On Dalit Autobiographies

On Dalit Autobiographies

The kind of experiences which are narrated in Dalit autobiographies have had no models before. One of the first points that strikes the readers of Akkarmashi by Sharankumar Limbale is the dehumanising impact of caste oppression in Hindu society. His autobiography documents his struggles against poverty, deprivation, discrimination and caste violence. His family rarely enjoys…

“Negative language in dalit writing persists because of the negative lives we’re forced to lead”

“Negative language in dalit writing persists because of the negative lives we’re forced to lead”

Urmila Pawar, author of the autobiography The Weave of my Life, and Jerry Pinto, the translator of the first dalit autobiography, Baluta by Daya Pawar, discuss the two books with Professor Gopal Guru at the recent Samanvay Festival in Delhi. Pinto speaks about the word Baluta preserving the history of bonded labour in caste discrimination….