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Hindu Neo-Nationalism and the Spectacle of Masculinity and Violence: The Case of Angaar

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Interviewer: What do you think should be done for this country? Jaggu:. . . All corrupt politicians should be shot or tied to an electric pole and electrocuted. If there was to be an Olympics for corruption all the medals-copper, silver and gold would come to India.

This is Jaggu, the hero of the film Angaar (The Spark, 1992) at his twenty-fifth job interview. Of course, he is not hired. The interviewer retorts, "We were looking for a simple clerk not a rebel." Why a "simple clerk" should be asked a question regarding the running of the country defies realistic logic, but within the narrative of Angaar , it has a crucial place. It lays out clearly that Jaggu, a young man from the lower middle class that so long provided only cogs in the wheel of national administration is ready to move into the center of national politics.

Jaggu, the leader of a group of tightly knit young men, is on his way to transform India into a modern nation state.
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Keywords: Angaar; Hindu fundamentalist; The Spark; masculinist; nationalism; politics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-07-31

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