Shaina Anand cites underground nuclear testing in 1998 in India as prompting her involvement
in activism. The event galvanized many fellow activists in Mumbai who were also increasingly
concerned with India’s role in international trade agreements.1 As economic globalization was
being heralded, few were scrutinizing the effects of this shift on a local level. Anand, whose
background is in documentary film, decided to explore the possibility of using broadcast media
as a way to draw attention to socio-economic problems.