Ankita Rathour

Ankita Rathour is a PhD student at Louisiana State University and has over a decade of teaching experience. From 2013-2014, she was a Fulbright teaching assistant at the University of Hawaii. Her poetry, articles, short stories, interviews have been published widely with Lost Tower Publications, Cyberwit Publications, Kalamos Literary Services, Central Dissent UCO, FeminisminIndia to name a few. Her research is in Bollywood, Crime film and Crime fiction, and Postcolonial Feminist theory.

Why Kangana Ranaut Is No Longer the “Empowered” Woman India Needs

Beware of who you follow, my mother always said, because not everyone has your best interests in mind. I must have forgotten this advice those couple of years when I considered Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut to be a female empowerment idol in India. Anyone who follows Bollywood is aware of the stir that Ranaut caused in the male-dominated film industry. An important one. A long overdue... Continue Reading

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Confessions of a True Crime Addict

It is as if I kill the victim(s) multiple times, especially by not including their side of story and not even considering that the entire crime genre needs to be redefined. There is something universally alluring about crime. Whenever I talk about my research into crime films and fiction, I see eyes light up around me. “Fascinating,” they say. I often become the center of conversation, and... Continue Reading

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Gandhi: Where Do His Values Stand Today?

In modern India, Gandhian values must be replaced with those of other influential people. Being born in India, when first starting to make sense of academia, the first of the names that are heard amongst the plethora of freedom fighters and national heroes is that of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi — also known as Mahatma Gandhi, or Bapu. He is on India's currency notes; buildings and roads... Continue Reading

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