The Peripheral Domain of Resistance: A Critical Reading of Literature from Assam
The centre-margin binaries lie at the very core of discourses constructed in the post-colonial societies across the world. Simultaneously, the dismantling of the binaries adds a different socio-political dimension to the entire peripheral domain of studies, whether in literature or in other fields of literary sciences. The Adivasis are considered to be the ‘aboriginals’ or in the constitutional terminology the ‘Scheduled Tribes’ in the historical perspective of the nation. In Assam, the narratives of the Adivasis working as labourers in the tea-gardens have long become significant matter of discussion for many researchers. Poets like Sameer Tanti, Sananta Tanti, Kamal Kumar Tanti etc. have raised their voices from the periphery. Their voices have unveiled different questions regarding the formation of identities in the marginal perspective in Assam. The peripheral voices have become sites of resistance and protest against different factors of marginalization in the state. The work explores the representation of the voices of resistance and protest as revealed in the poems of Sananta Tanti.