Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2016)
Humanitarianism: A social propoganda in Vihang A.Naik’s poetry manifesto (new and selected poems)
Author(s): Gargi Biswas
Abstract: Vihang A.Naik’s works in poetry are one of the most original and complete productions of Indian English poetry. We debate ourselves in wonder as we read his poems and the interest of the readers gradually accumulates and advances towards the conclusion of the series of poems. His poems are a source of powerful and profound emotion. The elementary feelings of the human mind are exposed to view and the pictures of social life and domestic manners are presented in the most simple and attached matter. His poems are actually an exhibition of the intellectual and imaginative power which any reader may acknowledge. They are one of the productions of the post-modern literature with its astounding style of caricature and exaggeration of modern life. ‘Humanitarianism’ is the commitment or an obligation to improve the lives of other people and is the ability to accept other human beings regardless of their social views and race. It is mainly a tenet of kindness, magnanimity and sympathy stretched universally and objectively to all humans. Technological advancement has come to a stage where human society finds itself at crossroads and this as a result has put humans into a situation of flux and confusion in the modern society. Therefore, this paper mainly points out the negative effects of technological advancements on social, cultural, economic aspects in the life of modern society in terms of humanistic approach. His role in Indian English poetry holds both repulsion and fascination to the number of readers behind his writing by offering a spectrum of social responses which are more thoughtful and psychologically oriented. His poems suggest a quick survey of socio- psychological reasoning and they deal with the passage of a social cross- over from rural agrarianism to urbanization as the society started turning to an urban- centered society.