'Where do we belong?' is not a question that necessarily troubles a writer greatly; 1t is enough to know that the writing comes out of oneself. Hut for a writer living in Ind.a and writing in English, the matter is not so simple. One has to recognize the fact that there are various problems and dilemmas entangled in this issue which need to be understood and explored. Let me begin w1th a personal declaration: I was born in this country, educated here, I have lived all my life here, I know no other life, my writing comes out of this life, out of a deep involvement with the society I am a part of. Why then am I different from a writer who writes, say, in Hindi? Obviously, it is the language that sets me apart from the Hindi writer.
Deshpande, Sashi, Where do we belong? The 'Problem' of English in India, Kunapipi, 19(3), 1997.