THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
18 October 2017
Reviews
BOOK REVIEW
Indira Gandhi’s elite environmentalism : a paler shade of green

Darryl D’Monte reviews Indira Gandhi – A Life in Nature , a new book focussing on Indira Gandhi as a naturalist.

Environment

FILM REVIEW
Tackling demonetisation Shunyota, a feature film in Bengali, has an all-India resonance that will echo across the country if and when it’s subtitled version will be screened, writes Shoma Chatterji.
Films
AIDS AWARENESS
HIV-positive or not Shoma A. Chatterji reviews Tamil film Sila Samayangalil, a touching film on AIDS directed by Priyadarshan.
AIDS Films
BOOK REVIEW
How democracy really works 'Democracy for Realists' is an important critique of how democracy works in practice. Nidhi Gupta reviews the book.
Cities
CINEMASCOPE
Saankal – strong content, weak movie Even a badly made film becomes a learning experience for the viewers because it sheds light on issues not known widely otherwise, says Shoma Chatterji as she reviews the movie Saankal.
Art Human Rights
FILM REVIEW
In the aftermath of a hooch tragedy In a terrible, but not-so-rare tragedy in rural West Bengal, 170 people lost their lives after consuming illicit liquor. But what actually happens after an incident such as this? Cholai, a well-researched black comedy, reveals the moral and social degradation that cuts across spheres, writes Shoma Chatterji.
Poverty Society
FEATURE
The Dalit in Indian cinema Shoma Chatterji talks about caste and the portrayal of Dalit in Hindi cinema beginning with Bombay Talkies Achhut Kannya (1936) to Bimal Roy’s Sujata (1959) followed by many mainstream films, and the small-budget, low-key ones which have focused on this significant social issue in the past so many years.
Films Caste
KASHMIR FLOODS DOCUMENTARY
Shooting nature’s wrath in Paradise In September 2014, Jammu and Kashmir was ravaged by floods and landslides. A brilliant documentary Kashmir Flood – Let the Vale Rise by Bilal A Jan captures the immediate after-effects of the worst floods in the state in a century that changed almost the entire topography of the state along with the lives of its residents. Shoma Chatterji reviews the film.
Jammu and Kashmir
BOOK DISCUSSION
Churning our minds on India’s development The bi-monthly book review journal Biblio celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Its founder editors - Darryl D’Monte is one of its founder editors - were invited to the Chandigarh Literature Festival-2015, which was held earlier this month. D’Monte talks about an interesting book discussion he chaired at the festival.
Environment Environmental films and books
GOUR HARI DASTAAN
A celluloid tribute to Gandhi At a time when we're drifting away from Gandhiji and the values he stood and fought for, a film like Gour Hari Dastaan comes as a reminder of what we've lost and forces us to reflect on why. Shoma Chatterji reviews this film about a Gandhian and his fight to prove that he was indeed a freedom fighter.
Films History
THE PARSI STORY
The path of Zarathustra The traditionalists and the liberal Parsis have an never-ending debate on how to keep their community and faith alive. Recently released feature film The Path of Zarathustra directed by Oorvazi Irani looks at this debate and more. Shoma Chatterji reviews the movie and talks to the director.
People Art
PANEL DISCUSSION
In defence of Pandit Nehru Darryl D'Monte talks about his recent participation in a discussion on Nayantara Sahgal's book on Nehru, which delves into Nehruvian policies, his cherished dreams, his lasting legacy and its importance in today's time.
History
BOOK REVIEW
A human gaze Harsh Mander's new book Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India talks about the growing inequality and the lack of compassion amongst the rich for the poor in India. Darryl D'Monte reviews the book which despite its candidness about the grim realities offers a message of hope and promise.
Books Society
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