The War, The Woman and The Novel
The involvement of the Indian people in the Second World War is an indisputable and uncontestable fact which we cannot choose to overlook. It is a fact worth remembering that Indian soldiers won 30 Victoria Crossesâ€”Britainâ€™s highest gallantry medal during the Second World War. Indian soldiers were an integral part of the British army during the course of the Second World War. The Indian Army fought valiantly in many battlefields across the world alongside their British counterparts against the opposing forces. However, in this context, one cannot but wonder at a very strange lacuna that exists as far as the depiction of the World War II in Indian literature is concerned. Tarashankar Bandopadhyayâ€™s novel Saptapadi, set in the backdrop of the war, therefore occupies a very important position, and fills a particularly undesirable void.