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PERIPHERY, MEMORY AND ALIENATION: HOMELAND AND HOMELESSNESS IN SIDDHARTHA DEBíS THE POINT OF RETURN

Gora Chand Das.

Abstract
The North East Indian border line, a cultural intersection between Southeast and East Asia, constitute an important post-colonial exception to the narratives of nation, disconcerting the common perception of India as an apparently liberal administration. The North East remains in the periphery of the Indian nation-state; as it receives little attention from the centre. Siddhartha Deb‚Äüs The Point of Return brings to light the consequences of partition terror and repeated redrawing of boundaries in the borderland state. The novel from this polyglot region posits questions of internal colonialism, hegemony and biopolitics. The postcolonial conflicts, as well as the ethnic conflicts in North East India have not received the same level of attention in literature, as conflicts in other regions of India and Asia. The Point of Return is a very sensitive and thoughtful understanding of one such ethnic tension between the Bengalis and the Khasis in the state of Meghalaya. The novel locates the historical perspective of the conflicts and fractured relationship between the Khasis and the non-Khasi people. The narrator of the novel perceptively recalls about his father‚Äüs life and tries to understand him in the context of the historical upheaval. In search for a homeland in the North East, Babu and his family becomes an exile in their own country. Babu Dam struggles to break free of this circle of discontent where personal lives reflect national history in a long neglected part of the country. The Point of Return reflects the ethos of the younger Indian who lay claim to his land but cannot escape its festering wounds. The partition, sectarian violence, ethnic violence, language riots, the pain of displacement all soak into the characters consciousness and bind him to the prevailing conditions of India.

Key words: Borderland, Partition, Migration, Memory, Identity.


 
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Gora Chand Das. PERIPHERY, MEMORY AND ALIENATION: HOMELAND AND HOMELESSNESS IN SIDDHARTHA DEBíS THE POINT OF RETURN. JCR. 2020; 7(19): 7850-7855. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.893


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Gora Chand Das. PERIPHERY, MEMORY AND ALIENATION: HOMELAND AND HOMELESSNESS IN SIDDHARTHA DEBíS THE POINT OF RETURN. JCR. 2020; 7(19): 7850-7855. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.893



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Gora Chand Das. PERIPHERY, MEMORY AND ALIENATION: HOMELAND AND HOMELESSNESS IN SIDDHARTHA DEBíS THE POINT OF RETURN. JCR. (2020), [cited August 17, 2021]; 7(19): 7850-7855. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.893



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Gora Chand Das (2020) PERIPHERY, MEMORY AND ALIENATION: HOMELAND AND HOMELESSNESS IN SIDDHARTHA DEBíS THE POINT OF RETURN. JCR, 7 (19), 7850-7855. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.893



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Gora Chand Das. 2020. PERIPHERY, MEMORY AND ALIENATION: HOMELAND AND HOMELESSNESS IN SIDDHARTHA DEBíS THE POINT OF RETURN. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (19), 7850-7855. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.893



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Gora Chand Das. "PERIPHERY, MEMORY AND ALIENATION: HOMELAND AND HOMELESSNESS IN SIDDHARTHA DEBíS THE POINT OF RETURN." Journal of Critical Reviews 7 (2020), 7850-7855. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.893



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Gora Chand Das. "PERIPHERY, MEMORY AND ALIENATION: HOMELAND AND HOMELESSNESS IN SIDDHARTHA DEBíS THE POINT OF RETURN." Journal of Critical Reviews 7.19 (2020), 7850-7855. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.893



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Gora Chand Das (2020) PERIPHERY, MEMORY AND ALIENATION: HOMELAND AND HOMELESSNESS IN SIDDHARTHA DEBíS THE POINT OF RETURN. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (19), 7850-7855. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.893