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Purity and pollution


I’m reading the brilliant Roja Singh’s book, “Spotted Goddesses: Dalit women’s agency narratives on caste and gender violence,” in which she locates the caste system in ideas of purity and pollution. My film about the partition of India explores illusions of homogeneous purity when unpacking nationalism. Religious fundamentalism and its distaste for cultural corruption or inter-religious osmosis, and heteropatriarchy with its delineation of the right vs the wrong desires and choices, all reproduce systems of supremacy. It is a kind of violence to encounter these systems and the self-righteous discourses surrounding them. I can take a shot at hegemony in an activist or academic context. It’s much harder (and more violent) in a social setting.

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