One of the themes of Midnight's Children is the mythologizing of historical narrative. As we read the story, we have no choice but to accept Saleem's account of this momentous chapter in Indian history. Yet he himself frankly acknowledges his own unreliability as a narrator in respect to certain historical facts and details. Moreover, he freely draws upon elements of Hindu mythology in telling his tale, according a major role to deities such as Parvati and Shiva in the unfolding historical drama.
On this account, India's rebirth as an independent nation isn't just another historical event; it has deep cosmic significance that cannot be told by more conventional methods of historical narrative. This interweaving of history and mythology places Indian independence in a transcendent context. In achieving independence from the British, the Indian people haven't just secured the right to determine their own political future, they've also reconnected in a much deeper way to the rich tradition of native mythology which gives their lives meaning and depth and which has hitherto been suppressed and marginalized under British colonial rule.