Aavarana is a Kannada novel by novelist S. This novel deals with the historical character like Mogul Emperor Aurangazeb. Aavarana was sold out even before its release in February Like most of Bhyrappa's novels, Aavarana too generated tremendous debate and discussion. Many prominent intellectuals believe Aavarana dangerously advanced the fundamentalist agenda by tilting at the windmills of history, and that it seeks to divide society on communal lines.
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A translation of a provocative Kannada novel that fails to offer any room for doubt. To borrow a perhaps unwelcome, and even dated, classification, it is a novel of ideas, in which the characters and situations are wholly subservient to the overriding agenda of the narrative.
But is it a provocative read? Oh yes: Noted novelist S. But it is also self-serving, divisive and short-sighted, if not wilfully blind to the pitfalls of chest-thumping majoritarianism. Propaganda, by nature, is seductive; it feeds into half-baked concepts and beliefs to give them shape and brooks little opposition or questioning.
Now, as Amir tries to convince her that the Hampi destruction was caused by one Hindu sect seeking vengeance against the other, Razia begins to question accepted mythologies. Her research finds expression in a novel-within-a-novel, in which a handsome Rajput prince is captured, converted, sodomized and eventually castrated by Muslim invaders—nothing understated about the allegory there—before reuniting, improbably, with his wife and children, after bearing witness to the Aurangzeb-ordered destruction of the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
While the glib liberal serves as a counterpoint to the questing Razia, the others—like Amir—are mean-minded caricatures drawn in to emphasize the agenda. It all comes to a head at a conference organized to revise the history curriculum for schools and colleges, when Razia questions the whitewashing of Muslim brutality down the ages.
It raises important questions on how we read history—as also on identity and intellectual traditions, on appeasement politics, on civilizational conflict—but only offers a far-right revisionist take as an alternative.
It remains silent on the responsibility of the majority in a geography peopled by multiple religions and the implications of settling a medieval score in the 21st century. Click here to read the Mint ePaper Livemint. Join Livemint channel in your Telegram and stay updated. You are now subscribed to our newsletters. Aavarana: The Veil S. View Full Image. Subscribe to newsletters. Internet Not Available. Wait for it… Log in to our website to save your bookmarks.
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Book Review | Aavarana: The Veil
Aavarana : The Veil. El Bhairappa. Because my questions made Amir uncomfortable, he pronounced talaq just like that on the wife who had abandoned everything for him because his religion gives him that privilege. Where do I now stand, sir? Do you have any solutions for me?
AAVARANA The Veil
Lakshmi, a rebellious, free-spirited and intelligent film-maker, breaks ties with her staunchly Gandhian father to marry Amir, the man she loves. She even agrees reluctantly to Amir s request that she convert to Islam, as a formality, and change her name to Razia. However, she is shocked to discover that her husband is not the open-minded, progressive individual he claimed to be. For after marriage, Amir takes his family s side in trying to force her to follow the more rigorous tenets of their faith. This sets her off on a personal journey into India s history to uncover the many layers of religion, caste and creed. Her quest leads her to the many parallels in the narratives between the past and the present and she gradually finds that though much has changed in Indian society over the centuries, much remains the same. The second historical novel by celebrated Kannada author S.