ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Lata Singh

Bengali Theatre Historiography

communities, it was apprehended, could foster a similar political isolation on community lines that was spelt out in the creation of Pakistan. But the reservations for scheduled castes and tribes were justified as a protective economic measure that would ensure equal opportunities for backward classes. She, thus, argues that the idea of secularism in India has not ensured equal treatment of various communities. The minority religious groups, she argues, have been barred from any claim to inequality in the plea of national integration

1857: Visibilising the 'Other' in History

By bringing the figure of the courtesan into a political space that is denied and invisibilised in the nationalist discourse in its search for respectability, this article attempts to explore the public roles of courtesans. In a play that foregrounds courtesan Azizun Nisa who participated in the 1857 revolt, playwright Tripurari Sharma ruptures the dominant bourgeois discourse. Azizun Nisa is neither the "respectable" mother nor wife, the quintessential inspirational figures in the nationalist discourse. The play disrupts the trope of "mother India" that dominated anti-colonial and middle class nationalist thought.