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For anyone aware of the militant Hindu Right's hounding of academics whose research engages with Hinduism, the recent events related to Wendy Doniger's Book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, must appear as a predictable sequel that replays the plot of the original with minor, if equally unpleasant, variations; a Grudge or Insidious set at the [...]

Postcards from the Archive: Goodbye 2013

2013 saw the publication of a collection of Lapata’s translations of Ashk’s short stories. You can read excerpts from the collection here and an interview with Lapata here. CNN returned to talk to her about her art and her new book (link), and again to ask the "terror artist" about the offensiveness of Rolling Stone's depiction of that [...]

[ This is a guest post by Ashima Duggal. She is an attorney turned documentary filmmaker. She is working on her first film. ] By Ashima Duggal   For more than fifteen years, documentary filmmaker Paromita Vohra has been having large public conversations about everyday political things with Indian audiences. Through her inquisitive, informal, no-boundaries approach to [...]

Scripting Changes, Changing Scripts

The occasional series on South Asian political life and public culture continues with Roshan Shahani's review of Scripting the Change: Selected Writings of Anuradha Ghandy (eds. Anand Teltumde and Shoma Sen, Daanish Books 2012). Dr. Roshan Shahani retired as reader and head of the Department of English at Jai Hind College, University of Bombay, where [...]

Hungama I

[Gentle readers, it is too infrequently that I get to thank the remarkable love and time my friends and colleagues pour into this blog - Lapata, Farangi, Patwari, Sanyasi, Basanti & others who write, guest-write, curate, edit, recruit. CM would be long dead and dormant if it was only up to me, and I am [...]

Over the course of the last year and a bit, CM's own Daisy Rockwell, a.k.a Lapata, has been featured on CNN on three occasions. The first of these, on Erin's Burnett's CNN blog, "OutFront," featured Daisy's The Little Book of Terror as the subject of a sensationally titled discussion, "Norman Rockwell's granddaughter paints terrorists," and [...]

Welcome Home Mr. Modi

Narenda Modi's global makeover owes much to neoliberal democracy and the ideology of developmentalism argues Sanyasi. The global rehabilitation of Narendra Modi is well underway. A lunch meeting in January this year at German Ambassador Michael Steiner's home between Modi and representatives from the states of the European Union "ended a decade-long unofficial EU boycott [...]

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