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Bharati Mukherjee (1940 - )


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r Born in Culcutta to wealthy parents

r Attended private schools in India, London +


Switzerland

r Got educated in India and the U.S.A.

r Met and married Clarke Blaise


r Lived in Montreal + Toronto for more than a
decade

r Then returned to the U.S.A

r Now a professor at University of California,


Berkeley
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r ºeaction to 1985 bombing of Air India Flight
182.

r Shaila Bhave, an Indian Canadian Hindu

r Lost her husband and 2 sons in a crash


r [ plores effects of emotional events on
herself, Indian-Canadian Community + [uro-
Canadians

r Social worker = represents Canadian


governments¶s blunders in handling
catastrophe
r Mukherjee¶s deep personal response to the
crash

r Govt. Handled crash as a foreign Indian


matter

r Victims were actually, in majority, Canadian

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r Indian-Canadian factionalism

r Canadian Khalistanis vs. Canadians Hindus =


cultural struggle

r Multiculturalism = tolerance + equality, but


instead division and discrimination