Literacy for a Billion in India!

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Literacy for a Billion in India!
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Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!
Literacy for a Billion in India!

Project Report | Jun 6, 2024
In conversation with Ashoka's Welcome Change

By Parthibhan Amudhan | CAO

Dear Friends, 

Ms. Nair who leads Ashoka, South Asia, recently interviewed PlanetRead’s Founder & Director, Mr. Kothari. A new policy, announced last month, will make same-language subtitles available for all films viewed on TV and streaming platforms and in cinema halls throughout India. This has long been the goal to improve mass literacy in India (with its 600 million weak readers and 250 million non-readers) and improve media access for the 80 million Indians who are Deaf or hearing impaired.

They spoke about what a new policy for India's film industry will mean for literacy in India and for the Deaf community and those experiencing difficulty in hearing. Mr. Kothari also shared how our Billion Readers (BIRD) Initiative joined with a coalition of disability rights changemakers to get the policy across the finish line, and what's ahead. 

Click here to watch their full convo.

The Indian Express, one of India's leading national newspapers, carried an op-ed on our study which states, everyone should be able to watch TV — including those with disabilities. From Yash Raj Films' (YRF) alacrity and response to a citizen email, we know a tectonic shift has taken place in the Indian film industry.

This stems from four legislative policy and judicial interventions in 2016, 2019 and 2023. One, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016 enshrines every person’s right to entertainment. You can read the full article here.

Stay tuned for more updates.

 

Warmly,

Parthibhan

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Location: Pondicherry - India
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Brij Kothari
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