A Passage to India
A Passage to India talks about the British colonial rule in India. Set in the small city of Chandrapore, the book examines British bureaucracy, besides the cultural and racial problems between the Indians and their western rulers. The novel also describes relationships between people of both cultures, mainly the one between Dr. Aziz, a Muslim Indian, and Mr. Fielding, a British professor who stands by his Indian friend when he is accused by Miss Quested, an English woman, of harassment. Eventually Miss Quested realizes that she might have been hallucinating, and withdraws her accusation against Dr. Aziz.
E.M. Forster through his novel wants to show us the horrific truth of colonialism and how such political issues and cultural clashes can become personal and separate a strong friendship. Through the portrayal of the relationship between Dr. Aziz and Mr. Fielding, we are questioned about whether an Indian and a British can be friends (during colonialism).
Fielding goes against his countrymen and supports Aziz when he is accused by Miss Quested. Time passes by, and Aziz moves from Chandrapore to Mau. " Exactly at this moment, their two horses move apart taking two different paths, parting the two friends forever. Some time after, Fielding leaves India, and there is no contact between the two friends. Turton, realizing that two English women, Mrs. Fielding is criticized and treated like an outcast by his compatriots, yet he still stands firmly by Aziz"tms side. Aziz and him gradually become affectionate friends, with their friendship reaching its peak when Mr. At the end of book, when Aziz and Fielding are friends again, Aziz jokingly tell his friend that Indians "shall drive every blasted Englishman into the sea" and that then they could be friends. Moore, a woman whom he greatly respected. Aziz receives from his Indian friend, after he asks him whether Indians and British can be friends.