Lord-healer of lost cases

Gangopadhyay, Sunil, Dutta, Debolina and Sircar, Oishik (2021) Lord-healer of lost cases. In: Routledge handbook of international law and the humanities. Taylor and Francis, Oxon, pp. 208-226. ISBN 9781003170914

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‘Lord-Healer of Lost Cases’ is a Bengali short story in English translation. The original story – Beni Laskarer Mundu – published in 1972, is in the genre of historical fiction that Sunil Gangopadhyay’s key works are renowned for. Set in a fictional post-enlightenment nineteenth-century British-India, the story revolves around the head of a man called Benimadhab Laskar. His head, through a series of events, turns into a prospective artefact for juridical and medical inquiry because of his unique ability to accurately foretell whether a client was guilty or innocent. The translators’ afterword reads this story as an invitation to think about jurisprudence from a postcolonial location that acknowledges law to be a body of knowledge formed through contradictory inheritances. The translators foreground the way in which the story raises questions about law by unsettling the Manichean dualisms of reason/emotion, fact/fiction, science/supernatural, logic/superstition, modernity/tradition, religious/secular. At a political level, the afterword shows how the story helps to think of Southern histories as syncretic. It belies any nationalist claims to a pure past (in this case a Hindu one), ideas that are particularly significant for the current times in India, which is seeing a violent consolidation of Hindu nationalism.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Bengali short story | Beni Laskarer Mundu | Sunil Gangopadhyay | Benimadhab Laskar
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2022 15:24
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2022 05:01
Official URL: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.432...
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/879


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