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Male and Malevolent in Kerala

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Where an actor accused in a rape case is still a superstar

 

Stories in this issue

An End, A Beginning

Long before the tears could dry, there were smiles. Smiles turned to grins. And grins to laughter. But the tears – of happiness, a little sorrow and mostly of incredulity -- remained, staining the…

Kali, the Divine Assassin

Kali is one of the most powerful divinities in the Hindu Pantheon. Ganesha, the charming pot-bellied remover of obstacles, easily propitiated with an offering of coconut, laddoo or modakam, is…

The Lonely Planet of Kazan

Arkady Viktorovich is from Moscow, the capital of Russia. Golnaz is from Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan (a federal republic in the heart of western Russia). On the surface, they are compatriots;…

Girl Power Steals the Scene

THE ASSOCIATION OF Malayalam Movie Artists, popularly known as AMMA, enjoys unparalleled authority in Kerala’s film industry because its leading stars, overwhelmingly male, are at the helm of the…

Male and Malevolent in Kerala

KERALA, MYTHIFIED AS India’s most literate state, has dropped its façade of socio-political correctness, revealing an ugly secret: the regressive mindset of the Malayali male. Dileep, a popular actor…

Slap and Strut

SOMETIME IN 1986, a veteran non-Malayali actor- playwright of national acclaim acted in a Malayalam film directed by a star director. In one scene, he had to slap the heroine, a teenaged character…

Pulp Paradox

WHAT IS IT ABOUT the Malayali male that attracts equal parts respect and scorn? Normally, expectations from Kerala, a state that enjoys high social indicators, some of which are on par with Nordic…

A Job for the Government

INDIANS ARE A peculiar lot in how much they are willing to be pushed around, abused, exploited, robbed of their land and much more so long as the system is doing it. Their biggest tormenter is the…

Sushma Swaraj: Troll Hunter

IT TAKES ALL types—moderates and bigots, socialists and capitalists, progressives and conservatives, corrupt and clean—to make a political party in India, and the Bharatiya Janata Party is no…

The Strange Claim of a Victory

THE DAY AFTER the Supreme Court’s decision on the case about the limits of the power of Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor has seen loud claims of victory by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The Lieutenant…