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About Samir Dayal

Samir Dayal teaches in the department of English and Media Studies at Bentley University in Boston. He is completing a book on Indian cinema.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The billionaire, big data and net neutrality: Facebook and democracy in India

“One user even said Facebook sent him a notification that his deceased uncle had supported Free Basics and so he should too.” 

Atrocities in the frame

The film “No Fire Zone” gives voice to the victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Here, amateur video footage powerfully documents those caught in the killing fields.

'India’s Daughter': the rapists’ callowness not the most distressing aspect of banned BBC documentary

The Indian Home Ministry’s attempt to block the screening could be seen as one example of a broader clampdown on whatever is deemed  ‘anti-national’. But what does that say about the mainstream culture?

The democratic potential of activist performance

One could hardly imagine a better illustration than Putin’s regime for the idea that the Presidency is itself a performative performance, ritualized but only too brutally effective, in contrast with the impotence of the demos.

Sex, law, and the nation: the Indian Supreme Court reinstates a law criminalizing homosexual acts

To focus only on the sexual politics misses the critical dimension of the unfolding debates in India about secularism and sovereignty.

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