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dc.contributor.authorPillai, Swarnavel Eswaran
dc.description.abstractThe recurrent theme of dropping frontiers in a world which has become increasingly heterogeneous but intolerant is the leitmotif of Sashi Tharoor’s Riot and Salman Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh. The figure of the Moor and his hybrid genealogy is central to Rushdie’s vision, as he reconstructs a syncretic, tolerant Moorish Spain and juxtaposes it with Bombay, his haven of pluralism. He celebrates Nehru’s vision of a new Indian nation which, in keeping with the traditions of western modernity, promised to be above religion, clan, and narrow parochial considerations. With the vanishing of such ideals and hopes, as boundaries and religious communalism are getting intensified these diasporic cosmopolitan writers make a case for a boundless world. Their response is a human subjectivity which transcends color, class, narrow parochialism, tribalism and fundamentalism. Secularism is the very base of their humane approach. This essay, therefore, analyzes the theme of secularism and its discontents, particularly in the context of the coexistence of Hindus and Muslims in India, as it runs through Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh and Tharoor’s Riot by exploring the various layers of allegories related to pluralism and the critique of fundamentalism in them. Toward this end, it will focus on the recent debates on Indian secularism by scholars to interrogate the relevance of the European model of secularism which argues for the separation of state and religion.pl_PL
dc.publisherDepartment of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature, University of Łódźpl_PL
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAnalyses/Rereadings/Theories Jornal;1
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dc.subjectSalman Rushdiepl_PL
dc.subjectThe Moor’s Last Sighpl_PL
dc.subjectSashi Tharoorpl_PL
dc.subjectState and Religionpl_PL
dc.titleSecularism and Its Discontents: The Moor’s Last Sigh and Riotpl_PL
dc.rights.holderSwarnavel Eswaran Pillaipl_PL
dc.contributor.authorAffiliationMichigan State Universitypl_PL
dc.contributor.authorBiographicalnoteDr. Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai is an associate professor in the English, and Media and Information Departments at Michigan State University. He is a graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India and the University of Iowa. He is an accomplished filmmaker, and his recent documentaries include Migrations of Islam (2014) and Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015). His research focuses on the history, theory, and production of documentaries, and the specificity of Tamil cinema, and its complex relationship with Hollywood as well as popular Hindi films. His recent books are Cinema: Sattagamum Saalaramum (Nizhal, 2013), an anthology of essays on documentaries and experimental films in Tamil and Madras Studios: Narrative, Genre, and Ideology in Tamil Cinema (Sage Publications, 2015).pl_PL
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