Page No. 2, Vol: 1, Issue: 6 - D.L. No. 186 Dated 06/09/2012 - GOOD NEWS TAB Rs. 10.00 2 SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2012 I n July 2012, a class 11 student was shamed outside a pub in Guwahati by a mob of lecherous men. The shame was captured in a video clip and went viral on YouTube. In the Seventies, Mahasweta Devi’s Dopdi Mejhen, a farmer-turned-rebel warrior of West Bengal, is gangraped by officers of the state, the law-keepers. Mahabharata’s Draupadi was humiliated in front of the entire Kuru clan as Dushashan tried in vain to disrobe her. The settings are different but the untenable themes of oppression and humiliation remain unchangeable. The discourse of the dispossessed, be it Mahabharata, Ramayana or the tale of Ahalaya, has shown women almost always as pawns in the kurukshetra of male-dominated sexual politics. Our cover story explores the idea of subjugation seen from the perspective of class, gender and other social constructs through a modern reading of the mythical narrative of the epic Mahabharata for the stage. However, it must be conceded that the modern-day interpretations carry the story ahead, adding new layers of understanding. So Dopdi unlike Draupadi refuses to be robed by men again. She uses the raw power of her brutalised, naked body to lash out. The rapists are terrified when confronted with this menacing avatar. The same body that the men ravished with hideous hate becomes a weapon of protest. Avijit Kargupta, the playwright-director of Chokh, also interpreted the epic along Marxian lines. The war between the Kauravas and Pandavas has been likened to the clash between the superpowers of the world. It is not for nothing that stage veteran Manoj Mitra once said what is not there in Mahabharata does not exist in India at all. In our big story, we track the life of Shiva Keshavan, the lonely star of luge, one of the most-precisely timed sliding sports of winter Olympics. The only known face of the country in winter sports, the young boy’s love for snow was born in the beautiful valley of Manali. Inheriting his passion for adventure and danger from his parents, Shiva decided to make a career out of luge even when nobody had heard of the sports. At 16, he became the youngest luger to qualify in 1997 Winter Olympics. Determined to blaze the trails in one of the world’s most dangerous sports, Shiva went on to qualify for five World Championships and made it to the top 100. Last year, he won the gold medal at the Nagano Asian Championship. In our photo story, we capture the lives of band partywalas as they lead the fanfare in regal costumes, the loud music drowning out their quiet struggle for survival. Have a good day and let us know how you feel about the stories. email@example.com For subscriptions, mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org SUMANDEEP DEBNATH Editor-in-chief FROM THE EDITOR inside 4 COVER STORY 10 RETURN OF Photo Story 12 DRAUPADI Mahabharata, replete with politics of suppression and the rise of the underdog, holds a mirror to the 21st century India 19 Culture Young actors carve out stage careers independent of theatre groups Education 16 Environment Focus on German Football Federation’s initiative to raise environmental awareness 21 Food A nondescript stall in central Kolkata cooks up a storm with its Oriental specialties Graphic Reportage 23 The daring rescue of a trafficked girl reaches its conclusion Big Story A walk into the lives of bandwallahs — their trials and tribulations Spotlight on Shiva Keshavan, India’s only face in the dangerous winter sports of luge 6 The need for counsellors becomes pressing as social structures cave in and stress spirals c All rights reserved
Page No. 3, Vol: 1, Issue: 6 - D.L. No. 186 Dated 06/09/2012 - GOOD NEWS TAB Rs. 10.00 RECAP good news SURAJ SHARMA PLAYS LEAD ROLE IN ANG LEE’S LIFE OF PI Seventeen-year-old Suraj Sharma will be the lead actor in Ang Lee’s upcoming flick Life of Pi. Suraj was chosen from 3,000 candidates to play the role of a boy stranded on a lifeboat with wild animals after the death of his parents in a shipwreck. The film also stars Irrfan Khan and Tabu. ZERO-WASTE HOMES BECOME THE NEW NORM In an eco-friendly world, zero-waste homes are fast becoming a trend. Such homes are built from composting products made by converting organic waste into manure. Bangalore-based Daily Dump founded by Poonam Bir Kasturi has been offering a wide range of composting products since 2006. Segregation is the first step towards composting. Though a family can start composting from the word go, getting consensus in an apartment can take time. Replacing plastic water storage can with a copper pot, separating bin in the kitchen for plastic and paper, recycling water used to wash vegetables or rice to water plants are some basic steps of composting. PRAKASH AMRITRAJ WINS ITF TITLE PRAKASH AMRITRAJ, SON OF VIJAY AMRITRAJ, DEFEATED SAKETH MYNENI IN STRAIGHT SETS TO WIN MEN’S SINGLE TITLE AT THE SOLARIS ITF TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2012 MYANMAR GETS AID FROM WORLD BANK FOR FIRST TIME IN 25 YEARS 3 For the first time in 25 years, World Bank will provide aid worth $245 million to Myanmar to support its reforms. According to the bank’s office in Yangon, $80 million will be allocated for a grant and $165 million no-interest loan will be provided for poverty alleviation schemes. The grant comes after the US lifted sanctions and restrictions imposed on financial institutions lending Myanmar last month. 131,000 DOLLARS COMPENSATION FOR HUANG LIYI Huang Liyi will get compensation worth $131,000 from the Chinese government for wrongfully convicting him of check fraud, following which he served 11 years in prison. Guangdong’s provincial Supreme Court said Huang will be compensated for loss of personal freedom as well as emotional and psychological distress. SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS GO DIGITAL William Shakespeare’s plays are now going digital with tailor-made apps of the bard’s work being released for tablets and smartphones. Cambridge University Press has released iPad apps of plays such as Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet that combine texts along with audio performance and commentary. The apps are a part of a series called Explore Shakespeare which aim to expand Shakespeare’s reach to casual readers.