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Volume 1 Issue 7

December 2014

Dalit Literature: Its Beginning, Purpose and Aesthetics
Dr. Piyushbala, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Ranchi College, 
Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Abstract
Egalitarian is a term which is quite alien to India. The prime source of inequality in India is the system of castes. In fact, Indian society is controlled and governed by caste. Dalits and every women in India are wronged by the foolish system. Caste system is indeed a patriarchal institution and it is totally against women. Irrespective of caste, women cannot cross the threshold of sanctum sanctorum of a temple/shrine, which adhere to vedic rituals. Dalit intellectuals, from Jyothiba Phule and Dr. Ambedkar to the present day Dalit activists, have sensitised Dalits about their predicament. As a result, Dalits have started raising their voices and have made their participation felt. It may seem to one as an ordinary affair but to Dalits it is indeed a greatest feat. Because the road to Dalit assertion has cost the lives of millions of Dalits. Dalit assertion both in the society as well as in the literature can be felt.
Keywords
Dalit Literature; Caste System; Oppression; Dalit Aesthetics.
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