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Hafta 392: Bengal SSC Scam, Tiranga rallies, Chennai Chess Olympiad

The podcast where we discuss the news of the week.

WrittenBy:NL Team

This week on NL Hafta, Abhinandan Sekhri, Jayashree Arunachalam, Raman Kirpal, and Anand Vardhan of Newslaundry are joined by senior journalist Monideepa Banerjie.

They discuss the West Bengal SSC Scam, and Monideepa lays out the background, the status of the investigation, the nature of the Enforcement Directorate raids, and the party politics around it. She also talks about how the investigation into the scam and the recent arrest of state minister Partha Chatterjee have affected the governing Trinamool Congress in Bengal. “The fact is that this case has embarrassed TMC like never before, even if they try to cut ties from it,” Monideepa says.

They also discuss the recent Tiranga rallies and the politicisation of national symbols. “What are the chances of incorporating tiranga as a symbol like parties did with the colour saffron,” Abhinandan asks. Anand responds, “It’s a force multiplier in all senses, but can’t be the force itself.”

The discussion also covers the Chennai Chess Olympiad, with Jayashree noting "the fun and crazy environment" it has created in Tamil Nadu.

This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.

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