Globalisation has undoubtedly shaped popular conceptions of gender
and society in innumerable ways. This article studies one such instance
- the plight of tiger-prawn collectors in Sundarbans. The discovery of
tiger-prawns - the 'living dollars of Sundarbans' - has certainly
transformed the lives of women in the region beyond imagination. These
women however have had to face strenuous attacks from many spheres.
Based on anthropological fieldwork, this piece portrays the struggle
of women in the area against patriarchy, traditional modes of
exploitation and even urban notions of femininity. Braving crocodiles
and even changing their religious allegiances, these women have, carved
out a sphere of self-respect for themselves.