The theme of partition in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s children
This paper deals with the History, Consciousness, Interpretation, Partition, Political Freedom, Post Colonialism and Nationalism with reference to Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. India has so many stories to tell about the past, the present and the future. It is true that a nation is not there if it is not part of one’s own consciousness. A nation does not exist as a physical entity, but lives by and speaks to us through the culturesoul. Midnight’s Children is Rushdie’s interpretation of a period of about 70 yrs of India’s modern history dealing with the events leading to the partition and beyond. The identification between the public and private strands is complete in this novel and that gives unity to the novel. Throughout Midnight’s Children, Saleem Sinai successfully tells the stories of his life and India’s pre and postcolonization. Saleem flashes back to major moments in his life while commenting on those events in the present. He offers his opinion on how his life unfolded in order to give the reader different perspectives, from struggles and tragedies to victories and joys.