I would say that the work is relevant today, given how Prime Minister Manmohan Singh endorsed the 2004 release of the commemorative edition. The idea of ostracizing members of a community because they reach out to others is quite relevant on several levels. Given the globalized reality into which India is a significant player, the vestiges of the caste system and the tradition bound prejudice that might be present has to be eliminated. Anand's work speaks to this. At the same time, I think that the personal experience of how the author's aunt was shunned from her Hindu community simply for having dinner with a Muslim is something that speaks quite loudly to this. I think that this is relevant in the modern setting as there is a great deal of fear in the world today of "the other." Anand's work speaks to a world where accepting this dialectical reality has to be part of its configuration in order to find some level of happiness and success.
Posted by aaqib53
on August 25, 2012 at 8:49 AM (Answer #1)