Resources at Kriti Docuship: October 2009

Dear Friends,
October 2009 is a busy month here at the Kriti team. We opened an exhibit on Birds of Delhi to mark the World Wildlife Week starting 1st October but will go on until 31st October at the India Habitat Centre (drop by at Dilli-o-Dilli to see these beautifully hand sketched and painted prints); some documentation and research work is on for peer development organisations, some stalls for diwali shopping at various locations and some travel for members of the team!

For those of you interested in any design and communication work to be done or institutional/ corporate orders of greeting cards and gifts for diwali, christmas and the new year, please get in touch with us!

There are many important days this month to mark which are listed below.

Also, sharing a piece of information...check out the website on how to participate in a global movement for environmental awareness and action on October 24th.

1 International day of Older Persons
2 Gandhi Jayanti/ International Day of Non-Violence
3 World Habitat Day
13 International Day of natural Disasters Reduction
14 World Standards Day
16 World Food Day
17 International Day for Eradication of Poverty
24 United Nations Day/ World Development Day
24-30 World Disarmament Week

Following is a list of books and movies here at Kriti available for purchase that will provide more insight into each of these issues above. We look forward to hearing from you as you access what we can offer!

In solidarity,



The Long & Winding Road
By Walter Mendoza and John D’Souza
Contribution: Rs. 250.00

This book is part of a personal journey, an exploration, of what NGOs have been attempting to do during the Past three to four decades. At the turn of the millennium, NGOs have become segmented into issues and development programs. With “revolution” not round the corner overarching theory and perspectives have been lost. There is an increasing feeling that one has to work within the system.

With an overpowering, globalizing market and under pressure from donors, Ngo efforts on the ground have been reduced to:
-working on credit, watershed, local initiative
-projects of appeal like health, children, disability
-advocacy to propose or modify legislation and policy within the system

Out of decay or decadence or stagnation or ferment, there will be a renaissance, inevitably. But it has happened overnight. Its beginnings were always invisible, peripheral, dispersed – coalescing over decades and centuries. A new, overarching theory is thus in the making, bring together and taking off from the current voluntary efforts movements and agitations, experiments and constructive work, local governance systems and intermediary structures. That is where The Long and Winding Road takes us.

Whitewash The tabloid that is, about the India that isn’t
By: Gautam Bhatia
Contribution: Rs. 550.00

A tabloid with a difference, Whitewash is a disturbingly indiscreet piece of writing that rips apart conventional Indian notions of politics, equality, caste, gender, ownership, personal rights, heritage, love of country- all in a way that at once distresses and invigorates while laying bare the hypocrisy or our ordinary lives. Using personal references, random thoughts, and historical data in a newspaper format littered with misinformation, false advertising, fake tenders and public notices, pretend classifieds and matrimonials, the author presents a happily distorted picture of India.

Organic Farming
By: Stephan Dabbert, Anna Maria Haring and Raffaele Zanoli
Contribution: Rs. 680.00

Consumers are more and more concerned with the health of the food they eat. While great public anxiety about genetically engineered foodstuffs and BSE in cattle has developed in Europe, on the positive side there has been a rapidly rising demand for organic produce. Food retailers, including supermarkets, have responded, and the organic sector has moved from being a marginal production fad to a serious subject of policy concern for politicians and public servants involved in European agricultural policy. In this book, three leading authorities on organic farming have for the first time produced a serious and scientific overview for the lay person of the state of organic farming and policy towards it in Europe.

Voices of Sanity: reaching Out for Peace
By: Kamla Bhasin, Smitu Kothari and Bindia Thapar
Contribution: Rs. 125.00

Voices of Sanity presents a diversity of voices encompassing a myriad of written expression – analysis, emotion, anger, revulsion, hope. These voices range from Eduardo Galeano and Susan Sontag, two of the worlds most politically committed writers to the reflections of Edward Said and Seheir Hammad; from the statements of activists who have been at the forefront of the struggles against developmental destruction and the nuclearisation of their societies to those who have experienced life in the trenches of conflict; from celebrated journalists like John Pilger and Praful Bidwai to Robert Fisk and Tariq Ali; from Fidel Castro to Jose Ramos-Horta; and, from so many friends all over the word grappling to come to terms with the violence of September 11 and its aftermath.

Tsunami Aid or Debt Cancellation!
By: Damien Millet and Eric Toussaint
Contribution: Rs. 150.00

The studies presented in this book by Damien Millet, Eric Toussaint and Francois Hourtart analysis the link between the post- Tsunami reconstruction and the cancellation of the multi and bilateral aid of the Tsunami affected countries. They are arguing that even before the Tsunami that ravaged the coast lines, the coastal poor were suffering from the powerful neo-liberal wave. The servicing of debt which accounts for the colossal amount is a major obstacle to the development of these countries.

The Violence of Development
By: Karin Kapadia
Contribution: Rs. 450.00

This timely volume brings together the work of some of India’s leading feminist economists, historians, political scientists, journalists and anthropologists to investigate the contemporary situation of women in India. It focuses on four broad domains: the cultural, the social, the political and the economic. The writers argue that despite apparently positive indicators of progress in education and paid employment, women’s status has not improved. They point out that steadily falling sex ratios even show a growing bias against the female child. They elucidate the complex ways in which this is connected with the nature of India’s development processes ad examine the hidden dynamics by which economic development has strengthened male-biased norms and values across all castes and classes in India. Further, they argue that these two processes are organically connected: worsening discrimination against females is the direct result of development trajectories in India. This book is thus an urgent call for action: it shows that there is no room for complacency. We need to give immediate attention to the powerful interests that collude in women’s worsening status in India.

Right to Food
By: Human Rights Law Network
Contribution: enquire when ordering

As the first few orders came into the right for food case,, there was a noticeable revival in the right to food campaign, almost as if it had received a shot in the arm. The groups that had put in enormous work over the decades immediately became involved in the legal proceedings. Women’s organisations, tribal groups, NGO’s of all types, child rights organizations, health rights NGOs, economists, nutritionists, academics, lawyers and journalists got involved. It was magnificent to see the spread and depth of the movement. These organizations and individual became the backbone of the case. They collected information, conducted surveys, did public hearings and submitted data and information, which was in turn, handed over to the court. They guided the petitioner and the advocates as to the issues to be taken up and the demands to be made. They decided strategy and tactics. They monitored the court orders and immediately reported instances on non-compliance. They wrote articles in the newspapers and they held numerous meetings where governments came in for trenchant criticism. It is this campaign that is responsible for the success of the case.

International Human Rights Standards on Post-disaster Resettlement and Rehabilitation
By: Habitat International Coalition- Housing and Land Rights Network
Contribution: Rs. 100.00

Disaster brings with it significant challenges. It also brings enormous potential to restore the human rights of the affected and to overcome historical inequities and discrimination. The rehabilitation process gives us the opportunity not only to provide relief to the survivors, but also to crate a sustainable human rights culture that produces visible results. This can be achieved through the application of international human rights and humanitarian standards – to which States have voluntarily committed – in all post disaster reconstruction planning and operations. The application of such standards will help ease tensions as well as use the situation to contribute positively toward building an egalitarian society in which the dignity of all is upheld.

Four years of the ceasefire agreement between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim: Promises and Pitfalls
By: Ram Narayan Kumar with Laxmi Murthy
Contribution: Rs. 250.00

Dealing with the narratives of political conflict and violence is a complex and long-term task. With arduous research, it may be possible to recover statistics of death, disappearances, physical torture and material destruction. It is difficult to comprehend the fears, pains, guilt, frustrations, social estrangement, erosion of trust and hopes that attend on protected political conflicts and internally mutilate their victims. We need that understanding if our attempts to overcome conflict and violence through conciliation and dialogue are to succeed. This is premise of this report on four years of ceasefire agreement between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM).

DOCUMENTARY FILMS (pl check on contributions when ordering)

We Won’t Leave Niyamgiri even if you Behead Us (2008)
By Surya Shankar Dash (93 mins, Oriya with English Subtitles)
A film that presents the voice of the people of Niyamgiri: The Mountain of Law.

The Lament of Niyamraja (2007)
By Surya Shankar Dash (13 mins, Kui with Hindi/English Subtitles)
The DVD is a video of a Dongria Kondh song that features Zaroori Khwaab by Mili Bhagat.

The Real Face of Vedanta (updated version) (2009)
By Surya Shankar Dash (33 mins, Oriya with English Subtitles)
Apart from the environmental degradation, the documentary records the effects of pollution on the hapless villagers. Some of its sharpest images are of the very young victims of pollution- children with all kinds of skin diseases, from suppurating sores and boils to rash, which is on the rise in the area.

The Last Shelter
By Sahu/Ajay (11 min, in original language)

A student film on a home for the elderly.

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

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 favor of communal harmony and development, to the divisive ideologies being propagated by the ideology of Hindutva.

If it Rains Again
By K.P. Sasi (147 Minutes, English)

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.

Kosi Katha-The Making of Famine
By Jharna Anurag Singh (30 Minutes, English Subtitled)

The latest official figures of Government of Bihar indicate widespread damage caused by the Kosi floods despite spending a sizable amount on precautionary measures annually. Kosi Katha is the story of irresponsible actions on behalf of the state and authorities concerned. It tracks the loss of livelihood among several other issues.

Harvesting Hunger
By Krishnendu Bose/ Earthcare Films (53 Minutes, English)

Harvesting Hunger is a journey into this impending world of hunger and famine, an exploration of the deepening crisis in food security in the country. The film revolves around four case studies - Punjab for a study of the yellowing of the Green Revolution, Kalahandi for an investigation into the structural reasons of famine and impoverishment, Warangal for an examination of the debilitating effects of money lending, resulting in suicide deaths, prompted by multinational pesticides enterprises and Bellary for an understanding of the role of giant seed and food processing companies in destroying the very base of Indian agriculture.

Food? Health? Hope?
By Rajani Mani and Deepti Seshadri (34 Minutes, English with Subtitles)

The Green Revolution in India paved way for chemical intensive cultivation and a mono-crop culture. In spite of its economic merits - environmentalists believe it to be the first step to agricultural damnation. Over the years, just as super pests took over the average field pest, green revolution has made way to the gene revolution. Spawning a new generation of seeds that cross species barriers and that claim to succeed where chemicals and pesticides have failed. Biotechnology has traveled far. Large corporations across the globe find this genetic manipulation of the seed a sure recipe for success. Genetic engineering has opened the door to global markets, and many chemical giants are eager to grab their share of the loot.

Highlights: Films to view at Kriti FILM CLUB

Where do I go from Here?
By Yasmin Kidwai (46 Minutes, English)

A film about ageing through the eyes of the elderly. As we stand at the beginning of a new century-India is ageing rapidly-its old are growing older, as longevity gives them more years to live but not enough life to enjoy them. The younger generation is not around much, governed as they are by their own life and constraints. What does it mean to be old and alone in India today-where definitions of relationships and age are fast changing. The film takes a look at ageing alone in India

Peace one Day
By Peace one Day Limited (120 Minutes, English)

PEACE ONE DAY is the story of one man's attempts to persuade the global community via the United Nations to officially sanction a global ceasefire day, a day of non-violence: a day of Peace.

Ummeed Ki Lau
By Mohan & Ami, Sangat (47 Minutes, Hindi)
Violence Against Women, Peace.

Of Land, Labour and Love
By Ajay Bhardwaj (65 Minutes, Kondha, Parja & Oriya)
This film is about the efforts of a federation of tribal women’s organizations and the tribal people of Dasmantpur, Orissa to push back the limits of human endeavor and overcome the crippling poverty of their lives.

Mahua Memoirs
By Grass Roots Media (82 Minutes, Local Languages)

Saloo, the bard and Thirku, the Baiga takes us on a journey through the lives of the many adivasis communities who live in the mountain tracts and forests of the Eastern Ghats( home to vast amounts of natural resources), across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. The film unravels and unfolds both their life visions and their struggles against the merciless that is consuming their land and their lives.

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