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

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Punjab’s Revolutionary Poet

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Punjabi Dalit literature has not received much attention in the mainstream discourse on literature. The mid-20th century period witnessed a remarkable level of assertion and consciousness of Dalits in Punjab with Dalit writers expressing strong beliefs in an equal social order. Among such poets and activists, Gurdas Ram Alam may be considered as the first Punjabi poet with a distinct Dalit consciousness.

Mera Jiwan Pandh (Path of My Life), compiled and published by Sohan Sehjal, consists of the articles Alam wrote in the Punjabi newspaper Jantak Lehar and also his biography. The first section discusses Alam’s poetry, while the second is about his life as a community activist that also reveals a lot about the history and culture of the Dalits in the then Punjab.

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Updated On : 10th Nov, 2017

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