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It was once described by poet Amir Khusro as paradise on earth, but in the 20th century, Kashmir is better described as paradise lost. The conflict in Kashmir is perhaps the most complex issue of our times. From a northern kingdom to a region ravaged by insurgency,  it has suffered generations of unrest and turbulence.
In Let’s Talk About … Kashmir, we speak to military men who served there, young Kashmiri stone pelters, journalists who have covered the insurgency, and activists who have raised their voices against human rights excesses. Through their insights, we piece together what troubles Kashmir.
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm IST

From this episode, NL Hafta goes behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here’s a little sneak peak to the complete episode where we discuss upcoming assembly elections, SRK’s edit piece in Indian Express and lots more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm IST

This week, Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen discuss a new Netflix documentary called The Karma Killings, a new Samsung ad featuring Dangal star Sanya Malhotra, the West Bengal tourism ad featuring Shah Rukh Khan and his new film Raees. And finally, the talk about Vikram Bhatt's new web series Maaya. Listen to all this and more is discussed and dissected in this episode of the Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm IST

Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round up of all things sporty. This week they discuss the dropping standards of refereeing in the football's English Premier League. Is this reflected in the results, like Liverpool and Tottenham dropping points? Liberty Media took over F1 as Bernie Ecclestone made an exit. What will his departure mean for the sport? Also, Khan and Puri analyse the first week of the Australian Open and what Wayne Rooney's legacy will be. Listen up.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm IST

This week, we launch our new, fortnightly podcast, Let’s Talk About. In this series, we bring you nuanced explorations into one subject in every episode. No short cuts, no crash courses, but a deep dive that offers you perspective. The first subject we consider is Kashmir, coveted by two countries and home to one of the longest-running insurgencies in the world. Abhinandan Sekhri tries to figure out what it about the Kashmir problem that nobody -- from Jawahar Lal Nehru to Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Narendra Modi -- could solve it. We talk to historians, journalists, activists, authors and ex-Army officers who were stationed there, to tell us about the disappointments and complications that have made Kashmir so precious and ever more contentious with every passing year.

Since it's the first in the series, we've got two episodes on Kashmir and the first one is available to all our listeners. The second part of Let's Talk About: Kashmir will only be available to subscribers.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm IST

Since the Supreme Court's ban on Jallikattu, the people of Tamil Nadu have taken to the streets (read beach) to protest against it. On this episode, we have Ramanathan S of The News Minute to joins us and shed some light on the sport and provide context for the protests. On the panel we have Abhinandan Sekhri, Anand Ranganathan, Deepanjana Pal & Manisha Pande who discuss the arrest of Rohith Vemula’s family members and several journalists inside the University of Hyderabad. The NL Hafta crew also discuss the Sahayak system in the Army and if it should be abolished. Akhilesh Yadav gets the Samajwadi Party symbol, Navjot Singh Sidhu joins the Congress, ND Tewari joins the BJP along with his son. And ofcourse, everyone weighs in on the Paytm founder’s moves. Listen up!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm IST

This week, Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen discuss Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Haraamkhor,and Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor’s Ok Jaanu. They also talk about Sankalp Reddy’s The Ghazi Attack which, as claimed by the makers, is the first Indian film based on and shot inside a submarine. But guess what? They’re wrong. They discuss Karan Johar’s book The Unsuitable Boy and Meena Iyer’s book Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, co-written with Rishi Kapoor. All this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm IST

Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round up of everything sports. This week they discuss the English Premier League-- and Khan and Puri debate their top four picks. India beats England in the first One Day International (ODI) under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. The duo discuss if there has ever been a better ODI finisher than Kohli? And there's also a lot of commentary on the Australian Open 2017. Listen up there’s more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:16pm IST

The Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking a probe into the Sahara and Birla diary entries, and Madhu Trehan has the mother of all conspiracy theories about them. Why didn't the apex court find these diaries worth investigating? Speaking of investigations, Tej Bahadur Yadav, a Border Security Force’s (BSF) jawan put up a video showing how badly jawans are treated, and it's led to an enquiry into the matter. Similar videos have been popping up all week and we discuss why some news channels picked up Yadav's story while others didn't. Anand Ranganathan has some strong thoughts on Sushma Swaraj’s threat to Amazon as well as the demand that the ban on Jallikattu be lifted. Donald Trump’s first press conference took place this week, which made Deepanjana Pal wonder about where the American media is headed and Abhinandan Sekhri has a song that Rahul Gandhi can dedicate to Mulayam Singh Yadav. We also have some important announcements about the paywall, so listen closely and enjoy!

Direct download: NL_Hafta_-_Episode_102.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:41pm IST

Who are trolls? What motivates them and why do they hate journalists so much. Author and journalist Swati Chaturvedi speaks to Manisha Pande about her bestselling book I Am A Troll, her encounters with over 30 trolls who said they worked for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s social media cell, and more. Watch.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm IST