The Hunt By Mahasweta Analysis

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“The patriarchal world view sees man as the measure of all value, with no space for diversity, only for hierarchy. Woman, being different, is treated as unequal and inferior.” (Shiva 164)
Random and reckless industrialization and commercialization in recent years have resulted in thoughtless exploitation of nature and its precious resources. In the great name of development and progression, nature with all its benevolent resources has been subjected to merciless plundering with the consequence of the disruption of ecological symmetry and symbiosis. Without any concern for environment and its ability to endure the incessant attacks the lustful tycoons have been plundering natural resources exclusively to their personal interest. Although several
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The exploitation of underclass women has been running parallel with the degradation of physical environment in tribal areas in India. It actually originates from profit-centric ‘development’ projects designed and controlled by the mainstream consumerist planners. Devi’s displeasure with the breakdown of ecological sanctity and sustainability is clearly reflected here: “Once there were animals in the forest, life was wild, the hunt game had meaning. Now the forest is empty, life wasted and drained, the hunt game meaningless. Only the day’s joy is real.” (12). Again, Devi’s concernment for the marginalized state of women in ‘independent’ India is also true. Although in theories and papers there are continuous advocacy for the freedom and equal rights of women with men, it cannot at all be denied that the scenario has not changed much for women in India, at least for the adivasi women. Actually, through her presentation of the aforementioned twin domination, Mahasweta Devi argues and advocates for a kind of sustainable development that will be, to quote a very popular cliché, “of the people, by the people and for the people”, of course, taking into consideration the maintenance of the ecological sanctity and the conservation of natural equipoise. Actually Devi’s presentation of the twin exploitation of the women and nature in “The Hunt” is a product of her social concern and her sense of responsibility as a writer to voice the sufferings of the exploited reflecting her own stance as a writer: “A responsible writer, standing at a turning point in history, has to take a stand in defence of the exploited. Otherwise history would never forgive him...” (Devi

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