Shvetal Vyas Pare is a PhD student at the school of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. She did her Masters and M.Phil in English at the University of Delhi. Her thesis looks at the development of regional and national identities in pre-Independence India through Gujarati literature. She will also discuss films and television shows with anyone who'll listen. She blogs at http://generallyalive.blogspot.com.au/.
I recently watched the movie Dishoom (2016), mostly because I am based abroad and homesick enough to watch any Bollywood film that I can. One thing that struck me was the song at the beginning of the...
Humanities students in India mainly study history, political science, philosophy, economics, sociology, anthropology and literature. If you think about it, what they study is the way in which the world came to be what it is today, and how it works. Everyone discusses social, political, cultural and other issues. But discussing issues and studying them are two different things.
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.