Midnight’s Children

Midnight’s Children

by

Salman Rushdie

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Mian Abdullah / The Hummingbird Character Analysis

A pro-Indian Muslim politician who creates the Free Islam Convocation, a gathering of Indian Muslims who disapprove of the dogmatism and intolerance frequently present in many traditional practitioners Islam. Also known as the Hummingbird, Abdullah has the strange habit of humming, a sound that rises and falls in direct relation to his work rate. Aadam Aziz fiercely supports his attempts to influence power and religion within British India. The Hummingbird is killed by assassins following his efforts to bring his Convocation to Agra, a stronghold of staunch Muslims.

Mian Abdullah / The Hummingbird Quotes in Midnight’s Children

The Midnight’s Children quotes below are all either spoken by Mian Abdullah / The Hummingbird or refer to Mian Abdullah / The Hummingbird. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Midnight’s Children published in 1980.
Book 1: Hit-the-Spittoon Quotes

“I started off as a Kashmiri and not much of a Muslim. Then I got a bruise on the chest that turned me into an Indian. I’m still not much of a Muslim, but I’m all for Abdullah. He’s fighting my fight.”

Page Number: 39
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mian Abdullah / The Hummingbird Character Timeline in Midnight’s Children

The timeline below shows where the character Mian Abdullah / The Hummingbird appears in Midnight’s Children. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1: Hit-the-Spittoon
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...Aadam, has come down with the “virulent disease” of optimism, begun in the name of Mian Abdullah , also known as the Hummingbird, an Indian politician who creates the Free Islam Convocation,... (full context)
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Saleem returns to 1942, to the Hummingbird ’s optimism and the streets of Agra, where old men sit and play hit-the-spittoon, attempting... (full context)
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With the creation of the Free Islam Convocation, the Hummingbird invents an alternative space for Indian Muslims to unite without the dogmatism and partition talk... (full context)
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As the Hummingbird and Nadir work late at the Convocation offices, a mob of assassins close in. Nadir... (full context)
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...near Aadam’s house and is discovered by Rashid, the rickshaw boy. Rashid recognizes Nadir as the Hummingbird ’s assistant, and Nadir asks Rashid if he knows where he can find Dr. Aziz.... (full context)
Book 1: Under the Carpet
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India’s optimism epidemic dies with the Hummingbird , and after the dogs finish their work, the authorities are unable to identify the... (full context)
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...Aadam to “tie up a few loose ends.” He is suspicious of Nadir’s disappearance after the Hummingbird ’s assassination, and he assumes that the silence in Aadam’s house is a sign of... (full context)
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...that Nadir is living in her father’s basement. Zulfikar is still searching for Nadir after the Hummingbird ’s assassination, and he is eager to find him. As Zulfikar storms the basement with... (full context)
Book 2: My Tenth Birthday
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...through time. Parvati-the-witch, born seven seconds after midnight in the same Old Delhi slum as the Hummingbird , has been given the powers of the illuminatus, “the genuine gifts of conjuration and... (full context)