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Arvind Adiga's The White Tiger: An Exposition of the Neo-imperial India and Subaltern Resistance

Ashaq Hussain Parray


Arvind Adiga's The White Tiger has not been received favorably by some Indians, for it seemingly portrays India in shambles. The novel purposefully, however, exemplifies the ramifications of continuation of imperial structures of economy, polity and culture. Adiga, as a true cultural critic, is vividly providing the subaltern subjects an impetus to resist, subvert or idealize the existing democratic structures, otherwise there will be further subjugation of the subaltern denizens. They will be choked by the existing bureaucratic capitalism. The present system will breed further injustice, violence and corruption that will have devastating effects on the seemingly happy, independent nature of India. The present paper aims at scrutinizing the neo-imperial web of the novel, and thereby providing an insight into the sham pretenses of thriving democratic system, which is actually bureaucratic capitalism. The novel's protestant hero is just a question mark on the false glimmer that is projected by the elite agencies of India through media.


Neo-imperialism; Bureaucratic capitalism;Subalternizatio; Media hype and Cultural aggression

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