This week on NL Hafta, Manisha Pande, Raman Kirpal, Mehraj D Lone and Anand Vardhan of Newslaundry are joined by Ashutosh Bhardwaj, editor-at-large at Outlook.
The discussion starts the BJP's supposed drive to win the support of 'pasmanda Muslims' in light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to include them in schemes for OBCs. The panel talk about what pushed the BJP government to take such a step and how it has fared so far.
Ashutosh argues that the BJP is aware of its unpopularity among 'upper caste' Muslims so it wants to make inroads into the community through the 'pasmanda Muslim', “who are as opposed to BJP as the upper castes, but are not articulate enough and are still struggling” to make ends meet. He says the BJP is trying to attend “to those needs”.
The panel also discuss the CBI raid at Manish Sisodia’s house, with Raman explaining how it's affecting AAP’s image.
The conversation also spans billionaire Gautam Adani's purchase of nearly 30 percent stake in NDTV, what this means for mainstream media and the uncertainty it has created for the future of the TV news network.
This and a lot more, only on NL Hafta.
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