Assignment- Indian Writing in English
Topic- Themes in “The Shadow Line”
Name- Sumra Jitendra V.
SEM – 2
Themes of “The Shadow lines”
In the Shadow lines, she interrogates the aestheticism of colonial and nationalist historiography by, on the one hand, emphasize the fictions that people create their lines, and on the other recording the vivid and verifiable that do not necessarily correspondent with the documented version of history. As the narrator say, ‘Stories are all there are to in, it was just a question which one you chose.” As and whom like Amitav Ghosh’s the shadow line, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic verses and Anita Desai’s In custody show , the Indian novel in English is exploration of the historical transformations of community life, instead of drawing Jameson “portraits’ of sensitive individuals, under the community, the individual under the sway of larger movements of history.”
The author creates a realm that melds pre independence India, Brittan in the Second World War and post independence India. Amitav Ghosh undertakes the task of establishing the futility of all sorts of barrios, or ‘Shadow lines”. As one of the subaltern studies scholars, shall mayoral, reminds us, during the partition of Indian various state authorities rigidified borders and boundaries that were once flexible and people were coerced to for one nation or the other, India or Pakistan, or one religious identity or the other, Hindu or Muslim.
The Shadow lines, however, is especially notable because it the agonies and ruptures of that period in such poignant detail, It also underlines the challenges of cultural dislocation and ambiguous citizenship, and highlights the illusions of militant nationalisms.
In this novel, the unnamed narrator’s nationalist grandmother, Thamma, articulates an unambiguous understanding of the violence in the making of nations in the shadow lines when she takes about the creation of Britain.
Amitav Ghosh’s novel narrators the story of three generations of the unnamed narrators family. Spread over Dhaka, Calcutta, and London. The narrative begins in colonial India and concludes just after the creation of East Pakistan in the 60s.the story highlights private and public events and their significances as they bring the characters into relief. The shadow lines describes a period that goes back to colonial India, prior to the birth of the narrators, a cousin of the narrators father, Tridib, has withes the gruesome partition of India and the corollary creation of Pakistan in 1947.
The novel begins with a passage about the happenings in colonial India” in 1939 thirteen years before I was born ,my fathers aunt mayadebi, went to England with her husband and her son , Tridib” the plot begins in the second world war ends in 1964 with the political upheaval caused by the outbreak of communal riots in India and Pakistan.
The story revolves around Tridib, who is taken to England by his parents in 1939, at the age of eight and then in 1964 dies a victim of communal frenzy in Dhaka. As the opening sentence indicates, the beginning of the narrative takes place thirteen years before the narrators birth , and thus his knowledge of the ravages of the second world war comes to him through Tridib’s recapitulations. The borders that were at the time carved out by the authorities at the time of partition have led to further brutally in the form of those rats , programs , and organized historical distortions and cultural depletions with which the history of independent India is replete. Hindu as well as Muslims leaders.
The shadow lines are the crossing of frontiers of nationality, culture, and language in three countries, India, East Pakistan [Now Bangladesh] and England. To that list the author’s attempts to cross the barriers of citizenship as a self conscious political philosophy. Amitav Ghosh makes the reader aware of the humanist response that transcends national boundaries and barriers.