The concept of diaspora has been much debated during the past decade in terms of the essential and additional features that go with it, arguing which groups or communities could beuld not be designated as diaspora. The Indian diaspora today, with a strong community constituting more than 20 million and spreading across a hundred countries, continues to grow in size and making its transnational presence felt. This collection of essays traces some of the plurality with the Indian context as well as in the context of globalization, and transnationalism.
The book discusses the migratory movements that have led to the formation of the Indian diaspora and formation to diasporic practices-the ways and means of remembering and enacting diasporic belonging and the sites and spaces where such narratives of belonging are performed and how these issues are played out through texts, and rituals such as pilgrimages and building temples.
Chapter 17: Romancing Religion: Neoliberal Bollywood's Gendered Visual Repertoire for a Pain-Free Globalisation
Romancing Religion: Neoliberal Bollywood's Gendered Visual Repertoire for a Pain-Free Globalisation
I first began work on this chapter in the fall of 2003, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was in power in India. For a while I had been pondering the relationship between the latest Bollywood films and politics in India, making note of Bollywood's self-refashioning in an era of ‘militant Hindutva [which] seeks to homogenize India's multi-religious society into its neo-fascist image’.1 Probing such refashioning led to examining how gender ideology is a primary modality in which ethnic and religious nationalisms and violence are lived within the Bollywood visual repertoire as well as in neoliberal India.2
At its inception, however, my inquiry had ...