December 6, 2021

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Review Essay of ‘China Room’ by Sunjeev Sahota

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Palash Mahmud reviews China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (UK: Harvill Secker, 2021) and observes how it has immodest patriarchy and leashing past reflecting throughout the book.

“if that is the essence of being a man in the world, not simply

desiring a thing, but being able to voice that desire out loud”

In the great game of dice, pandavas and kauravas plotted against Draupadi to keep her either in incarceration or incognito during the Vedic period. Draupadi throws a hard question of human justice and liberty on asking what’s the criteria of taking decision by one person, knowing the consequences but leaving out the accountability for another, without any minutest consent? In the last phase of the British raj, another similar game of stake was staged, not against a character but a country, by Simon Commission in 1928 over the resolution of the Indian Subcontinent’s constitutional and dominion status without any minimal involvement of its representatives, of its people. All Indian people were compelled to roar with rages and threw the Draupadic question on freedom and the value of public consent. 

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