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Dr. Manjeet Baruah on his translation of the Assamese novel, Aolingar Zui

Oral Traditions: Continuity and Transformations, Northeast India and Southeast Asia, Shillong (1st-4th February, 2016);Conference

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Dr. Manjeet Baruah shared his translation of the Assamese novel, Aolingar Zui (Remains of Spring), published in 2007. The novel is based on Naga villages located in the No Man’s Land of the Indo-Burma border, in a cluster of Konyak Naga villages. He read out his paper presentation, opening with a line that the significance of this novel is in its choice of theme; the novel moves away from the usual contextualization of Assam, basing its foundation in Naga society, the Naga movement of self-determination, and the role of ‘space’ in the articulation of the processes that comprise of politics. He says that the novel was one of the clearest expositions on the centrality of space in the making of a textual narrative. He took the audiences through the content of the novel, and brought out two inter-related challenges for the novel. First, is it possible to translate the social, political and cultural world of the locale, which operates in a mix of Konyak, Nagamese and English languages, into modern Assamese? In other words, the question here is whether a language which is not produced by the specific experiences of the locale be a bearer of that experience? Second, since the socio-political and cultural world that the novel explores largely exists in orality, can that domain be translated into a written language? He is of the view that the novel as a work in resistance literature, seeks to represent the lived experiences of people in resistance, and as a text, it seeks to demonstrate that both the challenges can be met. The point of enquiry, he said, is the process through which this is explored, and what are the voices and ruptures that emerge in the text as a result.
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Oral Traditions: Continuity and Transformations, Northeast India and Southeast Asia, Shillong
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