The Marginalized Groups in Indian Social Construct: A Critical Study of Mahesh Dattani

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American International Journal of Research in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Available online at http://www.iasir.net ISSN (Print): 2328-3734, ISSN (Online): 2328-3696, ISSN (CD-ROM): 2328-3688 AIJRHASS is a refereed, indexed, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary and open access journal published by International Association of Scientific Innovation and Research (IASIR), USA (An Association Unifying the Sciences, Engineering, and Applied Research) The Marginalized Groups in Indian Social Construct: A Critical Study of Mahesh Dattani 1 Sanjiv Kumar, 2Dr. Prakash Bhadury Research Scholar, Kumaun University, Nainital, Uttarakhand , India 2 Assistant Professor, NIT Hamirpur, Himanchal Pradesh, India 1 Abstract:…show more content…
AIJRHASS 14-353; © 2014, AIJRHASS All Rights Reserved Page 109 Sanjiv Kumar et al., American International Journal of Research in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 6(2), March-May, 2014, pp. 109114 Indian society witnessed a multilayered marginality during colonial period and in the postcolonial scenario in the 20th century. When India emerged as a nation-state, the western concept of marginality began to melt slowly, yet a profound question –whether the subaltern can speak- kept the nation haunting. Gayatri Chakraborty rightly elaborated on the issue through her epoch making post colonial discourse, ‘Can the Subaltern Speak? ‘and she meant that the subalterns are still at the periphery and Dattani in his dramatic discourse attempts to give voice to the voiceless while letting them a push from the margin toward the center. Mahesh Dattani’s concern of marginality was in the backdrop of Indian social construct beginning at the 80s onward when Indian society already stood the test of democracy, yet reeling under several vexing issues, one of them being the problem of social inequality of which marginality forms part of it. An effort has

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