Democracy


Being Tribal and Displaced

'Letters,' Chhattisgarh I September 2022
Video I 13 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh and Harshita Rathore

Kartam Kosa, a tribal man from the central state of Chhattisgarh, and his family fled their home in 2005, when a fight between Maoist insurgents and the civilian militia Salwa Judum intensified. Kosa was among 55,000 tribal people who left their ancestral homes and found refuge in the forests of neighbouring states. Years later, he writes an open letter to India’s Home Minister, complaining that he and many other internally displaced tribals may have to flee again, this time because the government of Telangana state has demolished some of their homes.

Submerged

MAPPING INDIA, Uttarakhand I August 2022
Video I 11 Minutes
By Mariya Rajan
Sucheta Tomar, a farmer and housewife in Uttarakhand state’s Lohari village near the city of Dehradun, is one of the many residents who have lost their ancestral homes due to the construction of a hydropower project by the state government. Their home submerged in flood water, Sucheta and her husband now live in a classroom of an abandoned school. Hers is one of the hundreds of families that have been displaced by the government’s development efforts without sufficient compensation or land for relocation, she complains in an open letter to the state's Chief Minister.

Tribal Agency

Episode 4, 'Tribal Agency' I June 2022
Podcast I 30 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Indigenous communities need to have a say in changes being made to their land. An anthropologist, a doctor and a filmmaker who have interacted closely with them, tell us why.

Life in Custody

MAPPING INDIA, Uttar Pradesh I May 2022
Video I Duration - 17 Minutes 
By Tej Bahadur Singh
Police in Uttar Pradesh state arrest, on average, more than 300,000 residents each year, out of which tens of thousands end up in judicial custody as accused. On paper, the State assumes responsibility for a person that it takes into custody, but, in reality, police and jail authorities blatantly rob detainees, undertrials and convicts of their legally protected dignity in the form of torture and neglect of basic needs. This results in the death of the accused in many instances. Some of those who have experienced or witnessed such flouting of law share their stories in this episode of the “Voices” docuseries.

A Deprived Neighbourhood

MAPPING INDIA, Haryana I February 2022
Video I 11 Minutes
By Mariya Rajan
What’s the story of Haryana state’s Nuh district, which is about 60 kilometres from Delhi and yet India’s least developed district? And does the story of this Muslim-majority Mewat region represent the journey of the country’s Muslims since the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan? Siddique Ahmad, a local historian, and other residents of Nuh have something to say to us about what they think and have experienced.

Unheard Echoes

Newsreel, Uttarakhand I January 2022
Video I 11 Minutes
By Richard Kujur, Jessica Goel
Duka Devi is nearly 100 years old but her activist spirit appears to be as youthful as it must have been during the ‘Chipko’ movement she was part of decades ago. In that agitation in Raini village in Uttarakhand state’s Chamoli district in the 1970s, women from the Bhotia indigenous community hugged trees and offered to be shot by loggers, successfully preventing fell of trees. The agitation continues to be an inspiration to many environmental movements around the world, but the village from where it originated is now itself under threat due to the government’s development projects. Devi says she will not allow that to happen.

A Cry for Dignity

Newsreel I December 2021
Video I 13 Minutes
By Richard Kujur, Jessica Goel
Kamal Masih, a lawyer practising in a region near India’s border with Pakistan, has represented many victims of discrimination and violence against Dalit Christians in Punjab state. However, Hindu nationalists claim that Christians seek to convert Dalits by offering monetary benefits. Masih counters that claim saying that discrimination against and oppression on Dalits rise and they lose their rights to affirmative action if they convert to Christianity. The Christians Masih has represented are among the country’s 24 million Christians, about 60 percent of whom are from Dalit backgrounds.

Why are Minorities Attacked in India?

Newsreel I December 2021
Video I 21 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Jyoti Jangra, Tej Bahadur Singh

About 200 people barged into a church in Roorkee city’s Solanipuram area in Uttarakhand state on Oct. 3, vandalised its property and beat up Christians, including women. When the Christians filed a police plaint, three people lodged a counter complaint alleging that workers of the church had offered them money to convert to Christianity when they visited the place of worship for prayers. Harshita Rathore, Jyoti Jangra and Tej Bahadur Singh investigate. (Part 1)

Why are Universities Under Attack?

Newsreel I October 2021
Video I 26 Minutes
By Asad Ashraf, Tej Bahadur Singh
Prof. Apoorvanand from Delhi University speaks to Newsreel Asia’s Asad Ashraf on the idea of university and why and how universities are under attack in India.

Ashiyana

Newsreel I September 2021
Video I 33 Minutes
By Jessica Goel, Richard Kujur
Mohammed Arif, a resident of Khori Gaon village in the northern state of Haryana, awaits the demolition of his house, just as more than 100,000 other area residents do after the Supreme Court of India’s ruling that the village sits 'illegally' on a forest land.

Targeting of Dissenters, Political Opponents in India

Episode 3, ‘Deconstruct’ I September 2021
Podcast I 30 Minutes
By Sayantan Banerjee
Ajoy Ashirwad, The Wire’s political affairs' editor, details a surveillance operation that was uncovered as part of an international collaboration of journalists working on a list of phone numbers that was leaked to them. The Wire traced the spyware's Indian targets, revealing a dismantling of India's privacy laws and even its constitution.

Show Me the Way Home

Newsreel I August 2021
Video I 15 Minutes
By Asad Ashraf, Tej Bahadur Singh
A young Rohingya man, Ali Johar, fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and later made his way to India, as he had heard that Indian people and their government were kind-hearted. Did he, and his fellow refugees, experience that kindness?

Lives at Risk

Newsreel I July 2021
Video I 10 Minutes
By Asad Ashraf, Surabhi Singh
Kaazim Ahmad, a 62-year-old man, is stripped and beaten with a blunt object due to his Muslim identity in Noida city near Delhi.
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