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Doing a Rashomon on the Hindutva Cases

Vinay Sitapati
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 43, No. 10 (Mar. 8 - 14, 2008), pp. 72-77
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40277233
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Abstract

The Hindutva cases regarding corrupt electoral practices, decided by the Supreme Court in 1995, can be seen as events with many symbolisms, narrated differently from the perspectives of the liberal, the secularist, the Sangh parivar, and the author. These narratives with the same characters but much that is different bring to mind the Akira Kurosowa classic Rashomon which tells the story of a woman's rape and a man's murder from the point of view of four different narrators. In both, the analysis depends on the particular viewpoint and the questions to which answers are sought.

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