Once in a Blue Moon Academia

Posted on 17th August, 2022


This paper-letter, rather a mock-letter to the President of India, aims to sarcastically subvert the ideological standpoint of the militant Hindutva mindset regarding the post-death rituals cum grand feast of the Hindus. The authors of this paper-letter have deployed deconstructive methodology and Brechtian theatrical praxis to expose the underlying plurality of the imagined nation-state called “India”. It is nothing but devil’s advocacy. In Rajasthan, India, the Rajasthan Prevention of Mrityu Bhoj Act (1960) legally prohibits such vulgar grand feast after death. On the other hand, the militant Hindutvavadins are for consolidating a Uniform Civil Code, targeting the Islamic law. However, within the so-called Hindutva domain itself, there are many varieties, pluralities, heterogeneities. This particular law shows that the banning is only deployable in the state of Rajasthan and other non-Rajasthani Hindus do not come under the purview of…

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