An Eco-Critical Approach; A Study of Select North East Indian Poets
Thus, it is only natural that the literary works produced here, in North East states, have a special place for nature. The literature of ancient times, classic and even religious texts all around the world has treated nature in a special way, whether it be the Biblical Garden of Eden or the forest where Rama was exiled. Trees and wilderness have played the role of the provider, protector and sometimes destroyer. The North East States, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Sikkim, except for Tripura, are nestled at the Himalayan Mountain ranges and thus have been a playground for nature. A closer look at the green writing of the area will reveal many hidden aspects of North East Literature.
The study of ecology has gained immense popularity in the recent years as people have become more concerned about the deteriorating environment and eco-system. Thus, in the field of literature, a new approach, Ecocriticism which mainly deals with a critical reading of literary texts in relation to environment, nature and literature, has come forward. As the basic definition suggests that ecocriticism studies the 'relationship between literature and environment' (Nayar 2013:242), it is interdisciplinary in nature. Yamuna Prasad defines ecocriticism as, Eco-Criticism may be defined as an art of making judgments on