Newsclick Production, June 28, 2013
Even as the levels of poverty and unemployment have substantially decreased in Brazil, people have taken to the streets to demonstrate against the recent increase in bus fare. The protests, even though instigated by the rise in public transportation fares, have deeper reasons of dissatisfaction with the ruling government. Demands for cheaper public transportation and better social services in the country have been met with tear gas and water cannons by the police, particularly in the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Newsclick talks to Eloi Pieta, Founder Member of the Workers' Party in Brazil, about Brazilian people's discontent with their government, and the role of the youth.
Newsclick Production, June 24, 2013
The Indian rupee is falling. In a discussion with Newsclick, Jayati Ghosh, Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, JNU, points out extreme current account deficits and trade deficits as major reasons for the decline in the Rupee. She suggests that cutting down on non-essential imports such as gold, and instituting strong tariff structures. The present Indian economy shows all symptoms of a pre-crisis; the house of cards has been set, but the impact from the fall cannot be gauged yet.
Newsclick Production, June 22, 2013
Newsclick discusses with Vijay Prashad, eminent writer and commentator, the current developments in Turkey. He says the main contradiction in Turkey at present is between democracy and authoritarianism. He also analyses Turkey's position in West Asia today.
Newsclick Production, June 22, 2013
The United States has provided more arms to the rebel groups claiming that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the militants.
The rhetoric on Syrian chemical weapons is similar to the false charges against Iraq on WMDs in the run-up to the 2003 US-led invasion. The investigations of the UN Human Rights Committee have reported that it cannot confirm the US claim on Syria chemical weapons. Russia and China have made clear that any attempt at a replay of Iraq or of Libya will not be allowed through the UN Security Council.
Newsclick talks to Vijay Prashad, eminent writer and commentator, on the developments in Syria. Prashad says that the policy of the US and the Nato powers, it seems, is to bleed Syria to ultimately weaken the Hezbollah and Iran.
Newsclick Production, June 20, 2013
Kaushik Bhaumik from Osian's Cinefan tells Newsclick what Indian cinema and in particular, Bengali cinema has lost in Rituparno Ghosh's death. He also speaks of how much Ray, Bergman and Almodovar one sees in Rituparno's films and how Rituparno stood out from his contemporaries and inspired aspiring filmmakers. Bhaumik goes on to say that for a long time Rituparno Ghosh was Bengali cinema and that his take on LGBT issues was the most vocal and sensitive.
Newsclick Production, June 19, 2013
The Food Security Bill is seen as a quick fix to the problems of poverty in India. While there is no denial of a large mass of Indian people affected by hunger and malnutrition, there is a need to look into the provisions of the Bill and not just what it claims to do. Will it threaten the PDS? Will a few households be excluded from the new scheme? Newsclick discusses the defects in the Bill with Smita Gupta, Economist at the Institute of Human Development.
Newsclick Production, June 18, 2013
"मरने वाले मरते हैं लेकिन फना होते नहीं ; वो हकीकत में कभी हम से जुदा होते नहीं।" said Syeda Saiyidain Hameed quoting Iqbal at a recently held memorial meeting to salute the indomitable spirit of Vina Mazumdar and celebrate a life lived with the utmost excitement at every stage. Friends, fellow activists and associates shared their fondest memories of times spent with this extraordinary woman. Malati, an Adivasi woman from Midnapore shared as to how her Vina Di empowered tribal women and made them aware of their rights. Shohini Ghosh remembered Vina Maashi as a generous and and nurturing parent, a respected academic and an activist with a spontaneous sense of humour.
Newsclick Production, June 17, 2013
Veteran Communist leader Satyapal Dang passed away on the 15th of June, 2013. He was 92. Newsclick presents a scene from the film, "Once Upon a Time in Chheharta", a film on the history of the working class movement of Chhehara, Amritsar- A movement that he and many others devoted their lives to. This scene is about his first election victory in Chheharta, a former industrial township of Amritsar, Punjab. In this election he beat Congress Party's Chief Ministerial Candidate Gurmukh Singh Musafir.
Newsclick Production, June 15, 2013
In the backdrop of the Ranbaxy case in the US, Newsclick talks to Dr Amit Sengupta from the Jan Swasthya Abhyan on the situation in the pharmaceutical sector at large. Dr Sengupta says that a motivated campaign, supported by big US pharmaceutical industries, is being orchestrated to kill the Indian generic industry as they see it as a threat to their own markets.
Newsclick Production, June 14, 2013
Vina Mazumdar was among the significant figures in post-independent India who voiced for gender equality. Apart from being associated with the women's movement, Vina di, as she was fondly called, was among the pioneers in the field of women's studies in India. Among her many significant contributions was the report -- "Towards Equality" -- that the Committee on Status of Women in India, of which she was an integral part, brought out in 1974. She was also the founding director of the Centre for Women's Development Studies (CWDS) at New Delhi. In 2010, Zubaan published her autobiography, "Memoirs of a Rolling Stone." She passed away on May 30, 2013. To remember her contributions to the women's movement in India, Newsclick speaks to Dr. Indu Agnihotri, Director and Professor at the CWDS.