Author: K. SatyanarayanaSusie Tharu/Several ContributorsTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): K. Satyanarayana/Susie TharuPublisher: NavayanaYear: 2013Language: EnglishPages: 183ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788189059613
This anthology, for the first time, showcases the best of dalit writing from across India: B.R. Ambedkar to Devanoora Mahadeva, Chentharassery to M.M. Vinodini. The editors argue that dalit literature is not merely a literary practice or a trend but a social movement invested in the battle against injustice; it is the exercise of freedom. This literature encompasses diverse forms of intellectual and creative work by those who, as untouchables, are victims of economic, social and cultural inequality. Dalits bring points of view, interests, insights and directions that grow out of their experience and their aspirations. Over the past few decades’ dalit literature has transformed the understanding of untouchability, caste and the nature of Indian society and politics.
ContentsDalit Writing: An IntroductionMODULE 1We too are Human [document]Thousands of RiversThe Dalits are Coming [poems]Ayyankali and the Sadhujana Paripalana Sangham [historical account]The Children of the Forest Talk to Yesu Anonymous [poems]Growing up Untouchable in India [autobiography]Gold from the Grave [story]MODULE 2Dalit Panthers’ Manifesto [document]Introduction: Kerala [dalit literature, history]The Story of My Sanskrit [autobiography]Joothan [autobiography]Tar Comes [story]A Letter to Father [poem]Rajani’s Suicide [essay]Untitled Poem Pariah God [poems]MODULE 3Dalit Literature [essay]On Scavenger’s Son [criticism]The she-Buffalo on Heat and the HE-Buffalo after Her [autobiography] Poetry Reading [poem]New Custom [story]Water [poem]The Poet with a Forest Fire Inside [interview]MODULE 4Towards a Prologue to Dalit Studies [essay]Untouchability and its ‘hidden’ agenda Love-lines in the times of chaturvarna [newspaper columns]The Parable of the Lost Daughter [story]Identity Card My Sister’s Bible [poems]Further Reading: A Select List