Development or Destruction? - The Tribal Confrontation of the Modern World as depicted in Mahasweta Devi’s Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay and Pirtha


  • Bosudha Bandyopadhyay Department of English, University of Mumbai, India
  • Dr. Nandita Roy Principal Gurukul College of Commerce, India


In man’s endeavor to become the paramount power, he has been ignorant about the multiple damages that it has done to Mother Earth and environment. Man has not been able to keep the right ecological balance and therefore, human life is now interlaced with explosive environmental issue which can have a far-reaching effect in destroying the earth itself. Thankfully, in the 21st century thinkers and intellectuals from different walks of life have taken up this issue very seriously and are now deeply contemplating the effects of development on the environment. This has not only affected the urban population but the most vulnerable victims of this misbalance have been the people belonging to the lowest strata of our society. Mahasweta Devi through her activist writings have always mirrored the pathetic predicaments of the tribal people. In her novella Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay and Pirtha she portrays her tribal experience so as to bring about the vicious effect of development which is slowly creeping up to destroy the tribal life in particular and environment in general.


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