Newslaundry Podcast

Desh Gaurav Sekhri, sports attorney, columnist for Economic Times, Business Standard and author of Not Out – The incredible story of the Indian Premier League joins us for this episode of Hafta to discuss whether sports bodies should come under RTI. Has IPL helped cricket grow in India? On Hafta we discuss the CBFC refusal to certify Udta Punjab, Tripura rewriting Indian History in its school textbooks and putting Marx in. We also discuss Arnab identifying Indian Mujahideen journos, the Twitter spat between Smriti Irani and Priyanka Chaturvedi, and a lot more. Bonus: three letters from listeners and a song too.

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Produced by Kartik Nijhawan

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Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri tells Abhinandan Sekhri about how Buddha In A Traffic Jam was a super successful marketing exercise with zero budget, it not being an ideological film, his being a moderate and having an equal distaste for the far Left and Right-wing ideologies. Also, he reacts to Abhinandan’s alternate plot for a film.

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The actor speaks on diversity in India, freedom of expression and what it constitutes, intolerance and more.

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Do​ attack​s​ on journalists reflect​ a​ growing intolerance? Should Muslims ​and Hindus be allowed to reform their respective religions​ or do they lack perspective? ​We refuse to discuss ​two years of Modi government on Hafta​. Find out why.​​ Also, is Vedanta sponsoring ​Jaipur Literature Festival in London a problem? ​And what's with this obsession with renaming roads? We discuss it all and a lot more on this episode of NL Hafta. ​Bonus: ​we ​shed ​some light on Subramaniam Swamy’s list of reasons to fire Raghuram Rajan​ and figure out whether Madhu is ‘fully mentally Indian’. ​Double bonus: as always, we​ have a song.

For reference links please visit www.newslaundry.com

Produced by Kartik Nijhawan

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Since the first episode of Chase - Newslaundry’s documentary series in association with ScoopWhoop - has come out, ​Manisha Pande talks to us about her experience of exploring demonic possessions in India. Trump’s Indian fans hold a hawan ceremony for him. Trupti​ Desai enters Haji Ali,​ but doesn't reach the sanctum sanctorum. Why is​ The Indian Express not talking about how photojournalist Ravi Kanojia died? Should news organizations have better measure to avoid these accidents? And Adi Godrej has ​spoken out against government policies​. Here's why this​ is a big deal.​ We also ponder on the question of prohibitions and if they're MK Gandhi's fault. Should prohibitions be removed from Constitution? Why has the national media ignored the dynasty politics inside DMK? Who got it wrong in Kerala: ​Modi or Media or both? We discuss all this​ and a lot more. 

​Bonus: we're reading out mail from Hafta listeners, so leave us a comment and yours might be the one we read out in the next Hafta. Also, don't miss the song we've​dedicated to Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.​

For reference links please visit www.newslaundry.com

Produced by Kartik Nijhawan

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AgustaWestland’s VVIP choppers are flying inside parliament or perhaps they're crashing? Is Kangana Ranaut a feminist icon? How seriously should you take trolls and is Rajdeep Sardesai giving them too much importance? What is Nitish Kumar cooking, since cooking has been banned during the day in parts of Bihar? Why was the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand transferred and should the Kerala rape victim's name and photo be revealed? We discuss all this and a lot more on this episode of NL Hafta. We also dedicate a song to Karl Marx on his birth anniversary. 

For reference links please visit www.newslaundry.com

Produced by Kartik Nijhawan

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