(A Quarterly International Peer-reviewed Refereed e-Journal
Devoted to English Language and Literature)
“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual.” —A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Nowadays media (as well as social media) are all set to express their concerns over a number of issues like poverty, corruption, adultery, injustice, indifference, atrocity, etc. Their concerns can be seen in areas ranging from society to culture, from morality to spirituality and from politics to economics (though many times it happens only to increase their publicity/TRPs). Their concerns are, most of the times, focused on moral degradation owing to self-centered and calculated teaching-learning environment in the modern society. Perhaps this is why many scholars, writers, thinkers along with their speeches, articles, discussions and debates on different platforms are coming forward to investigate and analyze all these things in the face of emotional aggression and bystander apathy.
The general public is watching, listening, reading, and even reacting in its own manner. It repeatedly articulates— ‘everything is not going well?’, ‘how long will all this last?’, ‘now God is our only hope! and so on. After some times, it gets involved in its daily chores and forgets to find relevant solution to these problems. If, by chance, a new incident takes place, it gives the specific community another chance for expressing on the hot issue. And so, on coming to notice, some media persons, writers or intellectuals connect the previous incident with the new one reminding the ‘old wounds’, and, in this way, they skillfully host and present their walk and talk show or write in black or blue for whom we don’t know. Then thousands of creations (also criticisms) take birth— many times on the same theme and in the same manner. Now the question is— ‘is this the way to bring change in the society?’, ‘is this the process to bring consciousness among the masses?’, ‘is this the method to put a full stop on such a moral decay?’ If not, then what is logical and substantive for a happy world? Dear teachers and students (also dear authors and readers), let us explore this to recollect and imbibe the legacy of Dr Kalam on his birth anniversary!
Creation and Criticism’s joint issue (July-Oct 2019) celebrates acclaimed contemporary Indian poet, critic, translator, editor and teacher C. L. Khatri with an interview, three research papers, two videos, some poems inside. As usual, a munificent selection of book reviews and some other features are also included in the issue for our fervent readers.
All the best!
Abnish Singh Chauhan