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Hafta 385: Agnipath, bulldozers and presidential polls

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This week on NL Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by senior journalist Ajai Shukla.

They discuss the Agnipath scheme and the need for it. “There is much less money than should be left for modernisation,” Ajai says about defence expenditure while Anand points out that 50 percent of it constitutes salaries and pensions. “Getting good equipment is one of the aims of trying to cheapen manpower,” Ajai reiterates.

They then talk about the protests in multiple cities seeking action against BJP leaders – for their remarks about prophet Muhammad – and the demolitions that followed.

The conversation moves to the upcoming presidential polls and the possible candidates.

This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.

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An audio glitch during recommendations in this episode is highly regretted.

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