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The spiritual slavery of the Shudras: Read an excerpt from Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, Karthik Raja Karuppusamy's book
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The spiritual slavery of the Shudras: Read an excerpt from Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, Karthik Raja Karuppusamy's book

For as long as Brahminism has existed in India, Shudras have lived in a state of ignorance of Hindu religion.

Dalit writing, global contexts: From JV Pawar to Manoranjan Byapari, examining the English translations of literary works from across India
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Dalit writing, global contexts: From JV Pawar to Manoranjan Byapari, examining the English translations of literary works from across India

The ‘Dalit Writing, Global Contexts’ series looks at 10 Dalit writers and examines their works, which have been translated into English.

Telugu Dalit literature's evolution is a living movement for an egalitarian society, nurturing dignity in resistance
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Telugu Dalit literature's evolution is a living movement for an egalitarian society, nurturing dignity in resistance

The evolution of Telugu Dalit literature, along with the Dalit movement, led an ideological narrative against caste discrimination, and for a just and equal society with focus on self-respect and dignity.

To be truly inclusive, anti-CAA movement must acknowledge protest traditions in languages beyond Urdu
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To be truly inclusive, anti-CAA movement must acknowledge protest traditions in languages beyond Urdu

The experience of resistance is a shared one — one that cuts across language and region. A plurality of defiant voices would only reinforce the solidarity that is at the centre of such resistance, by helping people both express and hear it in new ways that channel their anger and frustration, telling them that they are not alone in this. Learning about marginalised traditions and offering them representation also ties in to the broader inclusiveness, progressiveness, and opposition to homogenisation that the anti-CAA movement stands for.

Dalit writer Chennanna Walikar passes away at 78, laid to rest in his village Shankarwadi
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Dalit writer Chennanna Walikar passes away at 78, laid to rest in his village Shankarwadi

Renowned Dalit writer Chennanna Walikar died in a private hospital in Kalaburgi on Sunday, 24 November at around 10 pm. He was 78. His body was, on Monday, was laid to rest in the Shahabad taluka of his village Shankarwadi.

Flowers on the Grave of Caste review: New short story collection depicts hope amid Dalit struggles
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Flowers on the Grave of Caste review: New short story collection depicts hope amid Dalit struggles

In Flowers on the Grave of Caste, author Yogesh Maitreya's characters are subjected to a constant threats in a Brahminical environment. But these characters' main trait is self-respect which permeates their very being, thus making it not a collective claim but an individual one — a notion Dr Ambedkar eloquently put forth in the Constituent Assembly debates

Dalit writing, global contexts: The River Speaks by Bojja Tharakam stands as a poetic beacon against injustice
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Dalit writing, global contexts: The River Speaks by Bojja Tharakam stands as a poetic beacon against injustice

Even more than their content or literary merit, Bojja Tharakam’s poems stand tall for the history of resistance against oppression they narrate.

Dalit writing, global contexts: In ND Rajkumar's poetry, echoes of folk rhythms, myths and local history
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Dalit writing, global contexts: In ND Rajkumar's poetry, echoes of folk rhythms, myths and local history

ND 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

Dalit writing, global contexts: S Joseph combines critique and compassion in My Sister’s Bible
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Dalit writing, global contexts: S Joseph combines critique and compassion in My Sister’s Bible

In 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

Dalit writing, global contexts: The tour de force that is Manoranjan Byapari's Interrogating My Chandal Life
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Dalit writing, global contexts: The tour de force that is Manoranjan Byapari's Interrogating My Chandal Life

Being 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.

Dalit writing, global contexts: Neerav Patel's Severed Tongue Speaks Out skewers casteism, with humour
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Dalit writing, global contexts: Neerav Patel's Severed Tongue Speaks Out skewers casteism, with humour

Even 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.

Dalit writing, global contexts: Om Prakash Valmiki's Joothan is the shining pinnacle of Hindi Dalit literature
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Dalit writing, global contexts: Om Prakash Valmiki's Joothan is the shining pinnacle of Hindi Dalit literature

The 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.

Dalit writing, global contexts: Re-examining the legacy of Lal Singh Dil, Punjab's 'Poet of the Revolution'
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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

Dalit writing, global contexts: In Days Will Come Back, Kamal Dev Pall unmasks an unseen, unspoken of Punjab
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Dalit writing, global contexts: In Days Will Come Back, Kamal Dev Pall unmasks an unseen, unspoken of Punjab

What 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.

Raja Dhale passes away aged 78: Remembering the tireless Panther who fired the Dalit literary imagination
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Raja Dhale passes away aged 78: Remembering the tireless Panther who fired the Dalit literary imagination

Raja 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

Dalit writing, global contexts: Loknath Yashwant marries poetry with rationalism in Broken Man
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Dalit writing, global contexts: Loknath Yashwant marries poetry with rationalism in Broken Man

Simplicity is what muscles poet and acclaimed translator Loknath Yashwant’s poetry. His work stands out from Dalit poets of the past and present because he is able to process sentiment rationally. He became a household name because his poems offered wisdom and astonished the reader, allowing them to look and assess their own lives with a renewed vision.

Dalit writing, global contexts: JV Pawar's poetry collection Blockade embodies the spirit of the Dalit Panthers
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Dalit writing, global contexts: JV Pawar's poetry collection Blockade embodies the spirit of the Dalit Panthers

JV Pawar is an activist – more a Dalit Panther than a writer – and this reflects in his works. The poems in his collection Blockade speak of the Dalit community’s everyday life, their struggles, their agonies, and their hope amidst it all, as the purveyors of Babasaheb’s legacy. Despite his reputation as a historian-writer in Marathi, Blockade remained untouched, unreviewed and outside the discussions of English readers and critics

No Laughing Matter: A compilation of BR Ambedkar cartoons viewed through an anti-caste lens
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No Laughing Matter: A compilation of BR Ambedkar cartoons viewed through an anti-caste lens

No Laughing Matter is a study of BR Ambedkar in retrospect, in which the protagonist appears more tangible to us, with readers being allowed to ‘see’ and understand him through a documented history of illustrations.

Ambedkar Jayanti: A selection of Dalit literature, from Maharashtra's shahirs to contemporary songs of resistance
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Ambedkar Jayanti: A selection of Dalit literature, from Maharashtra's shahirs to contemporary songs of resistance

On Ambedkar Jayanti, a selection of Dalit literature ranging from the songs of Maharashtra's shahirs, to the works of radical writers in Maharashtra like Nagraj Manjule and Namdeo Dhasal, and works by contemporary writers