The New Homophobia:Ugra’s Chocolate

  • Ruth Vanita


Pandey Bechan Sharma, better known by his pen-name “Ugra” (Extreme) was a nationalist, a social reformer and a Hindi writer and journalist. His fiction tends toward the didactic and generally has a social message. His writings champion the causes of nationalism, oppressed women, and lower castes, and critique corruption in high places, alcoholism, gambling, adultery, prostitution, and communalism. He remained unmarried all his life, had a reputation for inciting controversy, and edited a very large number of newspapers and magazines, most of which folded within a short time. In 1924 Ugra became associated with the Hindi weekly Matvala, which had been first published in Calcutta in 1923 under the editorship of the famous poet Suryakant Tripathi “Nirala” (see p. 270). Matvala was a nationalist paper whose style tended to the comical and satirical.


Lower Caste Social Message Decent People Love Poetry Famous Poet 
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  1. 3.
    Ratnakar Pandey, Ugra aur Unka Sahitya (Varanasi: Nagaripracharini Sabha, Samvat 2026), 258.Google Scholar
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    Padma Singh Sharma quoted in editorial, Vishal Bharat vol. 2, no. 1, July–August, 1985, 132.Google Scholar

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