Watch | Haalat Kya Hain: Snooping, Price Rise, Population Control Bill

In this week's 'Haalat Kya Hain', The Wire breaks discusses major headlines from the world of news.

Several important developments have occurred over the past few days. The nation is in the midst of a political storm after The Wire and 16 partner media organisations uncovered allegations of spying of phones belonging to journalists, politicians, social activists, judges, among others.

While the price of petrol has touched the sky, certain statements made by ministers have reached new lows.

With eyes set on the 2022 Uttar Pradesh elections, the state government there had brought out a draft population control Bill, which experts say that can potentially become a ‘vote control law’.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Varanasi recently and lauded chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s for ‘successful’ management of COVID-19. This statement drew criticism as visuals of hundreds of pyres burning, bodies floating down the Ganga and shallow graves on river banks had shocked the nation at the peak of the second wave.

The Wire’s Mukul Singh Chauahn discusses these issues and others in this video.