Karan Palsaniya, Ph.D. Scholar at the Department of History, University of Hyderabad has published an article titled “Revisiting Gender Historiography in the Specific Context of Shudraka’s Mrcchakatika” in the Mahatma Gandhi Central University Journal of Social Sciences (MGCUJSS): A biannual, peer-reviewed Journal which aims to publish articles written in English that study with scientific rigour and academic zeal any aspect pertaining to human society.
The Journal publishes articles pertaining to the disciplines viz Applied Social Sciences, Commerce, Economics, Education, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Literary Studies, Management Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology.
The historical texts hold that Gupta period is the ‘Golden Age’ of Hindu society. Most criticisms of the period are based on the social-economic and material conditions of the society of that era. However, to analyse every aspect of social life, it is important to undertake a deep analysis of the society of that particular age. There are very few writings available which analyses the condition of women of that era. But the available evidence reveals that the status of women during Gupta period is a big source of critique for the ‘Golden Age’ hypothesis. This paper will bring the subjectivity of women as a historical character by tracing her position in society from the well-known play of the period, ‘Mrcchakatika’.
Karan is doing his Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Rekha Pande, Professor at Department of History, University of Hyderabad.