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

Articles By Sajal Nag

Elderly Living Arrangements

The pattern of living arrangements of older adults in North East India is explored. The study is conducted on the basis of the 60th round (2004–05) of the National Sample Survey Office. We observe extreme dissimilarity in the pattern of the elderly living arrangements for the north-eastern states. The demographic variables like age, sex, marital status and number of surviving children become important determinants of the elderly living arrangements.


Nehru and the Nagas: Minority Nationalism and the Post-Colonial State

The Naga problem presented the first major crisis of understanding and the understanding of crisis that confronted the post-colonial Indian state. Nehru believed that maximum autonomy could neutralise sovereignty aspirations but the Naga insistence on independence combined with armed opposition to the Indian state compelled him to send the army and hardened his stance. The non-resolution of the Naga issue made him introspect as to why he was unable to "win them over" and he admitted that he may have erred in his approach. Yet, despite his failure, Nehru's model of dealing with the Nagas has become the standard mode for dealing with minority nationalisms in south Asia.

Modernity and Its Adversaries

In his life, the 19th century poet and litterateur, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, embodied many of the contradictions that are characteristic of a society in transition. In the mid-19th century, many politically conscious Bengalis were aware of the demands made on them and their "moribund" culture by colonialism. Rejuvenating the Bengali culture and language from within or its radical overhaul, as Dutt advocated, was an issue that exercised many.

Two Nations and a Dead Body

The discourse on nationalism has rarely examined the nation-making processes in post-colonial, post-nationalist spaces. Although nation-making in these new states followed the familiar method of "appropriation and application" as in the west, the construction and legitimisation of a separate identity needed an entirely different engagement. This article studies such an endeavour that took place in post-colonial south Asia in the context of the death of a poet. The corpse of the dead poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam, became the contested site by two sovereign nations. The conflict over appropriating Nazrul and his legacy also took place at a crucial political juncture for Bangladesh, as it made the unlikely transition from democracy towards totalitarianism, from secularism to fundamentalism.