The novel with the India of 1940s, When the colonial encounter between the Indian and British was Moving towards a climax on account of the emergence of nationalistic consciousness among the Indians. There had been always a mixed reaction among Indians towards the British Raj. Khushwant Singh presents a microscopic picture of the strange mixture of attitudes to the alien rule through the presentation of life in Amritsar district. The central irony in the novel is obvious in the fact that both the pro-British and anti-British ideologies are cherished by different members of the pro-British and anti- British Continues all through the novel.
Khushwant Singh, English Drama, History,