Resources in October 2008

Dear Friends
Greetings for October which is a month with many days to mark and remember!We hope you’ll put them on your calender!

1 International Day for Older Persons
2 Gandhi Jayanti/ International Day of Non-violence
3 World Habitat Day
5 World Dignity Day
13 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
14 World Standard Day
16 World Food Day
17 International Day fro Eradication of Poverty
24 United Nations Day/ World Development Day
24-30 World Disarmament Week

We share with you a selected list of books, documentary films and music that we hope will trigger you to access these resources from the Kriti DOCUSHOP. You can also refer to these resources at the Kriti Infoplace in case you don’t want your own copy/ies. Do share any feedback you have and share this mailer with others.

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All Rise, Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity
By Robert W. Fuller/ The Viveka Foundation/ New Delhi/ 2007
Contribution: Rs.300.00

In All Rise, Fuller examines the personal, professional, and political costs of abuse and discrimination, based on the power of rank and provides compelling models/ strategies for realizing a post-rankist world in which everyone’s dignity is valued. Interestingly, the phrase “all rise” is virtually a literal translation of Gandhi’ often used word for social justice, “sarvodaya”. Fuller doesn’t propose that we do away with rank-without it, organizations become dysfunctional. Instead, he details a society in which all are equal in terms of dignity. All Rise offers hope and practical solution for fashioning a world where human relationships are governed by respect and every person’s right to dignity is affirmed.

A People’s World
By John Madeley/ ZED Books/London and New York /2002
Contribution: Rs.680.00
John Madely has interviewed some of the world’s most courageous, and innovative, campaigning and progressive thinkers. This is an inspiring and timely book of ideas and practical proposals for those campaigning for a world on which economic systems can benefit the poor, a world that is more just, humane, stable and conductive to the diversity of human cultures.

Bapu ka Aethehasik Mukadma- Gori Adalat Katghare Mein (Hindi)
By Sahmat/ New Delhi/ 1996
Contribution: Rs.50.00
A must read for Gandhi fans. The book speaks about this court case that took place when Gandhi was practicing law. An excellent piece written on Gandhi with exciting text and harmonious pictures.

Moving Towards Food Insecurity? The Case of Gujarat
By Darshini Maahdevia/ VAK publication/ New Delhi/ 2000
Contribution: Rs. 70.00
Severe drought grips some states of the country today (April 2000). Gujarat is one of the worst affected areas. This monograph by Ms Darshini Mahadevia predicted this terrible situation, almost a year ago, based on sound research and analysis. The author does not stop with the warning but goes further and proposes policy changes that cab prevent a reoccurrence of this situation. Scholars and activists alike will find the monograph interesting and stimulating.

Post-Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation: A Violation of Human Rights
By Housing and Land Rights Network & Habitat International Coalition, New Delhi/ 2005
Contribution: Rs. 100.00
After receiving reports on the inadequacy of relief and rehabilitation measures for tsunami-survivors in both India and Sri Lanka, especially in terms of housing, the HLRN decided to undertake a visit to the areas to investigate the condtion.thi book gives the account of the fact finding mission to Tamil Nadu, India and Sri Lanka conducted in the month of June and July 2005.

Battered Islands
By Housing and Land Rights Network & Habitat International Coalition, New Delhi/ 2006
Contribution: Rs. 100.00
It’s almost four years since the tsunami, which was one of the world’s worst natural disasters. It is sad and tragic that even after such a long time, people are still living in shelters and are yet to be rehabilitated. What I even more ironic is that a large part of this suffering is a result of both the omission and commission of those trying to migrate it. This account by the HRLN reveals glaring discrepancies between what was being reported and what actually is happening with regard to relief and rehabilitation in te4h tsunami-impacted areas.

Displacement Juggernaut - Case Studies from states
coordinated by Malvika Vartak, published by Delhi Forum, New Delhi/ 2008
Contribution: Rs. 100.00
This book is an outcome of Delhi Forum's exercise to document experiences of different affected peoples and communities on the various modes of displacement. It is with a view towards building an effective response to the growing incidence of displacement and the lack of adequate and just rehabilitation. However, displacement is often seen only in the context of mega 'development' projects, urban or rural. Taking this into account, Displacement Juggernaut also makes an effort to examine situations where displacement and inadequate rehabilitation occurs due to conflict and counter insurgency strategies of the state.

Documentary Films

Bharat Ki Chap (a series of 13 episodes)
By NCSTC & Dept of Science and Technology
Produced by Comet Project/ English Subtitles
Contribution (VCD): Students/ Indivs / Orgns - Rs.3000.00
A film series on the history of science and technology on the Indian Subcontinent.

Delhi – Work In Progress
by Krishnendu Bose38 min/ 2008/ English
Contributions (DVD): Indivs – Rs. 500.00 Orgns – Rs.1000.00
A film looking at the changing face of Delhi - both the physical and the political, specially in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in 2010. This film, made over 2007-2008, attempts to capture the key milestones of this transformation. The ridge, the Yamuna, the city trees, city’s poor – all have come under this axis of change. City’s leading academics, urban planners, environmentalists and activists, debate the nature of this change and the possible impact.

Colors of Earth
By Kavita Dasgupta / 28 Min/ Eng
Contribution (DVD): Indivs/ Orgns – Rs. 500.00
Kavitha is a Dalit woman who makes films on the women of her society, who have challenged the stronghold of caste and acute poverty to create a world of their own. They have cultivated over 2500 acres of fallow lands and created over 3 million extra meals for themselves. The film travels to the villages of these women in district Medak, Andhra Pradesh in an effort to understand how the change happened.

Tides of Agony
By Anhad/ 47 mins/ English
Contribution (VCD): Students/ Indivs/ Orgns – Rs.100.00
This film deals with the natural disaster that swept lakhs of lives, the Tsunami.

If it Rains Again
By K.P.Sasi/ 14 mins/ English
Contribution (VCD): Indivs – Rs.250.00 Orgns – Rs.500.00
This is a documentary that brings out the agony of the life in shelters in Tamil Nadu. Two years after the tsunami, most survivors still remain in temporary shelters. A large population still continues to live without the basic amenities with constant threat of fire and rain.

In the Flesh
By Bishakha Datta / 31mins /Bangla with English subtitles
Contribution (VCD): Students/ Indivs - Rs.250.00 Orgns - Rs.400.00
The film provides an intimate insider's account of what it is really like to be in prostitution- by following the lives of three real life characters.

By Paromita Vohra/ 25 mins/ English
Contribution (VCD): Students - Rs.300.00 Indivs – Rs.500.00 Orgns – Rs.1000.00
The film is a portrait of a women group named Annapurna. Started in 1975 by 14 khanawalis- women who prepared meals for migrant workers, thus earning the name 'food lady’ An exploration of the politics and economics of women work, the film is a tribute to the fearless women who started Annapurna, and the feisty women who carry it years.

Unheard Voices
By Jharana Jhaveri/ 27 mins/ English
Contribution (VCD): Indivs - Rs.350.00 Orgns - Rs.750.00
The film is a portrayal of the anger, anguish and despair of the urban poor and the insensitivity of the system which fails to respond to their needs and aspirations. Until the winter of 1995, Mussoorie was the last city in the country, barring Calcutta, in which the 180-year old inhuman system of slavery symbolized by hand-pulled rickshaws survived, taking a tragic toll of the dignity, health and life expectancy of those condemned to this form of livelihood. A few months after completion of the film, it was brought to an end by the rickshaw pullers with the assistance of the Lal Bahudur Shastri National Academy of Administration.

Harvesting Hunger
By Krishnendu Bose / 53 mins/ English
Contribution (DVD): Indivs/ Orgns – Rs.1000.00
A film on the politics of food in India. There are 300 million people in India who do not have enough food to meet their nutritional requirement. With further intrusion of the market economy and increasing corporatisation of agriculture it is suspected that millions more will go hungry in the first decade of the new millennium. Harvesting hunger is a journey into this impending world of hunger and famine, an exploration of the deepening crisis of food security in the country.

By Shahid Jarnal / 47 minute/English
Contribution (DVD): Indivs/ Orgns – Rs.500.00
This is a film about the spectre of poverty and hunger, the starvation deaths that have stalked Indian villages as the tragic metaphoric threshold between the State as a mass murderer and the starving Indian farmer, mostly landless, as the suicidal victims, or the slow, tortured condemned prisoner of his (or her) hunger-driven fate. Where the fatedness is marked by a design, a man-made design, a structural adjustment paradigm, a liberalization code, a globalized repetition, which is no more a dead cliché but a cold-blooded recipe for organized killing.

By Rakesh Sharma/ 66 min/ Hindi with English subtitles
Contribution (DVD): Indivs/ Orgns – Rs.500.00
Story of two villages which were totally destroyed during the Gujarat earthquake and both are sitting on top of lignite reserves. The film traces the story of GMDC's attempts to acquire the two villages.

Exploring Madness
By Parvez Imam/ 19 min/ English
Contribution (VCD): Students – 150.00 Indivs - Rs.300.00 Orgn - Rs.600.00 (DVD): Students- 300.00 Indivs - Rs.500.00 Orgn - Rs.1000.00
Mental illnesses are one of the least understood problems in India. Myths and stigma add to the problems of people suffering from such illnesses. On the other hand there are issues of a lack of infrastructure to treat mental illness properly. This film brings together a variety of such issues related to mental illness in the Indian society. The film has six parts, each dealing with different issues, ranging from people's perceptions of mental illness to debates among professionals and from the problems of women languishing in mental hospitals to experiences of those who have recovered.

New Delhi Private Limited
By Ravinder S. Randhawa/ 20 mins/ English
Contribution (DVD): Students – 150.00 Indivs - Rs.200.00 Orgn - Rs.250.00
Produced by Hazards Centre, this documentary brings forth questions on how Delhi, like other mega cities, is being systematically transformed and for whose benefit. How the much-propagated notion of a world-class city is being interpreted by and intervened in by different sets of people.

Music (Audio CD)
Anhad Garje (Sufi Bhakti Music)
Contribution: Students/ Indivs/ Orgns – Rs. 500.00

This set of 4 VCDS of the Anhad Garje concerts held in Delhi, Bombay, Baroda, Valod, Surat, Ahmedabad and Lucknow during January 1, 1993 to April 4, 1993.

Swadheenta Samar Geet- Songs from the Indian freedom moment
Voice and composition: Shubha Mudgal & Aneesh Pradhan
Contribution (Audio CD): Rs. 250.00
The role of music and poetry in the India’s struggle for independence from British colonial rule is evident from the scores of songs that were popular among the masses. These songs, rich in political rhetoric and social messages, utilized folk tunes or specially composed melodies, but the texts found today are unfortunately not accompanied by musical notation. This album is an attempt to musically reconstruct a historical timeframe. Sing-along tracks have been provided for two songs, to enable children to memorize and render these songs with musical accompaniment. It comes with a booklet to go along.

Shubh Deepavali
By Shubha Mudgal
Contribution: Students/ Indivs/ Orgns – Rs. 288.50

Shubh Deepavali is an exclusive collection of six temple texts on the theme of Divali and the various rituals associated with it. Set to music and rendered by vocalist Shubha Mudgal, these compositions borrow from both folk music and North Indian art music forms like khayal and thumri. Beginning with an appropriate verse for Dhanteras, also known as Dhantrayodashi, the collection also includes descriptions of Chhoti Divali, the oil lamps and illuminations that mark the celebration of Divali, and even the practice of playing dice.

Unorthodoxies: Reimagining Meera
Voice and composition: Shubha Mudgal
Contribution (Audio CD): Rs.400.00
A unique multilingual collaborative experiment between author Kiran Nagarkar and musicians Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan, "Unorthodoxies: Reimagining Meera" brings together prose, poetry and music in a manner that reinterprets the traditional Indian storytelling form, while also giving the story of Meerabai an unorthodox hue.

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