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Uppsala Seminar on the Fictionalization of Violence in Contemporary Hindi Literature
November 28, 2013 - 16:15-18:00
For several decades India has frequently been tormented by outbursts of large-scale communal violence, especially between Hindus and Muslims. One of the most traumatic incidences was the destruction of the Bābrī Masjid by Hindu nationalists on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya followed by a wave of bloody riots in many parts of India. Those events prompted several Hindi writers to deal directly or indirectly with the problem of Hindu nationalism and religious violence in a fictionalized manner. In my paper I will give a short overview of important Hindi novels and stories dealing with different aspects of communalism and communal violence in the 1990s. In this regard, I will mainly focus on the novel Kathāvācak (2001, The Story-teller) by Ābid Surtī which includes fictionalized scenes of the demolition of the Bābrī Masjid as well as the novel “Triśūl” (1993, Trident) by Śivmūrti which describes the effect of the Ayodhya incidents on the relationship between the Hindus and Muslims of a small North-Indian town.
Venue: Engelska parken, 42-0026, Thunbergsvägen, Uppsala.