A Critique of Muslim Orthodoxy and Inter-communal Tensions in Hamid Dalwai’s Indhan

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Dr. D. P. Digole


The present paper intends to offer a critical reading of Hamid Dalwai's celebrated novel Indhan (1965) as “a critique of Muslim orthodoxy and inter-communal tensions”. This classic Marathi narrative has acquired the status of pan-Indian masterpiece after its brilliant English translation under the title Fuel by the renowned translator Dilip Chitre (1938-2009).The novel offers a deeply perceptive view of small-town life in rural Konkan and the emerging inter-communal tensions. The references to key historical events and time-markers in the narration help in contextualizing this novel in larger perspective and making it a pan-Indian masterpiece deserving to be placed among the immortal literary classics like Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan, Amrita Pritam’s Pinjar (1956), Bhisham Sahni’s Tamas (1973), Chaman Nahal’s Azadi (1975).


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Dr. D. P. Digole. “A Critique of Muslim Orthodoxy and Inter-Communal Tensions in Hamid Dalwai’s Indhan”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 5, no. 5, Dec. 2020, pp. 98-105, doi:10.53032/tcl.2020.5.5.13.


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