Mahasweta Devi: A Socio – Political Commentator of the Marginalized Community

Mahasweta Devi: A Socio – Political Commentator of the Marginalized Community

Meenakshy N.S

Meenakshy N.S "Mahasweta Devi: A Socio – Political Commentator of the Marginalized Community" Published in International Journal of Trend in Research and Development (IJTRD), ISSN: 2394-9333, Special Issue | NSCCIGC-18 , March 2018, URL:

The subject of Mahasweta Devi's creative writings has centered on the struggle of sociallymarginalized. She tried to depict the struggles of the people against exploitation and tyranny. Her womenprotagonists hail from marginal sections of society. Their tales expose the power dynamics of sex,economics and culture which collectively tyrannize them all. Her work is inspiring because she reminds usthat gender is only one of the many axes on which discrimination rests. She is straightforward with herapproach to talking about the lives of experiences of the marginalized. She talks about complex realities.Her fiction allows the reader to look at cultural practices, social institutions, identity formations, sexualroles and how they operate in spaces with different power dynamics. The arrangement of all these in hernarratives come together to display the exploitations based on the difference in caste, class and gender.Since time immemorial, men and women in India had their roles differentiated. Women were always onthe box of disadvantages. They used to spend their whole lives in the kitchen, taking care of the wholefamily and often tortured by men. This is highlighted in her novels.


Special Issue | NSCCIGC-18 , March 2018


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