Summary Of Mahasweta Devi's Devi

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The present research paper is a humble attempt to explore the themes and concerns of the two activist writers- Mahasweta Devi, a Bengali writer whose works are translated in English and Arundhati Roy in their works of fiction and non-fiction. As they have always felt that the documentation of exploitation of the suppressed class is one of the ways to rebel against the exploiting sections of the society. Wherefore this study is intended to throw light on their valuable and practically helpful contribution to Indian Literature and society as well. Introduction: Mahasweta Devi and Arundhati Roy are the well-known Indian women writers of post-colonial era. They are not only the fiction writers but also development critics as well as activist writers. They have represented the marginalized section of the society in their…show more content…
She was born into a literary family. After finishing a master’s degree in English literature from Calcutta University, she began working as a teacher and journalist. She started writing from an early age for various literary magazines. She has to her credit over 20 collections of short stories and over a 100 novels primarily in her native language, Bengali. She was influenced by the Naxalite movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. One of the major themes of works of Mahasweta Devi involves position of tribal communities within India. She has been working her heart and soul since a very long time for the political, social and economic development and advancement of these communities. She has been a regular contributor to several literary magazines as ‘Bortika’ dedicated to the cause of oppressed communities in India. In 1984, she got retired from her job as an English lecturer at Calcutta University only to concentrate more on her writing and to dedicate herself more towards the upliftment of these tribal
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