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

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Marathi Literature since Independence-Some Pleasures and Displeasures

Some Pleasures and Displeasures G P Deshpande The literary history project in Marathi has remained unmindful of the polarities, internal contradictions and tensions which seem to have dominated both the literary discourse and literary production in Marathi since the 13th century. Romantic reconstruction of India, uncritically appropriated and internalised by our anti-imperialist elite, has marked and also marred the project of literary' history of our country. The history of post-war Marathi writing begins with a watershed in Maharashtrian cultural history, beginning with anti-brahmin riots following M K Gandhi's assassination and ending with Second Five-Year Plan of Nehruvian social welfare-oriented capitalism. It signified a movement towards urbanisation, the full implications of which did not become apparent for a good decade after this period.

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