Humanism and the Downtrodden in Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable

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Aditi Sharma


Literature often embarks on the essential task of imitating life in its various forms. The novelists of the early twentieth century delved in capturing the reality of the society they lived in so as to bring about a change in the already dynamic India during its freedom struggle. The province of Mulk Raj Anand is in his depiction of the society he lives in “as it is”, through a humanist perspective. He seeks to draw on the situation of the subaltern so as to make them aware of the importance of their rights and so that they can learn to live in the hostility they are brought up in, and rise above it.  This paper will provide a glimpse into the depiction of such atrocities through the chief protagonist of the novel, Bakha. The plight of the downtrodden has been vividly explored by Mulk Raj Anand in an objective yet sensitive manner bring out the depth of his vision.


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Aditi Sharma. “Humanism and the Downtrodden in Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 2, no. 3, Aug. 2017, pp. 371-6,
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