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Youness El Basraoui
Youness El Basraoui


Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand: A Classic Novel of Social Injustice in India

Untouchable is a novel by Mulk Raj Anand, first published in 1935. It tells the story of Bakha, a young man who belongs to the lowest caste of untouchables in pre-independence India. Bakha works as a sweeper, cleaning the latrines of the upper castes, and faces constant humiliation and discrimination from the society. The novel depicts a day in his life, as he encounters various characters who either pity, exploit, or abuse him. The novel also explores the themes of colonialism, religion, and modernity, as Bakha searches for a way out of his miserable condition.

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Mulk Raj Anand (1905-2004) was one of the most prominent writers of the Indian English literature. He was born in Peshawar, now in Pakistan, and studied at the University of Cambridge and the University of London. He was influenced by the works of Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, and Leo Tolstoy, and became a champion of social justice and human rights. He wrote several novels, short stories, essays, and autobiographies, depicting the lives of the oppressed and marginalized sections of the Indian society. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honor in India, in 1967.

Untouchable is widely regarded as one of the best novels of Indian literature. It has been translated into several languages and adapted into films and plays. It is also included in the syllabus of many universities and schools around the world. The novel is praised for its realistic portrayal of the plight of the untouchables, its powerful language and style, and its critique of the caste system and the British rule in India.

If you are interested in reading this novel, you can download it for free from the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization that provides free access to millions of books, movies, music, and other digital content. You can find three versions of Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand on the Internet Archive: [Untouchable A Novel], [Untouchable], and [Untouchable A Novel]. You can choose any version you prefer and download it in PDF or other formats. You can also read it online or borrow it for 14 days.

I hope you enjoy reading this classic novel and learn more about the history and culture of India.


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