Six Acres and a Third is a novel by Fakir Mohan Senapati about Indian society under British colonial rule in the 1830s. He combines wit and satire with historical references to tell the story of a greedy landlord and money lender, Mangaraj, who exploits the peasants on his property for personal gain.
In many ways, Senapati is calling out some of the more unpleasant facets of colonialism through themes of wealth and poverty, greed and theft, and later, crime and punishment—particularly at the end of the story, when Mangaraj is arrested and his land is taken away. The sort of hopelessness and resignation to fate so pervasive in Indian (and more specifically Hindu) culture is also explored when the peasants, upon learning that a new owner—a lawyer—will be taking over the property, state that it does not matter who their new master is because they will remain slaves just the same.
It is through this lens that Senapati explores the lasting effects of colonialism, indicting the political, social, and even linguistic constructs that make such authoritarian rule possible, while simultaneously propagating an egalitarian ethos and the right of cultural self-determination for the colonized.