ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

VOLUME : 4, ISSUE : 1-4, January-December, 2016 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
Nature of Gandhiji’s Appeal: Religion of Humanity with Particular Reference to Raja Rao’s Kanthapura and Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable
Dr Surekha Ahlawat
Mahatama Gandhi emerged as a legend during his life time. This was neatly captured by the literati in their novels. Mulk Raj Anand created a myth about the Mahatma as incarnation of Hindu gods in the novel, "Untouchable". Similarly,the linguistics and stylistics of Raja Rao’s "Kanthapura" are reminiscent of ancient Indian epics. Both, Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao, succeeded in imparting mythical dimension to Gandhiji’s personality in "Untouchable" and "Kanthapura", respectively. Both novels were written in English in the mid-thirties. It must be admitted in all fairness that in mythologizing Gandhiji and imparting legendary qualities to him, both were inspired by Gandhiji’s religion of humanity. This paper is an attempt to understand the background for the composition of these two popular novels.
British rule, communal harmony, Hari Katha, Krishna, Mahatma Gandhi, myth, Vishnu.