About

This course blog, for my English 583  classes at Ohio State, is intended to give a platform to students’ thoughts about literature and film y and about South Asians, and other related subjects.  All students in each class are signed on as authors and remain such even after they leave the class.  The idea is to encourage ongoing engagement with the issues beyond the classroom (yes, I’m utopian).

If you are just visiting us, welcome!  The blog is public precisely in order to invite those who are interested in the topics to participate and contribute.  We ask only that you remain constructive and encouraging (and comments are moderated to ensure this).  Also, please give the authors credit in case you cite their ideas directly.

For the course syllabus,  or for more about me, Pranav Jani, please see my webpage.  Syllabi for all of my classes are available under the heading “teaching.”  If you are an instructor and find some useful ideas there, please feel free to share them.

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  1. Reading Gandhi’s autobiography and then watching the film both worked to teach me things about this revolutionary individual that I had not known before. Before the material in this course, basically all I knew about him was that he was a pacifist and could be identified by his trademark homemade cloth and glasses. What came as the biggest surprise to me was the amount of support that Gandhi had of various British, American and other non-Indian groups of people from the beginning. I found it extremely heartwarming that one of his first supporters was Charlie the clergyman who was both caucasian and a Christian. To me, this signified that the movement and change that Gandhi was trying to ignite was deemed as legitimate by people outside of the citizens of India and outside of the Hindu and Muslim religion. It was also compelling to see the amount of violence and injustice the Indian people endured, particularly since they had been instructed to abstain from retaliating violently. Probably the most powerful scene for me was the raid on the Salt Factory, which worked more as a demonstration of nonviolent defiance and courage, rather than an actual fight. It is truly remarkable to think that all of these ideals were instilled and promoted by one individual who sought after justice and freedom for an entire nation which was under the tight grip of the British Empire at the time. The viceroy and police officers use of the word “sedition” to describe any act deemed as illegal (in their terms) reminds me a lot of the events surrounding the disappearances in Argentina after the “Dirty War.” At this time, anyone suspected of being a subversive was imprisoned, kidnapped, tortured, or killed, and all on the basis of the governments fear of insurrection and a revolution. Like the government in Argentina, the British officials in India were constantly throwing people in jail for one reason or another. All in all, I honestly believed that I was going to dislike the film but I ended up enjoying it a lot and found it be a wonderful depiction of such a significant period of time in which probably the most humble, intelligent, peaceful man stood up against injustice and changed things for all time.

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