Exploring the Life of Thoibi Devi (1920-1996), A Communist Activist/Writer

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Journal Title: Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research & Review
Author(s): Rojibala Ningombam
Published On: 31/01/2022
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
First Page: 66
Last Page: 78
ISSN: 2582-8088
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

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Rojibala Ningombam, Exploring the Life of Thoibi Devi (1920-1996), A Communist Activist/Writer, Volume 3 Issue 1, Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research & Review, 66-78, Published on 31/01/2022, Available at https://ajmrr.thelawbrigade.com/article/exploring-the-life-of-thoibi-devi-1920-1996-a-communist-activist-writer/


With the introduction of modern education in Manipur, three pioneer Meetei women writers of profound influence emerged in the 1960s. Often identified as the three legs of an iron tripod (yotsabi), they are Thoibi Devi (1920-1996), M.K Binodini (1922-2011) and Khaidem Pramodini (1924-2006). This essay enters the life of Thoibi Devi to understand how her personal experience in the existing social and political condition of Manipur led to her political leanings and her understanding of women’s condition, which she reflects in her writings. This biography of Thoibi Devi opens a window to the conservative Meetei Hindu society and the dogmatic religious rule of Brahma Sabha in Manipur. It also highlights Thoibi Devi’s contribution to the literary and cultural development in Manipur.

Keywords: Thoibi Devi (1920-1996), Beginning of Modern Education, Brahma Sabha, Thoibi Devi’s Engagement with Communist Political Party, Literary Contribution of Thoibi Devi

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