Statues have long been part of campus politics around the world. In recent times though they have become the centre of ideological battles with ramifications beyond the campus.
In a contest of sorts, some recent announcements around statues show how each one is being built to be bigger than the other
The proposed statue of Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate is a ‘big idea’ whose time has come
Statue-building in post-colonial India has followed oppositional trajectories. While the State has tried to project Brahminical hegemony, the public has tried...
Dalits have crafted unique visual metaphors to assert their identity and mark their place in politics and BSP played a big role in the process.
Far from being about ‘art for art’s sake’, statues are instrument for revival of memory, or construction of new ones.
The statues mark a point of time; time removes them; the new statues represent some different ideology; common men and onlookers remain unchanged beyond their...
Why are some statues built and others defaced? Why does no one ever build the statue of a working class man? Why are female statues shaped for the male gaze?
Can public art in India, depicting admirable women from history and mythology, shed the male gaze?
An exclusive extract from Kajri Jain’s book, ‘Gods In The Time Of Democracy’
History has a serendipitous way of discarding statues that were once erected to project power and perpetuity
The world’s tallest statue, of Shivaji Maharaj, will be the jewel in Maximum City’s crown
From Ghulam Nabi Azad to Mehbooba Mufti, Valley leaders have invoked the Dogra rulers to win over Hindu-majority Jammu.
Sandstone mining, to build the Ayodhya temple among others, provides vital employment, but endangers lives, livelihoods and the environment
Even compared with the most abject annals of misgovernance in India, it’s hard to get worse than what happened in Panjim in the wake of Parrikar’s absence...