Mahasweta Devi Chotti Munda and His Arrow

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Written in 1980, this novel by prize-winning Indian writerMahasweta Devi, translated and introduced by Gayatri ChakravortySprivak, is remarkable for the way in which it touches on vitalissues that have in subsequent decades grown into matters of urgentsocial conern.


  • Written by one of India’s foremost novelists, andtranslated by an eminent cultural and critical theorist.
  • Ranges over decades in the life of Chotti – the centralcharacter – in which India moves from colonial rule toindependence, and then to the unrest of the 1970s.
  • Traces the changes, some forced, some welcome, in the dailylives of a marginalized rural community.
  • Raises questions about the place of the tribal on the map ofnational identity, land rights and human rights, the‘museumization’ of ‘ethnic’ cultures, andthe justifications of violent resistance as the last resort of adesperate people.
  • Represents enlightening reading for students and scholars ofpostcolonial literature and postcolonial studies.

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'I had but that one arrow’, says Chotti Munda, the hero ofthis epic tale. A 'magic' arrow that stood for the pride, thewisdom, the culture of their society, a society threatened withinevitable disintegration as its traditional structures crumbledunder the assault of 'national development'.


The wide sweep of this important novel encompasses many layers.It ranges over decades in the life of Chotti – the centralcharacter - in which India moves from colonial rule to independenceand then to the unrest of the 1970s. It probes and uncovers thecomplex web of social and economic exchange based on powerrelations. It traces the changes, some forced, some welcome, in thedaily lives of a marginalized rural community. And at its core, itcelebrates Chotti, legendary archer, wise and farsighted leader,proud role model to his younger brethren.

Written in 1980, this novel is remarkable for the manner inwhich it touches on vital issues that have, in subsequent decades,grown into matters of urgent social concern. It raises questionsabout the place of the tribal on the map of national identity, landrights and human rights, the 'museumization' of 'ethnic' cultures,and the justifications of violent resistance as the last resort ofa desperate people.

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Mahasweta Devi is widely acknowledged as one of India'sforemost writers. In 1996, she won the Jnanpith Award (India'shighest literary award) and the Magsaysay Award (considered to beAsia's version of the Nobel Prize). She was also awarded thePadmasree in 1986, for her activist work amongst dispossessedtribal communities.


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is the Avalon FoundationProfessor in the Humanities at Columbia University, New York. Hermany publications include Of Grammatology (1976), thetranslation with critical introduction of Jacques Derrida's Dela grammmatologie. She has also published translationsof Mahasweta Devi’s Imaginary Maps(1994), BreastStories(1997), and Old Women(1999), and iscurrently translating for the definitive edition of the SelectedWorks of Mahasweta Devi. Other Asias, a collection ofher essays, will be published by Blackwell in 2003.

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