Essay on The Road To Salvation

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Dhanpat Rai Shrivastava was born on July 31, 1880 in the small village of Lamahi, located near the city of Banaras in India. Although born into the Hindu Kaystha caste, made up of professionals including writers, doctors and lawyers, his family was poor. His father was a low paid postal employee. His mother died when he was only eight years old. His father remarried, but Dhanpat Rai did not like his stepmother. He studied Urdu and Persian, languages used in literature and administration in 19th century North India at a nearby school. He recalles his childhood fondly in one of his stories, so it is fairly safe to assume that he was a happy and well cared for child.

Dhanpat Rai was married at the early age of fifteen. This marriage did
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In this story, two working class men financially and spiritually ruin each other. Premchand is not only trying to point out the unrest between members of the same caste, he is also trying to make people see that as long as they ruin each other, nothing will change in their social structure.

The story line in this piece is quite unfamiliar to me as I have grown up in a completely different society, but I did make connections to my own life. Near the beginning of this story, Buddhu tries to take his sheep through Jhingur’s sugar cane field. This sparks a problem with Jhingur as he is worried about what the sheep may do to his crop. Buddhu refuses to take his sheep elsewhere and Jhingur retaliates by brutally beating Buddhu’s sheep until they find a new path. As a vegetarian and champion of animal as well as human rights, this description brought back thousands of images of abused animals. There were always the horrific images of dogs, cats and other household pets abused by their owners, but the more disturbing pictures were of scientists and other professionals harming animals all in the name of science.

I made another connection after Buddhu had burned Jhingur’s fields, and Jhingur had decided to get even with him in one way or another. He began his plan by befriending Buddhu, giving him the impression that he had no idea who had burned his fields. I went

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