THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
21 February 2017
Media
KOLKATA PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL
People's cinema with people's support

Shoma A. Chatterji writes about a film festival that lacks the glitz and glamour of stars, television cameras and paparazzi chasing famous people to freeze them for the media.

Adivasis Human Rights

COMMUNITY RADIO
New policy dismays Community Radio activists While stonewalling their demand to broadcast news, the I&B Ministry has said CR stations can air AIR bulletins instead. Geeta Seshu reports.
People Radio
A TRIBUTE
Mahasweta Devi in cinema Mahasweta Devi remains a writer whose work was almost impossible to express through cinema, writes Shoma Chatterji paying a tribute to the legendary writer and social activist.
Gender and Media Society Films and Books Adivasis
ID REMEMBRANCE
The Dhemaji Tragedy Parthajit Baruah, director of documentary The Dhemaji Tragedy – An Undefined Chapter, the tragedy that happened on the Independence Day in 2004 talks to Shoma Chatterji.
Media Interviews Films ASSAM
FILM CENSORING
The brouhaha on censorship The tremendous rage against Pahlaj Nihalani around the Udta Punjab (2016) issue finally resolved by the High Court gives a reason to revisit some memorable deletions and suggestions made by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) over the years, says Shoma Chatterji.
Films
NORTHEASTERN CINEMA
Telling tales from the Northeast Shoma Chatterji writes about the challenges faced and efforts being made in the Northeastern states of India to encourage and support film making.
People Films Society
DIGITAL INNOVATION FOR EQUALITY
Changing the world with an app In today’s world, where everything can be done with a tap of a finger, why not something for the greater common good? That thought has led to the development of Equalize, which as its name suggests, aims to empower individuals to reduce social disparities. Rasika Dhavse-Wadodkar has more.
CASTE CRIMES
Why do these ghastly stories rarely make news headlines? Crime and atrocities against Dalits is on rise, while support and justice in these cases are long delayed and the coverage of these crimes is inept, biased or voyeuristic. Pushpa Achanta finds out why media, the fourth pillar of our democracy, is falling short in its duty.
People Justice Adivasis
FTII UPROAR
The sorry plight of a modern-day Yudhisthira The politically motivated appointment of a hardly-known personality to the post of chairperson at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India has predictably created outrage amongst students and the artist fraternity. Shoma Chatterji looks at the real arguments behind the ongoing debate.
Government opinions
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Where hidden identities wait for justice Naam Poribortito, the debut film of activist Mitali Biswas, reveals the dark and gory underbelly of West Bengal in particular, and the nation at large, where rape victims are denied justice and crusaders are silenced more often than not. Shoma Chatterji has more on the film and its portrayals.
Gender and Media Culture
VAW IN INDIAN CINEMA
Should films have statutory warnings on violence against women? A 90-second video put together by a group of women activists demands a pop-up statutory warning on screen every time a woman is assaulted or abused. Shoma Chatterji critiques the video, raising several questions over its content as well as the stance that it takes.
Films Gender and Media Gender Violence Women
CYBER SAFETY
Keeping your child safe in the age of the Internet It’s a big, bad world out there on the social network and a recent study finds nearly 73 percent of urban children aged 8 to 13 active on such sites. Supriya Unni Nair tries to understand the role of adult influencers in keeping the children safe online.
Children Laws Society
ASTROLOGY SHOWS
Predicting rape on television! Mars missions and scientific innovations notwithstanding, a large section of India still reposes great faith in the future predicted by astrologers. Satellite TV leverages that to offer a plethora of shows, one of which recently defied all limits of decency, as Arpana H S reports.
Gender and Media Society
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