Category: Indian and South Asian Studies

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Vocal Aesthetics and the Construction of the “Feminine” in Post-independence Hindi Cinema

Indian cinema is deeply connected to India’s identity, with cinematic themes and narratives influencing and reflecting cultural behaviors and expectations. After its Independence in 1947, India entered a nation-building phase, and films placed the nation, society, and family (including romance and marriage) at the center of its narratives. Indian construction of femininity was based on

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Constructing and Practicing Rights: A Perspective of Female Factory Workers in Bangladesh

In this paper, I analyze the citizenship of female workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I discuss how rights are built in response to dynamic powers and authorities in the context of local governance. For female workers, claiming rights often imply stepping out of a familiar social-cultural framework with the goal of pursuing the attention of state.

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A Buddhist – Hindu Dialogue to Further the Role of Wisdom in Contemporary Education

This paper presents a dialogue that draws on the two major wisdom traditions of India, Hinduism and Buddhism. The dialogue is between an Indian national, also Hindu, who is negotiating a place for herself and her children in the Australian education system, and her mentor, an Australian born teacher educator who is Buddhist. Both authors

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Now the Powerless Speaks: A Study of Bama’s Sangati and Baby Kamble’s ‘The Prisons We Broke’ From a Dalit Feminist Standpoint

In context of the powerful and the powerless in the social formation of India, caste system has been a matter of immense debate and discussion. Continuing for centuries, (presumably from the time of the Aryan invasion) caste system has been a parasitical condition prevailing, thriving and continually reforming, throughout India. Being an Indian one cannot