“Roja” presentationIn what ways does the representation of the terrorism in popular media generate a particular perception of religious minorities? Does the film reinforce patriarchal perception of Indian society? Rishi’s patriotism is not state-centred: in fact, the state in this film is one that has failed in all respects—it cannot defeat the militants,
cannot rescue its employee, a failure that can be made to justify a middle class rejection of it in favour of liberalization and free enterprise. Hindu as Secular/ Modern, Muslim/etc as “Other”/Backward The celebration of the ‘new’ middle class has as a focal point the question of national integration (79) As the Hindutva forces reoccupy the discourses of liberal humanism in India, an anti-colonial bourgeois national project is refigured and the secular subject is reconstituted What everyone is now being urged to integrate is the hegemonic Hindu nation, and all the groups which are out of the ‘mainstream’ are said to
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- Asian History, Roja