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From Sepoy Mutiny to Terrorism in Kashmir: Perspectives on War in Indian English Children’s Literature: Anto Thomas Chakramakkil
„And when all the wars are done, a butterfly will still be beautiful“
– Ruskin Bond, Delhi is Not Far
I live in erstwhile British Malabar in a village called Chowghat. It was a significant location for British colonial administration. When I recently visited the government administrative headquarters of this village now turned into a small town, I once again glanced at the marble stone at the entrance and the inscription that often fascinated me when I was a child as I came along with my paternal aunt who was a retired school teacher and received her pension from the government. The marble plate read: „From this village forty-five men took part in the Great War (1914 – 1918). Of these, five gave up their lives“.When I conceived the idea of scribbling something about the theme of war in Indian English children’s literature, I was curiously perturbed with the question why the modern wars have not affected the Indian literary psyche, particularly in the books published for children. Although many subtle ideas came in, I was all the more confused and the question perplexed me a lot.
The history of confrontation, which is as old as the human civilization itself, has involved the personal and public dimensions of fierce battles fought against one another over territories, wealth, resources, sexual companions, religious bigotries, egotistical suppositions, and other diverse socio-political interests. A chronological study of war records that it has grown more and more destructive...