DOCUSHOP RESOURCES for the month of July

A Critical Assessment of the Draft National Rehabilitation Policy – With Specific Comments on the Provision of NRP-2006 by People’s Movements
By Delhi Forum
Access Contribution: 25/-
The book is related to campaign for National Policy for Development Planning, Minimum Displacement and Just Rehabilitation.

Displacement Juggernaut – Case Studies from States
By Delhi Forum, published 2008
Access Contribution: Rs. 100/-
This report documents eight case studies of displacement resulting from large development project and situations of conflict. At the outset, therefore, we would like to acknowledge the brave and resilient women and men who continue to struggle against the injustice of displacement, against all odds and despite the violence and callousness meted out to them on behalf of the State of private entities.

Critical Assessment & Recommendations: Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill 2007
By Delhi Forum, Published 2008
Access Contribution: Rs.100/-
A day before the winter session of Parliament ended in 2007 the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, tabled two bills – The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill and the Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill. Introduced purportedly to strike a balance between the need for land for development and other purposes and protecting the interests of the person whose lands are statutorily acquired, both the bills, if enacted, will have far reaching impact on the lives on millions of people across the country, their livelihood and access to productive and natural resource, especially land, water and forests.

Documentary Films
Another Revolt
By Shri Prakash (40 min, Santhali with English Sub Titles, DVD), 1995
For viewing reference only
A film that documents the struggle against the Koel Karo dam in Jharkhand and marks the first such movement against dams and the displacement caused by them in the country

Ek Haadsa Aur Bhi (One More Tragedy)
By Biju Toppo & others (58 min, Local Language & Hindi, DVD),   
Contribution: Rs. 250/-
This is a film about the displacement of people by the construction of Bhakra Nangal and Tehri dams. The development policies of Independent India had displaced about 4 crore people, and 75% of these are adivasis. Even 40 years later, these people had not been rehabilitated. The film also sends out a warning, as it talks of the present protests against dams like Narmada, Tehri and Koelkaro.

Development from the Barrel of the Gun/ Vikas Bandook Ki Naal Se (English and Hindi versions available)
By Megnath & Biju Toppo (55 min, Hindi, DVD), 2001
Contribution: Rs. 250/- 
The film captures the voices of project affected people in Kashipur (Orissa), (Jharkhand), Mehendikheda (Dewas, Madhya Pradesh), Umbergaon (Gujarat) and Nagarnar (Bastar, Chhatisgarh).

From Kalinga to Kashipur
By Megnath & Biju Toppo (24 min, English, DVD), 2004
Contribution: Rs.250/-
For the last 13 years, tens of thousands of indigenous and low-caste peoples from the Kashipur region of Orissa in east India have been fighting to prevent another massive industrial disaster.  A consortium of multinational corporations, including Alcan Inc. of Montreal, are proposing to build a massive bauxite mine and alumina refinery.  This project would displace between 20 000 and 40 000 people from their homes, destroying their economy and livelihoods, contaminating their food and water source, and denying their rights to self-determination and sustainability of their culture.

Development at Gun-Point
By K. P. Sasi (38 min, English, DVD), 2002
Contribution: Individual Rs.200.00, Institutional Rs. 500.00
A documentary film on the social and environmental impact of bauxite mining in Kashipur, Orissa and the subsequent struggle of adivasis in the region.

By Deepak Roy (61.10 min, Local Language & Hindi with English subtitles, DVD), 2007
Contribution: Rs 250/-
This film attempts to present the struggles of the tribal and other forest dwellers for their rights over forest resources from a socio-historical point of view. This is especially significant in the context of their recent campaigns to reclaim lost rights of ancestral land in every part of India...their collective battle against the land mafia, forest officials and corrupt local administration...and the impending Forest Rights Bill.

 counting-recounting POPULATION

Coercion versus Empowerment: Perspectives from the people’s tribunal on India’s coercive population policies and two-child norm
By Shruti Pandey & Others (ed.), Published 2006
Access Contribution: Rs. 450/-
Coercion versus Empowerment is a book that aims at a rollback on coercion, targets, incentives and disincentives as the basis of India’s population policies. It brings out the gross violations of the entire range of human rights that result from such approach: the right to choice/self-determination, democratic participation, privacy, dignity, safety, security, to right to life itself. It argues that such policies have been found to be anti-poor, anti-women, anti-dalits/tribals/other backward castes, anti-youth, anti-girl child, apart from being generally, anti-people and anti-democracy. The cost that the population pays for such policies in terms of concomitantly reduced emphasis on health, education and other development indices is the other aspect of the matter that has been highlighted. Throughout the book also exposes the myth of a population explosion in India and therefore the very needlessness as well as ineffectiveness of coercive policies in addressing the country’s population growth.

We and other Fertility: The Politics of Technological Intervention
By Chayanika & others, Published 1999
Access Contribution: Rs. 75/-
We and other Fertility is about reproduction and the range of technological interventions into the reproductive processes. While the emphasis is on information about various techniques, for both contraception and assisted reproduction, this book is also about the making and breaking of values circumscribing their development and uses.

We and other Fertility includes the experiences of many women who have used these technologies and has evolved through discussion with several women and groups who are struggling against the technological violence unleashed on women’s fertility even as they are initiating efforts to realize their dreams of alternatives to these violent methods. This book is written from a perspective that reflects their experience and does not separate technical interventions from te experiences they leave behind.

Documentary Films
Beyond Numbers
By Sanjay Mattoo (25 min, Local language with English sub-titles, DVD) 2001
For reference views only
A film on the politics of Population growth and control.

keeping TIBET alive

Documentary Films
Fire Under the Snow: A Tibetan Monk-a spirit unbroken by 33 years of torture.
By Makoto Sasa & Imakoko Media (75 min, Tibetan; English & Italian, DVD) 2008
For reference views only
The Venerable Palden Gyatso, a Buddhist monk since childhood, was arrested by the Chinese Communist Army in 1959. He spent 33 years in prison for the 'crime' of demonstrating peacefully. He was starved and tortured. His nation and culture were destroyed, his teachers, friends and family displaced, jailed or killed under Chinese occupation. Despite this he remained unbroken, and kept the flame of his spirit ablaze. Fire Under the Snow reveals the contours of an inspirational story: the survival of a soul under unthinkable duress.

A Nation in exile
By Jan Madhyam (15 min, English, DVD) 1994
Contribution: Rs. 500/-
The Tibetan children in exile, living in foster-homes.
A Shawl to Die For
By Rita Banerji (21 min, English, DVD) 2006
Contribution: Rs. 250/-
This film reflects the ban on the world’s finest wool, Shahtoosh, extracted from the Tibetan antelope. This wool has historically been woven into fabric only in the Kashmir Valley for 600 year.  While the ban has been critical in conserving the antelopes, it has also jeopardized the livelihoods of thousands of people. This film also showcases an alternative means of livelihood for them.

Art in Exile 
By Nidhi Tuli and Ashraf Abbas (37 min., DVD) 2006
Contribution: Individual Rs. 400.00, Institutional Rs. 700.00
A film about Tibetans living in exile in India and the role their art is playing in keeping their identity and the larger Free Tibet Movement alive. From the prolific activist poet, Tenzin Tsundue, to the enigmatic, ex-Tibetan Youth Congress President/ Poet Lhasang Tsering, rock band JJI Exile Brothers, to traditional institutes like TIPA and Norbulingka, the Film offers glimpses into an alternative Tibetan Revolution.

Democracy in Exile 
By Tashi Wangchuk and Tsultrim Dorjee (30 min., DVD) 2006
Contribution: Individual Rs. 400.00, Institutional Rs. 700.00
The Film explores the debate among the general mass of Tibetan people in India about the two major possible goals of future Tibet - Genuine Autonomy, a middle path proposed by the Tibetan Government in Exile and an Independent Tibet, as proposed by the Tibetan Youth Congress.

Diaspora in Refuge 
By Harshwardhan Varma (30 min., DVD) 2002
Contribution: Individual Rs. 400.00, Institutional Rs. 700.00
The Film looks at the Tibetan community that has lived in exile for more than forty years in India and the emotions, traumas, successes and failures that form a part of their everyday lives.

Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts 
By Nidhi Tuli and Ashraf Abbas (37 min., DVD) 2009
Contribution: Individual Rs. 400.00, Institutional Rs. 700.00
Who says freedom struggle is all about guns and revolution? TIPA, in Mcleodganj, is one of the oldest performing arts institute outside Tibet, where each individual, whether student or teacher, has a story to tell: a story of struggle, pathos, spirituality and hope… hope to keep Tibet alive.

Learning in Exile 
By Aprajita Sarcar & Others (26 min., DVD) 2010
Contribution: Individual Rs. 400.00, Institutional Rs. 700.00
Based on interviews with young Tibetans in Dharamsala and Majnu Ka Tila in Delhi, the Film tries to capture the dilemmas of being Tibetan in India today.

Unheard Voices and Notes to Myself… 
By Deopriy Agarwal (52 min., DVD) 2012
Contribution: Individual Rs. 400.00, Institutional Rs. 700.00

The Film follows a group of students on a month-long Gurukul programme in Dharamsala wherein they experience the monastic tradition, Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan culture and get closer to the Tibetan community in exile, even as they attempt to find their inner selves.

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Therese said…
This is fantastic!