[act-ma] The Human Cost of India's Race for Development | MIT | Jan 16

Priyanka Borpujari aa.priyanka at gmail.com
Tue Jan 15 17:23:28 PST 2013

A discussion with Priyanka Borpujari featuring images from her photography

January 16, 2013 4:30pm-6pm
Stella Room MIT Building 7-338
(link map) http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=7

Following the discussion there will be a reception and tour of the exhibit,
currently displayed at the Rotch Library’s exhibition space. The exhibition
is open through the month of January.
(link to the exhibit) http://libraries.mit.edu/sites/exhibits/rotch/

About Exhibit:
While India is perceived as an emerging market, the stories of the
plundering of natural resources and the systematic annihilation of the
indigenous peoples go unheard. In this race to make India a superpower, and
a growing media industry that champions this idea, social inequality has
reached its zenith, and easily gets pushed aside. What, then, is the future
of the people who grow food with their hands; who have long been guarding
forests and rivers - even before climate change could touch them? Why does
the media shy away from reporting about the majority of its populace, even
while they silently die from landmines and malaria alike? Reporting on the
'hidden civil war in India', Priyanka Borpujari, an independent journalist
based in Mumbai, reports and photographs from the dark territories of
mineral-rich India, which are rife with violence and disease, which are
only silenced.

About the speaker:
Priyanka Borpujari is an independent journalist based in Mumbai, India. Her
work documenting human rights abuses takes her to different corners of the
country. While she has been writing for various publications in India, she
has also been reporting through her blog posts about India’s mad race for
development and the adverse effects it has had on the indigenous populace.
In 2011, she was awarded the 'Young Independent Journalist Fellowship’ by
the New York-based SINGH Foundation. Most recently, she was selected as the
2012 International Women’s Media Foundation Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow and is
currently based at MIT. Along with Adharshila Learning Centre - a unique
school in western India for indigenous children and based on the principle
of 'pedagogy of the oppressed' - she has been bringing out a magazine to
amplify the indigenous voices. Her blog is www.priyanka-borpujari.blo
gspot.com and details about the IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship can be
found here:
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