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The Guardian in London profiled Anand Patwardhan, calling him “the foremost Indian documentary maker of his generation.” His landmark films “Bombay: Our City” (1985), “In the Name of God” (1992) and “War and Peace” (2002) exposed audiences to problems that have been obscured during India’s ascent to economic prominence: the rise of nuclear nationalism, the role of political and religious leaders in stoking communalism, and the continuing oppression of poorer castes. Of his Brandeis experience, Anand said, “It was the most exciting time that one could have been in the U.S. The anti-Vietnam War protests were a turning point: I went to demonstrations and was sent to jail a couple of times. Other Indian students were more interested in being white than in identifying with black Americans, but I was reading [Frantz] Fanon, excited by the Black Panthers and taking classes in the black studies department.” Randy (Rachel) Glasser Kovacs is an adjunct associate professor of communications and teaches public speaking, public relations and other media courses at City University of New York and William Paterson University. She conducts research, publishes and presents in the United States and abroad on United Kingdom and European Union broadcasting activism and NGOs, corporate social responsibility and cultural integrity in the audiovisual media. However, her greatest accomplishments are her sons and daughters, who have gravitated to law, computers, special education, and services for the elderly, and her grandsons and granddaughters, who gravitate to Elmo, soccer, swimming and reading.

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