WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF INDIANNESS IN NISSIN EZEIKEL'S POETRY.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the term “Indianness” has to be defined in clearer terms.  I am not certain as to what this is.  Certainly, with the advent of globalization, the concept of “Indianness” has been filtered through a cosmopolitan lens and there is much there where differing conceptions, unclear and potentially competing, reside.  In poems such as “The Night of the Scorpion,” Ezekiel writes of a world where India is present.  The small villages, the conflict between modernity and tradition, the role of religion in such a setting where there might not be much in way of singularity might be a part of what can be considered “Indianness.”  When he writes of how different forces of people and of ideas converge on the individual, rendering them a bit incapable of making a clear and decisive judgment about the situation, Ezekiel might be writing of something that might fit the conception of “Indianness.”  Yet, I think that one has to be careful of such a label, for individuals might simply seek to reduce the character and identity of what it means to be “Indian” to these assertions, not truly recognizing the complexity of their thought or of Ezekiel’s work.  Given the face that complexity and divergence of thought seems to be present in his work, Ezekiel might suggest that the same principles be applied to the concept of “Indianness.”