Decolonial and Postcolonial Ecologies: Critical Voices from India – A monthly online lecture series

29 February: A. Raghuramaraju (Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati)

21 March: Bhagat Oinam (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

11 April: Aseem Shrivastava (Writer, Teacher, and Ecological Thinker)

2 May: Prasenjit Biswas (North-Eastern Hill University)

18 July: Swarnalatha R (Indian Institute of Technology Madras)

(TBA) August: Ashish Kothari (Environmental Activist)

26 September: Padini Nirmal (Independent Scholar)

3 October: Puja Ghosh (University of Oregon)


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29 February 2024

A. Raghuramaraju (Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati)

Examining the Relationship between Woman and Death. Revisiting Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol


India becomes Independent from the British Rule. Some prominent leaders in this unique movement have written extensively during this period. A concerted effort is made to explore whether there are any texts by these freedom fighters that can reverberate the project of the Indian national movement. As a part of this exploration, the presentation closely analyses the legendary character of Savitri from The Mahabharata in general and Sri Aurobindo’s rendering of the legend as a symbol in his Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol. His “The Author’s Note” also projects the allegory as a symbol ‘with whom we can enter into concrete touch’ across time. The presentation extends this move by Sri Aurobindo and explores whether the symbol can be used to understand the Indian National Movement. Three significant similarities are explored: between the irreversibility of the loss of Satyavan’s life and India’s freedom, the shift from emotion to cognition, and the success in getting Satyavan alive by Savitri and getting freedom from the British. The presentation highlights the uniqueness of both Savitri, a woman in dialogue with the God of Death, Yamadharma Raja, and the argumentative character of the Indian National Movement. In the end, the site of Satyavan’s death, which is the forest, is discussed to bring an ecological perspective to the discussion.



Organized by: Elise Coquereau-Saouma (JNU / FWF), Puja Ghosh (UO) and Michael Stadler (DAAD Lecturer at JNU)


OpenEdition vous propose de citer ce billet de la manière suivante :
Daeseung Park (12 février 2024). Decolonial and Postcolonial Ecologies: Critical Voices from India – A monthly online lecture series. Anthropologie décoloniale. Consulté le 14 juillet 2024 à l’adresse

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