Lapis Lazuli An International Literary Journal The Bastard Child of History: Representation of the West in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children SAURABH BHATTACHARYYA

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One of the major aspects of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children (1981) is the way it presents the west in terms of the experience of a nation from the very moment of the inception of its postcolonial identity. Living through the nascent phases of the newly independent subcontinent, Saleem Sinai, its protagonist experiences different junctures of history to encounter the failure of postcolonial India to emerge as a nation state built in the ideological mould of the two nation theory posited by
more » ... he British Raj, the legacy of which was carried forward with its first westernized prime minister Saleem's life, which is a reflection of the newly built nation state, becomes a counter narrative of the nation building process in which Saleem moves through