Newslaundry Podcast

This week Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri discuss Wasim Akram's acting skill in Geo Tv's new ad. The two also weigh in on the documentary An Insignificant Man based on Arvind Kejriwal, Netflix's Brad Pitt and Ben Kingsley starrer War Machine. Of course, then there's Priyanka Chopra's appearance on "Dirty Laundry" and Shiv Aroor's debut novel Operation Jinnah. All this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of the Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.


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For the past four weeks, western Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur had been on the boil. What might have begun as a power struggle between the Thakur and Dalit communities in Shabirpur village in Saharanpur, has now become a full blown inter-caste war.

On May 5, over 25 houses in Shabirpur were burnt by around 1,000-1,500 attackers from the Thakur community. The spate of violence has already claimed two lives and over 35 have been injured. Since May 9, the Bhim Army, an organisation founded by Chandrashekhar ‘Ravan’, has been accused of instigating the Dalits youth in Saharanpur. His speech at Jantar Mantar, on May 21, was very aggressive in nature.

This was supported by the face of the Una Dalit movement, Jignesh Mevani. He saw this as a positive aspect. According to him, certain casteist elements should be given a "physical shock treatment."

Chandrashekhar’s whereabouts are unknown after the massive Dalit protest at Jantar Mantar. Mevani elaborates on what makes Chandrashekhar especially appealing as a Dalit leader. He believed that the Bhim Army’s has a bright organisational future. Mevani holds the Bharatiya Janata Party government responsible for the violence against Dalits in Saharanpur and elsewhere. Mevani spoke of his plan to organise a protest to address the issues of Saharanpur, mob lynchings, and casteism, among other concerns in Gujarat on the anniversary of the Una movement.

According to Mevani, barring non-Dalits to speak on Dalit issues reflects a Brahmanical nature amongst a section of Dalit activists. Watch him speak about the upheaval in Saharanpur, Dalit politics, Bahujan Samaj Party and more.

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Shiv Aroor, consulting editor, India Today speaks to Abhinandan Sekhri about his debut novel, Operation Jinnah--a military thriller set in Kashmir, New Delhi and New York. Aroor explains how he started covering the defense beat and his obsession with military forces and combat operations, how difficult writing a fictional account of military operations based on the real incidents can be. He weighs in on where India stands on when it comes to women in combat roles in the army, the Kashmir conundrum; is there a solution? Sekhri asks Aroor about the new era of journalism.


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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round-up of sports. Samar and Rahul feel that Manchester United's Europa Cup win has saved José Mourinho's job as the team's manager. In the world of tennis, they discuss the new partnership between Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi and whether this could bring Djokovic's focus back to the game. They also debate the top contenders for the upcoming Champions Trophy. All this and more on this week's Just Sports.

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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here’s a little sneak peak of the complete episode where we discuss the menace of fake news and how Newslaundry fell for it, a series of clashes between Thakurs and Dalits in Saharanpur, Arun Jaitley's defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal and more.

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This week, Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri discuss recent releases Half Girlfriend Hindi Medium, the Indian remake of Rambo starring - wait for it - Tiger Shroff, Netflix's A Very Secret Service. Also, Ketan Mehta's legal notice to Kangana for ‘hijacking’ his film on Rani of Jhansi, Anupam Kher's new show on Republic TV. All this and more, discussed and dissected in this episode of the Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap. 

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round-up of sports. Samar and Rahul feel that Real Madrid's La Liga win is surely be a jewel in the crown for the coach Zinedine Zidane. In the world of cricket, they talk about the recently concluded IPL season and find it to me dominated by bowlers. Samar finds it impressive that this season belonged to youngsters such as Nitish Rana, Washington Sundar and Rishabh Pant. All this and more on this week's Just Sports

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This week on Hafta, we have Deepanjana Pal joining us on special demand along with Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan and Manisha Pande. The Hafta gang discusses the Sukma attack where 25 CRPF personnel were killed by Maoists. The team reviews the media coverage this received and the lack of reportage from Sukma. We also talk about cow vigilantism in Delhi, Mission Bengal launched by Amit Shah and the Delhi civic polls. India slips three places on the World Press Freedom Index and that gets the team talking about censorship in the media. Listen up! As a bonus, we have two song dedications this time.

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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here’s a little sneak peak of the complete episode where we discuss Times Now's criminal complaint against Arnab Goswami for theft, International Court of Justice's order staying Kulbhshan Jadhav's execution and the repercussions it will have, CBI raids at P Chidambaram and his son Karti's residences and more. 

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Dhirendra K Jha, veteran political journalist, speaks to Atul Chaurasia about his new book, Shadow Armies: Fringe Organisations and Foot Soldiers of Hindutva. Jha discusses how he chose these 8 organisations [four within the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)], how they function on ground and the difficulties he had to face while reporting for this book.

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