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Volume 3 Issue 6

February 2018

Multicultural Politics and Diasporic Consciousness: A Study of Selected Poems of Agha Shahid Ali
Ms. Shilpi Basak , 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Sudhiranjan Lahiri Mahavidyalaya, 
Majdia, Nadia, West Bengal, India
Abstract
A significant body of Indian Writing in English has been formed by the writers of the Indian diaspora, an obvious consequence of colonialism and globalization. In a diaspora, the writer’s consciousness is formed and informed by a sense of exile which is always flanked by memory and history of the homeland. In the proposed paper, I would like to take up some selected poems from the Indian diasporic poet Agha Shahid Ali Ali to show how the poet in exile deeps dive into his terrestrial and temporal framework of mind to re-root himself in the host country (America). Diasporic consciousness is simultaneously defined by rooting in one’s homeland, then uprooting from homeland and finally re-rooting in host country and culture. Agha Shahid Ali’s self-imposed exile from the troubled territory of Kashmir follows this trajectory. In his poems, Ali presents himself as a man obsessed with nostalgic remembrance of things past and as someone continuously hankering after the lost multicultural glory of homeland.
Keywords
Multicultural Politics; Diasporic Consciousness; and Agha Shahid Ali.
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