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The Self in Dalit Literature

Self-determination involves interrogation of the social hierarchy and morally regressive conditions created by the caste system in order to push the “untouchables’’ beyond morally minimum humanness. The self is also determined to produce resistance within such conditions but also radically interrogate such conditions. Self-determination thus involves transcendence of the self and the adversarial other.

I am born into the caste ridden religion; however, it was not in my hand, but what is in my hand is not to die in this religion.

—B R Ambedkar1

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Updated On : 3rd Jan, 2021

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