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In India, women are regarded as the manifestation of God. Ironically, these women are being oppressed, pushed to the periphery and exploited by the upper classes. Belonging to a high economic and social status, Brahmins enjoy the power of dominating and exploiting the lower class, especially women. The novel ‘Rudali’ is all about the transformation, as well as the empowerment of the protagonist named Sanichari. Her life represents the life of every single woman in any village in India. These women lead a life of misery, debts, poverty, and uncertainty. This paper aims at exposing how the so labeled ‘lower class’ people of the community assert a strong desire for identity, in spite of the power politics that they are forced to endure. This is evident in the life of Bhikni and Sanichari. Sanichari’s life begins to fall into place somewhat after she meets Bhikni, her childhood friend. Despite the limitations and the poverty stricken life these women lead, they have a quest for identity. This paper gives a deeper insight into the barriers that subaltern women overcome single-handed, without the help of any male member of their community.

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