Marginal man thesis â€“ Trotter-Nama
Underprivileged victim of a state is an exhibit of spatial segregation based on race, ethnicity and caste/or class and the oppression shows up in the form of severe physical and social distress such as poverty, inequality, and social exclusion resulting in social divide. Alan Sealyâ€™s fictional chronicle of seven generations of the Anglo-Indian Trotter family, set in the time frame of about two hundred years deals with two cultures the MÃ©tis (Anglo â€“ Indian) and the Indian (socially and culturally marginalized). Here, marginality ought to be understood as partially belonging to both cultures (British and Indian). During the Raj, the Europeans who came to serve in India married Indian women. Anglo-Indians or Eurasians are an outcome of such miscegenation, which the British referred as â€œcountry-bornâ€, or â€œEurasiansâ€ or â€œmixed raceâ€ or â€œhalf breedsâ€. The label â€œcountry-bornâ€ - a spatial term diminished the prospects displacing the Anglos in postcolonial India. Rejected by Britain and India, Anglo-Indians were / are always outsiders and social misfits who fight to keep both sides of their mixed heritage in balance. The Trotter-Nama is an outline of the Anglo-Indian such identity crisis. Beginning from an explicit sketch of a distinguished French Mercenary Officerâ€™s life, the novel brings out the slow degradation of the Anglo-Indian ethnicity.