Newslaundry Podcast (general)

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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This week, Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri discuss Meri Pyaari Bindu, the trailer for Kangana Ranaut's Simran and the resultant controversy around it. The two also weigh in on Netflix's Get Me Roger Stone and Miss Sloane. And they'd be amiss if they didn't discuss Justin Beiber's performance in India, and how disappointing it was. Did you know Shah Rukh Khan's gave a TED Talk? Well, listen in to find out more. The Indian Air Force has a new ad and our podcast duo have many thoughts. 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. This week they discuss the French Open and if any player could pose a challenge to Rafael Nadal who is posed to win his tenth Roland Garros title. The two also wonder if the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova would affect the upcoming Grand Slam. Khan and Puri opine on the trouble brewing between Cricket Australia and its cricketers. Moving on to football, they talk about Chelsea's successful run in the Premier League. Listen up!

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One of this week’s most significant stories was pertaining to the Babri Masjid demolition case. LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti will now be tried for criminal conspiracy and the Hafta team discusses what bearings this would have on the BJP and 2019 General Elections. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, editor of Economic and Political Weekly, joins the regular Hafta gang, that is, Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan to discuss this and the ongoing debate on the use of human shields in conflict areas. We also discuss Vijay Mallya's arrest and bail and former High Court judge AP Shah's speech criticising the imposition of nationalism. Sekhri and Ranganathan get into a debate on text, context and Ambedkar. All this and a lot more on this week’s Hafta.

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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 Samrat joins us to discuss to discuss Republic TV's launch, the blasphemy case against Stephen Fry, Kapil Mishra's corruption allegations against Arvind Kejriwal and more.


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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round-up of sports. Will Juventus be able to stop the Madrid juggernaut in the Champions League finals? Are the EPL and IPL top 4s a done deal? Oh and the Joker has a brand new team. All this and more on this week's Just Sports.


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This week, Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri discuss the trailers for Salman Khan's Tubelight and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. Then there are ads to discuss, from Tata Tea's Jaago Re ad campaign to the Skore condom one, featuring Chris Gayle. The two also go over the furore over Stephen Colbert's homophobic Donald Trump joke and the blasphemy investigation against Stephen Fry's. All this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of the Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

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The French newspaper Libération published on its front page the image of Syrian children who were victims of a chemical attack. Strategic affairs analyst, Sushant Sareen and the Hafta-gang wonders if they'd ever run such images about tragedies that take place on their own soil. Besides that, Sareen, joins Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan to talk about Kulbhushan Jadhav and his death sentence and what this means for Indo-Pak relations. We also talk about Sudarshan TV Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke’s arrest for fanning communal violence, the Election Commission’s open challenge to hack the EVMs, and the now-infamous video of CRPF jawans being attacked in Kashmir. All this and more in this episode of Hafta.





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