Newslaundry Podcast

It’s not easy to make a film on a case that has been scrutinised to shreds. The writer and director pull it off.  Read the full story here:…tart-to-finish/

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A wrap of the good, the bad and the funny from the world of news. Sagarika makes her comeback, Modi plays Gabbar, Newslaundry investigates Dengue outbreak in Delhi, ‘Don’, Justice Katju vs. Justice Arnab, Fuckwah award and more.

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Anand Ranganathan, Consulting Editor with Newslaundry, talks about his book For Love and Honour & more.

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Anand Walunjkar, co-writer of Clothesline, joins us for this week’s NL Hafta. We start with the many prime-time debates over the week on Santhan Sanstha and the Prime Minister’s grievance against “seculars” that often finds expression on foreign shores.  Also, has Arvind Kejriwal been harsh enough on “fugitive” Somnath Bharti? Then, we discuss whether Indian playing “big brother” vis-à-vis Nepal may lead to a diplomatic disaster and if the government backtracking on the Draft Encryption policy by passing on the buck to bureaucrats was a good idea. Finally, will the Netaji mystery be ever cracked?

For reference:

  1. Indian Express story on India asking Nepal to carry out specific changes in its Constitution:
  2. The fine print of the Draft Encryption Policy:
  3. Reuters’ interview with photojournalist who captured UP cop breaking an old man’s typewriter
  4. NDTV debate on Sanathan Sanstha
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Development writer and international negotiations watcher Biraj Swain discusses with Prof Sachin Chaturvedi of Ministry of External Affairs RIS, Jonathan Glennie of Save the Children-UK, Vidya Venkat of The Hindu and Paul Divakar of Asia Dalit Rights Federation on the relevance of United Nations on its 70th anniversary, in a post-2008-meltdown world. They also discuss the ultra-conservative hunger and poverty definitions and the lack of ambition around 0.7% of GNI for development assistance and its impact. They take stock of the Millenium Development Goals, their impact on India and the world and conclude with their expectations from the new set of global goals i.e. the Sustainable Development Goals hold for us, our future and our shared destinies.

Produced by Kartik Nijhawan 

For reference:

Sustainable development goals: All you need to know



Sustainable development goals: Changing the world in 17 steps interactive


Global Hunger Statistics: Does Every Hungry Belly Count?


Poverty of Sense


Sustainable development goals wont happen without the means to implement it


Aid-naysayers lack logic and compassion: 0.7% target should be enshrined in law


India in no position to meet the SDGs


India yet to achieve UN millennium development goals

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A wrap of the good, the bad and the funny from the world of news. The media goes bonkers reporting on the #SheenaBora murder case, Jumla season in Bihar, Modi The Saviour, confusion over OROP, Fuckwah award and more.

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This week on NL Hafta: the fatwa against AR Rahman, and freedom of speech in India. Also, what makes a “good” Muslim? The team also discusses corporate drafting healthcare policies in India (conflict of interest, anyone?). Then we talk about television news obsessing over the government doing away with commemorative Indira and Rajiv Gandhi stamps. There’s more: slap-happy panelists, offensive dogs and parrots that cops want to arrest, raving reviews in Delhi Times, and frisking in airports.   Finally, like the rest of the country – sorry, world – we wish our Prime Minister a very happy birthday.

Produced by Kartik Nijhawan.

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This week on NL Hafta, we discuss the meat ban in Maharashtra and the Censor Board denying clearance to some recent movies. Then the team moves on to discuss the case in Gurgaon where two Nepali women were rescued from a Saudi diplomat’s house. We also discuss the Bombay High Court's order on the National Stock Exchange’s defamation suit against Moneylife magazine.


Produced by Kartik Nijhawan

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Development writer and international negotiations-watcher Biraj Swain, Greenpeace campaigner Priya Pillai, legal professional Saurav Datta, founder member of Association of Democratic Reforms Jagdeep Chokker, and lawyer and head of policy and research, CIVICUS, Mandeep Tiwana, discuss the rights to peaceful assembly and association.


For reference:

1. David Landau on Judiciary and Social Rights enforcement

2. United Nations Special Rapporteur on Right to Peaceful Assembly and Association and Multi-laterals' restrictions

3. CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report 2015

4. Freedom of assembly is our fundamental right but Indian police just won't let us exercise it

5. Landmark Case on Right to Peaceful Assembly and Association: Himmatlal Shah Vs Commissioner of Police

6. HC quashes lookout circular against Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai

7. Distinguish between parties and governments


Produced by Kartik Nijhawan

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