Videos and supplemental information for Midnight’s Children


Events in History at the time of the novel:, 10 pages

Renée, Diane. “Midnight’s Children.” Literature and Its Times Supplement 1Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them, by Joyce Moss, vol. 2: The Great Depression and the New Deal to Future Times (1930s -), Gale, 2003, pp. 327-337. Gale eBooks, Accessed 30 Aug. 2023.

Quick Overview of each book, characters, themes, and historical context:, 15 pages

“Midnight’s Children.” Novels for Students, edited by Sara Constantakis, vol. 23, Gale, 2006, pp. 176-191. Gale eBooks, Accessed 30 Aug. 2023.

“The Emergency” and the Politics of Mass Sterilization:,program%20to%20control%20India%27s%20population.&text=The%20Western%20countries%27%20lobby%20backed,were%20unwilling%20to%20support%20it


BBC Radio, August 2017. Salman Rushdie in conversation with radio drama director Emma Harding about Midnight’s Children:, 15 minutes


Recorded Jun 21, 2021, 6 minutes. Haimanti Roy, Associate Professor at University of Dayton, discusses the 1947 Partition of India, when Britain split the region into two states, India and Pakistan, and the mass migrations and violence that followed.

Recorded August 14 2022 on the BBC, 4 minutes. BBC’s Nikita Mandhani speaks to young Indians and Pakistanis to understand how the history of the 1947 Partition continues to impact their present.

Recorded May 6, 2019 at Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, 46 minutes. Dr. Merin Simi Raj discusses the novel and its connection to historical events in India. Closed captioning (cc) available on lower right bar.

Recorded March 22, 2003 at Columbia University, 55 minutes
Salman Rushdie and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger discuss Rushdie’s novel “Midnight’s Children”, its context, relevance, and impact on both the public and Rushdie himself.

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