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Yaruingam (1960): Revisiting the Assamese Literary Classic and its Idea of People’s Rule

Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya’s novel Yaruingam, written in the 1950s and finally published in 1960, was centred on the Naga movement for self-determination. In the post-colonial period, the novel has often been considered a landmark literary moment of Assamese literature, especially in the writing of political novels. Though focusing on the Naga movement, the novel was also as much about an early postcolonial Assamese literary imagination of “people’s rule.” Today, when questions of identity, democracy, and of the place of people in shaping the sociocultural and political future of North East India have become critical, this article examines how this early postcolonial novel dealt with some of these questions.

A Case for Collaborative Translation of Literary Texts in South Asia

Translation of contemporary works of literature from one South Asian language into another has a great potential for developing a shared understanding of the region’s diverse linguistic cultures. The author shares his experience of translating and editing translations of novels, short stories, poetry, and literary non-fiction from South Asia and elsewhere into Urdu.

Censorship through the Ages

The Writer, the Reader and the State: Literary Censorship in India by Mini Chandran, New Delhi, California, London and Singapore: Sage Publications, 2017; pp xxxv + 191, ` 695.

Past and Present

The Last Hindu Emperor: Prithviraj Chauhan and the Indian Past, 1200–2000 by Cynthia Talbot, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017; pp 316, $99.99.

Capitalism, Empire and Climate

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh, Gurgaon, Haryana: Penguin, 2016; pp 284, ` 399.

Gurdial Singh, Voice ofthe Voiceless

In novel after novel, Gurdial Singh (1933–2016) created sensitive and memorable vignettes of how multiple forms of oppression worked through our social structures, often crippling those who remain trapped within. He won the Jnanpith award for Parsa , the second Punjabi after Amrita Pritam to win the prestigious award. Singh’s work is arguably among the best of world literature.

Women Writing

Storylines: Conversations with Women Writers edited by Ammu Joseph, Vasanth Kannabiran, Ritu Menon, Gouri Salvi, Volga; published by Women’s World(India), Delhi, and Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Hyderabad, 2003; pp 312, Rs 250. Tense Past, Tense Present: Women Writing in English edited by Joel Kurotti; published by Stree, an imprint of Bhatkal and Sen, Kolkata, 2003; pp 235, Rs 450.

Politics of and in Literature

The National Board of Secondary Education has obviously not heard of Premchand and so when it found that a book by him had been prescribed for one of its courses, it promptly had it removed. But when writers are unconcerned about what murky deals are struck in connection with a 'vishwa' conference of and in their own language, they should not be surprised at what has happened to the Premchand text.

The Locations of Hindi

Hindi Nationalism by Alok Rai , Tracts for the Times 13, Orient Longman, Delhi, 2000; pp 138, Rs 150.

The Widow in the Novel

The Hindu Widow in Indian Literature by Rajul Sogani; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2002; pp ix + 265, Rs 525

Emotional World of the Bengal Renaissance

Bengal Renaissance Exploring Emotional History: Gender, Mentality and Literature in the Indian Awakening by Rajat Kanta Ray; Oxford University Press, 2001; pp xii+333, Rs 595.

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