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Paper Id: IJCIRAS1182
Title: MANTO'S SEARCH FOR A HOME ON SOME NO-MAN'S-LAND
Published in: International Journal Of Creative and Innovative Research In All Studies
Publisher: IJCIRAS
ISSN: 2581-5334
Volume / Issue: Volume 1 Issue 11
Pages: 3
Published On: 5/1/2019 4:28:59 AM      (MM/dd/yyyy)
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Name: Sahanaj Khatun
Institute: Former student at the University of Kalyani.
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Research Area: Languages and Literature
KeyWord: Partition, Home, homelessness, identity crisis, state machinery, state intervention, independence
Abstract: Manto's Search for a Home on some No-man's-Land The paper intends to focus on the failed idea of security and refuge associated with 'home', taking in account two short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto. The stories, namely, Toba Tek Singh and The Dog of Titwal, were written against the backdrop of the independence of India and the India-Pakistan partition that followed. Both the stories put light on the burning issue of partition and the consequent chaos that the lives of people of the two countries were engulfed into. The immediate effect was a sense of homelessness, rootlessness and identity crisis. In Toba Tek Singh, Bishen Singh, throughout his life, had been in a dream to return to his home, the town of Toba Tek Singh. He had become identical to the town. This dream had kept him sane and grounded in his own way. But when the state intervention divided him and Toba Tek Singh into India and Pakistan, he was disillusioned, it was as if he lost his identity. He was alienated and insecure, and ended up on the no-man’s-land. In case of the story The Dog of Titwal, Manto had shown how state machinery acted as instrumental to decide upon the fate of common lives. The dog, used as a metaphor of the numerous homeless refugees, had been given and taken away off an identity in a playful levity. It is as if the dog is a puppet, undeserving of any security and warmth associated with home or the macrocosmic homeland. The dog is tossed as a coin in a game and then shot dead, again on a no-man’s-land. Both the stories prove how ‘home' can be alien to people, can be instrumental to alienation and ensure identity crisis. It is the same painful infliction that Manto himself had suffered throughout his life, when he was forced to leave Bombay and migrate to Pakistan, due to his religio-cultural ethnicity. Keywords: home, partition, alienation, identity crisis, state machinery and intervention,
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Sahanaj Khatun, "Manto's Search for a Home on some No-man's-Land", International Journal Of Creative and Innovative Research In All Studies, vol. 1, no. 11, pp. 95-97, 2019.
MLA Sahanaj Khatun "Manto's Search for a Home on some No-man's-Land." International Journal Of Creative and Innovative Research In All Studies, vol 1, no. 11, 2019, pp. 95-97.
APA Sahanaj Khatun (2019). Manto's Search for a Home on some No-man's-Land. International Journal Of Creative and Innovative Research In All Studies, 1(11), 95-97.
Manto's Search for a Home on some No-man's-Land
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