The War, The Woman and The Novel


  • Dr. Sravasti Guha Thakurta Associate Prof. in English Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri College, Kolkata India


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 Crosses—Britain’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 Bandopadhyay’s novel Saptapadi, set in the backdrop of the war, therefore occupies a very important position, and fills a particularly undesirable void.


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