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Volume 1 Issue 6

November 2014

Socio-Political Views in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines
Ms. S. Jeyalakshmi, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Kongunadu Arts and Science College, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
In The Shadow Lines, Amitav Ghosh explores the issue of national borders, the historical process by which they have come about, and the resulting ironies that affected people’s lives at times in incomprehensible ways in the post-colonial era. It undercuts nationalism by questioning history, on which the idea of nation is constructed. The trauma of partition continues through three generations. The agonies of displacement, the sense of alienation in the adopted land, the constant dream to return to one’s land, are the main themes of the novel. Ghosh has tried to stage his revelation about the aftermath of the evils of war and the lost identity of an individual tossed between both the natural disaster and artificial disaster which arises out of human selfish desires.
Keywords
Socio-Political Views; Amitav Ghosh; The Shadow Lines.
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