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A captivating and interactive session with Stalin K, who is known not only as a documentary filmmaker but also a media trainer and human rights activist, is something to look forward to. He teaches communication and film & grass root activism, has lectured at Berkeley and Stanford and has also appeared on ‘Satyameva Jayate’ hosted by Aamir Khan. In the show, he has talked about the discriminations made in our country on the basis of caste system and untouchability. The students of MSE course had heard about his work ‘Lesser Human and India Untouched’ on the issues of caste and untouchability in India and were eager to meet him. When they actually met him, they stood fascinated by the words of the man who had spearheaded the community media movement in India. He inspired them to exercise lateral thinking.  

 
During the session, the students reflected that it was not only about the generation of new ideas but envisaging things differently that made the real difference. As the interaction flowed with time and Stalin shared the crux of his 20 years’ experience, the students became more aware of the participatory media, its role and the new models in the field. He manifested the importance of staying focused and specific as generalization of things tends to loss of some part of credibility during the process.
 
He introduced his organization ‘Video Volunteers’ which is one of the biggest community media organizations empowering the community voices by setting up media projects. The role of media has always been exemplary in connecting the masses. Media can take issues whether relating to small secluded communities or of common mass to the people and can wake them up to raise their voices. His enthusiasm transferred to the students as he shared his knowledge.  His realistic thinking, inspiring words, indomitable energy diffused in the students. The spread of media that can create a social impression and its significance to deliver drastic impact amongst the people got highlighted. It was an eye opener for the students to keep their minds open and not to miss the things and neglect people around because they matter.
 
The students have taken the lessons from the session to the vertical of application. As they begin to experiment about starting their ventures which would create some social impacts, they are crediting themselves to lateral thinking. They think of the alternative solutions and have an eye for the details as they proceed further on their business plans. They are more compassionate about the people around and hence proactively consider the impact being created by their solutions.   

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