Themes In Comrade Kirillov

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In this feeble plot-yarn a variety of themes are packed. The initial theme is of the optimistic theosophical dream of a messiah coming to save the world and particularly poverty-ridden India. The predominant theme is that of communism, the Marxian dialectics fortified by Lenin and Stalin. Another significant theme expressed in the novel is Gandhi and his impact on Indian Freedom Struggle and the world affairs as seen through the eyes of Kirillov. Gandhism is discussed in relation with Darwin and Marx. Though these are attractive enough to make the novel popular, the novelist fails to do that, as Tripathi says:
In my opinion, the reason for the not so popular an appeal of the novel Comrade Kirillov is its flat tone from the beginning to the end. The emotional tone which is
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There is only one character which gets the focus of the plot – Padmanabha. The novelist paints the silhouette of Kirillov’s character by describing his bodily appearance and face:
Kirillov, was an Indian, his pants too dissimilar for his limbs, his coat flapping a little too fatherly on his small, rounded muscles of seating, his lips tender, slow and segregate – out of which eked true words and numbers, his narrow, dun eyes gave an added touch of humanity to his ancient and enigmatic face. (CK: 7)
The unfitting looseness of pants and coat speak of his indifference to the body and the words ancient and enigmatic express the irreconcilable contradiction of his character. His habit, while talking, of pushing his cheek muscles upwards makes him an alien-looking comrade. His search of ideal new world ultimately ends in Marx, Engel, and Darwin. For the learning of dialectics he masters three languages – German, French, and Russian. He has already acquired a thorough knowledge of Sanskrit and many Indian languages. His shifting from India to California and again to London maintains his Brahminic food habits of
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