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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Livelihood Radio

From one language to another: What’s at stake?
Indian cinema has, of late, witnessed high-decibel debates over the desirability of dubbing Hindi films into regional languages. But does dubbing really pose a threat to vernacular cinema? Shoma Chatterji explores.
Films Creative Culture

The Dhemaji Tragedy
Creativity or cuts?
Police forged complaint to arrest reporter
The democratisation of media
Who will bell the media cat?
Private Treaties harm fair, unbiased news, says SEBI
The Empire strikes back - and how!
Countdown to better representation of women in media
Mass media: masses of money?
It is shameful to misguide people
The "era of Ashok" - a new era for 'news'?
The medium, message and money
Cheerleading, rather than critiquing
The Media and the Flu
Media Policy: A citizens' wishlist for Ambika Soni
Media Policy: A citizens' wishlist for Ambika Soni
Making news in the Northeast
Terror coverage raises lots of questions
Teen journalists make their own newspaper
Women join hands for a better media
And now the good news
Media and people power
Is this sports, or false patriotism?
Concern over content and conduct
Public missing in Broadcast Bill debate
Leading relentlessly, till the end
Whose budget is it anyway?
Media barons and press freedoms
Condom Ads: missed messages
Are children being abused on the tube?
Mouthpiece of change
New lease for documentaries
Between cup and lip
Sound and fury over the Broadcast Bill
Changing sex roles in Indian advertisements
Through the eyes of women filmmakers
India Shining meets the Great Depression
Information as empowerment
"Readers are our only support"
Covering the Republic of Hunger
CAG audits of PSUs must stay
Are bloggers parked?
Making it to page one
Media campaign brings hope to desert
From women's media to rural media
A sting in the story
More than a local edition
The medium, the message, and the masses
Public discourse on public health
New boundaries, old limits
Voices of the marginalised
Media with a message
Gender, media and tsunamis
Bloggers connect people, hasten relief
When violence is not news
"Few believe that speech is free"
Counsel for the Council
Free to express, not intrude
The Muslim growth rate and the media
This journalist demands his rights
Advertorials: blurring the dividing line
Raw deal for women journalists
'Culture Cops' and the mass media
Media illusions
Unshackle FM radio
Including the excluded
Comics for development communication
Frequencies of expectation
A people's paper
Reporting in times of conflict
The Press must represent the public
Readers and the media
This journalism is about growing
Plight of the vulnerable
Interview : An Indian press
Investigative journalism : Not dead
Images that promote fear
Assault on autonomy
Myopia over radio
"Report processes, not events"
Micro media, minimal impact
Warning: Monopoly Media
Media for Medicine
Contemptible, but true
The objectification of the youth
Hunger, malnutrition, and the media
Waiting in the wings
The Times, they are a-changing
A second judiciary
Media, democracy and citizenship

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