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    Writing on the Wall and our Shortsightedness

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    The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, which brought the issue of pesticides to the center stage is dedicated to Albert Schweitzer, who said, “Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the Earth”. This paper will try to understand and analyse our position with regard to the prediction made by Albert Schweitzer. Are we still moving in the same direction of self-destruction or have we regained our capacity to foresee and forestall? Man’s interaction with nature has altered it in very significant ways which in turn has been affecting the life of man in unpredictable ways.  The way forward is from adverse Anthropocene to conscious Anthropocene. Shankar’s 2018 release, Akshay Kumar and Rajnikanth starrer 2.0 warn us about the problems of radiation which will wipe away the birds from Earth before us going the same way. How the overcrowded telephone network towers and the radiation from them will wreak havoc, if not checked right away is the point of discussion in the movie. 2016 release Remo D’ Souza’s A flying Jatt, starring Tiger Shroff also speaks of the impending doom if we do not manage our waste properly. The pollutants which we are releasing generously into the environment are nothing but our own suicide in installments. The writing has been on the wall for long. Poornachandra Tejaswi in his novel Chidambara Rahasya depicts the picture of a society which ignores this writing on the wall for short term gains and this shortsightedness results in the destruction of nature, culture and the life as we know. This paper intends to study the equation between man and nature as depicted in the above mentioned movies and literature

    Caste and Gender: A Study of Dalit Feminism

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    Indian Social systems are characterized and operated through Caste which marks the graded inequality on a vertical ladder resulting out of the Hindu Social Framework with Brahmins being positioned at Top and Shudras, Untouchables at the bottom. Brahmins enjoyed their dominion over knowledge structure which gave them a superior position in the society, while the ones at the bottom (broadly Dalits) are the most suffered since they did not have access to education. In the post-independence with the constitutional frameworks being in place Dalits started acquiring Education. Thus their articulations have come in to being, at first through prose and poetry, later emerged in to a strong base for what is broadly termed as Dalit Literature

    The Ideal of Democracy is distorted in Naipaul’s The Suffrage of Elvira

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    Democracy it’s a beautiful concept, where Equality, Freedom, Justice provided to the people of all strata of society irrespective of caste, creed, gender etc. Actually Democratic form of system is very ideal for administrative point of view.  There are equal opportunities for all sorts of people to participate in the formation of government and equal responsibility while framing rules and regulations as well.  Both the people and the elected representatives failed completely to uphold the very basic objectives of democracy.  And this is nothing but the murder of Democracy. Because in Democratic form of system everything should be transparent but whereas for as third world countries are concerned, no transparencies only corrupted administrative officials, corrupted representative and the people too.  This leads to the distortion of the ideal of the Democracy.  Abraham Lincoln says about Democracy “of the people, by the people and for the people”.  But the present scenario reconstitutes the statement “of the money, by the money and for the money”. Hence in this article Naipaul’s The suffrage of Elvira will be discussed

    Amitav Ghosh’ Shadow Lines: Mapping Cross Border Identity

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    The Shadow Lines (1988) is a historical novel by Amitav Ghosh that focuses on the national and geographical boundaries that alienate individuals. The book also depicts the violence that erupted in 1964. The title “The Shadow Lines” has multiple layers of meanings; it does not only relate to international boundaries. Ghosh’s choice of the title implies that the boundaries that divide people are just ‘shadows’. Those borders are nothing but artificial and fictitious lines drawn by people from power centre. Ghosh emphasises arbitrary nature of such geographic demarcations. This paper tends to identify the identity of people who did cross geographical borders forcefully or voluntarily and how memory and nostalgia loom large upon them

    Cross-Cultural Conflict and Pursuit of Identity in Ameen Rihani’s The Book of Khalid

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    Multiculturalism is an outcome of developing global culture emanating from ceaseless flow of people between nations and intercultural interactions. Crossing the borders results in psychological transformation of the immigrants as their ethnic identity shaped by social, religious, historical and political forces over decades is in continual flux. Though different kinds of responses to the situation of cultural multiplicity may be diagnosed, the fact remains that there are no simplistic ways of dealing with or responding to multiculturalism. The immigrants face cultural clash and find difficulties in acculturating. When the immigrants come to install in another country, they are accosted with a new culture, a new statute and a reserved group of people who do not mix so very easily. Everyone does not have the capacity to adjust their feelings and mind. They form a community of diaspora who are always reminded of their roots in an alien land. The impact of diasporic experiences on immigrants’ psyche depends on their level of belonging in an alien land. Ameen Rihani’s odyssey from Lebanon to United States gives him a cutting edge over his contemporaries to be established as most revered author of Arabs diaspora abroad. Rihani, molded and transformed by the cultures of his countries of origin, movement and settlement, has been earnestly engaged in re-conceptualizing the idea of diaspora as a profitable affair as opposed to the popular beliefs that render immigration and displacement as a condition of loss. His novels are bulging with different protagonists of staunch spirit and calibrating credence who win the tussle with cultural conflict and in the process evolve and finally lost. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how Rihani’s protagonist  Khalid in his novel of the same name evolves with cultural changes, endeavors for pursuit of identity in both origin and adopted worlds and finally takes control of his destiny

    The Calcutta Chromosome: Mystery of the Discovery

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    Studious investigation of the socio-cultural ethos in the selected novels is discussed systematically listing the novel in order of their publication. While discussing the main issue of the research, objectives of the study are always kept in mind to present the study methodically and limited by including only those issues that the present scholar aims to highlight. As any work of great significance contains multiple meanings and it is not at all possible to cover all those in single work of analysis. Thus a sincere attempt is made to present studied opinions on the selected issue of the study

    Allegorical Interpretation of Salman Rushdie’s Shame

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    Allegory is a notable element in the literature. It is a story in verse or prose with double meaning: a surface meaning and hidden meaning. It is a story that can be read, understood and interpreted at two levels. In this research paper, I will try to find out allegorical elements in Salman Rushdie’s Shame. Salman Rushdie is an Indian novelist. His is a big name in the field of postcolonialism. He is also known for his inventive ideas and technical mastery. The article will focus upon the characters of this novel and will try to locate the situations where Rushdie has used the allegorical elements

    The Proliferation of Gandhian Impact on the Deep Interiors of South India in Raja Rao's Kanthapura

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    Gandhian ideology is rooted in the everlasting human values handed down to us over centuries such as truth, non-violence, righteousness, tolerance and love. Gandhi only reiterated these values taught by Upanishads, the Buddha and the Gita. Gandhian ideology also corresponds a number of contemporary issues like rural poverty, untouchability, plight of women and communal violence. Gandhian thought engineered a mass-based social and political revolution in India. Gandhian movements made an extraordinarily deep impact on literacy writers of Indian writing in English. It provided the writers, for the first time, a vision of a society on the move towards socio-economic reconstruction and political independence. Spiritually and intellectually, it instigated them to seek a new identity: a sensitive blend of the traditional and the modern. This revealed itself in the emergence of a number of Indian Novelist in English

    Print Media and Textual Analysis of Muslim Women Writers

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    The twentieth first century is the hub of social media and the present generation is the part of global civilization. The present civilization and global togetherness is due to the print and social media of today. The transitional scenario of world is tied with each other and nobody is out of this umbrella. People throughout the world can express their views and can contribute to the outside world by means of different tools. This research paper is an attempt to analyses the texts of Muslim women through the lens of current media available to them. They have adopted different media to express their concerns and to present their male structured society. The aim of this paper is to prove that the recent trends of media are very helpful to the oppressed community against the oppressors in the Muslim dominant societies. The writers expressed their concerns through their texts and through other sources of media. The present society is very much linked with social media so nobody is spare. The Muslim women have chosen different ways for voicing out loudly through different sources of media. The most relevant and effective means of communication is the literature through which they have depicted the composite structure of community. This is an effort to bring the real and contemporary issues of Muslim women into the light of debate and discussions

    An Exploration of the Self in Hermann Hesses’ Greatest Work: Steppenwolf

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    The exploration of the self lies at the heart of a majority of Hermann Hesses’ works and it gain him recognition worldwide. He believes that the individual search for ultimate truth lies in the fate of man in a sordid world. As a German writer, his characters represent the significance and importance of the ‘self’ thereby relating it to the reality and existence of human beings in general. This paper attempts to study Hermann Hesses’ greatest work Steppenwolf in light of the significance and importance of the self in bringing about a change and renewal in the fate of man in this modern world. At the same time an attempt will be made to demonstrate Hesses’ ability to reveal the search for ‘oneness’ within the self which is basically the central theme in all of the author’s work
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