labourers have very little legal recourse. “Instead of rationalising compliance, you have basically thrown out the baby with the bathwater,” she says. Abhinandan agrees, suggesting that the government is just “taking a flamethrower to a problem”. He adds that the power of labourers and trade unions has greatly decreased over the past three decades. To listen to this and much more, tune in!
Hafta 275: Pulitzer Prize, Karnataka’s migrant workers, liquor stores reopening, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time14 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Yogita Limaye, the India correspondent for the BBC. The conversation begins with the gas leak in Visakhapatnam and how the BBC, which has a Telugu language service, is covering it. Abhinandan asks Yogita about how the BBC has been criticised for not serving Indian interests. Yogita says she hasn’t been accused of anti-India bias by anyone she knows in the Indian newspace, though the organisation is attacked at a personal and organisational level on television and social media. She adds, “That entire thing about toeing a foreign line: I’m not entirely sure where that comes in.” Moving on to the three photojournalists in Kashmir who won the Pulitzer, and the controversy that followed in India, Anand points out that the award citation says India revoked “Kashmir’s independence” which he finds misleading, since Kashmir never had any sovereignty even when Article 370 was in place. Raman says he feels a “sense of pride” that an Indian won. While he doesn’t want to make it political, he says, what was in the photos was “absolutely real”. Mehraj says the government can be critical of the photos since they do not reflect the government in a good light, but “what is more distressing” is the criticism of the award by “so-called journalists who should be celebrating it”, even if they don’t agree with what the photos represent. Manisha says the biggest problem with people’s dislike for the award is their “refusal to accept that Kashmir is a conflict zone”. She adds that it’s scary how the Indian media has influenced people in such a way that “the tolerance to see what is happening in Kashmir has been reduced to zero”. Talking about liquor stores being opened, Manisha says the moralistic argument of closing them during the lockdown in the first place is wrong. “The judgement of people standing outside thekas is classist,” she says. Raman says there’s a history to the moral judgement attached to alcohol, bringing up how alcohol is sold in black polythene bags to “hide” it. Anand says it boils down to the question of what is essential and what isn’t. “Given it’s very low space in the priority list that people should have, I think it was not a well thought-out idea,” he says. Abhinandan moves on to the Karnataka government’s decision to not send its migrant workers back home. Anand says that restricting movement is a violation of the migrants’ fundamental rights. “The charm of cheap labour and the fear of losing that is always there,” he says, which explains the builders’ lobby urging that the migrant workers stay behind. Raman calls it a “state-sponsored kidnapping” that amounts to slavery. Mehraj digresses into how the lockdown was intended to give the government time to prepare for a surge in the number of positive cases, but this hasn’t happened. “By the end of this, God forbid, we’ll see more people have died from the fallout of this, rather than from the disease itself,” he says. The panel also discusses the Aarogya Setu app, militancy in Kashmir, bias in the media, and much more. Tune in!
Hafta 274: Fake news and TV channels, Aarogya Setu, Arnab Goswami’s interrogation, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time14 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Madhu Trehan, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Pratik Sinha, co-founder of AltNews. Abhinandan asks what everyone thinks about the interrogation of journalists during the pandemic, Arnab Goswami being the most prominent example. Pratik says the issue comes down to “what is more primary: freedom of speech, or right to life”. He brings up how Goswami once targeted Umar Khalid and a subsequent attack on Khalid’s life. “Is it okay for news anchors to carry out hate-mongering day in and day out, endangering the lives of people much less privileged than them?” he says. Madhu believes free speech is important, and Goswami should be allowed to say whatever he did. But, she adds, “everybody else also has the freedom to follow up on it”. On Arnab being questioned for 12 hours, she says “the police rarely acts on its own”, and something as major as questioning a journalist “usually comes somewhere from the top”. What one needs to ask, she says, is who is instructing the Maharashtra police? Mehraj adds that he thinks it’s harassment but not a freedom of speech issue. “Going on TV and lying, blatantly lying, communalising an incident” doesn’t come under freedom of speech, he says. Discussing fake news during the pandemic, Pratik says misinformation has “spiked’, and there have been varying patterns of fake news. First about the Chinese state, then medical misinformation and later, when the focus shifted to the Tablighi Jamaat, “for the past 30 days, there has been a majority of communal misinformation”. Pratik says news channels are “becoming megaphones for these false claims”, and that the pattern of misinformation is part of a well-organised effort. Abhinandan says it’s a “well-oiled machinery” and while he can’t prove it, he believes it’s funded by political parties. The conversation shifts to the government’s Aarogya Setu app. It might be an invasion of privacy, Abhinandan says, but in today’s circumstances, it’s “not such an easy liberty versus government-control-over-you choice”. Ideally, Madhu adds, the data on the app should be such that “we put it in and then, say, within six months or a year, it expires”. Mehraj says, “The best way to do surveillance for coronavirus is to do testing.” He thinks Aarogya Setu has practical problems, apart from privacy. “Once you’re in a lockdown, the app doesn’t make sense because if you’re in a lockdown, you’re not going out,” he points out. The panel also discusses the deaths of Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, and much more. Tune in!
Ep 367: Coronavirus update, Cyclone “Amphan”, and more
Daily Dose
access_time16 days ago
Ayan Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news.
Ep 366:  Coronavirus update, Siddharth Varadrajan, and more
Daily Dose
access_time17 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news.
Hafta 273: Kashmiri journalists, Arnab Goswami on Palghar, Ramachandra Guha, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time17 days ago
In this week’s episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kripal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times. Abhinandan asks Anuradha how reporting is being carried out in the valley at the moment. Anuradha says they’re “unable to bring out print editions”, and printed copies aren’t being distributed by hawkers. Barring a few newspapers, she adds, the government has “stopped all ads”. Discussing the few journalists bringing out stories, Anuradha says, “The pandemic is being used as a cover to target them and harass them.” Mehraj agrees, saying: “Journalism has been declared a crime in Kashmir.” He adds that this has been the case for a while, and legal coercion is used to ensure that “self-censorship becomes pervasive”. Manisha comments on how journalists are being “called and questioned” over their stories. Raman brings up the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, which empowers those in power to arrest journalists. Anuradha calls the UAPA a “stringent and disproportionate law” since the onus to prove one’s innocence lies on the person booked under the act. Abhinandan brings up how historian Ramachandra Guha moved his column from Hindustan Times. He adds that Guha had accused HT of censoring his column back in 2007-08, but it got no attention since social media was not big at the time. Anand says there are two ways of looking at it. The first is “a matter between a private company and a man who writes for it”, and the second is about what is acceptable and what isn’t in the press. In the first case, he says, “We don’t know what the company has to say about it.” Considering Guha has options for where he could publish his column, Anand doesn’t think Guha represents the “larger scheme of things” for columnists as a professional group. Mehraj points out that the conversation isn’t really about Guha, but about how “a very powerful media organisation decided to censor a piece they didn’t like”. Manisha adds that this shouldn’t be confused with editorial inputs. Moving on to Arnab Goswami’s show on the Palghar lynching, Raman says, “Arnab manufactured the news and made it communal.” Discussing the alleged attack on Goswami, Abhinandan says Goswami’s statement on it “made it seem like there was an attack on his life”. He adds: “And then he says, ‘Now you give me sympathy’. You are taking away what he had done to journalism the night before.” Manisha says Goswami’s introduction of a communal angle into the lynching, when rumours are actually to blame, is “criminally irresponsible, it’s not journalistic, it makes no sense.” The panel also discusses All India Radio’s casual employees losing their livelihood, and the backlash to Tejasvi Surya’s tweets.
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Newslaundry Podcast
access_time17 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Mehraj D Lone, Raman Kirpal, and Manisha Pande are joined by Pragya Tiwari, journalist and regional director of Flint Asia. Starting off with the “Bois Locker Room” controversy, Pragya suggests that the group was “a manifestation of an endemic crisis” that we tend to ignore. Manisha says the incident demonstrates that social media allegations should be taken with a grain of salt, especially as they detract from legitimate societal challenges. Raman agrees, suggesting that the problem was further compounded by the “social media trial”. To listen to the full episode, subscribe to Newslaundry.
Ep 161: Paatal Lok, Rocketman, and more
The Awful & Awesome Entertainment Wrap
access_time17 days ago
In this episode of The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap, Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Rocketman, Amazon Prime Original series Paatal Lok, the New Horlicks ad, and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome. PS: This episode was recorded live. So, watch and enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fySfxmJtMqM&t=58s
एनएल चर्चा 116: श्रम कानूनों में बदलाव और 20 लाख करोड़ का राहत पैकेज
NL Charcha
access_time17 days ago
चर्चा के 116वें अंक में केंद्र और राज्य सरकारों द्वारा श्रम कानूनों में किया गया बदलाव, प्रधानमंत्री द्वारा किया गया 20 लाख करोड़ के राहत पैकेज का ऐलान और पीएमओ द्वारा सार्वजनिक किए गए पीएम केयर फंड की जानकारी आदि पर बात हुई. इस बार चर्चा में पीआरएस लेजिस्लेटिव रिसर्च से सुयश तिवारी, न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के स्तंभकार आनंद वर्धन और शार्दूल कात्यायन शामिल हुए. चर्चा का संलाचन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.
Ep 365:  Maharashtra extends lockdown, MP migrant chaos, Facebook's new features, and more
Daily Dose
access_time18 days ago
This episode is hosted by Meghnad S. who brings you stories from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, US of A, and more.
Ep 115: How is Northeast India handling the Covid-19 pandemic?
Reporters Without Orders
access_time18 days ago
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Makepeace Sitlhou, an independent journalist based in Guwahati, Assam, and Ri Kynti Marwein, editor of Highland Post, a newspaper published in Shillong, Meghalaya. Ri Kynti begins with a hilarious story about the kind of comments made on the Meghalaya chief minister’s Facebook lives, leading to a conversation about the lack of official information available from the government. Makepeace shares a brief account of how Northeastern states are managing the pandemic, based on a report she wrote. She talks about how the relatively low rate of infection recorded in the region could be due to low testing. Ri Kynti talks about a recent report in her newspaper on how an entire village almost starved due to non-renewal of ration cards by the government. She also explains the function of a Dorbar Shnong, or the village headman, under the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, one of the 25 autonomous regions in India; and their role in assisting the government to contain the pandemic. On being asked about cooperation between different tribal communities during the crisis, Makepeace is of the view that while there are many such instances, everything is not as hunky-dory as a section of the mainstream media tends to make it out to be. She sheds light on how authority is perceived differently by different communities across the Northeast. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in!
Ep 364: Coronavirus, WHO’s warning, global nuclear weapon spending, and more
Daily Dose
access_time19 days ago
Jude Weston brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news.
Ep 363: Coronavirus, Atmanirbhar Bharat, combusting ventilators in Russia, and more
Daily Dose
access_time20 days ago
In this episode of Daily Dose, Ayush Tiwari brings you stories from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Germany, Russia, and more.
Ep 362: Coronavirus update, Delhi Minority Commission Chairman granted interim protection, and more
Daily Dose
access_time21 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news.
Ep 361: Coronavirus update, Boislockerroom and more
Daily Dose
access_time22 days ago
This episode is hosted by Hameeda Syed who brings you the latest coronavirus updates from India and across the world, along with other news stories.
Ep 360: Coronavirus update, India-China border skirmish, and more
Daily Dose
access_time23 days ago
Snigdha Sharma brings you the latest on coronavirus from India and across the world, and other news.
Ep 359:  Coronavirus update, NHRC on Aurangabad train tragedy, and more
Daily Dose
access_time24 days ago
This episode is hosted by Ayan Sharma who brings you the latest updates about coronavirus from India and across the world, along with other news stories.
Hafta 272: Arrest of ABP Majha journalist, India Today’s ‘sting operation’, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time24 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kripal, Manisha Pande, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Supriya Sharma, executive editor of Scroll. Abhinandan asks Supriya about the arrest of an ABP Majha journalist for allegedly spreading false information that might have prompted the gathering of migrant workers in Bandra, Mumbai. Was the arrest warranted, or is the journalist a scapegoat? Supriya calls it a “complete overreach”, suggesting authorities found a journalist to blame and that a lot doesn’t add up. She adds that it’s “unlikely” that the migrant workers watch a Marathi news channel, since a lot of them are from non-Marathi speaking regions. Raman thinks the journalist “became an alibi for government miscommunication”. Mehraj says “blaming the person on the lowest rung” is wrong. “If the journalist was hauled up for misreporting, what about the editor and owner of the channel?” he adds. Manisha says, “Histrionics aside, I don’t see where the reporter screwed up so massively as to warrant an arrest.” Abhinandan brings up Supriya’s report on migrant workers camping out under Delhi’s Yamuna Bridge. Supriya adds that people are reluctant to speak on camera, since they are apprehensive of the consequences of their identities being revealed. Abhinandan says a “distrust of the government”, due to previous experiences, makes people unwilling to get tested for Covid-19. Mehraj explains how this distrust is seen “more starkly” in Kashmir. When a soldier visits your home to beat you up or haul you off to an army camp, he says, your instinct is to run and hide even if they come as part of census activities. “There’s no switch for trust that you can turn it off and on,” he says. Moving on to India Today’s “sting operation” in three madrasas in Delhi, Abhinandan says it adds to the “anti-Muslim rhetoric” in the media. Mehraj thinks the sting happened because of this pre-existing narrative, and “they were trying to find something to force-fit into it”. Manisha says the report didn’t warrant a sting in the first place, considering one of the madrasa representatives voluntarily participated in an India TV report. The panel also discusses the media's “broken model”, Bill Maher’s rant on whether the term “Chinese virus” should be used, and much more. Tune in!
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Newslaundry Podcast
access_time24 days ago
In this episode of NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Mehraj D Lone, and Anand Vardhan are joined by Yogita Limaye, the India correspondent for the BBC. Talking about liquor stores being opened, Manisha says the moralistic argument of closing them during the lockdown in the first place is wrong. “The judgement of people standing outside thekas is classist,” she says. Raman says there’s a history to the moral judgement attached to alcohol, bringing up how alcohol is sold in black polythene bags to “hide” it. Anand says it boils down to the question of what is essential and what isn’t. “Given it’s very low space in the priority list that people should have, I think it was not a well thought-out idea,” he says.
एनएल चर्चा 115: विशाखापट्टनम में गैस रिसाव और मजदूरों से वसूला गया ट्रेन का किराया
NL Charcha
access_time24 days ago
एनएल चर्चा के 115वें एपिसोड में विशाखापट्ट्नम में जहरीली गैस के रिसाव से हुई मौत, पुलित्जर अवार्ड पर हुआ विवाद, मजदूरों के लिए चलाई गई ट्रेनों में टिकट वसूला गया, और लॉकडाउन में खुली शराब की दुकान जैसे विषयों पर विस्तृत चर्चा की गई. इस बार चर्चा में वरिष्ठ पत्रकार निवेदिता खांडेकर, शार्दूल कात्यायन और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के एसोसिएट एडिटर मेघनाथ एस शामिल हुए. चर्चा का संलाचन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.
Ep 358: Migrant worker train accident, Trump's daily Covid-19 tests, a new Black Hole, and more
Daily Dose
access_time25 days ago
This episode is hosted by Meghnad S. who brings you news from Delhi, Maharashtra, USA and Chile.
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