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Postcolonial fiction in India

However, I was fascinated to realize that post-colonial works did not necessarily have to come from once-colonized nations, and they were not always the works which were published after the official end of colonialism. Novels like A Passage to India, for instance, may contain both colonial and post-colonial views. Therefore, I understood post-colonial literatures as those which address the colonial situation and its values, from the time it started, by writers from both the colonizing and colonized countries. This understanding inspired me to approach an established work of fiction in the light of binary divisions, and reflect on how they are deconstructed in order to see colonialism as a cultural construct that seeps into the consciousness of those who are in power, even in the national democratic circle.
Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children drew me into a lot of conflicting and intriguing questions regarding post-colonial literatures. I must admit that it is a difficult novel to read and grasp, but once we get into the core of it, it is deeply engrossing. One does not need to have specialist knowledge of Indian culture and history to understand it, though it may help one understand all the inner nuances.

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