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Weapons of War Screens at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF2017)

Very pleased to share that our episode of India Matters from Bastar - Weapons of War: The Women of Bastar- has been selected for screening at the New York Indian Film Festival ( NYIFF) on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 3.15 pm at the Village East Cinemas on 2nd Ave @12th St. Synopsis: NDTV travels… Continue reading Weapons of War Screens at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF2017)

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Understanding Resilience While Covering Devastation

‘Journalists are not automatons. Expression of emotions is expected. To conceal dismay, anger or compassion at human suffering would be dishonest.’ This is what Stephen Ward wrote in an article for the Centre for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin, after natural disaster struck Haiti in 2010. He warned equally against journalism based entirely… Continue reading Understanding Resilience While Covering Devastation

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With Sanctions Gone, Iran’s Contemporary Art Scene Takes Flight

Like everywhere else in the world, in Iran too, art is a reflection of society and politics of the times. Small new galleries are cropping up in Tehran's downtown cultural hub every day - reflecting the desires of a society governed by rigid religious constructs to push boundaries. They want to make the most of… Continue reading With Sanctions Gone, Iran’s Contemporary Art Scene Takes Flight

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Blog From Iran: PM Modi Cinches Game-Changer Deal On Chabahar Port

The collaboration on Chabahar, on Iran’s southern coast, was first agreed on 13 years ago. But sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme, lifted only recently, meant a long wait for India to get what it needs – a foothold in Iran and much easier access to central Asia and Afghanistan. Read my report from Tehran here… Continue reading Blog From Iran: PM Modi Cinches Game-Changer Deal On Chabahar Port

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God’s Own Election. Kerala, May 2016.

Corruption, scams and tainted ministers in the Congress-led UDF, rampant infighting in the CPM-led LDF. Will the BJP be able to tap in to an electorate tired of Kerala’s limited political choices and open their account in the upcoming polls? Are fears of religious polarization in a state known for its communal harmony real or… Continue reading God’s Own Election. Kerala, May 2016.

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In Search of Muziris

The Archaeological Survey of India licensed the Kerala Council for Historical Research to oversee the dig in 2007. Its director, PJ Cherian, says the Pattanam excavations link the whole Indian Ocean region to the Mediterranean, through the Red Sea - a confluence of cultures and religions that led to a "web of relationships which included… Continue reading In Search of Muziris