Video Lecture 151: Live Class on Mahasweta Devi’s “Draupadi” by Arindam Ghosh

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“Draupadi” was published in Mahasweta Devi’s collection of short stories, titled “Agnigarbha” (Womb of Fires, 1978). It was later translated by Gayatri Chakraborty Spivak and included in her collection of stories, titled “Breast Stories” (2010).
Devi situates her story against the Naxalite movement (1967-71), the Bangladesh Liberation War (1971) of West Bengal and the ancient Hindu epic of Mahabharata, engaging with the complex politics of Bengali identity and Indian nationhood. The tribal uprising against wealthy landlords brought upon the fury of the government which led…

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