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The subversive power of culture

By Aritra Bhattacharya

A chronicle of the Republican Panther, a cultural organisation committed to anti-caste struggle in Maharashtra, dogged by a state that brands dissenting dalits Maoists and dissenting Muslims terrorists

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Breadth of a balladeer

By Aritra Bhattacharya

The war against inequity and injustice is a protracted war, says dalit cultural activist Sambhaji Bhagat who, with Gadar and the Jana Natya Manch, created a new form of guerrilla theatre

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Jung ki pukar: Avahan’s cultural revolution

By Aritra Bhattacharya

How a middle class theatre group got a raw edge and energy when it incorporated folk forms and the voices of the toiling masses

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Decline and fall

By Aritra Bhattacharya

Is the lull in cultural activism in Maharashtra due to the rise of the right-wing and the ideological bankruptcy of the leftist and Ambedkarite political parties which backed cultural resistance post-Emergency?

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Shades of repression

By Aritra Bhattacharya

Shantanu Kamble was charged with sedition and waging war against the state. Evidence? He wrote and sang like Gadar. The continuing arrests of cultural activists in Maharashtra outline the state’s response to anyone speaking out against systemic atrocities

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The project of cultural resistance

By Aritra Bhattacharya

The Kabir Kala Manch and Deshbhakti Yuva Manch trace their ideological lineage to the radical left and radical Ambedkarite movements in Maharashtra. What are the issues these cultural activists engage with, and why do they make the state so uncomfortable?

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