Articles by Yogesh Maitreya
Oct 05, 2019
Dalit writing, global contexts: The River Speaks by Bojja Tharakam stands as a poetic beacon against injusticeEven more than their content or literary merit, Bojja Tharakam’s poems stand tall for the history of resistance against oppression they narrate.
Sep 24, 2019
Dalit writing, global contexts: In ND Rajkumar's poetry, echoes of folk rhythms, myths and local historyND Rajkumar's poetic voice is distinct, for it carries the stories of his ancestors, who did not bow down to their oppressors – oppressors who wanted to erase their existence from history. His style, on the other hand, has the rhythm of a folk artist
Sep 17, 2019
Dalit writing, global contexts: S Joseph combines critique and compassion in My Sister’s BibleIn Communist Kerala, S Joseph emerged as the forerunner of the Malayalam Dalit literary tradition. He was able to challenge Brahminical poetic traditions while offering verses that soothed the wounds of the lower caste people
Sep 10, 2019
Dalit writing, global contexts: The tour de force that is Manoranjan Byapari's Interrogating My Chandal LifeBeing a pioneer of Dalit literature in West Bengal, Manoranjan Byapari has ensured that the stories which were historically neglected and rejected by Brahminical literary pundits no longer need their mercy or even their attention.
Sep 02, 2019
Caste Matters author Suraj Yengde: 'There's a new class of global Brahmin of each society'Through the story of his life growing up in a basti, the discrimination Dalits face everyday and the love and creativity that binds the community together, Suraj Yengde challenges many notions in his book Caste Matters. In this conversation, he speaks about his experience as a Dalit in the West, the radical rebellion that is Dalit love, and how Brahmin participation in the anti-caste movement can be made more meaningful.
Aug 27, 2019
Dalit writing, global contexts: Neerav Patel's Severed Tongue Speaks Out skewers casteism, with humourEven as a bilingual writer (English and Gujarati) and despite being possessed of a poetic imagination far more creative than his contemporary Arun Kolatkar (upper caste, and bilingual), Neerav Patel wasn’t exempt from the prejudiced and casteist nature of Indian literary criticism. Savarna critics immortalised Kolatkar and invisiblised Patel.
Aug 19, 2019
Dalit writing, global contexts: Om Prakash Valmiki's Joothan is the shining pinnacle of Hindi Dalit literatureThe English translation of Joothan — a magnum opus of Hindi Dalit literature — is an event in which we have witnessed both, the importance of translation as well as how translation of Dalit literature has many political dimensions that are yet to be unravelled.
Aug 05, 2019
Dalit writing, global contexts: Re-examining the legacy of Lal Singh Dil, Punjab's 'Poet of the Revolution'Lal Singh Dil — affectionately known as Dil to his friends and admirers — was a poet, a lover, a wanderer, a truth-seeker, tea vendor and above all, among the most brilliant minds Punjab produced in the field of literature
Jul 21, 2019
Dalit writing, global contexts: In Days Will Come Back, Kamal Dev Pall unmasks an unseen, unspoken of PunjabWhat makes Days Will Come Back significant is not only its status as the first Dalit Punjabi poetry collection to be translated in English, but also the literary imagination it offers; indeed it change the very way in which we look at the idea of Punjab.
Jul 17, 2019
Raja Dhale passes away aged 78: Remembering the tireless Panther who fired the Dalit literary imaginationRaja Dhale’s words gave voice, and a philosophy, to the grief of the masses — something that no writer of his time had hitherto been able to provide