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हिंसा और वीभत्सता से ओत-प्रोत आधुनिक पौराणिक उपन्यास

(लेखिका परिचय- अमिता चतुर्वेदी ने हिन्दी साहित्य में एम. फिल. की उपाधि प्राप्त की है। यह लेख मूलत: उनके ब्लॉग 'अपना परिचय ' पर प्रकाशित हो चूका है। 

धर्मऔरसाहित्यकासम्बन्धआजएकनयारूपलेचुकाहै, जिसकेफ़लस्वरूपपौराणिककथाओंपरआधारितअनेकउपन्यासआजकललोकप्रियहोरहेहैं।इनउपन्यासोंमेंपौराणिकपात्रोंकोनवीनपरिवेशमेंरूपान्तरितकर, बड़ीकुशलतासेआजदेशमेंआक्रामकरूपसेहिंसाकाप्रश्रयलेतीहुई, धार्मिकताकालाभउठानेकाप्रयासकियाजारहाहै।साथहीइनमेंवर्णितब्राह्णणवाद, जातिवाद, छूआछूत, असमानताऔरवर्गीयहिंसातथाघृणाकोविस्तृतरूपमेंव्यक्तकियाजारहाहै, जिससेइनविषमताओं

The Story of Another National Identification Card: Indonesia’s Kartu Tanda Penduduk

Whilst reading one of the seminal works on nationalism, Benedict Anderson’s ‘Imagined Communities’, one comes across an unassuming footnote on one of the pages. The footnote speaks about one of the most inspiring literary figures in post-colonial world, Pramoedya Ananta Toer and the last novel of his tetralogy- Rumah Kaca or the ‘Glass House’. The tetralogy was written by Pramoedya or Pram as he was more popularly known, during a 14 years’ long incarceration under the dictatorship of General Suharto in 1960s’ Indonesia. Throughout his life Pram fought and wrote against repressive regimes, be it the Dutch colonial rule, the Japanese colonial rule or the different post-colonial “Indonesian-nationalist” administrations that he witnessed throughout his life and time.