Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)
The hapless royal India: A study of Gita Mehta’s Raj
Author(s): Raj Kumar
Abstract: The demonstration of the material and moral disturbance of Royal Indian life precipitated by colonisation is the central mission of this research paper. The study shows that the impact of imperial and colonial ideology on the native rulers was essentially crippling. The fifty years – 1897 to 1947 – depicted in the novel was historically a period in which the country was fortified by an undeclared but obvious entanglement with imperialism and the native India that existed within the British India was as troubled and the rulers were as hapless and hopeless in the strangle-hold of the British power politics as the masses in the imperial British India. Fear continues to haunt the rulers till the end of the novel – first it was the fear of displeasing the British and thus of being black-listed or disinherited on smallest pretexts; then there was also the fear of the nationalists spreading their message of freedom among the people in the native states; then came the most important and sensitive issue of merger with the Indian Union.