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ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash gets eminent people from different walks of life to talk about issues that impact you and society at large. Join Smita Prakash as she brings important voices from the field of politics, sports, entertainment, and lifestyle. Dive in for a great listening experience brought to you by India’s largest news agency.



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Ep 188 - Power of Political Messaging, Culture Wars & Mithun-da Supremacy with Arnab Ray

Arnab Ray, also known as Greatbong, is one of India's most widely read bloggers, having won the publicly voted Indibloggies Blog of the Year in 2006 and 2008. He has written for The Washington Post, Outlook, and India Times. He is a Director of Cybersecurity and lives in the USA. Ray is known for his sarcastic takes on the Indian film industry, Indian politics, and society. Ray's book "Sultan of Delhi" has been adapted into a show on Hotstar. Another of his books, "The Mahabharata Murders," has been adapted into a series on Jio Cinema and Hoichoi. Arnab has now penned down a horror novel called "Shakchunni." In this episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, Arnab Ray talks about his obsession with Mithun Chakraborty and his movie "Goonda." He also claims that publishing has a significant left-wing bias favouring left-wing authors. Ray also delves into the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, explaining the power of political messaging and how it helps a party win elections. Arnab also talks extensively about Donald Trump, claiming he is poised to win the upcoming presidential elections in the USA, and explains what makes him so popular. Ray also discusses the cultural differences between the USA and India. (0:00) Introduction (1:19) Blogger cum Author (3:02) Love for Mithun (5:37) Mamata Banerjee (7:23) Shakchunni' Book Story (13:40) Bengal Famine (15:14) Actors' Political Views (16:56) Pop Culture & Politics (19:20) SRK at Modi's Oath Taking (20:05) Left Wing vs. Right Wing (21:01) Who is a Liberal? (24:52) Bias in Publishing (26:57) Gunda' Movie32:59:0090s Hindi Movies (35:45) Social Media39:01:00Wokeism in the U.S. (44:14) Comedy & Cancel Culture (48:49) TV Journalists turned YouTubers (53:20) U.S.- Russia Conflict (56:47) Racism in the U.S. (1:00:19) Trump's hush money case (1:03:21) RSS and BJP (1:05:12) Marjorie Taylor (1:06:33) Bharat Jodo Yatra (1:09:12) Modi's Campaign Speeches (1:11:41) BJP's Loss in Bengal (1:13:36) EVMs & Rigging (1:14:49) Tech Giants' Monopoly


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EP 187 - Indian Cuisine, Michelin Star, Healthy Cooking, and Homosexuality Ft. Chef Suvir Saran

He is a chef, cookbook author, columnist, and educator. Chef Suvir Saran wears many hats and is being called "the true ambassador of Indian cuisine and culture to the world." He left India at the age of 20 and later opened a restaurant in New York called 'Devi'. It was the first Indian restaurant in America to receive a Michelin star. He further gained fame as the breakout star of the 3rd season of Top Chef Masters. Saran is the author of three books: Indian Home Cooking, American Masala, Masala Farm, and his latest, Instamatic, a book of prose and photos. Suvir is open about his sexuality and the hurdles he faced in the early stages of his career and life. He is now the culinary director of Bastian Hospitality Private Limited and behind the brands of some of their restaurants like Bastian and Bizza. In this episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, Suvir explains why he left India and what made him fall in love with cooking. He also recounts the challenges he faced as gay individual and reflects on the support he received from his family and friends throughout. The Michelin star chef further argues that Indian restaurants are not up to the mark and are restricted to limited dishes when Indian cuisine offers so much more. He also shares his experience as a guest judge on MasterChef India, one of the most popular and loved shows in India. He settles the debate about where one finds better food, whether in Mumbai or Delhi. Chef Suvir also talks about his latest projects and why he moved back to India after facing difficult times in New York regarding his health. (0:00) Introduction (2:12) Cooking Journey (5:57) Societal Pressures (8:42) Kitchen As A Safe Haven (11:47) School Experiences (15:12) Academic Achievements (17:57) Bonding With Siblings (20:37) About Sexuality24:27:00Mother's Acceptance (28:12) Role Models32:27:00Life In New York35:47:00Cooking In New York (41:27) Western Influence On Indian Diets (46:27) Coping With Health Issues (49:27) Dealing Father's Demise (52:27) Near - Death Experience (55:57) Michelin Star Achievement (59:27) Master Chef' Experience (1:02:27) Current Projects1:05:27Indian Cuisine & Global Perception (1:08:27) Embracing Cultural Identity & Cuisine (1:11:27) Future Aspirations


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EP 186 - Samosa Caucus 3.0 Edition ft. A Ranganathan, Abhijit, Sushant & Tehseen | Election Results 2024

The recently concluded 2024 Lok Sabha polls in India have taken pollsters and political analysts by surprise. While Prime Minister Modi is set to begin his third term in office, his party, the BJP, fell short of securing a clear majority as it had in the past two terms. The BJP needs allies to form the government. In the latest episode of the ANI podcast with Smita Prakash, the much-awaited "Samosa Caucus" returns with its familiar lineup of guests. Joining the discussion are Sushant Sareen, senior fellow at ORF; Tehseen Poonawalla, TV personality and political analyst; Anand Ranganathan, an author and scientist; and Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, senior fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. This episode will delve into the factors behind the BJP's failure to secure a majority and analyze the success of the opposition INDIA alliance, as well as the resurgence of Rahul Gandhi in the Indian political arena. Guests also discuss who the biggest losers and winners are in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. How will a coalition government look with Narendra Modi at the helm? Will the BJP be able to take big decisions as it has promised in its manifesto? Will Modi be able to carry allies with their own demands and political ambitions? What lessons should the BJP learn? (0:00) Introduction1:00Samosa Caucus 3.0 (3:31) Election Results6:50Development Vs. Local Issues (10:20) 2024 Lok Sabha Results (16:20) Exit Polls21:00Nitish Kumar Memes (22:26) What Went Wrong for BJP? (28:20) BJP's 'Mistakes'31:12:00Jail' Experience35:12:00Tamil Nadu Politics (37:10) RSS Involvement in Elections (40:20) Manish Tiwari Controversy (41:40) Smriti Irani's Defeat (44:20) Wealth Redistribution' Row (47:30) Constitution Row (52:44) Rahul Gandhi's Resurgence (53:50) Akhilesh's Game Plan (55:15) JD(U) & TDP Legacy (58:00) Agniveer Scheme (1:00:06) Future of 'Welfarism' (1:02:00) Temple Politics & Reforms (1:05:15) Dalits in India1:07:20Consumption Patterns & Data (1:12:40) Malnourishment in India (1:17:50) Priyanka Gandhi Factor (1:20:45) Modi 3.0 Foreign Policy (1:22:52) Khalistan1:28:10Kashmir Politics1:33:40India's 'Drug' Problem (1:36:50) Indian Police System (1:40:00) Solutions for Kashmir (1:47:14) Counter-Insurgency in India (1:48:30) BJP's Bengal Failure (1:56:59) YouTubers Influencing Elections? (2:01:40) Legacy Media Becoming Irrelevant? (2:06:49) Sanatana Row2:08:30BJP's Political Ethics (2:13:35) YouTubers Impact (2:15:10) Rigged Exit Polls? (2:17:04) Abhijeet's Peacock Dance (2:22:00) Pune Porsche Row (2:24:00) Need for Judicial Reforms? (2:28:28) Closing Remarks


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EP 185 - ANI Reporters' Insights on 2024 Lok Sabha Polls | Ground Reality

Polls just concluded in India—the world's largest democracy. Exit polls predict NDA's return, but what is the ground reality? What factors boosted BJP led NDA coalition? We will have all these answers and more from three seasoned ANI journalists, who extensively covered the Indian elections. Joining the discussion are Ashoke Raj, Siddharth Sharma, and Suchitra Mukherjee. Ashoke shares election insights from Punjab and Karnataka, Siddharth has covered polls in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala, while Suchitra reported on the 2024 Lok Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. In this episode of the ANI podcast with Smita Prakash, the three ANI journalists delve into their experiences covering the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. They offer insights into the successes and challenges of the NDA and INDIA alliances and discuss the ground realities in the states they covered. (0:00) Introduction (0:28) North-South Divide (3:44) Who'll win Karnataka? (7:38) Siddaramaiah Schemes (13:10) BJP's '400 Paar' Slogan (14:39) Political Rallies Truth (19:30) SP-Congress Alliance (21:02) Why Priyanka didn't fight (26:30) INDIA VS NDA in UP (29:30) Rahul's Nyay Yatra (33:17) Kanhaiya's future in Congress (38:32) Mood in Punjab44:15:00The Modi Factor47:30:00K-Backer Amritpal (53:30) Punjab's Chitta economy (57:30) Odisha Exit poll1:00:50Cong Himachal govt to go? (1:05:20) Rae Bareli & Amethi (1:11:30) Personal Attacks in Polls (1:15:20) Piyush Goyal 'Blushing' Story (1:17:50) Main Issues in Bengal (1:28:13) Maharashtra politics (1:34:41) Exit Polls fallout1:45:30BJP vs Congress Cadres (1:48:20) Reporter Challenges (1:58:06) No interviews by Rahul (2:05:10) Exit polls or exact polls?


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EP 184 - Himachal Politics, NDA VS INDIA Alliance, Agnipath Scheme Ft. Anurag Thakur

Anurag Singh Thakur is a BJP MP in the Lok Sabha representing the Hamirpur constituency in Himachal Pradesh. He currently holds the positions of Minister of Sports, Youth Affairs, and Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Second Modi Ministry. His father, Prem Kumar Dhumal, was a former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. Previously, Thakur has also served as Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs. Additionally, he was the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from May 2015 to February 2017. In this episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, Anurag Thakur discusses the development in Himachal Pradesh during the NDA rule. He also criticized Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, stating that Congress promises in the state remain unfulfilled and accusing him of politicizing the Himachal flood situation. Thakur also emphasizes PM Modi's popularity, particularly among women voters, and highlights the benefits of the Agnipath scheme for the country's youth, discussing its potential impact on the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. (0:00) Introduction1:00Fifth Term MP?3:31Amit Shah's Appreciation (5:47) Popularity Among Voters (7:15) Modi Developing HP? (12:58) Agnipath Scheme (16:58) Gandhis Took Chinese Money? (19:24) Atmanirbhar in Defence... (22:32) Modi's Women Voters (27:45) HP Congress Govt. is a Laughing Stock (32:13) Kargil War35:11:00Himachal is Veerbhumi (36:49) We Can Raze Pak Down To Dust (40:05) Who Will Win LS Polls 2024? (45:05) Foreign Media's Election Coverage (47:13) INDIA Alliances's Ban List (49:28) Social Media Influencing Elections? (50:50) Personal Attacks in Election Campaigns (52:22) Constitution Amendment Row (54:30) Sansad Mobile Swasthya Seva (58:42) Cricket Career0:59:43I Will Win...1:01:10PM Modi's Commitment (1:04:42) Family is My Asset


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EP 183 - ‘Brand Modi’, Legacy Media, ‘Lutyens Gang’, Election Humour ft. Suhel Seth & Advaita Kala

Elections are currently underway in India, the world's largest democracy. However, as the voting progresses, there's a noticeable shift in political discourse. The focus has moved away from core issues towards topics like identity, caste reservation, and the constitution. But why are political parties deviating? What lies beneath this shift? We'll delve into these questions to uncover the truth. Joining the podcast are Suhel Seth and Advaita Kala. Suhel Seth is a brand guru, author, and columnist. Advaita Kala is an author, columnist, and screenwriter, best known for her work on the critically acclaimed film 'Kahaani.' In this episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, Suhel Seth and Advaita Kala discuss the election narrative for the ongoing 2024 Lok Sabha Polls. They delve into legacy media's coverage of the elections, with Kala claiming that there is a general level of distrust towards mainstream media. She also suggests that social media platforms may be controlling the narrative through their extensive systems. The conversation also touches on PM Narendra Modi, his farsightedness, and his immense popularity among the masses, with Seth claiming that 'brand Modi' is more popular than that of RSS and BJP combined. Tune in for an episode filled with jibes, sarcasm, and satire. (0:00) Intro1:47Summer Elections (2:42) Seth's Jibe at Kala (5:20) Legacy Media's Election Coverage (6:45) Indian Electorate (10:30) Brand Modi15:30Toothless Election Commission? (17:44) Hindu Identity Politics (26:20) Laws Have Exonerated Modi (29:20) 1984 Sikh 'Genocide' (30:50) Congress Controlled Media? (32:45) Lutyens' Gang'34:50:00Distrust in Legacy Media (39:14) Hate Economy is Thriving (43:40) Seth's Meeting with Modi (45:10) Sensational' Campaigns (48:00) Western Media's Agenda (51:35) Primetime Debates (54:10) Indian Political Discourse (1:00:12) Tech Platforms Controlling Narrative? (1:02:30) Politics Affecting Relationships? (1:04:14) Swati Maliwal Row (1:06:00) The AAP Campaign (1:10:40) AAP's Punjab Connection (1:13:16) Election Reforms? (1:15:20) Digital Activism (1:17:17) The Labharthi Factor


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Ep 182 - Punjab's Drug Menace, Law & Order, Jobs, Khalistan, Amritsar Roots Ft. Taranjit Singh Sandhu

Taranjit Singh Sandhu is a former Indian diplomat who served as India's ambassador to the United States from 2020 to 2024. He played a key role in the establishment of the Indian embassy in Ukraine. He also served as the First Secretary in Washington, held the position of Consul General in Frankfurt, and was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career, he held various key positions within the Ministry of External Affairs in India. In March 2024, Taranjit Singh Sandhu joined the BJP and was selected as the party's candidate for the religiously important Amritsar constituency in the ongoing 2024 Lok Sabha elections. In this episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, former ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu discusses the law and order situation in Punjab, addressing the drug crisis affecting the state's youth. He criticizes the Aam Aadmi Party for failing to manage the situation and provide jobs for Punjab's younger generation. According to Sandhu, there is widespread dissatisfaction with AAP's performance, leading to a strong anti-incumbency sentiment in the northern state. Additionally, Taranjit Singh Sandhu outlines his vision for transforming Amritsar into a tourism and start-up hub to boost the city's economy. (0:00) Introduction0:35Diplomat Turned Politician (2:52) Why Joined Politics (4:20) Family Roots to Amritsar (9:53) SGPC Connection with Family (15:00) Parents' Legacy17:53Higher Education in Delhi (18:35) BJP's Amritsar Jinx (20:58) Problems in Amritsar (23:25) Unemployment in Amritsar (26:51) Startup Culture in Punjab (29:30) VFS & U.S. Consulate in Amritsar (31:25) Agriculture in Punjab (36:16) Punjab Cargo Facility (41:15) PM Modi's Policies (42:13) Punjab's AAP Sarkar (45:48) On Sukhpal Khera Row (48:19) Amritpal Singh Poll Debut (51:02) SAD-BJP Breakup (52:17) Friendship with Sukhbir Badal (56:19) PM's Sikh Diaspora Connect (58:35) India-U.S. Ties


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EP 181 - UP Politics, The Yogi Factor, INDIA vs NDA with Ashutosh Shukla & Virendra Nath Bhatt

Elections are currently ongoing in the world's largest democracy. The outcome of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls is of particular interest. Factors such as the influence of the Yogi administration, the electoral prospects of Congress in Raebareli, the performance of the SP, and the strategy of Mayawati's BSP regarding caste dynamics remain key points of interest. Joining the discussion are two senior journalists Ashutosh Shukla and Virendra Nath Bhatt. Ashutosh Shukla works as Dainik Jagran's state editor in Uttar Pradesh. Beside that, Shukla is also the author of four books. Virendra Nath Bhatt is a senior journalist based in Uttar Pradesh. In this episode of the ANI podcast with Smita Prakash, the two senior journalists delve into the electoral landscape of Uttar Pradesh. According to Virendra Nath Bhatt, the opposition's narrative suggesting Yogi's potential removal from the CM's position is contributing to a polarization of votes in favor of the BJP. He also asserts that the power struggle within the Congress between Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is widely known in Uttar Pradesh. Ashutosh Shukla highlights that women serve as silent supporters of PM Modi, and the newly built Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is expected to influence these elections. Additionally, the journalists also explore Mayawati's strategies to maintain her Dalit vote bank. (0:00) Introduction0:57Has Yogi Delivered UP? (3:18) UP Voters' Pattern (7:52) Reservation Row (14:53) The Labharthi Factor (18:03) Caste Politics in 2024 Polls (23:26) Mahila' Voters & Women Quota (28:36) Bundelkhand Development (31:10) Akhilesh & Rahul's Bond (36:45) Congress' Nostalgia Push (38:59) Ayodhya Ram Temple (43:02) Will Mayawati Rise Again? (48:22) Arvind Kejriwal's Claims (50:20) Muslim Votes55:08:00Gandhis Giving Up Amethi (59:08) Congress' Shift To Leftism1:01:17Election Predictions (1:05:55) Congress' Dynasty Politics (1:08:33) Farm Laws & UCC (1:13:07) Development in UP (1:16:22) Influence of Western Media


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EP 180 - Diplomacy, Western Media, 2024 Polls, Revanna Passport Row, Constitution ft. Dr. Jaishankar

Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is an eminent diplomat who has been serving as the Minister of External Affairs for the Government of India since May 30, 2019. Dr. Jaishankar has played a pivotal role in shaping India's diplomatic strategies, particularly amidst the dynamic shifts in global geopolitics. A member of the BJP, Dr. Jaishankar also serves as a Rajya Sabha MP, representing Gujarat. Previously, he held the position of Foreign Secretary from January 2015 to January 2018. He is only the second Indian diplomat to be appointed as India's External Affairs Minister. Over his extensive 38-year diplomatic tenure, he has held various positions both in the country and abroad. He was involved in negotiating the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement. In this episode of the ANI podcast with Smita Prakash, Dr. Jaishankar speaks about foreign media's influence in the 2024 Indian general elections, referring to them as the 'International Khan Market Gang.' He also talks about his journey from diplomat to politician and praises PM Modi for his farsighted policies. Dr. Jaishankar also opens up about the Prajwal Revanna passport row, saying that the MEA acted promptly on the matter. He questions whether legal processes should be stalled to protect politicians. The External Affairs Minister also discusses 'Parivarvaad' (dynastic politics) in Indian politics, adding that it is fundamentally anti-democratic. (0:00) Introduction0:52Election Campaigning (1:43) Bureaucrat Turned Politician (4:00) The 'India Story'7:18Expectation from EAM (12:07) PM Modi's Work Culture (17:27) BJP's '400 Paar' Target (21:23) Is BJP Winning South? (22:40) Mamata Banerjee (25:51) Reservation Row (28:51) Parivarvaad' & INDIA Alliance (31:34) International Khan Market Gang' (35:52) Farooq Abdullah’s Warning (38:10) India's Reaction Post 26/11 (40:44) CMs Facing Agencies' Heat (43:24) Prajwal Revanna Passport Row (45:07) Nirav Modi & Mehul Choksi (46:17) Humanitarian Aid (49:09) Modi 3.0


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EP 179 - What Happened At Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's Home? Swati Maliwal Recounts Her Ordeal

Social activist and politician Swati Maliwal currently serves as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, representing Delhi. She participated in the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement led by social activist Anna Hazare. Swati was the chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) from 2015 to 2024. During her tenure, she demanded greater accountability from the Delhi police, leading to frequent clashes between the commission and the police department. On May 13, Swati Maliwal alleged that she was assaulted by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's aide PS Bibhav Kumar. In this episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, Maliwal recounts her ordeal on what exactly happened on May 13. Swati expresses her belief that the truth will come to light once the original version of the videos is released. She feels betrayed by the AAP, noting that her friends and colleagues aren't standing by her. Swati also questions what this means for an ordinary person if it can happen to a Rajya Sabha MP. Swati also mentions that the AAP leadership never asked her to resign and that some party members have become arrogant due to being in power. She complains that Arvind Kejriwal hasn't called her since the incident came to light and is protecting Bibhav Kumar. Swati asserts that she won't give a clean chit to anyone, emphasizing that the Delhi CM was present at his residence when the incident occurred. (0:00) - Introduction (2:55) - Assault Row (7:45) - 'Doctored' Videos (9:00) - Kejriwal's Role (11:30) - Who is the culprit? (14:20) - Who is Bibhav Kumar? (16:35) - Leaked Videos (20:40) - Victim Shaming (25:10) - Police Complaint (28:30) -'AAP leaders pressured' claim (33:30) - AAP's stand on Swati's case (36:30) - Did AAP Betray Swati? (40:00) - Who is protecting Bibhav Kumar? (43:00) - "I Will Fight Till The End" (45:30) - Rajya Sabha Seat (50:20) - Betrayal in AAP (51:40) - Two Versions of the story (55:30) - "I Will Try To Fix The Party" (59:40) - Women in Politics (1:02:00) - "I Feel Broken Inside" (1:06:00) - Swati Maliwal case Probe


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Ep 178 - Hindutva, Muslims in India, Wokeism, Rahul vs. Modi ft. Abhijit Iyer-Mitra & Kushal Mehra

In the latest episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, we bring you a perfect blend of humour, fun, and candid discussions. Joining the conversation are Senior Fellow at the Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies, Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, and Author & 'The Cārvāka Podcast' host Kushal Mehra. The duo delves into discussions around the country's socio-political landscape amidst the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Abhijit and Kushal explore the rise of political Hindutva and the introduction of monotheism in India through Islam. Abhijit criticizes the rise of 'woke' philosophy in the West and its impact in India. The duo also talks about the pro-Palestine protests sweeping through Western universities, mainly in the United States. In this podcast, they discuss the BJP-led Modi government, with Abhijit and Kushal questioning Rahul Gandhi and his leadership style. The duo also criticizes the Indian political system for its lack of space for free speech. Kushal also talks about his book 'Nastik: Why I Am Not an Atheist' and the thought process behind it. Tune in! This podcast is also filled with fun, laughter, witty jibes, and playful banter. (0:00) Introduction (2:26) Rise of Hindutva (11:26) Constitution Row (14:41) Indian Muslims (18:56) Western Media's Hypocrisy (21:12) Rise of Wokeism (33:26) Pro-Palestine Stir in U.S. (40:26) Wokeism a Threat to India? (42:51) Riddhi Patel Row (44:46) Rahul Gandhi 'Merit' Controversy (48:46) The Woke Narrative (52:41) Rahul Gandhi is Dangerous (0:59:16) Hypocrisy of Modi Critics1:03:56Veganism1:07:16Hindutva as a 'Disruptor' (1:09:56) The Modi Factor1:12:46Pluralism in Indian Society (1:25:26) Indian Secularism (1:31:26) Mutual Respect & Tolerance (1:36:56) Hindu Population (1:44:06) YouTube & Hate Speech (1:47:56) Freedom of Speech in India (1:57:26) Muslims in Modi's India


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EP 177 - Judiciary, Democracy & Mainstream Media | Kapil Sibal's Controversial Take

Kapil Sibal is an Indian lawyer and politician. A designated Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India, Sibal earned the reputation as one of the country's prominent lawyers. He also serves as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. Sibal served as a minister under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, holding various portfolios. In this role, he led Indian delegations at international forums. His tenure was marked by several controversies, including his attempts to regulate internet content. In 2022, Sibal left the Indian National Congress to independently file his nomination for the Rajya Sabha, with support from the Samajwadi Party. He was subsequently re-elected as President of the Bar Association in the Supreme Court for the 2024–25 term. In this episode of the ANI podcast with Smita Prakash, Kapil Sibal alleges that "democracy is under threat" in India, and questions the credibility of mainstream media in the country. The Senior Supreme Court Advocate also emphasized the need for judicial reforms in India.


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Ep 176 - Swati Maliwal Case, 2024 Lok Sabha Polls, '400 Paar' Mission with BJP Chief JP Nadda

From ABVP's national secretary to the national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Jagat Prakash Nadda's journey is that of a commoner from Himachal Pradesh who rose through the ranks to the top. Nadda has served the organization while holding crucial positions at different levels in the party. Currently, he leads one of the biggest political parties globally, with over 10 crore members. In this episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, JP Nadda outlines the challenges in leading a party like the BJP and discusses his plans for further expansion. Without mincing words, he asserts that '400 Paar' is a reality, and the NDA led by the BJP will surpass this mark. He also addresses major issues like the Constitution and reservation, which are central to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Nadda vehemently opposes reservation based on religion, labelling it 'appeasement politics.' The BJP Chief also strongly criticizes Arvind Kejriwal over the alleged assault of AAP MP Swati Maliwal at the Delhi CM's house. He questions the Delhi CM's silence on the matter. In a no-holds-barred conversation, JP Nadda takes a swipe at Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of spreading lies about the Constitution. Nadda also lashes out at Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee regarding the law and order situation in the state. He refers to her as 'unstable' and alleges that the TMC supremo has compromised the nation for the sake of votes. Nadda accuses Mamata Banerjee of providing shelter to infiltrators and misleading people about the CAA.


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EP 175 - The dark side of Parivar politics in Amethi-Smriti Irani unleashed! Most explosive podcast

Known for her fiery speeches, Union Minister and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Amethi, Smriti Irani in the latest ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash revealed dark side of ‘Parivarvad’ politics in the constituency. Without mincing words, Smriti Irani attacked Gandhi siblings (Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi) and levelled startling allegations. With shocking claims, Irani recounted alleged insult and humiliation faced by BJP leader Maneka Gandhi when she contested from Amethi. In the podcast, the Union Minister also accused Congress and Gandhi siblings of booth capturing. BJP leader who wrested the Amethi seat from Rahul Gandhi in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, has been challenged by Congress’ loyalist KL Sharma this time. Rahul Gandhi is contesting Lok Sabha polls 2024 from Raebareli.


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EP 174 - Maharashtra Politics, Electoral Debut, Mumbai Roots with Piyush Goyal

Piyush Vedprakash Goyal is an Indian politician and chartered accountant who serves as a cabinet minister in the Government of India. He oversees portfolios including the Minister of Textiles, Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. He is currently a Member of Parliament for Rajya Sabha representing Maharashtra and serves as the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha. In his 35-year political career, Piyush Goyal has reached several significant milestones. As Minister of Railways, he helped India achieve a safety record with zero passenger deaths in rail accidents. During his tenure as Power, Coal, and New & Renewable Energy Minister, he successfully implemented UJALA, the world's largest LED bulb distribution program. Earlier, he has also been the National Treasurer of the BJP. In this episode of the ANI podcast with Smita Prakash, Rajya Sabha Leader Piyush Goyal speaks about his Mumbai roots and comments on the splits within Maharashtra's NCP and Shiv Sena. The senior BJP leader also talks about the party's contribution to India's development. He also attacks the Congress for playing devisive politics and dividing India on caste and religion lines for votes. (0:00) Intro (1:00) Electoral Debut (3:05) Mumbai Roots (4:30) Sam Pitroda's Divisive Comment (6:20) Split In The NCP (8:10) Uddhav Thackeray & Shiv Sena Split (13:40) Mera Baap Gaddar Hai Controversy (14:40) PM Modi & Sharad Pawar (17:00) Kejriwal's Bail (18:36) India Is The Future (20:03) BJP & Nation Building (27:10) PM Modi's Popularity (32:35) Congress' Divisive Politics (36:35) 400 Paar & Low Voter Turnout (38:49) Congress' LS Campaign (43:14) Fear of Riots In Mumbai... (46:00) Maharashtra Infra Development (50:06) Fatwa' Politics (51:45) India Wants PM Modi Back (54:25) We Are Karyakartas First (56:15) New Faces In BJP


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EP 173 - Exploring India's Election Influence on Neighbours with Tilak Devasher & Ajay Bisaria

The world's biggest festival of democracy is underway in India. Drama, spectacle, colour, jibes, and exuberant noise—India is witnessing everything. But what about its neighbours? How are they watching the Indian Election 2024? Who do they want in power: a strong independent government or a coalition one? How will the 2024 India General election shape neighbours' foreign policies? We will get all the answers. Joining this podcast are two esteemed experts, Ajay Bisaria and Tilak Devasher. Bisaria is a Distinguished Fellow at ORF. He served as the Indian High Commissioner to Canada and India's envoy to Pakistan, Poland, and Lithuania. He also authored the book "Anger Management: The Troubled Diplomatic Relationship Between India and Pakistan," which is discussed in the show. Tilak Devasher is the author of three widely acclaimed books on Pakistan. He retired as Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India in October 2014. He is currently a member of the National Security Advisory Board. In this episode, experts discuss how China is extending its trade ties with Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Myanmar, which pose high-risk points for Indian territories. They further talk about dealing with the Taliban government, terrorism of insurgent groups in Myanmar, and relations with the Pakistan government. And how should India deal with the New Maldivian government, which ran an 'India Out' Campaign.


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EP 172 - Muslim Quota War, Freebies Vs Welfare, Andhra Politics, 2024 Polls with Chandrababu Naidu

Nara Chandrababu Naidu, also known as Chandrababu Naidu or CBN, is a veteran Indian politician who currently holds the position of the leader of the opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and has been the president of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) since 1995. Chandrababu Naidu also served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1995 to 2004 and is acknowledged for his role in the development of Hyderabad and for successfully conceptualizing the city's IT hub, Cyberabad. The veteran south Indian politician has also served as the opposition leader in the Andhra assembly from 2004 to 2014. In this episode of the ANI podcast with Smita Prakash, the senior Telegu leader tears into Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, blaming him for leaving the southern state bankcrupt and without a capital city. CBN also opened up about his party's alliance with the BJP, his take on reservation for Muslims, and freebie politics in Andhra Pradesh. He also reminiscences his time in the United Front alliance back in 1996, when senior leaders across the country urged him to step up as the Prime Minister.


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EP 171 - Telangana Politics, North Vs South Debate, Delhi Liquor 'Scam', Modi Vs Who ft. KT Rama Rao

Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, widely recognized as KTR, is a Member of the Telangana Legislative Assembly and the son of K Chandrashekar Rao, the first Chief Minister of Telangana, created after bifurcating Andhra Pradesh. Previously, he served as cabinet minister for IT, Municipal Administration & Urban Development in Telangana's second assembly. He continues to represent the Sircilla assembly constituency since 2009 and holds the position of working president of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) party. In the latest episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, KTR alleges that the ruling government has captured the country's institutions and there is no space for dissent. The former Telangana minister expressed his dislike for the Congress and its current leadership. He also dismisses the Delhi Liquor 'Scam' and adds that his sister K Kavitha is being wrongly accused in it and Central agencies are working at the behest of the Central government. He also questioned Telangana's Congress CM Revanth Reddy's ties with the RSS. KTR also dismissed the idea of dynasty politics, contending accomplishments and merits over familial ties. This exclusive interaction offers a closer look into the functioning of politics in the state of Telangana.


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EP 170 - Congress Exodus, Dynasty Politics, 2024 Lok Sabha Polls, INDIA Alliance with Sachin Pilot

Sachin Pilot is a senior Congress leader and former Union Minister who has also served as Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan. He also held the position of President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee and played a major role in building the Congress Party's cadres in the state. Coming from a political family, his father, Rajesh Pilot, was a senior Congress politician and Union Minister as well. Pilot made history as the first Union minister of India to be commissioned as an officer in the Territorial Army. Currently, he serves as the Congress General Secretary for Chhattisgarh and is an MLA from Rajasthan's Tonk constituency. In the latest episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, Sachin Pilot discusses the Congress' and India Alliance's prospects in the 2024 Lok Sabha Polls. Without mincing words, Pilot addresses issues such as the Caste Census, Reservation, and the Constitutional row that are dominating the General elections. Sachin Pilot also reflects on the 2020 'revolt' and why he was not happy with the then-state government of Rajasthan. Pilot sheds light on his father's legacy and replies to allegations of dynasty politics. Pilot also speaks on the mass exodus that Congress is facing amidst the mega polls.


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Ep 169 - LS Polls 2024, Parivarvaad Politics, Minorities Quota, Foreign Media Ft. Hardeep Singh Puri

Hardeep Singh Puri, a former diplomat and current Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs in the Modi Government. He is also the longest-serving Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs in India's history. An Indian Foreign Service officer from the 1974 batch, Puri served as Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013. During this time, he also chaired the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee from January 2011 to February 2013. Subsequently, in June 2013, he joined the International Peace Institute as a senior advisor. In a recent episode of the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, Hardeep Singh Puri made startling revelations about leaders of the Congress Party planning a presidential form of government during the peak of the Emergency. He also alleged that Sanjay Gandhi had a sinister plan to suspend elections for three to four decades. Puri also discussed the evolution of dynasty politics within the Congress Party over the years. Furthermore, he criticized foreign media for their biases towards the Narendra Modi government. Additionally, Puri shared insights on the BJP's prospects in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha polls.