Woolan Devi Essay

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A rebel is defined as “a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition”. In India, these people who resist authority are known as dacoits or bhagis. Whatever the name placed on these people’s heads, Phoolan Devi was certainly one of them. Phoolan’s childhood was one filled with brutalization, betrayment, and sexual assault. Somehow, this lower-caste, “untouchable” from India rose up from something that most Indian women accept as a part of life. Phoolan Devi had a personality with the assertiveness to lead a Massacre, the strength to surrender on her own terms, and the level-headedness to become a politician. India praised her, while other gang leaders rivaled her. Phoolan Devi’s quest came along with unimaginable hardships and terror, but her success made her a hero in the eyes of Indians,…show more content…
Gorha Ka Purwa was once part of what Gandhi called “the real India” and populated with untouchables (Weaver). Even at a young age, Phoolan showed her assertiveness and stubbornness. At the age of eleven, she staged a dharna when her family's land was sold and refused to leave before she was eventually dragged off the sight. A dharna is a way of peaceful protest by sitting at a debtor’s door and not eating until the protester’s demand is fulfilled. To keep her out of more trouble like this, her parents arranged a marriage between Phoolan and a man in his thirties. All of this not to much surprise and something that happens quite often in India. Life didn’t get any easier for Phoolan after the marriage. By her account, she said, “he would beat me and eventually he brought another woman into the house, and both of them treated me like a servant” (Burns). As a fisherman’s daughter and part of the lower-caste, her future was laid out in front of her in this manner with no question. Except, she did question
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