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McLain, Karline: "Who Shot the Mahatma? Representing Gandhian Politics in Indian Comic Books." In: South Asia Research 27 (2007), S. 57–77.
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BibTeX citation key: McLain2007a
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Keywords: "Amar Chithra Katha", Historische Themen, Indien, Intermedialität, Pai. Anant
Collection: South Asia Research
Amar Chitra Katha (‘Immortal Picture Stories’) is the leading Indian comic book series, with 440 mythological and historical titles and sales of over 86 million issues. In 1989, after twenty years of publishing success, the producers of this series decided to release two issues on the world-renowned Indian politician and activist, Mahatma Gandhi. But Gandhi, best known for his technique of non-violent civil resistance, presented a formidable challenge: How to depict the Mahatma, paragon of peace and non-violence, in a visual medium that is notorious for its action and violence? This article examines the relationship between text and image in these comics, and draws upon interviews with authors and artists, to better understand the contested memory of Gandhi in India today as well as the contested concept of non-violence.
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