Arun Shourie speaks to Madhu Trehan on “being sacrificed” by Ramnath Goenka, fatwas and kaafirs, the Manu Smriti and the need for a Hindu soul with an Islamic body, the culture of appeasement, Modi and the “coup against Vajpayee”, BJP not being a particularly religious party and more.
Kuldip Nayar speaks to Madhu Trehan about exonerating General Thapar, his love affair with Pakistan, asking for the Kohinoor back, interviewing AQ Khan, leaders who only thought of their own political gain, and why he left out MO Mathai’s interview on his relationship with Indira Gandhi.
Abhinandan Sekhri chats with Vasu, OP and Arun Kumar about female stand-up comics, Indian audiences compared to British audiences, censorship & the mainstream media’s coyness about Vajpayee's drinking or Mulayam & Mayawati for those with offices in UP.
Shoma Chaudhury, Tehelka’s Managing Editor speaks on Tarun Sehrawat, “not wanting to create a wall between editor and reporter”, the learnings from his death, Mathew Samuel being “off-radar” for the organisation and the TV camera's role.
Editor of Open Magazine, Manu Joseph speaks to Madhu Trehan on the source of the Radia tapes, how unpleasant it is to expose journalists, why he never called Barkha before the story broke and much more.
Tunku Varadarajan, Editor-Newsweek International, speaks to Madhu Trehan on the Newsweek-Daily Beast merger, sloppiness in Indian journalism, being accused of racism, Going Muslim, US’ admirable restraint after 9/11, the Hindu Taliban, Modi, Manmohan Singh and more…
Paul Beckett, South Asia Bureau Chief - WSJ and Dow Jones, speaks to Madhu Trehan on whether the “big India” story has turned sour, his familiarity with Indian idioms, stitching together a “community of interest” around India and if India deserves better journalism...
NDTV's Sreenivasan Jain speaks to Madhu Trehan about the Ambanis and Birlas investing in media, editorial freedom at NDTV, lecturing the audience at the GQ awards, the media blind-spot while reporting on Dhoble and more.
Vinod Dua speaks to Madhu Trehan on how his refugee background influenced his work, the deference which was expected from interviewees during the DD era, dealing with censorship, how he refused to say "Good Sahara" and more...
Abhinandan Sekhri chats with Sanjay Rajoura, Rasik Chopra and Rahul Roshan on refining the art of political satire, the importance of an anti-establishment point of view, why Salman Khan should be President of India and much more.
Shashi Tharoor speaks on the "libelous" and unkind media, the US "not wanting a strong UN secretary general at the UN", tailoring his conscience & exercises in empty symbolism, whether he feels he may not get a portfolio in the govt, being a cricket-nut and kissing Mira Nair!
Chacha casts his keen eye on our PM in Presidential clothing, India’s very Poor Standard, Pranab-da’s quick fix for the economy, Tihar’s Braveheart, Come-back boy Jagan. And remembers the old times while talking about The Indian President’s League.
From calling Sonia a KGB agent to linking voting rights with religious ancestry, Subramanian Swamy shares his many views. Also the “naxalite-compliant” Team Anna & how facial hair is a sign of Naxal leanings. We agree!
Abhinandan Sekhri chats with stand-up comics - Rajneesh Kapoor, Gursimran Khamba, Neeti Palta and Surjan Singh – on the gender and caste of stand-up comedy. And whether one joke fits all. And do women have smaller brains?
Mathew Samuel, the journalist instrumental in Tehelka’s Operation Westend speaks on sting-operations, how he was hounded by government agencies and why no journalist would want to be involved in a sting after what Tehelka was put through.