THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
21 SEPTEMBER 2018
People
PASSIVE EUTHANASIA
Freedom to choose death

The Supreme Court in a landmark judgment has allowed passive euthanasia, thereby giving succour to terminally ill patients and their relatives, but is India culturally ready for this move? Ramesh Menon reports.

Health

SHORT FILM
Questioning a sacred relationship
Shoma Chatterji reviews a beautiful short film Amma Meri that was screened recently in a film festival.

Reviews Society Films and Books
LOOKING BACK
Muslim identity in Bollywood cinema
With the instant triple talaq been declared unconstitutional, Shoma Chatterji finds it interesting to look back at how the Muslim identity has been represented in Hindi cinema and if it will change now.

Society Films and Books Media
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.

Radio Media
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
There’s nothing to be ashamed about disability
An inspiring account of Malini Chib, disability rights activist and author, who talks about how she got around to developing a strong disability identity that she wants to “celebrate” rather than reject.

Disability Women
SURROGACY BILL
Banning commercial surrogacy
A brief overview of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 by PRS legislative.

Laws Women
JUDICIAL VACANCIES
Travesty of justice
With over 2.19 crore pending cases, the Chief Justice of India pleads again to fill the numerous vacancies in the judiciary at the earliest. Ramesh Menon reports.

Government Society
HILL AGITATION
Manipur: Rattled and torn
It has been more than nine months since a political crisis has snowballed into a battle between the tribals and the non-tribals of Manipur creating sharp divisions. Ramesh Menon surveys the fragile situation.

Laws MANIPUR Society
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 Media Society
WASTE DUMP
Residents of a municipal dumping site fight back
The women of Meghpar village of Kutch District are fighting the big port town Gandhidham municipality which is dumping its waste in their village. Vimal Kalavadiya and Shvetangini Patel report from Kutch.

Waste GUJARAT Women
ANIMAL CRUELTY & FILMS
Of animals and lesser animals: Shaktimaan and his brothers
The shocking physical abuse inflicted on police horse Shaktimaan has rightly created a furore in society. But cruelty towards animals does not just manifest itself in stray, isolated incidents. Shoma Chatterji draws attention to the treatment of animals in film making and stresses the need for strict monitoring.

Society
FREE SPEECH
No matter who’s ruling, they just won’t brook dissent!
2009 – mid 2014: UPA. Mid 2014 – present: NDA. This map will show you that irrespective of who’s at the helm, national policies and issues considered sacrosanct are not open to debate in our country.

Government Society
NORTH EAST TRAVEL
Tales from Manipur
For decades now the beautiful state of Manipur has been suffering from the violent insurgency and the excesses of the Indian army. Pushpa Achanta visits the state and narrates her experiences which shows how much is not known about the state or its people.

MANIPUR
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