Rediscovering Rahi: Language-Identity Mix in Rahi Masoom Raza's Fiction

Rism, Gagan (2016) Rediscovering Rahi: Language-Identity Mix in Rahi Masoom Raza's Fiction. Muse India (66).

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Abstract: Rahi Masoom Raza is one of those rare breeds of Indian writers who advocated Hindustani, over and above Hindi or Urdu. For Rahi, the language of people is the one that they speak in their homes, with their souls and soul-mates, in which they express their dreams, desires, pleasures and grief, and not the one which ideally they should be speaking. From Rahi's fiction, we gather how those ideals are politically, religiously and racially manufactured and how characters, becoming a mouthpiece of Rahi, belittle those ideals with their brazen frankness. From the critically-acclaimed Adha Gaon (1966) to lesser known works like Os ki Boond (1970), Rahi's advocacy for home-spoken dialect over and above the nationalized Hindi or Urdu comes to the fore.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Subjects: School of Humanities > Others
Programmes > Consciousness Studies Programme
Divisions: Schools > Humanities
Date Deposited: 01 May 2017 09:19
Last Modified: 01 May 2017 09:19
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