Newsreels


Leopard in the Neighbourhood

Newsreel I January 2022
Video I 9 Minutes
By Richard Kujur, Jessica Goel
Sarveshwar Prasad’s family is among the very few people in his village in northern India’s Uttarakhand state who have not migrated away out of fear of leopards. These wild cats are often seen wandering in residential areas in the state’s Pauri Garhwal district and sometimes mauling humans, even to death. Called Noliyo and situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, the village now looks deserted, even as the remaining few families are also planning to move out. The human-wildlife conflict caries on amid what appears to be the government’s neglect of the residents’ plight.

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)

West Bengal’s Submerged Villages

Newsreel I December 2021
Video I 13 Minutes
By Jessica Goel
Millions of people in India’s West Bengal state have been facing the brunt of meandering rivers for years. Over the last decade, entire villages living on “Charlands” – river islands that emerge as a result of a river changing its path – have had to move to nearby patches of land for up to 16 times. Despite the continual displacement en masse, neither the central government nor the state government of West Bengal has a comprehensive policy to compensate or rehabilitate them, complains Dr. Abul Kalam Mohammad, a professor of geography at Aliah University in Kolkata.

Women Rise Up

Newsreel I October 2021
Video I 9 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh
Women from rural India assemble in a village in the north Indian state of Haryana to take an oath, and declare, that they will not marry, or allow other women in their families to do so, before they are 21 years old. Could this be the beginning of a revolution among the country’s women?

Lives on Fire

Newsreel I October 2021
Video I 14 Minutes
By Tej Bahadur Singh
A seven-year-old girl witnesses her mother’s death after a portion of land caves in, burying her under debris in Jharia coalfields in India's Jharkhand state, where an underground fire has been raging for over 100 years due to unscientific mining. The girl's father, Dilip Bauri, recalls the incident, which, a local environmentalist warns, may repeat itself several times if the community there is not relocated to a safer place.

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.

Kashmiriyat Fractured

Newsreel I September 2021
Video I 24 Minutes
By Ganesh Rajaraman, Jessica Goel, Surabhi Singh
Three decades after his brutal displacement, Rajinder Koul Premi, a Hindu from Kashmir, is still looking for answers, especially what led to the collapse of the region’s syncretic society? Will he get the answers? Will he be able to reconcile with the loss?

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?

‘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.

The Curious Case of Water Crisis

Newsreel I July 2021
Video I 13 Minutes
By Richard Kujur, Jessica Goel
The lives of the people from a small community in Delhi revolve around waiting for the water truck – their only source of water – to arrive. It’s supposed to come daily, but it doesn’t.

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.

On Election Duty

Newsreel I June 2021
Video I 9 Minutes
By Tej Bahadur Singh
A tragedy strikes Mahima Gupta after her husband, Neeraj Gupta, a government employee, is sent on election duty amid a raging pandemic.

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.

Selfless Service

Newsreel I May 2021
Video I 14 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh, Abhishek Yadav
At the height of the COVID-19 infections and deaths in India, a Sikh group, called Hemkunt Foundation, together with young volunteers, save lives amid what is being seen as a gross neglect by the government.

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.

Help Never Arrived

Newsreel I May 2021
Video I 15 Minutes
By Richard Kujur, Jessica Goel
A young journalist, Rahul Suryawanshi, shares about the efforts he made to save the life of his father, Toran Singh Suryawanshi, a government school teacher who gets infected with COVID-19 after going on a vaccine-awareness duty.

What are Hospitals Hiding?

Newsreel I May 2021
Video I 10 Minutes
By Abhishek Yadav, Surabhi Singh
While relatives of COVID-19 patients complain hospitals are not giving any information except the news of them passing away, doctors at the government-run Meerut Medical College in Uttar Pradesh state consider it a crime when reporters seek answers.

Life in a Village

Newsreel I May 2021
Video I 11 Minutes
By Abhishek Yadav, Surabhi Singh
The second wave of the coronavirus in India appears to be beginning to subside in cities, but the spread of COVID-19, it seems, is shifting to villages, which look even more unprepared (than cities) to deal with the crisis.
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