A frantic series of emails disturbed an uneventful May morning at the Video Volunteers office. At a human rights and media organization like ours, there are many days that shake the very foundations of one's belief systems.
For a politically volatile region like Kashmir, where the prevailing animosity between Army troops and the locals often escalates into gunfire from the former's AK47s, disappointment in the state isn't a newfound notion.
I've seen over and over, one empowered citizen journalist can truly change their world, and in an increasingly intertwined globe, everyone else's. Who makes the news is as important as what the news is.
What do a teacher, cultural activist and human rights worker have in common? They can all be branded anti-state elements and be jailed. Just like the people whose testimonies you will watch in the below videos.
The struggle against POSCO is not just about fighting illegal acquisition but questioning the very method of non-consultative development that destroys existing local economies at the name of a notional prosperity"