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The Birth of the Dalit Protagonist

Born as a reaction to caste violence, the figure of the Dalit protagonist has come full circle—no longer hateful, it is creative and begets life.

‘English-ing’ Anti-caste Literature in Maharashtra

Maharashtra is foremost in establishing an anti-caste publishing culture in India, starting off with the vernacular and extending to publishing in English.

Love in the Time of Baluta

Daya Pawar’s Baluta offers a mature explanation of love in a caste society.

From Shahiri to Sahitya

Ambedkari Shahiri, in the form of sound and music, took the ideas of the anti-caste movement to the masses, paving the way for Dalit literature.

Towards a Theory of Dalit Literature

The historic works of three writers offer a theoretical framework through which to view Dalit literature in India.

Namdeo Dhasal’s New Language

Marathi poet Namdeo Dhasal challenged Brahminical literature and sought to reconstruct a caste-less society through his works.

​Heralding the Anti-caste Aesthetic

Marathi poet Loknath Yashwant’s work is an example of how Dalit literature can provide the anti-caste “sensible.”
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