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Hafta 363: Inflation and its impact, BJP resignations in Uttar Pradesh
Timecodes:4:03 - Headlines8:40 - Inflation29:55 - UP politics 56:43 - Punjab campaigns59:40 - Saina Nehwal, Decoupled1:48:43 -  Subscriber letters2:11:47  - RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, and Anand Vardhan are joined by author Chetan Bhagat. The discussion starts with the inflation rates in the US and India. Chetan says, “You can’t see the true suffering of a common man in the stock market because it’s an evaluation of the big companies in India. And that is why it is so disconnected from the actual world.” The panel also discusses happiness and wellbeing indices in the context of Pakistan being “happier” than India, according to a recent survey. On ministers and others quitting the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, Manisha says, “All mainstream media have run the BJP statement which says these ministers weren’t performing well.” Raman says the “caste equation is going a bit wrong” with these resignations, and that the BJP “will lose vote count”. Chetan doesn’t fully agree, saying Adityanath “does have popularity, so a few resignations won’t matter that much”.The conversation also spans the Punjab election campaigns, actor Siddharth’s comments on Saina Nehwal, and more.This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.RecommendationsChetanHuberman LabDecoupledAnandRevised SOP on preventive measures to  be followed while conducting examinationsThe Great Hindu Civilisation: Achievement, Neglect, Bias and the Way Forward RamanManisha14 Peaks: Nothing Is ImpossibleThe Tender BarAbhinandanMedia experts sound alarm on rise of paywalled contentAfter Each Attack He Carried the Wounded. Then He Became a Victim. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
4d ago
2 hrs 10 mins
Chhota Hafta 362: ‘Bulli Bai’ case, Central Vista, PM’s convoy rowChhota Hafta 361: Covid surge, doctors’ protest, attacks on minorities in IndiaHafta 360: House sessions, Karnataka’s conversion law, Punjab lynchings, and HC remarks on duty to laugh
To make the most of next week before the deadline, we have a discount coupon for Hafta listeners. Use code HAFTA360> to get a flat 20 percent discount on annual and three-year plans. Check out our Christmas offer here​​.Timecodes:3:45 - Headlines6:35 - Parliamentary proceedings40: 33 - Anti-conversion bill1:17:12 - Punjab1: 32: 40 - Duty to laugh1: 35: 35 - Subscriber letters2: 09: 46 - RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined by Apar Gupta, writer and Executive Director of Internet Freedom Foundation, and Nitin Pai, columnist and co-founder of Takshashila Institution. The discussion starts with the parliamentary proceedings and how much attention goes into passing a bill in India. Nitin comments that the only way parliament should decide on passing bills is by some sort of “feat of force like wrestling or tug of war because it has come to that”. “Do people meet up in state legislatures before clearing any bill? No, they are not voicing the concerns,” he says. Apar points to facts. “Only one out of five bills is sent to the standing committee for approval. It’s inefficient and can be made better by all means.” Abhinandan compares the legislative procedure with precedents and opens the discussion with the “unhealthy process” that exists. Jayashree adds, “All institutional checks and balances are just for show, when they (BJP) got tired with the show; they got it adjourned.”The discussion then shifts to the anti-conversion bill passed by the Karnataka government and its implications, along with references to the recent attacks on churches, which Abhinandan calls “dog whistles for the cultural agenda of BJP, because this is all they have”. The panel sifts through the governance style and gains made through the same in south India. The conversation moves to the issue of sacrilege in Punjab, the lynching cases and the recent blast in Ludhiana. The panel also talks about a statement by a Madras high court judge on the “duty to laugh”. This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.Tune in! ​​ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25-12-2021
2 hrs 16 mins
Chhota Hafta 359Chhota Hafta 358Chhota Hafta 357: Munawar Faruqui quits comedy, Mamata Banerjee’s politics, Sidhu Moose Wala joins CongressChhota Hafta 356Chhota Hafta 355: Tripura arrests, Tamil Nadu rains, air pollution in India, Vir Das controversyChhota Hafta 354: Tripura violence, Chhath Puja in Delhi, Padma Shri awardsChhota Hafta 353: COP26, bypoll impact and Kejriwal’s free pilgrimage promiseChhota Hafta 352: Sameer Wankhede and the NCB, arrests after India-Pak cricket matchChhota Hafta 351: Fabindia’s ad controversy, Aryan Khan’s arrest, Savarkar and GandhiChhota Hafta 350: Kashmir Violence, Coal crisis and Blue originChhota Hafta Ep 349Chhota Hafta 348: Modi in America, Congress crisis in Punjab, Assam eviction driveChhota Hafta 347: Amarinder Singh’s resignation and job losses in mediaHafta 346: Newslaundry tax ‘survey’ and Tamil Nadu’s NEET bill
Timecodes2:42 - Headlines14:25 - Tamil Nadu’s NEET bill32:09 - IT ‘surveys’ at Newslaundry and Newsclick56:55 - Subscriber mails1:18:43- RecommendationsThis week on NL Hafta, it’s the in-house panel of Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Manisha Pande, Jayashree Arunachalam, and Mehraj D Lone.They discuss Tamil Nadu’s bill exempting state board students from the national medical entrance test NEET, and what led to the government bringing it. Jayashree and Mehraj explain how and why standardised tests such as NEET tend to disadvantage students from poor and marginalised communities. The discussion then moves to last week’s Income Tax “surveys” targeting Newslaundry and Newsclick. Abhinandan provides a brief account of the day the ‘survey’ happened at Newslaundry and kickstarts a discussion about how the institutions of state operate in India and how they wield the power they have over the public. Gamechanger subscribers, click here to get a private RSS link to listen to NL Hafta on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castro, Pocket Casts. Alert us at subscription@newslaundry.com if you face any problems.Click here to register for upcoming sessions of NL Recess. Join our Discord server for subscribers so you don't miss any Recess mailers or updates.We’ve a new page for subscribers to send letters to our shows. If you want to write to Hafta, click here.RecommendationsJayashreeMadhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic NightRamanGoodnight, and GoodluckAmrullah Saleh: The last man standing against TalibanManishaBillionsMehrajDay of reckoning for the media handmaidens of warHe spent his adult life helping U.S. soldiers. Now, he’s desperately fleeing AfghanistanAbhinandanThis Is Your Brain On Drug AdsSeptember 11th, 20 Years of chaos See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18-09-2021
1 hr 31 mins
Chhota Hafta 345: Afghanistan crisis, Karnal farmer protests, Good News TodayChhota Hafta 344: Jallianwala Bagh revamp, Bihar floods, India’s GDP growth

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