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Mulk Raj Anand, 98; Wrote About India's Injustices
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Date: Oct 1, 2004
Start Page: B.8
Section: California Metro; Part B; Metro Desk
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Anand wrote more than two dozen novels and short story collections during a career launched in 1935 with the novel "Untouchable," which criticized India's caste system and dealt with the lowest class, whose members were reviled by Hindus because they cleaned latrines. The book was based on an incident in which Anand's mother accused a lower-caste person of polluting her son by going to his aid. Anand made him the protagonist of the novel, which critics found compelling in theme and technique.

Born in Peshawar, which was part of India in the early 1900s and is now the capital of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province, Anand graduated from Punjab University and studied at Cambridge and the University of London, where he earned a doctorate in 1929.

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