Newslaundry Podcast

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.

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NDTV anchor Sunetra Choudhury speaks to Abhinandan Sekhri about her book Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India's Most Famous. Featuring the stories of Peter Mukerjea, Amar Singh, Pappu Yadav, A Raja and many others. Choudhury discusses the emotional cost of being a journalist, how to remain hopeful and the difference in life behind bars between the wealthy and poor. All this and more.


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Retired Lieutenant General HS Panag speaks to Abhinandan Sekhri on several issues including that of the 'stone pelter' tied as a human shield on a military vehicle in Kashmir. They discuss how the incident, and Panag's tweet, referring to it as haunting both the Army and the nation forever, sparked much controversy. They speak about One Rank One Pension (OROP), whatever happened to it. Panag weighs in on the relation between the Army and the police in conflict areas and a possible solution to the Kashmir problem.

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This week, Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri discuss Vidya Balan's Begum Jaan and what went wrong with the film. The duo also discusses a short film produced by the India Today Group, This Bloody Line, Raveena Tandon's Maatr woes,  Asha Parekh's autobiography, The Hit Girl with a foreword written by Salman Khan. And of course the most anticipated trailer of the year--the Sachin Tendulkar biopic, Sachin A Billion Dreams. All this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of the Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm IST

After 22 long years, Chelsea and John Terry decided to part times. Rahul and Samar pay tribute to the former captain in this special football episode. The two also pick their winners from the Champions League matches and ruminate if Chelsea is choking in their run to the title. Listen up!


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There have been few things as hotly debated as Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs). Science has been circling the subject for years. Shruti Muralidhar, Abhishek Chari and Navneet Vasistha give you the lowdown on GMOs-the science, the laws, the regulations and why they can't be dismissed outright. 

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The Chhattisgarh police picked up Bastar-based journalist Santosh Yadav on September 29, 2015, when his youngest daughter was a month old. With tears in his eyes, Yadav says, “My daughter doesn’t even recognise me.” His bail plea was rejected twice by the Jagdalpur Court and Bilaspur High Court. Reportedly, the court denied him bail on the basis of a statement given by a Special Task Force (STF) commander and items seized from him at the time of his arrest, which were – a mobile phone receipt, a mobile phone, a wallet with Rs 220, a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card and a voter identity card. On February 27, 2017, seventeen months after his arrest, Yadav was granted bail by the Supreme Court of India. Yadav spoke to Amit Bhardwaj about the situation in Darbha block and the risk of reporting from the Bastar region, his ordeal in jail, and more. He says, “Both police and Naxals take us for informers, we are under attack from both ends.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley snuck in 27 amendments in the 31-page long Finance Bill. Some of these remove the cap on political contributions from corporations, also doing away with the requirement to disclose the name of the party to which contributions are made. It also empowers IT officials to raid people without disclosing the reason and makes Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns. We have Meghnad S, a public policy analyst, who discusses the bill at length. Plus, we have the regular Hafta gang, Abhinandan Sekhri, Deepanjana Pal, Madhu Trehan, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan. We also talk about Yogi Adityanath, UP's anti-Romeo squads, and the shuttering of illegal slaughterhouses. And finally, the question that's been plaguing us all, will BJP finally build the Ram Mandir?

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:46pm IST

NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here’s a little sneak peak of the complete episode where strategic affairs analyst Sushant Sareen joins us to discuss French newspaper Libération's editorial judgement in publishing a picture of Syrian children who were victims of a chemical attack, Sudarshan TV Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke’s arrest for fanning communal violence, the Election Commission’s open challenge to hack the EVMs and Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence.


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This week, Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri discuss This American Life and Serial's new podcast, S-Town. Sekhri explains why every journalist should listen to this podcast. The duo also discuss Pepsi's new ad which they had to pull down and the trailers of Half Girlfriend and Noor. Finally, Sen and Sekhri talk about the recently-concluded National Awards. Did Akshay Kumar deserve the best actor award for Rustom? All this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:14pm IST