Decolonization In The Shadow Lines By Frantz Ghosh

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The term ‘decolonized’ is popular among activists of colour, yet is very loaded and hard to pin down. It has been used to free minds but it also has divided communities. The process of “decolonized’’ should not place colonization as the central point of our culture, nor should it romanticize our indigenous past .These trains of thought perpetuate the point of view of the dominant culture of today. Rather “decolonization’’ should be a process of changing a way we view the world. Frantz Fanon wrote- “Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land and from our mind as well.’’ The residue of colonization allows for the continued stratification of people. Rejecting labels, selfishness, egotism, a black and white binary discrimination judgements are, instead, traits of the decolonized. A decolonized mind defends culture by defending the root of who we are. A person with decolonized mind accepts their past, loves their present and creates their future, regardless of what stands in their way. The Shadow Lines is an attempt by Amitav Ghosh to show the Blurring of lines or borders between East and West, castes and religious beliefs through an unconventional post-colonial novel which shows the colonised travelling and moving to and from the coloniser’s territory. But the instigation to present such a world sans boundaries, ironically enough, comes through a personal experience of communal riots. The quest for identity and

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