1880 - 1936

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Dhanpat Rai Srivastava (31 July 1880 – 8 October 1936), better known by his pen name Premchand (pronounced [mʊnʃiː preːm t͡ʃənd̪] (listen), was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindustani literature. Munshi Premchand was a pioneer of Hindi and Urdu social fiction. He was one of the first authors to write about caste hierarchies and the plights of women and labourers prevalent in the society of late 1880s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Premchand has received more than 3,010,261 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Premchand is the 623rd most popular writer (down from 576th in 2019), the 56th most popular biography from India (down from 52nd in 2019) and the 10th most popular Indian Writer.

Premchand is most famous for his novel, "Godan," which is a social and moral critique of the exploitation of the rural poor.

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Among writers, Premchand ranks 623 out of 5,794Before him are Antoine François Prévost, Luis Sepúlveda, Louise Hay, Giacomo Leopardi, Marcus Gavius Apicius, and Pierre Loti. After him are Tatian, Persius, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Kumārajīva, Ulrich von Hutten, and Rudaki.

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Among people born in 1880, Premchand ranks 20Before him are Paul Hausser, Wilhelm List, Manuel Azaña, Werner von Fritsch, Otto Weininger, and Elton Mayo. After him are Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Bruno Taut, Max Wertheimer, Alexander Blok, Michel Fokine, and Vajiravudh. Among people deceased in 1936, Premchand ranks 27Before him are Buenaventura Durruti, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, Moritz Schlick, Róbert Bárány, Hans von Seeckt, and Karl Kraus. After him are Andrija Mohorovičić, Anne Sullivan, Karl Pearson, Nikolai Ostrovsky, Elsa Einstein, and Henry Louis Le Chatelier.

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In India

Among people born in India, Premchand ranks 56 out of 1,227Before him are Mahākāśyapa (-550), Tipu Sultan (1750), Mumtaz Mahal (1593), Narendra Modi (1950), Zubin Mehta (1936), and Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856). After him are Sri Aurobindo (1872), Amir Khusrow (1253), Vātsyāyana (300), Meera (1498), Cliff Richard (1940), and Ravi Shankar (1920).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Premchand ranks 10Before him are Kālidāsa (400), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Tulsidas (1532), Valmiki (-80), Ghalib (1797), and Salman Rushdie (1947). After him are Vātsyāyana (300), Meera (1498), Tukaram (1608), Deepak Chopra (1946), Ahmed Deedat (1918), and Sarojini Naidu (1879).