Class and Conflict: A Study of Indian Contemporary Society in Rupa Bajwa's "The Sari Shop"

Shivani Thakur


The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa portrays the plight of people living in  contemporary Indian Society. It shows class stratification and subjugation.  The upper class people in India enjoy all the facilities and luxuries of life, while those in the lower class live lives of hardship and poverty. According to conflict theory, social stratification benefits the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor as they can exploit them.  Thus, it creates a system of winners and losers that is maintained by those who are on the top. The people who are losers do not get a fair chance to compete, and thus are stuck on the bottom, as shown in the novel through the eyes of protagonist Ramchand. The class stratification and its impacts are clearly visible in the novel. The present paper is an attempt to identify what makes lower class people stagnated to one status, causes of women subjugation and the merits and the demerits of different class people living in the society.

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