The Hairbrush and the Dagger

Edited by Walter Armbrust

in Mass Mediations

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219250
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923096 | DOI:
The Hairbrush and the Dagger

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This chapter demonstrates how nostalgia is organized in national narratives. The discussion focuses on Muhasira, or Siege, which is a state-produced television serial that also served as an exercise in chauvinism, and a rejection of any possibility that Muslims and Hindus could peacefully coexist. The Muhasira also portrays a month-long Indian army siege of a mosque in a disputed Kashmir province, thus showing Kashmir as wrongfully divided from Muslim Pakistan.

Keywords: nostalgia; national narratives; Muhasira; chauvinism; Kashmir; Muslim Pakistan

Chapter.  9584 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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