M.PHIL. RESEARCH SCHOLAR, DEPT. OF ENGLISH,
“An intense sense of awareness of the cultural loss and recovery that came with the negotiation with ‘other’ cultures is a recurrent feature of the literatures of the seven north-eastern states” (Misra xiii). The quest for identity also plays a pivotal role in shaping the literature of north-east as literature tends to give voice to those who remain in the periphery. “The sense of being denied fair representation in the great Indian civilizational discourse or even in the nationalist discourse, has deeply affected the emerging literati of many of the regions of north-east India in the post-Independence era” (Misra xviii). Literature helps in reconstructing identity and representing the voice that has been silenced throughout times. For a region marred by decades of violence, its literature is a medium of telling stories to the world. In the yarn of such a region, one often finds anger, fear and pain but also endurance, restraint and hope inextricably woven. Nagaland is one such land that tries to highlight its socio-political scenario in front of the mainstream and thus trying to reasserting its identity and reconstructing cultural formation. The emerging Naga writers try to focus on the areas like: the importance of oral tradition, identity politics, cultural dynamics, political influence, the struggle of the Nagas during Naga insurgency and so forth. Writers like Temsula Ao and Easterine Iralu (Kire) try to portray the identity crisis of the Nagas. They do not only try to write down the political strife but also the struggle of the common Naga people who are trapped between the underground and the military. During the years of turmoil who suffered most were the common Naga village dwellers. “The writing of these authors emanate from a land of turmoil and they depict the anxiety of ‘otherness’, the necessity of the separatist tendency, the subsequent evasion of the Naga nationalism and the emergence of a ‘new literature” (Ahmed 20).