Inciting Mutiny: Are Governments Complicit?

Inciting Mutiny: Are Governments Complicit?

  Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s blockbuster movie Padmavati raised the hackles of the Rajput community across several states, who vandalised the film sets and threatened further violence on the grounds that it distorted the history of Rajput Rani Padmini, and hurt their sentiments. Various persons threatened specific targetted violence like Mahipal Singh Makrana allegedly threatening to cut off…

Kumkum Sangari: “Padmavati is a fictional character, but the Hindu Right has fabricated fiction as well.”

Kumkum Sangari: “Padmavati is a  fictional character, but the Hindu Right has fabricated fiction as well.”

This is an excerpt from an inteview with Kumkum Sangari, one of the most important feminist scholars of our time. In conversation with Souradeep Roy, she explains that fictional characters too can be manipulated in a way to serve vested interests of a particular social group. Watch this space to see the entire interview. Also…

Padmavat: Celebration of Patriarchy (Jauhar, Sati, et al), Right Up the Karni Sena Street

Padmavat: Celebration of Patriarchy (Jauhar, Sati, et al), Right Up the Karni Sena Street

  Let us forget all the violence angry members of the Karni Sena and other satellite right wing groups are creating against the release of Padmavat for a minute. Let us forget the lack of authenticity of historical documents, writings and poetry that point out that Padmavati is fiction, or, that, Allauddin Khilji lived between 1296 and…

Padmaavat: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Removal of Scenes from Film Filed by Advocate Ml Sharma

Padmaavat: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Removal of Scenes from Film Filed by Advocate Ml Sharma

  A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today dismissed a petition seeking the deletion of some of the scenes of controversial film Padmaavat which was released on January 25 by noting that censor board has already granted certificate and refused to go into the issue again. The petition was filed by Advocate…

When Mobs Rule the State

When Mobs Rule the State

  Assertion of caste, regional, ethnic, religious and national identities are characteristic of new democracies, as groups previously lacking consciousness wake up to their identity and seek a place in the sun. The opening up of the power structure by the establishment of democratic institutions and the institution of elections helps mobilise there entities which…

Censoring the Arts in 2017: Advent of the NOC!

Censoring the Arts in 2017: Advent of the NOC!

  Film-making is challenge in a multi-religious, multi-ethnic democracy. Particularly if offence-takers are indulged. But each year the propensity to take offence, or to pander to offence-taking, seems to scale new heights.  In 2017 the travails of film makers made news throughout the year. The impetus for film censorship ranged from preserving social mores to…

Barbarism is Back With a Bang

Barbarism is Back With a Bang

  The UP CM Adityanath says criminals will be killed, that no power in the world can stop building of a temple at Ayodhya even though there is an established judicial process to try and sentence criminals and the Ram temple issue is sub-judice. Aadhar is being forced down the throats of citizens despite SC…

Why the BJP Needs the Karni Sena?

Why the BJP Needs the Karni Sena?

  The Karni Sena has grown slowly but steadily since 2006 when it came into existence with the support of both the BJP and the more silent Congress legislators in Rajasthan. Seen initially as just a fringe group, it has expanded to become a voice for the Rajput community in Rajasthan—or at least is propped…