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Literary Cultures in North East India

The history of a community’s literature has usually been inseparable from the history of the language in which the literature is produced. In North East India, the problem arises in the case of those communities which have a rich and vibrant oral tradition, but no written texts. When writers from these communities adopt a literary language which is alien to their culture, they have to understand the historical conditions that enable them to use that language. The literary cultures in this region have witnessed a gradual shrinking of frontiers from the trans-regional vernaculars to a confined and limited regional space, where atomisation of cultures is more visible than development of cosmopolitan vernaculars.

Indira Goswami: Brave, Gentle and Bold

Indira Goswami, aka Mamoni Raisom, the writer who died on 29 November, will not wield her brave pen again, nor will she gently smile and assert boldly the freedom of herself against all odds, but her phoenix-like ability to reinvent herself, her faith in herself to live life according to her own beliefs and ideals, and her gentle demeanour that endeared her to many, will continue to inspire.

Remembering Thingnam Kishan Singh

This is a tribute to Thingnam Kishan Singh, who is the latest victim of a series of killings perpetrated by militants as well as by the official counterinsurgency forces in Manipur. His death has brought thousands of people, especially mothers into the street for protests against the mass killings. His voice of social commitment is echoed in their protest.

Social Criticism in 19th Century Assamese Writing

Social Criticism in 19th Century Assamese Writing Tilottoma Misra THIS is to clarify a few points about my article (EPW, September 14, 1985) in the light of the comments made on it by Hiren Gohain (EPW, November 30, 1985). I would like to state once more that my article was only a part of a larger work on 19th century Assamese literature. This article, being limited to the analysis of the contents of Orunodoi only, could not take up for discussion the works of the other important Assamese writers of the 19th century like Gunabhiram Barua, Anandaram Dhekiyal Phukan, Hem Chandra Barua and the writers of the 'Jonaki' age. Elsewhere in my work I have made an attempt to study their works and discuss the limitations in their views regarding the Assamese society.

Social Criticism in Nineteenth Century-Assamese Writing-The Orunodoi

Social Criticism in Nineteenth Century Assamese Writing The Orunodoi Tilottoma Misra This paper is part of a larger study of the Assamese literature of the nineteenth century in the light of the Indian Renaissance.

Assam A Colonial Hinterland

Tilottoma Misra This article argues that there has been a systematic exploitation of the rich resources of Assam, before 1947 by the colonial rulers, and since then by the Indian State and Indian capitalists who have continued the colonial tradition. It details some of the features of this exploitation in the extractive industries of oil, tea, jute and forest products.
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