This article explores how Bollywood has played a crucial role in national identity formation — how Hindi movies have contributed to the transmission of ideas, heightening the awareness of a global lifestyle and thus, establishing normative ideas of behavior that are often influenced by national identity. It especially focuses on diaspora and the NRI identity.
In this article, the author argues that Bollywood has a significant impact on the nationalism of Indian diasporic communities and theorise the potential reasons behind this phenomenon. thye lay out two ways in which Bollywood constructs the image of an “ideal diaspora”, with the examples of two movies — Namastey London (2007) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). They assert that Bollywood movies about the diasporic communities also have an impact on the nationalism of the country’s residents.
This article discusses how the portrayal of different countries in Bollywood films has evolved along with their diplomatic relations with India.
The article explores the curious phenomenon of women in politics in India being from dynasties. It asks the question of how representative this phenomenon can be. It is the second article in the series ‘Women in Politics’.
This article examines the global underrepresentation of women in the political sphere and highlights the social and economic reasons behind the disparity, as well as the importance of rectifying it. It is the first piece in the series ‘Women in Politics’.
This article sheds light on the importance of Djibouti – a state that has been conveniently left out of the popular international narrative. It provides an insight into Djibouti’s systemic marginalisation and key economic and strategic role. The realisation of its importance is a step forward in the creation of a conducive environment for the growth of such forgotten states.
This article investigates the present political and cultural climate from the lens of colourism in India. It is the third article in the series ‘Identities through Art’.
This article will delve into the positive economic aspects brought about by the liberalization of the Indian economy, while also analyzing to some extent why institutional rigidity has marked India as largely unsuccessful in improving the public good distribution in the same period.
In this article, Akanksha Mishra explores the rise of Ethiopia in the realm of regional security in Africa and in the larger economic sphere of the world after the coming of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The article attempts to understand the various strands of discourse that surround nude art. The main question that the paper explores is the relationship between nude art/ art of posing nude to that of choice and agency. Its the second part in the series Identities Through Art.
This piece interprets the nuances and implications in Frida Kahlo’s art, specifically, her self-portraits; analysing its symbolism from a gendered perspective and raising questions that challenge existing gender and cultural norms. It is the first part in the series of Identities Through Art.
In this article, the author evaluates the economic reforms of 1991 and talks about how they were lopsided as well, focussing on unemployment and exploitation of labour and environment.