Why I returned my National Film Award: An open letter to the President of India – Rakesh Sharma

Mananiya Rashtrapatiji, Some weeks ago, many of us – national film award winners – had written to you on behalf of the film-making community, urging your direct intervention. We never had the courtesy of even an acknowledgement, let alone a considered response either from your office, or from the Government of India, to whom you presumably forwarded our letter. Since then, the climate of fear … Continue reading Why I returned my National Film Award: An open letter to the President of India – Rakesh Sharma

The Final Solution – A Film on Gujarat Genocide

Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period Feb/March 2002 – July 2003, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 genocide of Muslims in Gujarat. It specifically examines political tendencies reminiscent of the Nazi Germany of early/mid-1930s. Final Solution is anti-hate/ violence as those who forget … Continue reading The Final Solution – A Film on Gujarat Genocide

Modi and Gujarat 2002

This excerpt includes some Narendra Modi speeches from 2002, during his Gaurav Yatra and the electoral campaign that followed a few weeks later. Apparently, many past Modi speeches no longer exist online… This is an excerpt from Final Solution, the national award-winning film that probes politics of hate. The film, premiered at the Berlin film festival, has over a dozen international awards, including the Berlinale’s … Continue reading Modi and Gujarat 2002

An appeal to voters

        Dear Fellow-Indians, The best thing about our country is its cultural diversity, its pluralism – the co-existence of a number of religions and ethnicities over centuries, and hence the blooming of multiple streams of intellectual and artistic thought. And, this has been possible only because Indian society has prided itself on being essentially secular in character, rejecting communal hatred, embracing tolerance. Today, that … Continue reading An appeal to voters

Final Solution – Gujarat genocide of minorities in India

Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period Feb/March 2002 – July 2003, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 genocide of Muslims in Gujarat. It specifically examines political tendencies reminiscient of the Nazi Germany of early/mid-1930s. Final Solution is anti-hate/ violence as those who forget … Continue reading Final Solution – Gujarat genocide of minorities in India