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Raja Rao's novel Kanthapura is the first major Indian novel in English. It is text of the Civil Disobedience movement of the s that takes for its central concern the participation of a small village of South India in the national struggle called for by Mahatma Gandhi.

Imbued with nationalism, the villagers sacrifice all their material possessions in a triumph of the spirit, showing how in the Gandhian movement people shed their narrow prejudices and united in the common cause of the non-violent civil resistance to the British Raj. Citation: Aikant, Satish. The Literary Encyclopedia.

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Kanthapura Summary

Kanthapura recounts the rise of a Gandhian nationalist movement in a small South Indian village of the same name. Achakka begins her tale by situating Kanthapura in its immediate landscape, the Western Ghats mountain range in southwest India that has recently become a center of the British colonial spice trade. Then she introduces the potters and weavers, who are largely turning to agriculture, and finally the pariahs , who live in decrepit huts at the edge of town. But caste does not always translate to wealth.

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This short but impactful novel tells of life in an Indian village in the last years of the Raj, and the way that Gandhi's thought arrives in the village through a young man called Moorthy, who sees Not so much a review of the book as a testimony to the benefit I received from walks home with him after his evening seminar over six years. Although he claims to have introduced me to the son of his guru to be my guru, after four years I knew Raja was my true mentor. Raja Rao.

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