ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Premchand and the Peasantry-Constrained Radicalism

The overwhelming concern of the fiction of Premchand is the village which is perceived at times ('romantically') as the sole bastion of humanity in the face of industrialisation and consequent social erosion and at times ('realistically') as the scene of unrelieved exploitation and consequent dehumanisa- don. While this tension in the perception of the village continued til! the very end, Premchand's work showed a general shift from romanticisation to confrontation with reality. With the passage of time, there was also a tendency to curb the 'winged irresponsibility* of the creative writer and to look for more realistic solutions to the ills of rural society.

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