Talk:Jyotsna Kapur

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By Rutvi Dattani


Jyotsna Kapur is a Professor of Cinema and Media Studies and is cross-appointed with Sociology at the Southern Illinois University.

Her research interests include marxist-feminist theory of media arts and culture; the politics of labour, class, race, and sexuality in neoliberalism; contemporary Indian media culture; History and theory of the documentary idea especially its redefinitions in contemporary practices and digital culture; Third Cinema; and Global children's media culture.

In her research article "Love in the Midst of Fascism: Gender and Sexuality in the Contemporary Indian Documentary," she accuses Hindu fundamentalism and fascism of stifling the voice of alternate sexualities. She, however, does not explain the term "fundamentalism" and makes incorrect use of the term "fascism"[1] when locating her study around the democratically elected Indian government. She states that for the "Sangh" collection of public charities to not be considered "hate filled", they must make alliances with gay rights activists. Contrastingly, she doesn't believe the same for other social, political and religious organizations located in India or any other country. She fails to cite any Hindu text, scripture or publication to substantiate the accuracy of her claims [Publications 1].

In her research article "Between the lost childhoods of our parents and the infantile public of the Hindu Rashtra: A personal take" she makes wild claims about the impact of Hindu leadership on Muslim children.[Publications 2]

As per her bio, she has published no books, papers or research pertaining to the rights of Hindus.

In 2021, she endorsed the "Dismantling Global Hindutva" conference and made the following unsubstantiated allegation

"the current government of India [in 2021] has instituted discriminatory policies including beef bans, restrictions on religious conversion and interfaith weddings, and the introduction of religious discrimination into India’s citizenship laws. The result has been a horrifying rise in religious and caste-based violence, including hate crimes, lynchings, and rapes directed against Muslims, non-conforming Dalits, Sikhs, Christians, adivasis and other dissident Hindus. Women of these communities are especially targeted. Meanwhile, the government has used every tool of harassment and intimidation to muzzle dissent. Dozens of student activists and human rights defenders are currently languishing in jail indefinitely without due process under repressive anti-terrorism laws."[2]

Publications related to India

  1. Kapur. J (2006) Love in the Midst of Fascism: Gender and Sexuality in the Contemporary Indian Documentary. Routledge Publication, Taylor and Francis Group, accessed August 7, 2022
  2. Kapur. J (2020) Between the lost childhoods of our parents and the infantile public of the Hindu Rashtra: A personal take. Studies in South Asian Film & Media. Published by Intellect


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