Voicing The Woes of The Tribals in The Works of Mahasweta Devi


  • Rashmi Singh and Dr.Nisha Gupta Dept. of English, CSJM University, Kanpur and D.A.V. College Kanpur




- Equality, mainstream, suppression, marginalization, woeful tale, hunting, bond labor,


- Mahasweta Devi is a great name in the field of Tribals literature. She is the only writer among Indian writers in English who could prove her sympathy and kindness towards the tribals. Through, Devi was born and brought up in a family that produced scholars and sympathetic people. During her childhood and schooling days, she made wonders by proving herself a great scholar. After her marriage, she blossomed into a professional writer by writing on the topic of sorrows and sufferings by traveling to the areas of tribals and living with them to wipe their tears who were downtrodden and marginalized. These tribals whose stories Devi has taken into living record made Devi a famous and reputed writer of her time and among her contemporaries. She has been fully dedicated to the tribals who were voiceless or could not speak in their favor of them before the rich and zamindars. These people were so poor, if they took money on loan, could never recover, as the interest rate was so high and under such conditions, they were to work at the big forms of the money lenders and their wives were to work at the homes of the rich and landlords.


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How to Cite

Voicing The Woes of The Tribals in The Works of Mahasweta Devi. (2023). Knowledgeable Research: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 1(12), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.57067/kr.v1i12.110