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Titu Mir [Paperback]

Mahasweta Devi
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  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Seagull Books Pvt.Ltd (1 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 817046174X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8170461746
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,997,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Titu Mir, a peasant leader, led a revolt against the British in Bengal in 1830-31, in the course of which he was killed. He has remained a hero in the popular imagination. This was a period of transition in agricultural Bengal. In this warmly historical adventure tale, Mahasweta Devi brings history alive in the person of a charismatic hero, all the time, as is typical of her, embedding him in the larger socio-economic situation of the times. We get to know Titu as a young boy, fearless and restless, always standing up for victims of injustice, and then trace his gradual development into a rebel leader after his conversion to the Wahabi sect.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A righteous tale 21 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
After a slow start the novella builds up to the grand finale: Titu Mir's righteous, though doomed fight against rapacious indigo planters and greedy zamindars in 1830s Bengal. With great skill and empathy Mahasweta DEVI retells the story - a gripping tale of loyalty to the land, its people, and Wahabi Islam.

This last aspect was a surprise to me: I located this form of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula, and was not aware that the teachings had reached much of India by 1830. Wahabi Islam seems to have resonated with fight against social injustice and exploitation. If this was indeed the case, a more thorough study of its tenets would seem warranted. Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad might be the place to start.
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