Bulbbul did a fantastic job showing how innately wrong and sick the idea of marrying a little girl to a grown man is. The reason the movie did that, and the reason it chose to use the trappings of classic film/literature is because the classical colonial period is full of accepted and even romanticized images of child marriages, especially child brides. Equally important, there is an effort to grossly rewrite Indian history and call both plural marriages and child marriages “Muslim” traditions. That is simply categorically absolutely NOT TRUE. They are Indian traditions, practiced across cultures and religions.Continue reading
Rabindranath Tagore died 75 years ago today, and to celebrate, he is trending on Indian twitter! So I thought I would throw up a quick post of all the things he means to me.