Binod Mishra Deptt of HSS, IIT Roorkee. Mulk Raj Anand: A Novelist par Excellence. Life & Achievements. Born in 1905 at Peshawar Graduated in 1924 from Khalsa College Left India in 1925 for England Awarded PhD in 1929 on the philosophy of Berkeley, Hume and Russell.
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Mulk Raj Anand:
A Novelist par Excellence
A full reading of Anand reflects :
Anand, it seems to me, is nothing less than a novelist of the human condition, a novelist whose province is human nature. The appeal of his novels is passionate; this significance is multiple and hopefully timeless rather than topical and temporal.
-K.N.Sinha in Preface to Mulk Raj Anand
I have been evolving a philosophy of the human person which is miscellaneous. It is not doctrinaire thought. It is a number of insights, possibly arising from my experience. I think we are part of a much bigger universe , so we are part of the whole world.
(Anand, In a letter to Neena Arora)
I believe Marx supplies a good yardstick for history and his basic proposition “Means of production determine consciousness” is correct . Except that Marx naturally simplified his thesis. He could not explain the irrational, instinctive and intuitive actions of man. There are many areas like aesthetic activity he left out. I am not a member of any political party. I reject nothing that is human. I agree with Coomaraswamy when he said : “ civilization must henceforth be human rather than local or national, or else it cannot exist.”
( Letter to G.S. Balram Gupta,4 Aug, 1968.)
If you leave man to the mercy of god, first dig some graves.
M.R Anand, Soviet Review, Vol V No.21,1968,P-92