Regionalism and Issues: Understanding Indian Unity in Diversity Through Literature


To understand regionalism,we need to know various dimensions of the region.Region as a social system,reflects the relation between different human beings and groups whereas a geographical unit,is delimited form each other.Regionalism is an ideology and political movement to advance the causes of regions.At the international level,regionalism refers to transnational cooperation to meet a common goal.Regionalism at national level refers to a process in which sub-states become increasingly powerful.Regionalism is defined as a feeling of loyalty to a part of a country and a wish for it to be more politically independent. Positive regionalism means love towards one’s culture,region,language.Negative regionalism may pose a threat to the unity and integrity of the country.In the Indian context,the term regionalism has been used in the negative sense.INDIA,a country of 29 states, 1500 language, 6400 castes, approximately 6 religion and 29 major festival, a lot of variety further divided in different directions, people and cultures.It is universally assumed that literature mirrors the society. We believe that traditions are all static,stable and unalterable, traditions change with the time.Regional literature portrays changing traditions, keeps us in touch with ancestors, with the world at present and gives hope to make our world better.Indian regional literature has the influence of regional Katha,fables,stories and myths.Indian literature, thus, as the cradle of the art of narration,gave birth to an independent genre of literature,regional literature of India.The journey of regional literature of India is long,rich, murmuring recognizable past of India.The paper will discuss Indian writings in context to regional literature.

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Reena Mittal, Dak Degree College, Moradabad, India

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Conference: ACAH2019
Stream: Literature/Literary Studies

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