24 November, 2020

Totem And Taboo

The Baroda episode portrays the ways politicians hijack debates on free art Updates

Totem And Taboo
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"Only since Ravi Varma clothed gods did today's prudery begin taking roots." Anjolie Ela Menon


"We've a vast tradition of nude pictorial depiction. In fact, it's what we study." Vivan Sundaram

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Is it a coincidence that every time the Narendra Modi government finds itself in hot water, a saffron-tinged 'cultural' issue crops up that helps divert attention from its troubles? The saffron brigade's assault earlier this month on the Fine Arts Faculty, MS University, Baroda, provided a timely diversion for the Gujarat dispensation, under fire for the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. The architect of the May 9 attack was Niraj Jain, a VHP-Bajrang Dal activist, and his target, 23-year-old final-year student Chandramohan Srimantula, a Lalit Kala award-winner.

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