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The Wire Talks is a weekly podcast, in which each week host Sidharth Bhatia, Founder Editor of The Wire, will chat with guests on politics, society and culture. The guests may or may not be in the headlines, but they will definitely have a lot of interesting things to say. With a running time of 30 minutes and maybe more, these chats will not be like much of the mainstream media today, or like the instant gratification provided by social media.
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First Voice, Last Word

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Is Indian Politics a big lunk of chaos or can it actually be analyzed, decoded and understood to work in our favor, as citizens? In this weekly podcast, host Sunetra Choudhury, National Political Editor for Hindustan Times helps us form views, recognize patterns, and easily catch on to trends in politics so that we can make informed choices next time we vote! So, get ready as we take you inside the corridors of power to understand what the Netas are talking about and how their moves have rip ...
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In today's episode of "First Voice Last Word," Sunetra Chaudhary goes beyond the realm of politics as she is joined by Fali Nariman, a senior jurist, for a discussion around his latest book release, "You Must Know Your Constitution." Nariman sheds light on the contemporary perspective of the Indian constitution.Fali Nariman dissects the constitutio…
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Join in for another politcial ride with a brand new installation of "First Voice Last Word", Sunetra Choudhary is joined by Sushmita Dev, Former Member of Rajya Sabha, Tune in for her candid perspectives on the status of women in politics and her firm stance on the reservation bill.Sushmita dev narrowely fills the gap and clears the gap surrounding…
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In this episode of "First Voice Last Word," Sunetra Choudhury is joined by Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar, the RJD newsmaker Manoj Jha. Tune in to this unfiltered conversation on the central government and the corruption that has been permeating modern India.Manoj Jha breaks down topics like, Freedom of press, the watchdogs of democracy, the Indian Cons…
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With the 2024 Lok Sabha elections on the horizon, Sunetra Chaudhary is joined by Sushil Kumar Modi, a BJP member of the Rajya Sabha from Bihar. Tune in to hear his perspective on various key topics, including the caste census, insights into the first backward class commission, and the Congress party's attempts to consolidate OBC votes, which have s…
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From Brokering peace in congress states like Rajasthan to Building Consensus of opposition forces under the banner of the INDIA alliance to the resurgence of the Indian National Congress like a phoenix from the ashes, Hindustan Times' Sunetra Choudhury engages in a conversation with Mallikarjun Kharge, President, Indian National Congress, who is ne…
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Join Sidharth Bhatia on an engaging episode of The Wire Talks as he sits down with Salman Khurshid, the Former Minister of External Affairs of India. As the nation edges closer to the 2024 elections, their conversation delves into various topics, including the recent victory of the Congress Party in the Karnataka elections, discovering whether the …
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Get ready for an enthralling episode of The Wire Talks as Sidharth Bhatia engages in a captivating conversation with Ujjal Dosanjh, a renowned Canadian lawyer. Embark on a journey through Ujjal's remarkable life story, beginning from his humble origins in Jalandhar, Punjab, India, to his eventual settlement in Canada. During this engaging dialogue,…
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The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on whether same-sex partners should be permitted to marry. The petitioners argue that marriage is a union between two individuals regardless of their gender, but the government appears to disagree with this perspective. Meanwhile, there is a proposal to establish an administration to examine this issue …
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The recent revelation by Jammu & Kashmir's former governor Satya Pal Malik about the death of 40 soldiers in Pulwama attack in 2019 to The Wire, has caused a major political stir. While the government remains tight-lipped, it was then blamed on Pakistan. Back then the former governor mentioned PM Narendra Modi had asked him to stay quiet when he ha…
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This week on The Wire Talks, Sidharth is in conversation with Mridula Mukherjee, Noted Historian. Historic movements are always penned in textbooks in order to let the readers know about the rise and fall of that particular era. And this compilation of various happenings in the past is nothing less than painstaking efforts by experts over decades. …
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The protests in Israel against PM Benjamin Netanyahu have been in the headlines for quite some time now. To decode and discuss the current scenario in the country, joining Sidharth Bhatia on The Wire Talks is documentary filmmaker Danny Ben Moshe. To know more about Danny Ben Moshe follow him on Twitter @dannyb_m Follow Sidharth Bhatia on Twitter a…
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The Punjab government recently shut down internet access which created a huge havoc in the state. This move was taken as its law and order wanted to chase the most wanted criminal Amritpal Singh. The move which was taken with the intention to continue for a short while has been unfortunately being in action in some cities and districts in Punjab fo…
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In the past few days, Mumbai has recorded the worst air pollution ever. City's air quality level has surpassed the alarming level recorded in the country's capital, Delhi. This led to India being ranked 8th spot of the most polluted country in the world. The research was conducted by a Swiss company IQAir. To discuss this, our host Sidharth Bhatia …
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Cricket is not a game, but religion in the country. BCCI, the body that has helped this game flourish in the country for years now, has become one of the richest associations in the world. Thus, giving to rise corruption and more unhealthy techniques to make a big moolah out of it. Later in 2015, former Police Commissioner, Neeraj Kumar was appoint…
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It’s March, it’s the start of convention season, and it’s FINALLY time for Star Wars Legion World Championships, featuring our own Joe, who has been waiting years for his shot at the title! Oh, and there’s a whole lot more for us to discover when we attend Adepticon 2023 in Schaumburg, IL later this month! Reminder: Patrons can interact with us as …
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It's March, it's the start of convention season, and it's FINALLY time for Star Wars Legion World Championships, featuring our own Joe, who has been waiting years for his shot at the title! Oh, and there's a whole lot more for us to discover when we attend Adepticon 2023 in Schaumburg, IL later this month! Reminder: Patrons can interact with us as …
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On 21st February, Seattle emerged as the first city in the United States that explicitly banned discrimination on the basis of caste, after the city council passed an ordinance. The ordinance passed by council member Kshama Sawant introduced it termed as profound and historic. Kshama who moved to the USA to complete her Ph.D. in Economics, has serv…
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The release of Fantasy Flight Games’ newest Star Wars game is just days away! Of course, it does beg the question: is a deckbuilder a card game? I mean, it is right? How does it compare to previous card games? Find out in this episode! Reminder: Patrons can interact with us as we record live on Discord! Share your thoughts with us on all our social…
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The release of Fantasy Flight Games' newest Star Wars game is just days away! Of course, it does beg the question: is a deckbuilder a card game? I mean, it is right? How does it compare to previous card games? Find out in this episode! Reminder: Patrons can interact with us as we record live on Discord! Share your thoughts with us on all our social…
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Income tax raid on the BBC office in New Delhi or rather survey as they are being termed, after a documentary on the Gujarat riots, has been in the headlines. This conveyed the message anything against the ruling government and the Prime Minister of the country, Narendra Modi will not be tolerated. In this episode of The Wire Talks, our host Sidhar…
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Hindenburg report released merely two days before Adani's public issue, caused a stir in the industry. Resulting in business tycoon Gautam Adani canceling the public issue despite it being fully subscribed. Meanwhile, the free-fall of stocks continued. This raised many questions in the stock market as well as amongst the politicians who questioned …
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There was a huge sigh of relief in 2018 when the Government of India ruled against section 377. Sexual intercourse between same-sex couples earlier observed as a crime was debunked. But has it completely removed the stigma surrounding LGBTQIA+? In this episode of The Wire Talks joining Sidharth Bhatia, is Sharif Rangnekar, former journalist, TEDx s…
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Atomic Mass Games biggest recent surprise is our topic for this episode! What do we think of the announced first wave? It’s all just guess-work until the official launch, but it’s still fun to speculate! Reminder: Patrons can interact with us as we record live on Discord! Share your thoughts with us on all our social sites, as well as leaving us a …
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Atomic Mass Games biggest recent surprise is our topic for this episode! What do we think of the announced first wave? It's all just guess-work until the official launch, but it's still fun to speculate! Reminder: Patrons can interact with us as we record live on Discord! Share your thoughts with us on all our social sites, as well as leaving us a …
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We break down everything that’s been announced to release in 2023 for Star Wars games. Reminder: Patrons can interact with us as we record live on Discord! Share your thoughts with us on all our social sites, as well as leaving us a review and comment on iTunes! You can find us anytime at our Discord server! Come say hi and hang out at any of our p…
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Indian politician and a member of the Indian Parliament, Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra is one of the most talked about event in the current times. Starting in September 2022 from Kanyakumari, heading towards the north, the motto was to bring the nation together. But was this the only motto of this Yatra and what did this event achieve in the pol…
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Every 10 years, a massive number of people assigned by the government fan out to count the number of people residing in the country. This survey also includes studying citizens' incomes, the number of family members, property owned by an individual and more. This is the government's Census that has been implemented since 1872. However, the COVID- 1…
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