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(De)politicising the ‘Private’ in Bengal

The Pandemic, a Cyclone

In the feminist context, the politicisation of the private has been popular. With the pandemic at play, the households have resurfaced in quotidian conversations. Their political identity is no more limited to the battle of ownership. This space has now garnered a novel identity by featuring in the governmental political rhetoric. The article discusses if and how households are compelled to state their traditional identities, allow encroachment on and defiling of their existence and as a result evaluate the formation of the new recognition of this emerging (pseudo) safe spaces after it sheds the fetters of politics.

On 24 March, India declared its first phase of the nationwide lockdown for 21 days. The country invoked the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to contain the infection. The act was subsequently amended (The Epidemic Diseases Amendment Ordinance 2020) to allow the central government additional powers. Gaining support from this law the authorities exercise necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, thereby normalising the idea of homes as safe spaces and coercing the public into individual (“private”) dwellings by orchestrating the repressive state apparatuses—levying monetary fines and imprisonment of offenders who jeopardise the health and sanity of the general mass through their activities, in the backdrop of the pandemic.

Gendered Religion

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Updated On : 28th Sep, 2020

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