Politics of affect in Train to Pakistan and Tamas

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  • Dipak Raj Joshi Ghodaghodi Multiple Campus, Kailali

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/craiaj.v4i1.32730

Keywords:

Affective politics, Bhisham Sahni, Indian partition literature, Khushwant Singh, Nationalist historiography

Abstract

This paper analyzes selected Indian partition novels to unravel affective politics underlined in them. The major affects underlying in these novels are those of love, hatred, happiness, unhappiness, and outrage. One positive affect in favor of one concomitantly invites antonymic affect for the other. This refrain of affect, as this paper has tried to analyze, follows the nationalist historiographies of the writers like Khushwant Singh (The Train to Pakistan) and Bhisham Sahni (Tamas). The paper concludes that the affects evoked by the above mentioned novels are ethically tilted to the notions of community and nationhood of the respective writers—an ideologically biased orientation that results into a prose of demonization and denunciation of whom they consider the Other.

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Dipak Raj Joshi, Ghodaghodi Multiple Campus, Kailali

Associate Professor, PhD Fellow at
Tribhuvan University

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Published

2020-11-06

How to Cite

Joshi, D. R. (2020). Politics of affect in Train to Pakistan and Tamas. Contemporary Research: An Interdisciplinary Academic Journal, 4(1), 59–75. https://doi.org/10.3126/craiaj.v4i1.32730

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