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Introduction

ByNIKITA DHAWAN, ANTKE ENGEL, JULE JAKOB GOVRIN,

This chapter analyses whether queer desire has been liberated from the post-colonial closet and, if so, how the processes of the market and law have been implicated in bringing about the emergence and legibility of queer desire. Within postcolonial India, sexuality and sexual desire have always been a site of cultural contests. The chapter discusses the various discursive framings of counter-heteronormative unruly desires in postcolonial India, through a distinct set of terms: LGBT, queer, and sexual subaltern. Secondly, the proliferation of homoerotic imagery, sexual representations, and sex talk that has occurred with the opening up of the market and through counter-heteronormative desire in postcolonial India. Finally, some of the contradictory results produced in the sexual subjects engagements with the market and law. The terms 'queer' and 'sexual subaltern' offers possibilities for framing desire in ways that are provocative and disruptive, while also complicating the understandings of justice beyond a pursuit of more law and more rights for sexual minorities.