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Films that made history #4 (Ovi poster)

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by | March 12, 2016 · 9:46 pm

EARTH AT RISK (Ovi Posters)

EARTH AT RISK
Don’t let her become a photographic memory!

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Robert Muller: Crossing Frontiers for Reconciliation by Rene Wadlow

ovicover_12_03_16Robert Muller, whose birth anniversary we mark on 11 March, was the former Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Social Service of the United Nations, and, after his retirement, he served as Honorary President of the Association of World Citizens.  He was brought up in Alsace-Lorraine still marked by the results of the First World War.   As a young man, he joined the French Resistance movement during the Second World War when Alsace-Lorraine had been re-annexed by Germany.  At the end of the War, he earned a Doctorate in Law and Economics at the University of Strasbourg. Strasbourg was to become the city symbolic of French-German reconciliation and is today home of the European Parliament. 

Determined to work for peace having seen the destructive impact of war, he joined the United Nations Secretariat in 1948 where he worked primarily on economic and social issues. For many years, he was the Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. His work with ECOSOC brought him into close contact with NGOs whose work he always encouraged

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Spotlight: an Excellent Film that Needs to be Viewed and Reflected upon by Dr. Emanuel Paparella

lin01I still remember well the spirited controversy that ensued in the pages of Ovi magazine when the story first came out in print. To be sure the story needed to be told then as needed to be told now, but responsibly. Alas, that was not always been the case. At times it was used for Church-bashing purposes as I pointed out at the time. This time around, even though the story could have easily have been so used, it was told in a responsible and competent mode via the film media.

For starter, the movie is not conceived as pure sensationalistic, exploitative entertainment. Its subject matter hardly lends itself to that. It is rather a discrete but stark presentation of the events that took place. It is not a documentary either but what could be labeled an “information film.” Even the acting by excellent actors is subsumed to the telling of the story; and that makes the story all that more powerful.

The tone is somber and dreary, as the story indeed demands. The monolithic power of the Catholic Church (at least till 2002) over the civic affairs of Boston comes across as stunning and revealing. That power extended even into the newspaper The Boston Globe where the tendency was to believe that the dismissal of claims against the Church by the Church itself somehow settled the matter. We are brought back to the tragic confusion of temporal and spiritual power as pointed out by Dante way back in the 14 century. It took an outside editor from New York to point out this sober truth to the editors of the Globe.

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by | March 12, 2016 · 9:39 pm

Let universities be what they are supposed to be by Elsa Lycias Joel

ovicover_11_03_16“Path is the target”, so goes a German saying. Once firmly on the path, students as our future leaders will reclaim our lost identity as Indians. I hear them echo “Manzil ki tharaf dho kadham chaloon aur samne manzil aajai”. A generational change has finally taken place in JNU and Hyderabad University with Kanhaiya Kumar and Rohith Vemula replacing fugitives and traitors who flaunt the patriot sash, as anti nationals. Everybody in the government and their grandparents are talking about nationalism. It’s known all over the world that India as one of the oldest democracy with the most youthful workforce also has the most ageing political class. No plan, design or strategy, no matter how crookedly and carefully crafted would work unless the assumptions made for it’s success worked out. But such state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue. Debates on the latest turn in Indian government- oppositions relations has moved between two extremes from the government standing firm on their stance by also relying on videos without confirming the veracity of the same, on the one hand, to the juicy prospect of wiping out prospective antinationals and induce a heavy dose of nationalism by hoisting the tricolor whenever and wherever possible.

There is also a third position that of some media, showing us that all of these anti national slogans to rapes will be history if only we download just 3 mobile phone applications. All three are ludicrous. The first comes from the lazy old- fashioned, aggressive Indian mindset of ‘words are all we have’ to prove our nationalistic fervor. The second comes from a new, post- duck out and post- reform gung-ho approach that is incapable of reviving nationalism in the real sense. The third is well, exactly what we can expect from certain sections of the media otherwise called as stooges. Innocent, cute and absurd. The conflict has already sapped the energy of the nation and diverted virtually all attention from day today governance that should find remedies for unemployment, a disabled- unfriendly milieu, pollution, slums, street children, public toilets, beggars, drugs and corruption.

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