Nibir K. Ghosh

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Remarkings by Nibir K. GhoshRe-Markings, a refereed international biannual journal of
English Letters aims at providing a healthy forum for scholarly
and authoritative views on broad socio-political and cultural issues
of human import as evidenced in literature, art, television, cinema and
journalism with special emphasis on New Literatures in English including translations and creative excursions.

     

     

 

Charles Johnson: Embracing the WorldCharles Johnson: Embracing the World was formally launched in the inaugural ceremony of the International Conference on Negotiating Margins: African American and Dalit Writings organized by Osmania University Centre for International Programmes (OUCIP), Hyderabad in collaboration with ICSSR, New Delhi from 17-19 December 2012.
The accompanying photograph lucidly captures the memorable moment. (L to R): Prof. Sumita Roy (Director OUCIP), Prof. S. Satyanarayana (Vice Chancellor, Osmania University, Hyderabad), Prof. Nibir K. Ghosh, Prof. Jane Schukoske &Prof. A Karunaker (Jt-Director, OUCIP).
Prof. S. Satyanarayana as Chief Guest said: The Editorial collaboration between two writers – Nibir K. Ghosh and Ethelbert Miller – separated in terms of geographical distance by half the world augurs well in bringing two principal democracies together. The theme of the seminar is of utmost relevance in the context of the dichotomy and ambivalence that surrounds the society and polity of the two major democracies in the globe we inhabit. Writings grounded in pain and suffering that emanate from prejudice and discrimination on lines of colour and caste have come to occupy centre-stage in modern socio-political discourse. I am optimistic that this event will generate sweetness and light in ample measure and bring closer writers, academics and scholars from different parts of the world in a spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
Prof. Jane E. Schukoske, the Keynote speaker at the conference, said that the book’s effort in putting together contributions on the life and works of Charles Johnson is a grand tribute to the African American legend.
Dr. Nibir K. Ghosh delivered the Inaugural Address as Guest of Honour. Highlighting the power of words in negotiating margins, he cited the instances of numerous writers and activists from the African American and Dalit pantheon and stated: “In Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, the Statue of Liberty is shown to be lost in the fog. With Obama’s resounding second victory the Statue of Liberty has become increasingly more visible and writers may not find it imperative anymore to append to their works titles like “Invisible Man,” “No Name in the Street” or “Nobody Knows My Name.” The presence in our midst of celebrity African American and Dalit writers and scholars, ought to convince us how the margins are being redrawn in remaking the world where the line of distinction between “our” sorrows and “theirs” as pointed out in the poem by Waharu Sonavane:

We did not go on to the stage,
Neither were we called.
We were shown our places,
told to sit.
But they, sitting on the stage,
went on telling us of our sorrows,
our sorrows remained ours,

they never became theirs.

He concluded by expressing the hope that the conference would prove to be of tremendous significance not only for people of every colour in the U.S. but for people of all castes in India.

Excerpts from messages sent by Charles Johnson and Ethelbert Miller:

“I'm delighted the festshrift book you and Ethelbert did will be formally launched at the "Negotiating Margins" conference. Negotiating Margins: African American and Dalit Writings is a long-overdue conference of tremendous historical and international importance. In 1959, Martin Luther King Jr. visited India as a guest of the Gandhi Peace Foundation and met with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. "To other countries I may go as a tourist," said King, "but to India I come as a pilgrim." He was inspired by his trip to India, personally renewed in his spiritual practice, and saw his connection to the Dalit people when at one event he was introduced, somewhat to his surprise, as an Untouchable from America. Immediately, he understood that the various meanings for the Hindi word dalita---"driven or torn asunder," "broken," "crushed," "destroyed," "oppressed"---applied equally to black Americans after the experience of slavery and during the era of racial segregation and disenfranchisement in the United States. This conference, then, opens the door for a crucial conversation (one both political and spiritual) and seminal scholarship devoted to two groups separated by great physical distance but united in their similar experiences of being social pariahs in the West and East. And as with so many other things during its long history, it is not at all surprising that India is at the forefront for opening the door onto this specific awakening.” - Charles Johnson.

“A successful conference consists not only of scholars exchanging ideas but also of laying the foundation for the creation of maps and blueprints. If we are indeed living inside a World House as Martin Luther King, Jr. mentioned in his last book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?  then we have a responsibility to prevent groups and individuals from being marginalized. The study of comparative literature should be seen as essential in the 21st century as taking steps to protect ourselves from global warming, religious strife and nuclear war. When people place emphasis on similarities instead of differences remarkable things can occur. This December gathering “constructs” a cultural bridge between people separated by distance as well as language.  In the world of ideas the rivers always flow, the mountains rejoice and the valleys retain their memories. The International Conference on Negotiating Margins: African American and Dalit Writings should be a reason for celebration. History today turns to touch those once defined as untouchables and the world turns. This marks the dawn of change. When dusk comes it will be dark like us. Oh, the night will be beautiful for the stars will shine and the “new spirituals” will be sung by people who have been given back their voice. I congratulate Professor Sumita Roy and Professor A. Karunaker of OUCIP and Nibir K. Ghosh for making it possible for scholars from different parts of the globe to share their views on a subject of universal relevance. I am also delighted to know that that the conference has on its agenda the launch of Charles Johnson: Embracing the World, the book that I had the pleasure of editing with Nibir K. Ghosh. Throughout the movie The Book of Eli the actor Denzel Washington portrays a man protecting a book; by the end of the movie we understand the importance of his actions as well as the significance of the text. Charles Johnson: Embracing the World is a book we should all cherish. It highlights the work of a writer whose contributions are essential for living and understanding reality. One is forever grateful that this man’s vision embraces our world. There are no borders or boundaries to beauty. Charles Johnson in this book reveals the lotus in his heart. We are all capable of becoming better human beings because of it. -- E. Ethelbert Miller.

Charles Johnson: Embracing the World Nibir K. Ghosh E. Ethelbert MillerNibir K. Ghosh & E. Ethelbert Miller (Ed).
Charles Johnson: Embracing the World
New Delhi: Authorspress, 2011
ISBN 9788172735654

Rs. 825.

Why another book about Charles Johnson and his work?
Johnson extends the African American literary tradition by pushing and pulling us beyond the work of Toomer, Wright and Ellison; three writers that provide him with a lineage. In many ways Charles Johnson is our Marco Polo. His books open the door to the East. To a new generation he is well known for his Buddhist writings in popular journals. Even before the election of President Barack Obama, Johnson was asking serious questions about race. If anyone can talk about the future of America, he can. His work upholds a moral and philosophical worldview. In The Middle Passage the question is, where is home?  In Dreamer the central discussion is “how do you end evil without engendering new evil?  In these times of what I consider to be literary pork, it’s refreshing to find someone willing to craft and tell a good story. The work of Charles Johnson requires heavy lifting by our minds. His novels, stories and essays are healthy for us. Charles Johnson lives in Seattle. He has many friends. He is a good man. These three simple sentences are the foundation on which one could write a book. The complexity of the human spirit requires genius to make sense of what we do. Johnson is our laughing Buddha, a man with gray hair and a crown of wisdom. He is a man on “the path” teaching us to follow, if we take the time and wish to understand the way.
The erudite articles, insightful essays, vibrant poems and stories, glowing tributes and animate interviews in this memorable volume not only address multifarious dimensions of the Charles Johnson canon but also bring into bold relief the magnetic appeal of a veritable activist relentlessly engaged in making the world a better place to live in. Also included in this volume are essays and stories by Charles Johnson that illumine variant issues and concerns ranging from the ambivalence of the American Dilemma to delineating the meaning of Barack Obama, besides displaying his innate ability to contend with conflicting forces by celebrating life in the manner of Buddha, Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. If Johnson admires America for being the great country where “passions define possibilities” and where “no individual or group, white or black, could tell me not to dream,” he is no less enamoured by India: “its beauty, antiquity, breath-taking art and remarkable people, the peace I feel instantly when my mind drifts to the Buddhist Dharma or Hinduism, that great democracy of Being.” Johnson combines philosophy and folklore, martial art and Buddhism, to offer incisive insights into the new frontiers of the African American experience that calls for an amalgamation of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural perspectives. This anthology lucidly showcases the life and work of an authentic cultural ambassador who, with an intense feeling of metta towards all sentient beings, is in perpetual readiness to embrace the world in both flesh and spirit.

Contents

Introduction - Nibir K. Ghosh; Who Turns The Wheel? - E. Ethelbert Miller; Tribute to Charles Johnson - Gary Storhoff; The Role of the Black Intellectual in the Twenty-first Century - Charles Johnson; The Threads That Connect Us:  An Interview with Charles Johnson - Geffrey Michael Davis;Waking Cain: The Poetics of Integration in Charles Johnson’s Dreamer - John Whalen-Bridge; The End of the Black American Narrative - SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "The End of the Black American Narrative", url: "http://www.theamericanscholar.org/the-end-of-the-black-american-narrative/" }); Charles Johnson; Master-Slave Dialectics in Charles Johnson’s “The Education of Mingo” - Linda Furgerson Selzer; To Transcribe and Transfigure: An Interview with Charles Johnson - Shayla Hawkins;Four Years of Adventure - Charles Johnson; A Tribute to Charles Johnson, Teacher of Writers - Marc C. Conner; Walking Meditation: Sangha on Unbound Pages - Sharyn Skeeter; The Meaning of Barack Obama - Charles Johnson; Philosophy, Perception, Buddhism and Literary Art as Language Performance: A Conversation with Charles Johnson - Adam Tolbert; The World, the Desert and the Allmuseri God - Aurélie Bayre; Kala Pani (The Black Water) - Shayla Hawkins; Holding onto Truth: Gandhi and King Jr. - Charles Johnson; The Manichean Divide and Ontological Truncation: Charles Johnson on the “Black-as-Body” - George Yancy; Literary Mentors and Friends: An Interview with Charles Johnson - Zachary Watterson; The Game - Michael Boylan; Kamadhatu, A Modern Sutra - Charles Johnson; Charles Johnson: Philosopher, Writer and Friend - Richard E. Hart, Contemplations - Robert E. Abrams; The Elusive Art of “Mindfulness” - Charles Johnson; Cartoons, the Dharma and Kung Fu: Conversation with Charles Johnson - Chris Thomson; The Black American Narrative Continued - John B. Parks; Breathing Room - Julia A. Galbus; Remembering Charles Johnson - Sunita Rani Ghosh; He Giveth of Himself Endlessly - John Whalen-Bridge; Narrative of Color in Black and White: Conversation with Charles Johnson - Nibir K. Ghosh; Poems in Honor of Charles Johnson - David Ray.

Book Review: Philosophy Matters – Review of Charles Johnson: The Novelist as Philosopher - Ashraf  H.A. Rushdy; Contextualising Charles Johnson – Review of Charles Johnson in Context - Marc C. Conner; Middle Passages: Charles Johnson and the Raft of Dhamma – Review of Charles Johnson’s Middle Passage - Qiana J. Whitted; Afterword: Charles Johnson’s Quest for a New African American Narrative and His Literary Genealogy - Amritjit Singh. Appendix - Charles Johnson – Condensed Biography

Charles Johnson: Embracing the World Nibir K. Ghosh E. Ethelbert MillerNibir K. Ghosh
Rabindranath Tagore: The Living Presence
New Delhi: Authorspress, 2011
ISBN 9788172736491. Rs. 850.

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In this engaging anthology, poets, writers, critics, social activists, academics and scholars from various parts of the globe share their appreciation and insightful understanding of the life and work of Tagore and illumine how the fragrance of his living presence crowns the infinity of his kaleidoscopic creations. Through insightful evaluation of songs, stories, novels, plays, articles, literary criticism, memoirs, dance-dramas, books for children, philosophical treatises, travelogues and the like, the essays in this volume bring into bold relief the colourful shades and nuances of Tagore’s multidimensional genius: his boundless aspiration for the expansion of the human spirit, his ability to transcend borders and boundaries, his multicultural concern, his patriotism, his stellar role as an ambassador of universal human understanding, his lyrical exposition of those living on the margins – the poor, the oppressed, the women etc., his recognition of the world not merely as a storehouse of power but as a habitation of man's spirit, his genius in setting to music dimensions of human versatility in a style that is both timeless and universal. While the many deliberations in this book bring to light issues and concerns universal to mankind, a unique feature of this anthology is the intimate touch of endearment that most contributors have displayed in revealing their esteem for Tagore.

Contents

IPreface. 1. Rabindranath Tagore: The Living Presence – Nibir K. Ghosh. 2. The Spirit of Tagore – David Ray. 3. The Poetry of Rabindranath Tagore – Shanta Acharya. 4. Religious Experience as Drama: The King of the Dark Chamber – Basavaraj Naikar. 5. Rabindranath Tagore: A Tribute – S. Ramaswamy. 6. Poetic Justice – Siddharthya Roy. 7. Tagore’s Santiniketan – Debarati Bandyopadhyay. 8. Religion and Politics in the Plays of Rabindranath Tagore – Mukesh Ranjan Verma. 9. Literature and Film: Satyajit Ray’s Cinematic Rendition of Tagore’s Novels – Nashtanir and Ghare Baire – Anuradha Sen. 10. The Abyss of Nationalism: Tagore’s Critique – Prasenjit Biswas.11. From Micro-Humanism to Macro-Humanism: Tagore’s Legacy – Tanutrushna Panigrahi. 12. Call of the Forest: Tagore’s Theory of Education through His Seasonal Plays – Sudeshna Majumdar. 13. Orientalism Revisited: A Postcolonial Perspective on Tagore – Divyajyoti Singh. 14. Conflict between Bondage and Liberation in Tagore’s Muktadhara – Basavaraj Naikar. 15. Eco-centric Concerns in the Poems of Tagore – Kalpana Purohit. 16. Triumph of Humanism over Industrialism and Superstition: A Study of Rabindranath Tagore's Red Oleanders and Sacrifice – Arpita Ghosh. 17. Rabindra Nath Tagore: An Exponent of Humanism – Madhabi Sen. 18. Rabindranath Tagore: The First Global Citizen – Sandhya Tiwari. 19. Environment and Marginalized Existence in Tagore’s Works – Debarati Bandyopadhyay. 20. Tagore: A Living Manabasatya – Monali Bhattacharya. 21. To Dwell in the Land of Perfect Bliss: The Maternal Figure in Select Poems of Rabindranath Tagore – Raichel M. Sylus. 22. Nation and Nationalism in the Poems of Tagore – Divya Walia and Rani Rathore. 23. “Thou hast made me endless”: Universality in Tagore’s Poetry – Shekhar Varma and Seema Shekhar. 24. Rabindranath Tagore: A Living Essence of Humanitarianism – Namrata Parmar. 25. Humanizing Science: A Reflection on Tagore’s Muktadhara – Lalima Chakraverty. 26. A Search for Adi Dharm in Tagore’s Gora – Manju Rani. 27. Lyrical Qualities in the Dramas of Tagore – Ravi Prakash Chapke. 28. Sexuality, Nationalism and Tagore’s Home and the World – Sanjoy Saksena. 29. Tagore’s Creative Genius in Mashi – Simmi Gurwara. 30. Tagore: A Humanist Perspective – Shobha Diwakar.

 

Shaping Minds : Multicultural Ameraic - Dr. Nibir K. GhoshNibir K. Ghosh
Shaping Minds : Multicultural Literature
New Delhi: Authorspress, 2010.
ISSBN: 978-81-7273-535-7.

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Despite conflicting dilemmas that contend with the idea of co-existence in a globalized world, individuals continue to reaffirm that minds are shaped not by footprints on the sands of time, but by what each one of us, as a unique person, experiences on the shores of life. Shaping Minds showcases how individual viewpoints and personal encounters with life and art transcend dramatically distressing mindsets that have become immune to the clash of communities, cultures and civilizations. This pioneering anthology brings together poets, writers, peace corps volunteers, human rights activists, religious historians, public-health experts, medical doctors, nursing professionals, a Jungian-oriented astrologer and a professional dancer besides distinguished academics and scholars in the fields of Educational Psychology, Community Medicine, Literature and Fine Arts hailing from diverse racial, cultural, gender, social-class, and religious groups from various continents of the globe. These extremely insightful twenty nine narratives, multicultural in flesh and spirit, have their focus on panaceas that individuals create to envisage a world where it is indeed possible to build bridges of love and understanding between wandering islands. The stories, recounted with passion and lucidity, offer a counter-discourse to the ideas of power and dominance and bring to the fore the inefficacy of living in a cultural fishbowl; they evoke a unique commonality of concern by opening up avenues for a wide spectrum of possibilities for communication across restrictive boundaries. This collage of multiple perspectives creates the meditative space where universal human attributes like love and joy, pain and pleasure, anger and compassion, poverty and affluence, life and art, evanescence and essence, margin and center, blend harmoniously to overshadow negative stereotypes and conceptualizations that deny the essential richness of the world we inhabit.

Contents

Introduction – Nibir K. Ghosh, A Karakul Hat - Charles Stroh, The Colors of Life - Ethelbert Miller, Literature: My Friend and the Friend of My Friends - Jonah Raskin, Reinventing Architecture: Conversation with Daniel Libeskind - Nibir K. Ghosh, South Whitey Teaches Black Literature - James Giles, Dispersed Meditations - David Ray, The Illegal Alien as Flâneur - Kathleen Alcalá, Reading Identities: Multicultural Literature as Windows and Mirrors - Lori Langer de Ramirez, Multicultural Friction: Challenges of Assimilation into American Culture - Katy A. Whipple, Some Rain Must Fall - Nafeesa Fathima Moinuddin, Poetry and Perception: Poetics of the Self - Shanta Acharya, The UraniaConference, Moscow, 1992 - Kathleen Stark Burt, My History of Bad Reading - Linda Seidel, Melodic Reminiscences - Judy Ray, Multiculturalism in the U.S.: Can it be Replicated in India? - P.M. Kamath, Performing My Culture: The Journey of an Indian-American Folk Dancer - A. Ted Samuel, Moving On: Bloomsburg to Dhaka to Daejon - Sharmistha Bannerjee, “Beautiful!”: Learning, Friendship, and Senator Fulbright - Wanda Giles, A Version of Tea: Hyderabad Part, Two - Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson, A Journey for Health - Prakash Tyagi, Enlightenment in Rwanda - Donna McNeese-Smith, Multicultural Musings: Fiction of the Future - Rajesh Talwar, Voices of Helpers: Stories of Harmony and Helping - Tricia McClam and Marianne Woodside, Multicultural Expression: About the Self - Patricia Prime, Biculturalism into Multiculturalism: The Case of Canada - S. Ramaswamy, This One from the Enemy State - Arun Kumar Sharma, The Text as a Tool of Transformation - Mala Pandurang, Born to Survive - Nazmi AL-Shalabi, Give to the World the Best You Have: Conversation with Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui -
Sunita Rani & Nibir K. Ghosh.

 

W.H. Auden : Therapeutic Fountain : Dr. Nibir K GhoshNibir K. Ghosh
W.H. Auden: Therapeutic Fountain
New Delhi: Authorspress, 2010.
ISSBN: 978-81-7273-538-8.
Rs. 525/-

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“In the United States, where I live and teach, and where poetry often follows literary fashions and cultural fads, W.H. Auden's life and work have largely fallen from view. It could be true of other places too. This is unfortunate because Auden was a passionate poet, and an intensely political person for much of his life, and he deserves to be remembered more widely than he is today. I hope that Nibir K. Ghosh's new, invigorating and intriguing book about Auden changes all this, and that it introduces Auden to a new generation of English-language readers all around the world. Ghosh wisely views Auden as a man on a quest; he certainly follows all of Auden's many quests, some of which led to disillusionment and sorrow. He writes about Auden warmly and intimately as though he were a friend or acquaintance. His Auden seems vulnerable and human, not a literary superstar, or a god of poetry and this too is good because it makes Auden approachable and not intimidating. The world of the 21st century is different than the 20th century that Auden inhabited; things and events move more swiftly. But our world is not entirely different than Auden's; his quests in the worlds of politics, poetry, religion and the individual person are equally meaningful today. I hope that Ghosh's heart-felt, compassionate and caring book will send readers back to Auden's poetry, essays, and plays.” –Jonah Raskin

Contents

Foreword - Jonah Raskin, Auden in Error - David Ray, Preface,  I. The Sky is Darkening like a Stain, II. Today, the Struggle, III. The Formless Terror, the Truth about Love, IV.  Poetry Makes Nothing Happen!, V. Making a Vineyard of the Curse, VI. Let Us Praise Our Maker, VII. Summing-Up, Bibliography, Appendix: “Address” by Wystan Hugh Auden at the Bombay session of ICCF.

 

 

Erasing Barricades : Women in Indian Literature, Nibir K. Ghosh, Sujata, Sunita RaniErasing Barricades: Woman in Indian Literature
New Delhi: Authorspress, 2010. Erasing Barricades: Woman in Indian Literature : Nibir K. Ghosh Sujata Sunita Rani Ghosh

Editors :
Nibir K. Ghosh
Sujata
Sunita Rani Ghosh

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The essays in this volume, contributed by distinguished academics, scholars and creative writers, showcase, through insightful critical evaluation of creative renderings, the exciting voyage of woman from the snares of silence to the lyrical articulation of her agony and ecstasy. Cutting across frontiers of language, genre, region, class, culture, community and religion, the anthology brings to the fore issues related to women located in all walks and shades of life: be it inside the haveli or outside the veil, as occupants of the Gandhian literaryspace or contending with the sinister designs of patriarchal mechanism either in the rarefied atmosphere of high society or in the marginalised existence of a subaltern. If there is anything that thewide range of women’s writing mentioned in this volume have in common – besides their literary talent, and secondly their gender – it’s a certain bravery that impelled them to write in the first place. The mention of these writers and the accounts of their work remind us of how many women, in every age and culture, transcended the traditional barriers that have kept their work from being written, published and read. This collection is bound to be valuable to those who seek to consider some of the critical debates that question and challenge the status quo. Through the dialogue between theory and text, discussion and even controversy about these authors can be raised. The issues surrounding poetry, prose, gender and place, are brought to the forefront and, like all pieces of critical writing, the essays themselves reflect the intersections of text and reader. A unique feature of this anthology is the harmonious bilingual blend in expressing viewpoints seminal to universal human concern.

The Launch of Erasing Barricades by Shri Vijay Kumar, I.P.S., Inspector General Police, Agra at the National Seminar on “Gandhi: The Man and Mission” at Agra 0n October 1, 2010. Presences in the photograph include the Editors – Dr. Nibir K. Ghosh, Dr. Sunita Rani, Dr. Ms. Sujata, – Mr. Sudarshan Kcherry (Authorspress) and other dignitaries.

Perspectives on Legends of American Theatre : Nibir K. Ghosh

Perspectives on Legends of American Theatre
New Delhi: Creative Books, 2009

Editors:
Nibir K. Ghosh
T.S. Anand
A. Karunaker

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This anthology brings together scholars and academics from India, U.S., and other South Asian countries to deliberate on the life and works of contemporary theatre legends of America - Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Edward Albee, Amiri Baraka, August Wilson, Ed Bullins, Lorraine Hansberry and Ntozake Shange - who offer multidimensional perspectives into the heart and spirit of the average American by encompassing themes as diverse as race, gender, sexuality, love and death. To have any value at all, theatre must engage itself seriously with the contradictions that lie at the heart of the human situation in general and the society it addresses in particular. With a view to addressing such contradictions, the perceptive critical essays in this volume reveal, through critical appraisals of individual and collective works, how the American playwright has engaged himself/herself in holding up a faithful mirror to humankind in general and the state of American society in particular.  

Besides providing new links between particular plays and playwrights, these essays espouse the unique Indian perspective to the understanding of American society and culture. In the words of David Ray, “this collection of essays is a welcome contribution to understanding the importance of American theatre, not only as art but as history and social enlightenment. These essays will inspire appreciation for new forms and explorations as well as tradition. Their enlarging our understanding of past and present will empower the future of one of our most precious aesthetic and philosophical legacies.” 

 

BEYOND BOUNDARIES  RELEASED

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In what turned out to be a mega event, Prof. Moolchand Sharma, Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission, and Mr. Adnan A.Siddiqui, Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi jointly launched Beyond Boundaries: Reflections of Indian and U.S. Scholars at the United States Educational Foundation in India, New Delhi on 22 August, 2007. The book edited by Dr. Nibir K Ghosh, a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle during 2003-04 & Reader in English at Agra College, Agra and Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani, a computer engineer from Princeton University, and a Fulbrighter from Pakistan, has been published by iUniverse, New York. This wonderful collage of 61 essays, 34 from Indian Scholars visiting the US, and 27 from their US counterparts visiting India, between 1959 and 2006, presents  intimate narratives of Fulbright Scholars, Post-Doc Researchers, Humphrey Fellows, participants of International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and East West Center Fellows from the two largest democracies in the world.

Prof Moolchand Sharma lauded the efforts of Dr. Ghosh and Zeeshan for their pioneering effort in foregrounding how "global calamities and cataclysms require to be addressed not from the narrow grooves of ideas and ideologies but from the vantage point of healing fountains of human compassion and friendship." Mr. Adnan Siddiqui hailed Dr. Ghosh as "a wonderful cultural ambassador" in India and said that "Cultural exchanges evoke a unique commonality of concern and help open up avenues for a wide spectrum of possibilities for communication across restrictive boundaries." Dr. Jane E. Schukoske, Executive Director, USEFI, emphasized in her address how the individual stories  in Beyond Boundaries demonstrate that "many lives have been profoundly touched by people-to-people exchanges" and how these "will doubtless inspire others to share their stories and thoughts as well." On this occasion Dr Devdas Chhotray, Vice Chancellor, Ravenshaw university, Cuttack expressed his appreciation for the essay by Nibir K Ghosh in the collection entitled "From the city of the Taj Mahal to Bill Gates Town" that  links the monument of love the Taj Mahal and the "the Windows" of Bill Gates in navigating the terrains of differences across the vast regions of space and clime with a mere click of the mouse.

 

 

 

Multicultural America: Conversations with Contemporary Authors by Nibir K. Ghosh


Dr. Nibir K. Ghosh

Multicultural America : Conversations With Contemporary Authors.

Chandigarh : Unistar, 2005.

pp. 208+xxiii. Rs.395

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“Going back to the time of Frances Trollope, Dickens, and Tocqueville, our understanding of American life has always been enriched by the observations of sharp-eyed visitors from abroad. They may miss things that natives know in their bones, but as outsiders they show an uncanny sense of what most natives ignore or simply take for granted. Above all, they defamiliarize the cultural landscape, upending the conventional wisdom about what is central to it and what is marginal. To Dr. Nibir K. Ghosh, a distinguished Indian scholar of American literature, the ever-shifting margins of American society, especially the diverse groups that compose it, are central: like Ralph Ellison, he sees American culture as the braided strands of many cultures, not static and separate but dynamically interwoven in shifting patterns. During the course of an academic year spent in Seattle, often seen as one of America’s whitest, most homogeneous cities, Dr. Ghosh set out to explore these margins through conversations with writers…Dr. Ghosh’s ultimate subject is the diversity of American life and writing, not the stunted ideological diversity of identity politics but the prismatic diversity of a true multiculturalism…Dr. Ghosh’s engaging colloquies with each of these varied figures bring to mind the work of journalist Studs Terkel, who has spent a lifetime talking to ordinary and extraordinary Americans, and the celebrated interviews with writers that have appeared in the Paris Review over the past half century.” 
   
                                                       -- Morris Dickstein,
                                                         Distinguished Professor of EnglishMulticultural America: Conversations with Contemporary Authors by Nibir K. Ghosh
                                                         Graduate Center of the City University of New York
 

The launch of Multicultural America

Mr. Adnan A.Siddiqui, Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy launching Multicultural America: Conversations with Contemporary Authors by Nibir K. Ghosh on 30th November, 2005 at the Fulbright Conference on "Fulbrighters: Cultural Ambassadors" held at Hotel Mount View, Chandigarh from November 28-30, 2005. Dr. Jane Schucoske, Director, United States Educational Foundation in India, NewDelhi is seen applauding the event. In addition to the Fulbright scholars from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, USEFI Board Members, Regional Fulbright Commission Directors, PublicAffairs Officers in South Asia, and representatives from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Education, Council of International Exchange of Scholars, graced the Book Launch ceremony.

 

Calculas of PowerCalculus of Power: Modern American Political Novel.

Ghosh, Nibir K.

New Delhi: Creative Books, 1997.
pp. 255 Price: Rs. 500
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ISBN-13: 9788186318492.

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Through a close analysis of eighteen American political novels written between 1890 and 1990, Calculus of Power offers interesting critical insights into the twilight zones of American life and polity. The focus of attention is on issues and events such as the haunting spectre of Communism, the perceptive threat of Fascism, the racial dilemma of a nation at loggerheads with its own democratic principles, the ideals of world peace contrasted with the imperialistic designs of America in Vietnam, the intricacies of struggle for the emancipation of Eve, and the acid test of American Justice in the Sacco-Vanzetti case and the trial of the Rosenbergs. These manifold manifestations of manipulative politics give rise to what may be called "the calculus of power." Trapped in the vortex of power dynamics, the protagonists in the novels struggle valiantly to evolve their own strategies for survival. The author's fresh appraisal and thought provoking analysis of the twentieth century American political novel makes the book a must reading for both scholars and practitioners of power politics.

“Art is a representation of reality at a rarefied level. This is why a political novel writer can sometimes fathom the spirit of his age with greater dexterity than a philosopher or a historian. This why when Nibir K Ghosh undertakes to map out the contours of the Modern American Political Novel, he sets for himself a formidable task, a task that encompasses a clear understanding of nearly three generations of American novelists; their age, their aesthetics, their dilemmas and the broad features of American national life as well as life lived as individual Americans…It is an interesting study, a parade of some of the best of American novelists.” – M Zeyaul Haque, Encounter, September-October, 1998.

“This book is a fascinating account of the dichotomy between the “real” and the “ideal” in American internal politics as well as international diplomacy. There is no doubt that every society and every nation in the world suffers from this dichotomy…After reading Ghosh’s book, one would know how important it is to study novels, among other forms of literature, as part of the social science research. After an analysis of eighteen American political novels, Ghosh points out that these novels are committed to the politics of “fact” rather than to the politics of “imagination” and present valuable “centres of information” by providing “insight and understanding into the dense and perplexing medium of politics and diplomacy.”- Dr. Chintamani Mahapatra, Third World Impact, October, 1998.

 

Contents :
Preface.

Seeding Time.

The Politics of Economics: It can’t Happen Here (Sinclair Lewis), In Dubious Battle (John Steinbeck), All the King’s Men (Robert Penn Warren), Vineland(Thomas Pynchon).

In the Theatre of War: For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway), Catch-22 (Joseph Heller), The Armies of the Night (Norman Mailer), Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.).

 Racial Rumblings: Native Son (Richard Wright), Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison), Another Country (James Baldwin), The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison).

 The Awakening of Eve: The Awakening (Kate Chopin), Daughter of Earth (Agnes Smedley), Fear of Flying (Erica Jong), The Color Purple (Alice Walker).

 American Justice on Trial: Boston (Upton Sinclair), The Book of Daniel (E.L. Doctorow).

 Harvest: Conclusion.

 Bibliography & Index.