This week on NL Hafta, with special guest Amitoj Singh, we discuss the Supreme Court’s judgment on the power tussle between the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and Arvind Kejriwal, as well as its interpretations. We also discuss reports of the President being mistreated at Jagannath Temple, WhatsApp rumour-triggered mob lynchings, and finally, the National Register of Citizens, which is creating quite a ruckus in Assam. Meghnad breaks down the SC judgment: “What this judgment has solved is, essentially, that they have to communicate their decisions to the LG, but don’t have to wait for his approval. If the LG feels that they have taken a decision that is unconstitutional, that is when he has to step in, so he can’t just sit on files.” Amitoj offers his thoughts on the judgment. “The language of this 535-page order is so complicated, it is making lives suffer…from all the interpretations of all my colleagues…there is not a single word of reprimand for the 3.5 years of the loss of [governance and] for the people of Delhi, that was stalled by the LG. This one keyword, is the real issue out here—‘interpretation’.” The panel then points out some humorous sections from the judgment. The panel also talks about why it took four days for the President’s office to clarify that the President wasn’t, in fact, mistreated at the Puri temple, even when it dominated national headlines. Madhu joins the panel to weigh in on the Kejriwal issue. “He really doesn’t know that to get work done you actually have to get along with people.” Amitoj says, “Whenever you are kind and whenever you are diplomatic, things slow down, and that’s not his style.” Madhu insists that she is “not asking him to be diplomatic, but strategic”. Meghnad agrees, adding, “Sure, there might be some level of vindictiveness from the Central government as well, but at the end of the day, you have to figure out how to get work done, that’s what governance is all about.” Abhinandan takes a firmer stance on AAP, stating, “Unless they can shake the system to the core, they should disband. I don’t want a male Sheila Dixit.” Madhu feels that unless “you shake up the system to make the bureaucrats more responsive it is not beneficial to anybody". Amitoj makes a case for Kejriwal, “He is not doing things which he wants to do perhaps which other states can.” Abhinandan feels that the Washington model is “too radical for the way the system is right now”. The panel subsequently speaks about WhatsApp rumour-triggered mob lynchings that are taking place across the country. Meghnad provides context on one such viral forward. “One video being circulated was done by a charity fighting to save abducted children in Pakistan. Their end message—which is ‘Save Children in Karachi from Getting Kidnapped’ has been cut off—and only one portion, a mock-thing about 2 adults lifting children, is getting circulated everywhere, along with photos of random people and number plates.” Madhu offers her thoughts. “To me, WhatsApp by itself has become a lynch mob. People are mindlessly forwarding things…in the 40s and 50s, moral character was held up as something to aspire to….ab toh puri sharam utar gayi hai." She feels that the crux of the problem lies in the fact that “it’s so acceptable to do these things”. The solution she proposes? “Rather than asking WhatsApp to control it…I think the government would be fully authorised and supported to do propaganda on Doordarshan. Instead of putting out stories on the achievements of the government….this is their opportunity to even create a serial based on the damage WhatsApp can do.” For more, listen in!
NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where the panel discusses everything from elections in Pakistan to recent lynching in Alwar, No Confidence Motion, Rahul Gandhi’s hug and wink and more.
अलवर में अकबर खान की मॉब लिंचिंग, मराठा आरक्षण, पाकिस्तान के चुनाव में इमरान खान की पार्टी तहरीक-ए-इंसाफ का सबसे बड़ी पार्टी के रूप में उभरना और मुजफ्फरपुर के शेल्टर होम में बच्चियों के साथ यौन उत्पीड़न की खबर इस हफ्ते चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे. चर्चा के विशिष्ट अतिथि थे वरिष्ठ पत्रकार हर्षवर्धन त्रिपाठी. साथ ही पैनल में मौजूद रहे राहुल कोटियाल और रोहिण कुमार. साथ ही फोन पर न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज भी जुड़े. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.
The latest episode of Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal, along with Amit Bhardwaj, Rohin Verma, two-time Ramnath Goenka awardee Rahul Kotiyal, and Anoo Bhuyan from The Wire. The podcast kicks off with a discussion on media's narrative around Akbar Khan's lynching in Alwar. “If you go through our story, we have actually demolished the police’s version of what happened that night, point by point," says Amit. He also points out the importance of the three hours that elapsed between the incident and the time taken to reach the Ramgarh CHC. Cherry adds, “What I found missing from the larger media narrative was that the two accused were moving around with the policemen.” Amit weighs in to add that the media's narrative changed on July 22 -- the blame shifted from the gau rakshaks to gau rakshaks and the police. Rest of the panel weighs in too. Anoo adds that she didn’t feel the issue had been obfuscated in the English print and online media, while Rahul emphasises the need for minutely questioning the police’s version of events. Amit expresses his concerns over the disturbing parallels that exist between Akbar’s case and Pehlu Khan’s case. Subsequently, the panel discusses media's coverage of #Section377. Anoo weighs in on the problems that exist across Indian news organisations and stresses upon the need for more inclusive newsrooms. Rohin concurs with Anoo, and points out that sometimes a callous attitude is adopted by the media in its reportage on LGBTQ issues. Speaking on the issue, Rahul points out the clear division that still exists between Hindi and English media's reportage of the issues related to Section 377. Nevertheless, he says, “things have gotten better”. The panel also discusses if reporters are equipped to handle sensitive conversations. The gang also discusses the state of health journalism in India. Anoo details the challenges faced by health reporters in India, with people still having regressive attitudes and at times, treating it as an extension of 'Lifestyle and Wellness' reporting. Rohin points out the hazards of what he calls “baba ji ki booti" reporting, which is reportage done at the cost of important issues like the death of children in Bihar from Japanese encephalitis. The panel also discusses how Muzaffarnagar case was under-reported. For this and more, Listen up!
इंडियन एक्सप्रेस की एक ख़बर के मुताबिक सरकार हर वर्ष 10 लाख युवाओं को सैन्य प्रशिक्षण देने की योजना पर विचार कर रही है. इस बाबत प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय में हुई एक बैठक के हवाले से इंडियन एक्सप्रेस में यह ख़बर प्रकाशित हुई. सरकार का लक्ष्य है कि इससे युवाओं में अनुशासन और राष्ट्रसेवा की भावना को मजबूत किया जाए. क्या है पत्रकारों की राय, सुना जाए.
एनडीटीवी की एक रिपोर्ट के अनुसार व्हाट्सएप अफवाहों और फेक न्यूज़ के आधार पर देशभर में पिछले एक महीने में 20 लोगों की हत्या हो चुकी है. क्विंट की रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक 2015 से अबतक मॉब लिंचिंग में 65 लोगों की जान जा चुकी है. भारत सरकार ने व्हाट्सएप को अफवाहों पर लगाम लगाने की चेतावनी दी है. जबाव में व्हाट्सएप ने सरकार से कहा कि वह भारत में व्हाट्सएप के दुरुपयोग से चिंतित है. "यह एक चुनौती है और हमें भारत सरकार, नागरिक समाज और तकनीकी कंपनियों को साथ मिलकर काम करना पड़ेगा." साथ ही व्हाट्सएप ने अखबारों में भी विज्ञापन दिया. यह कुछ साधारण सलाह हैं जिसे व्हाट्सएप संदेशों के मद्देनज़र ध्यान दिया जाना है. मसलन व्हाट्सएप पर प्राप्त संदेश को फॉरवर्ड करने के पहले समझना, सवाल करना, दूसरे स्रोतों से क्रॉसचेक करना और सोच-विचार कर कुछ भी साझा करने जैसी सलाहें शामिल थी. सुनिए क्या है इसपर पत्रकारों की राय.
युवाओं को सैन्य परीक्षण देने की योजना, मॉब लिंचिग पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट के दिशानिर्देश, मानसून सत्र में आया अविश्वास प्रस्ताव और पाकिस्तान में होने वाले चुनाव के पहले नवाज शरीफ की गिरफ्तारी जैसे मुद्दे इस हफ्ते चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे. द वायर उर्दू के संपादक महताब आलम और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के स्तंभ लेखक आनंद वर्धन चर्चा के अतिथि बने. इनके साथ ही पैनल में न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज और राहुल कोटियाल भी शामिल हुए. न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने चर्चा का संचालन किया.
In this week’s NL Hafta, the panel consists of Abhinandan, Manisha and Anand. Revati Laul, a renowned independent journalist and filmmaker joined as a guest. The discussion kicks off with Saifuddin Soz, a senior Congress party leader in Kashmir, who recently launched his book titled, Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle. Saifuddin Soz had also made a statement earlier which said that Kashmiris want Azadi. Commenting on Saifuddin Soz, Anand says, “As a political leader of a nation state, he should be more careful of what he’s saying.” Manisha says, “I think he’s making those comments more as an author.” She adds, “I think he has to keep in mind that he’s a politician but then he’s also speaking from the point of view of his book.” The discussion moves on to the ‘much-advertised’ 43rd anniversary of the Emergency imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Manisha thinks that it is a ‘hyperbole’. She says, "But, of course, 2019 (elections) I guess that’s the one thing that they (BJP) can whip them (Congress) with.” Commenting on a notion that has surfaced, Anand observes, “I think the fiction of undeclared Emergency is rooted in a sense of deprivation among journalists who don’t have anti-establishment tales to tell in their 60s. And those who are already in their 60s, already know that they’re lying.” He adds, “Advertisements by their very nature are exaggerations.” Revati compares the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi to the current situation of Indian politics. Abhinandan says, “Human nature is displaying certain levels of servility that were displayed during the Emergency And I think that is unique whenever you get a strong leader.” The panel discusses the letter written by Vijay Mallya to Prime Minister Narendra Modi which explained how he’s being made a ‘scapegoat’ despite his willingness to settle his dues. Abhinandan says, “I definitely think that he thought he could get away with it and now that he has not, he’s saying I can do all this You could’ve done it earlier also.” Anand says, “Ignominy has also been earned by the flamboyant lifestyle he had.” Abhinandan asks the panel about the Chief Economic Adviser's role in policy making, in the context of Arvind Subramanian who recently quit from the position. Anand says, “Having a macro picture of how the economy is moving, what adjustment it needs So it’s a kind of an advisory role Most of the political heads don’t have that expertise to go into those details, so they help in that.” The panel discusses an Amit Shah-related news story that was pulled down by several media houses. The RTI reply stated, the primary basis of the story, that a huge amount of money was deposited in a bank headed by Amit Shah, post-demonetisation. Abhinandan believes that this circles back to the debate around the ‘Emergency’. Manisha speaks about the coverage of a crime incident in which an Army officer had killed the wife of another officer. She says, “Both ABP and Aaj Tak ran this headline Do major ek mehbooba They turned it into these rangeela-type websites.”
NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where the panel discusses everything from the Supreme Court's order to enact a new law against mob lynching, Nawaz Sharif’s arrest, Shashi Tharoor’s 'Hindu Pakistan' comment, no-confidence motion and more.
Rahul Puri and Samar Khan are back after a short hiatus to discuss this week’s round-up of sports featuring everything from the recently-concluded World Cup to the new Wimbledon champion. Rahul and Samar open with a chat on the French football team. “If you objectively look at the squads even at the start of the tournament, theirs was the best squad out there," remarks Rahul. “In the game against Argentina and against Croatia, you saw all the attacking flair France has. When they needed to be very strong and very solid, they were absolutely that, in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals. We saw two sides of France, and that really makes them the deserved winners of the World Cup," he adds. They also discuss VARs, the first free-kick of the final, and the referee’s calls during the match. “At the end of the day, a bad decision like that can change the course of the match, and it changed the course of the match," feels Samar. Over to tennis, Rahul believes winning the Wimbledon title was like redemption for Novak Djokovic. “He’s also got age on his side, more than Federer and Nadal, so if he comes back, he could dominate for the next two or three years," comments Samar. For more, listen in!
Episode 28 of Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal, along with Amit Bhardwaj, Rohin Verma, two-time Ramnath-winning Rahul Kotiyal, and Atul Dev of The Caravan. Atul begins by explaining the gist of his latest story -- a profile of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. “There are a whole bunch of charges against (Indian CJI Dipak Misra) in the impeachment motion that was eventually rejected by Venkaiah Naidu…I look at his entire career, I examine how these charges came to be, how these charges came to public light. Then I also look at his family history…There’s an analysis of his High Court and Supreme Court judgments and coming up to right now, with everything that has transpired in the Supreme Court in the past year…” Cherry then asks Rahul why he chose to explore the story of communal violence in Uttarakhand. "It’s been 18 years since Uttarakhand was created, and it was an area of Western UP which was never communally charged up. However, these increased in the past few years. Almost a dozen big incidents like that of shops being burnt and destroyed." “In the hilly districts of Western UP, no place has a Muslim population of higher than 3 per cent, but even there people have the fear that their sources are being taken over by a foreign other," explains Rahul. He then remarks on the Right-wing's tying of this mentality to the mass migration of Rohingya Muslims to the region. “If you look on-ground, you will hardly find any Rohingya over there. This narrative is spreading really fast on social media.” After Rahul remarks about the lack of analytical or critical local coverage of the event, Cherry comments, “It’s up to the local media to take a side.” On the writing process (a 23-page story), Atul says, “You just have to sit down and get done with it.” He also reveals the role of the newsroom in the creation of the story. “After I give them the story, I think 7 or 8 people are actively involved for a whole month…” “In the end, everything that I had found, I was able to put down," adds Atul. On being asked if he was fearful about writing on the sitting CJI, he comments, “There is no fear per se but it’s more difficult to find people who are going to talk to you.” The panel then moves on to the Hindi media’s coverage of a Dalit groom getting on a horse for the first time at his wedding procession. “What should have caught everyone’s eye is that even now someone has to fight to get a horse, just because they come from a particular community," a panelist adds. “Looking at this and the Chamandih story, it appears as though neither development nor weddings can happen without the caste angle," adds Rahul. The panel then discusses subscriber models and how to produce sustainable and constructive story-telling. For more, listen in!
सुप्रीम कोर्ट में धारा 377 पर जारी सुनवाई, शशि थरूर का थिरुवनंतपुरम में हिंदू पाकिस्तान संबंधी बयान, मानव संसाधन व विकास मंत्रालय द्वारा अंबानी के जियो इंस्टिट्युट को इंस्टिट्युट ऑफ प्रॉमिनेंस का दर्जा दिया जाना, रामगढ मॉब लिंचिंग के दोषियों को केन्द्रीय मंत्री जयंत सिन्हा द्वारा स्वागत किया जाना व अन्य इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के प्रमुख विषय रहे. राजकमल प्रकाशन समूह के संपादकीय निदेशक सत्यानंद निरुपम चर्चा के विशिष्ट अतिथि थे. इसके साथ पैनल में न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज और रोहिण कुमार भी शामिल रहे. चर्चा 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 the panel discusses everything from judges’ vacation terms, Section 377, Jayant Sinha’s garlanding of convicted lynchers who were out on bail, to the SC-Centre Taj Mahal tussle, the misogynistic adultery law, Netflix’s Sacred Games and more.
In this week’s Hafta, Rituparna Chatterjee, Consulting Editor, Reader's Digest and India Today magazine, joins Abhinandan Sekhri who was missing from last week's podcast. Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are also on the panel. The fallout between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the People’s Democratic Party, in addition to Arvind Kejriwal’s nine-day-long protest, is discussed in depth by the panel. The Airtel controversy over a customer refusing services from a Muslim customer care executive is also debated upon. The killing of Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari has left our panel in complete dismay. The suicide of Rohit Vemula is revisited as well. Abhinandan begins the discussion with the murder of Shujaat Bukhari and asks, “Why is this getting so much traction and not other murders?” Raman talks about the incident taking place in a conflicted area like Kashmir. He says, "He is confounded about “what really triggered his killing?” Rituparna quotes Shujaat from his interview in 2006, “You don't know anymore who your enemies are” and talks about the reality of this statement in today’s times. Manisha talks about the tendency of being “labelled as an India sympathiser” if one is a moderate or reports against the militants in Jammu and Kashmir. Rituparna moves on to discuss the BJP pulling out of an “unlikely alliance” with People's Democratic Party. Anand refers to this move as a “standard tool for coming out of any confusion when you are in a coalition”. Abhinandan questions the timing of this decision. Raman states, “Almost the entire youth of Kashmir have been radicalised,” adding, “withdrawing from the PDP has more to do with politics." The “tussle” between the Delhi state government and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has received varied responses from the panel. Abhinandan asks, “What do you make of what happened and where we are?” Anand observes, “I think the AAP was in it for retrieving political capital of a contrarian party the moral capital which had suffered substantial erosion with its apologies, with giving tickets to people who in public perception were not deserving of Rajya Sabha seats ” He adds, “The AAP also went on an obfuscation because the blocking of ministerial work is an afterthought. It still didn’t address the original allegation of (alleged) violence against the topmost bureaucrat of Delhi.” Rituparna says that the Congress has yet again ‘missed the bus’. She points out that the coalition drive of the Congress cannot work in Delhi with the AAP because it’s a ‘natural rival’. Raman says, “I found IAS officers -- former and the serving -- all of them were trying to explain that we’re not on a strike.” Abhinandan comments, “AAP’s whole template is to make an event a talking point and then that goes viral ” He adds, “They (AAP) have been unable to create[turn] any event [into a talking point] since they’ve formed the government.” The panel discusses a recent Twitter row that involved Airtel and a customer. The customer denied the services of a particular customer support executive since the Airtel personnel interacting with her was a Muslim. Rituparna says, “Brands need to immediately hire people to handle a crisis of this sort because the crisis of this sort is only going to increase.” The panel also discusses Rohit Vemula’s mother's case who was allegedly offered money to speak against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more.
The latest episode of Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal and Amit Bhardwaj, along with Rohin Verma, and our special guest Abhishek Dey from Scroll.in. Kicking off the discussion, Amit says Jio got quite some coverage. “Apparently all the news channels were interested in Jio…Jio is like any other telecom network in the country, why do you have to show it or give wall-to-wall coverage to whatever is happening during the launch or the new packages and offers coming up? I think a small package or a couple of online stories would do, unless Jio is paying a lot money.” Cherry adds, “In that case, they should have been putting a disclaimer, if it was about money in return for coverage.” Speaking about a event that was under-reported, Amit says, “Around 14,000 political activists and bandh supporters were on the streets and were detained by Jharkhand police. Majorly, none of the news channels gave it coverage during the day.” Abhishek speaks about the media's coverage of mob lynchings fuelled by WhatsApp rumours about child-lifters in Assam. “There are two things which are operating [contributing], primarily, one is the fear of the outsider, and the other would be technology. The victims in all these cases are outsiders.” Abhishek also speaks about how the idea of a child-lifter that was traditionally used to control the behaviour of children is now manifesting into a mob culture. "When we look into these kinds of things, we should always correlate them with development indices," he adds. “The solution should be designed in the context of the people which it is aimed for," comments Cherry. Rohin feels that lynching doesn’t seem to be an issue for the general public. “Jo humare regional akhbaar hai, unme iss tarah ki khabrein aa nahi rahi hain, aur bohot kam aa rahi hain, toh logon ke liye lynching koi bohot badi samasya nahi hai.” He adds, “WhatsApp ka iss tareekey ka prabhav hai ki padha-likha aadmi bhi apni padhai ko galat manta hai aur WhatsApp ko sahi manta hai. [The impact of WhatsApp is such that even educated people attach more value to WhatsApp over their own learning].” To which Cherry states, “I think it underlines the importance of making media literacy a part of school curriculum.” The panel then discusses the deep-rooted presence of child-lifters in the form of various examples from popular culture and history. Rohin then speaks about a report that no one seems to be covering -- a story about the displacement of villagers of the Mahadalit community from Chamandih village in Bihar’s Gaya. The villagers were evicted from their land by Indian Railways. The story received no local coverage, save for a small piece in Dainik Jagran. For this and more, listen up!
This episode opens with a discussion on the 'No Scars cream' advertisement sent in by a listener. Rajyasree describes her experience of watching the advertisement as, “No Scars is a whitening cream, and darkness is like a scar. I just found it bizarre, and it’s so badly written, this ad.” Then, a chat about the government’s new PSA on mosquitoes. “Whoever’s made that ad either loves mosquitoes or hates children," says Abhinandan. Next, a discussion on Netflix’s first original Indian series, Sacred Games. “The production quality, the scripting, the acting, they’ve just nailed it," remarks Rajyasree. “There are very few things that one could say is wrong with this series," Abhinandan adds. On the use of voiceover and file footage as commentary for Indian pop culture of the time, Abhinandan remarks, “I think it works because it had political context, but sometimes, I felt it was a bit forced.” Varun Grover, a co-writer of the show, joins the panel. On the source material, he says, “There are some characters we have removed from the book…because we wanted to focus on the religion and the thriller element, and the war of civilizations in a way.” Then, a glimpse into the writing process: “We started meeting in August 2016, and discussing the ideas, themes, and characters. After 3 months, we started fleshing out the thing into a major season arc. Third stage came in January 2017 when we started writing the episode outlines, putting together all the character arcs, and putting them under the POV of Sartaj or Gaintonde.” This was followed by a year of writing episodes. Grover also discusses working with the source material’s author. “Vikram Chandra has been very generous and open to new ideas. When we shared it with him the first time, he never asked us ‘why did you drop this’….he just accepted it and start giving ideas on how to improve it.” “I think it was a mistake to not cast a transgender person,” Grover adds. For more on this, RJs giving love advice, and the trailer of Fanney Khan, listen up!
दिल्ली में तीन साल से चल रहे आप और एलजी के अधिकारों के विवाद पर आया सुप्रीम कोर्ट का फैसला, बच्चा चोरी के अफवाह पर देश भर में हो रही मॉब लिंचिग की घटनाएं, भारत में महिलाओं की असुरक्षा को लेकर आया थॉमसन रॉयटर्स का सर्वेक्षण, असम में चल रहे एनआरसी के आंकड़े और खरीफ की फसल पर बढ़ाया गया न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल्य व अन्य मुद्दे इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे. एनडीटीवी की वरिष्ठ पत्रकार नग़मा सहर और स्वतंत्र पत्रकार मनीषा भल्ला इस बार की चर्चा के विशिष्ट अतिथि थे. उनके साथ पैनल में मौजूद थे न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज. न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने चर्चा का संचालन किया.
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In this episode of NL Hafta, our in-house team of Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal is joined by two guest panelists -- Saikat Dutta, Asiatimes South Asia Editor and Saif Ullah Khan, Deputy Editor of DailyO. The discussion kicks off with the ‘plot to assassinate the PM’. Manisha asks Saikat, “Are there really ‘urban Naxals’ out there? What is the sense in this term?” Elaborating on the term, Saikat says, “If you look at Maoist literature they have a lot of literature on urban warfare but they look at it from a military terminology, where they look at how to conduct urban operations, both, which will include psychological operations, information operations as well as military operations but they look at it from a very military perspective and that kind of literature is available.” He further says, “Even the Naxals themselves or the Maoists have never talked about anything called ‘urban Maoist’ as a separate phenomenon because for them, class warfare is across -- whether rural or urban.” He adds, “This is a deliberate political term which some people of the Right have brought to discredit just about anybody who challenges their narrative.” Saif speaks of two writers, Arun Ferriera and Vernon Gonsalves, being arrested in 2007 on similar grounds. "Again, some letters were leaked and Arun was supposed to be, according to Maharashtra Police, one of the Communications experts. So he was arrested. And the trial went on for four years. And these leaked letters never even made it to the trial. So it was just about painting a certain narrative of a certain individual. Vernon was arrested in August 2007. And again, the trial went on for seven years. And he was supposed to be one of the people handling the finances of the Maoists.” He further adds, “Interestingly, there was a Narco analysis that was done on Arun Ferreira in which according to the leaks he had said it was the Shiv Sena and ABVP that had paid them At that time it was the Congress and 2009 General Elections. Right now, you’re looking at 2019.” Raman says, “I think it was completely a plant! And 2019 elections, this was more for persecuting people rather than prosecuting.” Saikat says, “Here you have a plot allegedly to kill the Prime Minister, forget about the NIA, even the Central Bureau of Investigation has not been brought in.” He adds, “Nobody’s talking about bringing in the Intelligence Bureau, nobody’s talking about bringing in the NIA or the CBI. That itself is a great indicator of what this plot is all about.” Manisha puts across a question to panelists on whether the ‘plot to kill Modi’ news makes up for a propaganda problem or a genuine lacuna in beat reporting. The discussion then proceeds to AAP’s protest against LG Anil Baijal. Saif assesses the situation from a political prism of how AAP perceives 2019 elections and its role in it. He says, “AAP is trying to use this ploy to gain some headline, to gain some sympathy in the run-up. It is very much a political thing they’re doing keeping 2019 in mind.” Saikat says, “Their first instinct is to become a victim and play that victim card and seek sympathy.” Expressing serious concern he says, “If the bureaucracy can cook a snook at an elected government with such an overwhelming majority, I think that’s dangerous for democracy. And it shows that the central government can go to any lengths to undermine the opposition.” Raman says that the BJP feared Kejriwal the most when he came in. “So they started building up a narrative around him that this man is chaotic,” he said. Listen up!
Rahul Puri and Samar Khan discuss once again the vagaries of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018. Speaking from London, Rahul reflects upon how the underdogs have broken into the quarter-finals in this edition of the World Cup after vanquishing their stronger opponents through extraordinary football and athletic grit. He thinks that even though the big players are expected to make it into the advanced stages, “it is the other side of the draw that I think has got a lot of the mystery about it.” Samar observes that World Cups differ because they demonstrate “defensive mindsets” across teams: “There is not the attacking, free-flowing football that we’re used to seeing -- the kind of football people pay to see. Teams are actually slugging it out.” Rahul says that even though that might be true for the first two rounds of the group stage, he points out that “the second round has been full of goals, I think the last stages of the group stage was also full of goals.” The two discuss questions surrounding the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) again with Rahul confronting Samar’s criticism that the technology is obstructive to the flow of the game. He argues that it has affected teams, who no longer get away with foul play. However, he says, “My only problem with VAR is: what about the times when it doesn’t seem like a very consistent system?” The big players are discussed at length in the podcast with the duo remarking how each of them can clinch the much-coveted trophy. “If I was a betting man,” Rahul says “I’d probably put my semi-finals as France-Belgium and Croatia-England. And I’m looking at France-England final.” “Well, I am a betting man, so that’s where the money is,” Samar shoots back.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 26: Media, Assam and NRC, PM Modi’s goof-up, women in newsrooms and more
This episode of Reporters Without Orders has our in-house reporter Amit Bhardwaj joining our host Cherry Agrawal, along with special guests Vishakha Saxena from Asia Times and Arunabh Saikia from Scroll.in. The discussion kicks off with Cherry asking the participants to comment on the Supreme Court’s decision to extend the deadline to publish the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to July 30th. Arunabh comments on how the government is planning to establish the number of citizens in Assam and how it will affect them. “It’s a complicated process," he says, which necessitates one to “establish their connection to someone who was there before 1971 this could be anything from your father or grandfather’s name on a voter list before 1971.” Speaking about the verification processes, Arunabh explains that the process is long, as different states need to send in their data in the case of migrants. “It’s clear to everyone in the state that this could be horrific…because currently illegal migrants are being held in detention camps.” Arunabh remarks that it is a “bleak future ahead”. Citing a report by The Hindu on the Citizen Amendment Bill, Cherry asks if this Bill is the method by which the “government is trying to change the definition of illegal migrants”. She also asks about the possible impact of the Bill, if passed, on the NRC list. Arunabh responds, “They are kind of changing who a foreigner is in India. If the Bill is enforced, then the NRC process becomes largely redundant…what it does is, it makes six years of a gigantic bureaucratic process largely redundant.” He also remarks that it is “essentially an anti-Muslim Bill.” The panel also discusses the local and national media's coverage of the NRC. While Arunabh feels that the quantity of coverage was sufficient, he says that “the coverage could have been better” in terms of the quality. According to him, the issue of illegal migrants in Assam is an “immensely complex one. There are multiple academic interpretations." He adds, "It is definitely xenophobic to a certain extent, but there was also an element of class struggle." Amit joins in. He asks Arunabh if there is a tendency to cover bizarre comments made by leaders instead of covering issues of governance and the “morally corrupt” appointment of officials, citing the Tripura governor’s recommendation of a BJP member to be appointed to the government. Arunabh agrees, he adds that there is much more to be covered in Tripura other than Biplab’s statements. Perhaps its harder to find these stories as “covering corruption requires the reporter to be underground, go through paperwork…it requires real digging which a lot of us find hard to do”, he adds. Now over to Vishakha, who feels that the June 26 Thomson Reuters survey which found that India was the most dangerous country for women was “quite under-reported and the reaction to it was also quite conflicting". Cherry disagrees, pointing to prime-time debates about the survey on news channels such as NewsX and CNN-News18. While there can be some contention about the methodology, because of the small sample size of 550 experts, the report should rather have been used as a trigger for a larger debate, Cherry says. “We don’t need any Thomson Reuters report or any UN report to realise what is happening in our country," comments Amit. Vishakha, Amit, and Arunabh also weigh in on gender equality in the newsroom. Then there are Amit's remarks about PM Modi’s recent goof-up in his speech in Maghar which was under-reported. There's more, listen up!
Abhinandan and Rajyasree discuss the latest biopic in town, Sanju, with Samar Khan from Mumbai. Khan, who is a former journalist, says, “It is a well-made film. It follows Rajkumar Hirani's theory, where he finds good in everything that is bad with the world. Rajyasree is not as much a fan of the film and says, “I thought the film was quite badly made. It is not a fictional film, considering all of Rajkumar’s films have been fictional films. This is a biopic, that has been promoted as a biopic. I understand if you present some facts, especially about a person you have worked with successfully, with a rose-tinted view. This entire thing about hoisting all responsibility of all of Sanjay Dutt’s actions on other people, he took drugs because of someone else who tricked him into it." In response to Rajyasree's comments, Abhinandan says, “In a biopic, you see shades of grey in everybody. However, in this case, he just came across as a caricature villain from a fictional film.” Talking about Anushka Sharma’s character, he says, “I don’t know if there is one such writer who starts crying every time Sanjay Dutt tells a story. It was a completely ridiculous character.” Sen also discusses the criticism of Karan Johar for trying to remake Sairat. “There has been a lot of criticism for Karan Johar because he is making this film called Dhadak, which is starring Sridevi’s daughter and Ishaan Khatar, and I could not understand why he is getting trashed because when I saw the trailer and then the promos and songs, it looks like a Karan Johar film.” Talking about the nature of biopics, Abhinandan says, “After you watch a biopic, it says based on true events, but the next line is that similarities are coincidental. I don’t understand that. If you are making a biopic, then every character and every event should be true in that. Now, there is this new convention that the central character will be real, the rest we’ll make shit up as we go along.” Talking about another film based on a real person, Rajyasree says, “Soorma is the story of this hockey player called Sandeep Singh who made a comeback after he gets shot and he’s put in a wheelchair and how he makes a comeback. I quite liked the trailer, and I quite liked Daljit Dosanjh." In response, Abhinandan says, “Daljit looks the part, but the thing that is of concern to me is the whole ‘based on true events’. That means that probably one event was true, but the rest will be nonsense. These are the kinds of things that piss me off. Either you say that the film is a figment of my imagination and I’ll enjoy it." Rajyasree also discusses Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 by saying, “Tigmanshu Dhulia is directing it for the third time. I felt the trailer was like the first two films. I can’t make out the difference. And Jimmy Shergill has to stop playing a villain. Even he has to be tired of it.” And then there’s the new biopic of Jaggi Vasudev which will be directed by Shashank Ghosh and produced by Rhea Kapoor, and of course, approved by Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Foundation. Abhinandan closes by talking about an Everest Masala ad with Amitabh Bachchan. “It has this little boy and his mother…I thought that ad was really good.” There’s this and more. Listen up.
भाजपा अध्यक्ष अमित शाह का वंदे मातरम को लेकर कांग्रेस पर तुष्टिकरण और बंटवारे का आरोप, आपातकाल की वर्षगांठ, मीडिया संस्थानों से नोटबंदी के दौरान एक सहकारिता बैंक (जिसके निदेशक अमित शाह थे) में पांच दिनों के अंदर 745 करोड़ रूपए जमा होने की खबर का हटाया जाना, झारखंड के खूंटी में पत्थलगड़ी आंदोलन, स्विस बैंकों में पैसे जमा होने की गति बढ़ना व अन्य मुद्दे इस हफ्ते न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे. मीडिया विजिल के संस्थापक व वरिष्ठ पत्रकार पंकज श्रीवास्तव चर्चा के विशिष्ट अतिथि थे. उनके साथ पैनल में मौजूद थे न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज. न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने चर्चा का संचालन किया.
In this episode of Hafta, the big question that the panel discusses is whether sting journalism is real journalism. BJP by poll losses and the violence that erupted in Shillong is also discussed. Al Jazeera's sting operation on match-fixing in cricket is another issue that engages the panel in a heated debate. The panel also discusses arrests made in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence and the water crisis in Shimla. The panel consists of Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and our guest, NDTV's Sunetra Choudhury. BJP’s evident loss in the by poll is critically considered by the panel, when Abhinandan asks, “Is it something that needs the kind of coverage that it did? Is it any indication of who the people will vote for?” Madhu feels the 2019 elections are going to be the “dirtiest elections”. She suggests not to make much of these by polls and adds, “In politics, things can change on a dime." Sunetra Choudhury talks about the excitement built around the by poll results. She says, “We are looking at each and every by poll with bated breaths saying, ‘okay whats going to happen here’…interesting to see how people are getting involved’." Manisha agrees with Madhu and adds, “I wouldn’t read too much into by polls." Abhinandan moves onto the sting operation carried out by Al Jazeera to expose match-fixing in cricket. He says, “I lost interest in it." He wonders, “What was so great about this sting operation?” Anand, despite being a cricket fanatic agrees that the sting was “low on substance” and says it didn’t come up with a conclusive outcome. He, however, also feels that the sting had “good production values”. Madhu talks a little about the Cobrapost and Al Jazeera sting in relativity. She feels that the Cobrapost sting is “not journalistically correct”. Sunetra talks about the two Bengali newspapers that refused to engage with Acharya Atal (Cobrapost's undercover reporter) and how those organisations are a “benchmark” for journalism. The panel shifts their attention to the communal clashes between the Khasi tribe and the Punjabi settlers in Shillong. Known to many as the ‘musical town’, Sunetra shared her anecdotes from Shillong and tension that has spurred over the years. She adds, “I spent every summer there, for 21 years of my life, …curfews were very very common because of this kind of tension between various communities.” Manisha informs the panel of Shillong's long-standing history of tension. She says, “The first major riot was in 1979 by Khasi mobs directed at minorities." Abhinandan feels, “Northeast is a little more complicated because in any case they feel let down by the rest of India." Anand restrains his views and says, “Any tribe (from Shillong) can say you don’t know much about our tribe.” The Ugly Indian Tourist, an article published by Open magazine is next on the panel's agenda. The article is discussed because Abhinandan feels it has created a lot of flutter. "I think it is an interesting article because I see both sides." The controversy is about the article having racist content. Moving on, the panel discussed the unrest in Kashmir. Manisha said that many [news organisation] have used the headline “mows down”, which she felt was problematic. She thought that in this case, the CRPF personnel in the vehicle had to just “negotiate its way through this violent". She says, "And you must also remember some men were saying they were upset they could not pull him [the driver] out of the jeep," adding, "you must remember it was exactly a year ago that a policemen Ayub Pandith was lynched to death in the same area and his eyes were gouged out. It was a brutal gruesome lynching. I mean it is this kind of pressure that officers are operating under. Mob fury is very scary even if you have a gun. You have like 50 people approaching…I think it is really this situation where the driver was trying to negotiate through.”
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This week Reporters Without Orders is celebrating its 25th episode. Our host Cherry Agarwal is joined by in-house reporter Amit Bhardwaj and Campus Politik editor Sumedha Pal, along with Sidhartha Dutta, Principal Correspondent, Indo-Asian News Service. The media coverage of Hapur lynching case is debated by the panel. Amit feels the “story developed slowly” but “got enough coverage”. He referred to the incident as “one of the slow-burn stories” that gain momentum in the media over a period of time. Cherry asks, “Why do you think this got coverage only after it developed to a certain stage?” Sidhartha talks about the incident being referred to as a case of road rage even though the evidence suggested otherwise. He adds, "I find it really alarming." Amit, following the meeting with the victim’s family, mentions the “the kind of horror they had gone through” and also shares other details of the incident. Sidhartha confesses, “Maybe so much of detail, I wouldn't have known had you not told me,” in support of his argument that the incident was not covered enough. Turning the conversation to another aspect of media criticism, Cherry asks, “We make comparisons to other events…do you think these comparisons are fair?” To which, Sumedha adds, “Such questions need a lot of self-reflection." Meanwhile, Amit impresses upon the prioritisation of stories in terms of media coverage. He says, “It depends upon news development on that particular day." As an agency reporter covering All India Congress Committee, Siddharth talks about Congress party’s relationship with the media. Sidhartha says, “It is imperative for reporters to always get the reaction of a principal Opposition party." Meaning to say that Congress' "position as the principal Opposition” is a probable reason for the party getting wider media coverage. Sumedha speaks about her report on sexual harassment allegations levelled against the NSUI national president by a former female party worker. She says, “Often stories of sexual harassment either end up becoming sensationalised or they are reduced to nothing." Amit says, “I am not drawing any conclusion about Fairoz Khan’s case”. He also mentions about the complexities of the case and the need for a thorough inspection into allegations. He also talks about media's possible reaction “had it been any ABVP member, from even a district member of the committee…Social media narrative would have been made by left-liberals,” he adds. For a third consecutive week, Amit says, stories from Jharkhand has been under-reported by the Big Media. For more details, listen up!
This week’s Awful and Awesome is loaded with reviews from all spheres of entertainment. As a die-hard fan of horror movies, Rajyasree talks about her spooky weekend screening -- Hereditary and Under the Show, which is also available on Netflix. Abhinandan shares his love for animated films and talks about The Incredibles 2. India Today’s “new celebrity interview series” along with Times Network’s campaign are discussed. Netflix special Nanette has got everyone talking about Hannah Gadsby so why should our hosts be left behind? Rajyasree talks about Hereditary for which she had heard grand reviews claiming it to be the “scariest movie of the year”. The Ari Aster-directed movie left Rajyasree very disappointed. She says, “The first 2o minutes held a lot of promise." However, she adds, “There is no way this film can scare you." Abhinandan mentions, “I found Sixth Sense very spooky”. Under the Shadow, a Persian film set during the Iran-Iraq war also claimed to be “one of the scariest films”. Rajyasree confesses, “The film had some moments though, I have to say.” Even though it didn't really live up to its expectations of being a scary-enough horror film, she adds. Abhinandan gushes a little over his love for “animation films and children” and how that prompted him to watch The Incredibles 2. However, he doesn't seem very happy with his decision. He says, “I was disappointed." He mentions, “The plot is that superheroes have been made illegal…and how this family of superheroes does not know what do." He goes onto talk about the importance of political correctness in animation films. He disapprovingly adds, “I really struggled through it.” Netflix original Lust Stories featuring movies directed by four big names in the Bollywood received its share of criticism from Lata Mangeshkar’s family. Rajyasree informs about a scene in the movie which shows “a woman using a vibrator in front of her family” with the backdrop of Lataji’s voice. The ‘inappropriate usage’ of the such a prestigious voice has got Lata Mangeshkar’s family very upset. Rajyasree makes a rational argument while talking about the ownership of the song. Abhinandan talks about the orthodox thinking amongst their family and adds, “I don't think they know we are in 2018.” Rajyasree is thoroughly “surprised” by Senator Ted Cruz’s sense of humour. She talks about the twitter spite between Jimmy Kimmel, a popular talk show host, and Cruz where Kimmel has trashed the Senator for his weight and his unwarranted loyalty to Donald Trump. She adds, “Ted Cruz took it really sportingly." Abhinandan disagrees and says, “I wouldn't be so charitable towards him…he’s such a slimy miserable man." The crux of the matter is well condensed by Rajyasree who uses this example to convey to people to “just be a sport about things” instead of taking every comment personally and offensively. AirBnB’s new commercial starring Rajyasree’s favourite, Saif Ali Khan and Karishma Kapoor, has left Abhinandan disappointed. He says, “It's an ainvayi commercial”. Rajyasree maintains her loyalty to Saif and adds, “I really like Saif so I think most of what he does is wonderful." Times Network launched a new campaign in an ‘attempt’ to promote the importance of female news anchors. Rajyasree expresses her cynicism towards the campaign and mentions, “The copywriter has blown my mind…good job Times Network, as usual." Indian Today TV has started a new series called India Today, India tomorrow. The show is being hosted by Rajdeep Sardesai and has celebrities from two different generations come together. Rajyasree informs “they've said it's a new this thing,” in terms of the concept of the show. She informs the series debuted with Gulzar and Meghna Gulzar (his daughter). Abhinandan feels, “Rajdeep is one of the poorest as an anchor, he is just the worst." Rajyasree brushes off the topic by adding, “it wasn't bad”.
"What is the role of the media? The role of the media is to make money for its owners. Its function is to inform people and give them news," says journalist Palagummi Sainath in a conversation with Newslaundry. On June 16, People's Archive of Rural India's founder-editor Sainath delivered the 1st Neelabh Mishra Memorial Lecture on how corporatisation of the media harms Indian democracy. Newslaundry spoke to Sainath about media ownership, freedom of the press, priorities of Indian newsrooms, among several other issues related to the Indian media landscape. Speaking on the corporatisation of media, Sainath says, "[In] corporate-owned media, journalism and journalists can never be free. He also added that whatever freedom there was, even in that set-up, has been swiftly shrinking. "There are very fine journalists but the space they have to function has shrunk quite rapidly." Quoting American journalist AJ Liebling, Sainath says, "Freedom of the press is meant for those who own one." He adds that when it comes to freedom of the press, one will have to dismantle corporate monopoly. But Sainath warns that the answer to corporate monopoly isn't state monopoly. "We've to think of various new forms -- collectives, cooperatives, individual initiatives, a lot of these ," he adds, before speaking about some of the threats posed by corporate ownership of the media. "Corporate ownership destroys diversity, it stifles smaller but important voices. It destroys journalist's freedom by converting the job market of a journalist into contracts, where earlier they have very solid, tenured [jobs]," Sainath says. Later, speaking about the Working Journalists Act, Sainath adds, "The Working journalist Act in itself, it was a very fine Act. It has been nakedly violated." Speaking about the dangers posed by corporate media ownership, Sainath says that corporate ownership enforces self-censorship. "You stop saying things, you stop doing things because you want to keep your job. You've got your family to support. These are real problems for our ordinary journalists in the real world," Sainath says, adding, "And then you also start recruiting a generation that is groomed and socialised in your economic philosophy -- that sees everything through the eyes of their owners. Then you don't even have to threaten or bully because there are questions of shared values. Corporate ownership [also] destroys diversity, it stifles smaller but important voices." Speaking about the recent spate of journalistic killings, Sainath adds, "I don't want to rank victimhood, for me each one of these was a gigantic tragedy but we deny legitimacy to the small-town journalist. That is what would be a correct way of putting it," he says.
बीते मंगलवार को जम्मू-कश्मीर में भाजपा का पीडीपी से गठबंधन खत्म कर राज्य में राष्ट्रपति शासन लगाया जाना, हापुड़ में गोकशी के नाम पर भीड़ द्वारा कासिम की हत्या, एयरटेल द्वारा पूजा सिंह नाम की युवती की आपत्ति के बाद मुस्लिम धर्म के कस्टमर केयर एग्जेक्यूटिव की जगह हिंदू कस्टमर केयर एग्जेक्यूटिव मुहैया करवाया जाना, जज लोया की स्टोरी करने वाले पत्रकार निरंजन टाकले का करीब आठ महीने से बेरोजगार होना व अन्य मुद्दे रहे इस हफ्ते चर्चा के मुख्य विषय. चर्चा के मुख्य अतिथि रहे बचपन बचाओ आंदोलन से जुड़े अनिल पाण्डेय, न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज और उपसंपादक रोहिण कुमार. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.
This Hafta episode unpacks major developments and incidents that have rocked the media over the past week. While Major Gogoi topped the panel's agenda, Tejpal tapes aired by Times Now also caught their attention. Cobrapost's Operation: 136 is also discussed because it seems to have “made headlines only on social media”. Pranab Mukherjee’s tentative visit to RSS headquarters as well as backlash in Assam against the Citizenship Bill feature in this Hafta. Taking up the issue of Major Gogoi, Abhinandan asks the panel, “What do you make of it?”. Our expert on Northeast issues, Samrat, says, “In places like Kashmir, you have to be sure what exactly is going on." He also adds, “If one of the persons involved was a minor then it is a problem…[otherwise it is the] business of those two individuals and nobody else." Madhu shares her concerns over honey trapping of our Army men in all these high-security areas. She adds, “I really don’t get excited about stories like this…identity of the girl for me is important." The Tarun Tejpal tapes from 2013 surfaced in the media two days after Cobrapost's sting. The tapes were released by Times Now. Madhu feels, “Showing it [the tapes] like this, by slanting the [perception of the] viewers…this is the worst thing to do." Manisha adds, “It is not fair to the girl also." Samrat states “these sort of stories are always reported so sensationally”. Abhinandan comments, “Times Now has found a new low.” The groundbreaking discoveries revealed by the Cobrapost sting Operation: 136 has the entire panel pondering about what is yet to come. Manisha gives a clear context of the sting. She states, “Basically he [Pushp Sharma, Cobrapost's reporter] had 3-point agenda. The first phase was obviously soft-Hindutva, the second was to attack Opposition leaders and the third was to polarise and communalise." Speaking of the sting, Abhinandan talks about Paytm’s involvement in the entire debacle and how “that’s huge”. Shekhar Gupta’s recent article on sting operations being different than journalism ensues a debate amongst the panel. Abhinandan asks, “I want to know why because I think stings are journalism." Madhu clarifies, “Sting journalism is fine with the caveat that it's a story that you wouldn't be able to prove otherwise”. Samrat concurs with Madhu and adds, “A widely-known truth that, unfortunately, can only be brought to the attention of a larger audience by these means, so in that case, I think its alright." Abhinandan and Samrat talk about the controversial Citizenship Bill in Assam. Samrat says, "The Citizenship Bill, basically, tries to ease the process by which members of religious communities other than Muslims from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh can obtain Indian citizenship." He adds, "It exempts people of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Christian groups from these communities from being cheated as illegal immigrants. The reason you're getting a pushback from the other end of the country (Assam) is because alleged illegal migration from Bangladesh has been part of the politics of Assam since before partition." Samrat proceeds to speak comprehensively on the issue from historical context. Samrat says, "The biggest issue that exists between the Bengali and Assamese communities in Assam is about the alleged imposition of the Bengali language on Assam as the official language by the British administration around 1837." He adds, "The Assam agitation was basically about chasing out the Bengalis. Now what has happened, with the BJP making in-roads there, is that they are trying to re-configure the politics from linguistic basis to religious basis."
NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where we discuss the BJP-PDP breakup, Shujaat Bukhari's murder, the Airtel row and more. You can listen to the full Hafta here (https://bit.ly/2tlmrFf).
Rahul Puri and Samar Khan bring you the first podcast since the FIFA World Cup 2018 kick-off. Samar begins with a remark, “It has been a crazy kind of a World Cup. It has been different from the others, it has been a li'l bit of a wake-up time for the big boys?!” Rahul agrees, “I don’t think anybody would’ve even picked the results that happened in the first round of matches. Argentina being held to a draw. Brazil being held to a draw. Germany losing to Mexico being the big shock in the World Cup ” Rahul observes that it has been a World Cup of penalties (fouls). Samar says, “The amount of penalties that have been given -- in a way it’s a good thing in a way it’s a bad cup.” Rahul says, “It has been a fairly clean World Cup. The referees have been reluctant to hand out cards. We’ve only had one red card. Let’s face it, it was a stone-cold red.” The duo debates the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system that has seen differing opinions across the football spectrum. Comparing with the review system in cricket, Samar says, “In cricket, the team can ask for a review. Over here, the VAR is still pretty much in the grey area.” Rahul replies, “I, at the moment, can’t see how the system does anything to help the match.” He says, “The big problem with VAR is that I don’t think anybody quite knows how VAR can be used.” He also questions the use of VAR as the lack in clarity of assessing a situation whether it qualifies for it or not. Samar says, “The people who are monitoring the VAR are supposed to be referees. Now, if they are referees, then they should have the same rights as the on-field referee.” The duo proceeds to examine the performances of various teams and their key players.
This episode of Reporters Without Orders begins with a farewell to Nidhi, our Kashmir correspondent. We are sad to see her go but wish her the best for her future endeavours. Also on the panel, we have Cherry, Amit, Rohin and Sumedha. The discussion kicks off with Jammu and Kashmir's former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's press conference in the aftermath of Bharatiya Janata Party’s withdrawal of support. Nidhi, who was at the press conference, commenting on the nature of the relationship between the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the BJP, says, “From day one, it has been a tough marriage. Especially, in the last few months, there have been mounting disagreements between the two parties, especially post-Kathua and the ceasefire, and Shujaat Bukhari’s killing. I spoke to one of the senior members of the PDP, and they basically said that it is not shocking.” Speaking of her own experiences in the aftermath of Bukhari’s murder, Nidhi says, “ today, I was going to Pulwama to cover another incident and three to four taxi drivers cancelled on me. Locals were unwilling to come with me because they don’t want to be seen with an Indian journalist.” She adds, “Other journalists have also been warned not be seen with a non-local out in the field because now you never know who is watching.” Assuming that the ‘Plot to Kill Prime Minister’ news story would be over, Sumedha watched TV news. She says, “What caught my eye was that there were these promos talking about this big exposé, telling you who the masterminds are. So I thought, I should definitely look for what the exposé has to bring to me.” She adds, “Unfortunately, even after an hour, I couldn’t find what the exposé was trying to establish. It was a hollow exposé, and a lot of noise for nothing.” Rohin shares the story of a medical student who left a shocking note before committing suicide. The victim was unable to pay high fees and was allegedly subjected to harassment on behalf of the college administration. He says, “The reason is that when the fees were raised, she had approached Jabalpur High Court, after which the college administration started harassing her on a personal level.” He adds, “Because she was a middle-class person and she couldn’t pay that kind of fees, she wrote a letter to her parents saying she didn’t want to trouble them, which is why she committed suicide. This is nowhere to be found in mainstream media.” Amit talks about Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to revoke his dharna. Voicing his opinions on Kejriwal’s supposed obstructionist behaviour, Amit says, “When the IAS officers are saying that there is no strike in Delhi, they are partially correct, because the AAP is saying the IAS officers are on ‘partial’ strike. All these officers are coming to work, they are reporting to the secretariat, but they are Amit asks, “Is there any sentiment amongst the locals that this whole idea of using violence to achieve your ultimate goal that is Azadi is useless Even the voices like Shujaat Bukhari are being allegedly murdered by these gangs.” Cherry speaks about a report in The Hoot which revealed that the main accused in the murder of journalist Sudip Datta Bhaumik has allegedly threatened the prime witness in the case. Cherry also speaks about a plethora of hashtags floating around the BJP-PDP break up. She observes, “As soon as the news broke that the BJP was withdrawing its support from the PDP, hashtags like #BJPdumpsPDP or #BJPdisownsPDP were being circulated but #BJPabandonsKashmir was given a miss." Listen up!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.