Premchand was one of the classics of Hindustani literature. Many prominent figures and newspapers usually referred to him as ‘Upanyas Samrat’ (Emperor of novels).
He was famous with the name Munshi Premchand, though his real (born) name was Dhanpat Rai. During initial years of his writing career he took Nawab Rai as a pen name but later on switched to Munshi Premchand.
Britishers were jealous of Premchand; as well feared his writing capabilities can bring about a freedom revolution among the masses, so with trepidation they burnt 3000 copies of Soz-e-Watan. Furthermore to continue his writing passion, he hid his identity and switched to a very peculiar Hindi name - Munshi Premchand. Even the hatred of Britishers could not stop this contemporary novelist from writing all time classics, which are equally celebrated even today. Children study his literature in schools; he was such a great artist.
He wrote over 250 short stories and a dozen novels, all his novels were super hit. There is none who could replace him in Hindustani Literature.