Gautam Benegal

OPEN TO OPINION

Award winning animation filmmaker, artist, author, and social commentator.

VOICES

 |   7-minute read

Support for rapists in the name of Hindu politics is a new low in Modi's India

Sexual assault has become a tool of the majoritarian colonising project that subjugates the minorities and marginalised by instilling fear in them.

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

Why Bollywood is guilty of normalising crimes and glorifying criminals

The film industry is one large family that looks after its own, much like a traditional joint family with too many skeletons in the closet.

VOICES

 |   8-minute read

Why it is impossible to separate BJP from Postcard News founder

Exactly to what extent a loyal soldier of the Sangh Parivar like Mahesh Vikram Hegde will be punished is anybody’s guess.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

By comparing burqas to trishuls, Ram Guha has fallen into the trap of model minority thinking

Right-wing bigots in India tag Muslims through visual symbols, verbal discourse, rumours and myths, terminology and metaphor.

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

Why Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan kept shut about farmers marching to Mumbai

An industry that is essentially pro-establishment is acutely aware of its vulnerability if it falls foul of the powers that be.

VARIETY

 |   8-minute read

Why PM Modi’s March 8 event is a lesson on how not to celebrate women empowerment

It was the best example of mansplaining and patriarchy at work in the guise of feminism.

VARIETY

 |   6-minute read

What ruins festivals like Holi and Diwali for most Indians

Behind the playful mask of the supposedly innocent revelry is the ugly face of collective imposition and non-consensual sexual overtures.

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

Why RSS has intensified its drive to create babies with 'Aryabhata's brain' and 'Shivaji Maharaj’s build'

The Sangh has set a target by 2020 to have thousands of 'ideal infants' on the production line.

VOICES

 |   6-minute read

How tourism destroyed Goa

Those who cater to tourist trade in the state (and elsewhere) think in terms of three distinct groups. It's us, Indians and foreigners.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Lord Ram, lord Krishna: Modi can play any role but that of PM

The prime minister's swipe at Renuka Chowdhury in Parliament is only the latest in his long series of mythology-obsessed populist rhetoric.