Vol. 5, Issue 5 (2019)
Indian ethos in salman rushdie
Author(s): Dr. Ratnesh Baranwal
Abstract: In the group of minority-writers, Salman Rushdie occupies a very prominent place. He has very beautifully presented, in his novels and short-stories, the different colours and shades of Indian ethos and sensibility. The most important aspect of his work is his excessively self-conscious effort to connect personal and national histories to come to terms with postcoloniality. For the fulfillment of this approach, he projects particular experiences and power of imagination and focus memory to create the capacity to grapple with the alternative reality of the Third World. His achievement lies in the statement he makes through his fiction that we don’t live in three worlds but in one, mutually affected and affecting. Writers in his position are exiles or emigrants or expatriates and are constantly haunted by some sense of loss, some urge to reclaim and look back. His novel Midnight’s Children, beautifully portrays the lovely picture of the beauty of Bombay city as the reflection of modern India. His novel The Satantic Verses brought about a very sharp reaction among the Muslims not only living in India but also abroad. They declared the book as blasphemous. Death-threats were given to him by the spiritual leader of Iran. His famous novel Shame, presents the conservative and dirty picture of contemporary politics in Pakistan. His famous novel Shalimar, The Clown, represents another fine example of Indian ethos where in disputed Kashmir, terrorism has crept away. Another picture of Indian ethos is nicely portrayed in his novel-The Enchantress of Florence, where the fictional picture of the Mughal emperor Akbar is drawn.