RESEARCH SCHOLAR .
ASSAM UNIVERSITY.(DIPHU CAMPUS)
**DR INDU SWAMI
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
ASSAM UNIVERSITY (DIPHU CAMPUS)
Modernization, advocates a departure from the traditional set up and in India it started with a slow pace going momentums during the 20th century especially after independence. Several factors like industrialization, scientific development, urbanization, spread of education and increase in transport and communication were instrumental in bringing that change. R.K. Narayan being a prolific writer was not left uninfluenced by this change. His post independence novel’s presents women characters with modern, unconventional roles. Bharati in waiting for Mahatma reveals such changed features. Such characters assign themselves a superior position in their own equal sphere enjoying an equal status with their male counterparts. They try to create a niche for themselves. During the freedom movement these women revealed admirable spirit of patriotism, they possess strength to withstand every hardships and hurdle coming on their way of success and freedom.
Key Words : Emancipation, Gandhi, struggle, women, power.