Describe the ways in which the novels in India attempted to create a sense of pan Indian belonging?
The novels in India attempted to create a sense of pan-Indian belonging. The novelists imagined about the country to be full of adventure, heroism, romance and sacrifice. It also gave the colonised people a chance to give shape to their desires and fight for their freedom. For example, the Bengali historical novels dealt with the Marathas and Rajputs.
Another way in which the sense of belonging to a common nation was popularised was by including various classes in the novel so that they are shown to be equal and belonging to the same society. For example, the novels of Munshi Premchand consisted of powerful characters belonging to almost all levels of society.