Mirza Athar Baig’s Ghulam Bagh: A Post-Neo-Colonial Reading

  • Dr Saira Irshad Lecturer, Department of Urdu, Govt. Sadiq College Women University, Bahawalpur
  • Nadia Kanwal MS Research Scholar, Department of Urdu, Govt. Sadiq College Women University, Bahawalpur
Keywords: Mirza Azhat Baig, Ghulam Bagh, Cultural Phenomena, Philosophy of Consciousness, Psychological Conflict, Colonialism, Post-Neo-Colonial, Enlightenment, Anarchism


Mirza Athar Baig is known for his unique style in Urdu fiction. In his novel "Ghulam Bagh" Mirza Athar Baig shows the essence of his best philosophy regarding the treatment of life, consciousness, self identity, characterization, psychological conflict and many other aspects. The philosophy of enlightenment is also present in the novel because enlightenment opposes outdated customs and preferences and considers collective human civilization as the ascension of humanity. Apart from power and domination, the philosophy of human relations is also prominent in the novel. The novel reflects the post-colonial era and the present era; therefore, modern technology and terms are widely used in the novel. Mirza Athar Baig has also experimented with several techniques. Cultural phenomena are central to postcolonialism, so it also studies the differences between colonial and colonized cultures. The novel is written in a post-neo-colonial style, which is different from the traditional style.