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Topic– Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
1) Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay’s works point to different facets of her interest in the people of Asia and Africa. Discuss. (250 words)
Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and her works and bring out her role in presenting and depicting the Asian and African problems of the time.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. E.g Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay has long been recognised in India as the person chiefly responsible, after Independence, for the revival of the country’s variegated crafts traditions and for drawing critical attention to ‘tribal art’.
Discuss in detail about her works and their relation to Asia and Africa. E.g She is generally viewed as an authority on Indian handicrafts, but Chattopadhyay played no less a role in nurturing craftspersons and shaping the cultural institutions that in independent India would be charged with promoting dance, drama, theatre crafts, music, puppetry, pottery and textiles; At the International Session of the League against Imperialism in Frankfurt, she found a platform to discuss the common problems of subjugated people; it was her abiding interest in creating solidarity among the colonised people which makes her an especially inspirational figure; Chattopadhyay’s writings on Asia, Africa and the Global South in the 1940s point to different facets of her interest in the people of Asia and Africa and their histories. ‘The Struggle of Vietnam against French Imperialism’ (1947, Modern Review) shows her grasp over the history of colonialism in Vietnam. Chattopadhyay was never seduced by the idea that the European Left stood for progressive policies with respect to the question of empire, and her piece is clear in its critique of the failure of the Left in France to ally itself with Vietnamese nationalists agitating for independence. But she was equally unsparing towards the Japanese. ‘The Awakening of Asia’ (1947, At the Crossroads) warns against Japan’s attempts to position itself as the vanguard of pan-Asianism etc.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.