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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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Universal Economic Rights: Bedrock of Citizenship

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The Citizen and Newsclick Joint Production, September 3, 2014

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Prof. Prabhat Patnaik, an eminent economist, speaks at the Idea of India Conclave on economic rights. He says the society earlier and even now is based on extraordinary caste oppression and social oppression. He emphasises the importance of having universal economic rights like right to food, health care, education, employment etc., for having a meaningful political citizenship. Patnaik argues that providing these rights are easily affordable. He pointed out that the tax GDP ratio in our country is among the lowest in the world and the extra amount required to provide these basic economic rights can easily be realised by additional taxes on the rich.

Ebola Showing up the Global Public Health System

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Newsclick Production, August 26, 2014

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The Ebola epidemic raging in various parts of Africa has seen over 2000 people already killed by the deadly virus. As the world struggles to deal with and contain further spread of the disease (which has no known cure),we speak to Dr. Satyajit Rath, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, about the reasons for and fallout of the epidemic. What are the chances of the disease spreading even further? Why can't this Ebola outbreak be contained given that the disease has been known for more than 20 years? Can the epidemic be blamed on the inadequacy of the public health care systems in Africa? Why is there no vaccines or cure for this disease and how complicit are the drug companies who have preferred to concentrate on developing cures for diseases of the affluent? Is the global health care system failing the poor and the less economically developed countries?

The Outrageous US Court Judgement Causing Argentinian Default

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Newsclick Production, August 21, 2014

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Two weeks back, a US court blocked Argentina from meeting its international debt payments if it did not first repay a group of hedge. These hedge funds hold a small part of Argentina's debt and have not accepted debt restructuring that other debtors have, putting at risk Argentina's economy. How can a US Court pass a judgment that causes a sovereign nation's default? How come the US and its courts have this power over the world's financial system? We discuss these issue and the lessons that can be drawn for the international financial order with Prof. Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Gaza Cease-Fire Extended But What’s Needed for a Just Solution to the Conflict?

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Courtesy: therealnews.com, August 21, 2014

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Amnesty International’s Deborah Hyams talks about being blocked from carrying out an independent investigation of the most recent Gaza conflict and author Vijay Prashad discusses the latest developments in the Palestinian liberation struggle.

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.

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