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Reyes, C.

Q & A 1:

posted Mar 26, 2010, 7:48 PM by

1.Why does Vikas Swarup choose the name "Ram Mohammed Thomas" for his protagonist?

    I think the reason why Vikas Swarup chose the name "Ram Mohammed Thomas" for his protagonist was to give a sense of how people identify each other in India. Your religion determined a part of your name, which was used to identify your religion by other people. This was how Salim was identified on a bus by a group of Hindu rioters as Muslim. However, in the protagonist's case, no one can identify his religion by his name and therefore he has no real "identity". 

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