Kanthapura

by

Raja Rao

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Pariah Rachanna’s wife, who ultimately burns down the village of Kanthapura. She welcomes Moorthy into Rachanna’s house when he comes to discuss the Village Congress with a group of pariah women. But Moorthy is afraid to enter and drink the milk she offers him, since he has never been inside a pariah’s home. Later, Rachi lets Achakka and the other women Volunteers out of the temple after they are locked inside overnight and sets fire to Kanthapura “in the name of the goddess” (Kenchamma).

Rachi Quotes in Kanthapura

The Kanthapura quotes below are all either spoken by Rachi or refer to Rachi. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Kanthapura published in 1963.
Section 18 Quotes

“In the name of the goddess, I’ll burn this village”

Related Characters: Rachi (speaker), Rachanna, Kenchamma
Page Number: 184
Explanation and Analysis:
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Rachi Character Timeline in Kanthapura

The timeline below shows where the character Rachi appears in Kanthapura. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 8
Gandhism and the Erosion of Caste Theme Icon
...Congress). He goes to visit the pariah Rachanna, but he is out and his wife, Rachi, invites Moorthy inside. For the first time, Moorthy enters a pariah’s house—previously, he always met... (full context)
Gandhism and the Erosion of Caste Theme Icon
In desperation, Moorthy asks Rachi if she will spin, and she says she will if her husband orders her to.... (full context)
Section 17
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
Gandhism and the Erosion of Caste Theme Icon
Nationalism and Colonialism Theme Icon
...terror, waking one another up and banging on the temple door until the morning, when Rachi, Pariah Rachanna’s wife, finally opens it and lets them back out into Kanthapura. (full context)
Section 18
Gandhism and the Erosion of Caste Theme Icon
Labor, Exploitation, and Economic Independence Theme Icon
...a marriage procession.” They see Europeans marching “pariah-looking people” out, but something seems wrong, and Rachi brings the other women to Ratna, “for she is our chief now.” (full context)
Nationalism and Colonialism Theme Icon
Land, Geography, and Belonging Theme Icon
Rachi declares that “in the name of the goddess, I’ll burn this village.” Against the others’... (full context)