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Reporters Without Orders
27 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 171: Ramdev and his ayurveda claims
In this episode, host Nidhi Suresh is joined by Sidharth Singh of Newslaundry.On May 31, Ramdev claimed he had scientific evidence to prove the legitimacy of ayurveda in “curing” hypertension, cancer, arthritis, thyroid issues, liver sclerosis, hepatitis, and fatty liver. He gave a slew of interviews to TV news channels to further attack modern medicine over alleged abuses of the pharmaceutical industry. He also made unproven claims about ayurvedic solutions to longstanding medical conundrums.In Sidharth’s report, he answers the question: what expertise does Ramdev actually possess? He spoke to many ayurvedic practitioners for the report and asked if Ramdev represented them or if he represented ayurveda. “Many said he doesn’t and made a distinction that he’s a yoga guru so why should he be speaking about ayurveda and that he’s not even qualified to be talking about yoga,” he recalled.Ramdev has often claimed to possess cures for all sorts of diseases. Patanjali’s Divya Mukta Vati Extra Power, for instance, claims to cure hypertension and high blood pressure. Patanjali’s website even says the efficacy of the concoction has been proved by “successfully experimenting with millions of patients”. Nidhi asks what exactly Sidharth found problematic with such claims? Sidharth says this claim of “successfully experimenting with millions of patients” isn't correct. He found that the sample size wasn’t a million, but barely 50 patients.“The idea of ayurveda has power in India, I don’t think it's right to say that it is neglected," Sidharth argues. "Going ahead, we have to think about where exactly the general bar is now when it comes to scientific literacy. We have to know what kind of space we can give to traditional medicine?”Tune in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 170: Tejasvi Surya row, Dainik Jagran on farm laws, Rajasthan vaccine wastage
In this episode, host Ayush Tewari is joined by Nidhi Suresh and Basant Kumar of Newslaundry.The conversation begins with Nidhi Suresh talking about her report on the Muslim staffers of a Bengaluru municipality Covid war room who were removed from their jobs at the behest of BJP MP Tejasvi Surya. She narrates the process and the possible reasons which led to the event.Basant Kumar talks about his story on Dainik Jagran’s report that claims the new farm laws have been beneficial to farmers. Further, he explains why mustard has actually been sold at a higher price than the MSP. He also talks about his report discussing the revelation of the wastage of vaccines by the Rajasthan government and how the controversy is escalating. Tune in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57 minutes | May 29, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 169: Six months of farmer protests and rural UP's dubious Covid data
In this episode, host Basant Kumar is joined by freelance journalists Mandeep Punia and Ranvijay Singh. Mandeep begins with the farmer protests, which marked six months at Delhi’s borders this week. Explaining the role of the youth and women, he says that despite all odds, “this protest has become a process for intensifying what is right”. Mandeep and Ranvijay both criticise how legacy media has highlighted the protest, and the impact of Covid.Ranvijay explains how Covid has been “mismanaged” in rural Uttar Pradesh, pointing out how local bodies are hiding the true numbers. Comparing reports submitted by regional management committees with the ground reality, he says the healthcare system has collapsed. “Without any testing, how can we expect cases to be detected?” he says.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | May 22, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 168: Jaggi Vasudev’s shady dealings
In this episode, host Ayush Tiwari is joined by Prateek Goyal of Newslaundry to discuss his series on the rise of Jaggi Vasudev, known to his devotees as Sadhguru, as one of India’s most influential godmen, and is dubious business and “spiritual” dealings. Prateek explains how Vasudev’s rise was enabled by politicians and the media, how he used this influence to build a sprawling yoga centre in an ecologically sensitive elephant corridor near Coimbatore in blatant violation of laws, and how he makes a lot of money selling products and “spiritual” services a good deal of which his foundation shows as donations to evade paying taxes. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without political backing, Prateek argues. He also touches upon Vasudev’s cultivation of the media and his shady dealing involving the Cauvery Calling project. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 minutes | May 15, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 167: Covid in eastern UP and Modi’s bad international press
In this episode of Reporters Without Orders, host Akanksha Kumar is joined by Newslaundry's Shivangi Saxena and Tanishka Sodhi.Shivangi talks about her experiences with Akanksha in reporting on Covid from eastern Uttar Pradesh. At Gorakhpur’s Sadar Hospital, she says, they watched people coming in from villages 200 km away. Despair was all around them, as family members were unable to procure beds and oxygen cylinders, or even get a doctor to see the patients.“They were afraid that if they speak against the administration, they might refuse their families’ treatment,” she says. She herself was denied entry to the hospital as people were worried that negative news reports would lead to a backlash from the government.Shivangi also explains how rural areas face the additional burden of poor connectivity and a crumbling healthcare infrastructure. Tanishka talks about her report on why Modi is getting such negative coverage from the international media. On the increasing number of editorials criticising India’s handling of the pandemic, she says the international press doesn’t hold back in the way the Indian media does.“Modi’s silence over the past two weeks about what’s happening is also very embarrassing,” she says. “Because even Donald Trump had conferences everyday.” On why everyone’s reporting on India, Tanishka says, “This virus doesn’t care about borders. If something’s going wrong here, it’s also going to impact how the rest of the world is dealing with the crisis.”This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in.RecommendationsShivangi ‘Yogi has left us to die': Oxygen crisis devastates MeerutTanishkaMahavir Narwal - Father Of The YearWhat we got wrong: the Guardian’s worst errors of judgment over 200 yearsAkankshaUP woman dies from Covid. Her sample is ‘collected’ 2 days after and tests negativeगोरखपुर जिला अस्पताल: कोविड वार्ड में बिना ऑक्सीजन और बेड के पड़े हैं मरीज़ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | May 8, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 166: Covid crisis in Uttar Pradesh
In this episode, host Nidhi Suresh is joined by Newslaundry reporters Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar.Ayush and Basant, who are currently reporting on the Covid crisis from the western parts of Uttar Pradesh, shed light on the ground realities of the ongoing disaster. They explain the underreporting of deaths by the state, the shortage of oxygen cylinders in hospitals, people’s reluctance to get tested, and the general sense of helplessness among citizens. All this is taking place in the backdrop of chief minister Adityanath claiming that there is no shortage of oxygen in Uttar Pradesh. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in.RecommendationsAyush I Know What It Takes to Defeat Narendra ModiBasantNewslaundry’s video reports from Uttar PradeshNidhiNewslaundry’s text reports from Uttar Pradesh See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45 minutes | May 1, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 165: India’s Covid disaster
In this episode of Reporters without Orders, host Ayush Tiwari is joined by Akanksha Kumar and Tanishka Sodhi of Newslaundry.Akanksha talks about her coverage of the unfolding Covid catastrophe in Delhi, narrating how hospitals in North Delhi are dealing with a shortage of oxygen supply and how, with the death toll rising, the crematoria are struggling to conduct funerals. Tanishka discusses her report on why journalists are showing grisly visuals of Covid funerals. She recalls her conversations with several reporters photojournalists, Indian and foreign, who are covering the crisis and what they have to say about criticism of their work. She also explains why it is misleading to claim that the international media didn’t cover the death and devastation from Covid in the West the same way they are in India.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in.RecommendationsAkanksha 'Just bring us oxygen': North Delhi hospitals plead for helpCovid crisis: Queuing for cremation in the capitalOn the Spot: Delhi’s cremation groundAyushBreaking the thermometerIndian high commission’s Letter to The AustralianTankshkaUnderstanding Mumbai’s downward Covid-19 trendThe erosion of personal ownership See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 164: Covid crisis in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh
This episode is hosted by Basant Kumar, who is joined by Newslaundry’s Prateek Goyal and independent Journalist Sourabh Sharma.Saurabh talks about his recent reports on Uttar Pradesh’s pandemic situation. In the capital Lucknow, he says, there’s utter helplessness and the main reason is the unpreparedness of the Adityanath government. "All of them were busy with elections, nobody paid much attention to Covid, it was as if it was gone,” he laments.It’s a similar situation in Madhya Pradesh, says Prateek, where “the healthcare system has completely collapsed”. Yet, in both the Hindi heartland states, Saurabh and Prateek point out, the governments are fudging the data.The panel also discuss how, owing to the failure of state and central governments to tackle the dire situation, social media has emerged as a helpline for those seeking help for Covid patients. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in!RecommendationsSaurabh Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Nova HarariBureaucratic barriers leave COVID-19 patients begging for beds in India’s most populous stateकुम्भ के दौरान हरिद्वार में 400% तक बढ़ें कोरोना के एक्टिव मामलेशवदाह गृह भरे हुए हैं फिर भी सरकार क्यों दिखा रही हैं कोविड मौतें इतनी कमPrateekThe SerpentBasant गुड बाय, मेरे प्यारे दोस्तAjeeb Dastaans Hospitals buckle under record surge See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 163: Delhi riots follow-up and on the ground in Bengal
This episode is hosted by Nidhi Suresh, who is joined by Newslaundry’s Parikshit Sanyal and Akanksha Kumar.Akanksha talks about her follow-up story on the Delhi riots; she had interviewed a Muslim boy who had been forced to sing the national anthem while being assaulted by the police. “His entire story is of gross neglect, not just by the police but also the hospital staff – both of whom were supposed to save him,” she says. “The sense of marginalisation, because he belongs to a certain religion, is going to stay with him.”Parikshit shares his first-time experience of reporting on the ground during the Bengal assembly election, particularly a ground report on the Cooch Behar killings. He explains how multiple witnesses said it was an unprovoked attack. He also describes the tense communal situation in Nandigram’s Boyal constituency, where people were referring to “the Hindu booth” and “the Muslim booth”. “Because of Suvendu Adhikari, the levels have gone too far,” he says.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
59 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 162: Chhattisgarh gunfight and impact of lockdown on daily workers
This episode is hosted by Akanksha Kumar, who is joined by Newslaundry’s Prateek Goyal, Tanishka Sodhi, and Diksha Munjal.The conversation starts with the recent gunfight in Chhattisgarh between security forces and Maoists. Prateek had interviewed Bastar police chief P Sundarraj on the attack, and says, “The army had clear input that battalion number 1 of Naxals has movement in the South Bastar region.” He thinks the incident cannot be blamed on an intelligence failure and adds that the attack shouldn’t be compared to the 2010 Dantewada attack.Tanishka and Diksha discuss their report on daily wage workers employed on the sets of Mumbai’s film city. The workers had described their lockdown ordeal last year and how they’re worried about a second lockdown. “Since it was not work from home, the workers had to be present on the sets, be it spot boys or assistants,” Tanishka explains. Diksha says there’s a need for a “database of migrants” or “at least a recognition that we have so many people that we have to cater to in case such an emergency comes”. She adds: “A lot of them are invisible, they are not counted anywhere.”This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
54 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 161: Assam election and perils of Whatsapp forwards
This episode is hosted by Akanksha Kumar, who is joined by Ashwine Kumar Singh of Newslaundry, and Ayan Sharma, a freelance journalist based in Assam.Ayan is currently covering the Assam election for Newslaundry. Talking about his recent reports from the ground, he argues that the BJP wave doesn’t seem to be as strong as in the last election. “That doesn’t mean the BJP doesn’t have an advantage,” he adds. Ayan also talks about the politics of recurrent floods in the state and its ethnic diversity, and how that affects election outcomes.Ashwine was recently in Indore’s Tarpatti Bhagal area, where health workers out for Covid screening had been attacked in April last year. The violence, he recounts, was instigated by fake Whatsapp rumours.“Messages were spread with rumours that these health workers were going to take the local Muslims to the hospital and butcher them and make them infertile,” Ashwine says. So when they went into Tarpatti Bhagal, they were attacked. The reaction to the Covid outbreak at the Tablighi Jamaat’s headquarters in Delhi’s Nizamuddin played a role as well, he adds. Read his report.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 160: Lockdown fiasco, Delhi carnage documentary, and misleading ads
In this episode, host Basant Kumar is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and BBC’s Jugal Purohit.Commenting on how Narendra Modi arrived at the decision to impose a national lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Jugals refers to a recent report by BBC that tried to find an answer to this question. “Neither the National Disaster Management Authority nor the prime minister conducted and chaired meetings with any concerned departments before declaring lockdown. Additionally, there was no evidence found that specialist bodies and institutions were taken advice from before declaring lockdown,” BBC found. He also talks about the difficulties the news organisation faced in getting information under the RTI Act.Talking about his recent report related to the Delhi carnage, Ayush shares that “a documentary, backed by a political party, cannot be accurate and unbiased". The documentary in conversation is Delhi Riots: A Tale of Burn and Blame, directed by Kamlesh K Mishra. BJP leader Kapil Mishra had publicised the documentary by tweeting the details of its screening. “The line of argument of the documentary is pro-government and pro-police, with no variety of opinion and dissenting opinion,” Ayush adds. The panel also talk about the misinformation regarding the carnage being spread on social media and news channels. A recent TV Newsance episode about a misleading ad of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna published in Hindi and Bengali newspapers, was coordinated by Basant. “A local journalist had covered this story but it was not allowed to be published as the media house had some BJP influence. So they shared the details with me.” The panel also discuss the article by Newslaundry on the misleading ad.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 159: Chandni Chowk’s demolished temple and Sajid Khan’s case
In this episode, host Ayush Tiwari is joined by Newslaundry’s Supriti David and Basant Kumar.The conversation starts with the reporters sharing the bizarre news stories of the week, from a customer asking for a refund on receiving only 12 masks when she ordered a dozen to fact-checking India Today’s fact-check on Gajendra Chauhan’s tweet.The discussion proceeds with Supriti's ground report on the story of a temple in Chandni Chowk which was demolished in January 2021, and it's surprising reappearance at the same sight after a few months. Supriti describes the backstory of the temple and the entire saga of political parties, court orders and the locals involved in it. "This temple seemed rather exceptional than others that were there," says Ayush. The Centre's promise of doubling farmers' income seems to meet no end to date. Basant points at the vagueness of the government towards any farm issues and says, "Narendra Singh Tomar has been asked about the data on farmers income several times in Lok sabha but the accurate answer never comes out." Basant also explains why it is empirically important to collect any such data and how it should have been achieved. Ayush and Basant further span their conversation to the case of Sajid Khan, a rickshaw puller in North east Delhi and his interesting story of getting arrested in his own FIR. Basant puts into question the “good luck” factor of police in finding the cues in the concerned case. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 158: Revisiting the carnage in Delhi and UP job aspirants
In this episode, host Nidhi Suresh is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Akanksha Kumar.The conversation starts with Nidhi asking how Ayush feels about going back to reporting on the Delhi carnage of last year and also asks both if they think that doing the same thing over and over again and being exposed to this sort of violence desensitises them or equips them handle it with more empathy? Ayush and Akanksha agree, “It equips you better to handle the emotional outbursts no matter what story you’re working and also you go with a better approach,” says AkankshaThe discussion moves on to Akankha’s report on hundreds of aspirants in Uttar Pradesh yet to get appointment letters in spite of clearing their village development officer exam a year ago. Akanksha explains how she got a lead to the story, explains the hiring process and gives more insight to the situation. Nidhi also asks whether the aspirants thought of #ModiRozgarDo as a reflection of a successful social media movement or a disappointment.In June 2020, the Narendra Modi government reached out to “prominent persons from the media field” to help identify strategies to effectively communicate “10 big narratives of the government”. Ayush talks about his report and tells us what the initiative is, who were involved, what were the discussions and the aim of such an initiative. Ayush said, “They were not willing to come on record and speak on what was going on. If you’ve not done it then why do you need to stay anonymous. Just remove that skirt of anonymity and come out in public and say.”This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 157: Hindu IT Cell and Hathras murder case
In this episode, host Akanksha Kumar is joined by freelance journalist Srishti Jaswal and Newslaundry’s Nidhi Suresh.The conversation starts with a report by Srishti and Shreegireesh Jalihal on a Hindu vigilante group, which calls itself the “Hindu IT Cell”, and its network of cyber volunteers. Srishti was targeted by the group last July over a tweet, and she explains how it operates. “This targeting in turn activates and hosts a very toxic wave of trolling,” she says.The panel then talks about the death of Ambreesh Sharma in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras. Ambreesh was killed by a man who had been arrested for sexually harassing Ambreesh’s daughter. Nidhi, who reported on the case this week, says: “I feel the story here is the fact that there was a father willing to stand up for his girls, willing to not be threatened and revoke a case of sexual assault on his daughter. And the price he paid for that was literally his life.” This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | Feb 27, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 156: Dainik Jagran’s PR campaign for UP and Disha Ravi’s bail
In this episode, host Basant Kumar is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tewari and Supriti David.The conversation starts with Ayush and Basant’s report on Dainik Jagran running a disingenuous PR campaign for the UP government’s farm policies. Ayush points out the “questionable relationship between media houses and governments” and describes how impactful these campaigns can be. On the toolkit case and Disha Ravi getting bail, Supriti talks about her report, her experience in court, and the case itself. When Disha got bail, she says, “you could see that she was perhaps smiling, but couldn’t really see it because she had her mask on. She was constantly cracking her knuckles and she looked really, really tired.” She also reads out specific parts from the judgement. Ayush talks about how the media and the establishment are now targeting young female protesters. Supriti says, “I view it as part of this larger trend of how women, incarcerated or not, are always represented in the media...It’s very disturbing and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to change.”The panel also discusses memories of the Delhi riots. This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 155: Farmer protests and Priya Ramani case
In this episode, host Ayush Tewari is joined by Newslaundry’s Akanksha Kumar and Anna Priyadarshini.The conversation starts with the reporters sharing the bizarre news stories of the week, from an Indonesian woman claiming a gust of wind made her pregnant to the Indian higher education regulator UGC asking universities to encourage students to write a “cow science” examination.The discussion begins with Anna’s report on the verdict in BJP leader MJ Akbar’s defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani. Akanksha then talks about her experience covering the ongoing farmer protest at Singhu on Delhi’s border. On how the farmers plan to adjust their protest to the approaching summer and their apprehensions about the new agriculture laws, she says, “Another fear they have is that with the entry of private players contract farming may result in some sort of exploitation. Their fears are not completely unfounded, they do have a basis.”Akanksha also talks about her story on Dilbag Singh, a farmer from Pubjab who cycles around the Singhu protest to lift spirits. Ayush then moves to Anna's report investigating Rinku Sharma’s death at Mangolpuri which the Hindu nationalist ecosystem has sought to communalise. Anna shares her experience covering the story and what the people there felt about the reporter’s presence in the area.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! RecommendationsAkanksha Newslaundry Investigation: Reality of ‘Love Jihad’ in KanpurReturn From ISISAnna To the Harvey Weinsteins of the world by Priya RamaniAyush Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour M. Hersh See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 154: Tracking the farmer protests in UP, Haryana and Punjab
In this episode, Nidhi Suresh takes over as host and she’s joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari.Nidhi asks Ayush about his coverage of the farmer protests at Ghazipur and Singhu. Ayush notes that in Ghazipur, the resentment of sugarcane farmers is “driving them” to protest sites. “The andolan, the movement, has very successfully sucked up all the resentment and turned it into energy to run these protests,” he says.Ayush also talks about his reports from western Uttar Pradesh, the role of the Tikait brothers, and the mahapanchayats organised to discuss the farm laws. Nidhi spotlights the protests in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, saying: “The sort of resentment is coming from the way the law was pushed in as an ordinance, the way they haven’t been heard. This sort of movement is also really asking the government to fix their relationship with the farmers.” She and Ayush also contrast the protests with what it was like to report on the Delhi riots.This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 153: Internet shutdown, attacks on journalists, and updates after Tractor Rally
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari, Basant Kumar, and Nidhi Suresh to discuss the ongoing farmer protests and the events that unfolded after the tractor rally on January 26. Basant describes the absurdity of the police barricading Singhu border. “What can be more bizarre than being there, and feeling as if we’re standing at India’s international border with so many BSP and CRPF officers guarding it?” he asks. “Tall, newly-constructed cement walls and ghastly nails affixed on the road..." Nidhi explains how the police have barred journalists from entering the protest site. She then talks about a help desk set up by a lawyers’ collective under the Samyukt Kisan Morcha that tracks protesters who have gone missing since Republic Day. “It’s a really big task,” she points out, “because it’s such a large protest.” Nidhi also talks about how a lawyer was reportedly told by the police to file an RTI to get a copy of an FIR filed in the context of the protest. “As per law, you are supposed to be handed the FIR copy,” she says. “And if you are a lawyer, you have to get it.” The panel also discusses the attacks on journalists, the citizens’ march in support of the farmers, the internet shutdown at protest sites, and how the government is using Covid as a “double standard”. All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
Reporters Without Orders Ep 152: Republic Day tractor rally
In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry correspondents, Nidhi Suresh and Basant Kumar, along with producer Aditya Varrier to discuss their experiences while reporting from the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day. Nidhi, Basant, and Aditya begin with a chronological lowdown of how events unfolded on January 26. Nidhi describes the confusion on the ground succinctly when she says, “ We were receiving news on social media that tear gas shelling has started but protestors on ground were still appealing to the larger group to maintain peace.” Having been to the protest over five times, Aditya talks about the changing geography of the protest sites over time, and new developments such as markets and museums.Basant, meanwhile, highlights the ineptitude of the Delhi police saying, “Police preparedness on the Delhi borders was marked by just a few barricades.” He also describes the events that led to the first direct violent interaction between the police and the protestors. He witnessed the clashes unfold first-hand as tractors rammed into barricades.He also shares his account of the violence at the Red fort where journalists were attacked and police and protestors were injured. While doing so Basant reaffirms that Indian flag was not insulted in any way whatsoever. For Nidhi the change in the nature of the tractor rally was simple but unpredictable as she navigated through it. She expresses how, given the size of the rally, it was unfair to expect protestors to have consensus on all aspects of the protest. However, the panel agreed that while the violence was condemnable, it cannot be a metric to delegitimise the demands of the farmers. The panel also discusses the circumstances and consequences of the death of a protestor at Delhi’s ITO, the lack of responsibility amongst stakeholders, and the future of the farmer protest. All this and a lot more as they talk about what made news this week, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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