Author: Brinda Bose
Editor(s): Brinda Bose / Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
Publisher: Kali/Women Unlimited
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188965146
The debate on censorship in India has hinged primarily on two issues-the depiction of sex in the various media, and the representation of events that could, potentially, lead to violent communal clashes. This volume traces the trajectory of debates by Indian feminists over the last 25 years around the issue of gender and censorship.
Censorship was institutionalized by the colonial British government, and has remained a much-contested government institution. In a multicultural society with diverse tastes and moral standards, who is to draw the line? And what reasonable curbs can be imposed on the freedom of expression? Can artistic merit be conflated with publics good? Is the desire to purge the public arena of unnecessarily prurient and lascivious images actually in the interests of women and of society at large?
ABOUT THE EDITOR:
BRINDA BOSE is currently a fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. She has taught at the Department of English, Hindu College, Delhi University for ten years, and researches in post-colonial, gender and cultural studies. She ahs published widely on gender, Indian writing and cinema, and has most recently edited Translating Desire: The Politics of Gender and Culture in India (2003).
LAWS, STRUCTURES, GUIDELINES
Report of the Working Group on National Film Policy (1980)
The Jurisprudence of Obscenity
The Representation of Women in the Media and the women’s Movement
Obscenity, Media and the Law
Media and Cultural Consensus
Media as a Change Agent
Coping with Pressures and challenges
The Violence of Censoring
THE INDECENT REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN ACT AND FURTHER DEBATES
The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Bill, 1986
Using Women as a Pretext for Repression
The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Bill
The Use and Abuse of the Law
The Ignoble Servility of Pati Parmeshwar
Towards Equality for Women
Indecent Representation of women
Reclaiming the Public Sphere
Husain’s Portrayals of Saraswati and Draupadi
There’s More to Net than Cyberporn
The Saga of Bandit queen
Politics, Ethics and Legality
For People Like US
What IS Behind Film Censorship?
The Khalnayak Debates
The Bharosa Incident:
Statement by NAZ Foundation (India) Trust et al.
NEW DIRECTIONS ON CENSORSHIP IN FEMINIST THEORY/PRAXIS
Who Draws the Line?
Feminist Reflections on Speech and Censorship
Guardians of the View
The Prohibition of the Private
The Troubled Existence of Sex and Sexuality
Feminists Engage with Censorship
Questions for Feminist Film Studies
The Censor Within
The Debate: A Sunday Times Face-off
On the Proposed New Cinematograph Act
The Porno Paradox