THE NEWS IN PROPORTION 11 December 2019
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.

Gender and Media Adivasis 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.
Economy Displacement Human Rights

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 Economy RTI Law and Policy ASSAM

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 Economy Creative

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.
Ramachandra Guha History OP-ED Economic Issues Environmental films and books GOA A historian's view

ENDLESS STRIFE
Awakening the somnolent state
The common thread between our external and internal security predicaments is our approach to time. Most security issues are long-standing and seemingly interminable. If we understood why this is so, we can change it, writes Firdaus Ahmed.
Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Economic Issues Government opinions Health Laws and Governance RTI Law and Policy Urban Poor Creative Media opinions Land ORGs Exposes RTI opinions Business Women opinions Women's Representation HARYANA HIMACHAL Politics Health Interviews People Agriculture opinions Literacy Tourism Profiles Environment opinions Subcontinental Musings

HISTORY OF SCIENCE
Darwin in India
The 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his most famous book is an occasion to ask: "how should Indian intellectuals engage with thinkers from outside our shores?", writes Rajesh Kasturirangan.
Rajesh Kasturirangan OP-ED RTI Law and Policy Exposes Women's Representation Environmental films and books An Indian Way of Thinking

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
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