“Hues” of post – colonial diaspora in the writings of Bharati Mukherjee and Bapsi Sidhwa
Though the terms such as Diaspora, immigrant and exile, vary from one another in certain respect, yet they interchangeably mean `displaced people’ from their homelands. When considering the aspects of nativism, rootlessness ethnic anxiety, hegemony and cultural clash, we cannot do without discussing the theme of alienation and assimilation in the various diasporic novels. In this paper I would like to discuss two diasporic writer Bharati Mukherjee (India) and Bapsi Sidhwa (Pakistan) who have very creatively brought out the pain, anxieties,willingness to be a part of the new world, a desire to change,and all the conflicts between the alienation and assimilation in their novels, Jasmine and An American Brat respectively. This paper examines debates pertaining to the political, economic, religious, social and cultural grounding of diaspora experience in the context of postcolonial global inequality and limited citizenship. It also investigates forms of shifting cultural identities, exclusion / racism and the impact of state policies on diasporic social action. Contemporary globalization and postcolonial migration processes result in the emergence of dynamic transnational communities which both maintain lively connections to home societies and other satellite co-ethnic communities while, at the same time, engage the places of settlement in mutually transformative ways.
Priyamvada Singh. “Hues” of post – colonial diaspora in the writings of Bharati Mukherjee and Bapsi Sidhwa. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 5, 2017, Pages 389-391