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In this episode of NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Meghnad S and Mehraj D Lone of Newslaundry are joined by Betwa Sharma, Politics Editor at HuffPost India.
They begin with a discussion on the nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Talking about the timing of the protests, Betwa says, “If you had actually built that momentum, maybe the bill wasn’t gonna get passed in the first place.” Meghnad echoes her view.
On the violent police crackdown in Jamia Millia Islamia University and elsewhere, Mehraj points out, “Police are doing this because they know they are not going to be held accountable. In fact, some of them might get rewards and promotions.” He also wonders why anybody in a democracy should need the police’s permission to stage a protest.
Raman, discussing the media’s reporting of popular movements, points out, “As reporters, we need to go back to the field and do a deep dive and that’s what we have been doing.”
As he narrates how Newslaundry reporter Veena Nair ended up on a bus filled with protesters detained by the police, Betwa expresses her dilemma about the extent to which a journalist should be involved in a story.
Meghnad says, referring to Veena, “I think her first-person account of how she did this is also important where she is the story but she is also doing the story.”
Speaking about the Data Protection Bill, Abhinandan says, “Complete privacy I don’t think is possible in today’s age.” The question, however, is to what extent personal data of citizens should be available to governments or corporations.
The panel also discuss a Pakistani court’s sentencing of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to death for treason.
Produced by Ivneet Kaur, recorded by Anil Kumar and edited by Satish Kumar.