Sunday, December 12, 2010

Meeting Paranjoy Guha Thakurta!

It was indeed a pleasure to speak to Paranjoy Guha Thakurta - an independent journalist and an educator with over 33 years of work in different media: print, radio, television and documentary cinema; yesterday for over a hour and a half at the IIMB! He is such a down to earth man and yet such a deep thinker! Blood & Iron is an extremely courageous movie - Bravo Sir! Inspiring...

The day before (Friday), the first public screening of his movie Blood & Iron at IIMB auditorium left a lasting impression on me. It is a deeply disturbing/heart-wrenching movie on the nexus between criminals, politicians, and businesses; it makes your blood boil because as if they (the mining mafia) are running a republic of their own and no one can do anything at all, the system is helpless. Our national resources are being rapaciously plundered without any second thought. The ecological devastation, economic harm, social injustice/exploitation and national fallout is of a degree just too high for us to ignore!


In the evening met or was lectured by another radical and inspiring professor, Prof Ashok Rao (IIT, IISc) at IIM Bangalore. His view though radical I was able to relate to most of them due to some overlap in my thoughts, philosophy and lifestyle!

Later in the evening there was a discussion involving Ramachandra Guha, Santosh Hegde, Prof Chiranjib  Singh. Prof U R Ananthamurthy was unable to make it to the discussion at the Suchitra Film Society.
The red haze mixes with sweat to form a sticky paste that does not peel off one's skin easily. It becomes dried blood. - What bleeds Bellary - Author(s): Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Ayaskant Das

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