Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2018)
Social disapproval in Mulk Raj Anand’s untouchable
Author(s): Nisha Rani Tank
Abstract: This research paper aims to purview the novel Untouchable by Mulkraj Anand as a social disapproval. Untouchable is Mulk Raj Anand’s first novel and it brought to him vast recognition and status. The novel demonstrates the pragmatic image of society. In this research paper social elimination and exploitation of the subaltern takes its roots in the representation of caste-system among Hindus in the novel and it was the root cause of the social disapproval. The emphasis of novel is on an individual’s effort to liberate him from the age old evil of untouchability. Anand is here, concerned with harms of untouchability and the requirement for essential understanding. He shows the pitiable conditions of the untouchables through the protagonist namely Bakha. Mulk Raj Anand explored the practice of untouchability is fundamentally a matter of ostentatious religiosity and mistreatment. Anand’s protagonist is not of the race, not of the place and the time, but demonstrates all humanity caught in contingencies of an outdated social order that hamper his assessment in to a self-consistent social life.