PUKAR is an independent research collective and urban knowledge production center based in Mumbai, India. PUKAR means to “call out” in Hindi. Worldview visited the collective in India. One of their projects is known as the "Barefoot Researcher" project. Young people from disadvantaged communities take on research projects and document what is happening with things like water quality or tuberculosis. PUKAR Executive Director, Anita Deshmuk gave us a tour of the slum area.
In parts of rural India, it’s considered “a waste” for girls to be educated and that girls should only help do family chores, housework and prepare for marriage and children. In many villages, girls are barred or discouraged from participating in athletics, or even simple play.
We look at the growing diplomatic crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia with Ahmad Sadri of Lake Forest College. Also, India withstood militant attacks at a military base in Pakistan and at a consulate in Afghanistan. Sumit Ganguly of Indiana University-Bloomington tells us about current relations between the countries. And Ukraine will ask the United Nations (UN) for a peacekeeping mission in the country’s war-torn East. Russia and Ukraine have also begun a trade war. We’ll ask Anders Aslund from the Atlantic Council if there can be compromise.
Nelson Denis joins us to discuss the legacy of U.S. influence in Puerto Rico. He’s the author of War Against All Puerto Ricans Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony. The book looks back at the history of U.S. intervention into the politics of Puerto Rico and is based on interviews, oral histories, congressional testimony and recently declassified FBI files from the 1898 U.S. invasion through today.