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Volume 1 Issue 3

August 2014

Text as Resistance: Kalyana Rao’s Untouchable Spring as an Alternative History
Mr. Yunush Ahamed Mohamed Sherif, 
Researcher, 
Department of Cultural Studies, 
The English and Foreign Languages University, 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Abstract
"Awareness of the changing power relations seems to have dawned first upon the lower rungs of the hierarchy" — while talking about the rise of political consciousness among the people during the colonial period, G. Aloysius points out that the lower caste people were the first who tried to change the power structure of the society utilising the colonial opportunity. From this point of view, the present paper will look at G. Kalyana Rao’s Untouchable Spring as a record of the lower caste uprising, as an alternative history of generations of oppressed people. The uniqueness of the Untouchable Spring — the difficulty in categorizing it into a particular genre, will be utilised in order to substantiate the point on how a text as such can be transformed as a resistance. Apart from the text, the characters within the text and the events described in the text are all examples of everyday forms of resistance by Dalits. The present paper will try to analyse the various forms of resistance portrayed in the text.
Keywords
Dalit Literature, Alternative History, Untouchable Spring, G. Kalyana Rao.
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