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Renukaji in Delhi's taps

Kurush Canteenwalla's documentary made as part of the Infochange Media Fellowship 2009 starts in thirsty Delhi and travels to the lush, green Renuka valley in Himachal Pradesh where families in 17 panchayats will be thrown off their fertile picture-postcard land to make way for the Renuka dam that will supply water to Delhi. Those living in the area -mostly farmers - point to the many crops they grow and from which they make a decent living, and ask what they can do and where they can go when their land is taken away. The documentary highlights the powerlessness of ordinary people in a democracy and skewed city development that has destroyed Delhi's own water resources and causes it to prey on the resources of people 300 miles away.

Director: Kurush Canteenwala
Duration: 32 minutes

 

Announcement

UNFPA-Laadli Media Award for Infochange

Anosh Malekar of www.infochangeindia.org was awarded the UNFPA-Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitive Reporting in the Web category on December 9, 2009. Anosh won the award for his story entitled Battling the Triple Burden of Poverty, Religion and Gender, which reports on the 97 women’s education centres that are slowly beginning to transform the lives of the impoverished and illiterate women of the Meo Muslim community in Mewat district of UP.  Read the story here http://infochangeindia.org/Agenda/Against-exclusion/Battling-the-triple-burden-of-poverty-religion-and-gender.html.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award for Goa, Goa, Gone, a CCDS film

Kurush Canteenwalla's film on the destruction wrought by the mining industry in Goa, produced by CCDS, has won the Delhi Chief Minister's Environment Conservation Award at the CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival that concluded on October 31, 2009.

The Jury Citation states: "The film amazingly captures the real-life drama of the people of Goa -- from old people to children -- battling for the rich but threatened biodiversity of the forests of the Western Ghats against the all-powerful, unthinking mining lobby."

To watch the film, click here

Infochange Media Fellowships 2009

November 1-December 31, 2009 

www.infochangeindia.org invites applications for its 2009 Media Fellowships. These fellowships will be awarded to journalists, filmmakers and researchers reporting on a selected topic of research. The topic chosen must be related to social justice/sustainable development in India.

www.infochangeindia.org (managed by the Centre for Communication and Development Studies) covers a diverse range of issues in the social sector – from environment, poverty, livelihoods, public health, women and child rights, social exclusion, displacement, migration, gender and sexuality to globalisation, trade and development, intellectual property rights, social entrepreneurship and much more. We welcome proposals that uncover and illustrate topical issues and contemporary debates in any of these fields. The final output must combine research and reportage with background, perspective, analysis and, when appropriate, views and information from experts.

The fellowship must result in any one of the following outputs:

  1. A series of five or more original articles (preferably with photographic documentation) on the proposed subject of research, totalling 7,500 words or more. These are to be submitted and uploaded on www.infochangeindia.org.
  2. A series of three or more audio documentaries – each less than 20 mins in duration -- on the proposed subject of research, to be featured in the Audio section of infochangeindia.org. If the documentaries are in a regional Indian language they must be subtitled in English.
  3. One documentary film (not exceeding 30 mins duration) or a series of shorts (of broadcast quality, submitted in avi or mpeg formats) on the proposed subject of research, for upload in the Documentary section of infochangeindia.org. If the documentary is in a regional Indian language it must be subtitled in English.

    (All content researched and uploaded on www.infochangeindia.org may be submitted for publication/dissemination elsewhere one month after upload on our site, provided due credit is given to CCDS and infochangeindia.org as the supporting institution and the website where the material first appeared respectively. Films and audio stories produced as part of the fellowship must likewise carry the required credits to CCDS and infochangeindia)

Duration

The fellowships will be announced end-October. Fellows are expected to begin work by the first week of November 2009 and complete it by the first week of January 2010. All outputs are required to reach infochangeindia by January 10, 2010.

Eligibility

The fellowship is open to independent journalists, filmmakers and researchers living in India only. Working journalists may also apply, provided their organisations endorse their application and allow them time off for this fellowship If selected.

Last date for submission of applications

All applications must be received by September 30, 2009.

Funding support

The infochangeindia fellowships carry a grant amount of Rs 50,000 (subject to TDS as applicable). 50% of this amount will be disbursed on selection, to fund travel and research expenses. The balance will be released on successful completion of the project, submission and acceptance of stories/films. Infochangeindia reserves the right to ask for revisions in articles/documentaries submitted until its standards for upload are met. 

Grants will be withdrawn and the advance refunded by the fellow if the fellow fails to complete and submit her/his project on deadline or if the quality of the work submitted is not acceptable. The decision of the editors/editorial board of www.infochangeindia.org on the quality of submissions will be final.

Application procedure

All applications must be accompanied by

  1. A detailed proposal (not exceeding 1,000 words) clearly stating the subject to be researched, the applicant’s perspective on this subject, and expected output in terms of X number of articles etc.
  2. Travel likely to be undertaken for the research, with an estimated budget.
  3. CV of the applicant.
  4. Three samples of published work by applicants from the print media. At least one sample of broadcast/telecast work on CD by applicants from the electronic media. If any of these are in regional languages, they must be accompanied by a summary of their contents in English.
  5. Working journalists submitting applications must enclose a letter from their editor stating that they endorse the application and will allow the fellow time off for the research if selected.
  6. One letter of recommendation from a writer/editor/academician or other appropriate referee endorsing the applicant’s interest/expertise in the chosen subject of research and the candidate’s ability to successfully complete the project.

Address to send applications to

Applications may be addressed to

Infochangeindia Media Fellowships
Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS)
301, Kanchanjunga Building, Kanchan Gully
Off Law College Road,
Pune 411 004

Telephone: 020-26852845/25457371 

Applications not accompanied by CDs may be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and CC to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. provided all scanned material is clearly legible and all attachments are zipped into a single file.  

ANNOUNCEMENT

SANGAM HOUSE International Writers' Residency invites applications for the 2009-2010 season which runs for 10 weeks between November 2009 and February 2010.

Deadine for applications, July 31, 2009

Sangam House is located outside Pondicherry, India. The intention of Sangam House is to bring together writers from around the world to live and work in a safe, peaceful setting.

The residency program is designed for writers who have published to some acclaim but not yet enjoyed substantial commercial success. Sangam House seeks to give writers (and we include here translators, poets, playwrights and those involved in creating fiction and non-fiction works) a chance to build a substantial and influential network of personal and professional relationships that can deepen their own work, in effect, expanding and diversifying literature.

We invite applications from writers working in any and all languages.

For more information and application procedures, please visit www.sangamhouse.org

Waste

Santosh, Sameer and Salman - three real-life 'slumdogs' - live in Dharavi, Mumbai's biggest slum. They are among thousands of child ragpickers in the city, making a vital contribution to Mumbai's recycling industry, based largely in Dharavi. The boys comb through mountains of rubbish on the outskirts of the Indian metropolis that generates 8,000 metric tonnes of waste every day. They have no protection against the dangerous toxins that surround them. But for them, they say, waste is gold. Who recognises the value of their contribution to waste management in the city? What will happen to them and to the waste recycling industry of Dharavi when the slum redevelopment plan ousts them from here? Parasher Baruah won the Infochange Media Fellowship 2008 to make this film.

Director: Parasher Baruah
Duration: 24 minutes

 

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www.infochangeindia.org brings you news, views and perspectives on social justice and development issues in India. This media advocacy project is supported by individuals and institutions who believe in independent journalism, who know that issues related to social justice and development have been marginalised by mainstream media and that it is vital to bring these issues - and agents and avenues of change -- centrestage. Your support will help make this project sustainable, and will help us widen our coverage further.

This website is managed by the Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS), a public trust (registration number E 3657 Pune) registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950 (donations by Indian citizens are eligible for 50% IT exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act).

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Sangha Majha Bapala (Tell My Father)

CCDS presents its latest documentary film, directed by Soumitra Bhattacharya, on the child rights movement building up in more than 60 villages in Latur district of Maharashtra. These are drought-prone villages from where dalit labour migrate to the lush green sugarcane fields of western Maharashtra. Often, the dalits take their children with them to work the fields. But not any more. Now the children are demanding that they be allowed to go to school. They are asking why the entitled scholarships are not being granted to them, why they cannot eat the midday meal alongside the rest of the children.

Soumitra Bhattacharya was awarded the Infochange Media Fellowship 2008 to make this film.
Duration: 15 mins

 

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Asia Media Conference-09

Asia Media Forum has organised Asia Media Conference-09 in Bangkok from March 25 -27, 2009. The theme for the Asia Media Conference is "Media in the Time of Crisis". 

We expect to have journalists, subject experts, civil society activists, and policy makers from Asia to participate in this second Conference of the Asia Media Forum (www.theasiamediaforum.org). Asia Media Forum is a unique network and platform of media practitioners across Asia.

The conference will discuss the implications of and proposal to address the ongoing crises in the arenas of Economy, Environment, Food and Governance. In Asia we are at the receiving end of a much deeper recession, increasing instance of terrorism, deficit of democracy and potential risk of conflict and natural calamities. All these will have implication for the Media - in terms of implications as well as responsibilities. The Asia Media conference will not only discuss the implications but also explore the proposals to address multiple forms of such crises.

An interface between media and civil society and academia can play a vital role in shaping public discourse on development, democratization and human rights. 

Asia Media Conference will be a unique opportunity for journalists interact with fellow journalist and editors from different parts of Asia as well as with some of the most respected thinkers, academics and civil society leaders across Asia. We expect to have some of the most respected and eminent speakers- including Economists, Editors and Experts.

The Major Sessions will focus on :

a) Economic Crisis
b) Environmental Crisis
c) Crisis of Governance
d) Food Crisis.

This will be an exciting opportunity for media practitioners, civil society activists and academics to interact with each other and contribute to discourse and proposal to address the ongoing crisis. March will be also a great time to visit Bangkok. There is an added benefit of special discount airfare announced by the Thai Airways. This will be less US $ 300 for to and fro from various destinations in Asia to Bangkok.

A registration fee of US$ 150 for international participant will ensure three night hotel accommodation and conference lunches for three days.

 We would request all those who would like to participate to send their names and other details as soon as possible,

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Look forward to hear from you. Once we receive this information from you, we will inform you as to how and where to send the registration fee.

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Chair : Asia Media Conference Organising Committee
Chair:  South East Asia Press Alliance
Group Assistant Editor : The Nation Group, Bangkok.

Yuvaraj Ghimmre
Chair: Asia Media Forum Centre
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Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility
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Announcement

Infochange Media Fellowships 2009

We are happy to announce the winners of the Infochange Media Fellowships 2009. We received over 120 applications. Four fellowships are being awarded this year. They are:

Subrat Kumar Sahu

For a series of articles on Community Forest Management in Orissa. At a time when most of India’s forest areas are depleting due to either poor management or non-forest activities such as mining, metal factories, and dams, a revolution in forest conservation is quietly perpetuating itself in the adivasi heartland of India, says Sahu. In Orissa alone, more than 2,000,000-odd people belonging to some 10,000 villages have formed village-level communities to protect and manage more than 4,000,000 ha (hectares) of forests, which they have recreated from barren lands... and which ensure the sustainability of the local economies. Sahu’s series will profile the CFM initiatives, look at the state challenges in the form of joint forestry management and state power, the loss of the forests to mining leases etc, impact of Forest Rights Act and the likelihood of government selling its forests in the international carbon market as carbon sinks.

Kurush Canteenwala

For a documentary film titled Dilli ki Pyas, about the haphazard and inequitable water supply and water management in Delhi,  and the proposed Renuka Dam in Himachal Pradesh, which will submerge 3,000 hectares of fertile land and 11,00,000 trees and displace 800 families and part of the Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary to provide Delhi an additional 1,450 million litres of water supply – roughly equivalent to the water lost in leakage, theft and transport every year. The film will be located in Delhi and the Renuka Dam site in Himachal Pradesh.

Maheen Mirza

For a detailed study of nutrition amongst the urban poor in three Bhopal slums. Mirza proposes to explore 1) The impact of migration and consequent loss of access to natural resources/grainbanks on nutrition; 2) how informal, unorganised livelihood patterns affect nutrition; 3) government interventions to promote food security; 4) how the markets are inducing the poor to switch to processed foods that appear nutritious;  and 5) women’s role in food provisioning.

Rintu R Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

For their joint proposal titled ‘In Search of My Home’, a documentary film that records the  narratives of refugees in India who live precarious lives in the absence of refugee status from the UNHCR. These refugees are from Burma, Bangladeshb and other nations. The film will serve to comment on the ambivalence of India’s refugee policy and how the lack of policy of the Indian state, absence of legal redressal systems, minimal healthcare, abject living conditions and dwindling educational opportunities form a complex mire that seems impossible to get out of.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the winners. We will be in touch with you individually shortly. We will also be in touch with other applicants to the fellowship, whose proposals we found very interesting and which we would like to feature on www.infochangeindia.org in the future.

VOX POP

Get the message across!

The Vox Pop project uses the short-film format to show up – and bridge -- the borders between people, cultures, classes, genders, nations, ideologies, religions

We’ve made the first in the series (watch it above).

You make the rest!

Films should explore the broad theme of BORDERS. You must use the same format of shooting and recording the responses of diverse people to one particular question. The question you choose to ask will in large part determine how effective your film is.

Films should not be more than 120 seconds in duration. You can shoot on a professional mini-DV camera, or on a quality handycam or 3CCD digital video camera. But the output must be of broadcast quality.

You must use the original Vox Pop soundtrack that we have created for the series. Download the soundtrack at http://www.openspaceindia.org/Vox_pop.mp3

Entries can be submitted by individuals, by a group, or by a team/institution. This is an ongoing project so we will accept entries until March 2009. But the two best entries received by November 30, 2008 win an award of Rs 10,000 each.

The best entries will be showcased on the Open Space website (www.openspaceindia.org) and on India’s leading online resource base on social justice and development issues, www.infochangeindia.org.

We’re looking for films that are:

› Original
› Reflective of public attitudes and concerns
› Creative
› Technically sound
› Effective at getting the message across

All entries must be submitted in DVD format.

Adherence to the following guidelines is compulsory:

  • The spot can be made using a Handycam or a 3CCD digital video camera or quality professional camera only(we will not accept entries shot on mobile phones) and the final output should be of broadcast quality. Entries should be submitted in any of the following formats: MOV, MPEG, AVI
  • The film shall not contain any sort of vulgarity or nudity and should not hurt the religious sentiments or sensibilities of anyone in any way
  • The location of the film should be open to general public and not exclusive in any way
  • The primary language of the film should be English or Hindi
  • Ideal running time of the film is upto 120 seconds. Films exceeding this duration will be disqualified.
  • In case of any dispute related to the spot arising with a third party, www.infochangeindia.org, CCDS will not be held responsible; any disputes shall be dealt with by the person/s submitting the entry.
  • CCDS shall have the right to use and disseminate for public education purposes all entries submitted for the contest.

DVDs of all entries should be couriered to at the following address: 
Open Space
B – 301, 2nd Floor,
Kanchanjunga Bldg, Kanchan Lane,
Near Krishna Dining Hall,
Off Law College Road,
Pune 411 004  

Tel No: 020-25457371

 

Announcement

Infochangeindia Media Fellowships 2008

November 1-December 31, 2008

www.infochangeindia.org invites applications for its 2008 Media Fellowships. Three fellowships will be awarded to journalists and researchers reporting on a selected topic of research. The topic chosen must be related to social justice/sustainable development in India.

www.infochangeindia.org (managed by the Centre for Communication and Development Studies) covers a diverse range of issues in the social sector – from environment, poverty, livelihoods, public health, women and child rights, social exclusion, displacement, migration, gender and sexuality to globalisation, trade and development, intellectual property rights, social entrepreneurship and much more. We welcome proposals that uncover and illustrate topical issues and contemporary debates in any of these fields. The final output must combine research and reportage with background, perspective, analysis and, when appropriate, views and information from experts.

The fellowship must result in any one of the following outputs:

  1. A series of five or more original articles (preferably with photographic documentation) on the proposed subject of research, totalling 7,500 words or more. These are to be submitted and uploaded on www.infochangeindia.org.

  2. A series of three or more short audio reports – not exceeding 10 mins duration each -- on the proposed subject of research, to be featured in the Audio section of infochangeindia.org.

  3. One documentary film (of 10-22 mins duration) or a series of shorts (of broadcast quality, submitted in avi or mpeg formats) on the proposed subject of research, for upload in the Documentary section of infochangeindia.org

    (All content researched and uploaded on www.infochangeindia.org may be submitted for publication/dissemination elsewhere one month after upload on our site, provided due credit is given to CCDS and infochangeindia.org as the supporting institution and the website where the material first appeared respectively. Films and audio stories produced as part of the fellowship must likewise carry the required credits to CCDS and infochangeindia)

Duration

The fellowships will be announced end-October. Fellows are expected to begin work by the first week of November 2008 and complete it by the first week of January 2009. All outputs are required to reach infochangeindia by January 5, 2009.

Eligibility

The fellowship is open to independent journalists and researchers living in India only. Working journalists may also apply, provided their organisations endorse their application and allow them time off for this fellowship If selected.

Last date for submission of applications

All applications must be received by October 6, 2008.

Funding support

The infochangeindia fellowships carry a grant amount of Rs 50,000 (subject to TDS as applicable). 50% of this amount will be disbursed on selection, to fund travel and research expenses. The balance will be released on successful completion of the project, submission and acceptance of stories/films. Infochangeindia reserves the right to ask for revisions in articles/documentaries submitted until its standards for upload are met.

Grants will be withdrawn and the advance refunded by the fellow if the fellow fails to complete and submit her/his project on deadline or if the quality of the work submitted is not acceptable. The decision of the editors/editorial board of www.infochangeindia.org on the quality of submissions will be final.

Application procedure

All applications must be accompanied by

  1. A detailed proposal (not exceeding 1,000 words) clearly stating the subject to be researched, the applicant’s perspective on this subject, and expected output in terms of X number of articles etc.

  2. Travel likely to be undertaken for the research, with an estimated budget.

  3. CV of the applicant.

  4. Three samples of published work by applicants from the print media. At least one sample of broadcast/telecast work on CD by applicants from the electronic media. If any of these are in regional languages, they must be accompanied by a summary of their contents in English.

  5. Working journalists submitting applications must enclose a letter from their editor stating that they endorse the application and will allow the fellow time off for the research if selected.

  6. One letter of recommendation from a writer/editor/academician or other appropriate referee endorsing the applicant’s interest/expertise in the chosen subject of research and the candidate’s ability to successfully complete the project.

Address to send applications to

Applications may be addressed to

Infochangeindia Media Fellowships
Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS)
301, Kanchanjunga Building, Kanchan Gully
Off Law College Road,
Pune 411 004

Telephone: 020-26852845/30222156

Applications not accompanied by CDs may be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and CC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  provided all scanned material is clearly legible and all attachments are zipped into a single file.

Goa, Goa, Gone

Mining is Goa's second-largest industry after tourism. 8% of this state's land is already under mining, mostly for iron ore. Now, mining activity is intensifying across the state. So is the opposition of citizens to this unregulated industry. This Infochange documentary explores the impact of mining on Goa's environment - one of the world's 12 biodiversity hotspots -- and livelihoods

Directed by: Kurush Canteenwala
Duration: 22 mins

 

Announcement

Applications invited for Open Space Fellowships
 Nurturing civil society leadership and action among young people


Open Space, the unique civil society and youth outreach initiative managed by the Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS), uses several different strategies to involve citizens in debate, discussion and action on social justice and development issues.

Our pilot civil society outreach project has been operational in Pune for over four years. Open Space engages citizens - particularly young citizens -- through film screenings, theatrical performances, literary readings, music concerts, art, storytelling, activity-based workshops where participants can learn new communication skills, discussion and study forums, public lectures, youth festivals and campaigns etc. These strategies have ensured that Open Space has become a vibrant place for youth to volunteer, learn, share ideas, and express themselves. Equally, Open Space has become a public forum for CSOs and  citizens to 1) take their work/ideas/processes to a wide audience of concerned citizens, and 2) build action networks.

CCDS is now extending the Open Space idea and process to other cities in India through the Open Space Fellowships. We have been working in Lucknow, Chennai and Kolkata for the last six months, and are now looking to award more fellowships in other growing metropolitan cities such as Bhopal, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Nagpur etc. These are full-time fellowships for a period of 12 months.

We are looking for individuals who are well-informed on social justice and development issues, with a background in the social sciences/human rights/development/media or allied fields. The Fellows should be dynamic, energetic, resourceful and excellent at communications, moderating discussions, training and capacity-building. A passion for the arts and ideas will be an added advantage.

The Fellows will use and adapt in their own cities some of the Open Space "software" (such as a traveling film festival on HIV/AIDS, or a package of programming for college festivals, or a package of films and lectures on social communications for media institutions, or activity-based workshops on gender, sexuality, human rights, globalisation, etc). They will also develop their own strategies for outreach and activities/campaigns specific to their own cities. The Fellows should be well-networked with NGOs, CSOs, educational institutions and community groups in their own city.

Over the 12-month period, several regular networks, partnerships, events and forums should have been initiated and publicised, and these activities should continue to operate and be strengthened on a voluntary basis by citizens after the 12-month period.

Open Space Fellows will organise programmes and trainings at multiple venues, in collaboration with educational institutions, communities, campaigns, partner CSOs etc.

The Open Space fellowships will be awarded to individuals preferably below the age of 40. 

The fellowship carries a monthly honorarium of Rs 20,000, inclusive of communication and conveyance costs incurred by the Fellows.

Applicants are invited to send in their CVs and a detailed statement of interest in these fellowships, expanding on 1) their suitability for, and interest in, these fellowships; 2) the social justice/development issues most integral to their cities which they would like to work on in the course of this fellowship; 3) strategies they would employ for outreach, including likely partners and networks in their cities.

Email your applications, before September 3, 2008, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on Open Space and CCDS log on to www.openspaceindia.org, www.ccds.in and www.infochangeindia.org.

Politics of Biodiversity /Ashish Kothari

Ashish Kothari is a founder-member of Kalpavriksh, a 30-year-old environmental research and action group. He has been a member of people's movements against destructive development projects including the Narmada dams. He co-ordinated the Technical and Policy Core Group to formulate India's National Bio-diversity Strategy and Action Plan. He has been a member of several government committees including the Expert Group on the Biodiversity Act, the committee to revise the National Wildlife Action Plan, the Environmental Appraisal Committee for River Valley Projects, etc. He co-chairs the IUCN inter-commission Strategic Direction on Governance, Equity, Livelihoods and Protected Areas (TILCEPA)and is currently chair of the board of Greenpeace India.

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Small World /Swarna Rajagopalan

Swarna Rajagopalan is a political scientist, currently Chennai-based, and working as an independent researcher and writer. Human security, governance and gender issues form the core of her research interests, and she has published several academic and non-academic works. She is also the founder of The Prajnya Trust. You can follow her on Twitter @swarraj.

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Third Wave /Manjima Bhattacharjya

Manjima Bhattacharjya has a PhD in sociology and has been active in the Indian women's movement for over ten years. She has worked with the feminist resource centre Jagori, and with the international secretariat of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in Geneva. Her areas of interest include gender, globalisation, work, feminism and other social movements, sexuality, trafficking and migration. She has written for an eclectic mix of publications, from The Times of India to ELLE and Seminar, on an equally eclectic range of issues.

She is from the younger generation of feminists in India who have tried to build on the struggles of earlier generations using new ways of networking and campaigning. Her column 'Third Wave' for Infochange refers to the third wave of feminism, which is where she locates herself. The third wave essentially covers perspectives from those marginalised from previous 'waves' of feminism -- women of colour, women from the South, young women. As a term it also represents how feminist struggles manifest themselves in today's times when we are enjoying many of the benefits of second wave feminism. 'Third Wave' provides the perspective of a young feminist from the global South.

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Rethinking development /Aseem Shrivastava

Aseem Shrivastava wrote his doctoral thesis on Environmental Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has taught economics for many years at college and university level in India and the US. Most recently, he taught philosophy at Nordic College, Norway. He now works as an independent writer, focusing on issues emanating from globalisation, including specifically on Special Economic Zones. His articles have appeared in The Hindu, Outlook, Economic and Political Weekly, Seminar, and Himal.

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Urban India /Kalpana Sharma

Kalpana Sharmais an independent journalist, columnist and media consultant based in Mumbai. She writes a fortnightly column in The Hindu titled The Other Half. She writes for several other Indian publications as well. Until 2007, Kalpana was Deputy Editor and Chief of Bureau of The Hindu in Mumbai. In over three decades as a full-time journalist, she has held senior positions at Himmat Weekly, Indian Express and The Times of India. Her special areas of interest are environmental and developmental issues and gender. In 1982 she worked with Anil Agarwal of the Centre for Science and Environment to edit the first Citizens' Report on the State of the Environment. During her years at The Hindu, she was responsible for the annual Survey of the Environment published by The Hindu, a collection of articles on contemporary environmental issues that appeared in the form of a separate priced publication. Kalpana has also followed and commented on urban issues, especially in the context of Mumbai's development. She is the author of Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia's Largest Slum (Penguin 2000). Her other books, which she has co-edited with Ammu Joseph, are Whose News? The Media and Women's Issues (Sage, 1994 and 2006) and Terror Counter-Terror: Women Speak Out (Kali for Women, 2003).

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Eco-logic /Darryl D'Monte

Darryl D'Monte is the former Resident Editor of The Times of India & Indian Express in Mumbai. He is author of Ripping the Fabric: The Decline of Mumbai & its Mills (2002) and chairs the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India. He is the founder President of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists.

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Sidelines /Mari Marcel Thekaekara

Mari Marcel Thekaekara has been an active media campaigner on the rights of adivasis, dalits and disadvantaged groups, which is the focus of this Infochange column. An independent writer, Mari has focussed on social issues in magazines and newspapers which include The Hindu, Statesman, Times of India, Indian Express, Frontline, Economic and Political Weekly, Hindustan Times, Seminar, Infochange, New Internationalist and The Guardian.

Mari's book Endless Filth published in 1999, on balmikis, the caste condemned to cleaning filthy toilets all over the country, has triggered a huge campaign within India to abolish manual scavenging work.

She was part of an independent women's commission to document the atrocities against Muslim women during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

She is a co-founder of ACCORD -- started in 1986 to work for the rights of adivasis of the Gudalur Valley, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu -- and Just Change, an international cooperative linking producers and consumers in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa, UK and Germany.

Mari was a fellow at the Advocacy Institute, Washington, and a founding member of the National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Pune, which has grown to become India's leading advocacy institute. She is currently its Vice President.

She is a visiting fellow at the Skoll Centre for social entrepreneurship, at the Said Business School, Oxford University, and a member of the steering committee of the Planning Commission of India for women and child development to draft the 11th Five Year Plan.

In 2005, she edited an issue on caste for the New Internationalist which was shortlisted for the Amnesty award. This was taken to British Parliament by MP Jeremy Corbyn and used as an advocacy tool for dalit rights.

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Worldview /John Samuel

John Samuel has been a human rights activist, policy researcher, writer, institution-builder and development manager for more than 20 years. He has been working with social movements, human rights and advocacy organisations and development organisations at the grassroots, national and international levels. He has initiated and promoted national and international campaigns for human rights, accountable governance and social justice, including the Rights to Information in India and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. He was formerly the Executive Director of the National Centre for Adovocacy Studies. He has helped to establish more than ten organisations and networks at the national and international level, including the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, Social Watch India, Asia Media Forum and CCDS. He is currently the International Director of Actionaid, based in Bangkok.

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Healthcare markets and you /Sandhya Srinivasan

Sandhya Srinivasan is an independent journalist, based in Mumbai, with master's degrees in sociology and public health. In her 24 years as a journalist, she has written extensively in academic publications and in the press on current issues in healthcare and medical ethics in India, covering subjects such as the quality of health services, the medical industry, the ethics of outsourced clinical research, and concerns emerging from assisted reproductive technologies and the business of surrogacy. She is Executive Editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics and a consulting editor on public health for www.infochangeindia.org. A collection of papers edited by her, Making Babies: Birth Markets and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in India, with Sama-Resource Centre for Women and Health, was published by Zubaan in 2010.

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Rights and Resistance /Oishik Sircar

Oishik Sircar is a lawyer, independent researcher, academic and documentary filmmaker. He has worked as an activist-researcher with Amnesty International, South Asia Documentation Centre and Calcutta Research Group, and has taught and lectured at the Jindal Global Law School, National University of Juridical Sciences, Women's Studies Centre, Pune University, Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University, SNDT Women's University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has developed and conducted human rights training modules and programmes for young people, social workers, lawyers and junior judges. He writes extensively on issues of human rights law, queer politics, sex work, social movements and migration for both academic and journalistic publications. He has been associated with the Centre for Communication and Development Studies for several years, and was also the founder of the Open Space Young Human Rights Defenders Programme. He is closely associated with the sex workers' movement in Kolkata, and has co-directed two documentary films.

As an upper-caste, elite, married man and a queer feminist, he is continuously fighting the beasts of hetero-patriarchy in and around him, and negotiating / resisting capitalism and liberalism's cruel seductions (not always successfully!).

His column 'Rights and Resistance' will delve into cultural, literary, cinematic, photographic and artistic archives that capture alternative articulations of human rights and collective resistance to structures of domination.

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Open Space - VOX POP

Get the message across!

The OS Vox Pop project uses the short-film format to show up – and bridge -- the borders between people, cultures, classes, genders, nations, ideologies, religions

We’ve made the first in the series (watch it at http://www.openspaceindia.org/OS_voxpop.html).

You make the rest!

Films should explore the broad theme of BORDERS. You must use the same format of shooting and recording the responses of diverse people to one particular question. The question you choose to ask will in large part determine how effective your film is.

Films should not be more than 120 seconds in duration. You can shoot on a professional mini-DV camera, or on a quality handycam or 3CCD digital video camera. But the output must be of broadcast quality.

You must use the original Open Space Vox Pop soundtrack that we have created for the series. Download the soundtrack at http://www.openspaceindia.org/OS_voxpop.html

Entries can be submitted by individuals, by a group, or by a team/institution. This is an ongoing project so we will accept entries until March 2009. But the two best entries received by November 30, 2008 win an award of Rs 10,000 each.

The best entries will be showcased on the Open Space website (www.openspaceindia.org) and on India’s leading online resource base on social justice and development issues, www.infochangeindia.org.

We’re looking for films that are:

  • Original
  • Reflective of public attitudes and concerns
  • Creative
  • Technically sound
  • Effective at getting the message across

All entries must be submitted in DVD format.

Adherence to the following guidelines is compulsory:

  • The spot can be made using a Handycam or a 3CCD digital video camera only (we will not accept entries shot on mobile phones) and the final output should be of broadcast quality. Entries should be submitted in any of the following formats: MOV, MPEG, AVI
  • The film shall not contain any sort of vulgarity or nudity and should not hurt the religious sentiments or sensibilities of anyone in any way
  • The location of the film should be open to general public and not exclusive in any way
  • The primary language of the film should be English or Hindi
  • Ideal running time of the film is 120 seconds. Films exceeding this duration will be disqualified.
  • In case of any dispute related to the spot arising with a third party, Open Space, CCDS will not be held responsible; any disputes shall be dealt with by the person/s submitting the entry.
  • CCDS shall have the right to use and disseminate for public education purposes all entries submitted for the contest.

DVDs of all entries should be couriered to the following address: 
Open Space
B – 301, 2nd Floor,
Kanchanjunga Bldg, Kanchan Lane,
Near Krishna Dining Hall,
Off Law College Road,
Pune 411 004  

Tel No: 020-25457371

 

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