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

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Newsclick.in Production, 14 July 2009


Why a Big NO to FDI in Insurance?

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Newsclick Production, August 18, 2014

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Prof. Surajit Mazumdar of Jawaharlal Nehru University while talking to Newsclick, is allowing Indian savings to be go to foreign companies. The record of foreign companies, particularly in insurance, is one of aggressive wooing of customers, not paying them under various pretexts and using this money for speculative purposes. This is their “efficiency”, which the public sector insurance companies cannot match. Without regulation, these companies play in the market as American Insurance Group (AIG) did and get bailed out if their speculations fail. As we know, 49% is more than enough to control companies and therefore this method of handing over control of Indian peoples savings to foreign hands and financial liberalisation. This is dangerous for the Indian economy.


Politics of Assaults,Struggle and the Way Ahead

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The Citizen and Newsclick Joint Production, August 18, 2014

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Jagmati Sangwan of All India Democratic Women's Organisation (AIDWA), spoke in the “Idea of India” conclave on the challenges today. She felt that the continuous assaults on the democratic values of citizens are a byproduct of the increasing communalization of the society. Our struggle on the ground against such forces will have to take into account the overt or covert support that the state machinery is extending towards these forces. It is necessary to create a common platform in which all the secular, democratic and progressive forces can come together to resist such attacks. She also thinks that the continuous ignoring by the mainstream, corporatized media of such communal attacks has created a need for the alternative media as an important tool in this struggle.

Prosecute Hate Speech: Teesta Setalvad

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The Citizen and Newsclick Joint Production, July 26, 2014

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Teesta Setalvad, eminent activist, speaks on Freedom of Dissent at the Idea of India Conclave. She emphasises the importance of having a cohesive intervention to counter the attacks on freedom of expression. Setalvad says that we must all agitate to prosecute hate speech and not allow it to be part of public amnesia, that is being forced upon us.

Heterogeneity: Foundation of Secular Republic

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The Citizen and Newsclick Joint Production, July 16, 2014

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Eminent Writer, Githa Hariharan, spoke on ‘Upholding India’s Pluralism’ at the recently held Idea of India Conclave. Lambasting the “overnight experts” of Indian culture, she said that culture does not have just one narrative and one spokesperson. A truly plural society gives space to contesting voices and opinions. Realizing that “lunatic fringe groups” like Ram Sene, Durga Vahini etc. have now become the establishment, she emphasized the need to speak up against them in order to prevent further attacks on films, books, art and other aspects of culture.


"RTI should be applicable to BCCI"

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The Citizen and Newsclick Joint Production, April 17, 2014

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In an interview to The Citizen and Newsclick, Justice (Retd.) Mukul Mudgal speaks on issues ranging from IPL spot-fixing to the T20 versus test cricket debates and from audience mentality to dead pitches. An avid cricket fan, Mudgal believes the RTI act should be applicable to BCCI’s public activities such as the upgradation of stadiums, etc. He also points out that racism in international cricket, even if latent and subtle, exists even today.

Insult and Revenge - BJP's Election Campaign

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Newsclick, April 7, 2014

The public posture of BJP has been that this election is about development– Modi as PM for his record of development as Gujarat's Chief Minister. The reality however is that Modi has a record of development, that of the 2002 riots. It is therefore not surprising that as the elections are nearing, BJP's communal agenda is being brought out in public– from Modi in Nawada, Bihar and his aide and confidant Amit Shah in Shamli and Bijnore in western UP.

Acquisition of Natural Resources in Meghalaya: Development or Destruction?

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Newsclick Production, February 4,2014

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Angela Rangad talks to Newsclick about the struggle being waged in Meghalaya against the acquisition of natural resources for 'developmental' projects like hydro electric power plants etc. She explains how land is linked to issues of identity and ethnicity in the North-East and argues that mining projects in Jaintia Hills, Khasi Hills and the Lumshnong district have led not only to environmental hazards but also a blatant violation of human rights. She says the Sixth Schedule, which gives constitutional protection to community ownership of land, is now up for amendment which could potentially take away people's right over natural resources. She feels therefore, that there is an urgent need for widening alliances across the country to intensify this resistance.

Financial Crisis and Banking Regulations

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Newsclick Production, January 18, 2014

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Newsclick discusses with Professor Mario Tonveronachi from the University of Siena, Italy about the global financial system and the crisis it continues to face. Speaking of banking regulations, Tonveronachi says that it is a problem of not having the comprehension of a financial system in its entirety. Therefore the regulators did not see the crisis coming. He underlines that governments should look at the structural problems of an economy and concentrate on tackling them. He also emphasizes the need to have many small banks and feels that banks should perform purely banking operations, as they did in the good old days.

IPCC 5th Report: A Sophisticated Understanding on Climate Change

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Newsclick Production, October 12,2013

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Newsclick talks to D. Raghunandan from Delhi Science Forum about the 5th assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that was released on 30th September 2013. Raghunandan highlights three major findings of the report. First, climate change is rapidly escalating and 95 per cent of climate change is human-induced. Second, sea level and sea temperatures are more reliable indicators of climate change than land surface temperatures. Third, despite number of several non-carbon dioxide climate change factors in the atmosphere such as methane and fluorocarbons, it is carbon dioxide which is the key determinant to climate change. Also, for the first time, the report talks in terms of carbon budgets or cumulative emissions instead of annual emissions of the countries.

Raghunandan also talks about the media campaign and controversies before the release of the climate change assessment report. He says that the “climate change deniers” who question science include Fox News and several extreme conservative news groups and think thanks around the world.


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