Irfan Ahmad, a political anthropologist, writes in Al-Jazeera about Bollywood and violence in India:
On July 31, a shocking incident took place at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), one of South Asia’s top universities. In a dastardly attempted murder, shortly before noon, Akash Kumar, 23, and a student of Korean studies, entered the classroom where Roshni, 22, and one of his classmates, was present. He asked for an audience with her, which she refused. A heated argument ensued. Thereupon Akash took out an axe from his bag and hacked her head. In one account, he also stabbed her in her stomach with a knife. Instantly Roshni lay in a pool of blood on the ground.
Read the rest here:
Life imitating Bollywood: Love, murder, suicide
In modern day India the impact of the cultural realm may not necessarily be as innocuous as once believed.
06 Aug 2013, Irfan Ahmad