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Queering Digital India

Activisms, Identities, Subjectivities

Edited by Rohit K. Dasgupta, Debanuj DasGupta

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The first book to look critically at digital technologies and the role they play within queer lives in contemporary India

This pioneering interdisciplinary collection works across mainstream and alternative spaces such as Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Grindr and gay men’s health websites. These digital platforms are then situated within the contemporary socio-political conjuncture in India, offering a way of understanding queerness and Indian-ness in contemporary India.

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1. Introduction: Queering Digital India
Rohit K. Dasgupta and Debanuj Dasgupta

Part I: Digital Performance and Politics

2. Queering Digital Cultures: A Roundtable Conversation
Niharika Banerjea, Debanuj Dasgupta, Rohit K. Dasgupta, Aniruddha Dutta, Radhika Gajjala, Amit S. Rai and Jack Harrison-Quintana

3. Digital Closets: Postmillenial Representations of Queerness in Kapoor and Sons and Aligarh
Rahul K. Gairola

4. Cruising the Ephemeral Archives of Bangalore's Gay Nightlife
Kareem Khubchandani

Part II: Digital Activism(s) and Advocacy

5. Digitally Untouched: Janana (In) Visibility and the Digital Divide
Ila Nagar

6. Digital Outreach and Sexual Health Advocacy: SAATHII as a Response
Rohit K. Dasgupta

7. The TV9 Sting Operation on PlanetRomeo: Absent Subjects, Digital Privacy and LGBTQ Activism
Pawan Singh

Part III: Digital Intimacies

8. 'Bitch, Don't Be a Lesbian': Selfies and Same-Sex Desire
Sneha Krishnan

9. Disciplining the 'Delinquent': Situating Virtual Intimacies, Bodies, and Pleasures among Friendship Network of Young Men in Kolkata, India
Debanuj Dasgupta

10. Kashmiri Desire and Digital Space: Queering Indian Citizen and National Identity
Inshah Malik


About the Author

Rohit K. Dasgupta is Programme Director and Lecturer in Global Communication and Development at Loughborough University. He is the co-author of Social Media, Sexuality and Sexual Health Advocacy in Kolkata (Bloomsbury, 2017) and co-editor of Friendship as Social Justice Activism (Seagull/Chicago, 2017), Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, Gender and Art (Routledge, 2015) and Masculinity and its Challenges in India (McFarland, 2014).

Debanuj DasGupta is Assistant Professor of Geography, Women’s Gender and Sexuality studies at the University of Connecticut. His research interests are broadly in the areas of feminist geography, transnational migration, international health and South Asia studies. He has published in Contemporary South Asia, Disability Studies Quarterly, SEXUALITIES, and the Scholar & Feminist (S&F Online). Debanuj is a renowned trainer in Gender and International Development, and he regularly writes on gender, sexuality and human rights for international development organisations.


This collection gives voice to the identities, practices and cultures of LGBTQI people living in the world’s biggest democracy, interrogating their engagements and entanglements with digital communication technologies. It provides a critical response to the hegemony of digital scholarship and forces those of us in the West to look beyond our own digital backyards.

- Sharif Mowlabocus, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, University of Sussex

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