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Composed by dd/ts, 2010.
This book announces a paradigmatic break in the context of a postmodernist postcolonial discursive field. For the first time in the history of ideas, a third world discourse is proclaiming its own conceptual tools to articulate itself positively and hit hard at the dominant third-worldist postcolonial discourses in G-8 nations and their acolytes nearer home, rewriting, among other things, Marxs Capital and Ramas Ramayana.
Bigger than Marx and Lord Rama, the illegitimate children of Macaulay in Job Charnocks Calcutta are sending here their local voices to the distant global villages in a tonality, language and style that are not always very refined. A paradigmatic shift is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A paradigmatic break is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class of writings overthrows another.