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Munshi Premchand produced numerous works of fiction that shed light on life and culture of people belonging to Indian villages. A majority of population of India dwells in rural areas with Dalits being in considerable number. In the works of Premchand, people from lower strata and castes also find space. He was one among many Indian writers who painted realistic picture of the downtrodden classes and castes. Right from Om Prakash Valmiki to Bandhumadhav, many Dalit writers narrated their own experiences in various forms of literature. Through a comparative analysis, this paper looks at characterization of Dalits in two short stories, namely Premchand’s The Shroud and Bandhumadhav’s Poisoned Bread.

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