Summary and Theme of the Poem Kidnapped by Ruperake Petaia
Summary in Nepali
The poem Kidnapped is written in free verse. Title of the poem is metaphorical because we don’t find real kidnap in the poem. The poet is using kidnap in the sense that colonizers are kidnapping culture and education of the colonized. They are capturing native people’s educational system by implementing western education in the place.
The speaker in the poem is a student. He belongs to a colonized region. The poem presents the theme of cultural colonialism. The speaker is bringing results of cultural colonialism. Colonizers try to impose their culture in the colonized area.
As a result, native people lost their culture, religion and identity. Colonizers use education as an important tool to colonized the native people. They teach western education in colonized region to take over their culture.
The speaker is learning western philosophy from western teachers in a colonized area. He is studying about western historical figures. The course is irrelevant to his society and culture. His teachers are from west. They teach about western culture and philosophy. They also follow western method of teaching.
He is going to school with western teachers. He is feeling abandoned by his family. He is going to school five days in a week. He calls his mother careless person for not caring about his education. Students are celebrating graduation ceremony at his school.
Students are convinced about the western education. They can’t see the negative consequences of the education on them. His parents are unknown about the negative consequences of western education.