Exotic is a word that carries a wealth of meaning, mostly attractive. However, via a comment on DesiPundit referring to my previous post on the Time cover, I came across this post by Somnath, titled Thematic India, and these words of his caught my eye,
Exoticization is a fragment of a truth feigning to be the whole. It
takes something out of its social, cultural, historical and
civilizational context and presents a fractured reality.
He then goes on discuss the marginalization of the fringe cultures as ‘exotic’ by the dominant mainstream, pointing out how this happens for example to north eastern cultures in India. Well worth the read and something to think about.