The film’s plot is located so securely within the actual world of central Indian counterinsurgency that to claim an external inspiration would be a gross injustice.
If the government was sincere about bringing peace and a normal administration to Bastar, it would have used the good offices of Panda and his wife instead of spending the past decade tormenting and harassing them.
Why is it only in Irom Sharmila’s case that we are told that hope must be roundly defeated? That we should grow up, get real, get with the times?
An FIR has been lodged against Manish Kunjam for circulating an adivasi account of the Durga-Mahisasur conflict that upper caste migrants say hurts their religious sentiments.
She fasted for 16 years to demonstrate to the rest of India that there can be no normality when the armed forces have the right to shoot to kill. The burden of ending impunity must now be shared by us all.
In the forested adivasi areas of Chhattisgarh, the Constitution of India and the orders of the Supreme Court hold no sway over the government.
Well-known adivasi leader Manish Kunjam speaks on the serious threats to adivasi identity today
The students of FTII, Pondicherry and many other places are showing us the way forward – will their teachers and those in charge of education for this country have the wisdom to learn from them?
It is the silences that attend media coverage of Yakub Memon’s impending execution and not the Shiv Sena’s aggressive calls for his hanging that hold a mirror to Indian democracy most clearly. Leading national dailies carry photos of mangled bomb blast sites and interview those affected, as if to […]
The villagers of Lohandiguda are trying to make their own way in a world that is closing them in from every side.
Today, Bastar is the most militarised zone in the country and arrests and torture are routine. To think of starting Salwa Judum-2 is a clear indication that this military approach is just not working.