Religious Tension has plagued many people of India from the beginning of time. During Colonization, Greta Britain created an imperialistic system that favored some religious groups over the other. Furthermore, the strength and power of being different created a rift in the people of India. In general, people started to see them as different based on religious views and beliefs. Therefore, the Hindu and Muslim conflict was birthed from the tension created during colonization. In Rang de Basanti, the film producer created a sense of conflict between the two religious groups most present in the Indian society. The conflict was presented mostly through the lenses of the characters Laxman and the character Aslam. Laxman served to represent the old India and the power of the Hindu people. Laxman was a Hindu Nationalist who solely …show more content…
The film displayed India in many ways that went from Religious diversity to cultural and political diversity. There were many characters in the film that differed in financial income and status. Also, there were characters that came form different religious backgrounds. Furthermore, there were many different cultures and traditions that were made present from the film. However, the major inclination that was created by the film was the idea of “ Power might change hands, but injustices will continue the same.” Many years have passed since India has been under Colonization, but many of the same ideas and thought process influence the people. Most of the character sin the film were jaded or felt as if there was nothing that could unite India. However, through one tragic event, many of the characters were giving a second life and way of thinking. They stopped sitting on the sideline and complaining about the issues that affected them and their love ones. Nevertheless, they stood up and decided to change things that were injustices in their
...such that individuals disregard the desires of others, even those who are supposedly close to them, in order to advance their own goals. The combination of subthemes allows her to easily juxtapose Velutha with those who aim to ruin his life. Roy also emphasizes the importance of caste and maintaining social status through her depiction of Velutha’s father’s reaction to his son’s affair with a woman of a higher social class. Roy’s political beliefs can be seen interspersed throughout the story and she repeatedly comments on the post-colonial situation in India through the actions of her characters. The amalgamation of Roy’s views on the moral quality of human beings and the political character of 20th century India come together to support her assertion that those who are overly selfless and spend no time trying to get ahead in life ultimately lose in the long-term.
In attempting to define the history and modern identity of postcolonial nations, Partha Chatterjee calls to attention the many paradoxes inherent in the cultural fabric of India. It is a country, he notes, with a modern culture based on native tradition that has been influenced by its colonial period. This modern culture contains conflicts and contradictions that create the ambiguity in India’s national identity. U. R. Anantha Murthy’s understands Indian culture as a mosaic pattern of tradition and modernity. He writes of a heterodox reality where the intellectual self is in conflict with the emotional, the rational individual experiences the sad nostalgia of the exile from his traditional roots and in fluctuating between belief and non-belief he works out his dilemmas. This paper attempts a reading of the transgression of “Love Laws” in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things as not only the representation of this heterodox modernity in the personal domain as a reflection of the larger national conflict but also a postcolonial writer’s dilemmas in search for an identity and their troubles in expressing it.
In this book, the people are subject to thousands of different ways to condition them to society. Whether this is based off of there standing in the society, or even the jobs that they are performing. Every single person is conditioned, and they are all expected to think exactly like their fellow caste members.
Through the wanton use of soma, conditioning techniques, and an absence of love in the characters’ lives, the reader can uncover the theme of the book; that is one should not become convinced that being happy is the only thing in life that matters when they have the opportunity to be free and choose emotion and truth. The people of the World State are trapped in a seemingly perfect world, but they are not aware of how it can feel to be in control of their emotions and their lives. They have allowed themselves to be lured into a lifestyle where they do not need to problem solve, because the solution to their problems is in an easily accessible drug. The World State has also perfected the caste system, with absolutely no way to escape your destiny. They say it will make people happy, but the people never get a chance to choose their life or who they are going to be. Finally, the people of the World State are incapable of feeling any emotion deeper than numb pleasure, and they do not know what love is. These things that define people today are denied to those in the World State, and that shows how much this book relates to the world today.This message matters today, because it calls the reader to consider their lives, and notice if they are choosing the path of least resistance to ensure their happiness, rather than living life to the fullest and experiencing every emotion possible.
India sits in the middle of the scale and can be considered both individualistic and collective. There is great need for belonging to a bigger social framework. In Indian culture family is highly stressed. They strive to increase and preserve their family’s riches, by working hard in order to maintain the family’s dignity and insure the longevity of their offspring.. On the other hand the individualistic aspects of Indian culture are influenced by the major religion in India, which is Hinduism. Hindus believe in reincarnation where past lives are seen as affecting and determining the present life, as a result of this individuals are responsible for how they live their lives and how that will impact their next lives. Since aspects of both individualism and collectivism are present, India scores intermediately in this dimension. (Cultural tools, n.d.)
In addition to, the main actors in the film looked the part and associated with the main idea of the culture of an Indian family. For instance, Samir’s appearance showed he had drifted away from his family’s culture and developed a professional understanding and love for the cooking industry. Farida’s appearance showed she was highly involved with her
It rips off the rose-eyed lenses that people look at India through, and it exposes the corruption and darkness that occurs within its borders. The character, Balram, is a sort of anti-hero who climbs his way to the top by adopting the methods of those he once and still possibly detested. Through every wrongdoing he does, he is constantly struggling for self-justification in order to have a healthy conscience and enjoy being at the top (Kapur). I think this narrative was successful because the protagonist wasn’t necessarily the “the good guy”. It depicts how good people must resort to bad things because of the limitations placed upon them, and that surpassing those limitations by indulging in questionable practices is the only way to find success in such a situation. Adiga critiques the potential downfalls of a neoliberalist society, for while it benefits those who are successful, it harshly punishes those who struggle to be. By telling the tale of a man who was still technically morally good become the necessary evil that he hated in order to become successful, that Adiga was able to effectively portray the cons of such a free market
Bollywood has always represented the mood of India. The movie goers of India often say, if you want to see how India is feeling, just randomly pick up a few movies and you will get a taste of India. The “Muslim male”, often misrepresented and thus misunderstood, is an interesting character in relation to the industry because it portrays the ever changing face of the nation since the independence of the country. As India has grown and transformed into an independent nation, so has the character and portrayal of the Muslim male characters throughout the industry; some may argue for the worst and others may claim neutrality. Often in movies we will see them portrayed as “threats of some kind; terrorists, sexual predators, traitors or abnormal in some way, departing from the cherished values of the nation (Hirji, 59).” Meanwhile, The Hindu male is a secular figure, who presents as a level headed male, in control of himself and his destiny and respectful to other religious traditions, ((((((((((((((especially Muslims.))))))))))))))))
... Pakistan to surrender during the Indo-Pakistani War helped the Bengalis establish a sovereign state for themselves. The distribution of the racist pamphlets against the minorities showed Shiv Sena's chauvinistic and fascist regime. Indira Gandhi's corrupt government, socialist regime and her controversial scandals such as giving her son's company government money and the 1971 Nagarwala scandal were also revealed. All of these political events influenced the background of the novel and the characters’ everyday lives. .
As India moves up the ladder to becoming an economic giant, there are a lot of opportunities opening up within the country, however not everyone is being given their right of freedom. Women are still held back in several parts of India, under the restrictions of old traditions and cultural norms. Not a lot of the youth want to lead the nation and become politicians. However, small changes are taking place, people are taking stands, women are becoming more independent, and these are all due to the economic liberalization of India. These movies are just visual encapsulations of what changes people want to see happening. Freedom is every human’s right and choices define what we do with our freedom, so like the movies; we shape a better world as we all make the correct choices.
A Passage to India is the story of relationships between the rulers and the ruled. Forster has very dexterously highlighted different factors, social, political and religious which determine how they came together and had to live together. In this connection Mahood says:
Zai Whitaker calls it ‘wise and wonderful’. It is India with its timeless chain of caste exploitation; male chauvinism, linguistic strives and communal disharmony. In India, power-hungry politicians control the strings of administration like a puppeteer. Mistry has portrayed the humiliating condition of people living in Jhopadpattis, deaths on railway tracks, demolition of shacks on the pretext of beautification, violence on the campuses in the name of ragging, deaths in police custody, lathi charges and murders in the pretext of enforcing Family Planning, which are all part of India’s nasty
Gandhi is motivated by religious means; he believes that everyone is equal in God’s eyes. He gets involved in several movements for equality, and he stresses non-violence very strongly. The Indians are very mad because British rule continues to limit their rights. They are supposed to all get fingerprinted, and their marriage laws are invalid. Gandhi’s followers vow to fight their oppressors to the death, but he discourages them from violence.
Premchand points out some of the problems in the social structure of India in “The Road to Salvation”. The story tells of two working men who ruin each other financially and morally. Premchand is not only talking about the turmoil between members of the same caste, he’s also saying that as long as people continue ruin each other, nothing good can come from it. Jhingur and Buddhu materialistic desires blinded them, and they may never see the true value of life. They are trapped in a cycle of revenge that brought their own destruction.
Urvashi Butalia in her book, The Other Side of Silence, attempts to analyze the partition in Indian society, through an oral history of Indian experiences. The collection of traumatic events from those people who lived through the partition gives insight on how history has enveloped these silences decades later. Furthermore, the movie 1947 Earth reveals the bitterness of partition and its effect of violence on certain characters. The most intriguing character which elucidates the silence of the partition is the child, Lenny. Lenny in particular the narrator of the story, serves as a medium to the intangibility created by the partition. The intangibility being love and violence, how can people who grew up together to love each other hate one another amidst religion? This question is best depicted through the innocence of a child, Lenny. Through her interactions with her friends, the doll, and the Lahore Park, we see silence elucidated as comfort of not knowing, or the pain from the separation of comfort and silence from an unspoken truth.