Ek chidiya anek chidiya (एक चिड़िया अनेक चिड़िया)

This short animated film was produced to spread the message of unity in diversity among children. The film conveyed the message in such a glorious simplicity that children just loved it. Its been 40 years since it was made, but the tune is still catchy, crisp and fresh. The film has the distinction of being the most viewed and downloaded video in the history of Indian short films.

Trivia : This seven-minute film was scripted and directed by the documentary filmmaker Vijaya Mulay and produced by Bhim Sain, an animator. Find details here

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Today is the 'World Day against Child labour'

Found a very nice and thought provoking article on Internet today. It inspires us to take action as an individual in bringing about the change we wish to see in society.

जिस्म तो बहुत संवर चुके, रूह का सिंगार कीजिये|
फूल शाख से ना तोड़िए, खुशबूओं से प्यार कीजिये|

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Giving Back on 'World Day against Child labour'

While reading a friend's post on facebook I came to know that June 12th is the 'World Day against Child labour'. The post made some interesting points and it got me thinking. How much do I know about child labour laws in India? How much do I care about the future of 'chotus' working as help in nearby restaurants or homes?

Here is a small step with some simple take-action points to confront the problem instead of ignoring it.

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Lakshmi, The Domestic Help

This clip portrays the life of a little girl Lakshmi working as a domestic help. The scene in which she asks a doctor about a medicine is heart touching. She innocently asks - "Doctor sir, Do you have any medicine for not feeling hungry...?" In another heartbreaking scene, the girl is questioning, probably to God "Dont I deserve even the kind of attention this dog gets here...?"

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Childline - I Am The Change Film Project

This short film was made for 'I am the change film project 2008' showcasing the excellent work done by CHILDLINE, a tele-helpline for street children in distress. My salute to the founders and volunteers. I was deeply impressed when I read their very well documented work . It was amazing to read the very profound and practical suggestions given by the street children to the organisation while it was evolving.

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Doordarshan Nostalgia - Poorab se Surya Uga

A short clip which used to come on Doordarshan when I was a kid. Short and very sweet. Raises a hope and shows us how our respect and love for a child (working under/around us) can provide a good future and happy life to these children.

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Sensitization Clip on Child Labour by HAQ

This interesting clip raises a very intricate question - "Is poverty just the cause of child labour and not its result? How can we stop this spiral?"

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Darbar - e - watan Mein Jab Ik Din

दरबारे वतन में जब इक दिन
- फैज़ अहमद फैज़ (Faiz Ahmed Faiz)

दरबारे वतन में जब इक दिन सब जाने वाले जायेंगे
कुछ अपनी सजा को पहुंचेंगे, कुछ अपनी जजा ले जायेंगे

ऐ खाकनशीनों उठ बैठो, वो वक़्त करीब आ पहुंचा है
जब तख़्त गिराए जायेंगे, जब ताज उछाले जायेंगे

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Samar Shesh Hai

समर शेष है
- रामधारी सिंह दिनकर (Ramdhari Singh Dinkar)

ढीली करो धनुष की डोरी, तरकस का कस खोलो
किसने कहा, युद्ध की बेला गई, शान्ति से बोलो?
किसने कहा, और मत बेधो हृदय वह्नि के शर से
भरो भुवन का अंग कुंकुम से, कुसुम से, केसर से?

कुंकुम? लेपूँ किसे? सुनाऊँ किसको कोमल गान?
तड़प रहा आँखों के आगे भूखा हिन्दुस्तान।

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Vashuda Ka Neta Kaun Hua? (An excerpt from Rashmirathi)

वसुधा का नेता कौन हुआ? (रश्मिरथी)
- रामधारी सिंह दिनकर (Ramdhari Singh Dinkar)

सच है, विपत्ति जब आती है,
कायर को ही दहलाती है,
शूरमा नहीं विचलित होते,
क्षण एक नहीं धीरज खोते,
विघ्नों को गले लगाते हैं,
काँटों में राह बनाते हैं।

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