Premchand's literary career started as a freelancer in Urdu. In his initial short stories, he has depicted the patriotic upsurge that was sweeping the country in the first decade of the 19th century and wrote of the life around him and made his readers aware of the problems of the urban middle-class and the country's villages.
Pratigya is the story about a young idealist who takes on himself the task of social upliftment and progress. It gives a vivid description of the society during that era and the obstructions that were faced by the few who believed in a new and better country by the removal of social evils prevalent during those times.
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