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Munshi Premchand on Islam
By:abdalaziz ariff / indiana
Date: Monday, 21 September 2020, 6:40 pm

Munshi Premchand on Islam


“Munshi Premchand (1880-1936) is one of the most celebrated Hindi/Urdu writers the Indian Subcontinent has produced. He is credited with introducing realism to the Hindi/Urdu short story. Later Indian English novelists like Mulk Raj Anand tried their best to imitate Premchand’s style. But Premchand went even beyond that. Forsaking a lucrative career in the Bombay film industry, Premchand returned to rural India and started using the rural Indian village scene as a setting for his stories. This is very original, because most people who had developed writing skills saw no potential in the everyday life of the Indian village, and its complex issues of poverty, ignorance, religion and squalor were considered best left ignored. Most literate people (who again were a minority) happily forsaked the Indian village for a clerical gig in the British-Indian administration. But not Premchand.”