Three representatives from the English department of Salesian College of Higher Education, Dimapur participated in the National Seminar on ‘Indian Postcolonial Writing in English’ on 7th to 8th of June 2017 at Don Bosco College Jollang, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. The representatives were A.S. Roviso 5th Sem., Michael Teron 5th Sem., and Isaiah Newme 3rd Sem. The event was organized by the English Department of the college in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society.
The two long sessions began after Dr. Fr. R. K. Guangdiat Nicolas, Principal of the College felicitated the Chief Guest, Padmashree Adwardee Mamang Dai. Mamang, a prominent writer from the state, exalted the participants to have “imagination with love and empathy”. He further said: “As a writer you represent your whole background.”
Some of the eminent personalities present for the occasion along with the chief guest and the principal include Dr.Miazi Hazan, General Secretary Arunachal Pradesh Literary society, Asst. Professor, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) dept. of English and Mr. Taw Azu along with many scholars.
Seventeen topics were presented by nineteenth individuals. The novels were mostly authored by an Indians. ‘Stupid Cupid’ by Mamang Dai a prominent voice in North East literature reflects the emancipation of women from North East India. The author tries to bridge the gap that makes transition from traditional mode of life to the modern.
An explorative examination of socio-economic and political Trauma of partition in Bapsi Sidhwa’s ‘The Ice- Candy Man’, the Colonization of India in the hands of the British imperialism was long and stifling experience. The trauma and horror of this bleak phase is successfully portrayed in “The Ice – candy Man”.
Identity and cultural conflicts are portrayed in Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘The Namesake’ (2003). She derived the theme for ‘The Namesake’ from her own experience and observation of having seen her Bengali parents nostalgic and longing for returning to Kolkata to reunite with relatives. Thus, Lahiri explores the inner psyche, identity crisis, sense of belongingness, loneliness, alienation, the clash of cultures etc. in her Novel.
Another interesting paper was “The Postcolonial Cricket”. Mr. Saurav Mitra presented cricket from the point of view of postcolonial theory, mainly focusing on the theories propounded by Frantz Fanon, Edward Said, Homi.K. Bhaba and Michael Foucault. He also stressed on the shift in the power equation from England and Australia to the rise of BCCI.
Other paper includes like that of V.S Naipaul’s ‘A House for Mr.Biswas’, Vikram Seth’s ‘The Elephant and The Tragopan’. Kiran Desai’s ‘The Inheritance of Loss’. Stuart Clackburn’s‘ Into the Hidden Balley’, Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Shadow Lines’. And Malsawmi Jacob’s ‘Zorami: A Redemption Song’ etc.
Thus, the National Seminar on “Indian Postcolonial writing in English” came to a halt with the valedictory session and distribution of the certificates. The college representatives on the National Seminar on “Indian Postcolonial writing in English” placed on record, Dr.Fr. Policarp Xalxo, Principal of Salesian College for taking this bold initiative towards new learning and exposure. Our special gratitude goes to Miss Mary Lophro the H.O.D English department, to Miss Vitseno and to all teaching faculties, along with the other literature students for supporting us morally during the Seminar.
Enoch 5th Sem.