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Reflections on a White Elephant

 
Mulk Raj Anand (Author)
Synopsis

Reflections on the White Elephant is a unique new novel by Mulk Raj Anand, which shows militant Hinutva on the offensive against exalted faith of Sri Aurobindo. Mahant Kalidas Cambridge educated descendant of the Head of Mahakali Temple, turns away from worship of Goddess Kali by murder of a goat every morning in the inherited Mahakali Temple. Local Hindutva roughs tried to take possession of Shrine, beating up Mahant Kalidas’s followers, inspite of police protection. While devout followers like widow Rani Pritam Kaur, are for Mahant Kalidas’s reformist new way of worship, away from murder of goat every day, Hindutva youths plot to make rare white elephant of the Mahant drunk, so that it runs amuck and kills innocent peasants. Disgrace of accusation that he has caused murder of villager makes liberal Mahant take his own life. A new pure Hindu Shrine comes up in Baradari in which worship of Goddess Saraswati is inaugurated, to exalt memory of the forward Mahant. Author suggests reaffirmation of Hinduism other than idolatory as way towards self-realisation.

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About the author

Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj Anand, an Indian English language author who depicted the lives of the poorer castes in a traditional Indian society. Anand, a novelist, short story writer, essayist and an art critic, is frequently referred to as the 'founding father' of Indo-English writing. Anand's prolific writing career spanned over 75 years, during which he was widely identified with the quest for a just, equitable and forward looking India. Anand wrote extensively in areas as diverse as art and sculpture, politics, Indian literature and the history of ideas. He has been conferred with several awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1972 and the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to English Literature.

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Bibliographic information

Title Reflections on a White Elephant
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8124108374
length 229p., 23cm