Economy


Shrayana Bhattacharya: Shahrukh, Women and Economics

Episode 7, ‘Deconstruct’ I August 2022
Podcast I 20 Minutes
By Madhura Sen
Economist Shrayana Bhattacharya speaks about her book "Desperately Seeking Shahrukh" and how Shahrukh Khan transformed into a research method to understand the economic lives of women in India.

Mountains to Dust

MAPPING INDIA, Punjab  I August 2022
Video I 17 Minutes
By Jyoti Jangra
Radheshyam Shukhlawas, a farmer-turned-activist, lives in Rajasthan state’s Shukhlawas village in Kotputli district. People in his village and surrounding areas are dying one after another, as unregulated mines are causing particle pollution leading to lung diseases like silicosis, which is proving to be fatal, he complains to the Department of Mines and Geology in this visual open letter.

Till Debt Do Us Part

MAPPING INDIA, Punjab  I July 2022
Video I 19 Minutes
By Ganesh Rajaraman
Deep in debt, Gurjeet Kaur’s father lost hope, and interest, in life. Kaur’s brother, who inherited the debt, followed suit. Like Kaur, thousands of women in the agricultural state of Punjab have similar stories to tell, as farming is becoming increasingly unsustainable and more and more farmers are finding themselves in debt traps over the years.

Delhi-Bound

MAPPING INDIA, Delhi  I July 2022
Video I 18 Minutes
By Abhishek Yadav
Munna Singh, 19, a second-generation migrant worker, is a full-time supplier of water bottles and a part-time dog walker in the slums of Govindpuri, Delhi. As he is working hard to make ends meet for his family, his life resembles that of millions of interstate migrant workers in India’s capital. Here’s a day in his life.

Shattered Dreams

MAPPING INDIA, Haryana  I July 2022
Video I 29 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh
Sunil Kumar, 22 and Neeraj Jangra, 24, are two of the hundreds of thousands of unemployed youth in the predominantly agricultural state of Haryana who have dreams tied to their ability to earn a living. Those dreams may be shattered if they continue to remain jobless, as agriculture is now largely unsustainable and the private sector remains out of their reach. At 37%, Haryana has the highest unemployment rate in India, as per an independent think tank, Center for Monitoring Indian Economy. Is the government listening?

Kamala Thiagarajan: Climate Change and the Poor.

Episode 4, ‘Deconstruct’ I July 2022
Podcast I 24 Minutes
By Chetan Ashish
In a recent British Medical Journal article, Madurai, South India-based freelance writer Kamala Thiagarajan underlines how climate change is also about our economy. Her story holds a stethoscope to income losses of underprivileged people falling sick amid soaring temperatures.

Struggles of Traditional Fishermen

Ramanathapuram I April 2022
Video I 2 Minute
Dhanushkodi is a southeast Indian coastal town abandoned during a deadly cyclone in 1964. But this ghost town awakens at dawn to the call and response songs of fishermen dragging at their fishing nets at the shore practicing the centuries-old shore seine fishing method. This video was produced by the participants of the ‘Video LiteracyWorkshop for Coastal Communities’ alongside UNESCO, Wildlife Institute of India, Surabhi foundation and others with Newsreel Asia as a publishing and training partner.

Sea Meadow Struggles

Ramanathapuram I April 2022
Video I 2 MINUTES
M. Ajith Kumar, S. Ajay Miracklin and C. Thiru Murugan are from a community which collects seaweed in the Gulf of Mannar in south India. In this video, Ajith and Ajay have recorded their friend Thiru collecting seaweed. Through Thiru, they give us a sense of the dangers and health issues these divers face. This video was produced by the participants of the ‘Video LiteracyWorkshop for Coastal Communities’ alongside UNESCO, Wildlife Institute of India, Surabhi foundation and others with Newsreel Asia as a publishing and training partner.

Porter

Episode 1, ‘Dihadi’ I April 2022
Video I 5 Minutes
By Abhinav Sharma

As railway stations now have fairly modern infrastructure and travellers use wheel trollies, the demand for porters has gone down in recent years. COVID-19 restrictions have further brought their earnings down. This first episode of a series of short films, with no dialogues, on the lives of daily-wage workers depicts a typical day of a porter.

Tiding Over Polio and Pandemic

Ramanathapuram I MARCH 2022
Video I 3 MINUTES
Anthony Thina’s has fought his debilitating childhood ailment of polio with a smile. So when Thina who comes from a fishing family saw his dried fish business evaporating during the pandemic, he found a solution in an unlikely space — his YouTube channel and Facebook Page. This video was produced by the participants of the ‘Video LiteracyWorkshop for Coastal Communities’ alongside UNESCO, Wildlife Institute of India, Surbhi foundation and others with Newsreel Asia as a publishing and training partner.

Surrogate Mothers and the Pandemic

Episode 6, ‘Positive’ I September 2021
Podcast I 13 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Pinky and Meena didn’t imagine that one could conceive a baby without sexual intimacy. Then the financial torment of the pandemic brought them to surrogacy. Dr. Nayana Patel, who runs the hospital where Meena and Pinky enrolled as surrogates, describes the precarious hurdles her hospital faced during the pandemic.

‘D’ for Dowry

Newsreel I August 2021
Video I 10 Minutes
By Abhishek Yadav, Mariya Rajan
Awadh Kishore and Draupadi Kumari, a couple from northern India’s Bundelkhand agricultural region, are not only unable to sustain their family financially but also need to arrange large sums of money for the marriage of their four young daughters.

Deepak Kumar Nehra

Newsreel, June 2021
Video I 12 Minutes
By Abhishek Yadav
Deepak Kumar Nehra, a farmer from the northern Haryana state, is on his way to Delhi to join the farmers’ protest to express solidarity with fellow farmers speaking out against three new farm laws, but he falls off his tractor and dies. He’s one of the many farmers who’ve died while protesting.

The Curious Case of Power Cuts

Newsreel I May 2021
Video I 9 Minutes
By Richard Kujur, Jessica Goel
Despite being a power “surplus” country, India has many parts that experience power cuts. India adds to its generating capacity every year but the effort appears to be futile.
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