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- Recent sources on Indian cinema
- From S. Jain, 7 nov 1995. Re the Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema
and other works useful to Indian film enthusiasts.
- Beauty Contest Veils Ugliness of Indian Poverty
- Christopher Thomas, in Bangalore, in The Times, 23 November
1996. Westernization has brought moral decline and poverty for most.
- Response to earlier query on Malayalam cinema and
- By Birgit Kellner, 27 nov 1997. Interpretation of Malayalam (or Indian)
film and its history outside a European/US-American context is most
certainly related to the issue of post-colonialism. Bibliographic
citaations are provided.
- Witchcraft in pre-modern India, a Maharashtra
- Part of a dialog from the H-Asia list, 24 jan 1998. Witchcraft
in pre-modern societies was a part of the range of effects that
people could produce given appropriate techniques. Some sorts of
persons - especially old women - had greater ability in this area
than others. Liminal persons - such as members of forest tribes - who
routinely transgressed the boundaries of agrarian society possessed
much knowledge/power in this regard.
- Widow Immolation Custom Prevails Over Law
- By Ranjit Dev Raj, IPS, 8 dec 1999. Activist groups are demanding
stricter implementation of Indian laws against glorifying 'sati' -
- the practice of widows burning themselves on the funeral pyre of
their husbands. The argument that sati committed voluntarily is a
cultural tradition has been expressed by leading members of the
ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The history of political culture in India
- Right-wing Eye Control of Culture and Education
- Commentary by Praful Bidwai, IPS, 10 dec 1999. BJP campaign of a
systematic takeover of institutions responsible for the design of
school curricula and national agendas in social science and historical
research. The damage greatest in primary and secondary education. VB
textbooks are designed to promote bigotry and religious fanaticism,
a defence of obnoxious practices such as 'sati,' the most extreme forms
of male chauvinism, caste oppression, and Aryan supremacy. They
resemble in no small way the kind of texts that were produced in
- In the protests of Mahatma Gandhi
- By K. Kannan, in The Hindu, 16 January 2001. India, the
birthplace of Gandhi, has strayed away from his ideals, probably
because the Indian approach to Gandhi is personality-based and not
rooted in an appreciation of his ideas.