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  • Dalit Literature

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    book was about the oppression of dalits in India. This slave account functioned effectively as a model for Phule to resist the oppressive caste system that had left the sudras and ati-shudras (the untouchables) without a sense of self-identity and consciousness in India. Phule’s life-long work to raise awareness among the lowest castes about their degraded condition as designed by the Manu’s caste system remains an inspiration today. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the greatest Dalit leader in India who drafted the

  • The Untouchables: The Dalit Population

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    discrimination is one that no individual wants to feel. For the Hindu people, formerly known as “The Untouchables,” this was what they had to live with. The Untouchables, now called the Dalits, are the most oppressed community in India and have been denied civic and human rights throughout the decades. The Dalit population is located all throughout India. India is a country south of china and Pakistan, west of Thailand., and east of Africa. India first gained its independence in 1947 after being

  • Sangati Analysis on Dalit Woman

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    The novels of Bama, the Tamil - Dalit writer, challenge the hegemony of the narratives of oppression as the default frame of reference in dalit-feminist discourses. They articulate the lived experience of caste and explore the new dimensions of the battles of the Dalit woman. Bama’s Sangati analyses Dalits women's oppression by double patriarchies –the covert patriarchal stance subsumed within the gender relations of their own community and the overt patriarchal system of the upper castes. Absolute

  • Dalits or Untouchables in India´s Caste System

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    people who face severe persecution; that’s about 25% of India’s total population (Kersey 1). These people, Untouchables, are now referred to as Dalits (Edwards 1). “In Sanskrit, the word Dalit means suppressed, smashed, broken to pieces” (“India’s Dalits Still Fighting Untouchability” 2). Even the definition of their name indicates the injustice that the Dalit people face. India passed legislation in 1950 that made the caste system illegal; additional laws were passed to give Untouchables other freedoms

  • Dalits and India: past, present and future

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    touch a Chuchra, one got contaminated and polluted. The Chuchras were not seen as human. They were simply things for use. Their utility lasted until the work was done. Use them and then throw them away. (Valmiki and Mukherjee 2003, 2) The standing of Dalits in Indian society appeal to scholars and researchers for several reasons – from the eye-striking clash of the law (the legal prohibition of discrimination in 1950 constitution) and the reality vis-à-vis the daily life of the caste system through se

  • The Subaltern Writings in India: An Overview of Dalit Literature

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    deprived of liberty, equality fraternity and justice. The group of Indians that has been deprived of this all is called Dalits and their writing Dalit literature. As Dalits are deprived of the rights to live, their writing is marked as a revolt against the social system, and the efforts to establish social justice. Arjun Dangle, an eminent Dalit writer and activist rightly points out. “ Dalit literture is marked by revolt and negativism, since it is closely associated with the hopes for freedom by a group

  • Giving Voice to Voiceless: A Study of Dalit Literature

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    call themselves ‘Dalits’. The word ‘Dalit’ hails from Sanskrit language, meaning, suppressed, crushed, ground or broken to pieces. Gandhi Ji coined the word Harijans meaning ‘Children of God’ as a way of reverentially identifying the untouchables. The term ‘Scheduled Castes’ and Scheduled Tribes’ are the official terms used by Indian government documents to identify the untouchables and tribes. Earlier, a renowned Marathi social reformer Mahatma Jyotirao Phule used the term ‘Dalit’ to describe outcastes

  • Dalit space in Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s “Mahesh” and Mahasweta Devi’s “Shikar”

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    subaltern studies - the emergence of the Dalit Literature/s provides ample scope for examining the ‘politics of representation’. However, my paper is not concerned as much with the question of the Dalit Literature proper as with the dynamics of the polemical word – ‘dalit’ – and with how, besides a registered manifestation of physical / tangible ‘violence’ or ‘resistance’, not always of course, constant negotiations between narratives and counter-narratives mark the ‘dalit space’ . For this I rely on the


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    people the Dalit community is most vulnerable to the threat of untouchability.According to the census of 2011 Dalits form 16.6% of India's population,among which 7.2% are from Tamilnadu (according to official reports). The Dalit population is oppressed and suppressed throughout history,not just in Tamilnadu but throughout India but due to the narrowness of the topic I would like to contain my views and facts within Tamilnadu.Tamilnadu itself has seen numerous protests against Dalits,but when we

  • Hindu, by Sharan Kumar Limbale

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    Sharan Kumar Limbale’s novel ‘Hindu’ is a significant addition to the process of reformulating a new aesthetic rubric of Dalit literature. Moving away consciously from the mode of sentimentality, binaries and universality, Limbale’s novel attempts to negotiate a new artistic vocabulary for the Dalits in a fast changing world where old certainties are vanishing at a mind numbing pace. ArunPrabha Mukherjee,in her introduction to the novel points towards the significant departure that Limbale’s novel