By Ritu Gairola Khanduri
Caricaturing tradition in India is a hugely unique background of political cartoons in India. Drawing at the research of newspaper cartoons because the 1870s, archival study and interviews with favorite Indian cartoonists, this bold examine combines historic narrative with ethnographic testimony to provide a pioneering account of the position that cartoons have performed over the years in political communique, public discourse and the refraction of beliefs relevant to the construction of the Indian postcolonial nation. protecting that cartoons are greater than illustrative representations of reports, Ritu Gairola Khanduri uncovers the genuine strength of cartoons as a visible medium the place stories jostle, historical past is imagined and features of empathy are demarcated. putting the argument inside a much wider context, this thought-provoking booklet highlights the historical past and gear of print media in debates on loose speech and democratic approaches all over the world, revealing why cartoons nonetheless topic this present day
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Extra info for Caricaturing culture in India : cartoons and history in the modern world
That “correct” interpretation is already in place but without any discussion of what that might be. In the face of competing interpretations by “mature” minds, for example in the cases adjudicated by the PCI, Sharad Yadav’s comment would ﬁnd little agreement. It is a rare event to witness politicians of all stripes in India articulate their understanding of the place of cartoons in shaping knowledge. It was even rarer, and a show of collective threat that overcame ideological positions, for politicans to resolutely unite on the cartoon issue.
Mankekar thus situates television as a site of both resistance and suppression. Similar strategic oppositional readings of newspaper cartoons are central to understanding their generative role in producing public intellectuals and critics who mediated among interpretative communities in colonial and contemporary India. I use “intellectuals” here to encompass individuals from a spectrum of persuasions that participate in the “creation, circulation, and contestation of national culture” (Boyer and Lomnitz 2005, p.
20). The timeliness received some attention: visual anthropology would represent minority communities, and have a “soothing role to play in assuring minorities about their status within the nation” (Roy and Jhala 1992, p. 22). This time also marked the growth of television and an opportunity for visual anthropologists to mediate the representation of non-mainstream and dominant cultures. The urgency to harness media as integral to a responsible anthropology coincided with its institutionalization as part of India’s democratic ambitions.
Caricaturing culture in India : cartoons and history in the modern world by Ritu Gairola Khanduri