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Indian theater activists see rise in political risks

Anish Victor performs his play Koogu in Bandra, Mumbai in July 2016. (Photo by Tom Vater)

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI -- "First they come for the movies. Then for the books. Theater will be the last to be hit, but the clamp-down is coming," said Anish Victor, a founder of Rafiki, a theater collective from Bangalore, in India's Karnataka state.

"They constantly test how far they can push their agenda and how much resistance they encounter," Victor said of the Hindu-based Bharatiya Janata Party government that took power in 2014. "It happens in the courts, on the censorship boards. They push their moralistic values to suppress all public means of expression."

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