ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 3, ISSUE : 4, October-December, 2015 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
EXPLORING MULTICULTURALISM IN POSTINDEPENDENCE FICTION IN ENGLISH: A STUDY OF SELECT NOVELS
Dr. Anupam Chakrabarti & Archana Sharma
 
ABSTRACT
Multiculturalism helps to subvert the dominance of one culture over the others and protects the idea of equality of opportunity and rights of minority cultures. The paper is an attempt to apply the principles of multiculturalism to a few selected novels in English written in post-independent India. The paper shows the manifestation or the debunking of multicultural principles in many of these novels. Anita Desai’s “Baumgartner’s Bombay”, “Bye Bye Blackbird”, “Journey to Ithaca”; Nayantara Sahgal’s novel, “Rich Like Us”, “Mistaken Identity”; Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy”; Kiran Desai’s “The Inheritance of Loss”; Arvind Adiga’s “The White Tiger”; Rohinton Mistry’s “A Fine Balance” and V.S. Naipaul’s “Magic Seeds” have been reviewed to discern the expression of the principle of democratic multiculturalism.
 
KEYWORD
Anti-colonialism, eastern and western culture, minority culture, monoculturalism, principles of democratic multiculturalism.
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