Tanushree Bhasin

Photos: The Faces Of Dissent

What the government hadn't expected after their arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, on dubious charges of sedition, were exactly the questions that were raised during the protest - what makes someone anti-national? What exactly is the role of the media in matters of sedition? And perhaps, most urgently, questions regarding the role of student politics in an age of weary political jingoism.
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Dissent Is Not Sedition

India proudly says that it is a country of different civilizations, religions, communities, but what is the ground reality under the present regime? Are they behaving any better than cruel dictators? They tell you what to eat, what to wear, whom to love, what to read, what to say and how to live. If you don't toe the line, you'd better watch out.
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Tolerating Dissent In A Democracy: The Role Of ‘Banal Nationalism'

Michael Billig developed the term "banal nationalism"to highlight the ways in which the rhetoric of a number of different players -- whether politicians, reporters or "common people" -- draws upon unquestioned assumptions about what it means to be a member of a nation. In this case, banal nationalism makes it possible to say without irony that one cannot tolerate being accused of any kind of intolerance.
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A Message From The Chennai Floods: It's Not Anti-National To Question ‘Development'

Environmental groups and individuals have been warning for years about the ecological and social disruptions that our current resource intensive model of development causes. They have mostly been brushed aside as a nuisance. Lately a more disturbing trend of branding them as enemies of the state has emerged. Most recently, press reports indicate that journalists in Tamil Nadu face the threat of defamation charges if their stories run afoul of the government. This seems to have affected their ability to report on the Chennai floods.