Nation, Home and Identity: An Inquiry into Diasporic Trajectories in Selected ‘Post- 9/11’ Pakistani Novels and Hindi Films
An increase in migration across the world during the last few decades has placed the concept of “nation” and “diaspora” at the centre of theoretical and analytical scholarly discussions making it one of the most debated terms within academia. The main aim of the research is to question what the concept of “diaspora” does to the notion of “nation”, “home” and “identity” through remembering, unfolding, and forgetting, as well as what a “nation” does to “diaspora”, through political upheavals and new boundary formations. Through the study of Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows (2009), Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) as well as Hindi films My Name is Khan (2010) and New York (2009), this project attempts to study the myriad representations of diasporic youth’s trauma, dislocative quality of life, dismemberment and the material and metaphorical mutilations in the context of 9/11 terror attacks.
In circumstances where the religion of Islam is becoming increasingly synonymous with violence and fundamentalism, where the political, social and economic relation between India and Pakistan is further deteriorating and the other religious Indian and Pakistani diasporic communities are ashamed of being banded with the Muslim diaspora post- 9/11 under the umbrella category of South Asian diaspora; Shamsie, Hamid, Johar and Kabir Khan’s works have engaged with significant issues of contemporary global politics causing changes in perspectives of viewing society through literary writings and films.