KAMALAKAR B. GAIKWA FAITH, FEALTY AND FORTITUDE: A MANIFESTATION OF SPIRITUALITY IN KIRAN NAGARKAR'S GOD'S LITTLE SOLDIER

Kamalakar Gaikwad
unpublished
Kiran Nagarkar, the recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award is recognized as a cosmopolitan, experimental, irreverent and visionary. He is one of the significant contemporary writers in the canon of Indian English literature. In Present paper, Kiran Nagarkar tracks the record of his protagonist's spiritual awakening, discipline, faith, fealty and fortitude in God's Little Soldier. He illuminates Zia's childhood, his immersion in Islamic doctrine at the urging of his devout aunt Zubeida, and his
more » ... beida, and his conviction as he grows up that he is destined to be "God's little soldier", a defender of Islamic values in a degenerate and immoral world. Nagarkar shows how Zia has proclaimed his fealty and how he wants to light the path of Allah and bring errant souls back into the righteous fold. Thus the researcher's attempt is to reveal Zia's fanatical love for Allah and his extreme desire to stand up for his beliefs and on earth for God. Kiran Nagarkar shows the glimpses of spiritual quest, display of faith, spiritual zeal, fortitude, conversion of religion, fanatism and religious extremism, hypocrisy, passion and love, influence of Hindi cinema, manifestation of knowledge, identity crisis, conflicts, pain and suffering, psychoanalysis, exploration of the heroics and perils of idealism, conversion, adaptability and adjustment in new Islamic culture, and Oedipus complex in God's Little Soldier. In this research paper, the researcher only highlighted the aspect; manifestation of spirituality. Nagarkar tracks the systematic record of his protagonist Zia Khan's faith, fealty and fortitude. He also shows his worthiness and reveals how he was the apt instrument or
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