India Since the 90s: (Volume 1) The Hunger of the Republic: Our Present in Retrospect
1 February 2022
Published by : Tulika Books

India Since the 90s: (Volume 1) The Hunger of the Republic: Our Present in Retrospect

Edited by Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Language: English

No. of Pages: 428 pages

Published by Tulika Books

Publish Date: February 2022

ISBN: 978-81-945348-1-5

India Since the 90s is a collaborative bilingual project between Tulika Books, New Delhi and West Heavens, Shanghai, supported by Moonchu Foundation, Hong Kong

How did we get here? As the twenty-first century unfolds, several seemingly unprecedented phenomena evoke ghosts of past histories that suggest we may have been here before. Forms and arguments gone acquire new relevance, as retrospective signposts for the contemporary. India Since the 90s assembles texts and images from diverse academic disciplines and cultural practices, to look again at the millennial turn that is shaping our present.

The Hunger of the Republic: Our Present in Retrospect is the first of a series of volumes that turn back to India’s recent history to produce a retrospective account of how our present got shaped. A return to the last three decades, and to the mutations caused by globalization to concepts such as democracy, welfare, and justice, indeed the very idea of the people as citizen-subjects, produce a new staging ground for the apparently unprecedented nature of the contemporary moment. Key essays on politics, economics, cultural studies, and aesthetics appear alongside works of art, documentary film, photography, maps, letters, and legal documents.

About the author
Ashish Rajadhyaksha is an independent scholar and curator. He has authored several books such as Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid: From Bollywood to the Emergency (2009) and the Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (with Paul Willemen) (1994). Among his curatorial projects are (with Geeta Kapur) Bombay-Mumbai 1992-2001 (Century City, Tate Modern, 2001) and Tah-Satah: A Very Deep Surface (Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, 2017).

About West Heavens

Set up in 2010 by Chang Tsong-zung (Hanart TZ Gallery), Gao Shiming (China Academy of Art), West Heaven is an integrated cross-cultural exchange programme aiming to disentangle and compare the different paths of modernity taken by India and China. It promotes several layers of interaction across intellectual and art practices, and social thought, between the two countries. In its ten years of existence, the project has organized numerous forums, exhibitions, film screenings and workshops, and has published more than twenty books.

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