Subliminal Exploitation of the Vulnerable and the Paradox of Independence in Protiva Bose’s The Marooned
exploitation, partition, trauma; refugees, subjugation, women, nostalgia, displacement, violence
Protiva Basu’s "The Marooned" explores how refugees were left at the mercy of fellow citizens in India (after political Independence) and how drastically they were failed by those who they had put their trust in. This article looks at how literature written during this time reflects the turmoil, moral conflict, ethical violation and confusion brought forth by the partition. Through an analysis of themes such as displacement, division, memory, molestation, sex trafficking, brutal death, and loss, it delves into the paradoxical nature of independence and the shattering impact it had on the vulnerable residents of a devastatingly shattered India.
About the Author
Mansi Jangid is a student of City College, Kolkata. She is pursuing B.A. with Honours in English.