Poem

The Development Set by Ross Coggins

This famous poem written in 1976 by Baptist missionary and USAID worker Ross Coggins (1927-2011) is all the more relevant today.

According to several sources it was published in a magazine called Adult Education and Development in 1976.  I haven’t been able to find a copy of the magazine so I am copying the poem as it appeared in the New Internationalist (Issue 272, October 1995), along with a few verses I found in another source. Continue reading

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Review

The Woman on the Witness Stand

Film:  Court
Director:  Chaitanya Tamhane

When Sharmila (Usha Bane), the wife of the deceased Vasudev Pawar is questioned in court about the circumstances of her husband’s death, which the police have declared a suicide, her answers offer no evidence that corroborates this.  No suicide note, no sign of depression, and no recollection of hearing the song or singer that the prosecutor claims abetted the suicide by encouraging sanitation workers to end their lives.

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