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Volume 1 Issue 1

June 2014

Purity and Pollution: Social Injustice in Sivakami's The Grip of Change
Dr. S. Victoria Alan, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Bishop Heber College, 
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Dr. Ambedkar defined caste as endogamy. Indian society is essentially a conglomeration of variegated endogamic groups, which are one above another in hierarchical order. Each endogamic/caste group’s order in the hierarchy is governed by that caste group’s level of purity/pollution, which is presumed to be associated with their birth. With the increase in the level of purity, social status and other allied privileges increase, proportionately and with the increase in the level of pollution, social stigma and other allied injustices increase, proportionately. P. Sivakami IAS, a disillusioned civil services officer, annihilates the myths about India and Indian culture, in her realistic fiction, The Grip of Change.
Keywords
P. Sivakami; The Grip of Change; Purity and Pollution; Dalit Fiction; Dalit Novel.
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