Draupadi - order to destroy the enemy, become one,” (Devi...

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-1Mahaweti Devi, “Draupadi” The story “Draupadi” by Mahaweti Devi is portrayal of the combination of women and the resistance of colonialism. A tale from the Mahabharata, “Draupadi” takes place in the lands of India, where the region of Ribai is the first to become destabilized by colonialism. Yet, the neo-colonial authorities vow that it is the involvement of the anti-colonial resistance fighters that has induced the destabilization. So in order to halt the destabilization, the neo-colonial authorities choose to ignore the Indian constitution’s recognition of all human beings as sacred, and in result, massacre a tremendous amount of tribal peoples through Operation Bakuli. Soon after, Begali antiterrorist specialists are ordered to search and kill any tribal peoples that they are to come in contact with, especially those known as Dulna and Dopdi, by using the strategy, “in
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Unformatted text preview: order to destroy the enemy, become one,” (Devi 189). Eventually, Dulna is found and killed and is used as bate to discover the whereabouts of his wife Dopdi, who is eventually captured. When captured and taken into custody, Dopdi, whose real name is Draupadi Mejhen, is physically ravaged and then brought in the presence Senanayak, the Bengali “spet in combat and extreme-Left politics,” (Devi 188), and confronts his gentleman’s hubris by taunting him revealing his lack of masculinity, for he abuses women only to prove to others that he is a man. Senanayak then becomes very afraid for he does not know how to react as he stands before his naked, female, unarmed enemy, as should all men who abuse women, for women are to be treated with respect and chivalry, no matter what part of the globe a man may be from....
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course ANTHROPOLO 2 taught by Professor Walsh during the Spring '09 term at UCSB.

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