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    Veins of poison: intersections of green criminology, environmental justice, and toxicity in Ambikasutan Mangad’s Swarga

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    In this anthropocentric era, toxicity has become inseparable from ecocritical and environmental discourse. All of Life is contaminated by toxic agencies, affecting natural resources, humans and non-humans. Green Criminology as a study considers such contamination a criminal act, as it also incorporates disciplines like Environmental justice and rights to raise concerns for the environment and find solutions that would eradicate such acts of environmental 'violence'. This article establishes that fiction is a medium to unearth this crime committed against the earth, relaying Environmental rights and justice as it remains closely intertwined with human and non-human lives. Arguing that novels allow deeper introspection into environmental violence from a cultural and personal perspective, the article explores this intersection of green crime, environmental and human rights, toxicity and awareness through Ambikasutan Mangad's novel Swarga, deploying how narratives of victims and descriptions of the land and faith add to conversations of criminology, aiding the enforcement of environmental justice

    Green shadows: exploring tropes of ecophobia in jean rhys’ wide sargasso sea

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    E. O. Wilson commented that phobia is not innately present but acquired. The article highlights how the fear of nature shapes the cultural and social behaviours of Man. Wide Sargasso Sea, written by Jean Rhys, primarily portrayed as a postcolonial response to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, is replete with gothic imagery. Fear and anxiety of nature are commonly found as the centre of Gothicised texts throughout literary history, wreathing concerns of ecophobia, a term used by Simon Estok to define this irrational traumatic response to the natural. The article aims to explore tropes of ecophobia, fear of nature, through the two main protagonists of the novel- Rochester and Antoinette. The EcoGothic reverberations in the text highlight intersections between the biophilic human psyche and the contrasting colonial upbringing that develop into an aversion towards Nature and its subjects. The article draws from concepts of colonialism and Gothic shifting focus towards EcoGothic, ensuing the ecological destruction. Further, it discusses tropes of ecophobia which is also a trajectory of the related aversion to otherness. Ecophobic tendencies tune themselves into destruction, manipulation and domination, hastening climate degradation. The world in contemporary times suffers from anxiety related to the altering changes in the environment, and the article attempts to briefly decode the reasons for this disconnect while also putting the theories of ecophobia at the forefront in attempt to re-analyse postcolonial texts

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    Not AvailableCorn planthopper, Peregrinus maidis (Ashmead) infestation is attaining greater significance in sweet sorghum in view of its direct damage to quality and quantity of plant biomass and indirectly as a vector of several viral diseases. Eight sweet sorghum genotypes were evaluated for their reaction to planthopper infestation. Significantly low population colonization of adults and nymphs was recorded on all genotypes tested except SSV 84 and NSS 208 at 30 and 45 days. Observations recorded at 75 days showed significantly less plant damage on RSSV 09 and NSS 04, while it was high in SSV 84, BJ 248, NSS 208 and Wray. Comparison of biochemical constituents of juice estimated from infested and uninfested genotypes prior to harvest revealed that there was significant reduction of brix, sucrose and total sugars in NSS 208 and SSV 84. The corn planthopper damage expressed induction of chemical constituents in certain sweet sorghum genotypes such as NSS 04, NSS 208, and BJ 248 for reducing sugars; RSSV 09 and Madhura for total sugars and RSSV 09 for sucrose. The genotype RSSV 09 was found stable for sugar content despite being infested by the corn planthopper. The possible mechanisms of host plant resistance for population colonization were discussed.Not Availabl
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