Literature Of Dalit Literature

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Study of Dalit Literature of subalternity through an upsurge of new social class and consciousness among the Depressed section
Dr. Pravat Ranjan Sethi Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self. - B.R. Ambedkar

Dalit is a category of self-definition of Untouchables in post-Independence India. It signifies a state of radical consciousness and seeks to interrogate and challenge the previous stereotypes that caste Hindu society had employed to describe untouchable as well as near untouchable castes and communities. However, in the contemporary context, the term ‘dalit’ does not remain simply a descriptive category. The term ‘dalit’ may be termed as a category of resistance which presupposes critical possibilities and potential of interpreting methodologies of dominance and resistance. Dalit literature emerged as the radical literature and challenged the norms, standards and principles of the so-called mainstream brahminical literature, aesthetics and literary theory. Dalit literature is not the literature of mere protest or negation. It aims at dismantling the existing structures of exploitation and restructuring the global society. Marginal representation of the lower-caste writers and their life-experiences result in the

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