Ms Prerna Srivastava
Bhartiya Skill Development University, Jaipur
Abstract: The present paper examines the pathetic position of Hijras (Eunuchs) in the Indian society and the efforts made by the renowned playwright Mahesh Dattani to sensitize the people across the world towards the existential anguish experienced by them due to discrimination in their day to day lives. This paper also intends to measure the relationship between the Hijra community and the so called sophisticated and biologically authorized community i.e. the normal male & female in the society. Dattani’s play Seven Steps around the Fire, humbly ventures to expose the additional efforts and extra adjustments the Hijras are required to make in order to sustain themselves in the prevailing rigid social structure, where their existence is neither recognized nor valued. Compressed by such conditions, they are compelled to live an insignificant life deprived of status and recognition, which the so called normal males and females get effortlessly by virtue of nature. The play unravels the pathetic living conditions of the eunuchs evoking sympathy in the readers’ hearts and also generates a strong desire to eradicate this malady of social injustice and discrimination from the society. The well-knit plots and the supportive structure of the play sensitize the common people to a realization that as human beings, the Hijras too are entitled to enjoy all the fundamental rights like the normal beings.