ASST. PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH,
PALAMURU UNIVERSITY, MAHABUBNAGAR,
The term identity is very complicated and has variable degrees of space and significance. The idea of “being” or “becoming” of identity is a relative term that is affected by time and space. The interface and existence of the two places cultivates conflict of identity in the person. No one can be independent of his/ her identity of past or present. It is the political, cultural and social scenario of the place and time that will impact the individual’s identity. Consequently, identity relates itself to the individual, social, cultural and national aspects. Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies published in the year 2008, re-enacts the history of indentured labour, the story of their problems and position in the society, their dislocation, the anguish of migration from their motherland, and the way they withstood the issues of identity. Ghosh in his novel has fathoms the issues of identity of characters that are related to their personal, socio-political and national arena. This paper explores and articulates the various issues and constituents of diasporic, national, subaltern and cultural identity that Ghosh has employed in this novel.