Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Culture

G. Vimalah Nair, a politician of the MIC -- Malaysian Indian Congress -- has accused Indian cinema of encouraging many in the Malaysian-Indian community to take to alcohol, or worse to commit suicide!!!

Two points need to be made here. First, India's principal "soft power" export appears to be C-grade cinema -- this is hardly the makings of a great power. Second, to the extent our cinema represents our culture overseas, what does it say about us if it is driving people to kill themselves?

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