Midnight's Children

by Salman Rushdie

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Please explain the role of Saleem Sinani as an autobiographer in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.

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Sinani fills at least two distinct roles in "Midnight's Children."First, he represents India itself. Sinani is born at the very moment that India becomes a free nation. He has telepathic powers that enable him to mentally connnect with dozens of people across the new nation. These people have different religious, ethnic, and linguistic traditions. Sinani's attempt to unite these individuals into a strong collective mirrors India's struggle to unite itself after gaining independence from the British empire. Second, Sinani stands in for Salman Rushdie. While in prison, Sinani delivers a critique of the new Indian government. At other times, Sinani's internal monologues become very political. The character expresses Rushdie's political disposition. Thus, Sinani is an autobiograpaher of both the Indian subcontinent and Rushdie.

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