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A STUDY OF SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS IN

GITHA HARIHARANS IN TIMES OF SIEGE


AND FUGITIVE HISTORIES
GITHA HARIHARAN
Born in 1954 at
Coimbatore in India
Her works include
novels, short stories,
essays, newspaper
articles and columns.
She has written a
number of book
reviews based on
different aspects of
culture, political and
social underpinning.
Works
NOVELS
The Thousand Faces of Night (1992)
The Art of Dying (1993)
The Ghosts of Vasu Master (1994)
When Dreams Travel (1999)
In Times of Siege (2003)
Fugitive Histories (2009)
SHORT STORIES
The Winning Team (2004)
Sorry, Best Friend!
ESSAY
From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity
THINK
Do you have the habit of reading
newspaper ?
If so, what do you feel when you read
about injustice done to a man/woman ?
What you will do if you are the one
among the victim ?
Have you ever dreamt about the
society you want to live ?
As youths how much you are concerned
about the society ?
What is the purpose of knowing history ?
What history tells us ?
GUJARAT RIOT
VIOLENCE
RISE OF COMMUNALISM IN INDIA
EFFECTS OF COMMUNALISM
It is the major obstacle that tends to
separate people on the basis of religion,
language, territories and ethnic origin.
It creates pluralistic society, like multi-
lingual, multi-racial, multi-religious,
and multi-cultural society.
communalism give rise to terrorism.
SUBALTERN STUDIES
Started in England in the 1970s
Developed from Gramscis theories of
culture and class politics
Ranajit Guha intiated the project
1970s: focus on workers and peasant
movement
1980s: focus on resistance to state power
1990s: influenced by Post Structuralisms
and Deconstruction
Subaltern studies is a non-elite perspective
on South Asian history
An attempt to re-write, or retrieve subaltern
State of subaltern