[Reader-list] Invitation: Violence and Memory: Mumbai 1992-93 and After : 25 July 2012

Shilpa Phadke phadkeshilpa at gmail.com
Sat Jul 21 19:06:45 IST 2012

*Culture Cafe, School of Media and Cultural Studies *


*City Conversations, Urban Aspirations in Global Cities*

invite you to a panel discussion


*Violence and Memory: Mumbai 1992-93 and After*


Meena Menon and Jyoti Punwani

Date: 25 July 2012

Time: 10.30 a.m. To 1 p.m.

Place: Room 4, Main Campus, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

*About the Discussion:*

Jyoti Punwani and Meena Menon will discuss the city of Bombay/Mumbai in the
wake of the violence that transformed it - for those who have lived here
and for those who saw it from different parts of the country. Drawing on
their considerable work in the area, they will address questions around the
construction of memory, of the quest for justice and the changes wrought in
the city.

*About the Panelists: *

*Meena Menon* is deputy editor with The Hindu, Mumbai. She has been a
journalist since 1984 and has worked with the United News of India, Mid-day
and The Times of India. Her book "Riots and After in Mumbai: Chronicles of
Truth and Reconciliation" has been published by Sage in January 2012. She
has co-authored with Sharmila Joshi “The Unseen Worker- On the Trail of the
Girl Child (1998) published by Books for Change. Her book titled “Organic
Cotton - Reinventing the Wheel” was published in 2004 by Deccan Development
Society and Kalpavriksh. She has received fellowships from the National
Foundation of India, Centre for Science and Environment, Panos, London and
SARAI-CSDS. She writes on politics and development issues including
environment, women, human rights and health.

*Jyoti Punwani* is a freelance journalist with 38 years of experience. She
has worked with various publications including Eve's Weekly, Free press
Journal, the Sunday Observer, the Indian Post and the Independent. She
specialises in covering human rights, women's rights and minority rights
issues and prominently covered the Mumbai 1984 and 92-93 riots and their
aftermath, as well as the Srikrishna Commission hearings. She also reported
extensively on the riots in Indore and Hyderabad in the wake of L.K.
Advani's *Rath Yatra*. When the government refused to table the Srikrishna
Commission Report in 1998, she brought out a booklet on the testimonies of
witnesses before the Commission, called ‘Witnesses Speak’. Also, when the
government refused to print more than the minimum number of copies of the
Commission Report, she and Prof. Vrijendra jointly published copies of the
report. She has also published booklets on the State's refusal to act on
the Commission Report, called “The Srikrishna Report- Too Hot to Handle”.
She has assiduously followed the fallout of the riots, riot cases and
victims' lives ever since. After the Gujarat violence in 2002, she
investigated the Godhra train burning and brought out a booklet called
“Dateline- Godhra”, which included interviews of the survivors of the
Sabarmati Express and has been tracking the verdicts delivered in the case
very closely.

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