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NHRC whitewashes Kandhamal

National-Human-Rights-CommissionNEW DELHI, (Anto Akkara) — The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), set up with the mandate to ensure ‘better protection of human rights’, was a beacon of hope to the victims of the post-Godhra carnage. However, it did not even issue a single press release on Kandhamal in five years.

Repeated efforts to get a response to this mysterious silence on the mayhem in Kandhamal evoked no response.  In fact, stunning was the ‘ENQUIRY REPORT’ submitted by the NHRC investigation team that made a clear attempt to whitewash the colossal human rights infringement in Kandhamal. The NHRC’s sweeping observation that “the relief camps have been well established” stood in stark contrast to the tell-tale reports of social action groups highlighting the deplorable state of affairs in the open-air refugee camps without even water supply and sanitation.

The NHRC investigation team seemed to have turned public relations agents for the beleaguered Odisha police. The insensitivity of the investigation team was reinforced in its reporting of the gang-rape and murder of a Hindu girl who had been burnt alive. “A twenty year-old late Rajani Majhi sacrificed her life to save the life of the children living in the orphanage …” remarked the NHRC investigators.  It is shocking that the NHRC failed to report or deliberately covered up the gang-rape and burning alive of a Hindu college girl – herself an orphan who looked after 22 young Hindu orphan boys at the Christian centre.

The white washing of the Kandhamal conflagration by the national human rights watchdog raises the question whose brief was it carrying out?

 Anto Akkara, Journalist author of ‘Kandhamal craves for Justice’

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Paris Premiere For Priest’s Film on Displaced Persons

Scene from the deluge and exodus in YARWNG

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – Northeast India’s Kokborok film Yarwng (Roots) from Tripura state will be screened in Paris on December 8th at the Maison des Cultures du Monde under the patronage of Program Sorosoro of the Chirac Foundation.

The opening film of Indian Panorama section at Indiainternational Film Festival of India (IFFI Goa) in 2008, ‘Yarwng’ brought to Tripura its first National Film Award in 2010.

Yarwng has been a typical instance of a film being a vehicle for the uplift of a language and culture,” claims director of Yarwng, Salesian Father Joseph Pulinthanath.

The award winning director hopes theParisscreening of the film with subtitles in French will “further open up avenues for the development of Kokborok language.”

“It’s wonderful to know that our film is doing its bit as an ambassador for Kokborok culture,” comments Pulinthanath working on his third Kokbork feature film.

The 60-member Yarwng crew braved several odds to make the film happening, the second one from the director in the language, the first being `Mathia’ (Bangle) on the social evil of witch hunt.

Yarwng’ is the second feature film of Don Bosco Sampari Pictures Tripura.

The story of the 95-minute feature film revolves round the large-scale displacement which happened in Tripura when the newly-built Dumbur dam (1970s) submerged huge areas of arable land in the fertile Raima valley about 40 years ago.

The film is about the romance between Karmati and Wakhiri. On the eve of their marriage, the dam submerges the entire village and separates them.

Yarwng’ was shot on actual locations like Bolongbasa and adjoining areas and many of the people who act in the film are real life victims of displacement.

The lead actors of Yarwng are local talents Meena Debbarma, Nirmal Jamatia and Sushil Debbarma.

Yarwng has been screened in over 40 international film festivals across the world, including those inUSA,Germany,Australia,Moscow, andTaiwan.

The Maison des Cultures du Monde in Pariswill be the first time Yarwng is screened in the birthplace of cinema and some of its tallest masters.

The New York Times in its review, called ‘Yarwng’, “a rare glimpse into tribalIndia.”

France-based Sorosoro festival aims to preserve endangered languages and cultures of the world.

The screening of the acclaimed Kokborok film will mark the setting up the Foundation inIndiawhere they plan to document 100 unscheduled languages found in the country.

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