Freedom at midnight
Freedom at Midnight: The Concatenation of Conceptualism
Little flower Institute of Social Sciences and Health
Department of English
Nihal Jabin T
Archana Krishna K
Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge. 11At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history when we step out from the old to the new when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterances”.
The Indian Freedom movement was a series of activities with the aim of ending British rule in India. Freedom fighters like Gandhiji, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bhagat Singh etc. were those great leaders who sacrificed their lives with fearless courage to bring freedom to the nation. They faced pains, exploitation, immense torture, and hardships to bring freedom. So, people considered them the epitome of patriotism. The freedom that gave birth to the new dawn also created dark chapters in India, especially in the life of the poor people, women, and children. Literature played a significant role in Indian freedom struggle. Poets and writers like Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sarojini Naidu etc. used literature as a tool for political awareness. Our freedom fighters’ dreams of India remain unfulfilled. The country continues to be confronted with many problems such as poverty, corruption, social inequality, caste systems etc. The partition was a highly controversial arrangement and remain as a cause of much tension on the Indian subcontinent today. Partition triggered riots, mass casualties, on a colossal wave of migration. The partition of India epitomizes the politics of identity in its most negative form. When trust and understanding has been undermined, fear and insecurity reign supreme, generating panic at various levels of state and society.
We hope the paper presentation competition will explore all the socio, political and economic approach during the freedom struggle and an outlook in the literature of the world too. Unleash your perception. We would like to remind everyone that the intellect is not a merely passive recipient of experience but rather imposes a structure on it.
Report of the event
The postgraduate students of English Department of Little Flower Institute of Social Sciences and Health in association with IQAC organized a National Webinar on “Freedom at Midnight: Concatenation of Conceptualism” on 13th August 2020 at 9 00 AM via the Zoom meeting. Around 100 participants comprising of Principal, Director, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors and students from various colleges and universities all over India especially Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh participated in this webinar. The webinar was conducted by the support and coordination of the staff convener of the webinar and Assistant Professor of LISSAH, Mr Subin Varghese, Professor Balan, Head of the Department and the student organizers Mr Albin Thomas and Santhosh Ekka; postgraduate students from English Department of this college. The event started with a prayer by Ms Alida Maria Gilson postgraduate student from the English Department. After that Ms Vandana Devadas, a postgraduate student from the English Department extended her warm welcome to the participants, viewers, Judging panels and keynote speaker of the webinar. Following this Dr Benny Joseph Principal Of this college delivered the presidential address and inaugurated by Rev Fr Jose Melottukochilyil CST the Director of the college. The concept note of the National webinar was presented by Ms Littow Mary George a postgraduate student from the English Department of this college. Following, there was a plenary session on the topic “Material Memories as Ambassadors to Lost Histories and Homes in Aanchal Malhotra’s The Remnants of a Separation” chaired by r. Manjinder Kaur Wratch UIPS, PU, Chandigarh. Ms Farhana Sherin a postgraduate student from the English Department of this college introduced the Judges.
1. Dr Ashok k Varma
A former professor of Brennen college Kannur
Visiting Professor at Illinois University the USA
2. Dr Ahammed K
Retired professor of Farook college
Head of English Department at Baithulizza Arts and Science college Narikuni
Chairman of examination at Calicut University
3. Professor Dr Haneefa Muhammed
Former principal DUA College Malappuram
4. Professor Dr Bindu Amat
Head of English Department at Providence college Calicut
5 Dr Manjinder Kaur Wratch
The professor of English literature and communication skills at Giant Jyoti institute of management and technology
Visiting Professor of English literature and communication skills UIPS Punjab University Chandigarh
After that 14 participants presented their paper on the different topic based on the theme Freedom at Midnight: Concatenation of Conceptualism. Each session was chaired by the eminent Judging panel and they remark about the presentations at the end of the session. The webinar was concluded by a vote of thanks by Ms Amitha P T a postgraduate student from the English Department of this college. From the faculty, Assistant Professor Ms Nimisha George extended her gratitude to the participants and the organizers of the webinar.