Totalitarianism and Colonial Legacy: A Postcolonial Analysis of Muhammad Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes

  • Yasir Arafat, Dr Assistant Professor of English, NUML Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Sharjeel Ahmad Research Scholar, Department of English, NUML Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Muntazar Mehdi Assistant Professor of English, NUML Islamabad, Pakistan

Abstract


The current study has taken into consideration Muhammad Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008). This text is a cut-throat satire on the socio-political history of Pakistan and the interference of the military in state affairs. This research highlights the elements of totalitarianism and colonial legacies practiced by General Zia in his dictatorial rule. This research also highlights the failure and inefficiencies of autocratic rule and spotlights the undemocratic ways of such despotic regimes. The theoretical framework used for this study is taken from Hanna Arendt’s Origin of Totalitarianism (1951) and Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth (2004). This study has contextualized the socio-political history of Pakistan discussed in the selected text and highlighted General Zia’s manipulation of people by using Islamization and the ideology of nationalism.


Published
2020-11-30
How to Cite
ARAFAT, Yasir; AHMAD, Sharjeel; MEHDI, Muntazar. Totalitarianism and Colonial Legacy: A Postcolonial Analysis of Muhammad Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes. University of Chitral Journal of Linguistics & Literature, [S.l.], v. 4, n. I, p. 31-37, nov. 2020. ISSN 2663-1512. Available at: <https://jll.uoch.edu.pk/index.php/journal10/article/view/195>. Date accessed: 13 may 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.33195/jll.v4iI.195.