ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Dalit Literature

Dalit Literature tion or two more of urbanisation? Does and should the rejection of 'Brahmanical" literature necessarily involve turnG P D ing one's back on traditional literature IN December 1981 the Lokayan (Gujarat) organised a pioneering seminar on Dalit literature in Bombay. It was pioneering in the sense that it was the first of, what might hopefully become, a series of get-togethers of Marathi and Gujarati Dalit writers and critics. The fact that it was the first of its kind and also that two literatures were presented and discussed made some of the proceedings of the seminar very formal and elementary. Nevertheless the seminar succeeded in identifying some of the problems that Dalit writers face, particularly in Gujarat. The Dalit movement is relatively young in Gujarat. It does not have a tradition in terms of either a social movement or a literary movement, as it certainly has in Maharashtra. Precisely for that reason the deliberations showed earnestness and led to exchange of some useful information and experience.

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