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Deepa Punjani

Deepa Punjani is the editor of the website Mumbai Theatre Guide-, which is a popular, niche theatre portal in India with 70000 plus followers. She is founder-representative of the Indian National Section of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) and is a member of its Executive Committee. She has mentored young theatre critics. Deepa has been an actress and an academic. Her M.Phil thesis (2004) focused on two well-known women theatre practitioners of the Marathi stage in the context of feminism, gender, and representation of women in Indian Theatre. She has recently received her LLB Degree from KC Law College, Mumbai.


Section 377

#Section377 read down: The road ahead is long and arduous

Section 377, as observed by the Supreme Court in its judgment on September 6, 2018, is, “irrational, indefensible and arbitrary. The majoritarian views and popular morality cannot dictate constitutional rights.” While the outcome of this was a somewhat foregone conclusion, this forward-looking development, is bound to raise other significant issues.

September 6,2018

On Screen

Democracy subverted: On Oliver Stone’s JFK

Often blandly described as a “conspiracy thriller”, JFK (1991), its artistic liberties notwithstanding, makes us sit up and ask uncomfortable and unrelenting questions about the government of the people, for the people, and by the people. Beset by yet another jingoistic round of nationalistic fervour, not seen since WWII, JFK, over and above its immediate subject, is actually re-examining the subversion of democracy and its institutions.

August 21,2018

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