Archive for: December 2013

Disney Heroines: Not just innocent cartoons, but also an erotic spectacle!

“The woman is the bearer of meaning, not the maker.”

Written in 1973 and published in 1975, Laura Mulvey’s “Visual pleasure and narrative cinema” studies Hollywood films by deriving from Lacanian psychoanalytical theories as the key to understanding how film creates such a space for female sexual objectification and exploitation through the combination of the patriarchal order of society, and ‘looking’ in itself as a pleasurable act of voyeurism, as “the cinema satisfies a primordial wish for pleasurable looking.”  What it primarily says is that the woman on the screen is the signifier of the male other; it does no hold a meaning of her own. OR rather the difference in the sex is the result where the woman or the heroine represents the image of her own gender and sex, where she is a voiceless spectacle. Mulvey traces the Freudian theory of ‘phallocentrism’ and castration and advances to say that the woman can only exist in relation to the castration and cannot go beyond it. Continue Reading..


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Parallel Politics.

With the AAP’s resounding debut in Delhi, many new and existing political formations come to the limelight. Although many have tried to do an AAP in the past, none of them met with such success. An alternative to the Congress-BJP duo has usually been a regional boss like NCP, SP, BSP, TDP, DMK and so on. But parties which have been formed to cater to the urban middle class have not usually garnered popular support.

In our chat with Mrs. Vinita Deshmukh, the Lok Sabha candidate from Pune, we learnt a lot of inside stories. Mrs. Deshmukh is a firebrand activist, having spearheaded numerous RTI campaigns, Metro-awareness drives and other social awareness programs. She has also been a journalist with the Indian Express, rising to become its resident editor. She has also authored three books. In our chat, she revealed the horse-trading at the local level between the BJP and Congress, while quoting the Pune city head of the BJP which raised many questions (Check the embedded video for more)  In her journey as a journalist and activist, she has observed underhand dealings and wrong doings by both in tandem with each other. Continue Reading..


Ziauddin Sherkar
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The Diplomatic Tussle

I have been observing the recent diplomatic row between USA and India for quite a while now. I think there have been a few questions that have never been asked or questioned and before something drastic happens.

Firstly, I am going to say at the outset that I, in no way support Dr. Devyani Khobragade. I don’t support her because she has broken law in another country and that is all I require to determine on which side I am on.

The whole outrage about the whole Khobragade affair is because of her arrest in front of her kids, the strip searching and the detention with drug and sex criminals. Was it heavy-handed? Maybe. I would imagine it would be harsh to get arrested in front of your kids and then go to jail. And this is worse since she is a diplomat.

So let us take a look at the facts. Continue Reading..


Ashwath Komath
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Ashwath Komath