Protest against the socioeconomic and cultural stigma: Revisiting Mulk Raj Anand’s novel Coolie
Keywords:Empathetic, Philanthropist, Economic exploitation, Palpable, Sabotage
Mulk Raj Anand is among those Indian writers in English who have attained a global readership. He is famed for his empathetic understanding about the lives of the suppressed and his intensive investigation of poverty, ill treatment and deprivation. He wrote about the common man and focussed on their suppression, humiliation and maltreatment in the society.
He is a philanthropist who occupies himself with social problems and elimination of the filthy elements of the society and gives voice to the proletarians, peasants, exploited and enslaved members of the society. He perceived that it is his job and duty of life to draw the concern of his readers on the countless wrongs, inequity and the wounds that were being endlessly inflicted on the young ill-fated underdogs of the so called Indian society.
This Article showcases the palpable depiction of exploitation of underprivileged class of the society by Mulk Raj Anand in his novel ‘Coolie’. The novel delineates the economic exploitation of the under privileged by the privileged. The novel presents a terrifying picture of the protagonist Munoo who gets into oblivion of his survival at very early stage. Munoo is a stark image of exploitation. The system of orthodox society sabotages him ruthlessly. Anand considered art as a social commitment which helps in transformation of the society.
This paper also provides some solution to uproot the exploitation of deprived. It discovers that everyone should exhibit sincere concern towards the universal problem of class disparity in the society.