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

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Newsclick.in Production, 14 July 2009


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.


Remembering General Giap

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Newsclick Production, October 08,2013

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General Vo Nguyen Giap, the legendary Vietnamese General and former Commander-in-chief of the Vietnam People’s Army, who played an important role in driving away both France and the United States out of Vietnam, died on October 4 in Hanoi. He was 102. Newsclick pays its tributes to General Giap.

On Employment and Livelihoods

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Newsclick India, September 30,2013

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Speaking on Employment and Livelihoods at a Convention organised on “Idea of India : A People's Agenda” by the Centre for Policy Analysis, C Rammanohar Reddy from the Economic and Political Weekly examines the generation of high productivity employment in our country over the years. He says there is no connection between growth and development and growth has been non-inclusive. There is a high rate of educated unemployment in the country and the employment figures among youth are worrisome.

Muzaffarnagar Riots: Sharpening Communal Polarisation

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Newsclick Production, September 26,2013

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Newsclick discusses the growing communal polarisation in UP and beyond, with Seema Mustafa, senior journalist. Mustafa says these riots resemble a mini Gujarat. Thousands of Muslims have been displaced in these riots, turning them into refugees with their houses burnt and plundered. They have been so terrified that they can't go back to whatever they left behind. Mustafa calls this as a huge crisis.

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