The Quest for Identity in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss

  • Dr. Harpreet Kaur Arora Asst. Prof. Dept.of English, Govt. J.N.G College Janjgir (C.G), India


Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss explores the roots of extremism and the inevitable
process of Gorkhaland movement. The focus of most contemporary writing about India tends
to be either around the time of independence or partition while, the action in the novel is
political unrest in Kalimpong where Nepali Gurkhas- protests for an independent state. The
threat of violence can be seen throughout the novel, especially in the characters that seem to
have something lacking in them i.e. their identity and sense of belongingness. The idea of
migration is also well portrayed in the novel. Kiran Desai has not only dealt with the
injustices which led Gorkhas to revolt for their own land Gorkhaland but also with the wrong
and unjust deeds done by many of the Nepalese in the name of a separate Nation. The call for
‘Gorkhaland’ wakes up to these hidden realities and through the medium of the pen Desai’s
Man Booker Prize winning novel has reverberated the echoes of the north eastern region to
the entire world and opened up a channel so that they can voice their demands on the basis of

How to Cite
ARORA, Dr. Harpreet Kaur. The Quest for Identity in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss. IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 9, feb. 2018. ISSN 2321-7065. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 mar. 2018.