Translating Realism into Fiction: An Analysis of Gandhi as Development Communication Strategist

By Koyel Chakrabarty and Anup Beniwal.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Mahatma Gandhi has been a dominant influence within Indian public discourse. He not only triggers creative imagination but also gets replenished by it continuously. He has been written and re-written so many times both in media and literature that he has been turned into a palimpsest. Innumerable studies have been done on him over time, but they have tended to focus on Gandhi as a political leader, a myth, a social crusader, a journalist, a saint. However, little attention has been paid to Gandhi as a communicator, a vital aspect of his personality that underlines and anchors almost all other aspects of his personae. This paper is a sincere effort to unveil the secret behind Gandhi’s popularity, his use of innovative folk medium as primary tool to development communication and the portrayal of the same by the Indian English authors.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi, Development Communication, Indian English Literature, Assessment and Representation

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.201-208. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 592.254KB).

Dr. Koyel Chakrabarty

Lecturer in English in BRCM College of Engineering and Technology, Department of Humanities, Department of English, BRCM College of Engineering and Technology, Bahal, Haryana, India

Presently a Sn. Lecturer in BRCM College of Engineering and Technology, Bahal, Bhiwani, Haryana, India, Ms. Koyel Chakrabarty is a Ph.D Scholar in Guru Govind Singh Indraprasta University, Delhi working under Dr. Anup Beniwal, Dean, University School of Humanities and Social Sciences, GGS Indraprasta University, Delhi. Her areas of academic interest are New Literatures, Human Rights and Communication Skills. She is presently heading the English Department and the Language Laboratory in her organization. A scholar with avowed love for literature and research, Ms. Chakrabarty has regularly contributed several research papers in National Journals, books and represented herself at various International and National Conferences. She holds a PG Diploma in Mass Communication and has a good exposure in the field of Public Relations. Besides being a lover of art and nature, she is a creative writer writing poems and novels which have been published in several magazines and literary circles. She has been working actively with Common Ground Publishers lately and has served as Associate Editors to The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and The International Journal of the Arts in Society.

Prof. Anup Beniwal

Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Education, Department of English., Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, Delhi, India

Presently Professor and Dean, University School of Humanities and Social Sciences, GGS Indraprasta University, Delhi, Dr Anup Beniwal has been teaching English and Communication Skills to both Undergraduate and Post graduate students for the last 19 years. Prior to joining USHSS, GGS IPU he was with the Department of English, M.D. University, Rohtak. His areas of academic and research interest include Indian English Fiction on Partition, Indian Writing in English Translation, Translation and Communication Skills. Himself an avid student of literature, he has been supervising M.Phil and Ph.D. research projects. Apart from authoring a book entitled Representing Partition: History, Violence and Narration, he has regularly contibuted research papers, review articles and translations in prestigious national/refreed journals, newspapers and magazines. He has also translated Ramnika Gupta’s activist Hindi prose/essays into English. At present he is busy translating an anthology of Hindi short stories. He also holds an additional charge of Dean, University School of Education.

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