Shaking the Roots of Western Science in Amitav Ghoshâ€™s <i>The Calcutta Chromosome<i/>
AbstractThe typical worldview based on the strict hierarchies and rigid binaries of standard/ nonstandard, civilised/savage, good/bad, dark/white, rich/poor and so on needs to be interrogated and dismantled in order to develop a fair perspective of the world. Amitav Ghosh's The Calcutta Chromosome (1996) presents a critique of the Eurocentric discourse of science and offers the possibilities of an alternative, and a paradigmatic shift in our perception of modernity and primitivism. The present fascination for the Western model of science and development will push the planet nowhere but to a premature collapse. In this paper, we discuss the subversive strategies which Ghosh employs in the text to conclude that it is time we interrogated the grand narrative of science and development and put the local â€œotherâ€ in its place if we want to save the world from an impending disaster.
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