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Surveillance and the student

Government policing of young women’s politics

This chapter examines the moral policing of the cultural politics of young people in contemporary India. It proposes that a biocultural metrics evolves in the process of surveilling young peoples’ bodies, their comportment and corporeal styles, which then identify them as anti-national or exhibiting ‘unIndian’ culture. It suggests that such a biocultural metrics has begun to redefine public space, indeed, the very idea of ‘public’ in India. Such surveillance then results in signification spirals with amplified meanings of youth cultural practices, leading, finally, to civilising offensives against them.