Rudali: A Critique of an Exploitative, Socio-Economic and Religious System

Dr. B. Vijaya

Asst. Professor, Department of English, University College of Arts and Social Sciences, Osmania University. Email:

  Volume 1, Number 3, 2016 I Full Text PDF

Article DOI:  10.21659/bp.v1n3.s104


Mahasweta Devi, one of the indomitable fighters who fought her last battle at the age of 90 in 2016, is a voice for the voiceless and a remarkable writer-activist India has ever seen. She is a Bengali novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist, columnist, editor and above all a socio-cultural activist who has relentlessly worked for decades highlighting the problems of the rural poor and tribals.  The tribals and their history have become an integral part of Mahasweta Devi’s life and mission. Her empathy for the rural poor and tribals coupled with her intense anger against their exploitation has made her a committed activist-writer. Mahasweta Devi believes that every writer is answerable to the people and therefore it is his/her responsibility to create awareness among the people about the misery of the least privileged, the dispossessed.

Keywords: Mahasweta Devi, social activism, poverty, injustice

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