Indialogs https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs <p>The journal <em>Indialogs, Spanish Journal of India Studies</em> is the first electronic journal in Spain that focuses exclusively on the Indian Subcontinent. The journal covers a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from literature, culture and film to politics, history and environmental studies. Indialogs is an academic journal but one of its goals is to reach out to the general public and encourage a deeper understanding of the richness and diversity of India, its people and its extraordinary history. Our objectives are to promote research on India from a multidisciplinary perspective and strengthen cultural and scientific ties with the subcontinent. 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At once a work of science fiction, a medical mystery, and a history of malaria research, this hybrid novel sets into rivalry India’s old-time wisdom and spirituality against Western science and English colonial presumptuousness, thus advocating transmodernity and the pluriversality put forward by critics such as Rosa María Rodriguez Magda, Enrique Dussel and Walter Mignolo, among others. This paper will analyse the way in which this novel denies the existence of a universal scientific method by deconstructing the certainties of an exclusively rationalist discourse whose discoveries have often gone hand in hand with exploitation, unequal power relations and colonization. Jacques Derrida’s notion of <em>différance</em> and Emmanuel Levinas’s ideas about the ethics of silence and knowledge will also be used to analyse silence as an alternative epistemological framework through which the dominant discourse can be undermined and the subaltern heard, and as a means to make amends for the injustices of the past by reclaiming the histories written by those who were made ‘others’ by the English imperial power.</p> Dolores Herrero Copyright (c) 2023 Dolores Herrero https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-herrero Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 77 Years of the Partition of Bengal in the Liquid Mirrors of Jibanananda Das and Taslima Nasreen https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-oliva <p>This article comparatively studies the images of the Indian Partition of 1947 through several poems by two authors very different from each other in their aesthetics and chronology, but who share several points in common: Jibanananda Das (1899-1954) and Taslima Nasreen (1962 -). Thus, the images of a divided Bengal will be studied, focusing on the sense of place and belonging, the vindicating perception of the territory and, above all, the love for the inhabited landscape. The texts, in this way, make up a specific imaginary that can be analyzed –from the tangible physicality of the new Ecological Materialisms– as a lived, lost and dreamed space, in which epigenetic trauma finds continuous diachronic intertextual dialogues. In a specular and rhizomatic way, the aesthetic discourse of Das and that of Nasreen’s activism draw holistic situations in which Bengal and its inhabitants form a single biological body facing the capricious human cartography that produced the physical Partition of the territory. In this way, both the cumulative porosity of Das’s poetics and the viscosity of Nasreen’s political resistance serve as material filters for the unique description of the anthropogenic breakdown with the biome they inhabit.</p> Juan Ignacio Oliva Cruz Copyright (c) 2024 Juan Ignacio Oliva Cruz https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-oliva Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 The Building of the National Ideal: the Views of J.Nehru and B.R. Ambedkar in Postcolonial India https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-lopez-olivares <p>The present text examines Jawaharlal Nehru's political vision and the national project outlined by Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar in the context of India’s transition from a colonial state to an independent nation. The focus is on ideals of inclusion, as well as the establishment of a constitution reflecting the values of a democratic and free republic. Both leaders advocated for the rights of marginalized castes and the democratization of the country, whether through the idea of scientific development or social inclusion. The nation models advocated by both leaders will be examined and compared, evaluating their influence on the fundamental political principles of the Indian Constitution enacted in 1950 and their relevance in India’s current politics.</p> Lucero Jazmín López Olivares Copyright (c) 2024 Lucero Jazmín López Olivares https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-lopez-olivares Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 Unearthing the Diasporic bhadramahila in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth and Bharati Mukherjee’s Desirable Daughters https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-crespo-gomez <p>This study aims to examine the influence of the <em>bhadramahila</em> construct both in the Bengal colonial context and its reproduction in the imaginary of the Indian American family dynamics. The works under discussion are: Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story anthology <em>Unaccustomed Earth</em> (2008) and Bharati Mukherjee’s novel <em>Desirable Daughters</em> (2002). Both give evidence to the academic discussions on the position of the <em>bhadralok </em>and <em>bhadramahila</em> in Bengal (India) during colonial times, a rare topic in both Lahiri’s and Mukherjee’s stories. The article puts into perspective the making of the “New Woman” in Bengal in the nineteenth century, then moves to the literary section where it analyses how female characters reproduce their cultural baggage in a hybrid setting and deal with inner conflicts, hence inaugurating the figure of the diasporic <em>bhadramahila</em> in the context of the United States.</p> Ana María Crespo Gómez Copyright (c) 2024 Ana María Crespo Gómez https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-crespo-gomez Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 Modernity and Politics: A Study of Cultural Identity in Manipur https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-chaudhry-meitei <p>Cultural identity resonates with the categories of 'personal' and 'social' identity vis-à-vis the ideas of politics and culture. The emergence and evolution of the idea of social identity in any society's political, social, and cultural context are determined by imperialism. This imperialism may come in various forms in the vicinity, even overthrowing one language and culture over dominance. It is evident in the context of Indian history, partly and evidently. However, beyond the proximity of nationhood, few important insights, eras and events that took place in North-East India are so far neglected, especially in Manipur. Concerning this, we explored the role of imperialism in resolving a parcel of conflict on the cultural identity, language as one of the tools, and religion as the basis for cultural divides. In this review, we observed that language had shaped the foundation of historic and cultural identity in Manipur. Secondly, the tussle in religious practices, which<strong>,</strong> in turn<strong>,</strong> becomes a political tool for cultural identity and divides. Thirdly, the rise in the ethnic discontentment of various ethnicities and minorities settling in the State is due to the above two reasons. </p> Ishmeet Kaur Chaudhry, Longjam Loyaangamba Meitei Copyright (c) 2023 Ishmeet Kaur Chaudhry https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-chaudhry-meitei Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 The Other Side of Language, Literature, and Living: A Call to Hedge the Dying Art https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-panda <p>A written document is no longer treated as a piece of literature; rather, readers' needs have surpassed the limits of traditional expectations, beyond the purview of common scrutiny. A piece of writing has become a stale reminder of the time spent; the recurrent images of everyday life and living, the bread and butter of the populace, their anguish and pain, the contours of traditional moorings, nuances and nemesis, rituals and rebuttals clubbed together have become the choice of the present time. The big question, therefore, is to bring in necessary modifications to our notions and approaches towards literature, without which it amounts to infidelity with the readership. The present paper aims to highlight how different elements of behavioural knowledge are intelligibly incorporated in the verses of <em>Ghodanacha</em> and how they influenced the life and living of <em>Kaibartas/Keuts</em> for ages as scriptures of inspiration, encouragement, and discipline. This will connect the art's history, evolution, and current state as it stands at the gateway to its own graveyard.</p> Sachidananda Panda Copyright (c) 2024 Dr. Sachidananda Panda https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-panda Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 Vandana Shiva: Ecofeminist and Pioneer of Ethical Posthumanism https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-nunez-puente <p>Vandana Shiva is among the most well-known ecofeminists in and out of academia. This article will examine the proposals of some of her works—Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development (1988), Ecofeminism (with Maria Mies, 1993), Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace (2005), and Terra Viva: My Life in a Biodiversity of Movements (2022)—together with the principles of ethical posthumanism. As for the latter, I will rely on the writings of Stacy Alaimo, Karen Barad, Jane Bennet, Rosi Braidotti, and Donna Haraway. I will show how Shiva’s ideas both anticipate and dialogue with those of the mentioned authors. Thus, I will assess several issues such as: the criticism of the human/nonhuman hierarchy, especially between privileged and non-privileged women; the ecological wisdom of tribal women; the so-called natural world as an example of ethical relations; the importance of co-operation, care, and love in sustaining life; the agency and subjectivity of the nonhuman; and the interconnectedness between the human and the nonhuman. In all, the paper expects to demonstrate that Shiva’s oeuvre foresees ethical posthumanism.</p> Carolina Núñez-Puente Copyright (c) 2024 Carolina Núñez-Puente https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-nunez-puente Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 Seductions of Writing and Reading https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-draga <p>A review of Rushdie’s Cross-Pollinations by Dana Bădulescu</p> Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru Copyright (c) 2024 Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-draga Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 A Life Uprooted: A Dalit Refugee Remembers. A Tale of Loss and Rehabilitation https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-singh <p>Translation not only connects writers to new readers but also shapes and alters the course of literary history across caste, class and gender boundaries. Translating Dalit writing entails personal and political ramifications. It comes with a set of conflicts - dealing with one’s limitations and restrictions that is the result of a particular kind of upbringing, of one’s caste-based subjectivities and of a carefully constructed cosmopolitan identity that translators translating into English are usually embedded in. The translators are expected to display a deep understanding of their position as translators and the responsibilities they own up to by making an unmistakably political choice. First and foremost a reader, they engage at a visceral level with the narrative of pain and oppression. According to Rita Kothari, translation is one of the many consolidations that show a Dalit subject as an active participant in Indian democracy. The concerns about the authenticity of English as the target language should best be sidestepped as “its ideological potential to "translate" the Dalit life from fatalism to an identity of rights outweighs considerations of its distance from </p> Aparna Singh Copyright (c) 2023 Aparna Singh https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-singh Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200 Ink and Resilience: Understanding Bangla Dalit Narratives https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-singh-2 <p><em>Interviews with Bangla Dalit Authors</em> is a collection of interviews of Bangla Dalit writers conducted by Jaydeep Sarangi. This review is an attempt to read the book as a repository of personal information about the writers; their collective narratives of Dalits in Bengal; and how social changes, historical events, and cultural movements have influenced the Dalit literary movement in Bengal.</p> Ruchi Singh Copyright (c) 2024 Ruchi Singh https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://revistes.uab.cat/indialogs/article/view/v11-singh-2 Mon, 15 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200