The Role of Indians in Imperialistic India as portrayed in Amitav Ghoshs’ The Ibis Trilogy


  • Sharmila Priya S



Imperialism, Opium, Trade, Poppy, British.


Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy is a saga of the Opium War and the imperialistic monopoly of Great Britain over almost half the world. The British conquered India and ruled over the sub-continent with an iron hand, but at the same time being flexible with certain practices of the Indians. The Indians on the other hand, apert from sporadic outbursts, supported the British in their rule, with money and men. The symbiotic relationship of the British rulers and the Indian subjects was complex and incomprehensible to outsiders. The British through careful manipulation made the Indians do their bidding and this is reflected by Ghosh in his trilogy.


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Author Biography

Sharmila Priya S

Assistant Professor

Department of English

Sri Krishna Arts and Science College

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India


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How to Cite

Priya S, S. . (2021). The Role of Indians in Imperialistic India as portrayed in Amitav Ghoshs’ The Ibis Trilogy. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(6), 54–64.