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Prof. C.P. Chandrasekhar on Union Budget 2009-10

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Newsclick.in Production, 14 July 2009

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Reforming Cricket Administration in India: A Long Haul

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Newsclick Production, January 31, 2015

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Srinivasan Ramani of the Economic and Political Weekly is asked about his views on the recent Supreme Court judgement on the IPL fixing case and other issues. He welcomes the judgement that seeks to address the conflict of interest issue in the IPL's functioning but suggests that much more needs to be done in order to truly reform cricket, even sport administration in the country. That job can't be entrusted to just the government, which has vested interests in maintaining the BCCI as it is, he says.

Why Half the Censor Board Quit: Film Certification, Autonomy and Cinematic Freedom in India Today

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Newsclick Production, January 23, 2015

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Newsclick spoke to Prof. Ira Bhaskar of JNU on her recent resignation from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Prof. Bhaskar says that the chief reasons why she and several others quit the board were – extensive interference by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, rampant corruption and mismanagement patronized by the same ministry, and complete governmental disregard for proposals of reform. She points out how despite repeated pleas by board members for a thoroughgoing streamlining of the functioning of the CBFC, gross irregularities were allowed to continue. This led to constant erosion of the credibility of the CBFC as an institution, rendering it increasingly susceptible to political pressures. A transparent film certification process is essential for the preservation of cinematic freedom. The ongoing flooding of the CBFC with individuals openly affiliated with the BJP and the RSS is a direct threat to the right to artistic freedom in India. It is a part of the current regime’s onslaught on the space for debate and dissent.

Indian Science Congress: Science and Anti Science

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Newsclick Production, January 8, 2015

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D.Raghunandan, President, All India Peoples Science Network, discusses the fantastic claims made at the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Pune by Hindutva votaries regarding science in ancient India. Indian contributions to science are well known and Indians do not need fake claims or imaginary expertise to feel proud. Myths and legends cannot be taken as proof, and knowledge in complex subjects like aviation would surely also have left other evidence. If mythical imaginings are equated with evidence-based science, then science itself is being seriously undermined in favour of faith and beliefs.

32 Websites Blocked: An Act of Utter Stupidity

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Newsclick Production, January 7, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Prabir Purkayasta, Chairman, Society for Knowledge Common on the Government of India’s decision to block more than 30 websites including vimeo, Daily Motion, Internet Archive and Github under Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 supposedly to prevent ‘anti-India’ content being spread by ISIS. Prabir called this act killing mosquitoes with cannon -- for blocking one or two paged entire sites with thousands of pages and millions of users have been blocked. He also mentioned the problems with the IT Act and how it doesn’t impose any obligation on the authority to inform the public or give reasons for blocking of the websites.

Government of the Corporates and for the Corporates

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Newsclick India, January 3, 2014

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Newsclick spoke to Tikender Singh Panwar, Deputy Mayor of Shimla on Neo-Liberal Agenda of the incumbent BJP government at the Centre. Tikender feels that no government has ever followed such regressive steps to promote benefit of the corporate houses like this government is doing. According to him, it purely is a government of the big business men and industrialist. Tikender feels that the policies followed by this government are anti people and it is working exclusively towards privatization of nation's resources.

Bhopal: Gas, Death and Justice

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Newsclick Production,December 17, 2014

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NewsClick interviewed N.D. Jayaprakash from BGPSSS and Delhi Science Forum on the 30th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy and on the current situation. He tells that the figure used by the Court and the 1989 Settlement order regarding the number of victims was much less than the actual ones and hence money allocated for relief is completely inadequate. The government admitted the gross underestimate but effective measures to challenge the original settlement and provide relief have yet to be taken.

Romila Thapar releases Githa Hariharan's latest book 'Almost Home’

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Newsclick Production, December 16,2014

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What makes a city, or any place, home?

In large parts of the world, including India, the prevailing view of people and places—and their multiple voices—has been a western version. How does this view change when it is located in India, and when the stories are complicated by several cultures, languages, traditions and political debates? From Delhi, Bombay/Mumbai, Ooty and Kashmir to Palestine, Algeria and eleventh-century Córdoba, these intricately carved essays explore cities and other places through the lives of people, and how they see home and belonging. Combining memoir with polemic, historical with imagined narrative, anecdote with poetry, Githa Hariharan recounts defining moments in which people experience the frictions of day-to-day survival, and the collision of ideas, culture, war and colonization. The result is a fascinating and layered story of home: a sense of home, too many homes, broken or lost homes.