Essay on Indian Society

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Marginalisation affects a large part of Indian society, who are subjected to loss of rights and mistreatment due to their place in the caste system. In the novel Q&A by Vikas Swarup, a street boy, Ram Mohammad Thomas narrates the events of mistreatment and abuse in not only his life, but several others characters with the same fate. Throughout the novel, the experiences of Ram, Salim and Nita are told, contributing to the privileging of social, gender and religious marginalisation in Indian society as foregrounded by Swarup.
Ram Mohammad Thomas, throughout the novel narrates his experiences of marginalisation and mistreatment due to his social status in the caste system. Ram’s social marginalisation is privileged through the
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Armed with machetes and pickaxes, sticks and torches, they raided the homes of all the Muslim families…Before his very eyes they set fire to the hut… His whole family was burnt to death…” (pg. 95). This quote illustrates how Salim’s family and many other Muslims, were marginalised and attacked purely because they were part of the religion that was getting accused. Further, his religious marginalisation is shown where Salim stated (recounting his experience to Ram) “This bastard is definitely a Muslim, let’s kill him’ … ‘No. Killing him would be too easy. We will burn this motherfucker alive in this bus. Then he and his community will learn never to touch our homes,” (pg. 229), this further foregrounds how because Salim is Muslim, in Indian society he is religiously marginalised because of this.
Along with the social and religious marginalisation associated with Ram and Salim, Nita is also gender marginalised through her religion. Nita’s religious and gender marginalisation is privileged through the foregrounding of the religion she was born into, where she was chosen to become a prostitute only because she was born a girl with more beauty than her sister. This is shown when Ram states (recounting what Nita told him about her religion) “She is a Bedia tribal girl from the Bhind district in Madhya Pradesh… In her community, it
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