Scholarship for Dalits/Adivasis at Seagull School of Publishing #mustshare


The Seagull School of Publishing, Calcutta, offers a professional course—in
Editing and in Book Design—run entirely by practicing publishers, editors
and designers who are passionate about the craft of publishing. Hands-on
training. Loads of assignments. Conversations with professionals from
publishing houses in India and abroad. Field trips to printing presses.
Research trips to bookstores. Open-house discussions on current issues.
Classes ranging from copyright infringement to e-books to the joys of
reprinting *War and Peace*. Internships. Fellowships for aspiring
publishers. And a computer lab featuring the best of equipment and software.

A career in books is often seen as the preserve of the traditional elite.
Globally, over the last 20 years, publishers and other lobby groups have
sought to address the lack of social and ethnic diversity in publishing.
The UK-based forum for Equality in Publishing,
is one such initiative. It was earlier called DIPNET—Diversity in
Publishing Network. A DIPNET survey in the UK in 2007 revealed that fewer
than 4 per cent of people working in editorial and senior roles within
publishing are from ethnic minorities, and the prevailing perception of the
industry was that it is dominated by the white middle class. The trade
journal *Bookseller <> *has
often discussed this issue in recent years. In India, despite lack of hard
data, a similar situation obtains.

In a modest contribution towards diversity, the Seagull School of
Publishing, in association with Navayana <>, invites
applications from groups traditionally under-represented in all areas of
publishing in India. In the Indian context, this would mean candidates who
otherwise face exclusion owing to caste, religion and class.

Two selected candidates will be offered a scholarship by
Seagull<> and

Applicants who wish to avail of this opportunity must write a note on how
and why their candidature shall contribute to diversity in publishing.
Applicants must have a good working knowledge of English since that will
be the medium of instruction.

*Course 2: 1 June–31 August 2013*

Applications open: 1 February 2013

Last date for applications: 31 March 2013

Admission tests and interviews: 1–7 April 2013

Selection results: 15 April 2013

PRESS CONFERENCE- Facts of ‘police raid ” on Nazrul Islam’s book #Kolkata #censorship

What's Mamata's communal harmony?

Mamata Banerjee has done it again, this time against an IPS officer. The cop, Nazrul Islam, published a book titled Mushalmander Ki Karaniya (What Muslims Should Do) where he spoke about the alleged plight of the Muslims in West Bengal and how the Trinamool Congress-led state government was resorting to double standards in the name of ‘improving’ their condition.

A 102-page book written by senior police official Nazrul Islam seems to have ruffled a few feathers in the state administration. The police, on Friday, allegedly raided the College Street shop of Mitra Ghosh, the publisher of the book — Musalman der Koroniyo — written by the senior IPS officer and additional director general of police (training).

The present owner of the publishing house Sabitendranath Roy alleged that a huge force of police reached the College Street premises of his shop, locked the sale counters and searched for the book. He also complained that police had asked him to discontinue its circulation a day before.

The book was released a week back and got good response. On Thursday night, an 80-year-old Roy received a call from the deputy commissioner of police (enforcement branch) asking him to stop selling the book.In the book, Nazrul has advocated the need for secular education and criticized the state government for not doing much to help spread education among the Muslims. “Though a lot has been said about the new government being an agent of change, nothing much has changed,” Nazrul said in the book. He has criticized the leaders in the new government for attending Iftaarparties without keeping the mandatory daytime fast. “The words inshallah and khuda hafiz cannot be said in the same sentence, but our leaders are doing so, without knowing that they are actually hurting Islam,” the book reads.The police had no search warrant with them. We had already stopped the book’s circulation and removed the copies from our College Street shop. We told them that the complimentary copies would be sent to them soon,” said Indrani Roy, director of Mitra Ghosh.

 A press conference has been called by publishers  to  voice their grievances against police ‘raid’

Kolkata Press Club on

Wednesday, September 5,

Time- 5 pm




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