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The Historical Trajectory of Modern Assam

The Quest for Modern Assam: A History, 1942–2000 by Arupjyoti Saikia, New Delhi: Penguin, 2023; pp 852, `1,299.

Intertwining Affect(s) of Sociality

Uneasy Translations: Self, Experience and Indian Literature by Rita Kothari, New Delhi: Bloomsbury, 2022; pp xxix + 193, `1,299.

Rahul Sankrityayan’s Mehrarun ke Durdasa

Rahul Sankrityayan’s Bhojpuri play Mehrarun ke Durdasa is a timeless commentary on the perils of being a woman in the restrictive rural heartland of North India.

Words Matter in Power Politics

The focus on the semantic function that words perform in the public political sphere has become urgent, especially when certain morally offensive and ethically objectionable words find an expression in the language of some political leaders and activists.

‘Study Farsi and Sell Oil’

Focusing on two texts—Ismat Chughtai’s “Dust of the Caravan” and Ashapurna Devi’s The First Promise (Prothom Protishruti in Bengali)—this article studies the mechanism and consequences of Farsi’s loss of administrative signifi cance, consequent interiorisation and “feminisation”—the shift from a masculine to a feminine accomplishment—in light of the 19th-century discourses of home and abroad.

The Urban Non-narrative and an Independent Language of Cinema

The progress of cinema as an art form can be seen through the emergence of an independent language of depicting the urban.

Language as a Space for Scientific Enquiry

Languages that learners bring to school indicate their cognitive potential. Their languages can constitute a space for introducing them to the methods of scientific enquiry. Several other advantages accrue in the process.

Religious Polarisation Outweighs Ethnic Mobilisation

The Assam assembly elections continued the trend towards deepening of religious polarisation in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s alliance strategy helped in retaining its hold over the ethnic base that had shifted to the party in 2016.

Where Boundaries Bleed

Colonialism and Knowledge in Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India edited by Javed Majeed, London and New York: Routledge, 2019; pp 274, £36.99.

Nation and Region in Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India edited by Javed Majeed, London and New York: Routledge, 2019; pp 238, £36.99.


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