Thursday, 31 January 2013


From Editor’s Desk
Esteemed Contributors, Subscribers and Readers across the World,
Greetings from IJML’s Office!
It’s with a dispirited, aching mind I am addressing you. The 23 year old female physiotherapy intern who travelled with her male friend in a bus in India’s capital city, New Delhi at the night on 16th December was raped by a gang of six joy riders—nay, beaten her and her friend with an iron rod, dragged her to the rear of the bus and raped her while the bus ran. She suffered fatal injuries to her abdomen, intestines and genitals caused by penetration of the iron rod. Later after the rape the perpetrators threw her and her friend out, both unconscious and almost naked, from the moving bus. A passerby found them on the road and reported the matter to the police, who took them to the hospital. She was given emergency treatment and mechanical ventilation. The government provided the maximum treatment possible and even took her to Singapore hospital for further care. Public protests of young and old, women and men, burst out in Delhi, and like hurricanes, then spread to every nook and corner of the country and abroad. The devilish culprits were arrested immediately and the protesters, including press and channel media, politicians, celebrities and writers cried for capital punishments to the criminals at the earliest.  The entire nation prayed for the recovery of the most unfortunate victim, but to the wail of 1.22 billions of people of India and millions of sympathizers abroad, she bade goodbye yesterday to her thirteen days fight with pain. She has thus become a martyr now. Her endurance and tragic death has triggered a sense of protest among the masses, irrespective of differences of gender, age, class, race, caste, religion, language, culture and even nation. Kudos to social networking sites, Facebook and WhatsApp for consolidating millions of minds for a noble cause!
This untoward, immoral, obnoxious, criminal attitude of the culprits tempts one to analyse the emotion and reason of the contemporary man. No doubt as man progresses—his physical, material wealth increases; his necessities give way to comforts and luxuries--his spirit degenerates and human values drown to mean, contemptuous emotions. One can’t find such abominable feelings in irrational animals. Sexual urge is a biological necessity and is bound to find in all beings including humans. Being a social being, man has to abide by rules and laws. Females are better loved, honoured and treated in animal world than human. The Delhi incident and several other cases being reported everyday from different parts of India and other underdeveloped countries proclaim the fact that women—from infant age to sinking old age—are never safe in public places, buses, trains, working places, educational institutions and even their own homes. Molesters include even one’s own brother and father. Mother acts as agent of immoral trafficing!
Now the question comes—is there any way opened before us to bring the modern, materialistic man back to eternal human values? The answer is, yes. It’s not a new way but the age-old way of educating man through letters. The rocket like growth of web and electronic media causes terrible havoc to print media. The noble values and aesthetics of life imparted through literature—both creative and critical—on printed sheets of paper are seldom taught or read now. Visual, web and multimedia have devoured the print media and as a result the production of books has decreased considerably. Hundreds of publishing houses are being closed now as the industry succumbs to irredeemable loss. Recently, world renowned Penguin Books—popular for high quality, inexpensive paper backs—has been merged with Random House. The web and electronic media—substitute for younger generations’ print media—teach little value, rather promote base feelings of violence, lust, superstitions, etc. Instead of portraying innocent common man’s way of life and noble values they present before us wealthy man’s posh and luxurious life, full of sensual pleasures, and how he amasses wealth through illegal, immoral means. Naturally the younger generation is enticed to such a life and the result is the widespread violence, murder, robbery, rape and all such crimes found now in our society. The remedy for it is to induce our youth to printed books bearing value based literature, from the tender lower primary school stage itself. Let’s hope and pray for a bright new year in which the print industry survives the influx of web and electronic industry and thus the production of value based literature multiplies.
In this New Year issue there are eight research articles, four review articles, two interviews, two short stories, one tribute, eighteen poems of twelve poets and two book reviews. Before penning down let me express my sincere most gratitude to all our esteemed contributors. The credit of the book goes to each and every one of you. I am much grateful to my Associate Editor, Dr. S. Kumaran who has been helping me almost every day. Wishing all our readers a very happy and prosperous New Year,
Thodupuzha,                                                               Love,
Prof. K. V. Dominic

Diasporic Concerns in Vera Sharma’s “The Invaders” and Amitav Ghosh’s “The Diaspora in Indian Culture”
--Bibhudutt Dash
Peripherality and Gendered Spaces in De's Sisters, Gokhale's Paro and Desai's Clear Light of Day
--Lata Mishra
Sense of Loss and Alienation: Gender and Identity in Gloria Naylor’s Linden Hills
--Mahboobeh Khaleghi
Mohit Chattopadhyay: A Thespian with a Difference (Tribute)
--Ketaki Datta
Interview with Penn Kemp (Interview)
--Sujatha Rao
Recovery (Short Story)
--Pronab Kumar Majumder
Treatment of Change in Ernest Gaines’s A Gathering of Old Men
--P. Premchandar
Problems of Cultural Plurality in Amitav Ghosh’s Fiction
--S. Sujatha           
Interview with Sue Wootton (Interview)
--Jaydeep Sarangi
Sita (Short Story)
--Jayanti M. Dalal (Trans. Rajshree Parthivv Trivedi)
The Black as the ‘Other’: A Critique of Toni Morrison’s Novels
--Swati Samantaray
Narrating Identity, Gendered Violence and Abduction: Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice-Candy-Man
--K. Yeshoda Nanjappa
Brutal Reality of Sexual Politics in Margaret Atwood’s Bodily Harm
--Zeinab Yazdani & Devika Rani L
A New Religion (Poem)
--Ann Stephen
Kasab Speaks (Poem)
--Ann Stephen
Mother Paves the Way for All (Poem)
--S. Ayyappa Raja
India Is Shining (Poem)
--Hazara Singh
A Girl Child (Poem)
--Hazara Singh
Multiple Rooms of Life (Poem)
--Pronab Kumar Majumder
A Process That Works out in Life (Poem)
--Manas Bakshi
21st Century Love (Poem)
--Manas Bakshi
Mountains can be Moved (Poem)
--N. P. Singh
The Heart of Community (Poem)
--Penn Kemp
Facing the Epicentre (Poem)
--Penn Kemp
The Genesis of Corruption (Poem)
-- S. V. Rama Rao
Fly High in the Boundless Sky (Poem)
--Sangeeta Mahesh
Love Is Essence of Life (Poem)
--Turlapati Rajeswari
Rain Canvas (Poem)
--Yajnaseni Mukherjee
Arranged Marriage (Poem)
--Yajnaseni Mukherjee
Addiction (Poem)
--Yajnaseni Mukherjee
Fruit of Labour (Poem)
--K. V. Dominic
Poetic   Flavour of K. V. Dominic (Review Article)
--Arbind Kumar Choudhary
Stylistics in Dr Chambial’s Poetry (Review Article)
--B. C. Dwivedy
Drops of Honeydew: A Critical Analysis of T. Vasudeva Reddy’s Gliding Ripples (Review Article)
--K. V. Dominic
Najama as Serpent in Ramesh K.  Srivastava’s Coils of the Serpent (Review Article)
--Smita Das
Manas Bakshi’s Between Flower and Flame (Book Review)
--Patricia Prime
Jacob Isaac’s Sense of Enigma (Book review)
--S. V. Rama Rao
Our Esteemed Contributors

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