Hafta 288: Media's coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan

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In this week’s episode, the in-house panel featuring Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Raman Kripal is joined by Mayank Shekhar, a film critic and recipient of the Ramnath Goenka award. He’s the author of the book Name Place Animal Thing and has a podcast titled "Sit With Hitlist".

The discussion begins with the problematic coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and how it has now transformed into a political issue. Mayank says, “It’s a toxic mix of everything that is wrong with the country — the state of politics, and news media.” Abhinandan adds that “WhatsApp messages are now taken seriously on news channels” which has led to ED inquistioning Rhea Chakraborty about her makeup.

Raman is of the view that the ED’s involvement in the entire affair confirms that the case has become political. Manisha thinks this will last till the Bihar elections. She also expresses her shock at women anchors like Anjana Om Kashyap and Navika leading the toxic reportage with, Kyu iske paise kharch karwa rahi thi, pyar tha ya dhoka tha? Why did she spend his money? Was it love or betrayal?

The discussion also touches upon the media circus around the Ram Mandir bhoom pujan which demolished any hope of secularism. Abhinandan says, “It'd need another Bapu-like leader to undo the damage.”

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05:18 - Headlines and announcements

09:23 - Media coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput's death and Bollywood's silence

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01:26:22 - Prashant Bhushan and the contempt proceedings against him

01:32:38 - Announcements and Recommendations


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Produced by Aditya Varier and Lipi Vats, recorded by Anil Kumar, edited by Harshula Sharma.

Transcription assistance by Shubhangi S.

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