Resources at Kriti Docuship: September 2009

Dear Friends,Justify Full
As we start the ninth month of 2009, we share with you a selected list of books and documentaries available to access from the Kriti Docushop, in solidarity with the following days of the month:

8 International Literacy Day 21 International Peace Day 15 Shankar Guha Niyogi Martyrdom Day and Harsud Day

We invite you to keep in touch with our activities this month as there are quite a few interesting ones lined up. We would especially like to ask you to mark your calender for the 19th, 21st and 22nd of September as we are organizing our fourth peace day festival with a panel discussion, theatre, films, poetry and more. Keep track of the programme on

in solidarity



Leading Cases on Right to Information
By Divya Jyoti Jaipuriar and Jayshree Satpute
Contribution: pl check when ordering

This book is about the Right to Information Act, 2005 and how it has been regarded as one of the most important legislations passed by Parliament since Independence.

Accords, Peace Processes and Prospects of Civil Society Peace Initiatives
a report by the North East Peoples’ Initiatives (NEPI)
Contribution: Rs. 100.00

The North Eastern Region of India has witnessed struggles for political affirmation, separation and self-assertion. The people of this region have a very limited say on affairs concerning their social, political, economic and cultural rights. Political scientists and historians in India have described the region as a zone of conflict, forever beset by conflicts, justifying the security-oriented administrative policies and structures in the region. A closer look at the conflicts and the armed resistance movements show that these struggles have never been mere issues of law and order not for secession. These struggles have fundamentally been assertions of independence and the right to self determination by indigenous communities and ethnic groups that were suppressed by the Indian State.

Mangoo Ram, Ad Dharm: the Dalit Movement in Punjab
By Ronki Ram
Contribution: Rs. 20.00

A publication explaining the objectives of the Mangoo Ram and Ad Dharm political movements which were to liberate the so-called untouchables so they could lead a life of dignity and equability with the twice-born.

Chhatrapati Shahu’s Crusade Against Untouchability
By B.D. Khane
Contribution: Rs. 20.00

This is a short publication explaining the condition of the untouchables and the contribution made by Chhatrapati Shahu in the movement for equality for the untouchables.


People Audit to Fight Corruption
By MKSS (17 min, Hindi with English Subtitles, VCD)

The Right to Information campaign had a modest beginning as an effort to document that the Government of Rajasthan was failing to pay minimum wages to workers engaged in employment generation programs. When government officials were asked by the MKSS to explain their failure to pay minimum wages, they claimed that the wage rolls and the Project Engineer's Measurement Books showed that the correct dues had been paid to the workers in question. Through these efforts, the National Campaign for Peoples Right to Information was formed; this group subsequently led the struggle for right to information in other states of India.

Letters and Learning
By Ajay Tg (41 min, Original language, DVD)

Letters and learning is about an elderly Satnami who got a job in the Bhilai Steel Plant in return for giving up his land, and how he prospered, enabling his daughter to become a school teacher and his granddaughter a doctor. Ajay got to know him when working as Jonathan Parry’s field assistant. This Jandarshan student film is not only a biography, but also a critique of attitudes to literacy and knowledge.

Bharat Ki Chaap
By Comet Media Foundation (VCD)

This 13 disc collection of films is presented and supported by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication Department of Science and Technology Government of India on the history of science and technology on the Indian Subcontinent. The Film titles include: Introduction, The Stone Age till 3500 B.C., The Harappan Civilization, The Iron Age 2000 B.C. to 500 B.C., The Age of Codification 500 B.C. to 300 A.D., Ayurveda & Astronomy 300 A.D. to 700 A.D., Mathematics & Temple Architecture 700 to 1200, Synthesis & Growth 1200 to 1600, Stagnation & a Changing World 1600 to 1800, Colonialism & the Industrial Revolution 1800 to 1900, The Freedom Struggle & the scientific Community 1900 to 1947, Independent India 1947 to the Present and finally Retrospect & Prospect.

Redefining Peace
By K.P. Sasi (60 Minutes, English and Hindi, VCD)

This one hour documentary showcases the history of the 1000 Women for Nobel Peace Prize 2005 initiative and profiles ten peace women from different regions of India, connected to various people’s movements. Namely Magline Peter from the Fish-workers movement, Medha Patkar from Narmada Bachao Andolan, Teesta Setalvad, lawyer-journalist and her struggle against the fascist state and fundamentalist political forces, C.K. Janu, struggling for rights of indigenous people and adivasis, Sharmila Iron, a young woman who is using non-violent mechanism to challenge and demand repeal of draconian laws in North East India. It also highlights the work of four grassroots women Lataben Sachde, Parmeben Sava, Alkaben Jani, Meghiben Samariya from Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghathan, Gujarat and their struggle for sustainable health, education and livelihoods for the masses.

Ayodhya to Varanasi Prayers for Peace
By Suma Josson (60 Minutes, English, VCD)

Against the background of globalization, the worsening economic situation, the status of Dalits, the concept of a Hindu Rashtra, and other issues being discussed in the film - it travels from Ayodhya to Faizabad, and surrounding villages. The message that comes through Sultanpur, Badlapur, Juanpur, Varanasi and others are strongly in favour of communal harmony and development, to the divisive ideologies being propagated by the ideology of Hindutva.

War and Peace
By Anand Patwardhan (135 Minutes, English, DVD)

Filmed over three years this is a journey of peace activism in the face of religious fanaticism, militarism and war.

Elusive Doves
By Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (DVD)

This is a film about the peace process.


By Ritu Dutta (32 mins, Hindi, DVD)

Vanishing schedule Tribes and disappearing forests are the testimonies to governments. For centuries the forest people of India have been struggling to reestablish their sovereign rights over forests, which were taken away by the colonial British government in the 18th century. Lack of education and awareness of their rights adds to their misery. Keeping this in mind, this film has been conceived not only to spread legal awareness but also to emphasize the fact that unity and trust between each other is their only weapon.

By Mahesh Bhatt and Ajay Kanchan (25 mins, Hindi, DVD)

“Poison on the Platter”, is an eye-opening film, illustrating how all of our lives are going to be (adversely) affected by genetically modified foods. It is no longer just a farmer’s issue; it is a matter of the consumers’ right to food safety. You and I would not even be able to separate/choose a normal Brinjal from/over a GM one, if Bt Brinjal - a GM crop produced by the mighty agri-MNC Monsanto - is let through by our corrupt regulatory body. Let’s put up a strong resistance, by demanding a ban on GM food/crops for 5 years, until they are proven safe for human consumption by independent researchers, after long-term studies.

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