Tetso College National Seminar on Fourth World Literature Underway | Morung Express
Dimapur, November 23 (MExN): The English Department at Tetso College launched the three-day National Online Seminar sponsored by the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) on November 22. .
A press release issued by the host college indicated that the inaugural session was chaired by Kechegi Khing, Assistant Professor (English, Tetso College). Manngai H Phom, Assistant Professor (English, Tetso College) presented an original song called “Hebak Mei” – Good Time (contemporary song by Phom Naga). The inaugural address was given by Dr Hewasa L Khing, Principal of Tetso College, followed by a Sumi Naga folk dance by the college’s cultural troupe.
Keynote speaker Dr Easterine Kire opened her speech with a broader perspective by stating that she felt unhappy with the use of the term “marginalized,” which was a key word at the national webinar. From a post-colonial perspective, she was of the opinion that the Nagas or the Northeast in general cannot succumb to the political outlook set forth by the Indian discourse on the marginalized.
She berated the crowd on the use of the term justifying by historical and political references, that it was a term given by an Indian political scenario with a superlative connotation for the Indian mainland, while addressing the region of the Northeast as marginalized in culture, socio-political or even a subordinate in historical space.
His final remarks were to “refocus the center”, to take charge of who we are by not accepting the definition given by others to the people of the Northeast in general.
Dr Rosy Tep, Facilitator, HoD (English, Tetso College) concluded the session by informing presenters and participants of the general rules for the national webinar.