From Routes to Roots: A Vision of the Indian Subcontinent in Salman Rushdie’s Novels

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Dr. Sajad Ahmad Ganie
Dr. M. Madhavan


Rushdie has explored many themes and issues in his writing cosmos within the postcolonial perspective in relationship with language, history, politics, identity, migration, and globalization. The present paper is focused on his two famous novels The Moor's Last Sigh and Shalimar the Clown that had taken a reversion from the other works that are based on western countries and characters. He is traversing back from routes to roots, envisioning the Indian subcontinent within his critiques. Rushdie encompasses through the geographical, political, and cultural limits in the course of his written works, just to come back to explore his subcontinent. In both these books the Indian nation expects a key topical core interest with a major focus on serious issues like historical backdrop of India loaded with turbulence in the present circumstances, and the issue of Kashmir has given a priority that has got mutilated between India and Pakistan since independence. The experience of distance inside the third world connection is pondered upon after the postcolonial era of the subcontinent. Rushdie investigates the historical backdrop of India full with turbulence in the most recent century in The Moor’s Last Sigh, while it is the issue of Kashmir that expects priority in Shalimar the Clown.


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Dr. Sajad Ahmad Ganie, and Dr. M. Madhavan. “From Routes to Roots: A Vision of the Indian Subcontinent in Salman Rushdie’s Novels”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 2, no. 3, Aug. 2017, pp. 244-52,
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