Dust on the Road - The Activist Writings of Mahasweta Devi

Dust on the Road - The Activist Writings of Mahasweta Devi

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Author: Mahasweta Devi
Publisher: Seagull Books
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 219
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817046143x


A collection of her activist prose including most of her articles in English, several Bengali pieces in translation, and editorials from her journal Bortika.

In the late 70s, Mahasweta Devi turned her attention to the marginalized tribals and untouchable poor of eastern India. She traveled widely, living with and building an intimate connection with them; and she began to contribute articles to several leading newspapers and journals, drawing on firsthand experience.

This selection has been careful to include all her important writings on the issues which have pre-occupied her over the years: short-sighted rural development projects, the degradation of tribal life and the environment, land alienation, bonded labor, contract labor, and miners. She bears testimony to the harsh reality of their lives.