Bhalobashar Shohor: a filmic paean to modern everyday heroes

Kolkata drone shotIndranil Roychowdhury’s  31 minutes long film City of Love was released for international audiences on youtube last year, tracking the journey of a young woman and her family between Kolkata (India) and Homs (Syria). Asmita Das reviews.  Continue reading “Bhalobashar Shohor: a filmic paean to modern everyday heroes”

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Understanding migrant resource flows and its relation to ‘development’ of migrant sending regions: Evidence from South India

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In this piece, Sanam Roohi critically explores the notion and praxis/implications of migrant led development in the country of origin, in this context India. Going beyond the dominant discourse of studying this process through remittances, she argues there is need to delve deep into the multifarious ways a migrant is associated to the place of origin. A transnational perspective thus entails a grasp on the complexities of migrant resource flows and exchanges. Continue reading “Understanding migrant resource flows and its relation to ‘development’ of migrant sending regions: Evidence from South India”

Research and Orientation Workshop in Migration and Forced Migration Studies

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Applications are invited for a Research and Orientation Workshop to be held in Kolkata from 25 November to 30 November 2018. The workshop will be held by Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. It will address the following themes:(a) Global compact on migration and refugees; promises and paradoxes;(b) Racialisation of migration: race, religion, gender, and other fault lines in the global protection system, (c) Power and responsibility in the protection system ( global, regional, and national) in the context of mixed and massive population flows; the need to redefine the “responsibility to protect”;  (d) Migrant and refugee labour and immigrant economies, camps, and urban refugees; privatisation of care and protection(e) Statelessness, international conventions, and the need for new initiatives; (f) Refugee crisis in Asia, in particular South Asia: common features with the European scenario; and (g) Perspectives on the need for New Global, Regional, and National Responses (with special reference to Asia). Continue reading “Research and Orientation Workshop in Migration and Forced Migration Studies”

“Urban refugees in Delhi” A report.

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“Urban refugees in Delhi: Identity, entitlements and well-being” is a detailed report on the study of two connected, contemporaneous realities in India – urban refugees in India (in this case, specifically, refugees in India’s capital city of Delhi), and India’s lack of a legal framework, domestic or international, that guarantee their protection. Seeking to understand the aspirations and desires of Sikh and Christian Afghan refugees and Rohingya refugees leading incredibly precarious lives in Delhi, the study engages in an exploration of the various factors that contributed to their state of insecurity, and proposes its own take on Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach to formulate long-term, sustainable development and security goals for urban refugees based on the notion of ‘self-reliance’. The report can be accessed here.

The Speaking Mirror of Bharati Das

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The second phase of refugee influx into West Bengal, especially by the once powerful caste group, namashudras, continues to be ill documented in social science literature of the day. Through the narrative of a young caregiver, Bharati Das, Parimal Bhattacharya makes an important intervention in documenting these lives, as well as, through the trope of a video recording, makes marginalised voices heard.  

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Uemon and Hariprabha Takeda: Travelling into Lives (Part – II)

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Hariprabha visited Japan thrice in her lifetime. Uemon accompanied her each time. Their third visit together had coincided with the Second World War and Hariprabha jotted down her experiences of a war-torn Japan in the form of diary entries. Madhurima Mukhopadhyay, in the second part of her essay, focuses on Hariprabha’s war memories. The first part can be read here. Continue reading “Uemon and Hariprabha Takeda: Travelling into Lives (Part – II)”

Uemon and Hariprabha Takeda: Travelling into Lives

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Marriage in most cases entails a shift of location for the woman as she moves from her natal home to her husband’s home. For Hariprabha Mallick, who married a Japanese migrant labourer working in a soap factory of Dhaka in 1907, matrimony entailed a trip to Japan to meet her in laws.  Madhurima Mukhopadhyay writes in two parts about Hariprabha’s extraordinary experiences in Japan. Here is the first part.

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