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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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Police Action Inside the Campus Simply Cannot be Allowed: Brinda Bose

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Newsclick Production, September 02, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Brinda Bose, Associate Professor, Centre for English Studies, JNU, on the recent spate of violence inside campuses and the overall state of higher education in India. Bose says that there is a concerted effort now by the public university to hone a certain kind of student who will be a certain kind of citizen - one who will conform to the ideological apparatus of the state. She finds the constant interference of the central government led by the BJP inside academic institutions a continuation of the policy of the previous UPA government. She mentions the inroads made by the social media in the staging of protests and feels that modes of protests such as sloganeering, mass meetings and hunger strikes, though illegal, are taken recourse to only because of a failure in the process of dialogue. She feels that there is a constant fear of the public in the university administration and hence there are knee-jerk reactions of hushing things up by internal inquiries which are seldom effective. It is only when the matters come out in public that efforts are made to work on complaints. The protests by students, therefore, is a mechanism by which matters are made public and the moment when public universities stand the test of a public scrutiny. Bose suggests that instead of working on lowest common denominators such as the CBCS, the government must work on specific strengths and weaknesses of specific universities so that a network is created among universities which can work together.

All India General Strike: Assertion for Economic and Democratic Equality

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TRNN,Newsclick Production, August 29, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed A.K.Padmanabhan, All India President of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) on the upcoming All India General Strike on September 2 announced by 11 central trade unions.  Padmanabhan said that the strike is not a secluded incident but a by-product of a long campaign against the neo-liberal policies imposed in 1991. He said the upcoming strike would be the sixth time when 11 major central trade unions have come together on a common platform.

Failure of NSA Level Talks and Shadow -boxing of the Government

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Newsclick Production, August 27, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Seema Mustafa on the recent cancellation of the NSA-level talks with Pakistan by India. According to Seema, the BJP government wants to highlight the issue of Pakistan linked terrorism in national politics with a war of words with Pakistan on the backdrop of the Bihar elections coming up soon. The government is linking Kashmiri Muslims to violence and terrorism and avoiding the discussion of Kashmir itself from its agenda.

Reliance and Tata Looted Delhites of 8,000 Crores: Prabir Purkayastha

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Newsclick Production, August 24, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Prabir Purkayastha, member of the Delhi Science Forum about the CAG draft report to the Delhi government on the Delhi electricity companies. Prabir said the concerned companies Reliance and TATA played fraud and cheated the consumers of Delhi. The companies made huge profits by looting the public money. Therefore it is not just reparation that must be demand of the culprits but they should also be punished.

For Whose Interest Is India's Economic Advisor Working?

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Newsclick Production, August 18, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed D. Raghunandan, from All India People's Science Network and former member of the Low Carbon Path Committee of India's Planning Commission on the letter by the Chief Economic Advisor to India, Arvind Subramanian to the Prime Minister of India. Raghu said, Arvind is completely moving away from the long time stand by India and advising to be part of US interests. He argues there should be distinction while considering the developed countries as opposed to the developing countries as far as emission controls are concerned.

Iran's New Regional Initiative on Syrian Peace

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Newsclick Production, August 12, 2015

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Vijay Prashad discusses with Newsclick the new initiative that Iran is proposing to place before in the UN Security Council for peace in Syria. The Foreign Ministers of Russia and Syria have met with the Iranian Foreign Minister and worked out the contours of such a proposal. Last time that such a regional initiative was taken, it was sabotaged by the US and its western allies. Vijay believes that the US policies are increasingly becoming incoherent in the region.

Airtel Cheated the Exchequer by Fudging its Revenues: Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

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Newsclick Production, August 11, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed the journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta on the Draft Audit Report of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India. Paranjoy points out that the Department of Telecommunication (DoT), the supposed guardian of the public, was supporting Airtel to cheat the exchequer, Income Tax department and shareholders. Airtel fudged the figures to pay lower taxes to the government. Bharti Airtel group gained around Rs.44, 000 Crores through corporate restructuring and Rs.14, 500 Crores by under-reporting the revenues.

Porn Ban: Violation of Constitutional Rights for Moral Policing

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Newsclick Production, August 10, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Prabir Purkayastha, Chairperson of the Society for Knowledge Commons on the recent issue of porn-ban by the Government of India. Purkayastha said that pornography is an age-old issue and the society has to take a final call on this. Hence, it would be untimely to ban it. He cited that the principle behind the enforcement of bans itself as a problem. The government, in banning porn, is going beyond the Supreme Court directive and the Constitution line, by treating private players as intermediary owner.

Yakub Memon, Selective Executions and Capital Punishment

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Newsclick Production, August 05, 2015

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NewsClick interviewd Human Rights activist Gautam Navlakha on the execution of Yakub Memon, and the broader question of capital punishment. Navalakha questioned the Supreme Court judgment first on the basis of the particularity of the Menon case. The apex court overlooked the testimony of the investigating officers commending Menon for cooperation in the case. Not only were the mitigating evidences ignored, but the death sentences of those who planted the bombs were commuted to life sentences.

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