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आदिवासी नहीं नाचेंगे

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"आदिवासी नहीं नाचेंगे" झारखंड की पृष्ठभूमि पर लिखी कहानियाँ हैं जो एक तरफ तो अपने जीवन्त किरदारों के कारण पाठक के दिल में घर कर लेती हैं, और दूसरी तरफ वर्तमान राजनीतिक और सामाजिक यथार्थ की ऐसी तस्वीर दिखाती हैं, जो वहाँ के मूल वासियों के प्रति हमारी मानसिकता और व्यवहार पर पुनर्विचार करने को मजबूर करती हैं। झारखंड के आदिवासियों के प्रति लेखक की गहरी संवेदना और वहाँ की ज़मीन ...more
Paperback, First, 192 pages
Published September 2016 by Rajpal & Sons (first published October 2015)
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Nandakishore Varma
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar's collection of short stories, "The Adivasi Will Not Dance", has been banned in Jharkhand because it has allegedly portrayed adivasi women in bad light. He has also been suspended from his job. This is symptomatic of the attacks on freedom of expression which is becoming all too common in India nowadays. Please support him by buying his book, which is available on Amazon (I already did).


Adi-vasi means
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recently marred by controversy where in it was banned for "painting the Santhals (a tribal community) in a bad light". Thankfully, better sense prevailed wherein the author was acquitted of the charges. After reading the book, I was bemused at the charge being levied in the first place, then again, in this age of outrage, it takes very little for "hurt feelings". On second thoughts, I can imagine some people making a hoopla over it, the stories are raw and rustic, feature unabashed ...more
Manjul Bajaj
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I had liked Hansda Sowendra Shekhar’s debut novel The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey very much, but with a few reservations that its rich and vivid detailing perhaps didn’t probe deeply enough into its characters’ predicament. As Shekhar returns with this collection of short stories he makes good on that concern. The ten stories in The Adivasi Will Not Dance cover a larger canvas and deftly lay bare the lives of ordinary people – a Central government tribal official’s family transfer
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Detailed review coming up)

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The reason the book intrigued me was the fact that it was banned due to “political” reasons in Jharkhand. The offended lot, who incidentally were Santhal people only, said that the Santhal women have been wrongly portrayed, that some details are even “pornographic” in nature. The author was suspended from his position of a medical officer for writing this book, for writing what he felt about his own culture. Yes, the writer is an Adivasi himself from the Santhal
Ashok Krishna
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
India, as we all know, is a land of diverse cultures, different peoples, customs, languages and lifestyles. Some of us get to experience that diversity through travel, visiting places and finding people as they are, relishing the experiences thus gained. For the rest and most of us, books offer a window into that vastness and one resolution that I had for 2020 is to explore the works by regional authors, be it fiction or otherwise. This book was one such a choice and what a choice it turned out ...more
Ankita Goswami
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like reading regional literature because its the only way I can grasp India's diversity and learn about the different communities.
I really enjoyed this collection. The stories were simple and raw. They were a bit like Manto's stories; slice of life, introspective and amusing. I enjoyed some stories more than the others though. And a few made me slightly uncomfortable.
Spectacular display of the short story writer's craft - the best of these stories are as good as any short you'll ever read. It's not hard to see why the authorities banned this book and why the author nearly lost his government doctor's job too. Shekhar's prose is brutal, graphic, desperate, matching the violence of that grimy patch of Indian earth it is his lot to serve and inhabit. This is none other than Jharkhand province, the very underbelly of the neoliberal sham that is otherwise known t ...more
Mridula Gupta
A collection of stories set in the culturally and mineral-rich land of Jharkhand, ‘The Adivasi Will Not Dance’ features a singular and unapologetic voice that will make you aware of the actual problems of a community that has been pushed down the ladder of development.

Shekhar’s stories comprise of characters devoid of so many facilities in the name of development. This collection has stories that are diverse yet converge at one singular point that is built on deprivation, social injustice, burea
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story collection, covering a lot of ground through various characters and providing a very textured portrayal of the Santhal community. No bad stories here, though some were very short and felt a little truncated, and the titular The Adivasi Will Not Dance was a stand-out for me.

I was surprised to learn that this book ran into some controversy on its release. Having read through it, I am glad to hear that the author was acquitted of any charges. Personally, I felt that his is a
Shruti Sharma
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I finished this book, I stared at its cover, its title for a good two minutes. I was taking in everything that I had read just now. These stories from the hinterland will haunt you for a long-long time. I later got to know that this book was banned for sale in Jharkhand because of these stories. Especially the ones that have portrayed the condition of Santhal women. It's not the ban that makes this book interesting, it's the raw, pure form of storytelling that makes this book a must-read. ...more
Madhulika Liddle
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Desire, Divination, Death, a widow, hurrying home down the road through the villages to an ill son, is accosted by a hungry child. Another woman, the eponymous Baso-jhi, finds a welcoming new home—before a sense of déjà vu sets in. A young girl does a bit of quick, well-paying work for a stranger while waiting for transport. Another woman, a popular and accomplished prostitute, pins her hopes for a settled life on a client whom she begs for kisses on the lips…

Some of my favourite characters f
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Adivasi will not Dance' is my very first exposure to Tribal Literature. The language in which Hansda composed the stories is simple, smooth, almost flowing like a gentle stream. Hansda's use of various colloquial Santhali words makes it an even more enjoyable read. Nothing seemed unfamiliar to me, as I had stayed in Jharkhand since I had a mind mature enough to grasp the state's state of affairs.
Nevertheless, while reading, I felt as if I had never really known the people, I had only seen
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Shekhar’s writing is raw and there are moments of brilliance: the title story should be part of the national school curriculum. The adivasi will not and should not dance for anyone.

Overall, an interesting collection of stories and Shekhar is a much-needed voice in the south Asian literary landscape. I found the gratuitous scenes of graphic sexual violence very difficult to read and wonder how these stories and scenes in particular would have read rinsed clean of the obvious male gaze. I
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And we Santhals, our men are beaten io thrown into police lockups, jails for flimsy reasons and on false charges. Our women are raped, some sell their bodies on Koyla road. Most of us are fleeing our places of birth. How united are we? Where are our Santhal leaders?

This book is a collection of short stories regarding the Santhal Adivasi community in Jharkhand, India.

The book has a lot of controversial stories including how Santhal women are forced into prostitution and also, stories regarding
Kumar Anshul
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories based in Jharkhand majorly focussing on the plight of tribals- displacement, forced immigration, racism, xenophobia, identity crisis and so on.
Sumit Bhagat
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had this book not been handed to me as a part of our PGP curriculum during the fag end of our first year in MBA, I would have probably not have chanced upon it. This was a supplementary reading to a course called 'Socio-Cultural Environment of Business' or SCEB as we more commonly referred it through its acronym. Although the hard-bound book in all its glory and the shiny blue cover had aroused my curiosity every now and then, the B-school curriculum hardly ever allowed time enough for the core ...more
Conrad Barwa
Important as this collection of stories about Adivasi life, is written by an adivasi himself, a Santhal, which is rare as so much of what is written about Adivasi communities and societies is written by outsiders. Unlike Dalits, Adivasis have not generally enjoyed the same autonomous representation in fiction until recently. The book covers a wide range of topics concentrating on Santhal middle-class life, in simple and unsentimental prose and it tackles difficult issues of communal relations, w ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this slim volume of ten short stories, Shekhar deftly packs in a wide range of characters and experiences. Very matter-of-fact writing with subtle socio-political commentary on the lives of Adivasis in contemporary India.
Aditi Srivastava khandelwal
Some books make you ponder on deep seated issues- how little things we take for granted/misuse comes at a great price to some.
The harsh reality of exploitation and being judged at every step be it due to caste/creed/colour/economic differences, makes survival very challenging for some.
Chitra Ahanthem
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ten short stories in The Adivasi Will NotDance by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar offer varied themes around the politics of oppression: people who are judged on the basis of what they eat; what it means to belong to a minority population and where in there are further levels of being better off than others; how being in a cycle of any form abuse can seem to have got over but in reality continues and how it looks easy for an observer to point out what is wrong about it but the people involved conti ...more
Ananya Layek
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Adivasi will not dance" is a collection of short stories by Souvendra Shekhar Hansda..

The powerful narrative brings out stories of different people from Santhals community.. Some stories are really interesting and some are told in a matter of fact-ly manner but you wont be bored while reading them. Some stories depict the educated tribals and their lives.. Some shows how the santhal women are exploited by corrupt policeman or gundas..

This book is controversial and banned in jharkhand for
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A set of remarkable short stories peopled with Santhals, a tribe in eastern India. It's truly life in the margins here - a young girl sells her body for fifty rupees and two bread pakoras, an old woman is turned out of her home accused of being a witch, babies aren't considered important enough to be given names, prostitutes learn not to dream, men are locked up when they protest against their farming lands being taken away for mining... it goes on and on. The story telling is simple, straightfo ...more
Haaris Mateen
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part of my attempt to add interesting past books read on Goodreads - but only after I re-read them. What will strike anyone reading this collection of stories is the uneasy realization that the many accounts of injustice, of violence (often sexual), and of blind superstition are not dreary recollections from a dark bygone era but events from current times. The collection touches on multiple themes in the lives of Adivasis, particularly the Santhals. The writing style is sparse and austere in emo ...more
Aamil Syed
The stories were compelling, but the narrative had a terrible male gaze and in some places, was downright sleazy.
Khalidha Zia
THE ADIVASI WILL NOT DANCE BY HANSDA SOWVENDRA SHEKHAR is a collection of ten short stories based at the Santhal pargana of Jharkhand. It created some chaos amidst the "civilised readers" for the amount of promiscuity involved in the text & for showing the Santhal community, especially its women in "bad light". But the book, as proved by the court judgement,is deeper than just it's raw and rustic writing. It takes us into the unglamourous lives of the men & women of this mineral rich hinterland. ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book on my mental tbr for a long while now. and especially since it was once banned by the state govt for one of its stories (the crpf jawan exploiting the tribal woman, i think it was) - that made me all the more into it. and HS Shekhar did not disappoint. I've read and loved his Rupi Baskey (please read it if you haven't already) so I knew he's a damn good storyteller.
these are short stories about tribal and marginalized communities, specifically from Jharkhand and WB, who bear
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book helped me to understand the subtle aspects of the Santhal lifestyle through the stories and gave a powerful punch right at the end. There is a lot for me to know about the circumstances the Santhals are put in and the issues they face and my curiosity remains unsatiated in spite of the last story. One can easily identify the activist in Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar and I would like to read more of his works on those lines.

As a sidenote, this book caters only to the Indian readers and in a
Sainath Sunil
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful book with a solid narrative, written by a Santhal himself, the book could not be more closer to reality. A book that shows the mirror and trashes mainstream notions of development while highlighting the miseries of tribal populations who continue to be treated as expendable by the Indian state despite written assurances of a Constitution whose provisions are observed in their violation than in compliance. The real reason why this book created a furore was because a tribal wrote powerful ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a true testament to Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar's writing skills that he has managed to bring to life an entire community and lifestyle to life through just ten short stories in this book. Reading these stories helped me understand a little about Jharkhand, the culture there, the Santhal community, and their ways of living. To manage doing all this, apart from giving us extremely interesting and multi-dimensional characters in just ten stories is an amazing feat. Except for the last story, th ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This story collection is definitely worth your time and effort. The stories here are political as well as personal. They are written without any pretenses, in a raw and readable manner that will make you read one story after the other. The titular story was, for me, the best story of the book and perhaps the one i will remember whenever i think of this slim volume. However, like most story collections, this too felt uneven. There were some stories that failed to stand out in any way f ...more
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Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar is the author of six books:
1. The Mysterious Ailment Of Rupi Baskey (a novel, published in 2014 by Aleph Book Company),
2. The Adivasi Will Not Dance (a collection of short stories, published in 2015 by Speaking Tiger),
3. Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire: Adventures in Champakbagh (a novel for children aged 9 years and above, with illustrations by Krishna Bala Shenoi, publi

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“Sarjomdih, which for about sixty years was another nondescript dot on a map. That part of the Chhotanagpur area which is now formally known as the Purbi Singbhum district. Sarjomdih, where most of the population is Santhal and the rest are Munda; all of them are followers of Sarna, the aboriginal faith of the Chhotanagpur area. Saijomdih, which stands atop the mineral-rich core of the Indian subcontinent. Sarjomdih, outside whose southern frontiers a mine and a copper factory were established, where the Copper Town sprang up, and which was now gradually threatening to swallow all of Sarjomdih. Sarjomdih, which bore the repercussions of development, the nationalization of the mine and the factory, the opening up of two more quarries, and the confiscation of the villagers' properties so roads and living quarters could be built. Sarjomdih, whose men were given jobs as unskilled laborers in the mines and the factory in return for their fecund land. Sarjomdih, which is a standing testimony to the collapse of an agrarian Adivasi society and the dilution of Adivasi culture, the twin gifts of industrialization and progress. Sarjomdih, which within sixty years acquired all the signs of urbanity, just like the Copper Town: concrete houses; cable television; two-wheelers; a hand-pump; a narrow, winding tarmac that everyone called the 'main road'; and a primary school...” 0 likes
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