SHORT FILM
Questioning a sacred relationship

Shoma Chatterji reviews a beautiful short film Amma Meri that was screened recently in a film festival.

#People #Reviews
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 #Media
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 #Media
HUMAN RIGHTS REPRESSION
Debaranjan Sarangi: Another artist incarcerated

Debaranjan Sarangi, a documentary film maker, writer and human rights activist was arrested recently in Kashipur, Odisha. Shoma Chatterji writes about Sarangi's arrest, his activism and his films which deal with Adivasis and their struggles.

#Films #Human Rights
THE COSTS OF DEVELOPMENT
When one man stood up against a 35-storey giant

Quarter Number 4/11 tells the story of a factory worker’s failed struggle to retain his home in the face of forced eviction by a high-profile real estate development in the heart of Kolkata. Shoma A Chatterji traces the narrative that is a stark commentary on development trends within the country.

#Displacement #Economy #Human Rights
ORNAMENTAL FISH
Fishy, with lots of money
ORNAMENTAL FISH : Fishy, with lots of money
Assam is blessed with more than 150 indigenous ornamental fish species, and these are found in abundance in its natural waters. Now, the government is trying to organise the market for these, and promote new businesses. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.
#Fisheries #RTI Law and Policy #Economy #ASSAM
FINANCIAL SECURITY
Inflation: perception and reality
FINANCIAL SECURITY : Inflation: perception and reality
There is an urgent need for reliable and transparent consumer price indices that covers the large majority of Indian families, from the poorest upwards. Kannan Kasturi reports.
#Child Health #Creative Media #Economy
POLITICAL HISTORY
With a past to honour
POLITICAL HISTORY : With a past to honour
Despite what it has done to itself in recent years, history should still remember the Indian National Congress as one of the great political parties of the modern world. That, says Ramachandra Guha, explains why he is particularly angry with it.
#Economic Issues #Environmental films and books #History #Ramachandra Guha #OP-ED #GOA #A historian's view
FILM REVIEW
Remembering Janam
FILM REVIEW : Remembering Janam
Natak jaari Hai, Lalit Vachani's film about the street theatre group founded by Safdar Hashmi, offers priceless vignettes into the character and persona of the activists, but is also an objective record of Janam's struggles against many forms of oppression, writes Shoma Chatterji.
#Art #Society