Political turmoil and dominance in Rohinton Mistry’s novel, a fine balance


The writings of Rohinton Mistry aim to provide a worldwide view that encompasses both the Parsis’ community-centered existence and their participation in the larger national framework. This study primarily focuses on the political aspects found in Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance set in India. In all the novels of Rohinton Mistry, politics plays a significant role to the plot’s primary action. The subject matter moves closer as Mistry discusses the liberation of East Pakistan during the 1971 war with Pakistan in Such a Long Journey, the effects of Prime Minister’s declaration of a State of Emergency, and its impact on the tailors’ livelihoods in A Fine Balance, and the effects of the Hindu fundamentalist movement and the post-Babri Masjid riots on the lives of common people in Family Matters. Mistry uses his characters as his spokesperson to express his opinions on these events. So, the main objective of this study is to draw attention to the political turmoil and domination that common people suffer in Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance.

Keywords: – Political, Emergency, Liberation, Domination, Common People, Sufferings.

Rekha Sharma1*, Suresh Kumar2