Ao’s and Iralu’s Short Stories : Portrayal of Crisis in Naga Identity

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H S Randhawa


Literature like other art forms has not only a dialectical relationship with society but also with history and geography. It reflects the literary tradition of a particular geo-political entity along with universal aspects. Indian literature encompasses the multifaceted cultures and traditions of India in its assorted hues. Indian short story got enriched from the modes and models of the Western form but has incorporated in its ambit the dynamics of social change affecting the Indian society. It showcases a wide spectrum of views, values, voices and visions of this plurilingual India. Sisir Kumar Das aptly observes, “The thematic range of Indian short story today is as extensive and varied as the geographical and social diversities of the country…. It is in some sense the most complete world.”

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