Post Colonial Impact in The Hungry Tide - Amitav Ghosh
Dr. Sarathamani.M
settlement, historical, trespass, refugees, social discrimination.
The post colonial terminologies are the oppression and the rights of the common people. The major concern is on the internal hierarchies and the divisions among the society. The term post colonialism carries divergent understanding of meaning, globally accepted and understood meaning is that the post colonial literature reflects the after math of colonialism. Edward Said’s Orientalism says that, The people there being anonymous masses rather than individuals, their actions determined by instinctive emotions rather than by conscious choices or decisions. Their emotions and reactions are always determined by racial considerations rather than by aspects of individual status or circumstances. (186-187) The impact of colonialism is seen in the political system of the country and in the cultural changes that defaced the society. As a result the post colonial writer practices to resist the approach of colonizer in educational, legal, political and social settings. Amitav Ghosh born in Calcutta had ample chance to witness the cultural life of Calcutta, Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Colombo (Sri Lanka). During Emergency period (1975-77) he worked as a journalist with the Indian express group of news papers. All these helped the author to fictionalize his theme with the historical background. The perception of history can be seen in almost all the works of Amitav Ghosh. The post colonial writers attempted to counter act their subsequent alienation from the sources of history and traced the indigenous people and their struggle through their narrative skill. Edward Said views that, “Characteristically, post colonial writers evoke or create a pre colonial version of their own nation, rejecting the modern and the contemporary, which is tainted with the colonial status of their country.” (187) The author through his novels narrates the reactions of the people towards the momentous historical events and the changes that followed it. This discontent and disapproval of the masses are reflected through his characters. The post partition caused the increase in number of refugees’ migration. The entire story of Sunderbans revolves around the history of Partition and the events that followed its aftermath.
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