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Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui and Transfeminine Identity: Representation or Exclusion?

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui fits in with a trend initiated in recent years by a new generation of filmmakers, experimenting with characters and narratives that yield a more empathetic and mature representation of sexual minorities. The film has Maanvi, a trans girl, in a pivotal role, attempting to define her beyond her "transness"—highlighting her love for dance and life, her spiritedness and vulnerabilities. However, the process through which Maanvi, the trans girl protagonist, is "normalised" calls for some unpacking.

OTT Platforms and the New Dalit Characters in Indian Cinema

The recent Dalit representation in Indian cinema has arrived with nuanced attributes, distinct from the earlier cinematic portrayal that mostly depicted them as victims of caste atrocities and violence. The new representation in the recent Hindi, Tamil, and Marathi films and on various over-the-top platforms has progressively identified Dalits as the part of a greater middle-class culture or as urban aspirants who wish to live a normal, dignified life in the metros. On the flip side, the new Dalit characters are presented as the people who are indifferent to the ideals of social justice and survive in the cities mostly as vagabond individuals.

The Alliance Matrix: Dalit-Muslim Unity or Dalit-Pasmanda Unity?

There have been discussions on the possibility of an enduring alliance between Dalit and Muslim community; however, in most of its attempt, it failed to bring both groups on a single platform at community level because of the presence of real or perceived prejudices among both communities. There is a need to reconsider the approach through which these social justice parties as well as civil societies are striving to achieve this objective. India is the land of caste, not religion, and caste is the basic unit of analysis for every aspect of individual life. Therefore, the article argues that there is a real possibility of alliances between socially marginalised groups of various religious communities. Instead of wasting time for seeking alliance between Dalit-Muslim we shall rather emphasise on the Dalit-Pasmanda alliance based on the shared feeling of lived experiences of subjugation and discrimination.

Namdeo Dhasal’s New Language- A reflection of the conscience of the oppressed

Marathi poet Namdeo Dhasal challenged Brahminical literature and sought to reconstruct a caste-less society through his works.

Dalit Politics: The dilemma of forming a dynamic alliance

In their bid to maintain political visibility, various factions of the Republican Party of India have struck up alliances with "secular" and "non-secular" parties. They have not adequately utilised the progressive undercurrents of the Dalit consciousness to connect with other deprived communities to form a dynamic coalition.

Book Clubs and the Dialectics of Privilege

Sometimes, book clubs are spaces where the privileged come to feel less guilty about their power.

 

Bhojanmata’s Struggle for Dignity

Caste consciousness imposes moral limits on preferential hiring in the mid-day meal schemes.

 

Ambedkar as a Philosopher

The Radical in Ambedkar: Critical Reflections edited by Suraj Yengde and Anand Teltumbde, New Delhi: Penguin, 2018; pp 520, 999.

 

Roars of Dalit Audacity

Moustache, a scathing commentary on Brahminical ritual purity, tells the story of a Dalit protagonist with the “audacity” for bodily grooming.

 

Songs of Protest

Dalit musicians offer a radical imagination of music that breaks open the binaries of the sonic while adopting multiple genres, technologies, and emerging soundscapes.

 

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