Paraja has 93 ratings and 4 reviews. Anuradha said: Paraja by Gopinath Mohanty is originally an Oriya novel, translated by Bikram K. Das, based in the tr.. . GOPINATH MOHANTY’S PARAJA: A STUDY IN 4TH WORLD PERSPECTIVE Bikram Keshari Mohanty Department of English Swarnachud College,Mitrapur. PDF | This article suggests that the concept of the moral economy of the peasant, as defined by James C. Scott, in the context of Southeast Asia, provides a.

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He creates them with their fervent primary human emotions and innocence and they deserve our sympathy.

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But as fate would have had it, the guard’s vulturine eyes for Jili enrages Sukru and he lashes out at him. The protagonists, the wretched of the earth, are really the victims of a changing world and its see-saw dynamics: Soon enough, the sahukar shows his true colors, deceit and lies entangle Sukru in a web when the sahukar refuses to give him his land back.

In this way, it can be summed up that the novel not only posits the suffering of the Paraja and Domo tribes but also presents the tribal way of life with their tradition, rituals and superstitions.

Lists with This Book. Paraja is a story based on the life of a tribal community.

Paraja by Gopinath Mohanty

Sitakant Mahapatra describes the novel as ” the story of shattered dreams”. It is not long before that a road contractor comes to the village to hire men and women for the work. The novel gives the readers an insight into the lives of the Paraja tribes-people, their marriage customs, their notions about a women stepping out to earn, their animosity amongst themselves and the save-your-own-neck attitude.

Amrutara Santanathe first novel to receive the Central Sahitya Akademi Awardis centred round the life of the Kandhasanother tribe in the southern parts of Odisha.


After due permission from the forest guard, he began to clear out a fertile piece of land from a nearby hill along with Mandia in hopes of cultivating it before he gets married. Inthe government of India conferred on him Padma Bhushan in recognition of his distinguished contribution to literature. Anasua Saha rated it liked it Aug 11, Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. They face life that Providence has granted them. Help Center Find new research papers in: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Return to Book Page. When the male hunters fail to hunt any animal in their first day attempt, women accompany them in the next day and it has been proved that in the company of women the mission is always a success.

Their system of living helps in promoting love among the young girls and the young men. He has patterned the fabric of his novel with their quintessential struggle living against all oppression and exploitations. His patience, endurance and his ability to compose himself during his struggle make him the hero but his anger makes him grand. Do You Like This Story? Hence, the poverty and the struggle for existence is the main thrust of the novel.

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Mohanty’s vision is grim indeed. Mphanty is a story of the inexorable descent of the family of Sukru Jani, the “granite-faced” tribal patriarch – poor but proud – into bondage.

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With their father gone and the future gloomy, Mohaty and Jili loose their betrothed to other people. Manish rated it it was ok May 28, On finding no way out to pay the fine, Mandia enslaves himself with the sahukar as well. There are however, metaphors and passages of prose that have the power of poetry.


The social anthropologist in Mohanty often gets the better of the writer in him. Before any further harm was done, Sukru meanwhile mortgages his pride, his only piece of highly fertile land to the sahukar and frees himself.

He endures everything without protest even when he is duped by the court people and loses his oaraja land to Bisoi. His way of accepting the life of goti indentured labourer at that old age, despite the humiliation and the insulting words hurled upon him, projects his tenacity and his calm way of struggle for existence.

Book Review: Gopinath Mohanty’s ‘Paraja’

While Sukru was busy fighting the sahukar, Jili submits herself to the sahukar and becomes his mistress. Grace rated it liked it Dec 09, Nilusha Abeysekara rated it liked gopinah Oct 22, They are pioneers of a new trend, that of developing or projecting the “individual as protagonist” in Odia fiction.

As the family struggle to retain their family land, to which Sukru is deeply attached, the novel traces the path on which they embark, eventually adding more miseries in their kitty. The most telling passages are about the court where an optimistic – and finally defiant – Sukru Jani sues the money-lender-for his land only to find his whole world crumble before him. Mandia tries his hands at brewing illegal alcohol in the forest, only to be caught and slapped a hefty paraa of fine.