Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
Newsclick Production, November 30,2013
Newsclick in conversation with senior political journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta discusses the Election Commission’s recent request to the Centre to ban opinion polls from the date of notification of an election. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta considers it insensible to ban opinion polls for a nation, which believes the freedom of expression to be a fundamental right. He points out to inculcating transparency in the process of conducting opinion polls and disseminating their results as the remedy to this over-reaction. Opinion polls can be and in fact have been manipulated but Thakurta insists that a statutory intervention would be unnecessary if opinion pollsters and the media jointly put together a voluntary code of conduct that everyone adheres to.
Newsclick Production, April 29, 2013
Newsclick discusses the 2G Scam and the JPC Report, rather Chacko's Report with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, eminent journalist and Prabir Purkayastha from Delhi Science Forum. One wonders how the Report gave a clean chit to the Prime Minister by saying that he was mis-led, when it is very clear from what is available in the public domain that Mr. Raja had, at every step, told the PM what he was going to do. A scarce and finite resource like spectrum, which belongs to the people of this country has been bartered away favouring a priviledged few and causing immense loss to the people at large, by subverting the rules and regulations. The UPA Government has failed to perform its duty as a fair and transparent custodian of these resources which are the property of the nation.
Newsclick Production, November 20, 2012
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, journalist and a well known commentator on telecom, discusses with Newsclick how this auction was programmed to fail. Inspite of it's failure, it has got the same amount of revenue with less than 20% of the spectrum being sold that is what Raja had given away in 2008 in his first-cum-first served policy.
Newsclick Presentation, August 12th 2011
Senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, who has produced a documentary on the Bellary mining loot, titled - "Blood and Iron", talks about the Lokayukta report on illegal mining in Karnataka and its political and economic consequences for the state.
'Supreme Court's Initiatives Central in the 2G Scam Investigation Process' - Paranjoy Guha Thakurta NewsClick.in
Newsclick Production, May 28, 2011
Senior Journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta discusses developments in the investigations into the 2G Scam with Newsclick again. Thakurta had explained the matter lucidly in earlier interviews as well. In the current interview, he lays out the importance of the Supreme Court's directives into the investigation of the scam, brings out the roles of various corporate actors and politicians in the scam and speculates as to what kind of retribution would be mandated for the wrongdoers.