One reads his Midnight’s Children as a literary mirror for events in pre and post Independence India. Never before a more scathing allegory was attempted on the partition of India. Today a new genre of literature has emerged, translation studies and partition literature. But without Rushdie that genre of post colonial literature is unthinkable. The story of Saleem Sinai lays bare most artistically the trauma and trails of agony facing the country of cultural , linguistic, religious and political differences. Even to read about the emergency trauma of Indira Gandhi regime this book is a pathfinder. The emergency signals the end of the abilities of the Midnight Children.
The Jaipur people did not expect Rushdie to read from the banned Satanic Verses, but they waited for his reading a few pages from Midnight’s Children which is so close to Indian culture and so relevant to the understanding of Indian Independence and the tragic partitioning of the sub-continent. The narrative as every reader knows comprises of Indian cultural history. Saleem, in this novel muses on the Indian love tradition of Radha - Krishna, and Rama - Sita. The novel chronologically entwines characters from both India and the West and thus post colonial Indian history is better portrayed all throughout with the technique of magical realism. It recalls the indigenous Indian culture of oral recounting in the context of Indian independence.
India is a country that this internationally acclaimed author of Indian origin has visited many times in the past. He even attended the Jaipur Literary festival in 2007.But for mysterious reasons, this time all these unpleasant things happened. Who will judge, who is to visit this country where Huns, Mughals and Pathans visited again and again to get mingled in the distant past into the vast body of Indian civilization? Mysterious groups “out to kill Rushdie and the cries against Rushdie coming, got used as an excuse to put pressure on the organisers of the Literary Festival to stop Rushdie from visiting. They may later know what harm they have done to the values of secularism and democracy, but they do not really know what rampage they have done against the literary tradition of post colonial Indian English writing.
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