Posts Tagged ‘Munshi Premchand of Indian English writing’


The greatest gift of the British Raj to the Indian Subcontinent was probably the English language and its rich, varied literature. During the British regime, Indians (natives) ves had to learn the language for the purpose of education as well as to earn their livelihood by securing a government job. The Indian intelligentsia and men (also women) of letters who had sufficient mastery over the language, thought differently. They tried their hand at poetry, prose and fiction. It was a unique combination: The Indian litterateurs describing their environs and social milieu in a strange language that belonged to a faraway land As part of the Indians’ interactions with the Europeans, and the British, individuals from the affluent classes went abroad for their education, married foreign women, spoke English better than their mother tongues, lived in and toured the Continent, several times. Their progeny enjoyed tremendous advantage both in terms of exposure and language skills.
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