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From in-depth interviews and carefully curated opinions to hard-hitting political analysis and even the latest movie reviews, check out News and Views!
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access_time11 days ago
The problem with films based on real life events is that one is already aware of how things will pan out. And so, the challenge lies in keeping us invested in the story.
In this respect, Hotel Mumbai excels. We plunge headlong into the events that led to the dastardly terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008, and director Anthony Maras – who has also written the screenplay along with John Collee – keeps his hold on the narrative steady and focused.
The cold efficiency with which violence is depicted and how it disrupts the rhythm of everyday life in the busy lanes of Mumbai has an accompanying foreboding tone that is hard to ignore.
Even as the background music is kept to the minimum, the unmissable sound of ricocheting bullets keeps us at the edge of our seats. A casual conversation between two people is suddenly disrupted as one of them drops dead.
For most of us, the memories of 26/11 are still fresh in our minds even 11 years on. We were glued to our TV sets as we followed the tense moments of the crisis; and so the use of real-time footage is both clever and hugely impactful.
In fact, the film even manages to astutely show the many lapses in security that happened due to the live coverage of the attack by media. The gaze is democratic.
Listen to the podcast for the full review.
Host: Stutee Ghosh
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access_time12 days ago
Delhi of the early seventies. A woman appears, almost out of nowhere, and declares herself to be a queen – Begum of Awadh to be more specific.
She comes with an entourage of servants, around 15 hounds and her two children - Princess Sakina and Prince Cyrus. What she is looking for is a palace befitting of a royal family.
It takes her around eight years to get the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, to accept her claim. That she had been wronged. That she deserved the dignity of a royal.
And a palace she is given finally not exactly what she had in mind but this would have to be it — Malcha Mahal.
If the name suggest any sense of grandeur, the place is devoid of it. Because well, Malcha Mahal is not exactly a palace but a 14th Century hunting lodge made of stone tucked away in the middle of a jungle in central Delhi. Over the next handful of decades, the mystery that the Begum brought with her would pique everybody's interests.
They were a lonesome lot, living in the middle of civilization yet so far away from it. They shooed away visitors, rarely appeared in public like the other erstwhile royals. They'd continue to live in Malcha Mahal uncared for, unkempt, in abject poverty like ghosts, unable to come to terms with the present till the last of them Prince Cyrus would pass away in 2017. And then comes an interesting twist. These royal descendants of Awadh were not royals after all.
There was an inkling that something was amiss about the whole charade of royalty- but what exactly was it? That was story that journalists here were trying to crack for decades unsuccessfully until very recently when the mystery was disentangled by Ellen Barry a journalist for New York Times.
Tune in to this podcast where journalists recount their visits to Malcha Mahal and their encounters with the recluse prince.
In Photos: The ‘Danse Macabre’ in Malcha Mahal (https://www.thequint.com/photos/in-photos-malcha-mahal-prince-ali-raza-begum-wilayat-sakina)
Editor and Host: Shorbori Purkayastha
Guests: Jaskirat Singh Bawa, Senior Editor, The Quint
Rupinder Kaur, Former Journalist
Producer: Shelly Walia
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time14 days ago
10 LeT terrorists launched coordinated attacks on several prime locations in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. Many innocent lives were lost and some survived to tell the tale. The physical wounds may have healed for these survivors, but the memories of the fateful night are still etched in their minds.
On the anniversary of the 26/11 attacks, some survivors rewind to the gruesome night. Tune in to the podcast!
Reporter: Divya Talwar
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time14 days ago
Hemant Karkare was eating dinner with his family on the night of 26 November 2008 when Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists orchestrated 12 attacks in Mumbai that would last for four days.
Being the Joint Commissioner of Police and the chief of the Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorist Squad Karkare left the dinner only to be killed in action outside Cama hospital.
Eleven years since Jui Karkare lost her father Hemant Karkare to the 26/11 attacks, she is releasing a book 'Hemant Karkare — A Daughter’s Memoir'. Jui who is the eldest amongst her three siblings spoke to The Quint about her book and her father. 
Editor and VO: Shorbori Purkayastha
Reporter: Ankita Sinha
Producer: Shelly Walia
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time17 days ago
How much can one really say about a film that doesn’t have anything to say itself?
A character called Neeraj Modi (Inaamulhaq) - even with the last letter of the first name changed, it does bring to mind a certain fugitive diamond merchant named Mr Modi. He is the bad man here and as our leading men make a mincemeat of him, patriotism becomes the last refuge of Pagalpanti.
“Desh ke liye ise aur desh ka churaya hua paisa” is actually uttered in this make belief world of do-gooders who might be the brand ambassadors of bad luck but have “desh bhakti ka jazba” still throbbing in their hearts .
Listen to the podcast for the rest of the review!
Host: Stutee Ghosh
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access_time17 days ago
Hazrat Tipu Sultan — the 18th century ruler of Mysore who's long gone but he still can’t shake off controversies in modern Indian politics. He's perhaps one of those historical figures of India with an identity crisis. Different aspects of his rule have been highlighted by different people for political reasons and there's really no consensus yet on how we should see his life and work in modern India.
You’re listening to a special News and Views podcast on The Quint and I’m Shorbori – and yes, you guessed it right, I am gonna be talking about Tipu Sultan in this podcast and try –– with the help of scholars and historians – and understand the controversy surrounding the historical figure. Is he the Tiger of Mysore? Or Is he a tyrant? Is he a freedom fighter? Or is he a murderous bigot? Or is he perhaps the genius who used the first rockets against the British? — It all depends on who you're asking.
Tune in to this podcast!
Host and Editor: Shorbori Purkayastha
Reporter: Arpita Raj
Producer: Shelly Walia
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time18 days ago
Indian cricket will finally embrace the pink revolution after initial reluctance when Virat Kohli's seemingly infallible side lock horns with a deflated Bangladesh in their maiden Day/Night Test starting in Kolkata on Friday.
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access_time18 days ago
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev recently courted controversy when he called followers of BR Ambedkar and Periyar “ideological terrorists” in an interview with TV anchor Arnab Goswami. Followers of the Indian reformers and social icons from across the country reacted sharply to Ramdev’s remarks.
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access_time20 days ago
The sexual assault case involving former union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, grabbed headlines in August 2019 after the 23-year-old law student who accused him went missing after she posted a video on Facebook alleging a ‘sant samaj’ leader was threatening to kill her and has ruined many girls’ lives.
Ironically, as the case caught nation's attention and was talked about all across, Shahjahanpur, Chinmayanand's stronghold, fell silent. This case left the town unable to decide who is at fault, whom do they support, the girl or Chinmayanand?
I traveled to the heart of the Chinmayanand Rape Case controversy to find out. Tune in to The Big Story!
Host and Reporter: Zijah Sherwani
Editor: Shorbori Purkayastha
Producer: Shelly Walia
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time20 days ago
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access_time24 days ago
She is a tall, fair and pretty woman in her 20s who dreams of getting married and settling down abroad . He, on the other hand, is a 36-year-old shy and average-looking man burdened with family responsibilities and desperate to get married. Motichoor Chaknachoor tells the story of Annie (Athiya Shetty) and Pushpinder Tyagi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who come together despite having completely opposite personalities. Not surprisingly, this results in a host of problems for them and those around them.
Directed by Debamitra Biswal, Motichoor is a mixed bag of some fine performances and a beautifully-created small town milieu while being frustratingly repetitive. Athiya Shetty is a revelation, though.
Her pairing with Nawaz seemed odd initially but ends up being oddly satisfying. The two hail from very different worlds and in the film Pushpinder is everything that Athiya doesn’t want to be. Except that she badly wants the “Dubai-returned” tag that he flaunts.
At one point Nawaz’s Pushpinder even pointedly asks her “kya aap patthar per khadi hain?”
What next? Listen to the podcast for the full review.
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access_time24 days ago
Marjaavaan translates to “I will die” and one can easily come to this fatal conclusion after having been numbed by 135 minutes of the film. I was wondering what the problem with the film really is and then it struck me - director Milap Zaveri takes himself too seriously and so does the film. And that’s the problem, because Marjaavaan is actually a closet comedy. It does not mean to be hilarious, but ends us being so.
Everyone in the movie is delegating their work to poor Raghu aka Sidharth Malhotra. There is the water mafia head who Raghu is indebted to because he picked him up from the gutter and brought him up.
So, Raghu ensures that Anna’s (Nassar) dhanda (business) functions smoothly without any hurdles. Arzoo (Rakul Preet Singh) has outsourced the protection of her izzat abroo to Raghu. Zoya (Tara Sutaria) wants him to play the harmonica. 
His friends, who have been tortured by the midget Vishnu (Riteish Deshmukh), wait for Raghu to come out of jail and take revenge. 
Then there is Ravi Kishan playing a cop who also wants Raghu to testify against his boss . Even the cop will not go investigate someone else!
Listen to the podcast for the full review!
Host: Stutee Ghosh
Editor: Zijah Sherwani
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access_time24 days ago
There’s bad news on the economic front – GDP rate has slipped drastically to 5 percent and inflation rate has soared. Despite the bold steps taken by the government to revive the economy of late, the desired results haven’t been achieved owing to a rather complex situation.
A few economists discern clear signs of a slowdown while other think it’s the beginning of an economic contraction – begging the question – Is India on the brink of an economic crisis?
Let's take a look at some numbers:
The projected GDP growth rate for the second quarter is 4.25 percent to 4.74 percent.
GDP projections by experts:
SBI’s Chief Economist Soumyakanti Ghosh – 4.2 percent
Nomura's Sonal Verma - 4.2 percent
ICRA’s Aditi Nair - 4.7 percent
Kotak Securities’ Shubhdeep Rakshit - 4.7 percent
The actual numbers will be released by the end of November. However, it’s safe to assume India’s GDP growth will languish at around 5 percent. SBI’s already revised its earlier projection of 6.8 percent to 5 percent.
Listen to the podcast for the full story!
Host: Sanjay Pugalia
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access_time24 days ago
The date is 30 January, 1948. A little over five months have passed since India's independence from the British Raj. As the sun sets, the air is electric in Delhi's Birla House.
The reason - Mahatma Gandhi is about to address a prayer meeting. Gandhi walks to the stage from his room, supported by Manuben and Abha, his two grand-nieces.
As he nears the stage, a man wearing khaki breaks loose from the crowd and kneels before them. Manuben says, “Bapu is already late. Why do you embarrass him?”
But the words have barely left her mouth, when three deafening gunshots ring out. Gandhi falls to the floor. Three bullets finding their mark in his torso. The crowd goes numb, for a moment. And then erupts.
The assassin surrenders and asks for the police. He's arrested and taken away.
Moments later a doctor confirms that Mahatma Gandhi is dead.
The assassin's name would be remembered forever in history - Nathuram Godse, the man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.
This is a special podcast about the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, and the man who pulled the trigger - Nathuram Godse. Godse was hanged to death on 15 November 1949. The reasons that drove him to assassinate Gandhi have often been misunderstood or plainly misrepresented.
I sat down with Anup Sardesai, the author of Nathuram Godse: The Untold Truth to understand the other side of the story. What happened to him and his family after the assassination? Why did he kill the father of the nation?
Host & Producer: Vishnu Gopinath
Guest: Anup Sardesai, Author(Nathuram Godse: The Untold Truth)
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access_time1 month ago
A dispute that began in 1949 and stretched right upto 2019 will hopefully get closure soon. The Supreme Court is set to deliver a verdict on the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute case before 17 November, and calling the case complex would be an understatement.
Will Ayodhya finally see the end of the tunnel?
 
This is part two of The Quint's special explainer podcast on the Ayodhya dispute.
Irrespective of what the SC judgment turns out to be it’s sure to have an impact on the Indian people, their society and politics. In this podcast we deep dive into the history of this long-drawn litigation, and also take a look at the arguments that have been made in the court from each of the parties, that will form the basis of the verdict. Tune in!
Listen to Part 1: Explained: How Babri Demolition in 1992 Changed India (https://audioboom.com/posts/7417659-explained-how-babri-demolition-in-1992-changed-india)
Editor and Host: Shorbori Purkayastha
Guest: Vakasha Sachdeva, Legal Editor, The Quint
Producer: Shelly Walia
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time1 month ago
Here's what Oxford University professor and Punjab expert Dr Pritam Singh had to say about the political, cultural and diplomatic significance of Kartarpur Corridor's opening for both India and Pakistan, against the backdrop of Guru Nanak Dev's 550th birth anniversary.
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access_time1 month ago
A 16th Century mosque, the mythological birthplace of Ram and modern politics -these are the three elements that brought about a new chapter in Indian society and politics.
The more we talk about the Ayodhya dispute, the longer the discussion stretches, after all, the legal dispute has been going on for 70 whole years. And whatever has transpired in these years changed its people, their society and politics.
A Supreme Court verdict is expected to give it some closure and while we wait for that verdict, tune into the first part of special explainer podcast by about the Ayodhya dispute where we break down this highly complicated history of the whole conflict.
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access_time1 month ago
Are you suddenly feeling tired? Getting headaches? Feeling that something’s wrong with your digestion? It’s probably not work, or food. At this time of the year if you're in the Delhi-NCR region, it’s probably pollution.How do we stay safe and positive in the time of toxic conditions? 
You’re listening to The Quint.
Pollution easily becomes the most used word in Delhi every winter - and it’s here again. It didn’t take too long after Diwali for the Air Quality Index to drop to hazardous but it’s business as usual. 
For the last handful of years, Delhi as a city has been trying to get more conscious about checking pollution but there’s a long way to go. But in the meantime, some of us have to step out of our houses for work and wade through the smog, through the concentration of the fine particulate matter. And it’s not just our respiratory systems that it’s affecting but also our minds, hearts, lungs, guts - everything.
But how do we remain healthy when all the odds are against us? For this special podcast we spoke to doctors about how to detect the early signs of the negative impacts of pollution and what can we do to live through these dire times.
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access_time1 month ago
The Virat Kohli that we see today leads the Indian cricket team in all formats, breaks year-old records with the bat, and inspires generations of young cricketers in the country. 
But what was he like before he became an under-19 World Cup-winning captain, before he carried Sachin Tendulkar on his shoulders after India’s 2011 World Cup triumph, and before he made his senior international debut? 
Hello, you’re listening to a special podcast on the quint I’m Shreeda Aggarwal.  
Virat Kohli needs no introduction, you’ve seen him everywhere, on billboards, on TV, giving interviews, press conferences but on the occasion of his birthday, in this podcast we bring to you the very first interview that Kohli gave as an 18 year old. 
Along with his Ranji Trophy teammate Puneet Bisht, teen Kohli talks ahead of India’s 2007 World Cup campaign in West Indies, about Sehwag's selection, his opinions on chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar's public announcements as well as endorsements and many other things.
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access_time1 month ago
Chaman Kohli is in need of a bride! A Hindi lecturer by profession who stays with his parents and younger brother in Delhi’s Rajouri Garden, he religiously devotes his weekends to the pursuit of acquiring a wife. The only problem - his receding hairline that exposes him to unimaginable, often quite exaggerated ridicule at the hands of all prospective brides and their families! His students make fun of him, his friends pull his leg and even the pandit ji his parents take him to gives him just a year to get married or he would be doomed to a life of celibacy.
Chaman Kohli (Sunny Singh) understandably is desperate and as a man pushed to a frightening brink, tries every trick in the book to get hitched . Based on the Kannada film Ondu Motteya Kathe, director Abhishek Pathak delves into the subject of premature balding armed with humour - sometimes banal and at other times over the top. Tune in to this podcast for the full review!
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access_time1 month ago
On 31 October, 1984, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh. In the three days that followed, anti-Sikh riots gripped Delhi and other parts of the nation. Sikhs in Delhi and other parts were targeted and attacked by mobs.
 
Official estimates put the death toll at more than 3,000. 
 
Unofficial estimates place the number much higher. For the ones who survived the riots, life was left in tatters.
 
This is the story of those who were children when the riots broke out, the ones who survived the attacks, but carry the emotional and mental wounds to this day.
 
These are their voices. This is the lost generation of 1984.
 
Reporter & Producer: Tridip Mandal
Video Journalist: Abhay Sharma & Shiv Kumar Maurya
Editor: Kunal Mehra
Host: Vishnu Gopinath
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access_time1 month ago
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access_time1 month ago
The Housefull franchise that birthed in the year 2010 has been consistent with its brand of humour. Frankly if you already subscribe to its brand of childish word play, WhatsApp-forward jokes, casual sexism, objectification of women and random bizarre plot lines, there is little in Housefull 4 that can change your perception. In fact there is precious little that can be achieved by going through this review if you already have “crossed the rubicon” and found refuge in the “brainless masala comedy genre” or whatever it is that we have coined to somehow justify films such as this.
How does one go in for a film with zero expectations and still come out disappointed? Yours truly is having a tough time figuring out! Housefull 4 with the usual suspects , Akshay, Reitesh, Ranjeet, Chunky Panday and some new additions like Kriti Sanon , Kriti Kharbanda, Pooja Hegde, Bobby Deol and Rana Daggubati is here. A reincarnation comedy where in 1419, 3 couples couldn’t live happily ever after due to an evil conspiracy come back 600 years later to right the wrongs of their previous birth.
Host: Stutee Ghosh
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access_time1 month ago
Made in China is a film that till it’s last scene doesn’t know what it wants to be . It starts off as a thriller when a Chinese diplomat on a trip to Gujarat dies mysteriously overdosing on what appears to be a killer aphrodisiac. Then one character speaks about how Indians might want better roads but what they really need is better sex!
Raghu aka Rajkumar Rao is a harmless young man who spends time watching motivational videos by a certain “Chopra” (Gajraj Rao) on TV and trying to navigate the losses from his various entrepreneurial misadventures. When he decides to venture into an Indo-Chinese business of a sex potion that claims to be the cure for all kinds of disappointments in bed one is bound to believe that a sex comedy is what the makers are after!
Listen to the podcast for the rest of the review!
Host: Stutee Ghosh
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access_time1 month ago
Happy Diwali! The year’s almost over and Diwali is here again.
I don’t burst crackers but what I do is talk a lot, so on Diwali I went around asking people some IMPORTANT questions.
What does Diwali mean to you? What do you LIKE about Diwali? What do you dislike about Diwali?
Spoiler alert: Most people don’t like the pollution.
Anyway that’s the basic premise here, so listen to the podcast for the whole, FUN story!
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access_time2 months ago
Saand ki Aankh literally translates to “bull’s eye”, and this comes naturally to Chandro and Prakashi Tomar. Having discovered their flair for shooting and hitting the bull’s eye well past their prime, these dupatta-clad grandmothers earned themselves the sobriquet of “shooter daadis”!
Debutant director Tushar Hiranandani’s film Saand ki Aankh draws inspiration from their lives.
The film begins in the year 1999. It’s in the Johri village of Bagpat that we first meet the spirited women.
In hushed tones and shared moments of joy they somehow manage to create a safe zone in the minefield of archaic rules that the resident patriarch shoves down their throats.
The women must cover their heads with ghunghat (veil). So much so that the women are identified actually by the colour of their dupattas. They can’t leave the house without a male companion. The only thing that awaits them is marriage and pati ki seva (taking care of the husband). 
For the FULL review, listen to the podcast!
Host: Stutee Ghosh
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access_time2 months ago
More than 19 lakh people have been excluded from Assam's National Register of Citizens.
So what happens to them? Can they prove they are Indians or they will end up as "illegal foreigners" and be sent to a detention camp? 
We travelled to Assam to understand the fate of the ones left behind.
Listen to the podcast or you can click here (https://www.thequint.com/videos/assam-nrc-final-list-what-happens-to-people-out-of-nrc) to watch the full documentary.
Host and Reporter: Tridip K Mandal
Podcast Producer: Shorbori Purkayastha
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access_time2 months ago
24 October marks United Nations Day, the day the UN was founded, in 1945. The UN Charter came into effect in 1945, with United Nations Day being celebrated from 1948 onwards.
And nearly 75 years since the United Nations was founded, the world body is desperately in need of some reform. The structure of the UN of 2019, still reflects the situation in the 1940s.
Clearly, it’s time for the UN Security Council to change - and add new members to its fold.
This podcast is based on an opinion piece by Shashi Tharoor and explains why the UN needs to catch up with the times, or risk becoming irrelevant.
Hosts: Vishnu Gopinath and Viraj Gaur
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Days after winning the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Abhijit Banerjee spoke to The Quint about the state of Indian economy, what can be done to fix it and his latest book Good Economics for Hard Times.
Banerjee’s economic views have drawn criticism from some BJP leaders. Responding to the criticism, Banerjee said he is “neither able nor willing to be involved in slanging matches.”
Listen to the podcast with The Quint's Aditya Menon.
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Laal Kaptaan has an ambitious setup and an intriguing premise. It’s the kind of film that would sound great on paper. It has all the ingredients, after all. It features Saif Ali Khan in a kind of role we haven’t seen him essay and it’s a period drama set in the 18th century about a Naga sadhu seeking revenge.
Tune in to the podcast for the full review.
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access_time2 months ago
India was not partitioned for the first time in 1947, but almost 40 years before that, in 1905. Kolkata, then known as Calcutta, was the jewel in the crown of the British Raj and Bengal was the biggest province. But who knew that this glory was about to fade.
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access_time2 months ago
On 14 October 1956, Dr BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, took a life-altering decision. The Dalit strongman decided to quit Hinduism and take up Buddhism, along with close to 3,65,000 of his followers, in Nagpur.
Six decades later, we look at the reasons behind Ambedkar’s decision to alter not just his own path but also the lives of a largely marginalised Dalit community.
Why Convert?
Ambedkar had long decided to change his religion to escape what he considered a “threat to freedom” – the varna or caste system, propagated by Hinduism. Frustrated by what he believed was an inherent part of the Hindu religion, Ambedkar opined that conversion was the only method for Dalits to denounce the caste system.
Almost 20 years before he actually converted, Ambedkar addressed the Mahars – a section of the community considered untouchable – in Mumbai, apprising them of his decision to convert. In a lengthy yet heavily influential speech, Ambedkar urged:
“… religion is for man and not man for religion. For getting human treatment, convert yourselves. Convert for getting organised. Convert for becoming strong. Convert for securing equality. Convert for getting liberty.”
Read the full story here (https://www.thequint.com/news/india/br-ambedkar-conversion-to-buddhism)
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As per WHO, as of today, India is the most depressed country in the world.
At any given point of time, nearly 50 million Indian children suffer from mental disorders,
and this number will increase if the adolescent population is considered as well.
The impact of mental illness is far beyond the imagination of society, in which the awareness about the severity of these diseases is the least.
India has one of the highest suicide rates among those aged 15 to 29 and accounts for over a third of global suicides among women each year.
Despite such scary figures, Indian parents either worry about 'Log kya kahenge?' and suppress the need for psychological care.
Others believe that depression and anxiety are an influence of 'western culture' and don't accept mental illness as a health concern and
confirm to social stigma around it.
Kushank Negi and Akshara Bharat shared their stories of battling with their disorders in an environment where parents didn't understand mental illness.
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After its premiere about a month back at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Sky is Pink is set for a worldwide release on 11 October, 2019.
The film is based on the real-life story of Aditi (Priyanka Chopra) and Niren Chaudhary (Farhan Akhtar) and their daughter Aisha (Zaira Wasim), who was diagnosed with a serious immune deficiency that eventually dictated the course of her life and her entire family.
Director Shonali Bose, who made the brilliant film about a girl with cerebral palsy, Margarita with a Straw, here focuses on the love story of Aisha’s parents and how their marriage and lives get affected while tending to their daughter.
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Three elephants were handed over by the Kanchi Mutt to the founders of Tree Foundation in 2016, to give them a happy home closer to their habitat, in a chain-free facility at Marakkanam, Tamil Nadu. Their happy stint was cut short in three-and-a-half years after a court order ruled that a ‘chain-free’ facility was in clear violation of the Captive Elephants’ Guidelines. Forest officials used brute force to relocate these elephants to a facility in Trichy. Do you believe elephants don't deserve to live chain-free? Watch the full story here (https://www.thequint.com/videos/elephants-marakkanam-chain-free-facility-brute-force-animal-abuse) .
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A closer look at ‘Bhagwa’ and ‘Hinduvaadi’ music – with its upbeat Bhojpuri tunes and views running from thousands to lakhs – exposes how it has begun to make use of lyrics and imagery that promote enmity among religions.
Take, for instance, Lucknow-based singer Prem Krishnanshi’s song, with the lyrics, “Hindu Ka hai Hindustan, Da#@! jao Pakistan. Hindu ka hai Hindustan, mu@#! jaao Pakistan. (Hindustan belongs to Hindus, pimps and Muslims [referred to with a communal slur] go to Pakistan.” This video has over 70 lakh views on YouTube.
While this is just one example, there are many more such ‘hate’ videos. Alongside the hate speech, there is also hate imagery in these songs – of swords, sticks, threatening stills of people being lynched, being brutally beaten, the demolition of Babri Masjid. Many such similar themes have been deployed. Despite that, the three singers The Quint profiled have never had a case of hate speech slapped against them.
We interviewed these Uttar Pradesh-based singers to understand their way of thinking. Why they had chosen such lyrics? Why this loud hatred of Muslims? And since when did spreading hate become a form of entertainment?
Host: Aishwarya Iyer
Watch the video version of this story here (https://www.thequint.com/videos/documentaries/jo-na-bole-jai-shri-ram-song-how-spreading-hate-is-now-entertainment) .
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Did the makers really need to throw in the whole “desh khatre mein hai, terrorist pakdo (Our country is in danger, catch the terrorists)” angle just to make us drool over Hrithik and Tiger’s bulging muscles? From the Arctic Circle to Morocco we hop, skip and jump everywhere to keep an eye on our eye candy! That’s director Siddharth Anand’s plan for us.
What stayed with me after War got over is the slow-motion entry of Hrithik Roshan. Throughout the film Roshan ensured that he holds our attention with his Greek God features.
Sometimes from a ball of fire, sometimes from collapsing buildings, sometimes from rubble and sometimes even from the wreckage of an aircraft - Hrithik shows up all hale and hearty! Isn’t that what a hero is supposed to do?
Of course! The other thing one can’t miss is when Tiger Shroff, bang in the middle of a fist-fight, pauses to tear up his t-shirt, reveals his six pack abs, looks satisfied and then returns a volley of punches. Bhai body toh dikhani padegi na?
Listen to the podcast for the full review!
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'But if one is fated to be motherless, how is one to get a mother?' When Manu Gandhi lost Kasturba — her dear Ba — she was shattered. When she'd entered the Sevagram ashram in Wardha in 1942, she'd just lost her mother. Now again, she was alone. But there was a difference. She was no longer a girl, she was a woman — with opinions and rebellions of her own.
This is a special three-part series by The Quint on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday on 2nd October. This podcast is based on Manu Gandhi's diaries, written from 1943 to 1944. These diaries have now been released by Oxford University Press in the form of a book called "The Diary of Manu Gandhi" by Oxford University Press.
You can listen to episode 2 of the series here: https://audioboom.com/posts/7382938-the-diary-of-manu-gandhi-how-bapu-s-grand-niece-fought-for-india-s-freedom-and-went-to-jail
You can listen to episode 1 of the series here: https://audioboom.com/posts/7381345-the-diary-of-manu-gandhi-meet-bapu-through-the-eyes-of-his-grand-niece
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Featuring a fully-immersed performance by Joaquin Phoenix as the lead, Todd Phillips’ Joker is a gripping portrayal of one of the most popular comic-book villains that will ultimately become Batman’s nemesis. Arthur Fleck is a man tormented by his inner unsettling feelings. As he struggles to make a living as a clown, he finds his hero in talk show host Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro) whom he begins to idealise.
After Heath Ledger immortalized the Joker in his Oscar-winning performance in Dark Knight, Phoenix obviously had a tough act to follow. But with his career-defining performance in the Todd Phillips’ directorial, Phoenix certainly proves his remarkable skill and genius.
Written by Todd Phillips and Silver Scott, the Scorsese universe (King of Comedy and Taxi Driver) Joker exists in is dark and brutal. The Joker uses his laugh to register his protest and, in a twisted way, cope with his unbearable life that is devoid of a safe sanctuary. He tends to his sick mother (Frances Conroy) and faces up virtually everyday to his unfulfilled dream of being a successful stand up comedian.
Listen to the podcast for the full review!
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Imagine you’re 14 years old, away from family, and news comes that you’re going to jail. How would you feel? Nervous? Worried?
Or excited, like Manu Gandhi? In 1942, when Manu, the grand-niece of Gandhi, heard that she could join India’s freedom struggle, she jumped with joy. This podcast, based on Manu Gandhi's diaries, is the second episode in a special three-part podcast series by The Quint on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday on 2nd October.
Listen to the first episode in this series here: https://audioboom.com/posts/7381345-diary-of-a-manu-gandhi-ep-1-meet-bapu-through-a-young-girl-s-eyes
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Manu Gandhi is a face you’ve seen, but probably can’t quite recall. You know that photograph of Gandhi you saw in school, one where he is accompanied by two women as he walks to a prayer-meeting, just a few minutes away from his assassination by Nathuram Godse? A young, teenage girl, who’d just lost her mother, she soon came to witness history unfolding — from fasts for India’s independence to Gandhi’s yajna as he strove for the ultimate truth
Luckily for us, she wrote it all in a diary.
This is a special three-part podcast to mark the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday on 2 October 2019. The podcast is based on the diaries of Manu Gandhi written from 1943 to 1944. Listen for a young girl’s ringside view of history and for a portrait of Gandhi you haven't seen in history books!
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Why does the 8-month-old rape survivor's mother want to move her two toddler kids out of the house today? It's been nearly two years since she walked in on her baby crying, in a pool of blood and stool. Will the move help them forget?
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Why does Chhutki's father think the family should move out of their home, nearly two years after his eight-month-old baby was raped? Here's what he says.
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“Desh khatre mein hain” - it’s a sentiment that’s echoed in most web series these days. Terror plans being hatched and security forces trying everything in their capacity to abort them. Amazon Prime Video‘s latest offering The Family Man has a similar plot line. This drill can get a tad drab if not for some genuinely smart writing. Luckily for us, The Family Man doesn’t disappoint us.
Directed by Raj and DK, who have also written it along with Suman Kumar and Sumit Arora, gives us a fresh perspective through which to process officer Srikant Tiwari’s tactics. He’s a family man first - someone seen fixing a sandwich for his daughter, is scared of upsetting the wife, negotiating his “family time” with a demanding career. Thats’s Srikant Tiwari for us.
Listen to the podcast for the whole review!
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Fabeha Syed catches up with her Urdu teacher and DU's professor Dr. Najma Rehmani who gives a master class on Mir Taqi Mir's poetry that sums up 18th Century Delhi with his politics, love, loss, and his feelings for an attaar ka launda (son of a perfumer).
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Yet another star kid being launched! Yet another PPT presentation for a film! This time Sunny Deol is helming the project to launch the Deol khandaan’s gen next – son Karan Deol. 
He is cute and easy on the eyes. The actor opposite him is also being launched – Sahher Bambba. Rest it’s business as usual!
The name of the film brings to mind dada ji Dharmendra’s timeless song from the 1973 movie Blackmail. ‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’ is a beautiful number and that one scene in the film when the female lead sings the first stanza of the original song – it does feel good. 
And then the realisation dawns that one was better off listening to the song on loop than sitting through this “launch the son” project!
Listen to the podcast for the full review!
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Based on Anuja Chauhan’s 2008 novel by the same name, The Zoya Factor tells the story of its eponymous character in a quirky endearing fashion. Zoya Solanki and Sonam Kapoor’s Cheshire cat’s grin do complement each other. 
The movie opens with Shah Rukh Khan’s voice-over telling us about the baby who was born on the day when India won the 1983 World Cup. Her father (Sanjay Kapoor) declares her to be a gift of the Cricket Gods to the family. Zoya however grows up cursing her luck until she finally declares that “my personal life sucks and my professional life sucks.”
A fortunate stroke of serendipity takes Zoya to the Indian cricket team’s breakfast table. Soon everyone seems to be taken in by her “lucky charm story” except for the very good-looking team captain Nikhil Khoda (Dulquer Salmaan). But how does one explain the fact that having breakfast with Zoya would almost always lead to heroic wins on the field and her absence means a crushing defeat!! However another question pops up- how long will the Zoya factor last? 
Listen to the podcast to find out!
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You know what the beauty is of an Ayushmann Khurrana film? You look at its trailer and you're convinced director ne actor dekhke role likhi hai. Imagine a wizened, battle-hardened director saheb/saheba sitting at their desk and jabbing at a computer keypad, going, "What can I write that'll make Ayushmann Khurrana truly shine?" That's the kind of space Ayushmann has managed to create for himself - and it's a well-deserved one.
It is with that promise that the premise of Dream Girl is set up - a role you'll begin to realise, 5 minutes in, that no one other than Ayushmann would be able to pull off this well.
Listen to the podcast for the review!
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The story of Section 375 is pretty simple - filmmaker Rohan Khurana (Rahul Bhat) is accused of raping a junior costume assistant, Anjali Dangle (Meera Chopra), at his residence. 
With all the circumstantial evidence piled up against him, Rohan is found guilty and sentenced to 10-years of rigorous imprisonment by a local court. 
Rohan’s wife approaches the hot shot Tarun Saluja (Akshaye Khanna) to fight his case in the Mumbai High Court, and a fiery Hiral Gandhi (Richa Chadha) appears to represent the survivor. 
How what appears to be a simple open-and-shut case then unravels into a tangled mess of truth and lies forms the rest of the story.
Listen to the podcast for the review. Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
Watch the video review here (https://bit.ly/2m7BUrM) .
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Speaking to The Quint in an interview, former CAG Vinod Rai said, "I stand 100 percent by the 1.76 lakh crore figure." Rai asserted that, if given the chance to conduct the CAG audit on 2G spectrum allocation again, he would do it the same way. Talking about his latest book, Rethinking Governance: Holding to Account India’s Public Institutions, Rai spoke about the mandate of the CAG, the changing roles of public institutions, why acquittals in the 2G report aren’t a reflection of the CAG audit, and the credibility crisis in the CBI. Listen to the full interview here!
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