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India’s Daughter


On APEX Express we speak with Leslee Udwin, the director of India’s Daughter, a new documentary of the 2012 brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a Dehli bus who died from the injuries caused from the assault. The film sparked massive debate: India banned it and many feminists critique the work. Padmalatha Ravi, Indian film maker and journalist, discusses her response within the context of India’s feminist movement. We also speak with the film director, Leslee Udwin, about her experience inside the jails, speaking with convicted rapists.

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On Kashmir Speaks, independent film-maker Sanjay Kak discusses his most recent film: Jashn e Azadi (How we celebrate freedom). Sanjay Kak shot the documentary with a two-person crew in the most densely militarized land on earth. Sanjay Kak is also the editor of Until My Freedom Has Come: the new intifada in Kashmir, which will be released in the US in November 2012.

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Protests in Kashmir

On July’s Kashmir Speaks Khurram Parvez, human rights advocate, discusses some of the protests in Kashmir that took place in June. In addition he speaks about the former Indian Army official Avtar Singh murdering his wife and children and then committing suicide in California. Then Mohamad Junaid, Kashmiri anthropologist, discusses how living in such a densely militarized zone affects the psyches of people living in Kashmir.

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The Law of Nature

Published in the Indian Review

By Tara Dorabji

The hunger in his eyes was unquenchable. With effort she pushed back against her own desire. “Not today Babak, really we mustn’t be doing this here.” If it were London they could, but sitting here along the sea wall in Bombay, it was simply improper to show such displays of affection. Even worse, Babak was not Parsi. “I have a terrible headache and this terrible cramping,” Tanaz said.

Each monthly cycle was both a delight and a sorrow. She missed the rhythm for five weeks and feared that again she was in trouble. Today her world balanced out when she saw the familiar red stain on her sheets. Her body decided not to betray her, to tease her with the possibility of a child. Now that she was with Babak, she would have to get the pill on her next trip to London. Bombay was so backwards. Even though the pill was legalized in London in 1961, some eight year later, it was still terribly difficult to get in Bombay.

She felt Babak’s hand on the side of her neck. Her body proved impervious to his caress. “What is it?” Babak asked. She could detect a note of anger brewing. His hands moved across her knowing how to move around the trap of her words, unfurling her desire, until she was putty in his hand.

Read full story here: Indian Review