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    South Asia Citizens Wire | 02 March., 2005 via: www.sacw.net [1] Pakistan Fisher folk Forum to campaign for the release of fishermen detained by Indian
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      South Asia Citizens Wire | 02 March., 2005
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      [1] Pakistan Fisher folk Forum to campaign for
      the release of fishermen detained by Indian and
      Pakistani forces
      [2] Kashmiri right to self-determination be recognised: PIPFPD
      [3] Jack of Arms Trade in India and Pakistan (J. Sri Raman)
      [4] India: On the liquor ban in Gujarat (Editorial, The Telegraph)
      [5] India - Gujarat: NGO's forgive 'n' forget idea kicks up a row
      [6] Upcoming events:
      (i) Talk: "Globalizing Inequality" by P.Sainath (New York, March 3, 2005)
      (ii) Conference: Re-Visioning Mumbai (Bombay, 3rd - 4th March, 2005)
      (iii) Rally & cultural program to Celebrate
      International Women's Day (New Delhi, 4th march
      (iv) right to food campaign events and workshops (9-18 March 2005)
      (v) A Photographic Exhibit - City Limits:
      Engendering the Body in Public Space; A Panel
      Discussion - Imagining Gendered Utopias & A Film
      Series - Imagining Women (Bombay, 5-12 March,
      (vi) Second South Asian Workshop on Racism,
      Xenophobia, and Discrimination against Ethnic
      Minorities and Indigenous People (Lahore, March
      22-31, 2005)



      Dawn - 1 March 2005


      KARACHI, Feb 28: Pakistan Fisher folk Forum (PFF)
      has announced to launch a vigorous struggle for
      the release of detained fishermen arrested by the
      Marine Security Forces of India and Pakistan.
      This decision was taken in an emergency meeting
      of the PFF held at its headquarters on Monday.
      According to a press release issued here, the
      meeting decided to launch a phase-wise struggle
      on this issue. The struggle activities would
      include conference on the detained fishermen,
      advocacy with the governments of India and
      Pakistan, hunger strikes and long march.
      President Pakistan Fisher folk Forum Mohammad Ali
      Shah while addressing the meeting said that India
      and Pakistan were using the fishermen of both the
      countries as ploy in their political game. He
      said that due to the arrest of more than 1,000
      fishermen of both the sides, their families were
      forced to live under abject poverty.
      He said that at least 147 Pakistani fishermen had
      passed their tenures in Indian jails but due to
      the lack of interest of the Pakistan government
      they were not being repatriated and were living a
      miserable life in an India Police Headquarters. -



      Daily Times - March 2, 2005


      Staff Report
      NEW DELHI: The rights of the people of Jammu and
      Kashmir to self-determination should be
      recognised, concluded the Pakistan India People's
      Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) on
      Tuesday. The forum also expressed concern about
      the treatment of minorities in India and Pakistan.
      The three day conclave, attended by over 1,000
      delegates, deliberated on several issues related
      to peace between the two countries and adopted a
      declaration demanding a nuclear free South Asia
      and a reduction of military expenditure to divert
      towards the social sector.
      The conclave formed three sub-groups of Indian
      and Pakistani intellectuals and peace activists
      to separately deliberate the Kashmir issue,
      treatment of minorities and peace and
      reconciliation. The Kashmir group, lead by
      eminent journalist Ved Bhasin, recommended
      recognising the self-determination right of the
      people of Jammu and Kashmir. "Given the diversity
      of opinion, it is critical that people's voices
      be heard, their right of self-determination be
      recognised and no solution imposed," said the
      Emphasising the right of people from both sides
      of the LoC to interact, PIPFPD claimed that it
      was in a position to offer a solution to the
      Kashmir issue. It also called upon all parties to
      renounce violence and expressed concern at the
      state agencies' use of former militants in
      counterinsurgency operations to avoid
      The forum stressed that Kashmiris should be
      included in discussions regarding water disputes
      between India and Pakistan. They also pointed out
      that people in Gilgit and Baltistan were
      experiencing the loss of state subject rights and
      were vulnerable to state induced alterations in
      their demographic structure.



      26 February 2005

      By J. Sri Raman

      New Delhi and Islamabad have been
      congratulating themselves profusely on agreeing
      on a "confidence-building measure" (CBM) that is
      very welcome to the long-suffering people of
      Kashmir. On February 16, the foreign Affairs
      Ministers of India and Pakistan, K. Natwar Singh
      and Kurshid Mahmud Kasuri, announced a joint
      decision to launch a bus service between Srinagar
      and Muzaffarabad, capitals of Kashmir under
      India's and Pakistan's control respectively.

      The role of a third foreign affairs minister
      - of the United Kingdom - to spend the third week
      of February in South Asia, mainly India and
      Pakistan, however, has gone grossly

      The role merits notice all the more for its
      possible relation to concerted efforts to involve
      South Asia in the missile defense scheme - and to
      involve it in a manner that can only create a
      more dangerous India-Pakistan divide that no bus
      can bridge.

      The India-Pakistan accord drew immediate and
      apparently well-deserved applause. The media had
      good fun talking about the two governments not
      missing the bus again. The two sides did seem to
      have displayed political will in discarding their
      earlier rigid positions on the documents to be
      required of passengers of the proposed bus plying
      across the Line of Control (LoC), which India
      considers a de facto international border and
      Pakistan does not. The positions seemed well-nigh
      irreconcilable just weeks ago.

      Some, of course, wondered if sufficient
      security could be provided to the bus service.
      The spurt in clashes between the insurgents and
      the security forces in the India-administered
      State of Jammu and Kashmir has fueled the fears
      on this count. Many would still consider the risk
      worth taking for the sake of India-Pakistan
      relations and forcibly divided Kashmiri families.

      What might take some sheen off the accord,
      however, is the unsettling thought that the bus
      talks in Islamabad may have gone beyond the
      bilateral. The Pakistani media was hardly
      reticent about the role of British Foreign
      Secretary Jack Straw in this regard. Straw's
      arrival in Islamabad on February 14, a day before
      Natwar Singh's, said a report, "did seem to
      indicate that Pakistan was being induced to be
      accommodative by one of its influential friends."
      Pakistani leader-writers reminded Britain of its
      commitment to a Kashmir solution in terms of
      United Nations resolutions rather than through
      talks, while Straw addressed public meetings on a
      dialogue about the alternative to war.

      His participation in the "peace process" may
      seem praiseworthy, but as for Britain's and his
      own past record and role in the matter, along
      with a "dialogue," they have peddled arms deals,
      and along with "peace," they have promoted war
      preparations on both sides. They did so at the
      gravest South Asian hour since India and Pakistan
      turned nuclear-weapon states. Britain and its
      Foreign Secretary are doing it again now.

      In a televised interview on February 22 with
      a prominent Indian newspaper editor who has
      always held that what is good for the US is great
      for India, Straw paid himself tributes for his
      peace-keeping role during the dangerous
      India-Pakistan standoff over Kashmir in the early
      months of 2002, when the world feared the
      outbreak of the first-ever nuclear war. The
      reality of Straw's role was just the reverse.

      At that time, when Prime Minister Tony Blair
      visited India and Pakistan and talked of
      Britain's "calming influence," it was disclosed
      that his real mission was to boost arms sales to
      India worth one billion pounds. Straw's own part
      in the arms deals that accompanied the pretended
      peace mission was no less significant. On July
      19, 2002, lawmakers of Britain criticized him for
      failing to block arms sales to the nuclear rivals
      during the standoff.

      A joint report by four House of Commons
      committees - of foreign affairs, defense, trade
      and industry, and international development -
      said Straw failed to apply government guidelines
      banning weapons exports where there was risk they
      could be used for external aggression. They were
      "surprised" that Straw did not personally examine
      license applications for exports to the region
      during the period of heightened tension in May
      and June.

      In a letter to the committees, Straw said 149
      licenses had been issued for export to India
      during the period and 19 for export to Pakistan.
      He, however, claimed he had not been personally
      involved. The lawmakers responded by wondering
      whether there could have been a fitter case for
      forbidding arms exports.

      Straw and his government have continued to
      promote arms deals that are not going to promote
      the cause of India-Pakistan "dialogue" and peace.
      A turning point was the signing on Match 20,
      2004, of a 295-million-pound accord on the supply
      of 66 Hawk advanced jet trainers (AJTs) to India
      from Britain. Soon, on April 27 the same year,
      Britain and India announced their decision to
      launch collaboration in development of
      "futuristic weapons systems".

      Notably, Straw's latest "peace" drive has
      come at the same time as a push by hawks in the
      Indian establishment for the country's speedy
      enrollment in the US-spearheaded missile defense
      system. The advocates of the idea make no secret
      at all of their anti-Pakistan angle.

      C. Raja Mohan, a security analyst, says of
      such description: "India's acquisition of a TMD
      (theater missile defense) system will help
      complicate Pakistan's nuclear calculus and dent
      its ability to indulge in nuclear blackmail.
      Equally important, TMD offers a potential
      insurance against state failure in Pakistan and
      the danger of its nuclear weapons falling into
      the hands of extremist elements."

      Straw, it must be noted, has been among the
      foremost advocates of missile defense. On August
      1, 2001, he sent a briefing paper on the US plans
      for a missile system to all the 412 Labor members
      of Parliament. The paper has been described as
      the "strongest backing" from a member of the
      British government for the scheme.

      The paper addressed several issues, including
      the threat posed by "rogue states" and the
      limitations of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM)
      Treaty. It was seen as a mirror image of George
      Bush's case for missile defense. Straw would not
      need to try too hard to sell the scheme to
      India's hawks, who hoped the Bush wars on
      Afghanistan and Iraq would lead to recognition of
      a right to pre-emptive strikes against Pakistan.

      The new bus may be big news for the common
      Kashmiris. Straw and his South Asian
      collaborators, however, have bigger things in



      The Telegraph - February 24, 2005 | Editorial


      A sense of irony is unavoidable every time modern
      Gujarat invokes the name of the Mahatma. The
      occasions are usually banal - this time it is the
      liquor ban. Apparently prohibition is going to be
      relaxed in the only Indian state where it still
      exists. The proposed amendment seeks to introduce
      a human approach: instead of sending offenders to
      jail, they will be subjected to community service
      and medical treatment. Earlier, only foreigners
      could apply for a permit to drink, and they had
      to pay for it. Now they get it free, but the
      leftovers at the time of their leaving the state
      have to be returned to the authorities. It seems
      now that Gujarat is slowly moving towards lifting
      the ban altogether - as did Andhra Pradesh,
      Haryana and many of the northeastern states, to
      their obvious fiscal gain. But the home minister
      of Gujarat is still keeping up the Gandhian
      rhetoric in insisting that this is just a
      humanizing of the law, and there is no question
      of lifting the "four-decade-old prohibition". The
      Congress has protested, also in Gandhian terms,
      as have veteran Gandhians.

      If the ban does get relaxed or lifted, then the
      reasons would be purely economic. Gujarat could
      well do with the revenue that liquor licenses
      would bring in. Manipur, Assam and Nagaland have
      all pulled themselves out of fiscal crises in
      this way. There the protests have come not from
      Gandhians but from women's groups - mostly poor
      rural women for whom alcoholism means domestic
      violence and financial ruin. Only the tribals of
      Chandpur in Gujarat have protested against the
      prohibition, reminding the state of the
      importance of liquor in their social and
      religious lives. Gujarat would be better off
      leaving the fate of prohibition to economic
      compulsions. "In reality, there are as many
      religions as there are individuals," Gandhi had
      written in Hind Swaraj, "but those who are
      conscious of the spirit of nationality do not
      interfere with one another's religion." This,
      rather than the prohibitionist Gandhi, might be a
      better ideal for modern Gujarat.



      Indian Express - March 01, 2005

      NGO's forgive 'n' forget idea kicks up a row

      AHMEDABAD, FEBRUARY 28: The efforts of voluntary
      group Jan Andolan to bring about reconciliation
      between Hindus and Muslims in some villages
      divided by the 2002 riots has run into
      controversy. Other groups are opposing Jan
      Andolan's idea that Muslims should withdraw cases
      of arson or looting to facilitate reconciliation
      with Hindus.

      Jan Andolan chief Mukul Sinha says withdrawing
      such cases will allow Muslims displaced by the
      riots to go back to their villages without any
      fear. ''There are many villages to which Muslims
      have been unable to return even three years after
      the riots,'' he says. ''Let's not talk of far-off
      places, there are villages hardly 20 km from
      Ahmedabad to which Muslims haven't returned. They
      are warned not to return.''

      Sinha adds that he's not for withdrawal of cases
      of serious offences. ''All that is being
      suggested is that, in instances where there was
      no loss of life, no rape, or other heinous
      charge, people should withdraw cases and find
      ways of getting on with life,'' he says.

      Activists like advocate Girish Patel, Prof Nisar
      Ahmed Ansari, Achyut Yagnik and others don't buy
      that idea. They say there can be no
      reconciliation without justice.

      This difference of opinion came to the fore on
      Sunday after Jan Andolan circulated a note on its
      proposal and called for a dharna to push the
      idea. The note says the proposal has the backing
      of some 40 muftis from Ahmedabad, who have agreed
      to canvass for it.

      In response, some ''concerned citizens'' and
      other organisations sent out a press release that
      says: ''We believe that the problem is not simply
      a case of conflict between two communities only,
      but part of the larger programme of the


      [6] [Upcoming events]

      Southern Asian Institute/Columbia University in the City of New York
      Brown Bag Series

      "Globalizing Inequality"
      by P.Sainath*

      Thursday, March 3, 2005
      12:30 - 2:00 pm
      Room: 1118 IAB [International Affairs Building]
      (420 West 118th Street)
      For more information, please call (212) 854-3616

      *P. Sainath was the first journalist in the world
      to win Amnesty International's Global Human
      Rights Journalism prize in its inaugural year
      (2000). In 2001, together with CNN's Jim Clancy,
      he also won the United Nations Food and
      Agriculture Organization's (FAO) prestigious
      Boerma prize for work of "international
      importance in addressing the issues of hunger."



      Conceiving a Manifesto for Sustainable Development

      Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th March, 2005

      - Conference hosted by -

      The prolonged restructuring of Mumbai’s economy
      since the eighties has shown a distinct
      reorganisation in the geographies of the Region
      similar to other industrial regions / cities
      globally. From the early eighties, manufacturing
      production was steadily dispersed from formal
      factory and work units through outsourcing and
      subcontracting, leading to the growth of
      decentralised chains of production located in the
      suburbs and hinterland, as well as in small
      workshops, slums, and households scattered
      throughout the city and region. Along with such
      in-formalisation of labour Mumbai also became a
      resting point for the moving global capital
      exhibited through sites of malls, multiplexes and
      luxurious townships. The city very clearly
      displays sites of high contest today than ever

      These simultaneous landscapes of growing
      informality and high-end consumerism were
      overlapped with administrative decentralisation
      processes where concerns regarding city
      environment gained importance amongst various
      actors. These concerns further sparked number of
      processes in not only conserving the environments
      of the city but also realigning planning towards
      efficiency and social justice. The various
      movements concerning heritage, natural
      environment, industrial labour, urban poor etc.
      are emblematic of these processes.

      The processes further highlighted the fact that
      the city is working well beyond its carrying
      capacity with an urgent need for inner
      restructuring in order to accommodate the
      exacerbating concentration and congestion of
      activities. These trying situations are
      emblematic of the latent violence that can
      swiftly erupt as a result of the innumerable
      problems that frustrate and provoke the residents
      of the city. The communal riots and commuter's
      angry protests against delayed trains in 1990's
      indicate the vulnerable and fragile nature of the
      city, they are also representative of the discord
      that exists between the form of the city and the
      aspirations of its inhabitants. With the gross
      density of city exceeding 30,000 persons per
      square kilometre, the need for restructuring of
      inner city areas, conservation zones / precincts,
      derelict areas (closed textile mills lands),
      squatters and slums, and under-utilised docklands
      is even more essential now than ever before.

      The Asiatic Society of Mumbai through its history
      has always been an interface to discuss and
      involve public participation in the city issues.
      Through history the Asiatic Society has always
      been the womb where City institutions like the
      Municipal Corporation of Mumbai and the Mumbai
      Port Trust have originated.

      The Asiatic Society in its Bicentenary year would
      like to deliberate on the Urban Conservation
      process dealing with reordering and regeneration
      of urban fabric, physical and metaphysical. As a
      vehicle for deliberating all such issues of
      tangible and intangible heritage the Society is
      would host a conference dealing with the Vision
      for Mumbai in the 21st Century with primary focus
      on Urban Conservation as a catalyst for
      reordering the Post Industrial City. Although
      urban conservation processes in contemporary
      Mumbai have been limited to physical environment
      there has always been an underlining need to
      understand, recognise and assist all connotations
      of heritage. This legacy in forms of social and
      local history, language and literature, customs
      and rituals, performing and visual arts are as
      important as physical environments in the entire
      process of cultural evolution of Mumbai.

      The Conference aims at reintroducing Mumbai
      through its various socio-economic patterns and
      changes, various alternative histories and
      geographies and several cultures. The conference
      further aims at presenting several cultural
      practices in negotiating the landscapes of
      Mumbai. The Conference would culminate with a
      deliberation on a vision statement "A Manifesto
      for Sustainable Development of Mumbai".


      Day 1


      10:00 - 10:15


      B. G. Deshmukh
      Retd. IAS, President, Asiatic Society of Mumbai

      10:15 - 10:30

      Y. V. Chandrachud
      Retd. Chief Justice of India

      10:30 - 11:15
      Keynote Address

      Prof. Arjun Appadurai,
      Provost, New School University, New York
      Founder President PUKAR

      11:15 - 11:30

      Vote of Thanks
      Vimal Shah
      Hon. Secretary, Asiatic Society of Mumbai

      11:30 - 11:45
      Tea break

      Reintroducing Mumbai

      11:45 - 11:55

      Understanding Urban History & Geography of Mumbai
      Session Chair: Dr. Sadashiv Gorakshkar
      Museologist, Ex Director Prince of Wales Museum

      11:55 - 12:20

      Institutionalising of National Consciousness in Mumbai
      Arun Tikekar

      12:20 -12:45
      Changing Geography of Mumbai
      Prof. B Arunachalam
      Retd. Professor Geography, Mumbai University

      12:45 - 13:10
      Labour Histories of Mumbai
      Neera Adarkar
      Activist & Architect

      13:10 - 13:30


      13:30 - 14:30

      Lunch Break

      14:30 - 14:40

      Session Chair: Arvind Adarkar
      Activist & Architect
      Founder Mumbai Study Group

      14:40 - 15:05
      Changing Economy and Spatial Planning Response in Mumbai

      V. K. Phatak
      Urban Planner,
      Retd. Principal Chief, MMRDA

      15:05 - 15:30
      Restructuring and Revitalising Landuse in Mumbai
      G. S. Pantbalekundri
      Retd. Deputy Secretary, Urban Development Department

      15:30 -15:55

      Mumbai's Environment
      Sunjoy Monga, Environmentalist and Member, BNHS

      15:55 - 16:15


      16:15 - 16:30
      Tea Break

      16:30 - 16:40
      Session Chair: Shyam Benegal


      Cinema in Mumbai
      Amrit Gangar
      Film Maker and Researcher

      17:05 - 17:30

      Literature in Mumbai
      Jatin Wagle
      Professor of English, SIES College and Writer

      17:30 - 17:55
      Theatre and Music in Mumbai
      Ashok Ranade
      Musicologist and Retd. Head Music Department
      Mumbai Univeristy

      17:55 - 18:15

      Day 2

      Negotiating Mumbai

      09:45 - 09:55
      Session Chair: Satish Sahaney
      Chief Officer, Nehru Centre

      09:55 - 10:20
      Perceiving Mumbai
      Sudhir Patwardhan

      10:20 - 10:45
      Imagining Mumbai
      Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar
      Film Makers

      10:45 - 11:05

      11:05 - 11:20

      Tea Break

      11:20 - 11:30
      Session Chair: B G Deshmukh
      Retd. IAS, Former Chief Secretary

      11:30 - 11:55
      Visioning and Planning in Mumbai
      Sanjay Ubale
      IAS, Secretary Special Projects

      11:55 - 12:20

      Administration and Governance in Mumbai
      V. Ranganathan
      Retd. IAS, Former Chief Secretary

      12:20- 12:45

      Intervening in Mumbai
      Shirish Patel
      Civil Engineer and Urban Planner

      12:45 -13:10

      Dialogue with the Other in Mumbai
      Navtej Kaur Bhutani
      Urban Researcher and Activist

      13:10 - 13:30


      13:30 - 14:30

      Lunch Break

      Re-Visioning Mumbai

      14:30 - 17:30

      Panel Discussion
      Session Chair: D. M. Sukthankar
      Retd. IAS, Former Chief Secretary
      Chairperson MHCC and Member, MMR-HCS
      Discussants: Rahul Srivastava, Gerson D’cunha and Keshub Mahindra
      Panel: All Speakers and Chairs.



      Stree Adhikar Sangathan
      B 2 / 51, Rohini. Sector 16, Delhi 110085 Ph : 011-27872835
      IIIT, Duplex Apartment, Kalindipuram, Jhalwa, Allahabad

      Rally & cultural program on 4 th march 2005
      to Celebrate International Women's Day

      Greetings !
      This is to cordially invite you for a programme
      to be held on Friday, 4 th March 2005 to
      celebrate International Women's Day. A rally as
      well as a cultural programme has been planned in
      Delhi University.as part a campaign undertaken by
      Stree Adhikar Sangathan on this occasion. It may
      be added that we also plan to hold similar
      programmes in Metro Vihar, Shahbad Dairy and
      Rohini Sector 16-17.
      The rally to mark the occasion would start at 11
      a.m., Friday, 4 th March from Vivekanand Statue,
      Arts Faculty, Delhi University ( North Campus)
      and would pass through different faculties and
      colleges. Cultural program comprising of songs,
      skits and dramas would be held after the
      culmination of the rally.
      We will be happy if you can spare your valuable
      time and join us for this celebrations.

      Yours sincerely

      Stree Adhikar Sangathan




      A workshop on the public distribution system will be held at the Indian
      Social Institute on Wednesday 9 March. The main purpose of the workshop is
      to guide legal intervention on the PDS, in the context of the public
      interest litigation initiated by PUCL-Rajasthan. For details, background
      material etc. please send a line to Kumaran (kumran@...).


      The secretariat of the Right to Food Campaign is convening an important
      meeting on Thursday 10 March at the Indian Social Institute (10 am to 2 pm),
      to discuss forthcoming activities of the campaign as well as some
      organisational issues. The main items on the agenda are: further action for
      a full-fledged Employment Guarantee Act; further interventions in the
      Supreme Court; other proposed activities; suggestions for the next annual
      "convention"; and setting up of a new campaign secretariat in Delhi. This
      is an important opportunity to set work priorities for the campaign
      secretariat and all concerned organisations are cordially invited,
      especially those that participated in the Bhopal convention in June 2004
      and/or the "display of banners" on 21 December 2004. For further details
      please send contact Navjyoti (nj12@..., tel 9811087811).


      Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) has agreed to conduct a training
      workshop for activists working in "Food For Work" districts, with special
      focus on social audits of the FFW programme. This training will be held on
      12-18 March 2005 in Udaipur. Participants are expected from Rajasthan,
      Sonebhadra (U.P.), Surguja (Chhattisgarh) and Palamau (Jharkhand), among
      other places. If you are interested, please let us know or write directly to
      MKSS at mkssrajasthan@...



      Gender & Space Project, PUKAR
      Point of View
      A Photographic Exhibit, A Panel Discussion & A Film Series

      Photography Exhibit
      City Limits: Engendering the Body in Public Space

      Dates: 05 March to 12 March 2005 (Sunday Closed)

      Time: 12 pm to 7 pm

      Venue: The Fourth Floor
      Kitab Mahal (In front of New Excelsior Cinema)
      Dr. D.N. Road,
      Mumbai 400001

      Curators: Shilpa Phadke and Bishakha Datta
      Photographers: Abhinandita Mathur, Roshani
      Jhadav, Neelam Ayare and Karan Arora.

      City Limits: Engendering the Body in Public Space
      intends to view everyday public spaces in Mumbai
      through a gendered lens, to focus on the
      demarcations between public and private spaces,
      and understand the hierarchies of access that
      have become part of our taken for granted grammar
      of viewing the city. The effort has been to
      privilege the everyday, to engage with women's
      strategies in negotiating public space and to
      draw attention to the ways in which the private
      refuses to be compartmentalized

      An Interactive Panel Discussion
      Imagining Gendered Utopias

      As part of International Women's Day
      celebrations, we are organizing a discussion
      titled where women speak as citizens,
      professionals, mothers, commuters, consumers, and

      Date: 08 March 2005
      Time: 6.30 pm
      Venue: The Fourth Floor
      Kitab Mahal (In front of New Excelsior Cinema)
      Dr. D.N. Road,
      Mumbai 400001

      Neera Adarkar imagines a gender-friendly city
      from the position of architecture and design.
      Celine D'Cruz provides a view from the perspective of dispossessed women.
      Kalpana Sharma envisions a utopian world for
      women journalists and for reporting on women.
      Shireen Gandhy explores the implications of
      combining a career in art with motherhood.
      Sameera Khan imagines a welcoming public space for breast-feeding women.

      The discussion is intended to be an interactive
      one involving the audience in imagining a space
      for women in the truly public spaces in Mumbai.
      Our hope is that the discussion would go beyond
      what is feasible in the short term to explore our
      wildest dreams of living as liberated citizens in
      the Mumbai of tomorrow.

      Film Series
      Imagining Women

      Film Schedule: All films will be screened at The Fourth Floor, Kitab Mahal

      Sat 5 March 4 pm:
      Bhaji On The Beach (Gurinder Chadha)(100 mins)
      A group of women of Indian descent take a trip
      together from their home in Birmingham, England
      to the beach resort of Blackpool. The women vary
      in ages from mid-teens to old, and initially have
      little in common. But the events of the day lead
      them to better mutual understanding and

      Mon 7 March 6.30 pm:
      Ma Vie En Rose (Alain Berliner ) (88 mins)
      Ludovic is a young boy who can't wait to grow up
      to be a woman. When his family discovers the
      little girl blossoming in him they are forced to
      contend with their own discomfort and the lack of
      understanding from their new neighbors. Their
      anger and impatience cave and Ludovic is sent to
      see a psychiatrist in the hopes of fixing
      whatever is wrong with him. A movie that
      addresses trans-gender and gender issues in
      general through the eyes of a child.

      Wed 9 March 6.30 pm:
      Three Women and A Camera (Sabeena Gadihoke) (56 mins)
      This film is about Homai Vyarawalla, India's
      first professional woman photographer, whose
      career spanned nearly three decades from the
      1930s and two contemporary photographers, Sheba
      Chhachhi and Dayanita Singh, who started work in
      the 1980s. Vyarawalla's work underscores the
      optimism and euphoria of the birth of a nation,
      while Chhachhi and Singh attempt to grapple with
      the various complexities and undelivered promises
      of the post independence era. This film debates
      the major shifts in their concerns regarding
      representation, subject-camera relationships and
      the limits and possibilities of still photography
      in India today.

      Frida (JulieTaymor) (123 mins)
      Frida chronicles the life Frida Kahlo (Salma
      Hayek) shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego
      Rivera (Alfred Molina), as the young couple took
      the art world by storm. From her complex and
      enduring relationship with her mentor and husband
      to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon
      Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic
      entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a
      bold and uncompromising life as a political,
      artistic, and sexual revolutionary.

      Thu 10 March 6.30 pm:
      Fat Sister (Catherine Breillat) (86 mins)
      A Ma Soeur! is a provocative and shocking drama
      about sibling rivalry, family discord and
      relationships. Elena is 15, beautiful and
      flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is
      12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets
      a young Italian student who is determined to
      seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence,
      conspiring with the lovers, but harbouring
      jealousy and similar desires. Their actions,
      however, have unforeseen tragic consequences for
      the whole family.

      Some of the films will be followed by discussions.

      For more information -
      email: genderspace@... or pointofview@...
      call: 55748152 or 55727252



      Second South Asian Workshop
      Racism, Xenophobia, and Discrimination against
      Ethnic Minorities and Indigenous People
      March 22-31, 2005, Lahore, Pakistan

      Applications are invited from South Asian
      countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
      Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri
      Lanka) for a 10-day residential training course
      in Lahore, Pakistan (22-31 March 2005) on racism,
      xenophobia, and issues of minorities and
      autonomy. The short-term training course is
      supported by the European Commission. It is being
      organised by the South Asia Forum for Human
      Rights (SAFHR) in partnership with Human Rights
      Commission of Pakistan, The Other Media (India),
      INSEC (Nepal) and EURAC (Italy). The course will
      focus on representatives of minorities and
      indigenous people, self-determination movements,
      people from autonomous regions, relevant
      scholars, jurists and NGOs from South Asian
      region including Afghanistan, Burma and Tibet.
      The curriculum of the course will deal with
      themes of modern state formation, nation and
      nation state, nationalism, ethnicity, partition,
      national and international regimes of protection,
      political issues relating to regional trends in
      minority protection in South Asia, politics of
      control of natural and man made resources, media
      and European mechanisms for protection of
      This is an advance level course. Applicants must
      have (a) five years experience in minority
      protection, movements for self-determination and
      self-government in the South Asian region.
      Proficiency in English language is a
      pre-requisite for participation. Besides giving
      all necessary particulars, application must be
      accompanied by two recommendation letters and a
      1000 word essay on how the training course is
      relevant to the applicant's work and may benefit
      the applicant. SAFHR will bear accommodation and
      other course expenses for all participants and
      will offer limited number of travel grants.
      Applications, addressed to the course
      coordinator, can be sent by e-mail or post, and
      must reach the following address by 31 December
      2004 - Human Rights Commission of Pakistan,
      Aiwan-Jamhoor, 107-Tipu Block, New Garden Town,
      Lahore - 54600 Pakistan. Email:


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