Sujata Bhat wrote the poem "a Different History" during the time period of England's colonization. It appears that the poet was attempting to represent Indian's culture and draw attention to the fact that through language, one can salvage one's own culture. The poet introduces the God, Great Pan, as a symbol of his culture and exemplifies how language can be used as a weapon. The poet also uses a descriptive vocabulary to tell his reader how language can be used to target its victims in a figurative sense.
The Great Pan known in Greek mythology as a god of pasture and shepherds. He has the ears, horns, and legs of a goat. Like in Greek mythology, Hindu mythology has a variety of gods. The Great Pan is a Greek god which "simply emigrated to India"
Need to know:
Great Pan: The nature-god, whence Pantheism; the god of shepherds, huntsmen, peasants, and dwellers on the land. Who was believed to be dead after the raise of Christian.
Sarasvati: is the Hindu Goddess of all arts: music, painting, sculpture, dance, and writing
Different India’s traditions such as respect for books
That the last part of the poem refers purely on the power of language
That England was took over India
I believe that the poem is referring to the Indian culture in general and how things can be save if they are use such as Language or Great Pan from Greek mythology who “is not dead:/ he simply emigrated /to India.”. This shows the preservation of Indian values thru history; which is refer to in the title of the poem “A different History” and further explain in the last part where the author explains to the reader the power a language which takes over another to a point that even the children of the weaker language grows to love it.
This can be seen when first generation move to another country and their children refuse to speak their language or when another country with a different language conquers another and the children of the weaker country grow use to...