December 20 , 2010



'Godan' is an epic in Hindi prose. It is the most famous work of Munshi Premchand. 'Godan' gives a vivid picture of the condition of Indian farmers during the author's lifetime. The novel is relevant today because the rural folks' problems still exist.

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Munshi Premchand (1880-1936) was a prolific Indian writer. Besides being a great novelist, Premchand was also a social reformer and thinker. His greatness lies in the fact that his writings embody social purpose and social criticism rather than mere entertainment. Literature according to him is a powerful means of educating public opinion. He…

Farmers have generally been exploited by money-lenders, government officials and superstitious community members. Hori, a well-off cultivator, suffers for his dependence on these exploiters. He works very hard, grows various crops, yet starves with his family because almost all his crops are given away to clear the creditor' dues. He efforts to protect his family dignity but fails because he was continuously exploited.

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