Sunday, 29 May 2011
Predatory Intents and Pornographic Messages: Tendulkar, Writing Orient
“Predatory Intents and Pornographic Messages: Tendulkar, Writing Orient” published in Indian Literature, June- July 2010 (Sahitya Akademi).
The article attempts a contrapuntal reading of Vijay Tendulkar’s Ghashiram Kotwal. Said describes it as the way of reading the texts so as to reveal their deep implication in imperialism and the colonial processes. Ghashiram Kotwal situates the gaze of the would be colonizer (in the pre- colonial times) as a dramatic strategy of beholding the scenario of excess—voyeuristic pleasure-seeking and senseless violence – as characteristic features of the orient India from the lens of British Imperialism.