Vol. 6, Issue 4 (2020)
Saleem Sinai, a diasporic self: Reading Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children
Author(s): Humaera Sultana, Afsana Mousume, Debashismoy Dutta
Abstract: This article highlights Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize winning novel Midnight’s Children’s protagonist Saleem Sinai who meets identity crisis as a product of diaspora. The study attempts to explore how the legacy of the colonizers affects the personal life of the people of the newly independent country. Due to partition and its subsequent migration, Saleem has lost his family connection and become alienated from his family, motherland and at the same way his diasporic country. The present study further speaks about the struggle of Saleem Sinai to survive within the background of identity crisis both in India and in his migrated land Pakistan. This experiment will employ the theory of post-colonialism through the qualitative investigation. The result of the study reveals how the British colonization is responsible for identity crisis of the post independent generation of India and adds traumatic experience of memory in their diasporic life.