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1880 - 1936

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Dhanpat Rai Srivastava (31 July 1880 – 8 October 1936), better known as Munshi Premchand based on his pen name Premchand (pronounced [preːm t͡ʃənd̪] ), was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindustani literature. 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 laborers prevalent in the society of late 1880s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Premchand has received more than 3,805,689 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Premchand is the 534th most popular writer (up from 623rd in 2019), the 60th most popular biography from India (down from 56th in 2019) and the 11th 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 534 out of 5,755Before him are Sidney Sheldon, Lesya Ukrainka, T. S. Eliot, Paul Claudel, Muhammad Iqbal, and José Martí. After him are Patrick Süskind, Camille Flammarion, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Washington Irving, Eugene O'Neill, and Erich Kästner.

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Among people born in 1880, Premchand ranks 18Before him are Franz Marc, André Derain, Paul Hausser, Manuel Azaña, Wilhelm List, and Werner von Fritsch. After him are Elton Mayo, Otto Weininger, Max Wertheimer, H. L. Mencken, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, and Alexander Blok. Among people deceased in 1936, Premchand ranks 19Before him are Albert Fish, G. K. Chesterton, Alexander Glazunov, Miguel de Unamuno, Fuad I of Egypt, and Grazia Deledda. After him are José Antonio Primo de Rivera, Louis Blériot, Hans von Seeckt, Ottorino Respighi, Karl Kraus, and Buenaventura Durruti.

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In India

Among people born in India, Premchand ranks 60 out of 1,493Before him are Zubin Mehta (1936), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Vallabhbhai Patel (1875), Savitribai Phule (1831), Salman Khan (1965), and Vyasa (-390). After him are Aśvaghoṣa (80), Kim Philby (1912), Ronald Ross (1857), Satyajit Ray (1921), Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904), and Ram Mohan Roy (1772).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Premchand ranks 11Before him are Valmiki (-80), Tulsidas (1532), Meera (1498), Salman Rushdie (1947), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), and Savitribai Phule (1831). After him are Ghalib (1797), Vātsyāyana (300), Tukaram (1608), Sarojini Naidu (1879), Lawrence Durrell (1912), and Basava (1134).