Raja Rao - Kanthapura / About the Author, Raja Rao. Raja Rao was born in in the village of Hassana, in Mysore in a very old South Indian Brahmin. Gandhian Age. In the following Chapter Two Rao's Kanthapura is studied with the aim of tracing how the theme of freedom struggle is treated by Raja Rao. PDF | On Sep 1, , El..j and others published GANDHIAN IDEALS IN RAJA RAO'S KANTHAPURA.

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Complete summary of Raja Rao's Kanthapura. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Kanthapura. British Fiction). print Print; document PDF. Kanthapura (9) Raja Rao Cover Design by Narayan Barodia Published by Hind Pocket Books fP) Ltd. G. T. Road. Delhi in arrangement with New Directions. Kanthapura. byRao Raja of India Item wm-greece.info: Rao Raja wm-greece.infope: application/pdf wm-greece.info

An interactive data visualization of Kanthapura's plot and themes. Rao was the only Hindu student at his Muslim public school before he went to study English at the University of Madras and graduated in , the same year he originally finished writing Kanthapura. He soon moved to France, where he studied French history and literature, and spent the next thirty years living between there and India. During the s, he was active in the Indian independence movement. Rao moved to the United States in , where he taught philosophy at the University of Texas until his retirement in From the s onward, he won a number of prominent literary prizes, including the Indian Padma Bhushan in and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in Download it! Historical Context of Kanthapura Kanthapura is set during the early days of the Indian independence movement that ultimately liberated the nation from British colonial rule in This movement arguably lasted for the entire duration of British colonialism in South Asia, but the campaign of organized nonviolent resistance headed by Mohandas Gandhi and his Indian National Congress began in the s after a British general ordered his troops to shoot thousands of peaceful protestors in the northern city of Amritsar. After deciding that it would be immoral to cooperate with the British government, Gandhi launched the Non-Cooperation Movement in an attempt to achieve Swaraj self-rule for India by encouraging Indians to refuse foreign goods especially British liquor and clothing , resign their posts in British schools and government jobs, and refuse to fight for the British in World War II. Gandhi famously served two years in prison, went on numerous hunger strikes including one to demand nonviolence among his own supporters after a group of Gandhists burned down a police station , and protested a new British tax on salt by marching nearly kilometers to the ocean and making his own salt. He also gave women a prominent role in the independence movement.

We are all instinctively bilingual, many of us writing in our own language and in English. We cannot write like the English. We should not.

We cannot write only as Indians. We have grown to look at the large world as part of us. Our method of expression therefore has to be a dialect which will some day prove to be as distinctive and colourful as the Irish or the American.

Time alone will justify it. After language the next problem is that of style.

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The tempo of Indian life must be infused into our English expression, even as the tempo of American or Irish life has gone into the making of theirs. We, in India, think quickly, we talk quickly, and when we move we move quickly.

There must be something in the sun of India that makes us rush and tumble and run on. And our paths are paths interminable. The village is believed to have protected by a local deity called Kenchamma. Though casteist, the village has got a long nourished traditions of festivals in which all castes interact and the villagers are united.


The main character of the novel Moorthy is a Brahmin who discovered a half buried linga from the village and installed it. A temple is built there, which later became the centre point of the village life.

All ceremonies and festivals are celebrated within the temple premises. Hari-Kathas, a traditional form of storytelling, was practiced in the village. Hari- Kathas are stories of Hari God. The narrator was arrested because of the political propaganda instilled in the story.

Raja Rao_Preface to Kanthapura

The novel begins its course of action when Moorthy leaves for the city where he got familiar with Gandhian philosophy through pamphlets and other literatures. He followed Gandhi in letter and spirit.

He wore home spun khaddar. Discarded foreign clothes and fought against untouchability. This turned the village priest, a Brahmin, against him who complained to the swami who was a supporter of foreign government and Moorthy was ex-communicated. Heartbroken to hear it, his mother Narasamma passed away. Bade Khan was a police officer, a non hindu of Kanthapura.

He was brought and supported by the coffee planters who were Englishmen. Considered as an outsider, Bade khan is an enemy of the people who refuses to provide shelter to him. After the death of his mother, Moorthy started living with an educated widow Rangamma, who took part in Indias struggle for freedom.

Moorthy was invited by Brahmin clerks at Skeffington coffee estate to create an awareness among the coolies of the estate. When Moorthy turned up, Bade Khan hit him and the pariah coolies stood with Moorthy. Though he succeeded in following Gandhian non violence principle, the incident made him sad and unhappy.

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