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The binarity with which an India is posited – before and after the fact of globalization – most strongly manifests itself in the contrast between a temporally anterior Hindi India and its modern anglicized present. Within the Hindi India, there are latent structures of subjugation. , universal) interventionist gesture as, in a flash, comes out from the pocket of one of the Americans, “real America,” crystallized in the form of a crisp Benjamin. At a glance, the scene unfolds like a tableau vivant of how the American (read: Western) sense of compassionate justice endures in the face of global insentience to human (read: non-Western) suffering.
5 What Chakrabarty avers is that, in cardinal ways, the discourse of history is always already mediated by Europe. Put otherwise, the discourse of history is predicated on Europe as the “silent,” omniversal referent. 7 I wish to clarify that the India that is Jai Ho-ed, or catapulted by the film into discursive prominence (branded as being the center of the new world order) as a possible site of production of universal thought, is not composed in a referential vacuum (the “global” is not devoid of referentiality).
Yet the Indianness of Ram’s experience notwithstanding, Q & A has been blithely noted by Guardian critic Stuart Jeffries, among others, to have an “English” inception. ”20 Through its London birthing, it could be said, the Indian novel contracts globality. In interviews, Swarup has spoken at length about how the choice of London as the site of production mattered. 22 The “coughing major” serves as the muse for Swarup as it sets the writer thinking of transposing the Englishman’s predicament onto Indian soil and shifting the subject from British/white to brown subaltern Mumbaikker.