COLOUR OF PAIN or Beyond Outrage
                         

“Yes, you will soon have to govern yourselves,” Leah spoke with such a wide knowledge. “But we have given you our institutions in government and in law, in economics and in education; all for you to succeed.”

Munu’s head was bowed, and he did not know why he felt so ashamed of himself. Institutions in government and in law were beyond his simple mind. Leah took his hand, speaking again: “We have given you the religion of Christ, Munu. We have taken you out of centuries of primitive darkness. This has been Great Britain’s greatest gift to you.”

… Munu could not have known then that established status clearly marked out individual roles. And that acceptance of a
belief put an end to inquiry.

 

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In Colour of Pain, Munu endures the confusions and painful effects of latent imperialistic propaganda. He is disgusted with himself, his religion, his culture, his attire, his colour, his being, his Hinduism. These pains encompass all aspects of his life; and the complexities of his imposed inferiority render him quite impotent to develop any natural, social relationships.

This is so disastrous that at the moment of self-realization, coinciding with the loss of his fiancée Lila, he thinks:

….. David Hume was the father of lies, Ravana. Munu did not spare his disciples, Froude and Trollope. He even resurrected Gobineau. With their lies he’d been subjected to confusion; the colour of pain. They had cancelled his life with their lies…

But Colour of Pain is much more than about Munu’s crucifixion. The leitmotif demands that the education system provide for a thorough and complete examination of the institutions that govern our daily lives, before any change can take place.

Amongst the main characters, Thomas looks towards Africa, Munu towards England and Europe, and Hafaz towards the English Crown and Mecca, Medina. This is the confusion in determining ‘who am I’. Even Leah, of colonial ilk vacillates between the virtues of imperialism and the growing tide of awareness sparked by independence and the Black Power movement.

The perspective encourages an intellectual understanding of the past and thus, to create a genuine, harmonious life for all peoples.

If the emphasis is on Munu, the lesson is for all to investigate the process through which he overcame his complexes. How came he to open his eyes so as to see himself. And to be proud of what he saw.

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