Study on a pioneer and a role model within the field of Indian fiction in English at Mulk Raj Anand
Dr. Harshita Dwivedi
Even in an exceedingly random reading of Anand’s novels the reader becomes forthwith attentive to such problems because the tyranny of the class structure, its injustice, and its social, ethical and economic consequences, category conflicts, exploitation of assorted varieties of the poor by the wealthy, non secular dogmatism and hypocricy, the social basis of evil, persistent fashionable superstitions, confrontation between tradition and currency, pursue identity, explore for freedom, east-west encounter, etc. These and other related themes surface themselves and become conspicuous, because they appear again and again in his novels. Anand as a writer has continually sensitively versed them instead of to metaphysical and philosophical problems that fascinate a writer like Raja Rao. For him the impulse to put in writing springs from the terribly compelling urgency of those problems and their human consequences felt by him. Naturally they become the thematic centres of his novels and supply the premises underlying his fictional structures. Therefore the perennial themes of Anand have attracted attention for critical appraisal and comment, and notice a distinguished place in each vital study of his novels. The current study aims at examining Anand’s handling of the theme of social discrimination in his novels. in reality it's a cluster of connected themes. it's necessary to clarify in what sense ‘social discrimination’ is known and applied here to Anand’s novels.