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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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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.

Nepal Earthquake: How Prepared is the Region for Such Disasters?

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Newsclick Production, May 9, 2015

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The Nepal earthquake has officially killed more than 7,000, injured many more and devastated parts of Nepal. How ready are we in South Asia for facing such disasters? Newsclick speaks with D. Raghunandan, President of All India Peoples science Network on this issue. The discussion also covered the role of Indian teams, the criticism of its media and and the longer term issue of rehabilitation. Raghu also spoke of the weakness of the Nepalese government, particularly of its Army, to co-ordinate the relief efforts.

It’s Not Only A Question of Land!

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Newsclick Production, May 4, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Prof. Surajit Mazumdar, an Economist in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, on the controversial Land Acquisition Bill. Surajit strongly criticised the Bill, and said that it is against the rights of the farmers and meant only for the benefits of few corporates, with the likes of Gautam Adani benefitting the most.  Surajit talked about the structural issues related with the development model that successive governments have chosen. He said that the state, in the name of development, has ignored the agricultural sector. This has led to the large number of  farmer suicides that we see today. This so called development has not even resulted in industrial growth, which remains stagnant due to the low purchasing power of the people. Government needs to focus more on the issues of bringing parity between the two sectors rather than focusing on one, and ignoring the other

UGC Builds Another Castle in Air: Choice based Credit System (CBCS)

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Newsclick Production, May 3, 2015

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For past 4-5 years undemocratically imposed reforms like introduction of semester system and FYUP (Four Years Undergraduate Programme) have led to huge losses for students in Delhi University. Recently UGC proposed Central Universities Act and implementation of CBCS (Choice Based Credit System) which led to huge protests and opposition.

Newsclick interviewed Prof. Abha Dev Habib, Executive Council Member of Delhi University to discuss the ongoing issue. Abha points out various strong reasons for opposing CBCS saying that the “cafeteria” approach is to mould the purpose of education for market requirements rather than educating students. She thinks that these changes in the name of “reforms” will kill the autonomy and areas of strength in teaching and research of Central Universities like DU and JNU. Abha also talks about how the basic and most important issues of infrastructure, appointment of professors and availability of books in libraries are being ignored completely harming the quality of education.

Agenda Behind Banning Beef

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Newsclick Production, April 25, 2015

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Newsclick interviewed Prof. Salil Misra, Ambedkar University to discuss the issue of banning beef in Maharashtra and the politics and history of eating beef in India. Prof. Misra thinks that it is not just a matter of imposing a code on food habits but harming the plurality of India. He explains how the banning of beef is part of a bigger project of homogenizing Hinduism.

Prof. Misra explains how beef eating was part of Indian culture and cow becoming a sacred animal in Hindu religion. He also compared Gandhi’s way of protecting cows to Dayanand Saraswati’s Cow Protection Society which he thinks are more responsible for killing cows.

Rafale Deal: Meeting Defence Needs or PR for Modi?

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Newsclick Production, April 22, 2015

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The Modi government has recently made a quick Government to Government (G2G) deal with France for acquiring off the shelf 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts. The prices --it appears -- are yet to be negotiated. Newsclick interviewed D. Raghunandan, President, All India People's Science Network and a defence analyst to discuss the deal. According to Raghunandan, the deal being a G2G instead of public bidding as originally envisaged, is back to arbitrary decision making on defence deals. Reverting back to such a policy does not have any transparency and opens up a huge scope for corruption in defence deals.

Specific to the deal, Raghunandan stated that it contradicts Modi’s much hyped policy of “Make in India”. Originally, the deal was to have 126 aircrafts, out of which 108 would have been made in India by HAL. Dassault, the makers of Rafale, did not agree to technology transfer and have now have been rewarded with outright purchase of 36 aircrafts. Instead of the original tender which involved 126 aircrafts, 36 Rafales bought in this way, neither meets the airforce's needs of replacing almost 200 MIGs nor the long-term objective of India developing a self-reliant defence industry. All it has done is help Modi make a big PR splash in Paris, at a great cost to India's defence and procurement policy.

Why is Saudi Arabia Attacking Yemen? - Part-2

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Newsclick Production, April 15, 2015

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The Saudi Arabia-led attack in Yemen has, over the past four years killed thousands and injured even more. Newsclick interviewed Prof. Aijaz Ahmad, Senior Political Analyst, to discuss the recent events in Yemen and why these attacks are being carried out. Prof. Aijaz explains the possible repercussions of these attacks - which may also involve the possibility of Pakistan allowing its army divisions to join Saudi Arabia in attacking Yemen. Is this conflict likely to further complicate issues in the Middle East? Will this lead to the Hauthis taking to guerilla warfare against the Saudi state?

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