Diasporic Discourses in the Novels of Salman Rushdie
A diaspora is a large group of people who come from different countries, cultures, religions, language and so on. Diaspora is generally considered as the geographic dispersal of communities triggered by factors such as politics, famine, or the drive to find a better life. In short, Diaspora is a term that is used for refugees, exiles, immigrants. In post-colonial studies, diaspora is primarily described as a forced exile involving cultural trauma and loss. This paper will explore the various diasporic discourses in the Novels of Salman Rushdie especially the Midnight Children (1981) Shame (1983) and Imaginary Homelands (1991). Salman Rushdie is one of the most important diasporic writers. Rushdie expresses his contempt at losing his past to the present. As for many of the migrant or expatriate or diasporic writers, past is their vision about their home, which they think is inaccessible for them at the present, he also feels the same. Throughout his works and in the above mentioned novels in particular, Rushdie persistently endeavors to establish an identity for the people of Indian diaspora. The present paper is an attempt to trace the diasporic aspects of the characters presented by Salman Rushdie in the studied novels.