Perceptions of Power The purpose of this paper is to analyze and index gender and power as they factor into the life of one Dalit woman, Phoolan Devi.
Waiting outside the remote village of Behmai on the Yamuna River in northern India, a band of about 20 dacoits bandits waited for her instructions.
The dacoits were from three different gangs, but their goal was the same: Sri Ram was a vicious gang leader who had spent time in prison. Phoolan Devi wearing bandit gear Slight in build but strong and agile, Phoolan wore a military-style khaki jacket, denim jeans, and zippered boots.
Her dark, straight hair was cut short, ending at her neck. By some accounts, she was wearing lipstick and red nail polish. A wide red bandana—the symbol of vengeance— was tied around her head, covering her hairline and brows.
She carried a Sten rifle and a bandolier across her chest. While she mourned for her lover, she did not want to be treated as a woman. She and her band of dacoits had spent the night in the nearby hamlet of Ingwi. As morning broke, Phoolan, her close lieutenant Man Singh, and Baba Mustakim, a fellow dacoit leader, planned their attack on Behmai.
Though just a teenager, Phoolan Devi had been victimized by the caste system her entire life, treated as either a servant or a sex object. Because she was so outspoken in her objections to the men who oppressed her, she had been frequently beaten, bound, imprisoned, and raped. A dacoit gang had kidnapped her from her village, but she soon became one of them, showing that she could be as ruthless and bloodthirsty as any man.
But unlike the other bandits who infested the northern states of India, Phoolan Devi did not steal for her own enrichment. Like Robin Hood, she stole from the rich and gave to the poor, particularly poor women. Her inspirations were the Durga, the Hindu goddess of shakti, strength and power, and Mohandas K.
Gandhi, the Indian statesman and humanitarian who had fought for equality among all people. Dacoit gangs have a long history of preying on travelers and looting villages in the northern states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, which borders on Nepal.
The region is characterized by its wild and rugged landscapes—mountains, maze-like ravines, desolate valleys, and uncharted jungles. To this day, buses travel in armed caravans to fight off likely raids.
Some believe that the bandits who thrive in these states have been driven to criminality by extreme poverty and the inability to overcome the strictures of the caste system.
Others believe that they are just the dregs of society, criminals by nature that, like the Mafia, has learned the benefits of organization. But Phoolan Devi was unique. She was an idealist who sought to right the wrongs of society.
She was also a passionate woman who had never known love or respect until she met Vikram Mallah. She swore never to rest until she avenged his murder.
Now, after months of searching for Sri Lam, she had finally found him. One of her men had learned that he was hiding out in Behmai, and she was determined to capture him there. She and the other bandit leaders decided to split their force into three units.
One would take the direct path to the village and attack head-on while the other two would lie in wait on the flanks.Phoolan Devi the Bandit Queen of India By Anthony Bruno Another St.
Valentine's Day Massacre On February 14, , year-old Phoolan Devi had only one thing on her mind: revenge.
Phoolan Devi’s story is extraordinary. SHE was extraordinary. She withstood horrendously oppressive circumstances, was the victim of systemic structural injustice and she not only survived to tell the tale, but she came out on top. Phoolan Devi the Bandit Queen of India By Anthony Bruno Another St.
Valentine's Day Massacre On February 14, , year-old Phoolan Devi had only one thing on . Essay Phoolan Devi: Perceptions of Power Oni Akuma 02/17/97 The purpose of this paper is to analyze and index gender and power as they factor into the life of one Dalit woman, Phoolan Devi.
Particularly, I have chosen to examine the idea of whether or not she wielded real power.
Phoolan Devi: Perceptions of Power The purpose of this paper is to analyze and index gender and power as they factor into the life of one Dalit woman, Phoolan Devi. Particularly, I have chosen to examine the idea of whether or not she wielded real power.3/5(2).
Common topics in this essay: Phoolan Devi: Perceptions Of Power Transcendentalism And A Belief In A "higher Power" Empire, Great Power Hegemony, Balance Of Power, Concert Of Power In the previous section, Hobbes introduced the concept of "Power" and the restless human appetite to achieve it.