Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

2 - Post War Asian Politics, New World Order and the Role of India: Reading India in the Works of Hotta Yoshie

Friday, July 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Gulmohar, First Floor

Hotta Yoshie in his maiden work hiroba no kodoku (1951) refers to India’s efforts to bring peace in the conflicting East Asian Region. Five years later, he visited India to attend the first conference of Asian Writers’ Association. As an organizing committee member, he arrived almost one month early to look after its preparation. He got the opportunity to interact with many Indian literati and to travel around as well. After returning to Japan he published indo de kangaeta koto (1957). This writing attempts to break the stereotype image of India that existed among the Japanese people. He named one of the chapters of this writing as “India is not a Poor Country”. He goes beyond mere commenting on the cultural aspects and applauds India’s efforts in building up of the nation. Furthermore, he recommends comparing the duo countries’ intelligentsia in the following words, “Nehru’s approach to his country, self-criticism, and the approach of Sōseki and Ōgai should be set in a similar parameter. And I believe that it is very significant to do a comparative study of them.” (Chapter 4) This paper would attempt to examine Hotta's view about India and compare it with the historical facts. 

Mohammad Moinuddin

Osaka University, Japan

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