TAPSA: "Region, Indigeneity, Development: The Politics of Environment in the Hindi Novel"

The state of Jharkhand was constituted in 2000 after a long political struggle that highlighted regional underdevelopment and a distinct Jharkhandi culture. The political claim to statehood was also coupled with a long history of adivasi resistance to the colonial and postcolonial state. The paper looks at the Hindi fiction in the aftermath of state formation from the prism of new struggles over natural resources and infrastructural development. I discuss how contemporary Hindi writers from Jharkhand represent adivasi cosmologies and mythology as a response to widespread environmental degradation of the region.

Presented by Joya John, doctoral candidate in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 5:00pm
Foster 103