ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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By exploring the culturally-sanctioned patriarchal control of women’s sexuality, the recent Marathi film, Sairat, reinforces the fact that gender is also about caste.

One of the overarching themes of the recently released Marathi film by Nagraj Manjule, Sairat, is the culturally-sanctioned patriarchal control of women’s sexuality. It is what propels the narrative of the film into action and it is what remains its guiding force throughout.

Closely aligned, of course, is the issue of caste. As Ambedkar has pointed out in Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis, and Development, endogamy is “the only characteristic that is peculiar to caste.” The mechanism of caste is nothing but the mechanism of endogamy.

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