I thought it worthwhile to mention that I saw similarities between Bakha and Gunga Din in that they both idolized the British way of life. This was seen especially in Bakha’s British military clothing articles, and the way that Gunga Din tried to do the military drills along with the soldiers in the encampment.
Both Gunga Din (more so in the beginning) and Bakha are low in status. Bakha in Untouchables is the “lowest of the low”. The juxtaposition of Bakha and Gunga Din’s poverty and shiny British luxury is stark, especially when the latter adorns the other.
I wonder why Anand would allude to Kipling, but I like what srinidhik (the post before mine) is kind of implying (to me, atleast). Is there honor in being as low in status as Bakha, when his life is so hard and people are unjust towards him? What should he do? What should he aspire to? Should he find contentment in his own poverty, as Gandhi implies, since he’s already a “part of India”?
Just some thoughts.