By Susheila Nasta
Relocating clear of orthodox narratives of the Raj and British presence in India, this e-book examines the importance of the networks and connections that South Asians proven on British soil. the interval 1858-1950, it offers readings of cultural background and issues to the pressing have to open up the parameters of this box of analysis.
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48–9. 9. For a fuller discussion of the implications of this ending between E. M. Forster and writer Mulk Raj Anand, see: Susheila Nasta, ‘Between Bloomsbury and Gandhi? The Background to the Publication and Reception of Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable’, in Books Without Borders: Perspectives from South Asia, ed. Robert Fraser and Mary Hammond (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp. 160–3. 10. I am drawing here on Partha Mitter’s vision of a cosmopolitan modernity in The Triumph of Modernism: India’s Artists and the Avant--garde 1922–1947 7 (London: Reaktion Books, 2007), pp.
V. Desani, an early representative of the wider East African/Asian diaspora, experimental modernist and propagandist lecturer for the Ministry of Information; and Mulk Raj Anand, who strategically used his platform with George Orwell at the BBC to negotiate a number of different political constituencies whether as fervent anti-imperialist supporter like the Eurasian Cedric Dover of the League of Coloured Peoples, or participant like many of the 1930s left-wing British intelligentsia in the wider global fight against fascism during the lead-up to the Second World War.
30 Indeed, the polysyllabic strands of 1890s decorative devices that run through the poems lightly suggest that the decadent poetry that defined turn-of-the-century art has to have been in part an Indian-inflected production. An interesting call-and-response pattern especially interconnects the Primavera poems by the two friends Ghose and Binyon. 31 Though gradations of emotion between the different poems are difficult to discern, Ghose’s ‘III’ appears the more committed to the ‘starry visions’ of Youth than Binyon, and is pictured as beckoning beyond ‘the wide, unknown sea’.
India in Britain: South Asian Networks and Connections, 1858–1950 by Susheila Nasta