In India, a complex mix of sensitivity and identity politics leads to a slew of bans

March 13, 2015 6:31 AM

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In India, a complex mix of sensitivity and identity politics leads to a slew of bans

FILE – In this March 3, 2015 file photo, British filmmaker Leslee Udwin addresses a press conference on her documentary film "India's Daughter," about the Dec. 16, 2012 gang rape in a moving bus, in New Delhi, a film whose screening the Indian government halted. Over the last year, India has banned at least two books, as many films, one state has banned eating beef, and the film censor board issued a list of words they consider unacceptable for the delicate ears of adult Indians. The bans show that this country of 1.2 billion continues to grapple with a complex tangle of deep sensitivity and a political process deeply entwined with religious and caste communities. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE – In this June 15, 2004 file photo, a movie theatre worker removes a poster of Bollywood film "Girlfriend" in Allahabad, India, after Hindu hard-liners smashed glass panes and ripped posters in cinemas to pressure the government to censor or ban the film about a lesbian couple. Between 2014-201...

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