Naipaul’s India: A Million Mutinies Now: A Postcolonial Picture Gallery of Indian Society

Pankaj Vaishnav, R. S. Zirange


This paper attempts to study V. S. Naipaul’s third travel book on India, India: A Million Mutinies Now. The book was written by Naipaul during his third visit to the country of his ancestors. The book offers positive picture of India witnessing change on various fronts like caste system, religion, agriculture, industrial and business advancement and others. The book can be taken as picture gallery of India in 1980-1990. Extensive travel throughout the country has enabled the writer to capture the mood of people. Right from portrayal of Bombay as a city of migrants, capturing movement in south India and then taking the readers to Kolkatta, and revealing the emergence of Naxalism in this part, the book really offers the thought that India is a country in the making. Unlike the other two books on India, authorial commentary is restricted to the opening section and the last section of the book.

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