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Chhota Hafta — Episode 201
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time4 days ago
NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. This week, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Meghnad, Raman Kirpal, and Manisha Pande. The panel also features Newslaundry reporters Amit Bhardwaj and Prateek Goyal who are covering the elections from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh respectively. Amit gives us insight into the election rallies in Rajasthan that are being dominated by PM Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath instead of Vasundhara Raje. Prateek shares his experience from Madhya Pradesh, saying people in the state would vote for the BJP despite their dissatisfaction with the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government. The panel discusses the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition and the recent violence in Bulandshahr which led to a policeman being killed. They also looked at how the media, especially television channels, covered the incident. Listen to the full episode here.
Hafta 198: #MeTooIndia, CNN vs The White House and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time4 days ago
In this week’s episode, Supreme Court lawyer Mihira Sood joins our in-house panel of Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, and Manisha Pande. The gang goes on to discuss topics like sexual harassment laws in India, the cancellation of singer TM Krishna’s concert in Delhi, and CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration. Giving us an overview of the shortcomings of sexual harassment laws in India, Mihira, who is currently researching the feminist movement, gives us some insight. The panel goes on to dig into the ever-increasing trend of “performative feminism” wherein media houses carry stories without any proper journalistic inquiry. Raman calls such stories “the easiest stories to report”. Talking more about the propagandist tendencies of media, Madhu mentions why the current government deserves to get the “Best Media Management” award. The panel further talks about the NDA-friendly media as well as the UPA-friendly media. Moving on, this week’s Hafta crew discusses the recent cancellation of Carnatic singer TM Krishna’s concert in the capital which was being organised by AAI and SPIC MACAY. They also talk about the controversy unfolding in the United States wherein CNN filed a suit against the Trump administration when the organisation’s journalist Jim Acosta was discredited from accessing the White House. Tune into all this and much more!
The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap Ep 93: 'Bad Sex’ Award, Simmba, Rogan Josh and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time6 days ago
This episode of The Awful and Awesome brings you an action-packed week with our hosts—Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen—both of whom discuss everything from a political documentary to a very strange award category. The duo begins by talking about the "Bad Sex award" which is awarded by Literary Review to "an author who has produced an outstandingly bad sexual description in an otherwise good novel". Rajyasree says Japanese author Haruki Murakami also made it to this year’s list, while Abhinandan adds that an Indian author called Anirudh Behl was also part of the same list in 2003. Moving on, they talk about something that’s even more ridiculous in a pop-culture context: the trailer of Rohit Shetty's Simmba, which is a sequel to the Ajay Devgan-starrer Singham. Rajyasree says the trailer does not have a cliffhanger and instead gives away the entire plot. "We should warn you, if any of you go watch the film, then you should be ashamed of yourself,” adds Abhinandan. The hosts then talk about a short film starring Naseeruddin Shah called Rogan Josh, which also features Avantika Akerkar and Shishir Sharma. The duo discusses how this film—which commemorates the anniversary of the terror attacks in Mumbai—is conceptually strong. Both of them agree that the problem of the film is a universal problem in Hindi films, i.e. they over-explain. The discussion then moves towards a political documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, directed by Michael Moore. Rajyasree says though the film is primarily about American president Donald Trump, it's also about the Flint water crisis, Michael Moore’s connection to Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, the Parkland school shooting, Obama, Hillary Clinton and more. This overload of information is what is the problem with the film, according to her. “The film, which is about everything, becomes a film about nothing,” she points out. The anchors conclude by talking about Priyanka Chopra’s wedding. Rajyasree says it's ironic that "three truckloads of firecrackers" had been burst at her wedding, even though Chopra endorses an ad that is about asthma. Talking further on Indian weddings, Abhinandan says, “Indian weddings have become an excuse for people who could never make it to showbiz. Aaj mauka mila hai, captive audience mili hai, aaj main nach kar dikhaunga, chahe nachna aata ho ya na aata ho.” Tune in to find out more!
Reporters Without Orders Ep 47: Kisan Mukti March, the agrarian crisis & more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time6 days ago
This week's Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal along with in-house writer, Gaurav Sarkar. Today, we have three guests joining us on the panel: Mumbai-based Parth MN, Haryana-based Jyoti Yadav, and DNA’s Amrita Madhukalya. This episode focuses primarily on the agrarian crisis—including the Kisan Mukti March which took place in Delhi on November 29 and 30. The podcast kicks off with the panel sharing their experiences of interacting with farmers at the rally. Parth talks about how the presence of Opposition leaders in the rally was favourable for the farmer’s movement. “They (farmers) can use the platform to hold the establishment accountable. It is all about holding the establishment accountable. And if and when they come to power, as media we can hold them accountable for the speeches they have made at the rally,” he adds. Jyoti agrees and says that it is crucial to politicise the issue as it makes the issue mainstream. The conversation then moves on to discuss how the media covered the Kisan Mukti March. Parth points out that though this particular rally was covered well by the media, the media has also been largely ignorant of the agrarian crisis that is at large and that has been affecting almost the entire rural economy. “(The) spurts in farmers’ suicide happened largely after a drought, hailstorm or a natural calamity,” he said. “This is usually last straw on a camel’s back. But why the farmer was sitting on the brink is something that we do not explore.” Talking about how the rally was covered by the Hindi media, Jyoti says its time they stop romanticising the farm crisis and instead focus on talking about the actual issue as it is. She feels that the pieces being churned out by various publications should be written as reports and not as literary articles. Gaurav draws a comparison between the first farmer’s march in Mumbai and the one that took place recently in Delhi. He points out that while political leaders were not allowed to make speeches at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan, in Delhi, they were not only encouraged, but also expected to do so. The discussion then moves to how newsrooms were not very well prepared for the massive rally in Mumbai. Cherry points out that this shows the shortcoming of newsrooms. Amruta adds: “Newsrooms also need to invest in a sustained coverage of farmer crisis. Newsrooms need to take into account that this is going to be the biggest political conversation in the 2019 Elections.” Summing up the discussion, Parth points out: “We need to ensure that the farming crisis becomes a part of our discourse and our daily conversations. Long story short—we should not be reminded of a farmer’s struggle only when they die.” For all this and more, listen up!
Hafta 197: Air pollution, Trump’s press conference, the killing of Avni, and more
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time8 days ago
NL Hafta is back with a bang with our in-house panel comprising Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Madhu Trehan. The panel discusses a variety of topics ranging from air pollution and firecrackers in Delhi to Sabarimala protests in Kerala, Trump’s press conference in the White House to Arnab Goswami being appointed a member of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library in Lutyens’ Delhi. The discussion starts off with Madhu weighing in on the Supreme Court verdict allowing entry to Sabarimala for women of all ages. She questions the ruling BJP for not supporting the verdict of the Supreme Court. The Hafta gang then discusses the various angles of the firecracker ban in India in relation to the air pollution which has been hitting the saturation point, and how the people of Delhi flouted the Supreme Court order on the eve of Diwali, helping Delhi’s AQI levels go through the roof. The discussion then moves on to US President Donald Trump’s chaotic post-midterms press conference which took up plenty of space on social media, and how in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn’t done even a single press conference since he took office. The conversation then proceeds to the installation of the Museum on Prime Ministers of India, and the gang discusses the validity of such an institution in India. They talk about the killing of Avni, the "man-eater" tigress from Yavatmal district in Maharashtra. The panel brings in contrasting views about the concept of "human versus animal" in connection with the issue. The discussion also steers its way to the recent developments in the Ram Temple issue in Ayodhya. This and more in the latest episode of NL Hafta!
एनएल चर्चा 48: किसान आंदोलन, राममंदिर विवाद, राजस्थान चुनाव और अन्य
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time8 days ago
इस बार की चर्चा का केंद्र रहा दिल्ली के रामलीला मैदान में देश भर से इकट्ठा हुए किसान और उनका संसद मार्च. इसके अलावा अयोध्या और बनारस में राम मंदिर निर्माण पर दो अलग-अलग संतों के आयोजन हुए, साथ ही साथ राजस्थान चुनाव में कांग्रेस की ओर से प्रधानमंत्री पर व्यक्तिगत आरोप प्रत्यारोप का मुद्दा, उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ का भगवान हनुमान को दलित समुदाय का बताने से मचे विवाद आदि विषय इस बार की चर्चा के मुख्य बिंदु रहे. इस बार की चर्चा में बतौर मेहमान शामिल हुए मीडिया विजिल वेबसाइट के संस्थापक सदस्य और पत्रकार अभिषेक श्रीवास्तव. इसके अलावा न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के असिस्टेंट एडिटर राहुल कोटियाल भी चर्चा में शामिल रहे. न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के विशेष संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज इस समय राजस्थान चुनाव की कवरेज कर रहे हैं. वो हमसे फोन पर जुड़े. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. चर्चा की शुरुआत अतुल चौरसिया ने न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के विशेष संवादाता अमित भारद्वाज के सामने एक सवाल रखकर की, “अमित हम देखते आ रहे हैं कि गुजरात के बाद राजस्थान का एक हिस्सा पिछले 3-4 सालों में हिंदुत्व की प्रयोगशाला के तौर पर उभरा है. अलवर के इलाकों में समय-समय पर गौरक्षकों का आतंक दिखा. अलवर के इलाके में कई मॉब लिंचिंग की घटनाएं देखने को मिली. क्या इन घटनाओं का असर राजस्थान के चुनाव पर दिख रहा हैं?” अमित ने कहा, “मैंने अपने कवरेज की शुरुआत राजस्थान के अलवर और भरतपुर इलाके से की थी. अलवर में विधानसभा की 11 सीटें है और भरतपुर में 7. अलवर इलाके में उग्र हिंदुत्व के कारण एक डिवाइड दिख रहा है. आप अगर मुस्लिम वोटर्स के पास जाएंगे तो उनकी एक अलग प्रतिक्रिया है और अगर आप हिन्दू वोटर के पास जाएंगे तो उनकी एक अलग प्रतिक्रिया है. यह कहीं ना नहीं पिछले कुछ सालों में हुई घटनाओं के कारण है. चाहे वो मॉब लिंचिंग हो या गौरक्षा हो. तमाम जो हिंदूवादी सांगठनों ने जो गतिविधियां की हैं, उनका असर इस चुनाव में साफ़-साफ़ दिख रहा है. इस इलाके में जब हमने कुछ लोगों से बात की तो पाया कि भाजपा को एक बढ़त है, हालांकि बहुतायत में युवा मुख्यमंत्री वसुंधरा राजे से खुश नहीं है. वहां युवा नारा लगा रहे थे- मोदी तुझसे बैर नहीं, वसुंधरा तेरी खैर नहीं.” वो आगे कहते हैं, “एक चीज़ और है जो व्हाट्स ऐप के जरिएए फैलाया जा रहा है. एक सीट है रामगढ़, जहां पर रकबर खान की हत्या हुए थी. उस सीट पर कांग्रेस की प्रत्याशी है सफिया खान उनका एक वीडियो वायरल किया गया, जिसमें वो बयान दे रही हैं कि हर हालत में चुनाव जीतना है चाहें कुछ भी करना पड़े. उस वीडियो को हिंदूवादी संगठन के लोग खूब फैला रहे हैं. तो भाजपा की कोशिश डिवाइड के ऊपर चुनाव लड़ने की दिखती है.” यहां पर अतुल ने बात आगे ले जाते हुए कहा, “अमित, मैं यह समझना चाह रहा था की क्या पूरे राज्य में किसी तरह की हवा किसी पार्टी के पक्ष में बह रही है? मसलन हमने देखा है कि 2014 के जो लोकसभा चुनाव या फिर बंगाल के विधानसभा चुनाव ऐसे थे जहां साफ तौर पर एक हवा दिख रही थी. भविष्यवाणी करना आसान था. क्या इस तरह की ऐसी कुछ एंटी इंकम्बेंसी वेव राजस्थान में महसूस हो रही है?” इस पर अमित का जवाब आया, “राजस्थान में बड़ा इंट्रेस्टिंग ट्रेंड है. अगर आप राजस्थान का इतिहास देखे तो जो पार्टी प्रचंड बहुमत से सरकार बनाती है अगले चुनाव में बड़े ही शर्मनाक तरीके से हार जाती हैं. जैसे अशोक गेहलोत की सरकार जब हारी तो 25 सीटों पर सिमट के रह गई. उससे पहले भैरों सिंह शेखावत के साथ ऐसा हुआ हैं. इस बार लोग लगातार कह रहे हैं कि टक्कर कांटे की है.” अमित ने बताया, “जब प्रधानमंत्री ने भरतपुर में सभा की तो वहां से कुछ लोग प्रधानमंत्री के भाषण के बीच से ही जाना शुरू हो गए. हालांकि यह संख्या कम थी. लोग खुल कर बोल रहे थे की प्रधानमंत्री हमारे मुद्दों पर बात ही नहीं कर रहे हैं, इसलिए हम जा रहे हैं. ऐसी स्थिति में आप कंफ्यूज हो जाते हैं की जनता असल में करने क्या वाली हैं.” राजस्थान के चुनाव में तीसरे मोर्चे की भूमिका और कई अन्य दिलचस्प सवाल और निष्कर्ष के साथ अभिषेक श्रीवास्तव और राहुल कोटियाल ने इस चर्चा में हस्तक्षेप किया. अमित ने भी कुछ जरूरी, ज़मीनी जानकारियां राजस्थान से साझा की. उनका पूरा जवाब और अन्य विषयों पर पैनल की विस्तृत राय जानने के लिए पूरी चर्चा सुने .
Chhota Hafta — Episode 200
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time10 days ago
NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but since we love our listeners, here's a little sneak peek into the latest episode. This week, we commemorated the 200th episode of Hafta, which we recorded live in the presence of our subscribers at Anti Social in Delhi's Hauz Khas. On this special occasion, the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan was joined by journalist and writer Manu Joseph. Abhinandan kicked off the event by talking about the history of NL Hafta and how it has evolved over time. The panel then moves on to discuss all the things that made news this week, from the Kisan Rally in Delhi to the debate over Rahul Gandhi's gotra. Listen to the full episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/12/01/nl-hafta-kisan-rally-gotra-politics-kartarpur-corridor
The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap Ep 92: the Manyavar ad, Mirzapur and more
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access_time11 days ago
After a hiatus of two weeks, hosts Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekri are back with an episode packed with opinions on several advertisements both from India and around the world, a web series and a film trailer. The duo starts with a discussion on popular advertisements in the Indian media including the Manyavar advertisement, which has Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma engaging in "playful banter". Rajyasree comments: “If you plan on having a romantic relationship with anyone or any sort of relationship built on some meeting of the minds: don’t talk like this to each other. It’s the end of that relationship, for sure!” The discussion moves on to the new Swiggy ad which centres on our tendency to not address people in the service industry by their names. Talking about the conceptualisation and production quality of Indian advertisements, Abhinandan says, “I am amazed at the level of creativity of Indian advertisements. (I think) They are second only to the US or even at par with the US.” They also talk about Dolce & Gabbana’s ad which offended many people in China. Both Rajyasree and Abhinandan agree this advertisement can reduce Dolce & Gabbana's brand value. Rajyasree then takes the discussion forward with Amazon Prime’s new show Mirzapur, which is produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and stars Pankaj Tripathi, Rasika Dugal, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Vikrant Massey and more. She says it’s a well-made show with many characters and dynamics at play. But at the same time, she's disappointed with how the show ends. “I think they get dynamics of the way relationships play out, the different kinds of romantic relationships you can have, the way we hear about it a lot but hopefully we don’t experience it in our milieu. A father-in-law wanting to sleep with his daughter-in-law, the wife not getting sexually satisfied by her husband sleeps with the cook. So there are all sorts of things happening,” she adds. Towards the end of podcast, they talk about the teaser of Disney’s upcoming film The Lion King and the trend of remaking films that is being followed both in India and abroad. They discuss how producers are willing to put money into stories and scripts that have worked in the past. Abhinandan says, “If you want to make a big film, you bet that money on a film that is remade, say a Jungle Book, a Sholay or a Don. This is why all superhero films are the biggest releases of the year. The characters have worked in the past and they will work in future. Nobody creates a new character!” Tune in to listen to this and more!
NL Reads: Has dynastic politics been as anti-democratic as Indian political dynasties?
Newslaundry Podcast
access_time12 days ago
Narendra Modi has slammed the Congress for dynastic politics, but has it been that damaging for the country? Read the full article here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/11/20/has-dynastic-politics-been-as-anti-democratic-as-indian-political-dynasties
एनएल चर्चा 47: ट्विटर और पैट्रियार्की विवाद, इमरान-ट्रंप टकराव, सीबीआई और अन्य
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access_time14 days ago
इस बार की चर्चा विशेष रूप से ट्विटर के सीईओ जैक डोर्सी की भारत यात्रा के दौरान मचे घमासान को समर्पित रही. हालांकि वह अपने देश लौट चुके हैं. इसके अलावा भारत की विदेश मंत्री सुषमा स्वराज ने घोषणा की है कि स्वास्थ्य सही न होने के कारण वे 2019 का चुनाव नहीं लड़ेंगी, हालांकि उन्होंने राजनीति से सन्यास नहीं लिया है. पाकिस्तान के करीबी मित्र अमेरिका द्वारा 1.66 बिलियन डॉलर की सुरक्षा सहायता राशि रद्द करने का फैसला और भारत की सबसे बड़ी जांच एजेंसी सीबीआई की लगातार उलझती गुत्थी के इर्दगिर्द इस बार की चर्चा केंद्रित रही. इस बार की चर्चा में स्वतंत्र पत्रकार स्वाति अर्जुन बतौर मेहमान शामिल हुई साथ ही राजनीतिक पत्रकार सैय्यद मोजिज़ इमाम भी पहली बार चर्चा का हिस्सा बने. इसके अलावा न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के विशेष संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज भी चर्चा का हिस्सा रहे. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. चर्चा की शुरुआत अतुल चौरसिया ने स्वाति अर्जुन के सामने एक सवाल रखकर की, “ट्विटर सीईओ जैक डोर्सी ने कुछ महिला पत्रकार और कुछ महिला सामाजिक कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ मीटिंग की. उस मीटिंग में किसी ने उन्हें एक पोस्टर गिफ्ट किया, जिस पर लिखा था- स्मैश द ब्राह्मिनिकल पैट्रियार्की यानी ब्राह्मणवादी पितृसत्ता का नाश हो. इसे जाति विशेष से जोड़कर जिस तरह से दक्षिणपंथी समूहों ने हमला किया, उसे किस हद तक जायज या नाजायज कहा जा सकता है?" स्वाति ने कहा, “यह जो मुद्दा उठा है मुझे लगता है यह ब्लेसिंग इन डिस्गाइज़ मोमेंट है. सोशल मीडिया के लिए ट्विटर, फेसबुक जैसे प्लेटफॉर्म के लिए. अगर हम भारत में देखे तो हाल के 2-4 सालों में सोशल मीडिया ट्रोलिंग, गाली-गलौज, लिंचिंग जैसी चीजें लगातार बढ़ती जा रही है. पता नहीं कितनी महिलाओं को सोशल मीडिया पर रेप करने की धमकी दी गई हैं. महिलाओं के ख़िलाफ़ भद्दी भाषा का भी इस्तेमाल किया जाता है. तो इसलिए मैं इसको ब्लेसिंग इन डिस्गाइज़ मोमेंट ही मानती हूं.” वो आगे कहती हैं, “जहां तक सवाल है जाति का तो सोशल मीडिया में कहा जाता है कि पढ़ा-लिखा तबका है जो एक ख़ास तबके से ही आता है. वो ब्राह्मणवाद को ब्राह्मण कैसे समझ लेते हैं. जब आप ब्राह्मणवाद की बात कर रहे हैं तो आप ब्राह्मणवादी पितृसत्ता की बात कर रहे हैं. और जिस दलित महिला ने ये पोस्टर डोर्सी को  दिया उनका ये अभियान काफी सालों से चल रहा है जो की दलित महिलाओं का ग्रुप हैं.” उन महिलाओं ने बस यही बताया की मैं एक पिछड़ी, निचली जाति से आती हूं तो जब भी मेरे ऊपर कोई हमला करता है तो उसमें जाति का एंगल जोड़ देता है. यहां पर अतुल ने हस्तक्षेप किया, “मुझे लगता हैं जिस तरह से ब्राह्मणवादी पितृसत्ता को ब्राह्मण जाति से जोड़ा गया उसके दो पहलु हैं. पहला, जो प्रभावी संस्कृति है देश की उस पर सवर्ण जातियों का कब्जा है. जाहिर है ब्राह्मण उसमें शीर्ष पर है. अगर किसी तरह की अच्छाई या बुराई इसमें है तो प्रतीकात्मक रूप से ब्राह्मण को इस्तेमाल किया जाता है. क्योंकि यह ब्राह्मणों की हितैषी की संस्कृति है.”
Chhota Hafta — Episode 199
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. In this episode of Hafta, we have Shipra Garg, our subscriber from the United States, and Meghnad joining our in-house panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, and Raman Kirpal to discuss news that made headlines this week. Abhinandan begins the podcast by discussing the recent CBI 'leak'. The panel discusses the role of media in covering a crisis that involves the country’s central investigation agency. They also touch upon CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s statement: “You don’t deserve a hearing.” The panel then talks about the outrage against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and the death of American citizen John Allen Chau. Listen to the full episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/11/23/hafta-199-cbi-leak-smash-brahminical-patriarchy-john-allen-chau
Reporters Without Orders Ep 46: #CBIvsCBI, #MadhyaPradeshElections & more
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access_time18 days ago
This week's Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal, Special Correspondents Amit Bhardwaj and Prateek Goyal, and Devesh K Pandey, Special Correspondent with The Hindu. Prateek, who is covering the upcoming elections in Madhya Pradesh shares his insights on core election issues, state politics and the farmer-centric Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana. Devesh tells us about the ongoing controversy within the Central Bureau of Investigation. He speaks about the genesis of the fallout, the significance of MK Sinha's petition, CJI Ranjan Gogoi's reaction to The Wire's report during a hearing on DCBI Alok Verma's petition and more. The podcast also discusses Manohar Lal Khattar’s statement on rape cases in Haryana and death of an RTI activist in Madhya Pradesh. For all this and more, listen up!
एनएल चर्चा 46: बीबीसी की फ़ेक न्यूज़ पर रिसर्च, सीएनएन-ट्रंप टकराव, रफाल विवाद और अन्य
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इस बार की चर्चा विशेष रूप से फ़ेक न्यूज़ को समर्पित रही. बीबीसी द्वारा फेक न्यूज़ के ऊपर किया गया एक रिसर्च इस हफ्ते बहस में रहा. इसके अलावा अमेरिका में ट्रंप प्रशासन द्वारा सीएनएन के व्हाइट हाउस संवाददाता जिम एकोस्टा का पास निलंबित करना, बदले में सीएनएन द्वारा ट्रंप को अदालत में घसीटना और एएनआई समाचार एजेंसी की संपादक स्मिता प्रकाश द्वारा रफाल लड़ाकू जहाज बनाने वाली कंपनी दसों के सीईओ का साक्षात्कार इस हफ्ते की एनएल चर्चा के प्रमुख विषय रहे. इस बार की चर्चा में बीबीसी डिजिटल हिंदी के संपादक राजेश प्रियदर्शी बतौर मेहमान शामिल हुए. इसके अलावा न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के असिस्टेंट एडिटर राहुल कोटियाल, विशेष संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज भी शामिल रहे. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. चर्चा की शुरुआत अतुल चौरसिया ने राजेश प्रियदर्शी के सामने एक सवाल के साथ की- “बीबीसी के रिसर्च की बड़ी चर्चा है. हम चाहेंगे कि आप संक्षेप में इसके मुख्य नतीजों और रिसर्च के तरीके के बारे में बताएं.” राजेश प्रियदर्शी ने बताया, “फ़ेक न्यूज़ को लेकर हर तरफ से कहा जाता है कि दूसरा पक्ष फ़ेक न्यूज़ फैला रहा है. समस्या की जड़ वहां है जहां आम आदमी किसी न्यूज़ पर भरोसा करके उसे आगे बढ़ाता है. यह काम वो किसी भी सोशल मीडिया प्लेटफॉर्म के जरिए करता है.” वो आगे कहते हैं, “हमने इस रिसर्च के जरिए यह जानने की कोशिश की है कि फ़ेक न्यूज़ फैलाने वाले लोग कौन हैं. किन वजहों से वो ऐसा करते हैं. उनके दिमाग में क्या है. ऐसे लोगों का मोटीवेशन क्या है. इस पर बीबीसी ने एक क्वालिटेटिव रिसर्च की है, जिसमें चीजों को गहराई से समझने की कोशिश की गई है. हमने राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर कोई सर्वेक्षण नहीं किया है. अलग-अलग शहरों में अलग-अलग आयु, आय और जेंडर के 40 लोगों के सोशल मीडिया बिहेवियर को परखा गया है.” यहां अतुल ने हस्तक्षेप किया, “आपने कई बातें बताई. रिसर्च से एक बात सामने निकल कर आई कि भारत में फ़ेक न्यूज़ के पीछे नेशनलिज्म बड़ा फैक्टर है जो लोगों को फ़ेक न्यूज़ की दिशा में प्रेरित कर रहा है. दुनिया भर में दक्षिणपंथी सोच का प्रभाव फ़ेक न्यूज़ के ऊपर ज्यादा है. इस समय ज्यादातर देशों में ऐसी ही सरकारें भी हैं. तो इसमें सरकारों की क्या भूमिका दिखती है.” राजेश के मुताबिक इसमें चार चीजें मुख्य रूप से भर कर सामने आई. हिंदू सुपीरियॉरिटी, हिंदू धर्म का पुनरुत्थान, राष्ट्रीय अस्मिता और गर्व, एक नायक का व्यक्तित्व (इस मामले में मोदी). ये चारो चीजें आपस में गुंथी हुई हैं. राहुल कोटियाल ने इसके एक दूसरे पहलु पर रोशनी डालते हुए कहा, “इस रिसर्च को किसी अकादमिक दस्तावेज में शामिल नहीं किया जाएगा. इसकी वजह शायद इसका छोटा सैंपल साइज़ है. यह विरोधियों को इस रिसर्च को खारिज करने का अवसर भी देता है. बीबीसी इस सवाल से कैसे निपटेगा?” जवाब में राजेश कहते हैं, “मूल बात यह है कि बीबीसी कोई अकादमिक संस्था नहीं है. यह येल या हार्वर्ड नहीं है. हमारी चिंता मीडिया फ्रटर्निटी में मौजूद फ़ेक न्यूज़ की समस्या थी. यह रिसर्च कोई अंतिम सत्य नहीं है.” अमित भारद्वाज का सवाल इस पूरी चर्चा को एक अलग धरातल पर ले जाता है. उन्होंने कहा, “इस रिसर्च से यह बात उभर कर सामने आई कि हिंदुत्व और नेशनलिज्म फ़ेक न्यूज़ के अहम फैक्टर हैं. रिपोर्ट पढ़कर हिंदुत्व का फैक्टर बड़ी प्रमुखता से सामने आता है. लेकिन रिपोर्ट में नेशनलिज्म शब्द चुना गया, हिंदुत्व नहीं. क्या यह सोच-विचार कर उठाया गया क़दम था?” इस सवाल के साथ ही अतुल ने भी एक सवाल जोड़ा, “आपने बताया कि 40 लोगों से सहमति ली गई कि आप उनके सोशल मीडिया बिहेवियर का आकलन करना चाहते हैं. बहुत संभव है कि जिन लोगों पर आप रिसर्च कर रहे थे उनके दिमाग में कहीं न कहीं यह बात चल रही हो कि उनके ऊपर नज़र रखी जा रही है, ऐसे में उनका व्यवहार सामान्य न रहकर चैतन्य हो सकता है.” इन सवालों के बेहद दिलचस्प जवाब राजेश प्रियदर्शी ने दिए. उनका पूरा जवाब और अन्य विषयों पर पैनल की विस्तृत राय जानने के लिए पूरी चर्चा सुने.
Chhota Hafta - Episode 198
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access_time25 days ago
NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. In this week’s Hafta episode, Supreme Court lawyer Mihira Sood joins our in-house panel of Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal, and Manisha Pande. The gang goes on to discuss topics like sexual harassment laws in India, cancellation of singer T.M. Krishna’s concert in Delhi, and the controversy unfolding in the United States wherein CNN filed a suit against the Trump administration when the organisation’s Journalist Jim Acosta was discredited from accessing The White House. Listen to the full episode here:
Reporters Without Orders Ep 45: Chhattisgarh elections, #Sabarimala, Herald House & more
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access_time26 days ago
This week's Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal, Special Correspondent Amit Bhardwaj, and Desk Writer, Gaurav Sarkar. The panel is joined by two guests over the phone: Chattisgarh-based Kamal Shukla, editor of Bhumkal Samachar and Kerala-based Vishnu Verma from Indian Express digital. In the podcast, Amit talks about how sections of the media over-reported Tej Pratap Yadav's divorce. Yadav is the elder son of former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi. Amit also weighs in on how stories of news value from Bihar such as the developments in the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case have been eclipsed. Adding to the point, Cherry speaks about the repeated denial of bail to Delhi-based analyst and journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra. Speaking about the ground reality of Chhattisgarh elections, senior journalist Kamal Shukla tells the panel why the narrative of a larger voter turnout smells fishy. Moving on, Gaurav talks about his report on National Herald and the controversy around Herald House. He also talks about IndiaSpend's report on the rising number of hate crimes in the country. The panel is joined by Vishnu Verma over the phone. Talking about the Supreme Court's recent Sabarimala verdict, Verma speaks about how political parties like the BJP and the Congress are busy appeasing the voters. Then there is a discussion about CNN's lawsuit against US President Donald Trump and more. Listen up!
NL Reads: Hindi journalism and the emergence of modern Hindi: Part 4
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access_time27 days ago
From the growing influence of Sanskrit to the ‘Hinglish’ used today, Hindi is an evolving lifeform. Read the article here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/11/03/hindi-journalism-and-the-emergence-of-modern-hindi-part-4
NL Reads: Hindi Journalism and the emergence of modern Hindi: Part 3
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access_time27 days ago
The awareness of Hindi’s importance in the first half of the 20th century was imbued with its practical utility and inspired by inclusive nationalism. Read the article here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/10/24/hindi-journalism-and-the-emergence-of-modern-hindi-part-3
एनएल चर्चा 45: रिज़र्व बैंक विवाद, नेहरू मेमोरियल लाइब्रेरी, कर्नाटक उपचुनाव और अन्य
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भारतीय रिजर्व बैंक की स्वायत्तता पर सरकार का खतरा, डोनाल्ड ट्रम्प और मीडिया के बीच टकराव, इसकी भारतीय संदर्भ में विवेचना, कर्नाटक में लोकसभा की तीन और विधानसभा की दो सीटों पर हुआ उपचुनाव, इसमें जेडी(एस) और कांग्रेस गठबंधन की जीत, पं. नेहरू के आवास तीनमूर्ति भवन की नेहरू मेमोरियल म्यूज़ियम और लाइब्रेरी की गवर्निंग बॉडी में 4 नए सदस्यों की नियुक्ति आदि इस हफ्ते की चर्चा के मुख्य विषय रहे. इस बार चर्चा में बतौर मेहमान शामिल हुए पत्रकार नीरज ठाकुर, जो मूलरूप से आर्थिक मामलों के पत्रकार हैं. इनके अलावा स्तम्भ लेखक आनंद वर्धन और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के विशेष संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज भी चर्चा में शामिल हुए. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. चर्चा की शुरुआत करते हुए अतुल चौरसिया ने पूछा, “आरबीआई एक्ट का सेक्शन 7 यानी जिस रेयर लॉ की बात हो रही है, वह सरकार को किस तरह के अधिकार देता है?” इसका जवाब देते हुए नीरज ठाकुर ने कहा, “सरकार के पास पैसे की कमी पड़ गयी है, और वह जल्द से जल्द कुछ कुछ निर्णय लेना चाह रही है. जिसे आरबीआई मना कर रहा है. आरबीआई हमेशा से अपनी स्वायत्तता को बचाए रखना चाहता है, जबकि सरकारें हमेशा से चाहती रही हैं कि वह उनके हिसाब चले. इसके अंदर सेक्शन 7 सरकार को किसी भी तरह का निर्देश जारी करने का अधिकार सरकार को देता है, जिसे आरबीआई को मानना ही पड़ेगा.” नीरज ने इस संकट के उत्पन्न होने की वजहें और भारतीय अर्थव्यवस्था में पैदा हुए उटापटक के सूत्र नोटबंदी से जोड़े. जिसको लेकर सरकार ने समय-समय पर बड़े-बड़े दावे किए थे. लेकिन आज की तारीख में यह बात साबित हो गई कि नोटबंदी असफल रही. अतुल ने नोटबंदी के सवाल को आगे बढ़ाते हुए आर्थिक विशेषज्ञ प्रियरंजन दास का हवाला दिया जिन्होंने कहा है कि सरकार का आकलन था कि नोटबंदी से अर्थव्यवस्था में करीब साढ़े तीन से चार लाख करोड़ रुपए का काला धन वापस नहीं लौटेगा. लिहाजा सरकार यह शेष रकम रिजर्व बैंक से लेगी. लेकिन नोटबंदी में सारा पैसा वापस आ गया. अब सरकार वही साढ़े तीन लाख करोड़ रुपए रिजर्व बैंक से उसके रिजर्व से वसूलना चाहती है. आनंद वर्धन ने इसका जवाब देते हुए कहा, “अब जबकि सत्ता का केन्द्रीकरण बहुत अधिक है, और इसमें संवादहीनता और पारदर्शिता की कमी है. नोटबंदी के उद्देश्य पहले भी बार-बार बदलते रहे हैं. इसमें सरकारी संवाद भी बहुत हद तक लचर रहा है. शायद सरकार की सोच चुनाव के पहले इस पैसे के जरिए कुछ लोकलुभावन योजनाओं को बड़े पैमाने पर शुरू करने की है.” नीरज ने सरकार द्वारा रिज़र्व बैंक के ऊपर बनाए जा रहे दबाव को पूरी तरह से राजनीतिक निर्णय बताया. अमित भारद्वाज के मुताबिक पंजाब नेशनल बैंक घोटाला सामने आने के बाद से चीजें बदली हैं. जैसे फरवरी सर्कुलर है जिसके जरिए 11 बैंकों को पीसीए के तहत लाया गया. विरल आचार्य ने जैसे कहा कि जो आरबीआई या केंद्रीय बैंक के स्वायत्तता के साथ जो खिलवाड़ करेगा, उसे मार्केट की नाराजगी झेलनी पड़ेगी. उस बयान के बाद अरुण जेटली का बयान आया कि आरबीआई को सरकार के मुताबिक ही काम करना चाहिए क्योंकि वह चुनी हुई संस्था है और लोगों के प्रति जवाबदेह है. इससे आरबीआई और सरकार के बीच का टकराव सतह पर आ गया. आगे उन्होंने कहा कि रघुराम राजन की छवि सरकार विरोधी बना दी गई थी, लिहाजा राजन की इच्छा के बाद भी उन्हें दूसरा कार्यकाल न देते हुए उर्जित पटेल को नया गवर्नर सरकार ने नियुक्त किया. उनके बारे में यह धारणा बनाई गई कि वे गुजरात से आते हैं और मोदी के करीबी हैं. अब इस संकट के बाद अगर उर्जित पटेल इस्तीफा देकर दे जाते हैं तो दुनिया के बाजार में सरकार की प्रतिष्ठा और विश्वसनीयता को बड़ा धक्का लगेगा. पैनल की विस्तृत राय जानने और अन्य मुद्दों के लिए सुनें पूरी चर्चा.
Chhota Hafta - Episode 197
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. This week features our in-house panel comprising Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Madhu Trehan. A lot happened in the past week: from air pollution and firecrackers in Delhi to Sabarimala protests in Kerala, Trump’s press conference in the White House to Arnab Goswami being appointed a member of the Nehru Memorial Museum in Lutyens’ Delhi. The panel also discusses the killing of Avni the tigress (which has left her two cubs orphaned), the Ram Mandir issue and a lot more. Listen to the full episode here:
The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap Ep 91: a '#MeToo bag', BlackkKlansman and more
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In this episode of The Awful & Awesome Entertainment Wrap, Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen talk about the “viral videos” made around the Diwali season and some movies. Rajyasree starts off the discussion by talking about the "#MeToo bag" which has been designed by Priyanka Vachchani and which is claimed can also be used for self-defence. She explains how the #MeToo movement has been used in the fashion business and how the ad that was put out was cringe-worthy. The discussion moves on to HP’s recent Diwali ad titled "#GoLocal" which Abhinandan and Rajyasree think is overly emotionalised. The hosts then talk about the Hollywood movie BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee and released earlier this year. The movie is a true story about the first Black-American cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. The consensus is that our subscribers should watch this fun-packed and well-shot movie, which Abhinandan says is a political statement by the director against Trump. Abhinandan also briefly talks about a 1993 western action thriller called Tombstone. Abhinandan then moves on to romantic comedy-drama Crazy Rich Asians directed by Jon M Chu which released earlier this year. He says it's a classic love story but also reinforces some stereotypes. Rajyasree talks about a commercial by Ghadi Detergent, which steers the discussion into the stereotypes and set standards of gender and class in the Indian community. They discuss a special Karwa Chauth commercial by Nykaa titled "Qaid", featuring India’s first transsexual model Nikkey Chawla. Abhinandan and Rajyasree ask the same question: “Why has Karwa Chauth been unnecessarily brought in to convey such an emotion?” They agree it's a good commercial, but Rajyasree says it's still a marketing gimmick. This and more, so listen up!
Reporters Without Orders Ep 44: #RBIvsGovt, #AyodhyaRamMandir, Bihar lynching & more
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What is #RBIvsGovt all about? This episode of Reporters Without Orders with Business Standard's assistant editor Arup Roychoudhury, Newslaundry's Amit Bhardwaj, Gaurav Sarkar and Cherry Agarwal has the details. The panel is joined by Prem Shankar Mishra, senior correspondent with Navbharat Times Lucknow, to discuss discrepancies in teacher recruitment in Uttar Pradesh and the impact of his story. The discussion starts with Arup talking about the rift between the Reserve Bank of India and the government. Speaking about RBI's independence, Arup explains that RBI's autonomy is without any legal backing. Weighing in on media's coverage of economic policy, he adds, “The general channels don’t have the bandwidth or intelligence to cover this." Prem joins the panel to speak about developments in the teacher recruitment scam following his story. As matters stand, the High Court has taken cognisance of the issue. Speaking about an issue that got more attention than it deserved, Amit says that the Ayodhya dispute was over-reported in the media. He adds that sections of the media also misreported the issue, which was hyped without much context. Gaurav talks about a recent incident in Bihar, where an 80-year-old Muslim man was lynched and burned by a mob. This found little coverage in mainstream media, Gaurav tells the panel. Meanwhile, he says, the Statue of Unity got more coverage than it deserved. Cherry talks about how the New York Times' Pakistan edition skipped publishing a critical op-ed piece by Mohammed Hanif. The article was about Asia Bibi's acquittal. She also talks about Arnab Goswami’s appointment to the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library and killing of five Bengali-speaking men in Assam's Tinsukia. For this and more, listen up!
एनएल चर्चा 44: हाशिमपुरा, डीडी न्यूज़ पत्रकार की मौत, पाकिस्तान में ईशनिंदा और अन्य
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दंतेवाड़ा में हुआ नक्सली हमला, पाकिस्तान में आसिया बीबी के ईशनिंदा मामले पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट का फैसला और पाकिस्तानी अवाम का विरोध, राम मंदिर की सुनवाई की तारीख बढ़ने और हाशिमपुरा नरसंहार पर आया दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय का फैसला आदि इस बार की एनएल चर्चा का विषय रहे. इस बार की चर्चा में दो खास मेहमानों ने टेलीफोन के जरिए हिस्सा लिया. इनमें हैदराबाद से पत्रकार मालिनी सुब्रमण्यम, जिन्होंने नक्सली इलाकों में काफी पत्रकारिता की है और साथ ही पाकिस्तान से बीबीसी के पूर्व पत्रकार हफीज चाचड़ शामिल हुए. इसके अलावा न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के असिस्टेंट एडिटर राहुल कोटियाल, विशष संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज भी शामिल रहे. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया. चर्चा की शुरुआत करते हुए अतुल चौरसिया ने दंतेवाड़ा में हुए नक्सली हमले और दूरदर्शन के कैमरामैन अच्युतानंद साहू की मौत पर दुख व्यक्त करते हुए कहा कि ऐसे किसी भी हिंसाग्रस्त इलाके में काम करने वाले पत्रकारों की क्या चुनौतियां हैं, जो पत्रकार वहां जा रहे है उनको किन बातों का ध्यान रखना चाहिए? यह बड़ा प्रश्न है. इसके जवाब में मालिनी सुब्रमण्यम ने कहा, “यह बहुत ही बड़ा घटना है. और इस बात पर दोनों पक्षों को, सरकार और माओवादी, सफाई देने की जरूरत है. हालांकि माओवादियों ने एक पर्चा जारी कर कहा है कि- “पत्रकारों पर हमला करने का उनका कोई उद्देश्य नहीं था. उन्होंने पुलिस के ऊपर हमला किया था. जैसे ही उन्होंने पुलिस को देखा तो हमला कर दिया. इस हमले को लेकर प्रपोगेंडा चलाया जा रहा है कि माओवादियों ने पत्रकारों को निशाना बनाया. उन्हें बिलकुल भी पत्रकारों के बारे में नहीं था पता था.” अतुल ने पुलिस और पत्रकारों के साथ होने की ओर ध्यान खींचते हुए सवाल किया कि क्या पत्रकारों को ऐसे युद्धरत इलाकों में किसी भी एक पार्टी (सुरक्षा बल या माओवादी) के साथ रिपोर्टिंग के लिए जाना चाहिए? क्योंकि वहां किसी एक पार्टी के साथ होने की सूरत में रिपोर्टर खुद ब खुद दूसरी पार्टी के निशाने पर आ जाते हैं. मालिनी ने डीडी के पत्रकारों द्वारा की गई एक चूक बताया. उनके मुताबिक पत्रकार को स्वतंत्र रूप से ऐऐसे इलाकों में जाना चाहिए. पुलिस चाहे कितनी भी संख्या में हो, पत्रकार के साथ होना खतरे का सबब है. इसी चर्चा को आगे बढ़ते हुए राहुल कोटियाल का एक सवाल आया कि यह जो घटना घटी है, क्या इसको एक छोटी-मोटी घटना मान लिया जाये या फिर इसमें कोई बड़ा संदेश छिपा है? मालिनी ने जवाब में कहा, “इसमें से एक संदेश पत्रकारों को लिए है. एंबुश आए दिन होते रहते हैं. तो ऐसे इलाकों में पत्रकारों की अपनी पहचान के साथ जाना होगा. जैसा कि माओवादियों ने भी कहा है कि कोई पत्रकार चुनाव कवर करने आ रहा है, वह स्वतंत्र होकर आए. किसी भी तरह की सुरक्षा न ले.” न्यूज़लांड्री के रिपोर्टर अमित भारद्वाज ने एक नए पहलू की पर रोशनी डालते हुए सवाल किया कि दरगा कमेटी द्वारा जारी चिट्ठी, जिसमें माओवादियों ने पत्रकारों और चुनाव कर्मियों से कहा कि वो आयें चुनाव कवर करें, चुनाव प्रक्रिया में शामिल हों लेकिन बिना सुरक्षाबलों के। हम उन्हें क्षति नहीं पहुंचाएंगे, लेकिन वहीं दूसरी तरफ अटैक करते हैं। तो क्या इसमें विरोधाभाष नजर नहीं आता? जिसके जवाब में मालिनी ने कहा कि हर पक्ष स्वयम को बचाने की कोशिश कर रहा है। इस विषय के आखिर में अतुल ने कहा कि डीडी न्यूज़ के पत्रकारों की तरफ से यह बड़ी चूक हुई है. दुनिया भर के संघर्षरत इलाकों में, युद्धग्रस्त इलाकों में रिपोर्टिंग के लिए जाने वाले पत्रकारों को एक स्पष्ट गाइडलाइंस फॉलो करने की जरूरत है. उन्हें क्या करना है, क्या नहीं करना है, इसकी स्पष्ट समझ होनी चाहिए. यह ज़िम्मेदारी पत्रकारिता संस्थानों की भी है कि वे ऐसे पत्रकारों को व्यापक प्रशिक्षण देकर ही युद्धरत इलाकों में रिपोर्टिंग के लिए भेजें. पैनल की विस्तृत राय जानने और अन्य मुद्दों के लिए सुनें पूरी चर्चा.
Hafta 196: Dantewada attack, air pollution, the Statue of Unity and more
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In this week's NL Hafta, we're joined by former NDTV editor Hridayesh Joshi along with the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Anand Vardhan and Madhu Trehan. This week we discuss air pollution, the death of Doordarshan News cameraperson Achyuta Nanda Sahu who was killed in a Naxal attack, the new Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue, and a little more on publishing houses. An expert on subjects like climate change, Naxalism and politics, Hridayesh Joshi gives us interesting insight in this episode. Starting with air pollution, Joshi talks about various development schemes of the government like the Char Dham Yatra project, which led to the indiscriminate cutting of trees in Uttarakhand. Various nuances of climate change are touched upon. Joshi also tells us how the death of the Doordarshan News journalist was avoidable and how reporting from a Naxal zone has to be done while following certain cardinal rules. Hear Madhu Trehan speak on a not very decent tweet by Divya Spandana. She also tells us why "Sharam sabki utari hui hai' when it comes to politics and politicians. The panel also talks about Twitter obsessions and its hazardous effects. Will the coming elections be the dirtiest and the cheapest one we've seen yet? Have we normalised Gaali-Galoch in politics? This and more in the latest episode of NL Hafta!
NL READS: #MeToo in newsrooms: battling sexism since the 1960s
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Each generation forged ahead in fighting misogynist forces. Read the article here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/10/29/metoo-in-newsrooms-battling-sexism-since-the-1960s
The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap Ep 90: The Twice-Born, Red Bird, Patriot Act & more
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In its 90th episode, The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap takes you on an entertaining ride of some of the worst and best developments of the week. Our hosts Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen talk about two novels, latest shows on Netflix and an awful short film recommended for the mufatkhors! The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges is a novel written by Aatish Taseer whom Abhinandan calls one of the finest writers of his time. The book is about the Brahmin mind, Benaras, and modern politics. Another book discussed in this episode is Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif. The book is about America's war politics and its victims. Both books are highly recommended by our hosts. Taking a dive from a very highbrow discussion, Rajyasree takes us to Eros Now's latest drama series Smoke. A drama set in Goa and revolving around drugs, Rajyasree says Smoke is one of the most well-shot series and has a Narcos feel to it. The cast of this crime drama includes Tom Alter, Gulshan Devaiah, Kalki Koechlin and Jim Sarbh. Sen also thinks the series is as good as Sacred Games and has an Anurag Kashyap vibe to it. Moving on, we discuss Hasan Minhaj's latest series on Netflix, Patriot Act. Abhinandan and Rajyasree believe Hasan's style of stand-up comedy is different but quite predictable, unlike comedians like Stephen Colbert. With only two episodes out, maybe it's too early to judge what Patriot Act has in store but it's a remarkable feat for an American-Indian to have his own show on Netflix. Another recommendation coming from Netflix is BBC series Bodyguard starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes. They also discuss the latest trailer of Kedarnath starring Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput and how it was successful in piquing viewers' interest. The podcast also talks about a short film, The Playboy Mr Sawhney, which turned out to be a torturous watch. Listen to the full podcast to know why it's been highly recommended for our mufatkhors.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 43: #AirPollution, #JusticeForAzeem, CBI & more
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This episode of Reporters Without Orders features a complete in-house panel comprising our host Cherry Agarwal, Newslaundry's intrepid reporters Prateek Goyal and Amit Bhardwaj, Gaurav Sarkar from the Newslaundry desk. The podcast kicks off with a discussion on air pollution and Delhi's deteriorating air quality. The panel also discusses media's coverage of the issue. Gaurav says that had the media given enough attention to this issue, a solution would have emerged. "A knee-jerk reaction won't solve the problem, air pollution has to be tackled head-on. We need proper investigative reports on climate change, including reports that track air quality over 10-15 years of time to find long-term solutions," Gaurav says. Prateek tells us that the drought situation in many parts of Maharashtra has been under-reported and issues like Rakhi Sawant's dramatic press conference are being over-reported. Issues like migration from drought-hit areas and human trafficking of young girls from these regions remain under-reported, Prateek adds. "Will the election year force the media to cover farmer distress and related issues? Will the politicians try to please the farmers just because it's election time? Amit asks. The panel also discusses the death of eight-year-old Mohammad Azeem at South Delhi’s Jamia Faridiya Madrasa. Amit tells the panel that it was not a case of mob lynching, as was being portrayed by sections of the media. For all this and more, listen up!
Hafta 195: CBI vs CBI, Anil Ambani, Smriti Irani and more
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It's been an exciting week in news, and we have an exciting panel in this episode of NL Hafta! We're joined by NDTV’s political editor and anchor of Reality Check, Sunetra Choudhary, with the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande and also Madhu Trehan, our editor-in-chief. The episode kicks off with the CBI versus CBI drama. Sunetra has been covering the CBI for a long time and gives us some insight into this case. We find out why this case is important and how it’s got all the ingredients that make up a good news story. Sunetra also tells us about talented BJP spokespersons who make appearances on NDTV. The panel then moves on to discuss Smriti Irani’s bizarre comment based on a piece of fake news. Madhu tells us how the Sabarimala issue has gotten out of hand and why no political party wants to irk the Ayyappa devotees in exchange for votes. This Hafta episode also continues the discussion on #MeToo and talks about Tavleen Singh and Seema Mustafa’s take on the issue. Is there no space for nuance in this movement? From Kashoggi’s gruesome murder to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s fake outrage and the West’s reaction to the case—Abhinandan shares his thoughts. In the context of Anil Ambani suing NDTV for ₹10,000 crore, Madhu is reminded of a Netflix documentary, Nobody Speak. The team also discusses Abhijit Iyer-Mitra’s recent arrest for his comments, and the irony of the entire episode. Finally, the Hafta gang discusses the dilemma of separating art from artist considering the recent developments in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Should we stop watching Woody Allen movies after he has been called out? Tune in to find out!
Reporters Without Orders Ep 42: #AmritsarTrainAccident, Tax raids on Quint & more
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This episode of Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal along with Prateek Goyal, Gaurav Sarkar, and our guests, Rajeev Sharma, senior journalist from Amritsar, and Ranjeet Jadhav, a reporter from Mid-Day. The discussion kicks off with Rajeev recounting the Amritsar train accident which left 61 people dead and several others injured. Rajeev shares details about what happened, local media's coverage of the accident, among other things. Gaurav speaks about his recent article on allegations of tax evasion and money laundering that have surfaced against former TV 18 promoter and current owner of The Quint, Raghav Bahl. Bahl allegedly made ₹114 crore out of an investment of ₹3.03 crore made in a penny stock company called PMC Fincorp. Speaking about challenges he faced while reporting on the story, Gaurav says, “Crunching the numbers would be the biggest challenge and trusting the source as well." Prateek then speaks about his report where he has documented a disabled woman’s three-year ordeal at the hands of the Army. A deaf and mute woman was allegedly repeatedly raped and harassed by four Army jawans between 2015 and 2017 at Military Hospital, Kirkee, in Pune. “The Army says that it comes under the civil case, which needs an FIR and the police say that in order to prepare the FIR, they need the permission from the Army to do the enquiry," Prateek says speaking about the lack of action in the case. The panel also discussed media reports about ‘man-eater’ tigress Avni. Speaking about media's reportage on wildlife and environment, Ranjeet says, “In India, there is no reporting that is done by different news organisations on such issues on a regular basis, which results in minimal awareness on the same." He adds, “Sadly when something sensational like continuous human kill comes up, they cover it.” For other reports, discussion on media's coverage of different issues and more, listen up!
EP 89: The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap: Koffee with Karan, Badhaai Ho, and more
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On this week’s episode of The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap, our hosts Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss everything ranging from the first episode of the latest season’s Koffee with Karan, to the recently released movie Badhaai Ho, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra. The Sensational Life & Death of Qandeel Baloch, a book written by Pakistani journalist Sanam Maher, the television show Styled with Neha, as well as two popular advertisements released recently during the festive season, are also spoken about. The episode kicks off with a discussion on Satam Maher’s book The Sensational Life & Death of Qandeel Baloch, based on the life of a Pakistani model and actress who was killed by her brother. “It’s an interesting read—especially during this #MeToo movement,” says Abhinandan. Rajyasree then weighs in on two television shows that are trending all over the commercial media space: they are Koffee with Karan and Styled with Neha. The sixth season of Koffee with Karan aired on Sunday night, and its first episode featured actresses Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone, who go on to discuss a lot of things—including their personal experiences with Ranbir Kapoor. Styled with Neha, a new show by Fox featuring former Miss India pageant Neha Dhupia, stylist and model Diva Dhawan, and celebrity make-up artist Elton Fernandez, is criticised by Rajyasree. Both hosts then talk about the recently released movie Badhaai Ho which deals with problems faced by a middle-class family when a mid-aged woman gets pregnant. “It is definitely worth a watch!,” said Rajyasree, and Abhinandan agrees with her. Moving on, Abhinandan and Rajyasree review two advertisements that have received a lot of limelight during this festive season; they are the Diwali special ad of Saregama Carvaan and Fortune Food’s controversial Durga Pooja advertisement. The discussion then shifts to the recent #MeToo allegations against Anu Malik, Sajid Khan and Chetan Bhagat, where our hosts take up different stances. Tune in to find out more.
Hafta 179: Supreme Court on Kejriwal-LG standoff, NRC in Assam, WhatsApp and more
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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!
Chhota Hafta – Episode 182
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where the panel discusses everything from elections in Pakistan to recent lynching in Alwar, No Confidence Motion, Rahul Gandhi’s hug and wink and more.
एनएल चर्चा 31: अलवर लिंचिंग, इमरान खान, मुजफ्फरपुर बालिका गृह व अन्य
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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.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 29: Alwar Lynching, #Section377, state of health journalism and more
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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!
सरकार देगी दस लाख युवाओं को सैन्य प्रशिक्षण
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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.
मॉब लिंचिंग: क्या है व्हाट्सएप की भूमिका?
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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.
एनएल 30: युवाओं को सैन्य प्रशिक्षण, मॉब लिंचिंग, अविश्वास प्रस्ताव व अन्य
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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.
Hafta 178: Saifuddin Soz, #Emergency, Vijay Mallya's letter to the Prime Minister and more
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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.”
Chhota Hafta – Episode 181
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where 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.
#JustSports 87: World Cup 2018, Wimbledon and more
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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!
Reporters Without Orders Ep 28: CJI Dipak Misra, Hindi media, journalism behind paywalls and more
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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!
एनएल चर्चा 29: धारा 377, जियो इंस्टिट्युट, शशि थरूर व अन्य
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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.
Chhota Hafta – Episode 180
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode where 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.
Hafta 177: BJP-PDP breakup, Shujaat Bukhari's murder, Airtel row and more
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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.
Reporters Without Orders Ep 27: WhatsApp, Assam and mob lynchings, media's Jio story and more
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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!
The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap Ep 78: Netflix's Sacred Games, advertisements and more
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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!
एनएल चर्चा 28: आप-एलजी विवाद, खरीफ की कीमत, माब लिंचिंग व अन्य
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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.
Chhota Hafta – Episode 179
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Hafta 176: #UrbanNaxal, plot to kill the PM, Assam lynching and Atul Kochhar’s tweets
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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!
#JustSports 86: 2018 FIFA World Cup special - Part 2
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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.
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