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Beyond PartitionGender, Violence, and Representation in Postcolonial India$
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Deepti Misri

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038853

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038853.001.0001

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“This Is Not a Performance!”

“This Is Not a Performance!”

Public Mourning and Visual Spectacle in Kashmir

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Beyond Partition

Deepti Misri

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores a set of visual representations deployed by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP),the now iconic women-led organization that draws attention to the enforced disappearances of Muslim men, judged “anti-nationals” en masse by the Indian state. The APDP members utilize a performative repertoire in their public protests, such as recognizable iconography—“branding” the organization into the public eye through the use of badges, headscarves, and banners; and the insistence that “This is Not a Performance (tamasha)!” The chapter looks at some graphic and cinematic practices that have accreted around the APDP's protests, placing this range of countervisual practices against the scopic regime of the Indian state.

Keywords:   Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, APDP, Muslim men, anti-nationals, tamasha, countervisual practices, Indian state

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