"The Other India: Terror, Communalism and Violence"

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Om Dwivedi, Lovely Profeesional University
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"The Other India: Terror, Communalism and Violence"

Terror, communalism and violence have been recurrent bloody processes in the history of both colonial and post-colonial India. These piercing processes possess an inherent capacity of cleaving the individual's self-perception into two halves – the Self and the Other. Ostensibly, in this creation of the Other there is a continual denial of allowing the Other to relate to the Self and, sometimes at the same time, a tendency to cast the Self and the Other as simplified opposites of each other. Because there is a denial, there exist repercussions of flagrant contestations, which inevitably dismantle the peace and the dream of a utopian world. Unfortunately, these acts of terror and communal violence have always been undergirded and nourished by state-sponsored agencies, which further subvert and blur the concept of democracy, human rights, and equality in India. In fact, Gyanendra Pandey, a famous historian, contends that 'communalism' in India 'appeared as a great political threat, the most obvious source of danger for the advancing cause of nationalism'. Be it the 1905 partition of Bengal, the 1932 Kanpur riot, the 1947 historical partition of India, the 1984 Massacre of Sikhs, the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya, the 2002 Godhra riot in Gujarat or the latest terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008: the one commonality which underpins them is the delirious role of damned political activists and religious fanatics. If colonial India was whipped by the demonic policies of British administration, then in post-colonial India, it is the political activists and religious fundamentalists who have undertaken the task of British legacy.
The present volume seeks to address itself to the issues raised above. The essays in this volume deal with Indian English literature and Bollywood movies which contain (c)overt themes of terror, communalism and violence. The following issues need to be examined threadbare:
a. Which is the real India? Is it the secular India or the communal India? Has 'Indianness' become a problematic term?
b. India is a land of obstreperous cultural diversity, then, why is it that these cultures do not operate as a cohesive unit? Is it the unity in diversity or the diversity torn apart that proliferate communal tensions?
c. What role does terror, violence and communalism play in Indian English literature and films? Does the representation of these themes help, in any way, to curb the bloody processes? What kind of India does colonial as well as post-colonial Indian English literature and Bollywood films represent?
d. Apart from the sources of terror and communal violence mentioned above, what, if any, are the other sources that create tensions?
e. What are the different ways of experiencing these shots of terrorism and communal violence among different castes, classes and genders?
f. How far partition and violence are represented in Indian English literature and Bollywood movies?

The book is designed as a critical handbook to be used by academicians and scholars as well as anyone interested in Indian novels in English and Bollywood movies.

Length: 4000-7000 words, including notes, prepared in accordance with MLA style.

Abstract deadline: 30th November, 2010. Length of abstracts: 200-250 words.

Full paper deadline: 30th November, 2011.