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Re-Markings, a biannual refereed international journal of English Letters, aims at providing a healthy forum for scholarly and authoritative views on broad sociopolitical 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.​

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Re-Markings Vol. 17 No. 1, March 2018

Editorial

For readers, writers, academics and scholars closely associated with Re-Markings, the year 2017 will be remembered as a very important milestone in the seventeen-year-old history of the journal. In addition to two of our regular issues (March and September), two special numbers – Bose: Immortal Legend of India’s Freedom and A World Assembly of Poets, published in January and November 2017 respectively, contributed immensely in enhancing the extent of international outreach that Re-Markings has been enjoying since its inception in 2002.

The launch of Bose: Immortal Legend of India’s Freedom at Agra on 18 March, 2017 by Harvard Professor Sugata Bose (grand-nephew of the legendary hero, Subhas Chandra Bose) in the presence of numerous contributors to the volume and dignitaries from various parts of the country created an awe-inspiring aura of patriotic fervor in this historic city of Agra. Professor Sugata Bose’s unforgettable address made the packed Agra Club auditorium resonate with the undying spirit of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The initiative taken by Re-Markings in addressing multi-dimensional aspects of Bose’s life and work in the volume did not end with the historic launch of the special number. The flame of love, ‘entire and whole and perfect’, for mother India, kindled by Netaji’s magnificent vision and revolutionary zeal, as reflected in the volume, continues to inspire us to rise above petty selfish motives and prioritize the welfare of the nation with unquestionable devotion, whatever may be the calling of our life. It is significant that the impact of our tribute to Bose on his 120th birth anniversary impressed the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi to grant Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Agra and Re-Markings the permission to organize jointly a National Seminar on “Subhas Chandra Bose: Life, Work and Legacy” in Agra in 2018. I am thankful to Professor Sugam Anand for his initiative in this context. The proposed seminar (the details of which will be on our website www.re-markings.com soon) will provide us another great opportunity to come together to be motivated by the iconic hero who changed the fate of India with his sterling leadership of the Indian National Army (INA).

The adulations and accolades that have come to Re-Markings from poets and poetry lovers of various countries in the globe by virtue of the publication of its mega-volume A World Assembly of Poets, guest edited by my intimate friend and celebrity Gambian poet, Dr. Tijan M. Sallah, have been a truly humbling experience. The extent of its popularity can be ascertained from the statement made by Jonah Raskin at the end of his Huffingtonpost.com review (included in this issue): “If you read one anthology of poetry this year, make it A World Assembly of Poets. I can almost guarantee that you won’t be sorry. I can almost guarantee that you will be saddened, elated, provoked and delighted.” Elaborate comments and reviews of the volume are available on www.nibirkghosh.blogspot.in.

Appreciative felicitations from both friends and strangers on reaching new milestones doubtlessly provide a deep sense of fulfillment and cheer but they also place upon us the enormous responsibility of heading for new destinations to meet the expectations of all those who have faith in the journal’s carrying out its avowed commitment and obligation to social responsibility.

Having always been at the forefront in highlighting local, regional, national and global issues, Re-Markings has decisively registered its indelible imprint on the social, cultural and literary map of the world with erudite critical and creative renderings.

Cutting across barriers and boundaries of time, clime and space, the current issue of Re-Markings illuminates the spirited engagement of its contributors in challenging the status quo in every sphere of human existence through narratives and counter-narratives of resistance and protest to create a better world for us to inhabit. On the one hand, this volume takes us into the amazing insightful experiences of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver and, on the other, it tells us about the miraculous transformation of Margaret Noble to Sister Nivedita under the spiritual influence of Swami Vivekananda. If the volume foregrounds the plight and predicament of women in contemporary Indian society as reflected in literature, it also shows how the daring initiative of a semi-literate woman like Sampat Pal Devi, hailing from a remote hamlet in Uttar Pradesh, can make her rise in heroic splendor to change the rules of the gender game. It is equally heartening to see the transformative potential of creativity in bringing even adivasis living on the margins of society to the centre of our conscience as well as consciousness.

I deeply thank the members of the Re-Markings’ fraternity for the unalloyed love you all have shown for the journal in its eventful journey and for continuously enriching it with your erudite contributions and unstinted support.

Nibir K. Ghosh

Chief Editor

CONTENTS

‘Learning to accommodate spaces’ –  A Conversation with Lucinda Roy – Nibir K. Ghosh

Gulliver’s Travels: Vexing and Mending – Jonah Raskin

Sister Nivedita: 150th Birth Anniversary Tribute – Swami Sujayananda

French and the Francophone World at Crossroads – Dipa Chakrabarti

Resurrecting Gender Roles:  A Conversation with Sampat Pal Devi – Reema Chowdhary,  I Watitula Longkumer & Nirmala Menon

Language Debate: Dialect as Subversive Activity – G. L. Gautam

Questioning History through Inner Life: A Psychological Study of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach – Antara Bhatia

Ecological Perspectives in E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India Pooja Joshi

Gita Mehta’s A River Sutra as a Travel Pilgrimage – Ashoo Toor

Barren Witches in Githa Hariharan’s The Thousand Faces of Night Sadia Hasan

Nilakantha Das’s Pranayini and Tennyson’s The Princess: A Study in Translation from English to Odia – Pranamita Pati

Making the Invisible Visible: The Stories of  Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar – Namita Sethi

Charles Dickens’ Hard Times and Contemporary India – Shiv Kant Mishra

Ethnocentricity in the Novels of Rohinton Mistry – Megha Khandelwal

Poetry

Myriad Moods – Baul Shah Abdul Karim, Translated from the Bengali by Amitendu Bhattacharya

Glitters Splendidly This Peacock-Shaped Boat; Trapped into Marriage; I Can’t Endure Anymore; Where’s All the Bravado of Olden Days Now Gone

Revenge on the Ravisher (Draupadi’s Vow) – Divyajyoti Singh

Review Essay

A World Assembly of Poets: In the Country We Call Poetry – Jonah Raskin