Articles by MK Raghavendra
Sep 17, 2017
Politics of Hate: Is it social media, or a failure of language which engenders violent responses?Isn’t there something about the language used on social networking sites, that makes them most suitable for hate messages and trolling?
Sep 16, 2017
Rahul Gandhi was slammed for defending dynastic politics, but what could it tell us of Indian democracy?Inquiring into dynastic succession in politics — as with Rahul Gandhi and the Congress — will help us understand more about India’s democracy
Sep 10, 2017
In Narendra Modi's India, intellectuals must figure out their position and the path aheadIndian intellectuals have never been more alienated from any regime at the centre than they are from the Narendra Modi government but this needs to be enquired into rather than merely regretted.
Aug 26, 2017
India's education system needs an overhaul; could films as an aid be the answer?How might students benefit from a national programme that incorporates films as an aid to education?
Aug 20, 2017
Partition: 1947 - Gurinder Chadha's film is a pointless exercise where Lord Mountbatten is made the heroThe confusion in the way Gurinder Chadha handles scenes in Partition: 1947 leaves one unconvinced that the high (the British) and the low (the Indians) are not actually equals.
Aug 01, 2017
Lipstick Under My Burkha, The Lunchbox, Queen: The inconvenience of the independent womanFIlms like Lipstick Under my Burkha, The Lunchbox and Queen could point to a deeper malaise in the publicly held notion of the ‘independent woman’.
Jul 25, 2017
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk: What the World War II film has to do with Britain's past — and presentChristopher Nolan's Dunkirk proves how a country looks at a past military engagement today depends more on the present strength of that country’s nationhood than its actual fortunes in that engagement
Jun 29, 2017
Tubelight: Understanding the sentiments of the anti-war film by looking at Hollywood, WW IITubelight expresses feelings at odds with the belligerent ones in the public space today, not taking an anti-war position vis-à-vis Pakistan, but using the India-China war of 1962 as the context on which to mount its sentiments
Jun 18, 2017
The importance of being Arundhati Roy: As writer and political activistThe Ministry of Utmost Happiness is not autobiographical like The God of Small Things but Arundhati Roy nonetheless contrives to place herself at its centre
May 04, 2017
Bahubali 2 switches from 'dharma' to ‘political correctness’, and does equal disservice to bothIt is revealing that in an age in which tradition is being venerated, Bahubali 2 holds up such an impoverished moral vision for public consumption — and is still widely acclaimed