Dear Reader,

As we celebrate 75 years of India’s ‘tryst with destiny’, it is an auspicious time as any for looking back at the making of India - its trials and tribulations, its triumphs and trophies - to inquire if we have redeemed the pledge that the country collectively took at that magical midnight hour many years ago.

The India Forum indulges in this journey, the “little histories” that tell a tale about our collective experience as a nation, as we have stepped out from old to the new. The series begins with the story of India’s cinema halls – a platform for a medium that has broken social barriers, ushered in social reforms, and created new identities.

Waving the Indian flag to mark the moment are over two thousand, mostly Muslim women, in Punjab’s Malerkotla, who have their hands full this year making the tricolour for ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. ThePrint brings you their story of this “no common tailoring job”.

In a series to mark the occasion of “75 years of people’s power”, Down To Earth chronicles villages where the power of the community has been unleashed to find solutions for drinking water and sanitation. Among these, is the story of Ghugwa and Patora, two villages in the Durg district of Chhattisgarh, where the villagers have innovated to find solutions to the perennial problem of grey water.

And, Mojo Story brings you a re-telling, from Punjabi to English, of the trauma of partition, which tragically accompanied India’s freedom – the anguish and the lessons – but ultimately also a narrative of humanity and humaneness.

On behalf of the Foundation and its trustees, I wish you a very happy 75th year of Independence.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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The Journey Since 1947-I: Cinema Halls

Cinema halls and cinemas in India are beyond mere entertainment. They have been vehicles for social change and broken public space discrimination. The India Forum traces India’s making through its theaters.

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‘Not a common tailoring job’—Muslim women in Malerkotla stitch flags for Har Ghar Tiranga

As India celebrates its 75th year of freedom, Muslim women in Malerkotla, nestled between Punjab’s Patiala and Ludhiana, take pride in stitching the national flag. ThePrint brings you their story.

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75 years of people’s power: How these two villages in Chhattisgarh solved their grey water problem

Down To Earth tells the tale of two villages in Chhattisgarh that have found a solution to their grey water problem through a community effort.

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India@75: Shadows of Partition & a Grandson's search for meaning

India’s independence was at once a triumph and a tragedy. Mojo Story delves into a story retold of the pillage and the massacres that beset Punjab but which is interspersed with incredible episodes of compassion too.

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More from the grantees
In Kashmir, Wracked By Violence, Stress & Unemployment, Soaring Heroin Addiction Is Destroying Its Youth
Article 14 chronicles the story of how the youth of Kashmir, living in the shadow of strife and conflict, where employment is hard to come by, is battling rampant drug abuse – with an astronomical rise in cases.
Asia’s largest coal block sparks climate concerns but for Bengal’s Santhals it is about losing their home
Suno India takes us through why the Adivasis of Deucha-Pachami-Dewanganj-Harinsinga areas in West Bengal, which is home to Asia’s largest coal reserves, are up in arms against a proposed coal mining project.
किसान अपनी समस्या से परेशान, खेती के लिए कर्ज़ लेते हैं
Democratic Charkha reports on the plight and struggles of farmers engaged in the cultivation of fox nuts (makhana) in Bihar’s Katihar.
Ground Report: सरकारी ओळख नसलेली ३३ कुटुंब
Max Maharashtra travels to Ghondpanda village in the Palghar district of the state, where 33 tribal families are struggling to earn a living, unable to access schools, and food to feed their families - all because there are no papers to prove their identity.

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