Terror has a History : A Fretful Conceptualization of the Loss of Kashmiriyat in Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown

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Dimple Dubey


The new global cultural economy has to be seen as a complex, over-lapping,
disjunctive order, which cannot any longer be understood in terms of existing
center-periphery models creating multiple scapes that are deeply perspectival
constructs, inflected by the historical, linguistic and political situatedness of
different sorts of nation-states,multinational diasporic communities as well as
subnational groupings and movements whether religious, political or economic.
The global flow of people across and within nations and borders is generated by a
variety of reasons: the reconfiguration of the global economy, displacement and
dispossession of marginalized populations etc.The symbolic dimensions of
territorial attachment experienced by residents of specific territories, the issues
of border location or resource exploitation is only secondary to the unsettled
feelings of "belonging" and rootedness within specific places and spaces. They
are ready to defend their "homeland" territories to which they lay claim through
historical priority, infrequently causing a major political instability, tension and
conflict manifesting in the form of terrorism. Salman Rushdie's novel Shalimar
the Clown(2005) deals with geographical and psychological displacement,
transculturalism and the divide created due to violence and uprooting. The novel
encaptures the idea of recovery of lost identities in a way which goes "from roots
to routes."

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