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Date(s) - 21/11/2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Seminar Hall



Project title: The Politics of Nationalism in Literary Imagination (1920s -1960s): A Study of Select Hindi Political Novels

Hitendra K Patel

This research seeks to examine the birth, spread and surge of nationalism in India, with all the complications and mutations it brought to the society, as reflected in the novels of five Hindi writers Rahul Sankrityayan (1893-1963)[1], Gurudutt(1894—1989)[2], Bhagwaticharan Verma(1903-1981)[3], Yashpal(1903-1976)[4] and Amritlal Nagar(1916-1990). While the novels were written during the 1940s-60s, the narratives cover a span of nearly a century beginning with the late 19th century. Written with an acute historical awareness, an awareness that they are attempting to write the history of a great civilization in a literary frame, the novels create a site at which narratives of the past, the anxieties about the Raj and concerns of the future are well articulated.
This presentation would be on – The Politics of Hindu Muslim Divide , Partition Violence and the a Critique of ‘anti-Hindu Socialist’ Politics in Gurudutt’s Novels.
Guru Dutt who wrote five political novels between 1942 to 1955 in which he tried to reconstruct the history of the period between 1920 and 1948 in a frame which can be called Hindu national frame. In it, the stories of ‘real nationalism’, ‘anti-Hindu- Socialist’ Gandhian movement, led by Gandhi-Nehru, ‘real Hindu national mobilisation’ through an organisation of committed nationalists -Swarajya Sansthapan Samiti, Partition riots and Post- Partition situations come to us in historic-fantastic narrative.

[Chapter 1 Introduction: Fiction as the Site of History
Chapter 2 The Politics of Nationalism, Ideological Alternatives and the Challenges Before the New Leaders for Making New India in Rahul Sankrityayan ’s Writings
Chapter 3 The Politics of Hindu Muslim Divide , Partition Violence and the a Critique of ‘anti-Hindu Socialist’ Politics in Gurudutt’s Novels
Chapter 4 The Politics, Ideologies, The Communal Divide and the ‘Moral Decline of Indians’ in Bhagwati Charan Verma’s Novels
Chapter 5 The Politicis of Nationalism of Revolutionary Movement, the Left Alternative, Partition and the Critique of ‘Ramrajya’ in Yashpal’s novels
Chapter 6 Birth and Spread of Nationalism in the Middle Class and the Innate Cultural Unity of Indians in Amritlal Nagar’s Novels ]