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Laurent Gayer, Christophe Jaffrelot & Malvika Maheshwari

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Chapter 13: Cultural Policing in South Asia: An Anti-Globalization Backlash against Freedom of Expression?

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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?
LaurentGayer, ChristopheJaffrelot and MalvikaMaheshwari

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 ...

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