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A Critical Reading of Jyotirmoyee Devi‟s The River Churning: A Partition Novel in the context of a Modern Approach to „Religion‟

Author : Ramani Naik 1 2

Date of Publication :26th August 2021

Abstract: Like the Reformation, Renaissance and Restoration in western world, the Partition of Indian subcontinent (1947) also bears as an event of great magnitude in South East Asia. The holocaust of Partition as an action-packed event still continues to haunt many direct or indirect victims of it and to many historians, authors, poets, novelists, short story writers , research scholars etc. and even many common people not only in India and Pakistan but also in abroad even after more than seven decades of the event. Along with the historical facts and records, the literary representation in the works of remarkable authors like Sadaat Hasan Manto, Amrita Pritam, Khuswant Singh, Jyotirmoyee Devi, Bhisham Sahni, Nisid Hajari etc., draw noteworthy attention to review the event more intelligibly which is found pertinent today. The socio-political-cultural and religious space of the cataclysmic event tends to heal the wounds of the traumatic Partition by offering a new literary paradigm called Partition Literature. The present paper seeks to deal with the ancient notion of “religion” from a modern approach and to discuss Partition of India as a thought-provoking outcome of the prevailing anachronistic approach to „religion‟ instead of modern through Jyotirmoyee Devi‟s The River Churning:a Partition novel.

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