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GANDHIJI’S VISION EXHIBITED IN THE NOVELS OF R.K. NARAYAN

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Gandhiji, a socio-political figure, struggled for the sake of India’s development and independence. He is an immense source of writing and has influenced different disciplines and many writers from different fields like history, politics, philosophy, literature, sociology, and so on. He served as a central figure for their writings. Gandhiji not only struggled for India’s independence but also taught the people of India to love one another and advised them to show bitterness towards non-violence. In this principle of non-violence Gandhiji introduces technique of resistance to evil and untruth. His Satyagraha is inspired by boundless love and compassion. It is opposed to sin and evil. Gandhiji was the speaker of truth and he does not like falsehood. These principles of Gandhiji were very well exhibited in the novels of R.K. Narayan. One or in another way the characters of the novels explore Gandhiji himself or his views. For example, in a novel called Waiting for Mahatma Gandhiji, himself has participated as a character. Bharati an important personality in the novel serves as a disciple of Gandhiji. The famous novels of R.K. Narayan were Swami and Friends (1935), The Bachelor of Arts (1937), The English Teacher (1945), Waiting for Mahatma (1955), The Vendor of Sweets (1967) were all set in Narayan’s imaginary town, Malgudi. It is not a place but an experience of soil and soul of India. The paper aims at analysing the novels of R.K. Narayan on this backdrop and it concludes that his novels serve as a panorama for the future generation, to know Gandhi as a whole.

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