January 13: The Concluding Event of the Month Long BKMZ Campaign

The concluding event of the month long Bombay ki Kahani Mumbai ki Zubani campaign was held at the auditorium of St. Xavier’s College on the 13th of January, 2012.

The gorgeous college grounds and the high ceilings of the auditorium were a perfect backdrop to the day long program. The college staff and personnel were helpful, efficient and very generous with their time and energy.

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The program started at 2 p.m. with an audio-visual presentation by Kabi from Meterdown: Kaali Peeli ki Kahaani, a podcast and blog of oral histories of Bombay taxi drivers.

https://bombaykikahani.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/kaali-peeli-drivers-on-1992-93-a-podcast/

This was followed by a screening of the films made by students and faculty of School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and an intensive discussion.

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This was followed by a break and a discussion outside the hall on the campaign, the experiences and conversations that took place in the course of preparing for and doing this campaign, the ongoing struggles and conversations, and the things that people were working on further and the ways in which work on these themes would continue.

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We reconvened in the auditorium at 6:30 pm and by this time many more people had joined in for the closing concert and the hall was full. Sabah spoke on behalf of the campaign and what it meant to her and all of us  and recapped some of the highlights and conversations that took place in the months preceding the campaign as well as the intensive one month of  the campaign itself.  Aquila and two student film makers from TISS also spoke about some of the activities of the campaign and their experiences.

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The campaign concluded with an hour and a half long music concert “Aman ke Naam” by Shubha Mudgal accompanied by Aneesh Pradhan and Niranjan Lele  . It was a powerful and emotive rendition of poetry and music against the violence, for justice and peace and affirming the struggle for change. It was a beautiful and fitting culmination to this intensive phase of the campaign bringing together struggle and creative joy and reaffirming resistance.

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Some Glimpses of the Seminar on 5th January

Media and Mass Crimes : Censorship, truth-telling and the pursuit of justice

Reminiscences and insights from journalists who covered the riots and their aftermath.

Organized by the ‘Bombay ki kahani, Mumbai ki Zubani’ campaign at the Nirmala Niketan on 5th January, 2013.

Journalists who covered the violence and the riots of 1992-93 spoke of their experiences, some of which were so deeply etched in their memories even today. They gave graphic and moving accounts of the reports they carried or were unable to do so because of prevailing censorship in their news-rooms, the role of some of them in documenting the violence and the crucial evidence it became in the hearings of the Srikrishna Commission and the manner in which some journalists went beyond their professional briefs to help the process of securing justice. This was attended by an audience of around 200 students and others.

An exhibition of photographs from news-photographers was also displayed at the venue 

Session I : Eyewitness : Journalists’ recall…’ 

Speakers: Yuvraj Mohite, Prabhat Sharan, Mukesh Parpiani

Naresh Fernandes, Meena Menon,  Sudharak Olwe, Teesta Setalvad

Session II : Truth-telling and the pursuit of justice

Speakers : Jyoti Punwani, Meena Menon, Yuvraj Mohite, Javed Anand, Meena Menon, Teesta Setalvad

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Some Glimpses of the Seminar on 12th Jan

SEXUAL ASSAULT, MASS CRIMES & JUSTICE: A GENDERED PERSPECTIVE

Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW) and Women’s Research & Action Group (WRAG) organized a seminar on “Sexual Assault, Mass Crimes and Justice: A Gendered Perspective” on 12th January, 2012 as part of the BKMZ campaign at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh.

The seminar examined the unique forms of victimization to which women are subject during the commission of mass atrocities, and the various roles they play during and in response to the outbreak of such violence. The panel discussion revisited the 92/93 violence and examined the experience from a gendered lens.  The use of sexual and gender-based violence in contexts of anti-Sikh attacks 1984 and Kandhamal violence in Odisha 2007 and 2008 were also extensively discussed. The focus was on the climate of impunity for mass crimes and the failure of justice in all the situations and some of the current discussions on sexual assault.

The speakers were: Chayanika Shah, Hasina Khan, Meena Menon, Saumya Uma and Vrinda Grover.

The seminar was attended by about 75 participants and was followed by an extensive discussion.

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Kaali-peeli Drivers on 1992-93: A Podcast

Meterdown: Kaali Peeli ki Kahaani is a podcast and blog of oral histories of Bombay taxi drivers. As part of Bombay ki Kahani Mumbai ki Zubani, this audio is the voices of those taxi drivers who were here in 92-93 speaking of their experiences during the riots and the effect upon this city. For more of Meterdown, please visit http://meterdown.wordpress.com or follow this link to the podcasts: http://feeds.feedburner.com/meterdown

You can listen to the podcast here:

http://meterdown.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/kaali-peeli-drivers-on-92-93.mp3

One of the postcards made for the BKMZ campaign is based on text and images from this blog.

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BKMZ Closing Event

Bombay ki Kahani Mumbai ki Zubani

Closing Event

 

13th January 2013

St Xavier’s College Auditorium

Please come to a program that will mark the end of this month long campaign for an afternoon of conversation and films and an evening of reflections and music. Come to remember the last twenty years and to continue our struggles and efforts to claim this city for all!

2 – 5 pm

Screening of films made by faculty and students of School for Media and Cultural Studies, TISS and a video blogpost from “Meter Down” by Kabi along with discussions and sharing of experiences during the campaign.

5 – 6 pm

Discussions, reflections, and ways to move ahead on the Communal Violence Bill, Sexual Violence, and the campaign around the Development Plan for Bombay.

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Aman ke naam

Songs of peace, resistance and struggle

Shubha Mudgal (vocal)

Aneesh Pradhan (tabla)
Niranjan Lele (harmonium)

 

Free and open to the public

 

Reaching Out: A Programme Sensitizing Students to Gender Violence

SNDT Women’s University and

Bombay ki Kahani Mumbai ki Zubani

organise

Reaching Out

 A Programme Sensitizing Students to Gender Violence

 

Date: 08-01-2013

Time: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room, Juhu Campus,

SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai

Session I

10.00 – 10.05: Welcome and Introduction

            Dr. Veena Poonacha, Director, Research Centre for Women’s Studies

10.05 – 12.00: Screening of the Film

            Lightning Testimonies 

            A  film  by Amar Kanwar

12.00 – 01.20: Discussion on the Film

Panelists: Sonal Shukla, Vacha (Chairperson)

Flavia Agnes, Majlis

Vahida Nainar, Women’s Research and Action Group

     Chayanika Shah, Forum Against Oppression of Women

01.20 – 01.30: Summing up     Sonal Shukla

01.30 – 02.00: Lunch Break

                                                                                               

Session II

02.00 – 04.00: I: Exploring Ideas -Sharing Experiences

            Group Discussion and Poster Making

            

Introduction:  Dr Mitra Mukherjee Parikh, Department of English.                 

           

Discussants

 Chayanika Shah,  Geeta Seshu, Hasina Khan, Sabala

04.00 – 05.00 : Reporting Back

05.00               Vote of Thanks

                     Dr. Vibhuti Patel, Head, University Department of Economics

 

Sexual Assault, Mass Crimes And Justice: A Gendered Perspective

SEXUAL ASSAULT, MASS CRIMES & JUSTICE: A GENDERED PERSPECTIVE

2- 6pm, Saturday 12 January 2012,

Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, Fort, Mumbai

Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW) and Women’s Research & Action Group (WRAG) are pleased to invite you to a seminar on “Sexual Assault, Mass Crimes and Justice: A Gendered Perspective.” 

As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the communal violence that shook Mumbai consequent to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992, it is important to remember our own history and examine the multifarious ways in which it has changed our city, as well as our perspectives. In particular, there is a pressing need to shed light on the experience of women during the carnage, and other instances of large scale violence that have marred the recent history of the country. 

The sexual assault and death of a young girl in Delhi has sparked a justified and much needed public outrage and protests. The sexual assault that women around the country experience day-in and day-out, the social conditioning to condone and tolerate such acts forms the basis for targeting of women for sexual assault in the context of mass violence and conflicts, with impacts that is exacerbated manifold.

The seminar on ‘Sexual Assault, Mass Crimes and Justice: A Gendered Perspective’ will examine the unique forms of victimization to which women are subject during the commission of mass atrocities, and to examine the various roles they play during and in response to the outbreak of such violence. The panel discussion aims to revisit the 92/93 violence and examine the experience from a gendered lens.  In addition, it would also discuss and deliberate upon the use of sexual and gender-based violence in contexts of anti-Sikh attacks 1984 and Kandhamal violence in Odisha 2007 and 2008. The climate of impunity for mass crimes and the failure of justice in all three situations is the overall context of the discussion. 

This seminar is organized as part of the as part of the month-long remembrance of the December 1992-January 1993 riots that shook the city. We look forward to your participation in the discussion.

 

SCHEDULE

Time

Theme

Speaker

  14:00

Registration

14:30

Introduction

Chayanika Shah

14:40

Bombay after riots: impact on women survivor and state response

Hasina Khan

15:00

Bombay riots: Assessing long term impact on / consequences for women

Meena Menon

15:20

“Some Narratives from Kandhamal – Told, Retold and Untold”

Saumya Uma

15:40

Cr. law amendments to address sexual assault – the experience of 1984

Vrinda Grover

16:00

Summing up and key points

Chayanika Shah

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Discussion, Questions and Comments

 

Remembering 1992: Telecast by NDTV 24/7

Two films from the ‘Remembering 1992’ series
produced by the students and faculty of School of Media
and Cultural Studies, TISS will be telecast by NDTV 24/7 .

The telecast of ‘Farooq Verrus the State’ and ‘Ek Aakhri Panah’
will be on
Friday, January 4 at 10.30 PM  
and also on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 6.00 PM.

The third film ‘Flashpoint’ will be telecast on a later date.

For more information on the films check the earlier post at

https://bombaykikahani.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/film-screening-of-the-remembering-1992-series/