Rengam Subansiri College
Lakhimpur, Assam, India.
Partition of India 1947 gave rise to migration and emigration of millions from India to Pakistan and vice versa. As a result people became rootless and were alienated from the mainstream society. They were viewed as outsiders in the newly settled land. Riots on the basis of religion broke out in India and in West and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Hundreds and Thousands were massacred. This epoch-making event which Lord Mountbatten described as “one of the greatest administrative operations in history” induced the creative minds of India to portray through literary and cinematic depictions. Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan, Bapsi Sidhwa’s Ice-Candy Man, Amrita Pritam’s Pinjar, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Attia Hosain’s Sunlight on a broken Column and Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance are all novels based on Partition. Many of these novels were adapted into films like Train to Pakistan, Pinjar, Tamas, Silent Waters and others. This paper will focus on Siddhartha Deb’s The Point of Return set against the backdrop of partition. It will focus on the alienation and rootlessness of the major characters growing out of partition.
Keywords: Partition, Alienation, Rootlessness, Outsiders, Migration, Mainstream.