TRIBAL TRADITIONS
Holding on to a vanishing language

Hundreds of indigenous languages have vanished; many more are spoken by only a few. But as the Asur adivasis of Jharkhand show, it is possible to revive and preserve a language.

#Adivasis #Culture #Radio #Society #JHARKHAND
DELHI POLLUTION
Forget politics, focus on smog science

It’s not the crop burning, stupid; it’s vehicles that create smog. The media should do its job in educating the public about this rather than helping foster the political blame game.

#Science and Technology #Urban Environment #Environment
CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS
Impunity prevails, but what is the solution?
CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS : Impunity prevails, but what is the solution?

In 50 percent of the killings of Indian journalists since 2010 there have been no arrests so far. We need to come together to protect our tribe, urge Geeta Seshu and Sevanti Ninan.

#The Press
LOOKING BACK
Muslim identity in Bollywood cinema

With the instant triple talaq being declared unconstitutional, Shoma Chatterji looks back at how Muslim identity has been represented in Hindi cinema, and wonders if it will change now.

#People #Society Films and Books
POLITICAL WEAPONS
The lipstick and the burkha
POLITICAL WEAPONS : The lipstick and the burkha

Inspired by a recently released movie, Shoma Chatterji explores how the lipstick and burkha establishes a woman’s identity in public spaces and liberates them in private.

#Women's Films and Books #Women
EPW CHAOS
Why shoot the messenger?

If the members of the board were concerned about protecting the academic research character of the journal they chose the wrong person to serve as the editor. Anup Kumar explains

#OP-ED
KASHMIR PROTESTS
PDP govt circumvents its own social media ban

Two weeks into the ban, the question to ask is whether the situation has improved and whether protests in Kashmir have abated. Moazum Mohammad says the answer is no.

#JAMMU AND KASHMIR
ELECTRONIC VOTING
EVMs: conspiracy of silence?
ELECTRONIC VOTING : EVMs: conspiracy of silence?

Why have the media bought the view that EVMs are infallible when some experts – and the Supreme Court – disagree? Ravikiran Shinde dissects the issue.

#Elections
KOLKATA PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL
People's cinema with people's support
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.

#Adivasis #Gender and Media #Society Films and Books
ID REMEMBRANCE
The Dhemaji tragedy
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.

#Films #Media Interviews #ASSAM
FILM CENSORING
The brouhaha on censorship
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
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.

#Films #People #Society
DIGITAL INNOVATION FOR EQUALITY
Changing the world with an app
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.

#Creative Media #Creative Media
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.

#Adivasis #Justice System #People
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
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.

#Culture #Gender and Media
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 nearly 73 percent of urban children aged 8 to 13 are active on such sites. Can adult influencers keep the children safe online? Supriya Unni Nair explores.

#Children #Laws #Society
ASTROLOGY SHOWS
Predicting rape on television!
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
CYBER CRIME
How to avert the dangers of being an Internet user

A recent UGC-sponsored seminar on the incidence of cyber crime, hosted in Kolkata, drew attention to the safeguards to be adopted as also the right procedure to be followed in order to obtain redress. Amrita Mukherjee reports.

#Law and Order #Laws #Society #Women
FM RAINBOW DIKTAT
35? You’re too old for AIR!
FM RAINBOW DIKTAT : 35? You’re too old for AIR!

In 2013, Prasar Bharati took a decision to stop broadcasts by all contractual radio presenters above the age of 35 on All India Radio’s FM Rainbow channel. Anoo Bhuyan delves into the dynamics behind this surprising move and examines the larger implications of the same.

#Livelihoods #Radio

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