The Ahmedabad Management Association organised a screening and discussion for the documentary ‘Kya Paani Mein Sarhad Hoti Hai.’ The event took place at AMA Seminar Hall, ATIRA Campus, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad. The keynote speakers of the evening were Jatin Desai, Senior Journalist and Peace Activist, and Veljibhai Masani, Leader of the Fishing Community.
Malti Mehta, Member of AMA PR Committee and Course Director of Film Production and Management Course, addressed the gathering and invited the key speakers to the podium. Desai explained the importance of the documentary and said, “the film focuses on the condition of fishermen and their families after they get caught by the neighbouring country’s coast guard. The plight and dilemma of innocent fishermen caught in between the political agendas of the country is a neglected issue.”
Veljibhai Masani shared his experience of belonging to the fishing community and living amongst tragic stories of the men and women of the community. He said that the Indian and Pakistani fishermen share a brotherhood, now lost or corrupted by the governments’ agendas. After the short address, AMA presented the documentary.
Kya Paani Mein Sarhad Hoti Hai
‘Kya Paani Mein Sarhad Hoti Hai’ is an engaging, heartwarming, and problem-driven documentary capturing the lives of the Saurashrtra’s fishermen. The film aims at showing the impact of dividing the seawater between two countries on the fishing community. If a group of Indian fishermen trespass the International Maritime Border Line, the Pakistani coast guards capture them and take them to Karachi Jail.
The discussion was prolonged and informative. A few noteworthy facts came up during the events. Letters take three months, dead bodies take four months, and an alive person might take a few years to reach back to their homeland. The documentary exhibits the reasons for the fishermen to travel across the border and the delay in their return.
During the discussion, Jatin Desai mentioned the ideal solution for the issue as a no arrest policy. The speakers highlighted other topics like the hindrance of government and bureaucracy and their insensitiveness towards such a humanitarian issue. Desai asserted that the Indian government must become proactive, else the fishing community will keep suffering this way.