Category: Indian and South Asian Studies


The Effects of Gender in Second Language Acquisition: A Study on Bangladeshi Adult EFL Learners

The paper investigated the effects of gender on second language acquisition from sociolinguistics and a poststructuralist feminist approach. Data was gathered from sixty-nine EFL students from different departments at a private university on their performance in English language skills, which included listening, reading, writing, and speaking, and assessed using the IELTS (International English Language Testing


Copper Workers and Their Technology – A Survey of Chotanagpur Region

This paper explores the ethnographic profile of copper workers and the technology they are using presently in the Chotanagpur Plateau which was rich in copper metal, specially the Singbhum belt where many ancient copper mines have been discovered. By studying the present communities involved in making copper artefacts, the paper tries to trace a connect


Vocal Aesthetics and the Construction of the “Feminine” in Post-independence Hindi Cinema

Indian cinema is deeply connected to India’s identity, with cinematic themes and narratives influencing and reflecting cultural behaviors and expectations. After its Independence in 1947, India entered a nation-building phase, and films placed the nation, society, and family (including romance and marriage) at the center of its narratives. Indian construction of femininity was based on


Constructing and Practicing Rights: A Perspective of Female Factory Workers in Bangladesh

In this paper, I analyze the citizenship of female workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I discuss how rights are built in response to dynamic powers and authorities in the context of local governance. For female workers, claiming rights often imply stepping out of a familiar social-cultural framework with the goal of pursuing the attention of state.


A Buddhist – Hindu Dialogue to Further the Role of Wisdom in Contemporary Education

This paper presents a dialogue that draws on the two major wisdom traditions of India, Hinduism and Buddhism. The dialogue is between an Indian national, also Hindu, who is negotiating a place for herself and her children in the Australian education system, and her mentor, an Australian born teacher educator who is Buddhist. Both authors


Now the Powerless Speaks: A Study of Bama’s Sangati and Baby Kamble’s ‘The Prisons We Broke’ From a Dalit Feminist Standpoint

In context of the powerful and the powerless in the social formation of India, caste system has been a matter of immense debate and discussion. Continuing for centuries, (presumably from the time of the Aryan invasion) caste system has been a parasitical condition prevailing, thriving and continually reforming, throughout India. Being an Indian one cannot