Thou Shalt Not Criticise the Government! Amol Palekar & the Muting of Artistic Freedom in India

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Thou Shalt Not Criticise the Government! Amol Palekar & the Muting of Artistic Freedom in India

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

 

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n 1942, Hitler’s chief propagandist and right hand man Joseph Goebbels told the film fraternity in Berlin that the Nazi Party would not rule Europe until they didn’t “also make [themselves] supreme in the cultural field”. The German-Italian coalition of soft power is historically perhaps stealthier than their association on the battlefields. After all, Goebbels was, the guest of honour at the Venice Film Festival in 1939.

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