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POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 29, 2014 AT 16:47 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 29, 2014 16:47 IST

Thinkpot Productions write on their Facebook Page
This film is an inspiring story of a person who holds a unique achievement, that sets him apart from other citizens of India. Shot in the beautiful location of Kalpa, in Kinnaur, HP, among adverse conditions and daunting challenges, this film captures one man’s persistent effort and complete belief in the system of democracy.

Shot over three days, in temperatures of -6 degrees, the challenge was in getting Masterji to recreate his historical journey. We were pleasantly surprised to see his zeal and enthusiasm in helping us tell the story in as exciting a manner as possible.

Client: Google India
Production House: Thinkpot
Director: Manoj Pillai
Producers: Murali Govindan & Chaitra Shantaram
Director's Assistant: Krithika Manohar
DOP: Alex Dufficy, ACS
Agency: Ogilvy, Mumbai
Creatives: Piyush Pandey, Abhijit Avasthi, Sukesh Nayak, Malhaar Rao, Bhavana Kher
Client Servicing: Namrata Keswani, Madhavi Unni, Priyanka Samant
Line Producer: Rahul Chauhan & Kirpal Singh
Production Assistant: Kher Singh
Art Director: Karma
DOP's Assistant: Antonio Michael
Camera: Flamingo, Delhi
Sound Recordist: Vaidyanathan
Hospitality: Jeet Negi (The Inner Tukpa)
Post Production House: Teamworks Studio, Mumbai
Offline: Shiv Panicker
Colourist: Naveen Shetty
Online: Sumanth David
Post Producer: Don
Music Director: Rupert Fernandes
Sound Studio: Boing Studios
Sound Engineer: Jiten Solanki


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POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 29, 2014 AT 16:47 IST, Edited At: Mar 29, 2014 16:47 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 20, 2014 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 20, 2014 23:59 IST


Also See: 'Anarchist' Kejriwal on Dharna; AAP Leaders-Cops Clash

From the AAP FB page, attributed to Arvind Kejriwal:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 20, 2014 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Jan 20, 2014 23:59 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 19, 2012 AT 17:51 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 19, 2012 17:51 IST

The English PEN recently launched ‘Poems for Pussy Riot‘ in support of three members of the Russian punk band — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich — who are currently serving a  two year prison sentence, appeal hearing of which comes up on October 1, 2012.

The following contribution comes from Jack Underwood, poet, lecturer at Goldsmiths College and co-editor of the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives:

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 30, 2012 AT 21:45 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 30, 2012 21:45 IST

Shiv Visvanathan does some much-needed plain-speaking in these troubled, politically-correct times and deserves to be quoted at length:

What happened in Mumbai, and is still happening, is atrocious. If Muslims are as rabid as Bal Thackeray, or Raj Thackeray, then one must say so. If Muslims insist on speaking exclusively for Muslims and do not recognise Bodo suffering then theirs is an ethnic of narcissism, and not a secular value. Unless Muslims realise that over a million Bodos have been displaced, the displacement of three million Muslims will make little sense. One man’s suffering cannot be the cause of another man’s celebration. This cannot be the secular way or the secular ethic.

In our society, secularism has to be defined differently. It cannot be a battle between religion and science or separation between state and religion. Secularism is the way we respond to strangers. The stranger is the other who defines us.

The first law of secularism should be hospitality. We welcome the other because he is not us. The other is the reminder that we are not complete as truths, that as fragments we need each other. The second law of secularism can be formulated after the Dalai Lama’s comment that George Bush’s behaviour “brings out the Muslim in him”. Similarly, after the Gujarat carnage I can say that Narendra Modi brings out the Muslim in me. It is a way of giving secular space a meaning where we become the other in their moment of suffering.

Yet, our secularism allows for boundary walls...

I am writing this because I am concerned about the fate of democracy. The situation is tense and let’s not forget that Assam is the state with the second largest Muslim population in India. We need to understand that a coercive minoritarianism is as putrid as bully boy majoritarianism.

The Muslim fanatic and the Hindu fundamentalist both threaten democracy and we need open ended democracy that challenges both.

Read on at the Deccan Chronicle: Confessions of a troubled secularist

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 31, 2012 AT 18:36 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 31, 2012 18:36 IST

The body of 27-year-old Jamphel Yeshi, who died two days after he immolated himself in New Delhi in protest against the visit of China's president Hu Jintao for the BRICS summit

Mihir Sharma, in The Business Standard, says what badly needed to be said about the recently held BRICS summit:

Tibetans being rounded up, made to squat in the sun; the ever-sensitive Delhi Police indulging in the worst sort of racial profiling, demanding that people who look even vaguely Tibetan prove their credentials or be locked up. People of Manipuri descent wondered why they left home without their passports. Those living in dozens of Tibetan-dominated areas were cordoned off from the rest of the city like Palestinians on the West Bank. The Tibetan poet, Tenzin Tsundue, was bundled offstage by the cops after an academic discussion at the India Habitat Centre, and sent to Tihar.

Was there, perhaps, an even minimally credible threat to the life of Our Glorious Leader, Hu Jintao? No. Because the Tibetan movement has always been resolutely non-violent. Indeed, that has been India’s price for the grudging asylum we have provided them. In spite of that, the Chinese government had the gall to issue a statement thanking India for cracking down on Tibetans and finally recognising the “troubles” that they present. Given that any real law-and-order threat only exists in the deceitful newspeak of a totalitarian party, why has India’s craven government undermined its pretensions to democracy – and its only real argument for running a better state than China’s – by beating up and jailing its own, non-violent citizens?

Read on at the Business Standard

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 31, 2012 AT 18:36 IST, Edited At: Mar 31, 2012 18:36 IST
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