Analysis Of Gandhi's Untouchable By Mulk Raj Anand

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In 1932, while pursuing the pages of Gandhi’s magazine ‘Young India’, Mulk Raj Anand was very much impressed by Gandhi’s narration about a sweeper boy called uka, and he decided to meet Mahatma Gandhi and to read to him his novel’Untouchable” While travelling towards the ashram on the boar, British soldiers treated Anand and the other Indians with contempt. For the first time, Mulk Raj Anand felt that it was like to be an untouchable. After that, Anand started revising his book with a new anger but he learnt , to feel in Gandhi’s Ashram that his work sought was love and not hate. After taking a vow to clean latrines once a week, not to touch alcoholic drinks or look at women with desire, Anand settled down in ashram to redraft his novel.…show more content…
The Gita teaches that the members of the four castes should be treated on an equal basis. Mahatma Gandhi preached and practiced the doctrine of equality. He counseled the Harijans to improve their education, their dignity and asked the higher castes to help the society with their knowledge and wealth. The same idea is expressed by Mulk Raj Anand I his novels. It is noteworthy that Anand’s heroes are either educated men or lovers of learning which is an important issue in his novels. EventhoughBakha of ‘Untouchable’ and Munoo of ‘Coolie’ are uneducated heroes, they have the love of learning and the passion for education. Bakha is fascinated by yellow uniform, the master’s wand, his vigilant scrunity over his words and the monitor’s exercise of control as in a delectable dream because he is banned from all these. When he realizes that his education at school is impossible, he begins his self education. As this proves to be a very slow process, heinfluenced a little caste Hindu boy to give him lesson at an anna per lesson everyday. Bakha’s craving desire for education stems from his love for all that is English. He exhibits an awareness of the values and problems of getting education. When Gandhiji speaks for the abolition of untouchability, Bakha feels that he must be
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