It is important that we recognize that Abhishek Chaubey's film is not about the "public" significance of how drug-trafficking is swallowing up a state's population. Yes, the film uses that vocabulary, and so does the national media reportage on its content and intent. However, I would like to insist that Chaubey's is clearly a "political" work.
To view the Paris massacre as meriting an act of charity (by giving away what was earlier one's own --a profile picture!) on social media is regressive "political messaging" -- not an act of solidarity. It views the dead as simply eliciting a moral-emotional response, while brushing away the weight of political conscience into the backyards of history. It can be an outlet for outrage, but it is separated from every claim to solidarity by the very space of reason.
The MHRD must be reminded that the non-NET fellowship is not some 'reward' for "meritorious" academic performance, but a guarantee of access to higher education and a means of meeting the necessary costs of research (like field-trips, purchase of books/academic resources, photocopying, printouts, journal subscriptions, etc.).
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