Newsclick Production, November 16,2013
Newsclick speaks to Satyajit Rath from the National Institute of Immunology about the recent report that has come out on the 2005 excavations at Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia where certain well preserved skulls were found. After eight years spent studying a 1.8-million-year-old skull uncovered in Dmanisi, scientists have made discoveries that suggests simpler human lineage.
Newsclick Production, November 15,2013
India has become the sixth country in the world to launch space mission to Mars. On November 5, it launched the Mars Mission using the ISRO’s tried and tested work horse, the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket. Newsclick speaks to D. Raghunandan of the Delhi Science Forum to discuss the implications and limitations of this mission. Raghunandan feels it would have been more useful if the mission was launched using the much more powerful GSLV (Geo-Stationary Launch Vehicle) rocket that could carry a larger satellite with more instruments.
Newsclick Production, November 12,2013
The Tamil Nadu Assembly has passed a resolution demanding India's boycott to the upcoming Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Newsclick talks to Ahilan Kadirgamar, member of the Collective for Economic Democratisation, about the issues behind the boycott, about the recent victory of Tamil National Alliance in Northern Provincial polls, and the controversy of Sri Lankan Navy arresting Tamil fishermen.
Kadirgamar also points out that although there is a need to investigate into the gruesome violation of human rights after the 2009 civil war, the need of the hour is to deal with the present economic and social crisis facing Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated Northern Province. He further says that the "politics of boycott" must be replaced with "politics of engagement" that attempts to make a difference on the ground.
Newsclick Production, November 5,2013
In a recent lecture, Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu of South Africa remembered the times when the country was struggling to break through the shackles of apartheid. He thanked India for its support to his country's anti-apartheid movement. He noted that although South Africa has come a long way, all efforts to establish human rights would go wasted if the country doesn't bridge the wide gap between the rich and the poor. Tutu's speech was the inaugural L. C. Jain Memorial Lecture at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in New Delhi on November 5, 2013.
Newsclick Production,November 8,2013
Celebrating the life and contributions of G.P. Deshpande (1938-2013), eminent Marathi playwright and intellectual, a memorial meeting was held in New Delhi on October 27. Newsclick captures the memorable glimpses from the event.
Newsclick Production, November 5,2013
Newsclick speaks to Professor David Sanders from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa about the political situation and the situation that progressive movements in South Africa find themselves in. Professor Sanders feels that South Africa's situation today is extremely complex and difficult. He says there's a huge vacuum to the left of the ANC in policy, and therefore, there is an urgent need for an independent, progressive political movement to the left of the ANC, that is not attached to the ANC and which will necessarily be built from the civil society and most importantly the mass organisations like the trade union.
Newsclick Production, November 2, 2013
Newsclick speaks to Professor David Sanders, founding Director of the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, about global health crisis. Professor Sanders says that even as many people talk about improvements in health levels globally, there is a growing inequality in health between the global north and south. This inequality is what Sanders refers to as the global health crisis. He further says that the world now sees the emergence of "diseases of development" along with the "old diseases" of poverty. While on one hand, children are under-nourished and stunted because of food insecurity and poor living conditions; on the other, chronic diseases related to "modern diets" are seen to be affecting a large population. In order to mitigate the effects of the crisis, Sanders suggests government intervention in the food trade by way of imposing taxes on unhealthy foods and subsidizing healthy foods. He says that global health movements can play a huge role in improving health standards, but attracting the youth into such movements will be a challenge.
Newsclick Production, October 25,2013
Newsclick speaks to Madhusree Dutta, film maker and one of the founders of Majlis, a centre for rights discourse and inter-disciplinary art initiatives in Mumbai. It is necessary for a cultural activist to thoroughly understand the medium in which one is working. Madhusree emphasises on having interfaces between technology and culture, between politics and cultural practices, between various disciplines, etc. She underscores that in today's world knowing technology is important as culture too has become technology-intensive.
Newsclick Production, October 21,2013
Deepak Nayyar, former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Delhi, spoke at a seminar on “Economy in Crisis” organized by Centre for Policy Analysis, New Delhi. He said that macroeconomic crisis in India have been triggered by a fragile balance of payments situation, and the answer lies in not only cutting expenditure, but also increasing income. Nayyar said that the present situation is just as bad as that in 1991. Increase in growth has failed to translate into an increase in employment. Crisis in social infrastructure such as education and health run deep, and India hasn't used industrialization to mobilize its human resource as yet. To address the crisis, there is a need for pro-active engagement of the government, he said.
Newsclick Production, October 19,2013
In a seminar on “Economy in Crisis”, organized by Centre for Policy Analysis in New Delhi, its chairman S P Shukla spoke on agriculture and unemployment as the two major qualitative indicators of crisis in Indian economy. He said that poor and marginalized farmers “produce losses”, go into debt, and commit suicide to get out of it. Farmer suicides is a crisis in India, he said. Citing recent figures, he stated that 20 million women have involuntarily withdrawn from agriculture. The employment sector too shows signs of crisis in India.