About Forgiveness

As part of the weekly MOG Sunday sessions at Museum of Goa, Pilerne, Sunanda Mehta will give a talk on the concept of Restorative Justice on May 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Museum of Goa, Pilerne Industrial Estate, Pilerne, Bardez, Goa.

The talk will be based on Sunanda’s story on Forgiveness that she did about three years ago for The Indian Express. The piece was based on the concept of Restorative Justice where criminals are forgiven by the families of their victims. The article was recently made into a film ‘Ru Baru’ produced by Aamir Khan and sends out the message that in forgiving, the families not just offer freedom to the perpetrators of the crime but also free themselves of bottled up anger, unhappiness and frustration.

The talk will be peppered with examples from the story and other real life incidents. It will also link this concept of forgiveness to the original thought as practiced and preached by Gandhi and its growing relevance in today’s world that is so fragmented by forces of divisiveness and animosity.

Mehta is a journalist with about 30 years experience in the field. She worked at The Indian Express for over 20 years and was the Resident Editor of the Pune edition for seven years. She was also the first woman editor of a national daily in Pune. She has also written for publications like The Hindustan Times, Society, Savvy, Inside Outside, Saveur-a US magazine, among others. Her humorous short story was published by Penguin in their book `India Smiles.’

A graduate from Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College, Mehta has two other degrees too-that of Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Communication and Journalism. She is a visiting faculty at the University of Pune’s journalism institute and has presented a paper at the Warwick University in UK on the portrayal of women in Indian television and has completed a fellowship for senior journalists in London in 2015. Presently, she is working on a book commissioned by PanMacmillan and is the Creative Head at a digital marketing firm.