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Gender, Caste and Fiction

In most of her works, Mahasweta Devi has tried to tackle and address the turbulence of caste/class/gender in the historic context of the brahmanic caste patriarchy. Even after assuming an occupational class status, the 'rudalis' transform themselves into a gendered caste, specifically a low caste of "whores". This could be identified as the central tension or contradiction in the social practice of Mahasweta's fiction and her narrative praxis.

A Bahujan Reading ofMahasweta Devis Rudali

It is the women who are ruined by the Malik Mahajans who turn into whores. Nonsense they are a separate caste.

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