M.V.V. Prasada Rao
Central Board of Secondary Education
Literature is manifested in many forms since time immemorial. Autobiography also has become one of the important literary forms. Particularly in twentieth century literature it has developed to its culmination. In a country like India where there is lot of caste discrimination, it is not that easy for the Dalit’s to express themselves openly and freely. The agony and anguish they have experienced since thousands of years in this country cannot be overlooked. Nobody attempted to write about those agonies. Even writers like Mulk Raj Anand tried to mention at least the untouchability, he wrote completely as an outer. Only the persons who experienced that agony can write it with reality and effectively. Narendra Jadhav is one of the important Dalit writer in Marathi literature. In his “Outcaste: A Memoir” Jadhav exposed the realistic picture of the problem of the untouchability in India. And how his father Damu and mother Sonu have experienced the pain of discrimination in the society. Jadhav also gives the fights and struggles of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar for the removal of untochability in India. This paper deals with the autobiography of Narendra Jadhav’s outcaste: A Memoir.
Key words: Untouchability, Suppression, Discrimination, Rights, Equality.
The Significance of Dalit Autobiography in Marathi Literature: A Study of Narendra Jadhav’s ‘Outcaste: A Memoir’