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Volume 3 Issue 3

November 2017

V.S. Naipaul’s Wounded Self and India: A Wounded Civilization
Ms. Lorisha Singh, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
D.D.U. Gorakhpur University, 
Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Abstract
The paper aims to explore how V.S. Naipaul, through his celebrated non-fiction India: A Wounded Civilization, recapitulates and describes his third visit to India in 1975. It is written in the eventful days of 1975-76, the heyday of the Emergency declared by Indira Gandhi suspending all civic rights of ‘the people of India’ just within thirty years of its Independence from foreign rule. The book speaks of the Indian civilization as the one “Wounded”, perishing and dying, difficult to be resuscitated. Naipaul casts a more inquisitive eye than ever before on India, its people and their behavioural patterns. This particular work is, in fact, a generous description of a man’s complicated relationship with the country of his ancestors.
Keywords
Civilization; Wounded Identity; and Longing.
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