What is the significance of the title of Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children"?

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Payal Khullar | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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The title of Salman Rushdie’s novel “Midnight’s Children” refers to a total of "1001" children in the story that are born just at midnight and during first hour after it, on the very day of India’s independence, i.e. 15 August, 1947. All these children have magical/super powers and the kind of powers they are gifted with is dependent on how close to midnight they were born. Saleem Sinai, the focus of the story and one of these 1001 midnight children, realizes that his identity and life events are parallel and even inseparable from the nation’s identity and fate. Saleem is telepathically linked with other midnight’s children, and together with them, he metaphorically represents the hope for nation’s independent, prosperous future.