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Lords of the Global Village: A Novel


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AuthorRanendra (Translated from the Hindi by Rajesh Kumar)
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2017
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
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The Americas were generous enough to preserve the literatures and ruins of the Incas, the Mayans, the Aztecs and the Native Americans in a number of museums. But the self-proclaimed liberal and tolerant Indian culture had spared not even that much space for the Asurs. They existed only as vestiges of myths. ‘

After a long period of unemployment, Master Sahib is appointed to a school for tribal girls in rural JharkhandÑon a remote plateau, near open bauxite mines. He has heard of the Asur tribe who live thereÑthat they are primitive, crude giants, or perhaps even the demons of myth. Master Sahib settles into an uneasy routine, prejudiced against his neighbours and surroundings. But when Lalchan Asur, the village chief’s son, appears in his room, battered and bloody, Master Sahib must perforce get involved with the community around him.

As he makes friendsÑwith Lalchan and his brothers, Rumjhum Babu, Doctor Ram Kumar, Lalita and EtwariÑMaster Sahib finds that the Asurs are desperately poor. He sees that they are being further impoverished by mine owners and opportunistic godmen, hungry to exploit the land and women. When the Asurs decide to strike against the mine owners, Master Sahib realizes that he is caught up in the age-old battle between the Asurs and the DevasÑand that this time, the Devas are the Lords of global capital, remote from petty human concerns.

Ranendra’s masterful parable brings alive the real plight of tribal communities today, their very existence threatened by a nexus of corporate rapacity and the hunger for development. Lords of the Global Village, with its spare prose and memorable characters, is a legend for and of our times.

About the author
Rajesh Kumar has written short stories and poems in both Hindi and English. Some of his important translations from Hindi into English include Sanjeev's Jungle Jahan Shuroo Hota Hai and Mahua Maji's Main, Borishailla. He is the editor of TLV, a refereed research journal for English Literature & Language. Currently, he is head, Department of English, Vinobha Bhave University, Hazaribag, and director, University Law College.

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