Expression of Political Agenda of Eunuch’s Exploitation in Mahesh Dattani’s Seven Steps around the Fire

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Vinod Kumar
Dr Om Shiv Pandey


Mahesh Dattani is an uncompromising director and playwright. He has used varied lifelike theatrical forms to engage the spectator in identifying the emotions carried by the voiceless, marginalized as well as minority people in India. He stimulates people to understand the real situation, prevailing in society. He makes the most effective use of stage to reveal the angst of voiceless society of India that will push the Indian society into the next level of definition for social civilization. He has created a new world for common people to think by giving vent to the frustration and anger of the long suppressed and unrecognized marginalized sections of society. When his plays are read, a new kind of experience is got altogether. Within the framework of dramatic structure, Dattani tries to look into the identities of those who get no space and recognition in social order and have been dragged in darkness. Some of the problems which the plays of Dattani deal with have rarely been discussed and recognized in India. In his plays he depicts mainly the middle-class Indian life and focuses on modern subjects like homosexuality, gender identity, contemporary social issues like violence and crime, human relationships and communalism. In Seven Steps around the Fire, Dattani presents the plight of the Hijras (eunuch) to whom society discards. It is found that they are socially and politically exploited in the Indian society as well as in the whole world. They are supposed to be the abandoned gender of the society consequently they face social, political, economic and emotion exploitation and discrimination in every step of their lives.


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Vinod Kumar, and Dr Om Shiv Pandey. “Expression of Political Agenda of Eunuch’s Exploitation in Mahesh Dattani’s Seven Steps Around the Fire”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 5, no. 3, Aug. 2020, pp. 116-23, doi:10.53032/tcl.2020.5.3.16.


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