ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Enigmas of Time

In the form of an intellectual journey at the end of the millennium, this essay traces the enigmas of time through the intersections of culture, history, and politics in the subcontinent. Through improvisations in traditional theatre, where times are at once fluid and interchangeable, and the ecology embedded in ritual cultural practices that ensures their continuity, the essay examines the anti-historical prejudice in colonialist readings of 'Indian time' in juxtaposition with fundamentalist readings of the 'Indian past'. Focusing on the social implications of the 'death of utopia' in the contexts of Kaliyuga and globalisation, the essay offers alternatives to the marketing of memory in Gandhi's affirmation of 'imaginary' villages, Krishnamurti's advocacy of the 'ending of time', and Lohia's envisioning of 'immediacy' in an 'interval during politics'. The essay suggests that a recognition of the mutations of time can begin only through a new alertness to its multiple enigmas.

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