Hello and welcome to the Independence day special edition of the Lounge Podcast. This week, Lounge focuses exclusively on the Indian Constitution’s Article 19 (1) (a) which addresses the freedom of speech. We have heard of the clause ‘with reasonable restrictions’ all too often and in this issue of Lounge we approach the elusive constitutional clause in all possible ways—from traditional media to twitter, from graffiti to erotica.
Documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan has constantly battled the censor board, various governments and Doordarshan for over three decades to be able to exhibit his films. He speaks to Lounge’s Arun Janardhan about groups opposing free speech, such as right-wing fundamentalists.
To follow on, we have Naman Ahuja, an associate professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University. In his piercing essay in Lounge, he talks about how erotica has been conveniently banded under religious art but how, at the same time, erotica has moved into such multifarious platforms today that it is difficult to keep track.
To wrap up, our film critic Sanjukta Sharma reviews the film of the week, ‘Peepli (Live)’. This film about farmer suicides was the first film from India to compete at the Sundance Film Festival, giving it a rare distinction.
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