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Aarey Protests, PM Modi meets Sheikh Hasina, Mehbooba Mufti
The “Save Aarey” campaign, which had heated up over the past month, came to a boil on Saturday when the MMRCL started the process of felling trees. Protests raged across the city, several protestors were arrested and a special bench was set up to hear pleas against the felling of trees today, after the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the matter. Sanjana Bhalerao, a civic reporter for Indian Express’ Mumbai bureau, details how the events unfolded, what lies next for the movement, and how Save Aarey gained momentum and prompted citizens to hit the streets. Next, Shubhajit Roy, who covers foreign affairs for the Indian Express bureau, explains why India-Bangladesh ties were so fraught before 2008, how the relationship has progressed with Sheikh Hasina and PM Modi at the helm, and the highlights of their meeting on Saturday. Last, how mainstream political leaders like Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah are finally being allowed to meet their party delegates.
You can listen to Episode 522: Understanding Mumbai’s “Save Aarey” campaign here.
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