Common Culture In Quarratulain Hyder's River Of Fire

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A nation is based on a common culture and shared history rather than geographic boundaries. The idea of a nation can be broadly defined in the words of Joseph Stalin: ‘A nation is a historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of common language, territory, economic life, and psychological make-up manifested in common culture (Smith 1994: 20’ Quarratulain Hyder’s River of Fire locates a cultural-historical nation in the pre as well as the post-Partition India by creating a socio-religious-historical space thus forming a nation through the text. River of Fire is a multi-layered composition of histories, civilizations and cultures. The times in Quarratulain’s works range from the Golden period i.e. Maurya period to the twentieth century. Thus the novel thus can be seen as forming of the nation India as it is based on the rich historical evolution, and cultural traditions that India had, absorbed, and grew with. India has seen the earliest civilizations and has evidence of the same till today. Many cultures came and left behind their impact on Indian as a nation. One finds a co-existence of cultural and historical aspects of various ethnicities and religions in India. The characters, factual events and historical sites in the novel thus reveal the influence and eventual adoption of various cultures arriving in India at various times in history. Tracing the causes that attracted foreigners from all over the world towards the South East

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