Raja rao's first and best-known novel, kanthapura (1938), is the story of a south indian village named kanthapura the novel is narrated in the form of a purana by an old woman of the village, achakka. Essay on gandhian politics and religion in raja rao's 'kanthapura' especially of the villagers taking instances from raja rao's novel kanthapura , i will seek to show how gandhian political thoughts and teachings come in the guise of traditional religious terms and how it stirs the innocent and superstitious imaginations of the village folk. Kanthapura by raja rao ( 214 pg, 4 days, rating : 5/5) published in 1938, this book was written, about the pre-independence struggle of india, by rao far away from india in a castle in france it's definitely a 'literary manifesto to point out an indian way of appropriating english language( which was a brabe work during pre-independence of india. Raja rao's work examines the life of a village in the time of gandhi's salt march and activity in the indian independence movement told from the point of view of a village elder, the story is. Raja rao very minutely observes and depicts how larger political and social discourses of gandhi are blended with traditional religious myths and terms which are familiar to the village folks.
Raja rao's kanthapura is the offshoot of gandhian ideology, and the novel kanthapura considered gnahdi and our village, but the narrative technique makes the novel more a gandhi purana than a piece of mere fiction. The protagonist of novel kanthapura moorthy is the protagonist of raja rao's novel kanthapura, which records the influence of mahatma gandhi's ideals on kanthapura, a remote fictional village in south india, during the years of the indian independence movement. Although dense with expressions of indian customs, epical history, politics, and religion, kanthapura is unusual as an indo-english novel because the female characters serve in the forefront of.
Raja rao carefully explores the gandhian ideals of loving one's enemies, non- violence and abolition of untouchability in this novel in his first novel 'kanthapura', raja rao attempted an appraisal of the efforts made by the. In kanthapura, raja rao tells a story about a village in the southern portion of india where there is a traditional caste system the town known as kanthapura does not abide by modern processes, however most people within the location believe that they are blessed by an entity known as kenchamma. Raja rao took the efforts to delineate the role of religion in the politics very emphatically in kanthapura, religious customs, rituals and symbols, arthi.
Kanthapura as a gandhian novel kanthapura is the first novel of raja rao written in 1938 ad it describes the period in which the struggle against the foreign government was dominating the political scenario in india. Gandhi‟s vision of life finds an outlet in kanthapura raja rao through moorthy, who is called village gandhi, spreads gandhian ideals and thoughts among indian population. Raja rao's kanthapura enacts some of the motifs of postcolonialism in my previous post here i point out that raja rao critiques the simple position that the discourse of colonialism instituted a notion of the natural superiority of the colonising race and this was internalised by the colonized.
Gandhian politics and religion in raja rao's 'kanthapura' essay cannot be done except through one's country (chakrabarti 35) this aspect of the gandhian thought had an impact on the creative impetus of the indian novelists in english. Raja rao's first novel kanthapura (1938) is the story of a village in south india named kanthapura the novel is narrated in the form of a 'sthalapurana' by an old woman of the village, achakka. Gandhian ideals in raja rao's kanthapura novel illustrates two faces of gandhian vision: the political and the social this paper is an religion that inspired all religions gandhi.
The novelist raja rao and rk narayan in their novels kanthapura and this battle is fought under the leadership and waiting for the mahatma of moorthy who one may call a local gandhi respectively. Raja rao notes, the subtlety of the gandhian thought and the complex political situation of pre-independence could be explained to the unlettered villagers only through legends and religious stories of gods (kanthapura 104. Taking instances from raja rao's novel kanthapura, i will seek to show how gandhian political thoughts and teachings come in the guise of traditional religious terms and how it stirs the innocent and superstitious imaginations of the village folk.
Raja rao's kanthapura has the quality of an epic and the serpent and the rope has the quality of an encyclopedia the novel, autobiographical in nature, shows novelist's conscious shift of attention from the gandhism to vedantic hindusim , from freedom narrative to metaphysical fiction. A step by step analysis of the characters in raja rao's novel, kanthapura written in english, the novel describes the day to day life of indian society and culture this analysis is easily understandable and clear.
But rao differs from the other two of his contemporaries in his treatment of gandhi his kanthapura is a fictional account of gandhian movement in a distant south indian village under the leadership of moorthy, the hero and the most notable gandhian in the novel. Dayal in his book raja rao- a study of his novels, observes the novelist elevates the gandhian movement to a mythological plane(pg 10 atlantic publishers and distributors) later he says raja rao's faith in gandhian thought leads him to idealize mahatma gandhi as a veritable god. Raja rao's kanthapura: analysis and interpretation as the first major indo-anglian novel, kanthapura is a revelation of a fictional indian village in the pre-independence era.