Attacks and counterattacks, world of literarture is not untouched by this but what matters is identification of right and wrong. Day before yesterday there was an article by Ashutosh Bhardwaj on book written on Lata’s musical journey by Yatindra Mishra.( LATA:SUR GATHA) He unbiasedly touched those points which were left during all the appreciation book received and buzz it created. Today Prakash K.Ray, a senior writer and journalist, has an answer to that critical review. Lets read what he has to say- Divya Vijay
– You’d probably have to ask some academician about that.
– But what about you?
– But what about me? Well I would have to refer to the academicians too. If they are poems, or they are not poems… does it really matter? And who would it matter to?
(Bob Dylan responding to questions related to his ‘text’ accompanying photos by Barry Feinstein in Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript)
In Encyclopedia Britannica, Frederick C. Crews, an Emeritus Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley, defines Literary criticism as the reasoned consideration of literary works and issues, and it applies, as a term, to any argumentation about literature, whether or not specific works are analyzed. If I apply the first sentence of this definition, Bhardwaj’s article is not an example of literary criticism. But, if I consider the second line, it is one. If I go by the literal sense, or the way we use the word- criticism- in our daily conversation, it is certainly a criticism for it goes on and on ‘criticising’ the book in question. He blurs the difference between stating a view and ranting about something.
Many years ago, I heard from Prof Vagish Shukla that ‘aalochana’ is an extension of ‘lochan’, that means ‘to view’. Viewing is certainly not seeing though the later is embedded in the former. Let me try to elaborate on why I do not consider this ‘criticism’ of Bhardwaj a ‘reasoned consideration’.