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Survival International stick to guns in GPC’s Meet the Press

GUWAHATI: Tasked with protecting wildlife, foresters often try to cover up their inefficiency and corruption by terrorizing indigenous people inhabiting areas near forests. But without taking these people into confidence, it is impossible to preserve forests and wildlife. Expanding on this issue, Sophie Grigg, Senior Research and Advocacy Officer, Survival International, said that merely arming forest guards with sophisticated weaponry actually complicates the conservation effort. She was addressing city-based scribes from London through video conferencing as part of Guwahati Press Club’s ‘Meet the Press’ programme. Referring to Kaziranga national park, Ms Grigg however claimed that while a large number of rhinos have been gunned down in the past 5 years, the killing of poachers too “have continued apace”.

Coming out strongly against ‘shoot at sight’ powers foresters are being armed with, she said: “The outcome of shooting down poachers is that the masterminds remain in the dark. And it is the masterminds who keep pushing in new poachers to take the place of those who have fallen to foresters’ bullets. By all means, catch poachers alive and prosecute them, but do find out who are pulling the strings”. Conservation policies should also factor in the traditional knowledge of indigenous people inhabiting forests and surrounding areas, she commented.

It may be recalled that international tribal rights advocacy organization ‘Survival International’ has been taking up cudgels on behalf of tribals adversely impacted by ham-handed conservation efforts. It strongly supported the BBC documentary ‘Killing for Conservation’ which riled the Kaziranga authority and Indian government last year for claiming long-standing human rights violation and extra-judicial killings of poachers in the national park in the name of conservation. Moving on to the suspected killing of an American citizen in the Andamans recently by Sentinelese tibals, Ms Grigg appealed to the Indian and US governments not to send in a party to exhume the body. “This could cause these tribals, hitherto separated from the wider world, to be infected by all sorts of diseses that could result in extermination of the entire community,” she cautioned.

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Jail Bhoro program of CPI (ML)

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Dreams Unlimited - Assam to Mumbai…

18 Dec 2011 - 2:32pm | Jutika Mahanta

When creativity becomes an inspiration the results are passionate. Once passion becomes dedication work becomes worship then success is just a result. Hridoy Deka, a truly admirable boy from Assam whose perseverance, enthusiasm, dedication and hard work brought him to the extravagant world of name and fame.

 

Mumbai-the Mayanagar inspire millions to chase their dreams. Here we talk about a boy next door who pursued his dreams and become the part of "Amchi Mumbai". Hridoy Deka, hails from Rangia, son of Mr. Chitradhar Deka and Mrs. Pramila Deka steps into the dreamy, creamy world of Bollywood as soon as he completed his Management studies from Pune. His passion for Film Making has given him the wings to struggle and linger him to the present position.

 


.. while shooting for Tere Mere Phere with Vinay Pathak & Riya SenHe has started his career in Film Making with distinguished film maker Ketan Mehta in "Rang-Rasiya (yet to release) which is produced by Maya Movies Pvt ltd & Infinity Film Entertainment. After which he immediately got involved with the next venture of Maya Movies Pvt Ltd Na Na Karke Pyar” .His association with Maya Movies lasted long and eventually he branched out to earn various other films into his credit. Apart from Films, he has also ventured into Short Films, Documentary, Corporate Film and Event Management and could contribute outstandingly. His passion for Film Making has widened his spectrum which resulted into involving himself in Art Direction, Editing even bit into Acting! he has acted in Tere Mere Phere (2011)and upcoming film Baromas . Mr. Deka has not restricted himself to Hindi Films; he has managed to work for Hollywood project as well –“When Harry Tries to Marry”, by Nayan Padrai and produced by WHTTM Inc. which was shot by the renown Hollywood star Julia Roberts husband Daniel Moder. Hridoy Deka on behalf of Blue Berry Events has recently organized a concert of “Shankar Ehsaan ,Loy “(Dec-2011) in Pune which was tremendously successful. Apart from films, documentaries, events, Hridoy Deka also worked for Music Videos sung by Utaad Sultan Khan, Sandhna Sargam and Suhel Khan etc.

 

His filmography:

 

2012 Baromas (Worked as Chief AD, starring Seema Biswas), this film is expected to release by 2012 and currently Mr.Deka is handling the Post Production.

 

2012 Luv You Soniyo (Associate Director, introducing Tanuj Viran and Former Miss India Neha Hingre. Film is set to release by 2012))

 

2011 Tere Mere Phere (This film was the directorial debut of Deepa Sahi where Hridoy Deka worked as Second AD, starring Vinay Pathak, Riya Sen etc)

 

2011 When Harry Tries to Marry (Hollywood film and Mr. Deka was involved with the Direction team from India)

 

2008 Ocean of an Old Man (as AD, starring Tom Walter. This film was screened in various International Film Festivals)

 

2008 Colours of Passion (“Rang–Rasiya”, by Ketan Mehta, worked as A D, starring Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen etc)

 

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2008 Ocean of an Old Man (Film by Rajesh Shera, FTII)

 

 

 

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2008 Ocean of an Old Man

 

After few initial years of struggle Hridoy Deka could finally cut a niche for himself in Bollywood through his dedication, passion and hard work. We wish this young energetic Film Maker good luck and long to see good creative results out of him.

 

Let’s raise the toast for the rising and shining star of Assam here in Mumbai!!!