A Critical Analysis of the Pathetic Condition of Marginalized Tribal Women through selected Works of Mahashweta Devi
The fact of marginalization has always been a social problem; today it has become a social reality, which cannot be denied. Since the very existence of human beings on earth, man has ever been yearning for power and sovereignty. Initially, man’s desire was a need, a compulsion for his own survival. Gradually, the urge to overpower all aloud him, become his obsession. This obsession is largely practiced in marginalizing women in tribal society.
The ground of marginalization can be divided into sub categories according to their nature. In the stream of marginalization, women are in worse situation. They are marginalized on the basis of unspoken and unwritten laws of the man constructed society.
Mahasweta Devi, a Bengali writer has written over a hundred books on the tribes in the form of novel, short stories and plays. Tribal exploitation, women’s exploitation, non-tribal other backward castes’ exploitation are the different layers of running theme in her works. I have chosen a study of the pathetic condition of tribal women for discussion in selected works—After Kurushetra: Three Stories, Draupadi from collection of Breast Stories and first two stories from the collection of short stories Outcast: Four Stories of Mahasweta Devi.
Keywords: Marginalization, Tribal Women, Gender, Mahasweta Devi
Research Scholar, Department of English and MEL, University of Allahabad