The Inhuman Treatment of the Dalits in Arundhati Royâ€™s The God of Small Things
The aim of this paper is to explore the inhuman treatment meted out to the Dalits in Arundhanti Royâ€™s The God of Small Things. It also throws light on the exploitation and oppression of the Dalits and their pitiable social and economic condition. As they are untouchables, they are not allowed in the existing social set up, the freedom to live as a normal human being. Various age-old social restrictions as well as moral laws are imposed upon them by the traditionalist Indian society, and they are expected to adhere strictly to these laws. It also seeks to explore how their human values have been encroached upon and they have been victimized. The rights and privileges of untouchables are generally ignored even in the present era of post colonialism. Finally it will throw light on how the dehumanizing conditions of the untouchables can be changed. In this novel, Velutha, who is a Dalit, suffers scorn and segregation of the upper caste Hindus and the Syrian Christians in all walks of his life. The treatment meted out to Velutha and the other untouchables in this novel, is a matter of great concern for all right thinking people.