ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Byasa Moharana

From Sairat to Jhund via Jai Bhim

Mainstream Indian cinema has rarely depicted the complexities of caste and its associated social problems. With Fandry (2014) and Sairat (2016), Nagraj Manjule brought caste and gender to the centre stage of fi lm-making. However, his recent Hindi fi lm Jhund fails to carry forward this legacy and adopts a time-tested Bollywood style—an upper-caste-male-saviour trope.

Bhima Koregaon and Politics of the Subaltern

Historical events that hold symbolic value are important in constructing an alternative identity for the subaltern. The Brahminical upper caste feels threatened by such assertions of the subaltern and thus, tries to marginalise them. The violence at Bhima Koregaon is a reflection of this tension between divisive Hindutva nationalism and resilient subaltern politics that seeks justice.