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As part of The Wire‘s #PartitionAt70 series which continues until the end of this month, we present a short documentary about Muslims who chose to stay in India. The second video documents the experiences of four freedom fighters from Maharashtra who took part in the Quit India Movement.
With the start of The Wire Urdu, we bring you a weekly dose of political commentary by Nupur Sharma in the Urdu Wala Chashma.
This week, we spoke with the International Labour Organisation regarding wage trends in India. Omair Ahmad follows up with Priyanka Pathak-Narain in a second interview about her book Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev. In a previous conversation with Pathak-Narain, Ahmad had discussed the research that went into the book, while the interview presented below focuses on the injunction, Baba Ramdev’s family, business ventures and partnership with Acharya Balkrishna, primary stakeholder of Patanjali Ayurveda Limited.
1. Indian Muslims Who Chose to Stay in Their Homeland
In this short documentary, we spoke to four Muslims to understand the kind of political and communal atmosphere that had swept across North India in 1947. They talk about the reasons their families decided to stay back and what compelled their relatives and other Muslims, cutting across different socio-economic backgrounds, to migrate to Pakistan.
Each of their four distinct stories helps us understand the kind of questions that Indian Muslims were grappling with at that time and forms a better picture of the changing social and political fabric of India 70 years ago.
2. ‘The Very Idea of India is Under Challenge’
To mark 70 years of independence and 75 years of the Quit India Movement, The Wire spoke to four freedom fighters from Maharashtra. They recall their experiences of the freedom struggle and express anguish at India’s current political scenario.
3. Urdu Wala Chashma: Why Trump Rules America Today
Political commentator Nupur Sharma will host a weekly series called Urdu Wala Chashma on The Wire Urdu, your comments and feedback are welcome. In the first episode, Sharma explains why Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential elections in the US.
4. How Bad Is The Gender Pay Gap In The Indian Labour Market?
Akhil Kumar of The Wire speaks to Xavier Estupinan, International Labour Organisation’s wages specialist, about the wage trend in India, gender pay gap, role of trade unions and what the numbers tell us about wage inequality.
5. Baba Ramdev and The Business of Religion
Omair Ahmad in conversation with Priyanka Pathak-Narain, the author of Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev. A Delhi court recently issued an interim injunction on the book on an ex parte basis – which means the publisher and author were not asked to present their version of events.
You can watch more videos on The Wire‘s YouTube page, including Jan Gan Man Ki Baat with Vinod Dua, the full programme of The Wire Urdu‘s launch with chief guest Hamid Ansari and the tenth episode of Media Bol in which Urmilesh discusses the healthcare catastrophe in Gorakhpur.
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