Where is Asrafi Hajam?

The Adivasi voice has often only been heard in a wider setting through the writings of a small group of people who have championed the cause of preserving both the language and the idiom.

Mahasweta Devi has written extensively on the tribal cause.... but why? She explains this in an interview that is published in the latest issue of the journal Moving Worlds. Chotro: Adivasi Voices and Stories is a groundbreaking publication on tribal communities in India and has articles not only by Mahasweta Devi, but also Ganesh Devy, Shiv Vishwanathan and others. Poetry, essays. And short stories, including one by Mahasweta Devi, entitled Seeds, from which we take the title of this post.

Where is Asrafi Hajam?
And his brother Mohur?
Where are Mohuban and Parash?
Why can’t anyone answer?
For they have become missing persons on the police register.

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Even then the world
Does not know hunger
How belly burns inside itself

May such hunger
Be once with every belly

From May Such Hunger by Kanji Patel

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