Tipston A R – Development of Indian Diaspora

Daniel, Jemima. “Development of Indian Diaspora”, International Journal of Mathematics Trends and Technology,2.1. August,2011. Web.
Thilakarathne, Indeewara. “Cultural Scene: Arvind Adiga and Diasporic Writing”., September 2010. Web.

The articles study the concerns of Indian Diaspora and there development in a new social setup with no comprise on their anxiety about looking back at India and there roots in it (Jemima 2011). Yet there lies a desire to reclaim their past but are stalled by the inability to move out due to personal commitments, profession and other linkages which are convincing to accept the new land as their home. Rudimentary level of diasporic writing in Indian English deals with the personal feelings of the author such as the loss of motherland, heritage and their situation so as to find a way of relating to their original identity (Thilakarathne 2010). Reflections of their faint memories on their native societies and their cultural experiences become the foci of Indian diasporic writing in English.

Also Thilakarathne in his article speaks vividly of how they struggle to retain their cultural citizenship which actually leads them to design a new hybrid form of their native society that is a merging of their native society with the adopted one. For instance diaspora have to celebrate their native festivals abiding to the norms of their migrated society so as to lead a ‘Roman in Rome’ life. Speaking of Arvind Adiga’s works Jemima points out to a new approach he has adopted as a diaspora which is to move away from the rudimentary way of expressing te anxiety of homelessness to portray the real conditions of the country which is slightly controversial and yet remains untold and unquestioned. She rightly says:
“Generally how a diaspora writes about his/her motherland is for his/her nation or fame or money; do they portray the real conditions of India or their imaginations about India remains a question.”

However both the studies fails to examine how Adiga himself has successfully etched out the reality of India through his novel ‘The White Tiger’, in spite of mentioning it. They address him as a diaspora with not reference to on what regards has he explained his anxiety about motherland or on the way tries to hold on to his original identity as an Indian. On the other hand the authors also say Adiga has portrayed so as to explain what most diaspora fear on thinking about returning to India and settle down. Leaving away all the contradictions both the articles explain how diasporic writing has gone up to another level from the usual aspects of homelessness and identity crisis.


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