Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series
Hot as Hell
Screening : Hot as Hell; Directed by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
Mining and industrial projects marginalise the poor and exasperate inequalities in the name of development allover the world. Although mining has been promoted as a livelihood option it employs less than 5.6% people in India today. Jharia in Jharkhand which is known for its massive store of primary coking coal and for raging underground coal fire has a different story to tell. The small township with billions of worth of coal is reeling under poverty. The prevailing lawless situation and thriving mining mafia apart from the coal fire literally turned life here a hell.
Experts say it is the unscientific mining cause the inferno in Jharia. The life of more than 4 lakh people in the township is really miserable.
‘Hot as Hell’ by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta seeks to explain why there is underground fire in Jharia for over a century. He also breaks in to the nexus between mining mafia and politicians. The documentary series also features mysterious death and disappearance of those who opposed mining.
Toxics Link invites you for a screening of the film on 11 February at India International Centre.
Screening : Hot as Hell; duration 60 minutes, Directed by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
Panelist : Chandra Bhushan, Associate Director, Center for Science and Environment
Moderator : Satish Sinha, Associate Director, Toxics Link
Date : 11th Feb 2009, Wednesday
Time : 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 1, India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi (In collaboration with India International Centre)