Society


The Haze Lifts

Episode , ‘Outoved’ I October 2022
Podcast I 23 Minutes
By Shiksha Jural
Emotionally-strung and experimental youth are easy baits for drug peddlers selling cheap and dangerous concoctions filtering in from failed states. A desperate mother shocked to see the transformation and hallucinations of her child leans on an uncommon tool to free an addict.

Paromita Vohra on Writing the Film 'Khamosh Pani'

Episode 8, ‘Deconstruct’ I September 2022
Podcast I 28 Minutes
By Shiksha Jural
Filmmaker and writer Paromita Vohra will walk you through the experience of writing the 2003 film Khamosh Pani that spotlights violence on women during the partition and the impact on their lives following radicalisation in 1970s Pakistan. As we celebrate 75 years of independence and mark equal number of years of partition, this story deserves a revisit.

Delhi: Through the Lens of Gender

MAPPING INDIA, Delhi I September 2022
Video I 23 Minutes
By Jyoti Jangra

Shreya went through panic attacks after being sexually harassed by men in Delhi, India’s national capital which is also known as the country’s most unsafe city for women. Her fear led her to look for empowerment, which she finally found. But that didn’t mean she was now safer than other women in the city.

Rakshita Shekhar's Autism Story

Episode 1, ‘Extraordinary ’ I September 2022
Podcast I 20 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Rakshita was always labeled as different. At the age of 34 she was diagnosed with autism. She was thrilled!

Anirban Dutta Gupta: Films That Provide Tribal Agency

Episode 8, ‘Deconstruct’ I September 2022
Podcast I 31 Minutes
By Madhura Sen
Anirban Dutta Gupta talks about how he filmed the isolated Jarawa tribe in Andaman Islands collecting honey and hunting for pig. We have lessons to learn from their practices that also emphasize the need for tribal agency.

Pavitra

MAPPING INDIA, Punjab I August 2022
Video I 50 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh
It was out of curiosity that Pavitra tasted alcohol for the first time when he was at school. His adventure soon turned into drug abuse, addiction … and even crime. The story of Pavitra, who lives in Punjab state’s Sri Muktsar Sahib district, may resemble the stories of nearly four million people in the state who abuse substances. Sadly though, few may reach the resolution that he did. But, hopefully, many can, with the inspiration he has to offer.

Ojaswwee Sharma: Every Right Has a Gender

Episode 6, ‘Deconstruct’ I August 2022
Podcast I 20 Minutes
By Shiksha Jural
Transgender people face many atrocities if they choose to live a normal life attending school and College. Ojaswwee Sharma talks about a documentary he made on Dhananjay who battled prejudices and attacks to fight for the empowerment of her community.

Surabhi Yadav: Leisure is a Feminist Issue

Episode 5, ‘Deconstruct’ I July 2022
Podcast I 24 Minutes
By Shiksha Jural
Surabhi Yadav may be an engineer by education but it is her photography that has cast the spotlight on her. Through an Instagram page filled with pictures of women watching a movie, wearing a beauty mask, or eating an ice cream, she throws light on a gender-biased oddity.

The Caste and Its Cost

MAPPING INDIA, Uttar Pradesh I June 2022
Video I 23 Minutes
By Tej Bahadur
Jaihind, Ramesh and Baburam live in Uttar Pradesh state, which reported 12,714 cases of atrocities against Dalits in 2020, the highest in India, as per the government data. The three men, from the state’s Mahoba district, tell us what discrimination and violence look like despite legal protections they have had, on paper, for decades.

A Fracture and A Truce

Episode 2, 'A Fracture and A Truce' I April 2022
Podcast I 30 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
In the late 1990s, an injured Jarawa boy from the jungles of Andaman islands was medically cared for by settlers. That interaction set off a domino of changes; both good and bad.

Just Because of My Name?

Newsreel I May 2022
Video I 14 Minutes
By Abhishek Yadav, Richard Kujur
A young man laments living in a society where you are punished for no fault of yours, and just because of the religious identity your name carries. Named Mohammad Sabir, this Delhi resident narrates how his father, Aftab Alam, paid the price for his Muslim identity in Uttar Pradesh state.

Transforming Island Tourism

Episode 2, 'Transforming Island Tourism' I April 2022
Podcast I 30 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Can the Andaman and NIcobar islands survive mass and luxury tourism? One entrepreneur offers an alternative.

Cycling Through Tsunamis

Episode 1, 'Cycling Through Tsunamis' I April 2022
Podcast I 30 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
How a young female Nicobari cyclist is fighting odds and inspiring others to spin.

A Roll Call for Help

Episode 6, 'A Roll Call for Help' I March 2022
Podcast I 11 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Syed Azharuddin is part of the Students’ Islamic Organisation or SIO. During the pandemic many college students studying out of hostels away from home were stranded by the lockdowns. The SIO pedaled to provide food, funds and transport to students irrespective of their religion, squashing Islamophobic biases along the way.

Welfare for All

Episode 7, 'Welfare for All' I March 2022
Podcast I 13 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Indepreet Singh volunteers with the Hemkunt Foundation, a philanthropy that is run by people following the Sikh religion. During the pandemic, volunteers worked to construct makeshift clinics and oxygen-supplying centres during one of the gravest periods of the pandemic.

Parodesi

MAPPING INDIA, Haryana I MARCH 2022
Video I 14 MINUTES
By Jyoti Jangra
Suman (name changed) was trafficked from Kolkata city to a village in Haryana state to be married to a man. With the sex ratio of 911 females per 1000 males, as per the National Family Health Survey-5 (2020-2021), Haryana has more than 130,000 trafficked brides who come from impoverished parts of India. Locally called ‘Paros,’ which means ‘stolen,’ they are not accepted as members of the family and are grossly mistreated despite the marriage. Can’t they just return to their homes, as they are not physically chained?

Dinner With the Kaurs

Episode 5, ‘The Dinner Table’ I February 2022
Video I 17 Minutes 
By Harshita Rathore, Richard Kujur, Abhishek Yadav
Nirmal Kaur, a Sikh woman, was just 13 years old when she witnessed her father’s killing during an anti-Sikh massacre in 1984 after the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards. Thirty-eight years later, the Kaurs continue to fight for justice. Host Harshita Rathore visits the Kaurs to explore what identity-based discrimination and violence have done to their minds and hearts. (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

Dinner With the Kerkettas

Episode 4, ‘The Dinner Table’ I February 2022
Video I 21 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Richard Kujur, Jyoti Jangra, Tej Bahadur Singh
Reena Kerketta, one of India’s 6.6 million tribal Christians, is recovering from a severe head injury she sustained after an attack in her home in the tribal-majority Khunti district in the eastern state of Jharkhand. Host Harshita Rathore visits the Kerkettas to explore what identity-based discrimination and violence have done to their minds and hearts. (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

Pahadin

MAPPING INDIA, Uttarakhand I January 2022
Video I 31 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh
Lakshmi Gauniyal’s day starts at dawn and she rests only after dusk. She does all the work, from preparing meals to cutting wood from trees to sowing seeds in their agricultural field and earning money from labour under the government’s social security measure MNREGA. Had it not been for women like Lakshmi, families would have been compelled to migrate away from their villages in Uttarakhand state’s mountainous Pauri Garhwal district. The self-reliant village economy, of which women are the backbone, is what is preventing mass migration in this district.

Ultimate Airbenders

Episode 3, ‘Games of Chance’ I November 2021
Podcast I 19 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran, Sayantan Banerjee
Ultimate frisbee fumigates mouldy sports norms. The mixed-gender, self-refereed sport is proving to be a game changer for underprivileged girls in fishing and tribal hamlets of India's Tamil Nadu state.

Religious About Jabs

Episode 2, ‘Keeping the Faith’ I November 2021
Podcast I 12 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Jinesh Shah heads an initiative that tirelessly works to accommodate covid vaccination camps at a Jain temple in India's western metropolis, Mumbai. The initiative looks beyond people's caste or religion, offering help even to the homeless. (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

Death Does Not Do Us Apart

Episode 1, ‘Keeping the Faith’ I November 2021
Podcast I 12 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Tanveer Ahmed is helping bury and cremate people of all religions dying from the novel coronavirus when their families cannot do so. He is one of the volunteers from Mercy Angels, a philanthropy based in the south Indian city of Bengaluru and run largely by members of the Muslim community. (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

Right to Education and Phones

Episode 3, ‘Keeping the Faith’ I November 2021
Podcast I 12 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran and Sayantan Banerjee
As‌ ‌schools‌ in India ‌take ‌the‌ ‌online‌ ‌route‌ ‌due to the COVID-19 pandemic,‌‌‌ economically ‌poor‌ ‌children‌ ‌without‌ ‌smartphones‌ ‌feel ‌abandoned‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌system.‌ ‌But Anjali Gurmukhani Sharma‌, who’s from Charter‌ ‌for‌ Compassion, ‌empathetically‌ ‌tries ‌to‌ ‌ensure‌ ‌that underprivileged school girls,‌ ‌at‌ ‌risk‌ ‌of ‌being‌ ‌married‌ ‌or‌ ‌buried‌ ‌in‌ ‌housework,‌ ‌get‌ ‌phones‌ ‌to‌ ‌continue‌ ‌with‌ ‌online‌ ‌schooling.‌ (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

Dinner with the Jatavs

Episode 3, ‘The Dinner Table’ I November 2021
Video I 23 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Richard Kujur, Jyoti Jangra
Jawahar Singh Jatav, one of the more than 160 million Dalit people in India, is still recovering from his injuries after he and his family were attacked for drinking water from a tap inside a temple in Rajasthan state’s Bharatpur area. Host Harshita Rathore visits the Jatavs to explore what identity-based discrimination and violence have done to their minds and hearts. (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)

Deshi Matchups: Bangladesh’s women slam dunk gender biases

Episode 2, ‘Games of Chance’ I November 2021
Podcast I 21 Minutes
By Sayantan Banerjee
A spirited Bangladeshi sportswomen duo shouldered the responsibility of mentoring young female basketball players. This episode navigates their hurdle-riddled path to the basketball ring where they turned life's air balls into slam dunks.

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?

The Unequal Half

MAPPING INDIA I October 2021
Video I 12 Minutes
By Mariya Rajan
A young woman, Barkha (not her real name), goes through discrimination and sexual abuse at home, which, an activist says, may serve as anecdotes about what many girls and women in the north Indian state of Rajasthan experience due to a high level of gender inequality.

Why Sikkim’s Addicts are Skateboarding

Episode 1, ‘Games of Chance’ I September 2021
Podcast I 21 Minutes
By Sayantan Banerjee
In the hilly city of Gangtok in the eastern state of Sikkim, a local skateboarding group struggles to wriggle free from a rampant culture of drugs among the youth. This episode traces the story of two youngsters’ war against addiction through the support of a skateboarding community.

COVID-19: A Search for the Missing

Episode 5, ‘Positive’ I August 2021
Podcast I 11 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Menson Aruldas grew up without his mother. The news of deaths surrounding the pandemic has made him pedal harder to find her. He doesn’t want to regret missing an opportunity to reconnect with her.

Dinner with the Kaws

Episode 2, ‘The Dinner Table’ I July 2021
Video I 27 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Ganesh Rajaraman, Abhishek
Fleeing Kashmir in 1990, as over 70,000 other families did under threat from violence by Islamist militants, the Kaw family resettled in the northern India but they still miss their “home.” Host Harshita Rathore explores what identity-based discrimination and violence do to the minds and hearts of members of a community.

Young Lifeguards Patrol the Corona Ocean

Episode 4, ‘Positive’ I June 2021
Podcast I 11 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
A youth organisation transforms into a call centre to help Corona patients and their families scrambling for assistance. Anger simmers about government inadequacies.

Next Stop: India’s Villages

Episode 3, ‘Positive’ I June 2021
Podcast I 10 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
An unexpected death rocks a far flung tribal settlement, previously untouched by the pandemic. Regi George, a doctor running a hospital in this remote region, and his team chalk out a prescription plan for Sittilingi valley in South India.

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

Episode 2, ‘Positive’ I June 2021
Podcast I 13 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Behavioural science researcher Anushka Ashok dissects roadblocks to vaccinating the world.

A Son Soaks in Grief

Episode 1, ‘Positive’ I June 2021
Podcast I 9 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Sayantan Banerjee, who is only 23 years old, learnt a life lesson as he soaked in the sorrows of others during his mother’s hospitalisation.

Seed Saving Farmers Struggle

Episode 4, ‘Eat Different’ I May 2021
Podcast I 34 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Seed saving is an age-old act of conserving varieties and propagating them. Members of this vanishing guild share stories of astounding and resilient varieties of grains and vegetables that are a boon in a climate-changing world.

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.

Foraged Plants and Insects

Episode 3, ‘Eat Different’ I May 2021
Podcast I 33 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Forest dwellers have always known the how, why, when, what and where of foraged foods. Seasonal weeds, medicinal plants, squirmy insects form a part and parcel of their stunning and delicious food platter.

Farming to Have More Leisure

Episode 2, ‘Eat Different’ I May 2021
Podcast I 34 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Modern agricultural practices are a barrage of poison on our foods and lands. A gentle approach of tending soil, water and crops without any synthetic dressing results in food security alongside an afternoon nap.

The Dalit Non-Cookbook

Episode 1, ‘Eat Different’ I May 2021
Podcast I 23 Minutes
By Anupama Chandrasekaran
Dalit writers refuse to label a collection of their family recipes as a cookbook. They desist because it diminishes the truths of their sorrowful past.

Dinner with the Khans

Episode 1, ‘The Dinner Table’ I May 2021
Video I 25 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Surabhi Singh, Abhishek Yadav
Nearly four years after their son was lynched for being Muslim, the Khan family in the northern state of Haryana struggles to cope with the grief while fighting for justice. Host Harshita Rathore explores what identity-based discrimination and violence do to the minds and hearts of members of a community. (The series has been produced with our publishing partner Religion Unplugged.)
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