The Mythical Draupadi in a Modern Context: Mahasweta Deviâ€™s Short Story â€œDraupadiâ€
This paper emphasizes on the mythical Draupadi in a modern context in Mahasweta Deviâ€™s short story â€œDraupadiâ€. Moreover, this paper also focuses Draupadi as a subaltern representing a rebellious woman in the narrative. The story is about a tribal woman and a Naxalite, Dopdi Mejhen. It is although a retake on the mythical character from the Mahabharata, removes the character from her mythical context and places her as a tribal Santhal in twentieth century Bengal in India. The disrobing of Vyasaâ€™s Draupadi could not be successful, but Deviâ€™s Draupadi gets raped and disrobed by the policemen as a political punishment. Still Deviâ€™s Draupadi emerges as a radical figure by using her nakedness as a weapon against the oppressors. Thus, through the narrative Devi gives â€˜voiceâ€™, â€˜visibilityâ€™ and â€˜dignityâ€™ to her Draupadi.