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

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A reading of the texts and scriptures of ancient India reveals the limited and confining role prescribed to the mother in a patriarchally organised agricultural society. WS-50 Is there a basic unity of theme and continuity of ideas to be seen in the variety of goddesses which abound in India? WS-58 Motherhood was the most significant emblem, specific to Bengali culture and it offered the kind of roots which the early nationalist needed. But the divisiveness that this ideology implied had far-reaching implications. WS-65 The attempts to invest the maternal body with 'truths' about the meaning of women's existence have been fairly constant in the Tamil cultural ethics and practices and have proved to be a fertile ground for the flourishing of a certain kind of politics, WS-72 Sane Guruji's attitude to motherhood differed from the conventional patriarchal attitude. A reading of his Shyamchi Ai, which has greatly influenced middle class attitudes towards motherhood. WS-95 While the mother in Indian writing in English is eulogised as life giver and nurturer, as individual, as country and as goddess, also revealed is her material powerlessness and the tremendous ideological burden she had to bear. WS-84 Television serials of the epics contain overt subliminal messages which need to be read in the context of the rapidly communalising and violent environment where women have become symbols of culture and tradition and need to be 'protected' with ever increasing force and vigour. WS-103 Petrol Musings Merely raising administered prices of petrol will not alter either domestic demand for petroleum products or their imports. 2373 Caste over Colour Recent events in Karnataka only indicate the extent to which caste groupings hold sway even over political divisions. 2358 Paradigms in Pedagogy In order to effectively confront the existing paradigm of English studies not only must the teaching of non-metropolitan texts be insisted upon, their incorporation into the canon must be resisted by refusing to employ customary ways of reading. 2379 Heavenly Aberrations Calcutta is In a celebratory mood. It accommodates crooks and scallywags; it does sisters of tyranny too. 2349 Uneasy Times India's BoP situation,not as healthy as it was in the 1970s, will suffer further in the current oil crisis. 2356 Through the Atomic Haze Hiroshima/Nagasaki/Dresden illuminate one basic point

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