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By Kālidāsa

Kumarasambhavam celebrates the affection tale of Siva and Parvati, whose passionate union leads to the start in their son, the younger god Kumara. starting with a luminous description of the beginning of Parvati, the poem proceeds in completely pitched sensuous element via her courtship with Siva till the evening in their marriage ceremony. It performs out their story at the massive scale of excellent divinity, in which the gods are considered either as enthusiasts and as cosmic ideas.

Composed in 8 scintillating cantos, Kumarasambhavam maintains to enchant readers centuries after it was once first written. Hank Heifetz's gleaming translation brings to existence the heady eroticism and luxurious imagery of the unique.

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On the other hand, when once he begins to militate among the people he is struck with wonder and amazement; he is literally disarmed by their good faith and honesty. The danger that will haunt him continually is that of becoming the uncritical mouthpiece of the masses; he becomes a kind of yes-man who nods assent at every word coming from the people, which he interprets as considered judgments. Now, the fellah, the unemployed man, the starving native do not lay a claim to the truth; they do not say that they represent the truth, for they are the truth.

The zone where the natives live is not complementary to the zone inhabited by the settlers. The two zones are opposed, but not in the service of a higher unity. Obe­ dient to the rules of pure Aristotelian logic, they both Concerning Violence / 39 follow the principle of reciprocal exclusivity. No concilia­ tion is possible, for of the two terms, one is superfluous. The settlers' town is a strongly built town, all made of stone and steel. It is a brightly lit town; the streets are covered with asphalt, and the garbage cans swallow all the leavings, unseen, unknown and hardly thought about.

In fact, the settler is right when he speaks of knowing "them" well. For it is the settler who has brought the native into existence and who perpetuates his existence. The settler owes the fact of his very existence, that is to say, his property, to the colonial system. Decolonization never takes place unnoticed, for it in­ fluences individuals and modifies them fundamentally. It transforms spectators crushed with their inessentiality into privileged actors, with the grandiose glare of history's floodlights upon them.

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