“Rape of the People”: Displacement and Dispossession in the Tribal stories of Mahasweta Devi

Sangeeta Kotwal


One of the most acclaimed writers of novels and short stories in Bengali, Mahasweta
Devi is well known for her work as an activist for the various tribes of India and her
fight for their rights as human beings and citizen of India. Mahasweta Devi had an
unwavering commitment towards those who were marginalized and deprived by the
mainstream of Indian society and victims of abject poverty. They were the people who
had immense courage and survival instincts but no voice - namely tribal. She writes,



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