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Tamil Cultural Elites and Cinema

The arrival of the talkies in Tamil in the 1930s confronted the Tamil elite with a challenge in that while they were implicated in the cinematic medium in more than one way, they, in retaining their exclusive claim to high culture, had to differentiate their engagement with cinema from that of the subalterns. This essay discusses how the Tamil elite negotiated this challenge by deploying notions of realism, ideology of uplift and a series of binaries which restored the dichotomy of high culture and low culture within the cinematic medium itself.

"The politically incorrect need not be educationally inappropriate"

The dissent note by a member of a government appointed committee reviewing textbooks of political science avers that the pedagogic intent and methods of the NCERT textbooks are sound and they encourage critical dialogue among learners.

Iruvar Transforming History into Commodity

'Iruvar' : Transforming History into Commodity Venkatesh Chakravarthy MSS Pandian Like his earlier two films, 'Roja' and ' Bombay', Manirathnam's 'Iruvar' is another attempt to commercialise and commodify history. The film sets out to subsume and tame the Dravidian Movement's politics beyond recognition. This ideological project of the film has been largely missed.

Beyond Colonial Crumbs-Cambridge School, Identity Politics and Dravidian Movement(s)

Cambridge School, Identity Politics and Dravidian Movement(s) MSS Pandian Cambridge historiography has claimed that politics in India is constituted by factions formed vertically through patron- client nexuses and are motivated by narrow economic and short-term power interests. It conflates the biography of the coercive colonial state and its Indian elite collaborators as the history of colonial India, In this article the author develops a critique of the Cambridge school by expanding the gamut of the political so as to include the mobilisation of alternative public spaces by the subalterns of the dravidian movement.

More on Roja

More on Roja Venkatesh Chakravarthy MSS Pandian TEJASWINI NIRANJANAs 'Integrating Whose Nation? Tourists and Terrorists in 15) is significant both in foregrounding the problematic oeuvre of Manirathinam and in addressing a series of questions which are important in the context of the dominant film-practice of our times. These questions relate to such issues as the construction of national identity, the linearisation of history, the reproduction of the subject, the disavowal of female subjectivity, the manner in which the spectator, s/he, is written into the discourse of the film and the violence of such a writing in erasing other voices and blocking other narratives which are capable of telling a different story or writing a different history.

Of Maltova Mothers and Other Stories

Of Maltova Mothers and Other Stories MSS Pandian Anandhi S A R Venkatachalapathy Another element in his [Periyar's] rationalist message was his campaign against the oppression of women. He championed the causes of widow- remarriage, of marriages based on consent, and of women's right to divorce, to property and abortion. Pointing out that there was no Tamil word for the male counterpart of an adulteress he fumed: "the word adulteress implies man's con- cept of women as a slave, a commodity to be sold and to be hired". Periyar's demand at a conference two years ago, that no odium should be attached to a woman who desired a man other than her husband (which the Press so avidly vulgarised) as well as Periyar's advocacy of the abolition of marriage as the only way of Treeing women from enslavement, were about as radical as the views of any women's liberationist.-Passing of the January 12, 1974.

PERSPECTIVES

Writing about Hindu-Muslim Riots in India Today Gyanendra Pandey The dominant nationalist historiography that insists on the totalising standpoint of a seamless nationalism needs to be challenged not only because of its interested use of categories such as 'national' and 'secular' but also because of its privileging of the so-called 'general' over the particular, the larger over the smaller, the 'mainstream' over the 'marginal

TAMIL NADU-Government Employees and Teachers Strike

domestic computer applications will enjoy the least priority, with all available manpower being devoted to the export effort. In this context, the liberalised import 'stock and sale' policy would only widen the gulf between domestic software requirements and the capabilities of the local industry. The DoE annual report mentions that four firms were licensed last year for stock and sale of standard software package from abroad. The easy availability of proven software from abroad would virtually eliminate whatever little incentive Indian companies had to venture into the high-value addition categories of standard software. The contribution of the domestic software industry would be confined to those interstices of the market, where software from abroad cannot penetrate.

Peace by Force Lankan Tamils Tragedy

Hindustan Diamond Trading Company, are then not much more than middlemen, making South African diamonds marketable

Bad Capitalists, Good Private Sector- Politics of Tax Raids

Bad Capitalists, Good Private Sector Politics of Tax Raids MSS Pandian THE present government at the Centre has been encouraging the private sector with reductions in tax rates, abolition of various controls and many other concessions under its so-called economic liberalisation drive. This package of policy measures has understandably endeared the Union government to the private sector, especially the big business.

State, Christianity and Scheduled Castes

State, Christianity and Scheduled Castes MSS Pandian ON October 1, a division bench of the Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice P N Bhagwati upheld the presidential order of 1950 that any scheduled caste Hindu, on conversion to Christianity, lost his caste label. The presidential order was challenged by a Christian Adi-Dravida (scheduled caste) cobbler from Madras city who was refused to free bunk by the state while a number of Hindu Adi-Dravida cobblers were provided with the same. He argued that the action of the state amounted to discrimination on the basis of religion and violated the equity provisions under Articles 14, 15 and 25 of the Constitution.
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