What to expect when you watch the most talked-about film today

Though based on strong reporting, India’s Daughter remains restricted in its scope, and even strays from its purported objective, thanks to a very pronounced colonial supremacist gaze, writes Shoma Chatterji in a dispassionate review that cuts through the noise.

Films Gender Violence Women

A paean to Chhattisgarh from an exiled lover
Dr Ilina Sen’s association with Chhattisgarh and her deep, empathetic understanding of its society and culture have come lyrically alive in "Inside Chhattisgarh: A Political Memoir." Freny Manecksha reviews the book.
Books CHHATISGARH Human Rights

The strange tale of the 'son' who wasn't!
Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost, a recently-released feature film, exposes the shocking depths of insanity to which a father may be driven by his obsession with a male heir. Shoma Chatterji reviews the film, underlining the brutal, patriarchal society that it lays bare.
Films Gender and Media Women

The trail of a disappearing culture
Sunanda Bhat’s award-winning Have You Seen The Arana is deeply relevant in today’s world, as it explores the deep connectedness between man and nature, and the struggle of little-known people to preserve it in the face of many onslaughts. Shoma A Chatterji reviews the film.
Environmental films and books Culture Adivasis

The CAG memoirs: A committed crusader’s log
Reading former CAG Vinod Rai’s autobiography, Himanshu Upadhyaya feels that it is less about the individual and more about a constitutionally-mandated authority’s sustained efforts to uphold transparency in the face of concerted attempts by the powerful to thwart the same.
Public Funds Government Books

The economics of a strong democracy
Holding trust brought forth by equality of individuals as a critical foundation for a strong democracy, Shankar Jaganathan discusses the postulates of two recent academic publications that add to the important discourse on the issue of inequality.
Economy Books Society

Addressing climate change, the Sikkim way
A new volume that outlines in detail the climate change issues, impact and adaptation strategies in Sikkim could also provide replicable models for other states, particularly in the Himalayan region. Seema Bhatt reviews the publication.
Climate Books

Losing India's Greta Garbo
Renowned popular Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, remembered by audiences nationwide for her performances in Hindi films Aandhi and Mamta, passed away recently after years of strict, self-imposed seclusion. Shoma Chatterji remembers her life and aura.
Films Art

The film that changed Afroza's life
Flickering Angels, a moving documentary on the lives of children of imprisoned parents in West Bengal, helps a child of an illegal immigrant caught in tragic circumstances to go back to her homeland. Shoma A Chatterji dwells on the reformative capacity of cinema.
Children Films

Infusing sensuality into a Tagore classic
Filmmaker Q's reinterpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's Tasher Desh is a bold experiment, not only in format but also content, as it seeks to layer the classic satire with unprecedented connotations of sexuality and gender issues. Shoma A Chatterji reviews the film.
Films Art

Will reel kill the power of real?
A mainstream Bollywood production in the making, titled Gulab Gang, draws heavily on the circumstances and even the name of a now-famous real life movement, but purports to be purely fictional. Shoma Chatterji explores the questions of ethics and creative morality that this raises.
Films Creative

On the trail of toxins
The ubiquity of genetically modified crops, brought about by the sustained efforts of agribusiness giant Monsanto has raised concerns globally. Neeta Deshpande reviews Marie-Monique Robin's The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Politics and Power.
GM Crops Books

In celebration of resistance
Sanjay Kak's latest film Red Ant Dream weaves together disparate stories of people's movements and transports the viewer to hidden pockets of resistance to paint a picture of conflict and revolutionary potential in India today. Freny Manecksha reviews the film.
Films Human Rights

Meghe Dhaka Tara: A stunning tribute
Life in no man's land
Preserving history for posterity
A life re-examined
Plentiful, but for whom?
Work is life
Popularising SRI
Layers of violence
In front of the lens
More than football
The forgotten hero
Revisiting the Baul movement
Autumn in decay
The silence of the truth
Extending the parameters of cinema
Ring the bell against violence
A mother's love
Hot news or not news?
After a long, dark night
Meandering an important course
Male, but marginal
The darkness within
A delightful celluloid recreation
The spoofs of Malegaon
Waiting, against all odds
Cheerleading, rather than critiquing
The iron is hot
A medium in chains
Environment Report, 2009
A little music in a little home
Documenting the flesh trade
There was a Queen
Journeying with Mahasweta Devi
A journey through documentary film-making
King of India
Still can't make salt
Separation and quest
Getting things done
Gandhi in our times
An argumentative Indian look at China
A village on the screen
An uneven, but important journey
Zooming in on Vidarbha
A day in the life of a dhandewali
Of daughter, father and river
Two new documentaries explode Gujarat's myths
The scoop on external intelligence
Fresh water scarcity demands fresh ideas
The business case for informed consent
A weak look at judicial reforms
The strange case of the Parliament attack
A journey of courage
A life of conviction
Adoption tales
Nehru: A contested legacy
The whole world's bhujia
Presumed guilty, secretly
Everywhere, yet invisible
Aiyar logic, weaker argument
A greatness of his own
Who exactly are the good guys?
Common people green the commons
Who is a feminist?
What are you waiting for?
Pulp, paper and Bamboo
Land, law and planning
Troubled Islands
By choice and circumstance
Mountain Vox
Home truths on market fundamentalism
An august dispute : Gandhi and Tagore
The Great Betrayal : Indian Land Reforms
Love is God

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