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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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40 Years of Emergency: Indira and Modi

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Newsclick Production, June 25, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Prabir Purkayastha on 40 years of Emergency and the chances of it being repeated under the current regime. He is an ex-student of JNU who was under imprisonment during the Emergency. Purkayastha says that during the period, freedom of speech outside the jail was snatched and the entire country had turned into a prison. He explains how loss of popularity post 1971 elections, movements across the nation and Indira Gandhi's loss in a court case in Allahabad led to the Emergency.

FTII : Need for a Visionary not Just a Politician

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Newsclick Production, June 22, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Kislay, Ex. General Secretary of the Students Association of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on the issue of appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairperson of the FTII governing council, which led to widespread protests. Students of FTII are on indefinite hunger strike on this issue. Kislay explains that the student’s body is not against Gajendra Chauhan because he has acted in B-grade or Soft Porn films but questions his ability to deal with serious film studies.

Rohingyas of Myanmar: Past and Present

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Newsclick Production, June 19, 2015

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Newsclick interviews noted lawyer and human rights activist Nandita Haksar, on issues related to the migration of Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar and the persistent attacks on this vulnerable community. Nandita points out that 'the most persecuted minority of the world' is suffering the effects of the dual attacks of ethnic violence and economic disempowerment. They face a challenge just to survive - with no citizenship rights in Myanmar; and neighboring countries refusing to accept them as refugees. Only Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to take in some migrants who are currently stuck in middle of the sea but due to fear of growing rate of migrants, they may stop this humanitarian practice in the near future.

Nandita explores the origins of the current sorry state of affairs - pointing out that the present situation is a direct result of the divide and rule policy made famous by the British during colonial times. The denial of basic rights to the Rohingya's - including the right to citizenship - continue to cause great humanitarian crises in the region, but what can and should neighbouring countries, such as India, do to ameliorate the situation?

Modi Government's 1-Year: Systematic Attack on Constitutional Values

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The Real News and Newsclick Joint Production, June 13, 2015

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In an interview to Newsclick, prominent social activist Harsh Mander talks about the Modi led NDA government’s attack on the constitutional values of the country. These values -- equality, fraternity and solidarity -- were product of the national movement that had also rejected the divisive nationalism of the RSS. He explains that the present government is vastly different from the 1998 NDA government not only because it enjoys an absolute majority in the Parliament, but also due the authoritarian and Hindu majoritarian tendencies of Narendra Modi. He says that the agenda of the Modi regime seems to be to remake India into a Hindu nation and to force the minorities into submission. The right-wing fundamentalist groups in the Sangh parivar assert a great influence on the present government. As a result there has been a rise in communal attacks on minorities, threatening the secular fabric of the nation. With government support, Hindu right-wing is taking over the mainstream spaces, while the resistance to the right-wing is forced in to the margins But, despite this Harsh feels that given the inclusive nature of India society, resistance to these divisive forces is bound to grow and they can be defeated.

Double Commoditisation of Education System

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Newsclick Production, June 10, 2015

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Prabhat Patnaik spoke at a convention on “Questioning the Policy Directions in Higher Education”, organized by DUTA about the commercialisation of higher education. He explains that the education system everywhere is moving towards double commoditisation. One of these products would be student, who being a subject for the job market will be ready to pay any fee for corporate market oriented courses.  The other commodification is of a few well-paid teachers, who will defend this system.

One Year of Modi Government and the Agrarian Crises

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Newsclick Production, May 24, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Vijoo Krishnan, Joint Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha on one year of Narendra Modi government and the current agrarian crises. Vijoo talks about how Narendra Modi in his 2014 Lok Sabha Election campaign made various promises like additional compensation for crop loss, investments in agriculture, lower interest rates etc.But the government has failed to deliver even on a single promise that they made.

Modi's China Visit Beyond Meeting Terracotta Soldiers

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Newsclick Production, May 22, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Seema Mustafa, well-known journalist and political commentator on Modi's China visit and its significance in India China relations. Seema felt that in spite of two high visibility meeting in eight months between the two leaders -- President Xi Jingping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- the business transacted seems very little. China is keen to settle the border issue, starting with delineating the Line of Actual Control and wants India to partner it on the Silk Route including the maritime route. No progress seems to have occurred on either. Some developments are there on economic issues, but without a geo-strategic understanding, economic relations may hit future roadblocks. According to Seema, this visit may have helped in building up Modi image further as a "great leader" in India, but did not produce enough output compared to the investment the two leaders have made in these meetings.

Teesta Setalvad: Modi’s Silence on Attacks on Minorities Shows Tacit Consent

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Newsclick Production, May 15, 2015

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Narendra Modi led NDA government is about to complete its one year in power. This period has seen a rise in communal attacks and hate speech against minorities, posing a  threat to secular ethos of the nation. These are not isolated incidents or the pronouncements of a lunatic fringe. Modi’s ministers and parliamentarians have been spreading venom through such comments. Newsclick discussed these issues with Teesta Setalvad.

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