For what is the novel Midnight's Children
but a highly allegorised and metaphorical representation of the angst of an entire nation suffering to come to terms with itself and find its place in the world. What are the 1001 special children born at the stroke of midnight of 15th August 1947, only to be reduced to 581 after the death of the rest, but a simile to the birth of India, hundreds of princely states and all, leading to a purging led by Sardar Patel that finally left around 550 Lok Sabha Seats.
What is Saleem Sinai, swapped at birth, thus stealing without knowing the destiny of his alter-ego, but an Image of India, good intentioned but selfish without knowing.
What is the fight between Shiva and Saleem but the constant bickering of India and Pakistan, both claiming themselves to be the actual child of destiny. And what is the end of the novel, but the death of a nation during Emergency that finds its rebirth in the hope it lays down for another child of destiny.
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