Volume 3 of the Cultures & Globalization series, Creativity and Innovations, explores the interactions between globalization and the forms of cultural expression that are their basic resource. Bringing together over 25 high-profile authors from around the world, this volume addresses such questions as: What impacts does globalization have on cultural creativity and innovation? How is the evolving world ‘map’ of creativity related to the drivers and patterns of globalization? What are the relationships between creative acts, clusters, genres or institutions and cultural diversity?
Chapter 13: Cultural Policing in South Asia: An Anti-Globalization Backlash against Freedom of Expression?
Cultural Policing in South Asia: An Anti-Globalization Backlash against Freedom of Expression?
Despite South Asia's colonial legacy of judicial activism and the application of the rule of law, freedom of expression has been severely restricted in recent years as Islamist and Hindu fundamentalist movements have exerted an ever stronger influence. Writers, painters and filmmakers have been attacked for ‘blasphemy and outraging religion’. They have also faced the wrath of the moral police for interpreting homosexuality and widow remarriage. Two factors have made cultural policing all-pervasive in recent years: first, religion ceased to be the only ground on which this attitude developed, and second, those who have not complied with the social ...