Some recurrent Issues in Contemporary Society in the Novels of Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya and Indira Goswami



The fiction from the Northeast India represents the issues of history, identity, migration, culture and tradition. This region is enriched with distinct culture, tradition, customs, rituals and beliefs. It is geographically, linguistically, ethnically and culturally different from the mainland India. Though the novelists write in English, they are unique. Novelists from this region delineate a beautiful geographical location, distinct culture and tradition that is rich in diversity. Political unrest, ethnic conflict, violence, insurgency, kidnapping and extortion form some of the recurrent themes in Northeast Indian English fiction. All these have created an interesting area of literary study, which is an emerging literary field. Literature from Northeast India represents identity crisis from the perspectives of regional history and gender biasness. It blends personal, family, regional and national issues in order to show the truth of history and identity in different sections of the society. Such issues are discussed in select novels and novelists of the said topic.Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya’s Love in the Time of Insurgency (1960)and Mrityunjay(1970) explore representation of regional history in blending regional and national issues. In Indira Goswami’sThe Man FromChinnamasta(2005) and The Moth-Eaten Howdah of the Tusker (1988), examine how women’s identities are eroded and silenced because of patriarchy and gender discrimination in society.


History, Identity, National, Regional and Gender

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