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Volume 3 Issue 3

November 2017

Dalitness and Struggle: Two Faces of the Same Coin
Mr. S. Mahesh Naik, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Vedavathi Government First Grade College, 
Hiriyur, Chitradurga Dist., Karnataka, India

Dr. B.H. Nagya Naik, 
Professor, 
Department of P G Studies and Research in English, 
Kuvempu University, 
Shankaraghatta, Shivamogga Dist., Karnataka, India
Abstract
Karukku, written by Bama, narrates what life is like outside the mainstream. Bama writes her bitter experiences and struggle as a Dalit girl, as a Dalit woman and as a Dalit nun. The text provides a critique of the upper caste attitude towards Dalits. Men, women and children of upper-caste treat them as slaves and with contempt. Even the Church is not an exception. It exposes the hypocrisy of the Church and convent authorities (nuns and priests) who forget the noble values like service, kindness, forgiveness, love and equality preached by Jesus Christ. The book deftly unfolds different kinds of humiliation a person has to undergo and the struggle one has to make just because he/she was born as a dalit. At the same time the book gives a clarion call to Dalits not to be deceived in the name of God and rituals of the Church.
Keywords
Dalit; Bitter Experiences; Hypocrisy; Humiliation; and Struggle.
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