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Nayantara Sahgal is a novelist of social and political consciousness. There is a huge social consciousness of modern sensibilities in her novels. With eager consciousness of the group of social forces, memories of the colonial past and its crash on the people, she brings out the political issues in a more vital and instant sense. Philosophically a Gandhian, she explores the communal dreams of the Indian people through her novels. The present study is a humble effort to discover socio-political consciousness in all its diversities and complexities in the novels of Nayantara Sahgal. A comprehensive analysis of the idea of socio-political consciousness constitutes the introduction of the study; it includes a conversation on Nayantara Sahgal’s life and works, along with the decisive influences. Nayantara Sahgal’s novels have been undertaken for the current study for the state motive that novel is the variety through which modern age expresses itself; Sahgal is a journalist-turned-novelist; by asset of this metamorphosis, she is completely competent of analyzing a political condition and tracing out its crash on society and justifying it on psycho-analytical grounds, and purging principles into super egoistic consciousness or responsiveness.

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