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The unheard cry of the voiceless in Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand
J. George,
Published in Research India Publications
Volume: 10
Issue: 21
Pages: 41721 - 41723
Untouchable is Mulk Raj Anand’s first novel, published in 1935. It is spun around the happenings of a day in the life of a sweeper-boy who has been elevated to the position of a hero in this novel. The main theme of the novel is untouchability as a problem in the Hindu society. The novel shows it as a crime against, and violation of the dignity of man. Untouchable brings to light the sorrows and sufferings that caste Hindu inflicted on the untouchables and the outcastes – the grass-cutters, the scavengers, the washer-men, the leather-workers, the water-carriers, the barbers etc. Social injustice done to untouchables is strongly condemned in this novel. This article is an exploration into the powerful voice given to the untouchables by Mulk Raj Anand through the character Bakha. The silent cry of the downtrodden, often unheard by the majority, is made public. At a time when the cry of every human being is for equality and justice, this novel serves as a mouthpiece for the downtrodden. The value of every individual as a human being should be upheld and there should be mechanisms for everyone to climb the social order irrespective of one's caste or birth. Bakha's struggle to break away from the social stigma of being an untouchable is the focal point of this study. © Research India Publications.
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JournalInternational Journal of Applied Engineering Research
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