Diaspora and Dislocation in the Shadow Lines

Thamma and the partition, dislodgement of one’s own Baari in The Shadow Lines

      The Shadow Lines is the most appreciated novel of Amitav Ghosh. The partition of Bengal and the trauma resulted from the partition are depicted very vividly in this novel. The world largest migration in the history of the humankind as a result of Partition of India which created a vast dislocation of people in Pakistan (east and west) and India.   Thus the novel questions physical borders between nations, arguing that these obfuscated the emotional and cultural ties between officially separate countries, India and Pakistan. The division of India, mainly the partition of Bengal, dictates all the courses of the novel The Shadow Lines. So the dislocation of people as refugee is one of the main concerns of the novel. The partition was the direct result of the mutual misunderstanding of nationalism of the two major religious groups. Both the Hindus and the Muslims took the idea of racism as the idea of nationalism. The partition of Bengal had such a strong trauma on the life and culture of the related inhabitants that the event dictates their mindset for generations. But the differences in be imminent and outlook should not stand in the way of   developing   a   common   reference   point   for   rewriting   the   histories   of   an   event   that   cast   its shadow   over many   features   of   state   and   society   in   the   subcontinent.  

    In the novel there are two kinds of dislocations, forced migration and the mercantile migration or professional migration. Forced migration was due to the partition of India, mainly because of the partition of Bengal. The professional migration was due to the high skilled work force of India. Both dislocations are so strongly knitted in the novel that any of these dislocations must not be ignored in considering the novel as a text of diaspora and dislocation. The first diaspora resulted from the forced exile. Forced exile produced alienation among the...