LOCATING SUSTAINABILITY WITHIN INDIAN ETHOS
A Study of Posthumanistic Implications of Tinai
In the wake of renewed attention and discussions regarding sustainable development, paying due regard to the nature of a society that existed in ancient India, specifically during the Sangam [Cankam] period, could provide insightful observations. It may have resonances with the ancient cultures of various nations across the globe and could complement the sustainable development goals of the contemporary era. The paper attempts to connect the concept of Tinai, traditionally associated with Tamil poetics, to critical posthumanism. Identifying the posthumanistic implications embedded in this concept, specifically with respect to the notion of posthumanist subjectivity, could provide crucial insights regarding the ethos of sustainability. This particularly calls attention to the partnership between the human, the ecological, and the material world and the factors that could prove conducive for a harmonious co-existence.
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