This week Newslaundry panel’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, Jayashree Arunachalam and Anand Vardhan are joined by Asmita Nandy, a journalist with The Quint.
The conversation starts with the ongoing farmers protest. The panel discusses how similar laws have impacted Bihar’s farmers. Anand believes that “farmers in Bihar have not shown disagreement to this bill.” Asmita talks about how discontent against the Ambanis and Adanis has always existed. The panel also discusses the various criticisms that surround the new farm laws. Jayashree believes that the actual problem is “breaking down an existing structure without knowing how to replace it.”
The discussion then moves on to the Central Vista Project, the recently held foundation laying ceremony, and the Prime Minister’s speech that followed the event. Abhinandan believes that the PM, in his speech, “sold the construction of the new Parliament building so well, that the Supreme Court will not be able to give a verdict against the construction.” Raman agrees and adds, “Everything seems to be dictated by only one person.” Jayashree also brings up the timing of the ‘bhumi pujan’ saying it was very deliberately made to coincide with the farmers’ protest.
The conversation moves on to NDTV’s report on how the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech proposals for "emergency vaccine use" were not cleared over "inadequate safety and efficacy data". The fact-checking wing of the government's Press Information Bureau claimed NDTV's report was "fake"even though the same news was reported by other media houses. Jayashree brings up the “too much democracy” fiasco and the panel discusses if this shows that the government is restricting media houses.
The panel also discusses social media, Love Jihad and a lot more.
2:37 - Headlines
6:08 - Farmer's Protest
21:59 - Arvind Kejriwal on House Arrest
30:48 - Love Jihad
35:15 - Central Vista Project
50:44 - Jallikattu Goes For Oscar
52:35 - DGCI Asks Serum And Bharat Biotech For More Data And NDTV Fake News
1:09:50 - Love Jihad
1:13:21 - Subscriber Mails
1:26:55 - Recommendations
Produced and recorded by Aditya Varier and Lipi Vats, edited by Harshula Kumar.
Transcription by Riya Agarwal.