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    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Lang. Lit. Linguist.
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL
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IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(4): 280-283 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2015.1.4.53

Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan: The Heteroglot World of Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus in a Sikh Village

Syrrina Ahsan Ali Haque
Abstract—This research aims to explore the heteroglot world of Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus in a Sikh village in Khushwant Singh’s novel, Train to Pakistan. The study examines the cohabitation of multi-religious groups in the space: the subcontinent, coexisting for centuries till sliced between two countries, India and Pakistan, at the time of partition of 1947. The objective of the research is to show how Singh’s novel on the event of Partition has dialogic possibilities. The multiple voices in Singh’s novel are distinct and provide multiple perspectives of coexistence and partition. This study fills the gap in research on partition literature of India and Pakistan. Novels from Indo-Pak have not been studied as dialogic sites referring to heteroglossia as a tool to explore multiple voices in a schismatic region. M. M. Bakhtin’s theory of Dialogism specifically Heteroglossia with reference to multi-religious voices is used as a tool. The historical data used highlights the significance of fiction as alternate Reality of a partitioned land and subsequently becoming a means of dialogue. Future researchers can explore various dimensions of Indo-Pak literature to study implications of geographical ruptures.

Index Terms—Coexistence, dialogic site, Heteroglossia, Indo-Pak literature.

Syrrina Ahsan Ali Haque is with the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan (e-mail: syrrina@gmail.com).


Cite:Syrrina Ahsan Ali Haque, "Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan: The Heteroglot World of Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus in a Sikh Village," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 280-283, 2015.

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