Line Of Truth
By The Honest Critique
The 'Line of Truth' is a podcast series hosted by the Journalist and Columnist, Ratnadeep Chakraborty. The show takes on a public policy or an issue affecting the country every episode and dissects it with analysis from the panel of experts on the show. The listeners are free to derive their own conclusion and find their truth.
Line Of TruthSep 18, 2023
Unveiling the Layers of Faith and Culture
In this enriching episode, join us as we engage in a fascinating dialogue with Haroon Khalid, an anthropologist and prolific author whose literary exploration delves deep into the tapestry of culture and religion in Pakistan and its neighboring regions. Haroon, an alumnus of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and The University of Toronto, provides us with insights into his transformative books - 'In Search of Shiva' and 'Walking With Nanak'.
In 'In Search of Shiva', Haroon embarks on an extraordinary journey, unraveling folk religious practices across Pakistan. Discover the inspiration behind this quest and the intriguing practices he encountered along the way. Navigating the complexities of religious beliefs and practices in the region, he sheds light on the significance of Shiva amidst Pakistan's diverse religious landscape.
Transitioning to 'Walking With Nanak', Haroon explores the travels of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, and their profound impact on the religious and cultural landscape of the regions he traversed. Gain a deeper understanding of Guru Nanak's universal teachings and their relevance in today's world. Haroon also walks us through his research process, the challenges faced during fieldwork, and the delicate balance in presenting complex topics of religion, culture, and society.
Through this engaging conversation, Haroon Khalid offers us a glimpse into the intricate layers of faith and culture, celebrating the rich heritage of Pakistan and its neighboring regions. Join us in this exploration of the past and the potential it holds for a harmonious future. Stay tuned to discover his future plans and the exciting topics that lie ahead in his journey of research and writing. 🎧✨ #CultureAndReligion #AuthorInsights #CulturalHeritage #HaroonKhalid #ResearchAndWritingJourney
Analysing the Defence Budget
How did the armed forces manage to control the Chinese intrusion without busting the capital budget?
How did the government bring down the pension allocation by Rs 9,150 crore?
Lt Gen Prakash Menon joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to analyse the defence budget for financial year (FY) 2021-2022, the pension allocation cuts, and the increase in capital outlay.
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Decoding the Farmers' Protest
Why are the farmers protesting against the reforms that are claimed to promote efficiency of agriculture and what are their biggest concerns?
An audio documentary following Ratnadeep Chakraborty and Simran Kaur Thandi, a final year law student at Panjab University as they report on the world's largest movement from ground zero and try to find the answer.
This podcast wouldn't have been possible without Simran who reported and interviewed various stakeholders from Singu and Tikri and we are really thankful to all the people who agreed to be interviewed for this episode.
The war of Narratives
What does India need to be a global power?
Why is American's gross human right violation in Afghanistan and Iraq overlooked with the larger picture of 'war on terror'?
How can intelligence agencies adopt to the world of information warfare?
Former R&AW Chief Vikram Sood joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about the importance of nations to build narratives and control them so as to improve their image and standing abroad.
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Line of Truth- Trailer
Truth neither has a boundary nor can be restricted to one! We are chasing truth, one story at a time. The 'Line of Truth' is a podcast series hosted by the Journalist and Columnist, Ratnadeep Chakraborty. The show takes on a public policy or an issue affecting the country every episode and dissects it with analysis from the panel of experts on the show. The listeners are free to derive their own conclusion and find their truth.
Public Policy and India's failed story of a wonderful opportunity
Why it is critical to mould Public Policy schools as institutions of practice?
Will a Masters in Public Policy be a MBA in future?
Does India need it's version of a RAND?
Citizen for Public Leadership (CPL) founder Prateek Kanwal joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about the first-of-its-kind organisation for advocating for progressive public policy and developing the next generation of leaders through CPL fellowship, nature of policy schools in India, and the need for structuring evidence-based policy courses.
You can reach Prateek Kanwal at: https://twitter.com/prateekkanwal
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Belief, Faith, and Mythos
Do you need a structure to workship a deity?
Is belief and faith the same?
What is the Indian model of wealth accumulation?
Bestselling Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about his prodigal writing speed, the historical judgement of Ram temple and the traditional Indian business model.
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Illustration in the cover art by: Devdutt Pattanaik
Contextualizing the History of Kashmir
The basic story of Kashmir has always been in a highly contested piece of land between India and Pakistan and since Partition, there have been three wars fought over it. But does the story end there?
The history of Kashmir is contested and is way more complicated than be just reduced to binaries.
Professor Hafsa Kanjwal joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about the history of Kashmir since independence, the chaos during partition and the story of Kashmir's struggle for self-determination that precedes India's independence.
The Grand 'Indian Media' Tamasha
Why can't the Indian Media speak truth to power?
The media industry has expanded tremendously in the last decade. Instead, of having a diverse and vibrant press from this expansion, the Indian media now is more influenced by corporates and political pressure.
The Co-founder & CEO of Newslaundry, Abhinandan Sekhri joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about independent media, a revenue model that can sustain independent journalism and his interviewing style.
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Long away from a place called 'Home'
The stories of second-generation Kashmiri Pandits post-exodus is filled with the constant struggle of keeping their culture and rituals alive with the distant memory of a piece of land they can call their 'home'.
Practising Advocate of Delhi High Court, Rashika Raina and Student of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Shreya Raina joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about their constant struggle as second-generation Kashmiri Pandits post-exodus and the first-generation Kashmiri Pandits who have grown outside their home, Kashmir.
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Political Satire in a 'Bizarre Democracy'
Are we moving towards the American tradition of late-night satire where shows pack in factual news with tongue-in-cheek commentary?
Political Satire is booming in India and the reason is all about the controversy surrounding their opinions. It is with a dry humour that political satirist are making their points without necessarily lampooning the politicians.
Akash Banerjee, founder and host of India's biggest Political Satire platform, The Deshbhakt joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about political satire, the process of using satire to make a point and the future of political satire in India.
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Prime-time Prime Minister and the 2019 General Elections
What was the formula that Modi-Shah used to win the general election for the second time in five years?
What was the core issue in the election: a development agenda or national pride?
Will the Modi magic work in the assembly elections or does the BJP needs to work on its allies?
Bestselling author and veteran Journalist Padma Shri Rajdeep Sardesai joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to decode the 2019 General Elections, shares his experience and stories from the campaign trail and the road ahead for the Bharatiya Janata Party.
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The Prison Diary of Tihar Jail
Did Nirbhaya’s rapist, Ram Singh, commit suicide or was he murdered?
What was the last wish of Maqbool Bhat and why wasn't it delivered?
Is the hanging of Afzal Guru a stain on India's democracy?
Mary Morgan Hewett Award recipient veteran journalist and author, Sunetra Choudhury joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about life inside Asia's largest prison, the hanging of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, and the life of Sunil Gupta as a jailer.
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A 'Millennial' Journalist
Should you compromise your ethics over money?
Can you be friends with a person from opposing political opinions?
Would Zaira Wasim be treated differently if she was a Hindu?
Hiba Beg joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about what it's like to be a millennial journalist in India and a Muslim in Modi's India.
Get in touch with Hiba at https://twitter.com/HibaBeg
Do you remember 19 January 1990?
In the middle of the night of 19th January 1990, half the population of Kashmir Pandit was on the street, running to save their lives. January 20, 1990, was the day when thousands of Kashmiri Pandits, including the old man, were forced to flee from their homes - their paradise. Over 60,000 Kashmiri Pandits escaped from the separatist insurgency as violence peaked in the early 1990s. Most of them had to drive a 12-hour long ride to Jammu, where they sought refuge for the next few years.
It's been over thirty years now. Kashmiri Pandits continue to live as refugees in exile in their own country. It's the biggest shame in the history of a democratic and secular country like India. Sushil Pandit joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, the abrogation of article 370 and the way forward for Kashmiri Pandits.
To watch an older interview video by 'The Honest Critique' featuring Sushil Pandit- https://youtu.be/de5vDaFcFGI
The Filmmaker from the valley
Kashmir has been misrepresented by Bollywood for a long time. Lush green hills, shikara rides, Dal lake and fetishization of ordinary Kashmiris are the imageries you find in a Bollywood movie. Ashvin is one of the only directors who have tried to give a human side to the conflict and narrated the story of Kashmiris like never before. After two successful documentaries and a decade long experience in Kashmir, Ashvin makes a coming-of-age film about friendship, hope and peace told through the innocent eyes of Noor-a British Kashmiri teenager.
India's youngest Oscar-nominated director, Ashvin Kumar joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about his new film 'No Fathers in Kashmir' ahead of its global release on January 24.
Click on the link below to watch 'No Fathers in Kashmir'- https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nofathersinkashmir
Tshopt: The story of Kashmir
The Indian media has often painted the picture of Kashmir in binaries. An entire generation of Kashmiri youth has taken on the Indian state, both online, and on the streets. Initially, the protests on the streets were peaceful, as large crowds gathered to protest fake encounters, land transfers, human rights violations, and cases of sexual violence, demanding an end to the occupation and the right to a plebiscite to determine Kashmir’s future. As the protests grew in momentum, the Indian state responded brutally, firing live ammunition and pellet guns into crowds, arresting political leaders and youth activists, and oftentimes, declaring shoot-on-sight curfews in the region in order to prevent further protests from occurring. Torn between battles, neverending curfews, and oppression- the life of an ordinary Kashmiri is agonizing. In this episode, Ather Zia and M Junaid join Ratnadeep Chakraborty to talk about the abrogation of Article 370, the internet shutdowns, and the effect on ordinary citizens in the valley.
Edited by: C Prateek Singh Chauhan
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Liberalism in India
Is liberalism a western idea or does have its root in India?
Can you be a liberal and patriot at the same time?
How will the nationalist rhetoric with a claim to challenge the pernicious effects of neoliberalism affect the Indian polity in the long run?
Liberalism is central to public and political debate at this moment and it is more challenged in India today than in any other democracy in the world. While the hate crimes and violence on minorities have increased over the years, freedom of free speech and expression are at stake and there is rampant misuse of public institutions- it is time we take a step back and understand the values of liberalism that Gandhi taught us. Veteran journalist and author, Sagarika Ghose joins Ratnadeep Chakraborty for the first episode of 'Line Of Truth'.
Edited by: C Prateek Singh Chauhan
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