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Hafta 187: #BhimaKoregaonRaids, RaGa's 1984 gaffe & more
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In this episode of Hafta, Manoj Mitta, journalist and author, joins the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Raman Kirpal and Manisha Pande to discuss the recent arrests of human rights activists across the country by Maharashtra police and Rahul Gandhi's attempt to absolve Congress from the anti-Sikh riots that took place in 1984 after Indira Gandhi's assassination. The panel also discusses Aam Aadmi Party leader Atishi Marlena’s decision to drop her last name. This and a lot more on this episode of Hafta. Listen up!

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Chhota Hafta – Episode 190
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. In this episode, stand-up artist Sanjay Rajoura joins the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan. They discuss the resignation of New York Review of Books editor, over a Jian Ghomeshi article, the fiasco over Virat Kohli's absence from the Asia Cup, Mohan Bhagwat's comments on Hindutva and more. Listen up!

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The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap Ep 85: Emmy, Manmarziyaan, #BigBoss and more
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After the hiatus last week, The Awful and Awesome Entertainment wrap is back with a bang, along with our hosts Rajyasree Sen and Abhinandan Sekhri. The conversation starts with Rajyasree’s review on the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards; she found all of the 60-minute show boring, and shares the things that were talked about at the awards: Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage—who is known to play Tyrion Lannister in the series—won the 'sexiest dwarf' award. Netflix had many nominations and both hosts discuss how the media-service provider makes its money. Abhinandan goes on to tell us about a Time Magazine article review on the Emmy Awards and his opinion about the show. The conversation then moves towards Big Boss. “I have always felt that Big Boss, in the larger picture, is a commentary on the lowest that is in us as performers, as producers, as viewers and also as advertisers,” said Abhinandan. Rajyasree informs us that this is the last season of Big brother (UK). She then talks about how, apart from Anup Jalota, she had no idea who the other people were in Big Boss 12. Both hosts have a nice laugh at Anup Jalota, his girlfriend who is also his student, and their ‘Vichitr Jodi.’ Abhinandan sheds light on the movie called Manmarziyaan, directed by one of his favourite Indian Director Anurag Kashyap. Its cast includes Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu, and Abhishek Bachchan. Abhinandan expresses his admiration for the film’s music, composed by Amit Trivedi, with Shelly on lyrics—especially the song ‘Hallah’. He also thinks that Jr. Bachchan is one of the worst actors in Indian cinema, whereas, on the other hand, Vicky Kaushal did a brilliant job. Rajyasree says: “I felt that the film had potential but then the potential was not achieved.” Rajyasree goes on to review a movie called I Tonya based on the true story of a talented figure skater—Tonya Harding—and her life, which goes down the drain after an attack on a beautiful figure skater named Nancy Kerrigan. According to Rajyasree, it is a dark-humoured movie, and she was amazed at Margo Robbie’s performance in it. Our hosts then discuss Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. Rajyasree insists on giving this movie, starring Annet Bening and based on a memoir by Peter Turner, a shot. She also highly recommends The Killing of Scared Deer for all the mystery aficionados out there. Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell play lead characters in the movie, making it worth a watch. The new trailer of Captain Marvel also released and it did not impress Abhinandan at all, whereas Rajyasree thought that the trailer did just fine. She mentions that as a child, she grew up watching superhero films. Abhinandan, then expresses his views on the new phenomenon of releasing a book along with a TV series type of trailer, something started by Indian authors Chetan Bhagat and Amish Tripathi. Both hosts discuss the new trailer of Chetan Bhagat’s The Girl in Room 105 and more. Tune in to listen to the entire episode.

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Reporters Without Orders Ep 37: #PranayMurderCase, media & caste, Telangana elections, & more
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This week’s Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal, along with Rohin Verma, Gaurav Sarkar and Mithun MK, senior reporter with The Newsminute. The conversation begins with Mithun telling the panel about the horrific murder of a Dalit man, Pranay Perumalla, that took place in Telangana. The 24-year-old was killed in front of his pregnant wife. Mithun tells the panel that it is 19th case of inter-caste marriage-related honor killing in Telangana since the state came into being. The panel also discusses national as well as local media’s coverage of the same. The recent murder of 43-year-old Kedar Singh Jindan, Dalit RTI activist, is also discussed. The panel also discusses media’s coverage of other caste-related issues. Does the media shy away from covering caste atrocities when victims are Dalits? The panel also talks about how newsroom composition influences media coverage. Mithun believes that the hiring policy of media houses should have affirmative action but Gaurav is not completely convinced. Rohin discusses media’s coverage of manual scavenging and the recent spate of sewer-related deaths. This, in addition to a discussion on upcoming Assembly elections in Telangana, the need for right-leaning newsrooms, need for sensitivity in reporting and more. Listen up!

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एनएल चर्चा 38: भीम आर्मी के संस्थापक चंद्रशेखर रावण की रिहाई
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सहारनपुर जिले के छुटमलपुर गांव में जश्न का माहौल है. हजारों की संख्या में दलित युवा, दलित कार्यकर्ता और सरकारी कर्मचारी संघों का जत्था का जत्था गांव की चौपाल में आता जा रहा है. चौपाल के ठीक सामने वाला घर इस पूरे आकर्षण के ‘नायक’ का निवास स्थान है. भीम सेना के संस्थापक और चंद्रशेखर रावण के नाम से मशहूर दलित नेता जमानत पर रिहा हो गए हैं. बीते 16 महीनों ने उन्हें अपने राजनैतिक और सामाजिक लक्ष्यों को हासिल करने की दिशा में और ज्यादा दृढ़ संकल्पित कर दिया है. रावण का दावा है कि वो भाजपा को सत्ता से उखाड़ फेकेंगे. वे अब दलित समुदाय को एक नया स्वप्न दिखा रहे हैं. यह नया स्वप्न है केंद्र की सत्ता पर दलितों का कब्जा. “मेरे ऊपर भरोसा रखिए,” चौपाल में मौजूद भीड़ से मुखातिब होते हुए रावण कहते हैं. “मैं कभी भी गैरजरूरी, अधारहीन बयानबाजी नहीं करता. अगले एक से डेढ़ साल में मैं पूरे देश में संघ के बराबर या उससे भी बड़ा संगठन खड़ा करूंगा. यह देश उन्हीं आदर्शों पर आगे बढ़ेगा जिन पर बढ़ना चाहिए.” आगे की रणनीति बनाने के लिए रावण दिन-रात अपने समर्थकों से मुलाकात में व्यस्त हैं.

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एनएल चर्चा 38: सफाई कर्मचारियों की मौत, सेरेना विलियम्स, चंद्रशेखर रावण व अन्य
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केरल की नन के साथ जलंधर के बिशप द्वारा बलात्कार का आरोप, सेरेना विलियम्स का रेफरी पर नस्लवाद का आरोप, भीम आर्मी के संस्थापक चंद्रशेखर रावण की रिहाई और दिल्ली के मोती नगर क्षेत्र में सफाईकर्मियों की सीवर में मौत- इन विषयों पर आधारित रही इस हफ्ते की न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा. वरिष्ठ पत्रकार और सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता भाषा सिंह, स्तंभ लेखक आनंद वर्धन और न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के असिस्टेंट एडिटर राहुल कोटियाल पैनल में शामिल रहे. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.

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Hafta 186: #KeralaFloods, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s demise, Navjot Singh Sidhu’s hug & more
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In this episode of Hafta, Ullekh NP, executive editor of Open Magazine and Dhanya Rajendran, editor-in-chief of The News Minute, join the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Anand Vardhan to discuss the aftermath of Kerala floods. Rajendran, who was reporting from the ground, sheds light on how severe the conditions were, how the rescue operations were done and how Kerala is battling since the water has receded. Ullekh, on the other hand, talks about the floods that devastated Kerala earlier. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away last week, and Abhinandan asks the panel if obituaries should necessarily be tributes. Ullekh, having written a book on Vajpayee, shares some anecdotes from his life, his politics and the many ups and downs of his political career. Then there was Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Pakistan visit and the much controversial hug with Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Did it deserve the prime time coverage? The panel discusses this and the lousy opinion pieces that surfaced. Captain Amarinder Singh and the Punjab Cabinet decided to bring amendments to Indian Penal Code (IPC) to make all acts of Sacrilege of religious texts punishable with life imprisonment. The panel discusses the implications of this move and a lot more on this episode of Hafta. Listen Up!

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Chhota Hafta – Episode 189
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. In this episode, Aarti Tikoo Singh, senior assistant editor of The Times of India, joins the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan and Manisha Pande. They discuss Vijay Mallya and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s alleged meeting, Kerala nun’s rape case, Serena Williams’ standoff with the umpire and more. Listen up! Listen to the full episode here: https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/09/14/hafta-189-vijay-mallya-serena-williams-kerala-nuns-rape-case-more

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Reporters Without Orders Ep 36: #Section377 and the media, #HardikPatel, farmers’ march & more.
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This week’s Reporters Without Orders features our host Cherry Agarwal, our guest, lawyer-turned-journalist Vakasha Sachdev from The Quint, along with Rohin Verma and Amit Bhardwaj. The discussion starts with media’s coverage of Supreme Court’s landmark verdict -- decriminalisation of Section 377. Amit talks about the way in which reporters covered the event, while Rohan weighs in about media’s need to recreate the situation and things that should have been avoided. Vakasha says that being inside the courtroom on the day of judgement, hearing the judges and their unique responses, was an amazing and emotional experience. The panel also talks about the need to strike a balance between privacy and the need for media personnel, especially TV news, to capture the moment. Cherry also asks Vakasha about the problems with courtroom-related reportage in the absence of legal expertise among those covering the beat. “It becomes challenging as it creates new pressure, creates new confusion over what’s going on,” Vakasha says. Pointing out what the media missed, Cherry says stories on intersectionality of sexuality, caste, disability, mental health, gender identity and queer movement beyond 377 were given a miss. Amit points out that Hardik Patel’s hunger strike was still being under-reported. The national media has not been doing justice to this news, he says. [Patel has now ended his hunger strike]. Amit and Vakasha also weigh in on media’s failure to cover the farmers’ march in New Delhi. Amit says, “These people have been failed by the government and nobody cares.” The panel also discusses the violence that broke out at Delhi University’s Zakir Husain College. This, and more. Listen up!

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#MediaRumble: Second Citizens
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At the second edition of The Media Rumble, independent journalist, Neha Dixit, TV anchor, Journalist and writer, Ravish Kumar and the Deputy Country Representative for India at UN women, Nishtha Satayam, in a session moderated by Nayantara Rai, discuss cyber bulling and gender inequality in workplaces.

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#MediaRumble: Numbers Speak the Loudest
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In this session of Media Rumble moderated by Seema Singh along with Pramit Bhattacharya, the data editor at Mint, John Samuel Raja Duraipandy, an economist and founder of How India Lives, Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu, Founder of FACTLY and Rukmini S, Data Journalist, discuss the importance of data management and debate on how and if numbers are the most efficient way of speaking truth to power. The panel discussion is followed by a presentation by Vivek Kaul on political parties and companies cherry pick data.

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एनएल चर्चा 37: 377, समलैंगिकता, कन्हैया कुमार और नोटबंदी
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सुप्रीम कोर्ट का ऐतिहासिक फैसला जिसमें भारतीय दंड संहिता की धारा 377 को अपराध के दायरे से बाहर कर दिया गया, बीते जनवरी में जिग्नेश मेवानी की रैली के दौरान रिपब्लिक के अर्नब गोस्वामी द्वारा तथ्यहीन रिपोर्टिंग और अपमानजनक टिप्पणियों पर एनबीएसए की फटकार, संभावना कि कन्हैया कुमार बेगूसराय सीट से लोकसभा चुनाव लड़ सकते हैं और रिजर्व बैंक का नोटबंदी से जुड़ा ताजा आंकड़ा जहां आरबीआई ने कहा कि 99 फीसदी से ज्यादा पैसा बैंकों में वापस आ गया. इन विषयों पर आधारित रही इस हफ्ते की न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री चर्चा. सुप्रीम कोर्ट में धारा 377 को निरस्त करने की याचिका डालने वाले याचिकाकर्ता यशवेन्द्र सिंह इस बार चर्चा में बतौर मेहमान शामिल हुए. साथ ही पैनल में जुड़े न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के विशेष संवाददाता अमित भारद्वाज और स्तंभ लेखक आनंद वर्धन. चर्चा का संचालन न्यूज़लॉन्ड्री के कार्यकारी संपादक अतुल चौरसिया ने किया.

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Chhota Hafta – Episode 188
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here's a little sneak peek into the complete episode. In this episode, Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of The Caravan, joins the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Vardhan, Manisha Pande and Raman Kirpal. They discuss The Caravan’s cover story on Anil Ambani, Rafale deal, Lois Sofia’s arrest and more. Listen up!

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Hafta 185: PM's Independence Day speech, attack on Umar Khalid, #KeralaFloods and more.
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In this episode of Hafta Jairaj Singh, founding editor of DailyO, joins the regular Hafta gang of Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan and Manisha Pande to discuss the PM's Independence Day speech; what he mentioned, what he missed and what he should have spoken about. V S Naipaul passed away last week and the Internet was flooded with tributes to the writer. Abhinandan asks the panel if he was really a great writer? Abhinandan disagrees. Then the panel moves on to discuss attack on JNU student Umar Khalid outside Constitution Club of India, Narendra Modi's speech claiming a man made tea using gas from gutter sludge and devastating floods in Kerala. Listen up! There's more.

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Reporters Without Orders Ep 35: NE media, Hardik’s hunger strike, RaGa’s non-veg row and more
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The conversation kicks off with a discussion on the current media landscape of the Northeast. Cherry asks Paojel to provide an insight on the media culture in the Northeast with respect to access to politicians, political biases, and even media ownership. She asks whether it is similar to legacy houses that form a larger part in the mainstream and what is it that makes the Northeast media unique in nature? Paojel explains the difference between the Northeast media system and the rest of the country and goes on to talk about the challenges faced by investigative journalists in the Northeast region. Paojel suggested that there were many stories in the Northeast that have not been given importance; he also shares some specific examples of stories which have not been given any sort of significance by the mainstream media. The discussion then moves towards Amit Bhardwaj who talks about the eleventh day of Hardik Patel’s hunger strike that has not been covered by the mainstream media. He says: “These are the priorities; if there is violence and incidents of rioting, then the mainstream media will cover it, but if someone goes the Gandhian way and is on 11th day of their hunger strike, then they will choose not to.” Amit goes on to explain the entire hunger strike situation and the reason as to why it should have been covered. The panel then discusses the kind of news that deliberately doesn’t go on air and is not considered to be of grave significance owing to the prevailing power struggle in mainstream media. Rohin sheds lights on a story related to the Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Motihari, Bihar, where, after the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a professor posted something on Facebook against the former Prime Minister. The next day, he was beaten up badly and still remains in a critical situation. After this incident, the CAG report on the university showed that a lot of financial irregularities had been found, but even in spite of this, the incident went unreported. The discussion then moves towards what made news—but shouldn’t have—and everyone agreed that Rahul Gandhi eating non-veg in Nepal shouldn’t have set the headlines on fire the way it did. Rahul goes on to brief us about Tushar Damgude’s FIR in relation to the Bhima-Koregaon incident, and more. Tune in to find out more.

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