Arpita Das Ribeiro of Yoda Press, A Talk. Design Centre, Alto Porvorim, March 31st, 6 pm

Few books published by Yoda Press

We are glad to announce that Yoda Press founder Arpita Das Ribeiro will be with us for a conversation this *Wednessday March 31st 6 pm *at Design Centre, Porvorim to tell us about her/ their story, the creative and alternative processes that helps non mainstream publishing houses stand firm and produce relevant books on contemporary Indian realities.

Yoda Press was awarded the Publisher of the Year Prize in 2016 at the Publishing Next Conference, held annually in Goa, India. Founded by Ms Das in 2004, this independent publishing house brings out books focusing on the non-mainstream, alternative and contemporary realities of the Indian subcontinent. Few Yoda Press titles are with us at Design Centre to browse and purchase.

Five Yoda Press titles were cited by the Supreme Court of India during its judgement in 2018 that decriminalised homosexuality in the country. #navtejsinghjohar

In addition to founding and running Yoda Press, Arpita Das was Curator of the Book Award for Excellence in Writing on Cinema and the Word to Screen Market at the Mumbai Film Festival between 2015 and 2018. She also set up and led the “Word Lab” at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements in Bangalore between 2014 and 2017. Visiting Faculty on the Creative Writing programmes at Ambedkar and Ashoka University in Delhi, she also runs the Yoda Press Series of Workshops for Editors and Authors. Member of the PublisHer ( board, she writes regularly on culture and gender for various periodicals and platforms.

Registration link for Wednesday March 31st program –

Limited seating following hygiene protocols, registration necessary.

Audiences are requested to park their vehicles near Nexa Service Station, the road ahead is steep and narrow. Limited Seating with social distancing guidelines. Parking location

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What is The Republic | A Discussion – Jan 25th 7.30 pm

with Albertina Almeida, Miguel Braganza and Saidutt Kamat this Mondayfixgoa 7.30 pm

Albertina Almeida, Miguel Braganza and Saidutt Kamat in a free wheeling discussion about what Federalism and Republic means to them, on the eve of Republic Day.

Albertina Almeida is a human rights activist, a Goa-based lawyer practicing for the last 30 years and an independent researcher and she writes regularly for the local press and occasionally for the national press.

Miguel Braganza is an agriculturist and the brain behind the Konkan Fruit Fest and the Festival of Flowers among others. He’s currently an agricultural consultant. He is inspiring a bunch of Agricultural graduates to work towards popularising organic farming.

Saidutt Kamat is multi talented, a mimicry artist, voice actor, Cricket commentator, public speaker and an entrepreneur.

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Blackness in Brown Spaces : A Discussion 4th Jan 7.30 pm 2021

Dr. Alana Golmei, Cynthia Stephen, Erica Muzwidzwa with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Indian society conflates different forms of prejudices and discriminations relating to skin, colour, race, caste and class, and their interrelationship with each other. Consequently, frequent acts and events of individual and collective violence against the ‘other’, across the country, lead to public humiliation, shame and torture. We seek to bring under the lens – ‘blackness’ in ‘brown’ spaces.

Panelists are –

Dr. Alana Golmei, a humanitarian, lawyer and General Secretary of the Northeast Support Centre & Helpline, which was launched in 2007 with the aim to prevent harassment, discrimination, molestation and abuses meted out to people from Northeast India living in Delhi and its NCR particularly women. A social activist and a lawyer with the spirit of a humanist, Alana has been relentlessly helping and spearheading for the cause of women and received prestigious awards for her work pertaining to human rights. Her meaningful efforts have touched over many lives directly, and have helped sensitize the authorities regarding the issue. Since then she has been a voice of the unheard, unseen, and unacknowledged. Since more than 10 years she has been spearheading in a fight for justice against racial discrimination and hate crimes meted out to Northeast people living in metro cities in India.

She has founded Pann Nu Foundation in 2013 at the backdrop of the rising violence against women in today’s world in the form of gender-based discriminations, physical and mental abuse etc. The Foundation is committed to safeguard and uphold the dignity of women, and strive against all forms of discrimination and crimes against women irrespective of caste, class, race, religion and geographical region.

Cynthia Stephen is an independent media person, gender and development policy analyst, and activist for social causes including advocacy for the rights of the marginalised sections, including women, children, Dalits, Adivasis. She was the State Programme Director, Mahila Samakhya Karnataka, for one term in 2012-2014. Presently, she is the founder director of TEDS Trust, which focuses on access to justice of women and children in distress, and lobbying, advocacy, and training in gender issues, dalit concerns and development. She is also active on social media and TV as a commentator on current events, including religious persecution, urban and rural governance issues, bonded labour, and the environment.

Erica Muzwidzwa is a lecturer at the National University of Lesotho. She has pursued her studies in India and resided in the country for a period of six years. Erica Muzwidzwa has participated in many public speaking events and debates to hone her skills. She subsequently went on to teach grades 1, 2 and 3 in Communication Skills. She is involved with several NGOs working in the field of disability and women’s rights.

Moderator- Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an Indian journalist, writer, and a documentary maker. He is also a guest faculty member at IIM Ahmedabad, Calcutta and Shillong, the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Asian College of Journalism and Jamia Millia Islamia.



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Minorities and Migrations talk | 15th June, 2020

“Migrants (and refugees) are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity”, quoth Pope Francis.

Yet very often, they are. Globally, migrations fulfil different needs: economic, social, or political, and allow societies to assimiliate and forge heterogenous identities. A plural society needs to be mature, responsible, and should legislate mechanisms to avoid the neglect and demonisation of any minority groups. Such social integration and inclusive growth can contribute to the development of a society, state, and nation.

This talk, hosted by Thus.Critique, will be about inclusion and the present issues that minorities face.

About the speaker: Asif Hussain is the Secretary at the Centre for Study of Philosophy and Humanities, Goa.

The session will be moderated by Amrita Anand, Video Volunteers.

Asif Hussain, Secretary, Centre for study of philosophy and humanities

Screening | We Have Not Come Here To Die |At Kokum and Sadhana Dell ‘Arte on Jan 17th, 2019, 6.30 pm onwards.


We cordially invite you to the screening of ‘We Have Not Come Here to Die’ (110 minutes) remembering Rohith Vermula. At Kokum and Sadhana Dell ‘Arte on Jan 17th, 2019, 6.30 pm onwards.

On January 17th 2016 a Dalit, Phd research scholar, and activist Rohith Vemula unable to bear the persecution from a partisan University administration and dominant caste Hindu supremacists hung himself in one of the most prestigious universities in India. His suicide note, which argued against the “value of a man being reduced to his immediate identity” galvanized student politics in India. Over the last year thousands of students all over the country have broken the silence around their experiences of caste discrimination in Universities and have started a powerful anti-caste movement. The film attempts to track this historic movement that is changing the conversation on caste in India.

Director/Producer Deepa Dhanraj
Camera: Navroze Contractor
Editor: Jabeen Merchant
Music : Ramanan Chandramouli
Production Company: SAMA, NHK Japan