Behind The Beat: Rapper Yashraj Mehra on his journey from Ritviz remixes to Kanipatu & KHEL
How does a 20-year old college going student manage his life as a up and coming rapper supported by who's who of Indian music scene? From collaborating with Rishi Rich to being supported by the likes of Ritviz, Zaeden, DIVINE - Yashraj is all set to change the 'Khel' of rap. Here's Yashraj going Behind The Beat.
Professor Apoorvanand on being linked to a Delhi riots case & being named in statement attached to chargesheet by Delhi Police
Furthering their claim that the February Delhi riots were result of a “deep-rooted conspiracy” by anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters, the Delhi police have dragged in Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, renowned economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor and public intellectual Apoorvanand, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy, among other prominent personalities, as persons who had, encouraged the protesters as part of a ‘plan’. Professor Apoorvanand speaks to Asiaville.
"State using iron hand to curb free speech": Justice Madan Lokur raises concerns over misuse of sedition law & preventive detention
During virtual discussion streamed live on Asiaville on "Freedom of speech and judiciary", the former Supreme Court judge laid down how the state is overreacting and is rampantly using sedition law, UAPA, & preventive detention to curb free speech.
Behind The Beat: Nikhita Gandhi & Denny on their lockdown earworm 'Jhalle Kalle'
Nikhita Gandhi and Denny talk about their latest single 'Jhalle Kalle' and take us on a musical journey. This episode of Behind The Beat is a whole mood. Watch below.
Economist Jayati Ghosh on what -23.9% GDP contraction means & if the worst is behind us
India's Gross domestic product shrank 23.9 per cent in the three months to June from a year earlier, the Statistics Ministry said in a report Monday. That's the sharpest decline since the nation started publishing quarterly figures in 1996, and was worse than any of the world's biggest economies tracked by Bloomberg. The median estimate in a survey of economists was for an 18 per cent contraction. Economist Jayati Ghosh explains what it means and how far is the light at the end of the tunnel?
Truth, you old fool!
In today's world of commodification of ideas (one YouTube video at a time) and the surge of right-wing populism, we personify Truth as an aging patriarch in this modern Shakespearean drama. With old and frail Truth Sr. deciding to hold a meeting after 45 years with the board-members of his company, who make large profits in his name. True to the nature of the corporate world, the company once grew around a family (nepotism *cough cough*) and the promise of changing the world for better. But with rising greed and cutthroat business interest, Truth Co. today stands for all the evils it was supposed to dispel with its once-illuminated sword. What would it be like when Truth finally decides to confront his own descendants like the state, justice and polis and family friends like the religions? Power struggles, betrayal, and one-liners - a recipe for success(ion) ??
Behind The Beat: Shezan Shaikh on Dada Saheb Phalke-winning Cargo soundtrack, Ronin & his shift from metal
From a hardcore metal guitarist for 'Providence' to winning the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for best background score for Arati Kadav's 'Cargo' - Shezan Shaikh's journey in music has been one hell of a ride. Catch his story in this episode of Behind the Beat.
How will the COVID-19 vaccine be delivered?
While entire human population awaits the COVID-19 vaccine, there are several questions and confusions regarding how the world is going to ensure a vaccination drive of such an unprecedented pace and breadth. In this article we explore how the universal vaccine delivery system is likely to function amid questions of vaccine nationalism, universal access, potential shortages and absence of robust cold-chains.
Cracks in Congress: Contextualising the leadership crisis & news from CWC meet | Live with expert
Vikas Pathak contextualises the Congress mess, as High drama unfolded during the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday after Congress leader Kapil Sibal expressed displeasure over former president Rahul Gandhi’s purported remark that the 23 dissident leaders, who had written to interim chief Sonia Gandhi on the leadership crisis, were “colluding with BJP”. However, the senior advocate later withdrew his statement following a personal clarification from Rahul. Meanwhile Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also offered to quit if the purported allegations by Rahul Gandhi were proven.
The Cisco case & caste discrimination among Indian diaspora in the US | Open Doors with Rahul Dubey
In the third episode of Open Doors with Rahul Dubey, we speak to Thenmozhi Soundararajan, the executive director of Equality Labs, and Sudipto Mondal, a former journalist with the Dalit Camera. They discuss the Cisco case & the history of caste discrimination in the US.