SUBVERSION: A POSTCOLONIAL DEVICE OF RECONSTRUCTION
Author(s):
Dr. Girish. B. Kalyanshetti
Keywords:
Colonialism, colonial apparatus’s theories of part colonialism, colonial circumstances
Abstract
Living in the twenty-first century and bearing witness to the fast-changing global scenario, one is left with intuition that shapes his /her perception of the world. The individual’s perception of the world, at many times, is the outcome of certain societal rituals underwent during his /her developmental stage. These rituals in the form of familial conditioning and societal programming have always tried to impose upon an individual well-accepted thought-process,a thought- decorum only to make him/her servient to it. From the early days, the children are given the views, opinions which have been in return given away by their fore-fathers. The child acquires his perception of the world not by actual experience but by a decent conditioning done on him or her by his or her in-laws. This is particularly so in case of the people from ‘once-colonized countries’. The child’s notions of ethics, morality, science, reality, truth and all other sacred aphorisms are exclusively shaped by the people in power. Power is one of the most influential paradigms in the pretext of colonial venture. As it is observed that colonialism is foremost an agency that strives hard to make the colonized accept the set-values and set-beliefs of the colonizers. By exploiting the indigenous cultural matrices, they grapple hard to sustain the venture in the name of wealth, riches, profits and all those contours that the dreadful lust aspires of. It creates an unusual dichotomy among the colonized people and helps reduce the socio-cultural set-up. The existence is filtered through the divisions that beckon a hybrid environment. In the midst of many colonial apparatuses, the notion of language has always been a starting point for the colonizers in justifying their so-called mission of civilizing the territory. Language, as Ngugi wa Thinogo[1986:16] writes, “caries culture, and culture carries, particularly through orature and literature, the entire body of values by which we come to perceive ourselves and our place in the world”.
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Unique Paper ID: 152254

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 2

Page(s): 684 - 687
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