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Hafta 413: The media landscape in 2022, caste representation, Adani interview

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In the last NL Hafta of the year, Abhinandan Sekhri, Manisha Pande and Jayashree Arunachalam are joined this week by Sumit Chauhan, founding editor of The Shudra.

The conversation begins with a larger look at the media landscape – what changed this year and what didn’t. Talking about representation of the lower castes in legacy media, Sumit narrates anecdotes from his professional experience. “Until and unless we are murdered or raped, we're never in the headlines, we’re never in the campaigns.”

While Sumit thinks the “caste angle” should be prioritised by journalists, Abhinandan talks about balancing a story if it has other angles such as environment or religion besides caste. “Whether we like it or not, every story has a caste angle,” says Jayashree, responding to Abhinandan’s point. “Indian newsrooms are like caste clubs,” says Sumit. 

They then discuss the Gautam Adani interview with India Today and how it looks “scripted”. They also talk about the flight brawl videos which have recently emerged on social media.

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