Post-colonial Indian English writing was shaped through the active and conscious rejection of “The English”, and was beginning its journey of recognition in the global sphere. This coming out of a dialect as a separate variety, Indian English, on the global stage was celebrated and embraced by writers and poets like, RK Narayan, Amitav Ghosh, Salman Rushdie and Nissim Ezekiel etc. Ezekiel, descendant of a Jewish Indian family, is someone who faced question regarding his allegiance to India his entire life. His stance however, was always assertive and his Indianness is what enables him to see India as it truly is. This understanding comes out in his poem The Patriot.
The Patriot is a perfect example of appropriation and abrogation in post-colonial writing. A vibrant collage of Indian life, replete with sarcasm and probing questions, The Patriot gives the reader the sense of growing dissatisfaction and alienation that was prevailing at the contemporary time. Abrogation refers to the defiance or rejection by post-colonial writers regarding the “standard English” installed and established by the imperial education system.It also refers to the rejection of concepts of inferior dialects or marginal variants. Abrogation demands that all variants of English (British, Indian, American etc.) should enjoy the same degree of recognition. This recognition is important to counter the use of the colonialist’s language which inescapably, intellectually imprisons the colonized. This defiance is what forms the very structure of this poem. The patriot starts with the very colloquial