Save Lanka!

http://www.indiacurrents.com/articles/2011/08/10/lanka-drowning

I just came across this very interesting short story by Anirvan Chatterjee, an incredibly intelligent Indian American bookworm/techie/activist who spent last year (along with landscape architect Barnali Ghosh) documenting the work of climate activists in Europe and Asia. He seems like a very interesting person, and you can learn more about him at his websites:

http://www.chatterjee.net/

http://www.yearofnoflying.com

http://www.bookfinder.com/

This short story won second place at the Katha 2011 fiction contest and is a critique of climate policy using the characters of the Ramayana to demonstrate the injustice, corruption, and political inaction related to environmental reform. To be honest I’m not 100% sure who his characters are supposed to represent, either the nations of South Asia, or a larger global cast, so hopefully a rereading of the text will flesh out some more of Chatterjee’s unique portrayals. The text certainly packs a powerful punch by reinventing the characters of the timeless classic to illustrate the controversy surrounding climate change and its consequences.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s