Media Mail: Volume 2 Issue 2

April 1998 Discussion Is this the society we want to build? Recently in America, two teenage boys showered bullets on children in a school. Three girls and a teacher were killed and many injured. One boy rang the fire alarm to call everyone out while the other two shot them down. The boys were between 11 and 13 years. They were angry with a girl who had rejected their love.…

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Media Mail: Volume 2 Issue 1

February 1998 Discussion Guardians of democracy? The 12th Lok Sabha will be constituted by the 2nd week of March. And despite the displeasure of a few parties (most of who have gone into opportunistic regional alliances), a coalition government will emerge in India. And if everything goes well, the 13th Lok Sabha will be constituted only in the 21st Century. However, that seems like a distant possibility. Perhaps we will…

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Media Mail: Volume 1 Issue 4

October 1997 Discussion Elites of the world, unite! In the past few months, many significant events have taken place. These events, on the one hand, bring out the inherent contradictions of the society, while on the other, they raise new issues and questions. On the 14th of August, while India was busy celebrating 50 years of independence, with crores of investment, the Kutku dam in Palamau burst. Hundreds of adivasis…

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Media Mail: Volume 1 Issue 3

July 1997 Discussion State, Institutions and Democracy Whether the state is an instrument of class exploitation or the outcome of a social contract is a subject for a broad-based protracted debate. However, the fact that the role of the modern State is crucial in the life of all its citizens is perhaps indisputable. The present times are witness to an extended dialogue concerning the ‘role of the State in civil…

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Imagine Kalpana

English (subtitled), 30 min, 1997 Imagine Kalpana is a documentary on the eminent freedom fighter Kalpana Dutta. The film traces her life and her achievements in the decade of the thirties, when Kalpana Dutta was a part of a revolutionary brigade based in Chittagong (now in Bangladesh) that defied and led an armed struggle against the British government between 1930 and 1934. Imagine Kalpana  received an Honorable Mention at the…

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Media Mail: Volume 1 Issue 2

April 1997 Discussion Broadcast Bill: For Whom? The erstwhile United Front government had prepared a Broadcast Bill which it was supposed to have  introduced in the next session of the Parliament. Through this Bill the government plans to organise the prevailing chaos in the area of television broadcasting, so that the private channels can be made to represent and protect Indian culture, its concerns and understanding. Though it may sound…

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A Healer is Born

English (subtitled), 34 min, 1997 A group of women in a drought-prone area near Pune start to do a simple thing – learn about their bodies and their health and lead better lives.  Why should this bring them up against all sorts of opposition? The film follows a group of women involved in a self help program called Sadaphuli, which was begun by health activists in Pune. The women grow…

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Where Healing is a Tradition

English (subtitled), 30 min, 1997 The film presents those invisible women who for generations have been practicing folk medicine. They have remedies for virtually every disease. They use herbs and plants for medicinal preparations. Their knowledge system is based on centuries of experience that is passed down through generations, orally. The expertise and skills of these women are valued by their community, who do not have access to any other…

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Media Mail: Volume 1 Issue 1

January 1997 Discussion Technology, Democracy and People It is generally believed that technology is an outcome of the growth and development of human wisdom. From this point of view, technology becomes the criterion to judge whether a community is developed or underdeveloped. This perception of development is used and propagated by the West. The West believes that a country lagging behind in technology is invariably backward and must improve its…

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In Search of Green Gold

English (subtitled), 45 min, 1995 ‘In Search of Green Gold’ looks at the relationship between tribes and forests. Shot in the Kotra block, Udaipur district of Rajasthan, the film traces tribal unrest from the times of British occupation to the present days, and identifies the present struggle of the people of  that area as a search for identity of the tribal. Producer: Magic Lantern Foundation / Direction: Gargi Sen /…

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